Awards & Recognitions

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Nationally Recognized “Top 100 Lawyer” Keeps Getting Top 100 Verdicts

Perennial “Top 100 Lawyer” Brent Coon and Brent Coon and Associates have again fought their way into the elite “Top 100 Verdicts of the Year”.   On Monday, May 7, 2018,  a Las Vegas, Nevada Federal Court  returned a unanimous verdict of five million dollars in favor of an injured railroad worker against his employer, Union Pacific Railroad (Gibbons vs Union Pacific RR Company).  The Court accepted and entered judgment on May 8, 2018. The pre-trial settlement offer was only $150,000.00   This follows on the heels of securing a “Top 100 Verdict of 2017” last year in Texas with a $7 Million verdict on behalf of a contractor company against Houston Independent School District (Fort Bend Mechanical vs HISD) for breach of contract on a zero settlement offer case, and over a million dollars in a “Top 100 Verdicts of 2016” on a premises security case (Cadriel vs. Woven Metal Products, et al).

Greg Gibbons’ truck after the bridge collapse

Mr. Coon and members of his firm have successfully tried hundreds of cases all across the country, collecting more than one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements.

Attorney Brent Coon

Brent Coon and Associates has a wealth of experience representing clients in a broad array of legal specialties. Below are a few of the many areas of focus and communication. However, should you have any legal need, contact the law firm of Brent Coon and Associates and we will give your situation the focus and attention it deserves.

  • WORKPLACE INJURY
  • ASBESTOS/LUNG CANCER
  • PERSONAL INJURY
  • AUTO ACCIDENTS
  • HURRICANE RECOVERY
  • PHARMACEUTICAL INJURIES
  • BUSINESS LITIGATION
  • SEXUAL HARASSMENT
  • TRANSPORTATION CLAIMS

For more information, please visit www.bcoonlaw.com or call 409-222-2222


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BCA Wins Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Against Union Pacific Railroad in Las Vegas

A Las Vegas, NV federal court jury today returned a unanimous verdict of five million dollars in favor of an injured railroad worker against his employer, the freight-hauling Union Pacific Railroad (HQ: Salt Lake City, UT).

On December 9, 2012, Greg Gibbons, of Afton, Wyoming,  was driving a truckload of ballast and pulling a trailer also loaded with equipment for Union Pacific near Caliente, NV.  A converted railcar  bridge also designed and owned by Union Pacific suddenly collapsed underneath him, dropping the full rig down the embankment approximately a dozen feet to the bottom of the ravine below. Mr. Gibbons was taken in for medical treatment and eventually underwent a complex cervical fusion procedure to his neck.

The 43 year old truck driver retained the union designated law firm of Brent Coon & Associates and brought suit under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA), claiming that Union Pacific failed to maintain the bridge and that they had improperly converted an old flatbed railcar into a bridge to save money without even testing it for load bearing capacity.

Union Pacific  maintained that it wasn’t illegal to repurpose old railcars into bridges along the access roads and that they were not aware before the collapse that the bridge would fail.

BCA Attorneys Brent Coon of Beaumont and Jim Morris of the BCA office in Los Angeles argued to the Federal jury that Union Pacific  had a non-delegable duty to maintain the integrity of the bridge,  that the rail car was a poor substitute for a real bridge,  that it was never designed to be a bridge and that U.P. never tested it to determine maximum load capacity,  nor had they posted any load limits at the crossing.

Union Pacific  also argued that the fall wasn’t severe enough to cause the injuries complained of,  which included herniated discs to his neck,  mid back and low back, and that the injuries were either old in nature or  otherwise unrelated to the incident.  They also argued Mr. Gibbons had no lost wage earning capacity because he remained gainfully employed with the railroad in the six years since the bridge collapse.

The jury unanimously determined  that Union Pacific was negligent and that his injuries were related to the incident.  They awarded Mr. Gibbons five million dollars in damages, a verdict over thirty-three (33) times greater than the pre-trial settlement offer.

