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Texas Injury Lawyers Representing Clients throughout Texas and Nationwide

KENNETH W. “KEN” LEWIS (Deceased)

Admissions

  • Licensed by Supreme Court of Texas: 1977
  • Admitted to Practice in Texas State Courts
  • Federal Court Admissions for Eastern, Southern, Western & Northern Districts of Texas U.S. District Courts
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal: 5th and 11th Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Claims (Washington, D.C.)
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Certifications and Awards

  • Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law (1982—2016)
    • Texas State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate (1983—2016)
    • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Certified Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy (2012–2016)
    • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • Texas State Bar College (1985—2016)
  • State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College (2010—2016)
  • 2013 Texas Center for Professionalism Award
  • 2013 Jefferson County Bar Association Small Firm Pro Bono Award

Education

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D) University of Texas Austin, Texas 1976
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) Case Western Reserve U. Cleveland, Ohio 1973
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Lamar University (Honors) Beaumont, Texas 1971
  • High School Little Cypress H.S. (Honors) Orange, Texas 1967

Practice Areas

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association for Justice (1977-2016)
    • (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
    • Sustaining Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association (1977-2016)
    • Director (1994-2004; 2010-2016)
    • Associate Director (1991-1994)
    • Sustaining Member
  • Texas State Bar (1977-2016)
    • Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee (2011-2016) Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee (1996-97) Continuing Legal Education Committee (1996-97)
  • Texas State Bar Foundation
    • Fellow (1993-1994)
    • Life Fellow (1994-Present)
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association (1977-1985)
    • Ethics Committee (1983-1985)
  • Jefferson County Bar Association (1977-2016)
    • Board of Directors (1979 and 2004-2006)
    • Secretary (2008-09)
    • Client Attorney Assistance Committee (2004-2006, Chair; 2010-2016, Member)
    • Lawyer-Physician Relations Committee (1984-1985)
    • Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee (1984-1985)
    • Volunteer Mediator (1977-2009)
    • Pro Bono Volunteer (1991-2016)
  • Michelle F. Mehaffy Inns of Court (2005-2016)
    • Director (2010-2016)
  • Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association (1977-1985)
    • President (1979)
    • Board of Directors (1978-1980)
    • Monthly Meeting Committee Chairman (1978)
    • Liberty Bell Award Committee Chairman (1984)
  • Southeast Texas Trial Lawyers Association (1986-2016)
    • President (1994-1995)
    • Board of Directors (Lifetime Member: 1986-2016)
  • Port Arthur Bar Association (1977-1987)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (2008-2016)
  • National Crime Victims Bar Association (2008-2016)

Recognitions:

  • Texas Super Lawyer in Personal Injury Plaintiff: General by Thomson Reuters in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2013

Teaching and Directorship Positions:

  • Jefferson County Bar Association Foundation, Board of Directors (2013-14)
  • East Texas Legal Services Corporation, Board of Directors (1981-1986)
  • Attorneys Marketing Report, Editorial Board (1983-1984)
  • Lamar University Paralegal Institute, Instructor (1978-1980)
  • NDEA Teaching Fellow, Case Western Reserve University (1971-73)

Publications and Presentations:

  • Participated at numerous continuing legal education seminars as a speaker and writer, panel discussion participant, moderator, and chair for both lawyers and paralegals

Instructor:

  • Lamar University Paralegal Institute (1979-1981)
  • Numerous continuing legal education seminars for both lawyers and legal assistants.

