The Beaumont Office
215 Orleans St.
Brent Coon & Associates’ headquarters is located in Beaumont, TX just 90 miles east of Houston. Initially, the Beaumont offices were spread throughout three separate buildings, but in 2009 they consolidated in downtown Beaumont’s historic Kyle Building. Originally built in 1931, the Kyle Building contains 11 storefronts spanning an entire block face in Beaumont’s downtown commercial district. At one time the downtown district was vibrant, energetic, and flush with traffic as local residents flocked to the area’s shopping malls. But as the city expanded outwards, the downtown district slowly became barren. The Kyle block was completely vacant before BCA decided it needed a new home. Now the entire building is housed by the firm’s attorneys and office staff.
In addition to being one of the largest BCA offices, Beaumont also houses the firm’s Human Resources, Information Technology, Accounting and Finance Departments. The Beaumont office also acts as the hub for the firm’s partnerships with several national Union Labors. Overseen by Larry Sartin, the Labor department works hand in hand with organizations such as the United Steel Workers and the Helicopter Pilots Union. Brent Coon currently sits on the United Steelworkers Council and attorney John Thomas works closely with the Texas Municipal Police Association.
As Firm Owner and Beaumont Management Team Attorney, Brent Coon began his meteoric rise in 2001. Mr. Coon began his career under the tutelage of Walter Umphrey at the Beaumont-based asbestos litigation firm, Provost Umphrey. It was during this period when modern day asbestos litigation found its genesis in Southeast Texas. Provost Umphrey began offering free medical screenings for refinery workers in area. From the screenings, the firm was able to identify which workers had contracted mesothelioma or asbestos related lung cancer. It was during this time that Mr. Coon became one of the most respected and knowledgeable asbestos attorneys in the country. Mr. Coon eventually left Provost Umphrey to start his own practice, one that has grown from a two person team in 2001 to boast 15 offices and over 70 attorneys nationwide.
As Lead Counsel on what many consider one of the most important public policy cases of the past decade, Brent Coon stood against British Petroleum, taking the worst industrial accident since 1989 and the fight for industry change all the way to the Texas Supreme Court. Mr. Coon’s firm reviewed over seven million documents and worked hand-in-hand with the Department of Justice and U.S. Chemical Safety Board, spending millions to ensure justice for his client, Eva Rowe, who had lost both of her parents in the tragic explosion.
By refusing to allow BP to seal the documents as part of the settlement, Mr. Coon was able to hold an entire industry accountable for its mistakes. As a key part of the settlement, Brent Coon forced BP to give 32 million dollars to universities and charities, which has been considered a dawn of a new age of dispute resolution by media and journalists worldwide. Finally, Brent Coon wrote the “Remember The 15 Bill” to forever improve refinery safety conditions, and introduced it into the Texas Legislature during a ceremony held at the Capitol, commemorating the second anniversary of the blast that killed 15 people.
For his efforts, Mr. Coon was named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2007 and was awarded the prestigious Steven J. Sharp Award for Excellence by the American Association of Justice. He has also been named as a Texas Super Lawyer for two years straight.
Eric Newell joined Brent Coon & Associates in early 2005. Mr. Newell was extensively involved in representing victims injured in the 2005 explosion at the BP Texas City refinery. His work also includes representing client involved in other personal injury and employment law matters. Mr. Newell earned his J.D. from the University of Houston. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Southeast Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
For over 20 years John Thomas has practiced law in Texas and Mississippi. As a former insurance and asbestos defense attorney who has switched over to the plaintiff’s side, Mr. Thomas knows the other team’s playbook, which has proved to be an extremely valuable asset in the courtroom. He also plays a large role in BCA’s associations with various unions as well as the Texas Municipal Police Association. He is a graduate of the South Texas College of Law.
Lori Slocum joined Brent Coon & Associates in June of 2005. After her undergraduate years at Lamar University, Lori headed to the South Texas College of Law, where she earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Jefferson County Bar Association, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
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|February 3, 2014, 9:47 am|
JURIST Guest Columnist Brent Coon of Brent Coon & Associates weighs in on the BP Oil Spill Settlement...
|November 21, 2013, 8:24 am|
A former client of Brent W. Coon PC of Beaumont and of lawyer Gary Riebschlager of Houston nonsuited a lawsuit she had filed against them in March, in which she alleged their malpractice resulted in a $948,178 judgment against her.
|November 4, 2013, 3:11 pm|
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.
|September 26, 2013, 11:20 pm|
Houston, TX – On Wednesday morning, two lawsuits were filed in Fort Bend County, TX against CVR Energy Corporation and its related entities on behalf of Russell Mann and Billy Smith. These two workers were killed in the explosion at the CVR refinery in Wynnewood, OK on September 28th, 2012. The lawsuits allege that CVR was responsible in knowingly providing an unsafe workplace for its employees and that the company failed to properly maintain and upgrade its antiquated boiler system in order to save costs. The OSHA investigation reveals that CVR is a repeat violator of the OSHA workplace regulations for safety.
|September 5, 2013, 4:40 pm|
Brent Coon & Associates is extremely proud to congratulate BCA Aviation's Of Counsel Attorney M.P.”Pappy” Papadakis on being 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 .
|August 23, 2013, 10:04 am|
Brent Coon and Associates is proud to announce that James L. Cox has been honored by Best Lawyers as one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2014.
|August 12, 2013, 10:02 am|
Brent Coon & Associates is proud to announce that it has been named “Mass Tort Litigation Department of the Year” by Texas Lawyer.
|July 25, 2013, 9:55 am|
Brent Coon & Associates is proud to announce that Founder Brent Coon and attorneys James L. Cox and Philip Kanayan have been named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.
|March 18, 2013, 5:11 pm|
BCA is pleased to announce that it has been named as a Go-To Litigation Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies for 2013.
|February 26, 2013, 3:47 pm|
Originally posted by Corey Olson - KTRH - February 26th, 2013
Nearly three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the trial is underway to determine exactly who is responsible for the disaster, and how much that responsibility will cost. The defendants are BP, Transocean, and Halliburton. Attorney Brent Coon has handled many cases stemming from the spill and is watching this trial closely. He tells KTRH that there is plenty of responsibility to go around. "BP owned the oil concession for drilling this oil, Transocean was the rig owner, and Halliburton made the cement that was to plug the well," he explains. Nevertheless, BP has been the big name attached to the disaster, and if Monday's opening arguments are any indication, the other defendants want to keep it that way. "To no surprise, most of the parties in the case, including Halliburton and Transocean, are trying to point the fingers at BP," says Coon.
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