“This case is about the bravery of our client in taking a stand against a big company and fighting to the finish for what is right, said Orange County native Jim Morris.  “U.P. regularly uses old and abandoned railroad flat cars as bridge crossings,  even connecting them together.  They were not designed to be bridges and should not be used as bridges.  This is a serious problem throughout the railroad industry and they get away with it because these bridges fall outside of the jurisdiction of regulatory authorities and requirements, notably the Federal Railway act.”

Greg Gibbons, the client, stated, “First off, I want to thank both of my lawyers who were phenomenal and the jury that was awesome.  In the future I hope this helps so that this doesn’t happen to someone else as it did to me.  I want the railroads to do a better job to protect their employees, particularly in addressing serious issues with these railroad flatcars they convert to bridges.  I was shocked in the trial to see how little is done to properly inspect and test them and it is a wonder this hasn’t happened more often.”

Brent Coon added, “This incident is another example of the risks inherent in a lack of oversight of the railroad industry over this highly dangerous practice,  which puts people’s lives at stake.  We will continue to assist national railroad worker coalitions to force the railroad industry to  abandon this shady practice that is utilized only to save the industry the cost of building real bridges.  And let’s not forget, if this particular bridge had a higher elevation or the ravine was full of water this matter would likely have resulted in a fatality.”

 

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ABOUT BCA:  Brent Coon & Associates was founded in 2001. Today, with multiple satellite offices around the country and hundreds of associated firms in various practice areas, it is one of the most recognized trial law firms in the nation and the epitome of the 21st century law practice. Brent Coon & Associates employs a full complement of aggressive litigators with solid experience in individual and complex multi-party, occupational/environmental, health and personal injury cases.

BCA is a public policy firm and has worked with numerous state and federal investigative agencies, including the Department of Justice, multiple state Attorneys General, OSHA, and the United States Chemical and Hazards Investigation Board. BCA serves as institutional or advisory counsel to numerous agencies and organizations, including the United Steelworkers, pilot unions, railroad and other transportation unions. Their work in this arena has led to widespread improvements in the safety and working conditions of industries throughout America and abroad.

The firm and founder have been repeatedly recognized by most leading journals and legal associations including Texas Lawyer Litigation Department of the Year (2013); Forbes “Lawyer of the Month” and Forbes ‘Top 75 Litigation Firms; MTMP “Clarence Darrow Award”; Texas Monthly Superlawyers,  U.S. News & World Reports Top Law Firms and numerous other accolades.


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BCA Brings Early Christmas to Some Southeast Texas Students

Southeast Texas law firm brings early Christmas to some Southeast Texas students


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BCA Runs Toy Drive at Vidor and Oak Forrest Elementary

Vidor and Oak Forest Elementary receive gifts from SE Texas attorney

 

Southeast Texas Attorney Brent Coon gave close to 1,200 students at both Vidor, and Oak Forest Elementary a Christmas present to take home. The two schools have been forced to share a location after Tropical Storm Harvey hit the area.

“We want to be sure that at least every single kid gets at least one toy even if it’s here hopefully they get one more under the tree, but we understand what’s going on out there,” Brent Coon said.

Coon attended both schools between 1966 and 1967. He saw his old neighborhood under six feet of water. His mission is to make sure the kids of Southeast Texas have some sort of normal Christmas.

The kids sang along to Christmas music, picked out a toy to their liking, and took a picture with Santa. A special day for all the kids.

“We have so many students without homes with walls any little gift to them is a million bucks this is amazing,” said Carol Winfree, a physical education teacher in Vidor.


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Brent Coon and Associates Holiday Toy and Food Drive

The Holiday Season is a time for giving. BCA has made Buckner’s Toy Drive and the Beaumont Jaycees Christmas Shopping Tour (for underprivileged and special needs children) our target charities this year.

Our Angel Tree will be located in the lobby decorated with tags and the names of children with a wish list item. As always, the toy should be placed under the tree in Brent’s section unwrapped with the original Buckner tag containing the child’s name no later than Wednesday, December 18.