Bio Background

Ken Lewis grew up in Riverside Addition in Orange, the grandson of western Louisiana sharecropping, one-mule farmers who scratched out a living on a farm without running water or indoor plumbing, and the son of a shift-working refinery father and minimum-wage secretary mother who commuted to Lamar at night for many years to become a teacher. He loved both sports and academics and played four varsity sports after moving to Little Cypress for junior high and high school. He worked a variety of labor jobs at paper mills, shipyards, warehouses, rice canal maintenance, brush cutting, asphalt production, roofing, and retail to be able to earn his degree at Lamar. He worked his way through graduate school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, as a teaching assistant and a researcher and stock runner for a stockbroker, while becoming active in Democratic politics in Ohio when Carl Stokes was mayor of Cleveland. After 1-1/2 years of business machine and retirement annuity sales in Houston and Hawaii (where he was licensed both by the NASD and the Hawaii Insurance Commission), he worked his way through law school in 2-1/2 years to enter a profession where he could help others and try to accomplish positive change. The decision to return to the Golden Triangle to practice personal injury trial law in Beaumont was a natural one because of his familiarity with the people and the area work conditions. Five years later, in the minimum time allowed, Ken Lewis had enough personal injury trial law experience and expertise to be Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. A sustaining member of both the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (as well as one of its directors for 10 years) and Association of Trial Lawyers of America and lifetime director and past president of the Southeast Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Ken’s desire to be aware of new consumer dangers, sources of injuries, and emerging trial tactics has caused him to join ATLA sections on Admiralty; Civil Rights; Federal Tort Liability & Military Advocacy; Motor Vehicle Collision; Highway & Premises Liability; Employment Law; Business Torts; Civil Rights; and Products Liability and specialized litigation groups that have included AIEG (dealing with motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, and recreational marine craft defects and related safety equipment defects); Birth Trauma; Child Sex Abuse; Medical Negligence; Diet Products; Insurance Bad Faith; Contraceptive Implants; BIC Lighters. His past work in complex personal injury and wrongful death cases has created specialized interest in major workplace disasters, fire and smoke injuries, mass torts, environmental accidents, unusual personal injuries, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, accountability for child sex abuse, and defects in truck, cars, and roadways which either cause or increase personal injuries in accidents. Ken tries to improve his profession, having served as past president of the Jefferson County Young Lawyers and the Southeast Texas Trial Lawyers associations; a director and secretary, and current President-Elect of the Jefferson County Bar, Texas Trial Lawyers, and the Southeast Texas Trial Lawyers associations; a frequent educational speaker and writer for lawyers and paralegal groups; a past volunteer state bar prosecutor of lawyers for professional ethical violations; and a frequent member of various professional committees. Ken is married to Nurse Practitioner Kathleen Cole Lewis of Groves, the father of two boys and two girls and a stepfather of another son. He coaches youth sports, is a avid reader and environmentalist, and enjoys fishing, sports and backpacking. He and his family are members of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Don Bush

Admissions

  • Licensed by Supreme Court of Texas:  1976
  • U.S. District Courts for the:
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits

Board Certified

  • Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Inactive as of 4/2017)

Trained Mediator

  • AA White Dispute Resolution Center, University of Houston Law Center May, 2003

Member

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Jefferson County Bar Association

Bio Background

For the first 18 years of his life, Don’s home was a small 2-bedroom, 1-bath frame house in the north end of Beaumont, Texas. His father, Walter R. Bush, worked shift work as an operator at the Mobil Oil refinery for 30 years.  His mother, Leota Bush, was a full time homemaker who also worked part-time to supplement the family income. Honesty, integrity and work ethic were taught and modeled in the home. While a student athlete at Tarleton State University, Don met his wife, Nancy Weatherby Bush, and got his undergraduate degree in preparation for career as a high school teacher and coach. He helped pay his college expenses by working as a laborer for one summer in Beaumont and as a door-to-door Bible book salesman for four summers in Illinois, North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia. After graduation, Don earned his law degree from Baylor University and returned to his hometown to practice law. He has continuously practiced personal injury trial law for the past 40 years in Texas and in various states throughout the country. Don believes that thorough preparation and attention to detail are essential to good results in settlement or trial. Don is experienced in handling diverse maritime, oil field, railroad crossing, offshore, industrial work place and car accident cases.

Dale Hanks

Admissions

  • Licensed by Supreme Court of Texas: 1984
  • Admitted to Practice in Texas State Courts
  • Admitted to Practice in Federal Courts of:
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

Practice Areas

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Jefferson County Bar Association

Instructor

Numerous continuing education seminars relating to occupational and environmental disease

Bio Background

Dale Hanks grew up camping in the Piney Woods and fishing in the lakes, bayous and bays of Southeast Texas. From an early age, he realized the irreplaceable value of nature’s gifts – clean air and water – and the importance of keeping our environment free of toxic pollutants, safe for humans, wildlife, and plant life. He also realized that not all of our corporate neighbors in this area share that view, but instead seem content to put their chemical wastes into our community’s air and water. Dale has pursued his environmental concerns in his law career. After graduating from the University of Texas Law School in 1984, he immediately began to represent workers and community members who contracted cancer and other diseases caused by exposure to toxic chemicals. Although he has handled and will continue to handle all types of serious personal injury cases, Dale has concentrated his practice on the representation of victims of toxic exposures. Dale is a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston, in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, where he has participated in teaching the legal aspect of occupational medicine to medical students. Dale and his wife Karen, have two children.

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