Randall O. Sorrels

Randall O. Sorrels

Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
713-587-9668
800-580-9121
Fax:
713-225-0827
E-mail:

Randy Sorrels has proven himself to be a leader both inside and outside the courtroom.

For the last nine years, Sorrels has been named one of the top 100 lawyers in the state of Texas— among the 100,000 lawyers in Texas— by Texas Monthly. Inside the courtroom, Sorrels has established his presence as a double board certified trial lawyer in both personal injury and civil trial law— a distinction held by less than .1% of lawyers in Texas. And though his practice is not limited to medical malpractice, he has been named the Best Lawyers® Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" in Houston for three years. He handles cases involving serious personal injury, catastrophic events, wrongful death, and significant business disputes— including "bet the company" cases. 

Outside the courtroom, Sorrels has been awarded some of the highest honors recognized by the State Bar of Texas. He has been awarded the State Bar of Texas' President's Award (recognizing the one Texas Lawyer who provided the most outstanding contributions through distinguished service to the lawyers of Texas), the Judge Sam Williams Award (recognizing the Texas lawyer who provides the greatest contribution to both local bars and the State Bar of Texas), and the Houston Bar Association President's Award (recognizing significant contributions to an HBA program). Early in his career, Sorrels was honored with the Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston Award (recognizing the one young Houston lawyer who exemplified significant professional traits both inside and outside the practice of law).

Randy Sorrels is the Immediate Past President of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, and Immediate Past Chair of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. He has served as the President of the Houston Bar Association, President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, Vice President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation, Director of the State Bar of Texas (two terms), Commissioner of the Equal Access to Justice Commission, Trustee of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and is currently on the Board of Directors at Houston College of Law.

Sorrels started his legal career at Fulbright & Jaworski, where he represented doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and businesses in the state of Texas who were accused of civil wrongdoing. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Houston College of Law in 1987, where he was on the Law Review and was a member of the nationally recognized Board of Advocates. Houston College of Law has honored Sorrels with its highest honor— the Dean's Medal, as well as its Public Service Award (the inaugural award). Recently Houston College of Law renamed its legal clinics The Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics, which represents 15,000 square feet of new, state-of-the-art facilities to bring together clients with unmet legal needs and students who are eager to work with those clients under direct supervision of their professors.

Prior to law school, Sorrels graduated Magna Cum Laude from Houston Baptist University— where he was recognized as an NCAA Academic All-American in 1984. Sorrels attended HBU on a soccer scholarship, and the soccer field at the university now carries his name— Sorrels Field. While at school, he was recognized as the Outstanding Student in both Political Science and Speech Communications.  In the greatest honor the university gives for alumnus, Randy was named as HBU's Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 2009, and he continues to be involved in alumni events and meetings.

Randy Sorrels serves as the managing partner of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, where he has practiced since 1990. Since taking over the leadership of the firm, Abraham Watkins has become more diverse, more community involved, more academically accomplished, and more active in the courtroom. The firm touts five Texas Board Certified lawyers— unprecedented in nearly every county in Texas.

 

Year Joined Firm

  • 1990

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Product Defects
  • Business Litigation
  • 18 Wheeler & Commercial Truck Accidents
  • Admiralty & Maritime Accidents
  • Birth Injuries
  • Brain Damage
  • Burns
  • Construction Accidents
  • DWI Accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Environmental Law
  • Explosions
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Offshore Injuries
  • Paraplegia
  • Patent Infringement
  • Petrochemical Accidents
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • Quadriplegia
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Vehicular Accidents

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

Education

  • Houston College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1987
    • Honors: Board of Advocates, 1985-1987
    • Honors: National Mock Trial
    • Law Review: Houston Law Review, Member, 1985 - 1987
  • Houston Baptist University
    • B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1984
    • Honors: NCAA Academic All-American

Published Works

  • "Joint Venturing the Case: A Relationship of Convenience", The Houston Lawyer, Vol. 53, No. 1, July/August, 2015
  • "The Legalities of Cone Beam Imaging", Three Dimensional Imaging for Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2010
  • "Medicaid Reimbursements", Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 70, No. 1, January, 2007
  • "Do State Medicaid Agencies Have the Right to Full Reimbursement for Medical Payments Paid on Behalf of a Medicaid Recipient?" The U.S. Supreme Court Has Weighed In, The Advocate, Vol. 37, Winter, 2007
  • "Plaintiffs' Attorneys Beware: Little Known Tax Consequences Associated with Confidentiality Provisions", Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 69, No. 2, February, 2006
  • "Plaintiffs' Attorneys Beware: Little Known Tax Consequences Associated with Confidentiality Provisions", 6 Hours. Bus. & Tax L.J. 257, 2006
  • "Avoiding the Confidentiality Tax Bite", Trial, June, 2006
  • "Should Employee's Negligence Be Submitted in a Non-Subscriber Case?", Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 63, No. 4, April, 2000
  • "Should Employee's Negligence Be Submitted in a Non-Subscriber Case?", Houston Lawyer, Vol. 37, No. 4, January, 2000
  • "Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk", Texas Bar Journal, Volume 58, No. 6, June, 1995
  • "Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk", Houston Lawyer, Volume 32, No. 1, August, 1994

Classes/Seminars

  • Ethical Communications with Potential New Clients, Brazoria County Bar Association, April 8, 2016
  • Ethical Considerations in Representing Clients, Rising Tide Four Part Series Pre-Trial Litigation CLE, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, April 1, 2016
  • Insurance Update, 11th Annual Advanced Consumer & Commercial Law Course, State Bar of Texas, September 25, 2015
  • Ethical Client Development, 31st Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, July 8, 2015
  • Joint Venturing the Case, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 19, 2015
  • Recent Medical Malpractice Case Law Update, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Seminar, June 2014
  • Harris County Ad Litem Practice, Defense and Plaintiff Perspectives, Harris County Ad Litem Institute, February 2014
  • Mediation Roundtable - A Plaintiff's Perspective, Annual Conference on ADR, May 2013
  • All in the Family: Tough Times and Times to Work Together, National Association of Bar Examiners, February 2013
  • How to Succeed in a Plaintiff's Practice, Association of Women Attorneys, January 2013
  • Diverse Paths, Shared Standards: Chart Your Own Course to a Successful Legal Career, Houston Bar Association, June 2012
  • Insurance Law Roundtable, Webcast, State Bar of Texas, December 2011
  • Leveraging Your Super Lawyers or Rising Stars Selection, Thomson Reuters Webinar, August 2011
  • Catastrophic Injury and the Value of a Structured Settlement, Legal Talk Network, February 2011
  • Importance of Jury Service, Houston Bar Association, November 2010
  • Thoughts and Critiques from ADR User's Panel, Houston Bar Association, November 2010
  • Beyond the Basics - Standing Out From the Crowd, FindLaw CLE, April 2010
  • Fatigued Truckers, Written Discovery - Interrogatories and Request for Production, APITLA, September 2009
  • Shifting Liability, Texas Bar CLE 33rd Annual Estate Planning & Probate Course, June 2009
  • Planning to Conquer the Real World of Private Practice, State Bar of Texas, March 2009
  • Case Law Update from Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives, Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management, March 2009
  • Themes in Trials, Garland R. Walker American Inns of the Court, January 2009
  • Examination of Plaintiff's Expert, ABOTA Masters in Trial, November 2008
  • Responsible Third Parties, 16th Advanced Civil Trial Law Conference, Houston College of Law, February 2008
  • Medical Malpractice Update, African Bar Association, February 2008
  • Jury Selection, 24th Litigation Update Institute, State Bar of Texas, January 2008
  • E-Discovery, Family Law Section, Houston Bar Association, January 2008
  • Designation of Responsible Third Parties, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, July 2007
  • Jury Selection and Trial Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases, Cooper & Scully Sixth Annual Forum on Healthcare Liability, November 2005
  • House Bill 4 - Proposition 12, A Look Back - What Really Changed, Leadership Houston Justice Day, April 2004
  • Employer Liability: Non Subscriber and Death Cases, Houston College of Law, March 2004
  • Tort Reform Panel, Advanced Civil Trial Law Conference, Houston College of Law, February 2004
  • Tort Reform Update, Mexican-American Bar Association, October 2003
  • Legislative Update/Tort Reform, Houston Bar Association, September 2003
  • Legislative Update, Personal Injury Law Conference, Houston College of Law, March 2003
  • Advanced Civil Discovery, Discovery About Experts, University of Houston, June 2001
  • Asserting Claims & Defending Nursing Home, Professional Education, Inc., January 2001
  • Advanced Civil Discovery - Discovery About Experts, University of Houston, June 2000
  • Asserting Claims & Defending Nursing Home, Professional Education, Inc., January 2000
  • HMO Liability, Advance of Personal Injury Course, State Bar of Texas, July 1999
  • Auto Collision Litigation, State Bar of Texas, September 1998
  • Hospital Case Law Update, Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, State Bar of Texas, August 1997
  • Dram Shop and Social Host Liability, Houston Bar Association, November 1996
  • Presentation of Evidence, Third Annual Paralegal Program: The Team Approach, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, October 1996
  • The Litigator's Overview: A Practical Guide to a Successful Trial Practice; Topic: Basic Discovery Techniques, Law Practice Management Seminar, March/April 1996
  • Auto Litigation, Houston Hispanic Lawyers Association, February 1996
  • Current Issues and Techniques for Trial Attorneys, Advanced Discovery Practice, May 1995
  • Personal Injury Litigation, Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, March 1995
  • Nursing the Nursing Home, TTLA Ski Seminar - The Winning Edge, February 1995
  • Mediation Presentation, Panel Discussion Leader, October 1994