Also, this year we are adopting the Jaycees Christmas Shopping Tour. There are several corporate sponsorship levels. Let’s see how many special children we can send on a Christmas shopping spree.

And don’t forget to donate non perishable food items in the box in the lobby for Christmas dinner for families in need.

Share your blessings and make someone’s Christmas special!

Thank you for your generosity!


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BCA Host Red, White, & Blue Golf Tournament to Help Support the Lone Survivor Foundation

Quick update on our 2nd annual Lone Survivor Foundation military veterans golf fundraiser held last Friday, October 2, 2015. This year, we had 40 teams participate and over 50 sponsors, donating over $100,000 in potential prizes. The event netted over $35,000, more than doubling last year and breaking our target of $25,000.

The Lone Survivor Foundation helps military veterans with physical or mental health issues adjust to civilian life. Their retreat was built at Crystal Beach last year and brings veterans and their families in for individual and group counseling. Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects many returning Veterans, who commit suicide at a rate of 22 per day, more than three times the national average. The Lone Survivor Foundation was established by local hero Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal caught in an ambush in Afghanistan which killed all of his team and all the members of a rescue helicopter. A movie by the same title starring Mark Wahlberg publicized the tragic incident. Read more about the event.


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Brent Coon and Associates Participates in the Giving Tree Program

The employees of the Beaumont office of Brent Coon and Associates recently participated in the Giving Tree program with Buckner Children and Family Services. The BCA team selected children’s Christmas wish list tags from the tree and donated toys, gifts and clothing the kids requested for Christmas this year.

This is the fourth consecutive year Brent Coon and Associates has participated in the Giving Tree program. Buckner is dedicated to providing services that help strengthen vulnerable children & hurting families, offering a wide variety of services to children and families, with a goal of building the necessary skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life.

Visit http://www.buckner.org for more information on supporting the program.


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Law Day 2017

Each year, Law Day is celebrated nationally on May 1 to honor the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts.
Local bar associations, courts, schools, youth groups, and community organizations are encouraged to hold Law Day programs to help people understand how law keeps us free and how our legal system strives to achieve justice. Click here for more information and to download the photos.


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BCA’s 15 Year Anniversary

BCA is celebrating our 15 year anniversary and what an incredible run of success we have had. It doesn’t come without a great team and a commitment to work harder, faster and smarter than your competition. Brent Coon and Brent Coon and Associates is proud to celebrate the firm’s 15 year anniversary. Brent Coon would like to thank all the employees at the firm, both past and present, for their hard work and dedication in making this firm what it is today. Brent Coon & Associates was founded in 2001. Today, with offices spanning the country, it is one of the largest trial law firms in the nation and the epitome of the 21st century law practice.

Watch the Video Below

In only our first fifteen years, this is what we have accomplished.

1. Verdicts and Settlements: Over ONE BILLION DOLLARS.

Click below for background on our most important cases over the past 15 years.

Read and watch more about Brent Coon and Associates

2. AWARDS: BCA lawyers are one of the best achievers on the legal business. Brent Coon received the prestigious Clarence Darrow Award the year after Johnnie Cochran and joins Robert Kennedy and a very select few dozen recipients of this award.

Other BCA Awards include:

Read all of Brent Coon and BCA’s Awards

3. Institutional client retention. Which include

  • United Steel Workers
  • International Chemical Workers Union
  • Helicopter Pilots Union

4. Congressional/legislative appearances. Which include:

As a result of our intensive knowledge and skills in various areas, we have routinely been invited to participate in hearings and legislative debate over major safety and health initiatives in the state and federal system.

5. International network of associated firms

BCA works directly with over 1000 other Lawyers across the country and around the world on a host of important legal matters, including plane crashes, oil spills, plant explosions, corporate litigation.

6. Public appearances and media interviews.

We are one of the best recognized EXPERTS on legal issues in the legal community and the international media.This has led to hundreds of interviews with the national and international press, including two full documentaries with National Geographic and BBC, an Ed Bradley interview with 60 Minutes and appearances on virtually every major media outlet in America and many overseas. (plus a movie in the works).


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