Southeast Texas law firm brings early Christmas to some Southeast Texas students
Southeast Texas law firm brings early Christmas to some Southeast Texas students
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
3. Institutional client retention. Which include
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).
Brent Coon & Associates is proud to be named by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a 2014 “Best Law Firm.” Firms included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
“U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in-depth rankings of a wide range of institutions, including our Best Law Schools rankings,” says Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report. “Law firms are an integral part of our rankings and a natural accompaniment to the law school rankings.”
The 2014 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the US. Over 12,000 attorneys provided over 330,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations. In addition, to provide personal insight, a new Law Firm Leaders Survey was implemented in the decision-making process.
Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.
M.P.”Pappy” Papadakis was named by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as one of the Nation’s Top 1% Attorneys. This prestigious award comes after a lengthy vetting process by NADC researchers. Mr. Papadakis was previously awarded the 2013 Jerome F. Lederer Award by the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) at their annual ISASI Seminar in Vancouver Canada on August 19th. Pappy is extremely honored to be selected by National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
Pappy has a unique recognition as being recognized in Who is Who in America, Who is Who in education and Who is Who in American Law. Pappy joined ISASI in 1976 and has served ISASI as ethics chair for a six year period . He was Chairman of the Aviation Section of American Association of justice and he was Chairman of the Aviation Section of The State Bar of Texas.
Papadakis holds “ISASI Fellow” membership and is qualified as a Life Member as well. Capt Papadakis greatly appreciates the honor of the Lederer Award and the recognition of his dedication to “everything safety” and to the principles established by the “Father of Aviation Safety”.
Papadakis joined Brent Coon & Associates in 2009 as an Of Counsel Attorney and Lead Investigator for BCA’s Aviation Department.