• Monday, October 22, 2018


Houston Officers

Houston President 12/31/17 Mr. Jerry Young
Houston President Elect 12/31/17 Ms. Erin Lunceford
Houston Treasurer 12/31/17 Mr. Pete Patterson
Houston Secretary 12/31/17 Mr. Pete Patterson
Houston National Board Representative 12/31/18 Ms. Erin Lunceford
Houston National Board Representative 12/31/18 Mr. Charlie Henke
Houston National Board Representative 12/31/20 Mr. Andrew Alan Edison
Houston National Board Representative 12/31/20 Mr. Don Kidd
Houston National Board Representative 12/31/20 Mr. John H. Kim
Houston National Board Representative 12/31/20 Ms. Manpreet Singh
Houston National Board Representative 12/31/20 Ms. Gwen E. Richard
Houston National Board Representative 12/31/20 Ms. Cindy Diggs
Houston National Board Representative 12/31/20 Mr. John Newton

Houston Chapter Nominations and Forms

Here is the schedule for the 2018 Houston chapter nominations:
Nominations Open: March 19
Nominations Close: April 13|
Committee Meeting: April 24
Vetting of Nominees due June 1
Executive Com Meeting: June 5
General Mtg/Vote: June 19 (Briar Club)

Note that our forms are slightly different from the National forms, so please use these forms.  They have the date 31818 in the lower right hand corner.

Houston ABOTA Chapter Nomination-031818 (PDF)
Houston ABOTA Chapter Nomination-031818 (Word)
– nominator completes and gets a Second Nominator to sign

2018 Houston Worksheets A-D (PDF)
2018 Houston Worksheets-031318 (Excel)
– There are 4 different sheets for different kinds of trial situations – nominee completes these, then Nominator reviews and signs

The Nomination Process

  • Member nominates with Nomination Form, Nominees complete Worksheets, Member reviews and signs, then sends to current chapter President by date specified
  • Membership Committee meets, reviews nominations
  • Executive Committee makes final review, sets ballot
  • General Membership Meeting – members vote on nominees
  • Candidates for membership complete ABOTA Application, send with check for $300 to current chapter President by date specified
  • Chapter President submits all applications and worksheets to National ABOTA Executive Membership Committee for approval
  • ABOTA Executive Membership Committee meets during National Board Meeting, reviews applications
  • New members are notified
  • New members inducted at Annual Dinner at the end of the year

Recent Posts

Date Posted

Mar 23

Kat Gallagher Receives 2016 Women In Law Award


March 23, 2016 – Beck Redden LLP is pleased to announce that partner Kat Gallagher has been selected by Lawyer Monthly magazine as a recipient of the 2016 Women in Law Award in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the area of litigation. The award recognizes and honors the achievements of women that have challenged, influenced or changed the practice of law over the last 12 months across the globe.

Kat Gallagher

Kat Gallagher

With more than 25 years practicing law, Kat Gallagher has distinguished herself as an elite trial lawyer with outstanding instincts for how to best tell her client’s story in the most persuasive and compelling manner. When some of the largest companies in the world, including Philip Morris USA, an Altria Company, need trial counsel they can rely on in high stakes litigation, they call Kat to represent them, regardless of the jurisdiction. Consistently recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2006‐2016), Kat has earned the respect of her peers and adversaries alike. For example, she is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, a preeminent association of trial lawyers limited to the top one percent of lawyers in any given jurisdiction. In addition, she is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) – membership in the Academy is limited to only 500 Fellows in the U.S. Kat is also an Associate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Notable, recent wins for Kat include the following:

 With Kat at the helm, in the United States’ first Prosima pelvic mesh trial (Cavness v. Kowalczyk et al.), after deliberating for nearly seven hours following a two week trial, a Texas state court jury found no liability on the part of her clients, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc. The 10‐2 verdict on October 5, 2015, rejected claims that the device was defectively designed and that the company did not adequately warn consumers of the potential risks. The plaintiff asked jurors to award $9.56 million in actual damages and a substantial punitive damages award. The jury determined that the plaintiff’s injuries were not the result of the Prosima, but instead were caused by a pelvic disorder that was triggered by the same on‐the‐job injury that initially led her to seek surgery for pelvic organ prolapse.

 On January 28, 2016 in the matter Doris Ewing, Personal Representative of the Estate of James R. Ewing v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Philip Morris, USA, Inc., et al., (in the Circuit Court, First Judicial Circuit, in and For Escambia County, Florida), a jury in Florida found no liability on the part of Kat’s client, Philip Morris, of claims brought by a widow in an Engle progeny suit. The plaintiff sought wrongful death damages in the amount of $10 million and asserted an alternative survivor claim. The plaintiff also sought punitive damages. Although the jury found the decedent was a member of the Engle class, the jury determined Philip Morris was not a legal cause of his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Beck Redden is a litigation firm that handles a wide range of disputes including commercial, oil and gas, product liability, antitrust, securities, environmental, insurance coverage, legal and accounting malpractice, white collar crimes, patent and other intellectual property cases.

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Mar 22

Membership Nomination Forms for Houston Chapter

Here are the forms that are used SPECIFICALLY by the Houston chapter.

  • The NOMINATION FORM, which requires a second nominator
  • The WORKSHEETS (A,B,C and D) which must be signed by the nominee and the nominator. Worksheet A is the most important, as there must be a minimum of 10 cases tried to civil jury verdict as lead counsel in order to be considered for membership.

These forms are slightly different than the ones on the ABOTA.org site, as not all chapters require a second to each nomination.

Houston ABOTA Chapter Nomination

Houston Worksheets Includes Points- All Sheets

Apr 01

M.C. Carrington Receives 2012 “Altec All-Star Award”

M.C. Carrington

M.C. Carrington, a shareholder with MehaffyWeber, was presented with the “Altec All-Star Award-2012” in a meeting held March 23 at Meadoweed in Napa, California.

Altec Industries annually presents this award to one of its legal service providers in recognition of excellent legal representation and outstanding results.

M.C. is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law.  His areas of practice include premises liability, products liability, commercial litigation, oil and gas matters and employment discrimination. He is in the firm’s Beaumont, TX office.

Oct 24

Benny Agosto, Jr. Honored

Benny Agosto, Jr.
Hispanic National Bar Association President,  Recipient of Houston Texans’ Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award 2012 named one of the 101 Most Influential Leaders in the LatinoCommunity in America by  Latino Leaders Magazine.
Benny is a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend.