Top Rated Houston Personal Injury Lawyer

Nationally renowned Houston injury lawyer Joe Stephens has tried many high profile accident  cases.   ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS often cover his wrongful death, and personal injury trials.  His  cases have also  been reported in all the major newspapers across America. He has been featured or quoted in The Houston Chronicle, The San Antonio Express, the Austin Statesman, Dallas Morning News, The Texas Lawyer, The Texas Reporter, and The National Law Journal.

Recent News Coverage on Rodeo Death


Major Investigation After Roller Coaster Death


In-Laws Sue Clara Harris Over Son’s Death


Verdict: Murderess Clara Harris Must Pay $3.75 Million


$10.7 Million Dollar Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Verdict


Joe Stephens Argues Wrongful Death Case Before the Texas Supreme Court


Shopping Malls Negligence Causes Death of Patron


Lover Murders Roommate.  Jury Stops Him From Collecting Life Insurance.


Print & Online Articles

March 25, 2011 – ABC 13Joe Stephens Seeks Change After Houston Rodeo Death

March 24, 2011 – ABC 13Lawsuit Filed Against Houston Rodeo for Wrongful Death

February 14, 2011 – Verdict of the Week – $10.7 Million Dollar Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Verdict – Jackson v. Conte

January 20, 2011 – PR WebTexas Jury Renders Historic Multi-Million Dollar Verdict Against Rogue Pill Mill – Jackson v. Conte

July 21, 2008 – Verdict of the WeekHouston Area Father Found Negligent for Child Abuse – A.B. v. Newsom

June 30, 2008 – PR WebVictims Alleged Father Knew His Son was a Pedophile – A.B. v. Newsom

June 26, 2008 – Houston ChronicleFather Ordered to Pay Damages to Boys Abused by Son – A.B. v. Newsom

January 27, 2007 – Houston Chronicle – Suppose Roles had been Reversed – Harris v. Harris

January 25, 2007 – PR Web – Wrongful Death Attorneys Seek Previously Unrevealed Financial Records – Harris v. Harris

January 20, 2007 – Houston Chronicle Harris Must Pay $3.5 Million – Harris v. Harris

January 19, 2007 – Verdict of the WeekMurderess Clara Harris Repeatedly Runs Over Cheating Husband – Harris v. Harris

January 12, 2007 – Houston ChronicleA Bitter and Deepening Divide – Harris v. Harris

April 6, 2005 – Verdict of the Week – Lover Murdered for Insurance – Hodgson v. Swaim

January 28, 2005 – Verdict of the WeekNegligent Manufacturer Causes Catastrophic Injury to Worker – Jones v. Ellwood

September 2, 2004 – Verdict of the Week – Mall Must Pay for Wrongful Death – Gutierrez v. Trammell Crow

March 19, 2004 – Verdict of the WeekDefective Machinery Crushes Employee’s Hand –  Finke v. Continental Equipment Mfg. Company

March 19, 2002 – Verdict of the WeekNegligent Motorist Paralyzes Bicyclist – Ottison v. Hebert

February 8, 1999 – Verdict of the WeekInsurance Company Unfairly Refuses to Pay Injured Family – Villegas v. Nationwide Ins. Co.

December 7, 1998 – Verdict of the WeekNegligent Trucker Kills 4 Year Old – Wilson v. Bishop Energy

February 2, 1998 – Verdict of the WeekNegligent Trucker Kills Dad and Son – Huff v. Weiner’s Stores, Inc.

Reported Appellate Cases

•Trammell Crow Central Texas v. Gutierrez, 220 S.W. 3d 33 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2006, writ granted);

•Ellwood Texas Forge Corporation v. Jones,214 S.W.3d 693 (Tex. App. Hous. [14th Dist.] 2007, writ denied)

•Wharton County v. Genzer, Cause No. 13-06-00078-CV (Tex. App. Corpus Christi, decision pending)

•Villegas v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 10 S.W.3d 380 (Tex.App.-Austin 1999, writ denied)

•Peek v. Equipment Services, Inc., 906 S.W.2d 529 (Tex.App.-San Antonio 1995, writ denied)

•Klekar v. Southern Pacific Transp. Co., 874 S.W.2d 818 (Tex.App.-Hous. [1 Dist.] 1994, writ denied)

•Peek v. DeBerry (II), 871 S.W.2d 520 (Tex.App.-San Antonio, 1994, no writ)

•Peek v. DeBerry (I), 819 S.W.2d 217 (Tex.App.-San Antonio, 1991, writ denied)

•Peek v. Equipment Service Co. of San Antonio, 779 S.W.2d 802 (Tex. 1989)

•City of Houston v. Aber, 770 S.W.2d 89 (Tex.App.-Hous. [14 Dist.] 1989)

•Peek v. Oshman’s Sporting Goods, Inc., 768 S.W.2d 841 (Tex.App.-San Antonio 1989)

** A case’s value, if any, depends on the facts. These are cases involving catastrophic loss and awards shown are before fees and expenses which are deducted from client’s share. Verdicts may be appealed, including those shown here which may result in reversal of verdict.

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The Stephens Law Firm

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Joe Stephens was selected from a statewide list of lawyers as a Texas SuperLawyer for 2008-2015 which is published by Texas Monthly magazine. He has also been invited to serve on the Blue Ribbon Panel that reviews whether other lawyers qualify.

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In 1999, Joe Stephens was selected as the Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer in America by AAJ, which is America's largest lawyer organization.

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Less than one percent of Texas lawyers have one board certification. Joe has TWO. One is a National Board Certification showing his competence to try civil lawsuits before juries, the other shows special competence in Personal Injury Law

Houston, Texas personal injury law firm, The Stephens Law Firm serves clients across Texas. We give you straight facts about your legal options. We have handled cases from Austin to Houston, San Antonio to Dallas, and everywhere in between, including: Katy, Beaumont, Richmond, Rosenberg, Wharton, Corpus-Christi, Waller, Brownsville, and McAllen. We handle cases in Harris County, Ft Bend County, Nueces County, Wharton County, Bexar County, Liberty County, and Jefferson County.