Honors and Awards

  • Dean's Medal, Houston College of Law, 2013
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Houston Baptist University, 2009
  • Judge Sam Williams Award, State Bar of Texas, 2010
  • President's Award, State Bar of Texas, 2006
  • Public Service Award, Houston College of Law Alumni Association, 2006
  • Walk of Honor, Houston Baptist University, 2009
  • Woodrow B. Seals Award, Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 1999 - 2000
  • Commencement Speaker, Houston College of Law, 2010
  • President's Award, Houston Bar Association, 2007
  • Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers List, 2007 - 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, 2012 - 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, 2011 - 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2003 - 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 - 2015
  • Top 100: Houston Super Lawyers List, 2006 - 2015
  • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in Texas, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc.
  • Nominated as one of the "10 Best" Attorneys for Texas, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Texas for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubble, 2015
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyers of 2014, AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubble, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year," 2013, 2016
  • Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • Clients’ Choice Award, Avvo, 2015
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, Personal Injury, H Texas Magazine, 2004 - 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rating in Personal Injury Law - Plaintiff, 2014, 2015
  • Top Lawyers List - Personal Injury, Houstonia Magazine, 2014
  • Top Lawyers List - Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Business/Commercial, Houstonia Magazine, 2013
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law - American Lawyer, National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel, 2013
  • Award of Honor for Excellence of the American Academy of Ethical Attorneys for 2013, American Academy of Ethical Attorneys, 2013
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell®, 1997 - 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyers, Texas Legal Leaders, 2013 - 2015
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, 2012
  • Top Rated Lawyers, AV Preeminent in Business Litigation, 2012
  • Selected as One of the Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Lawyers, 2012
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, Litigation Fall 2012
  • America's Most Honored Professionals, American Registry, 2011 - 2012
  • Best Attorneys in Texas, American Registry, 2012
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, American Registry, 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney in Business Litigation - The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and Corporate Counsel, 2012
  • Top Texas Verdict, Medical Malpractice, 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney, American Registry, 2011
  • Superb Avvo Rated Attorney, American Registry, 2011
  • Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2007 - 2009, 2012
  • Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, American Registry, 2008 - 2009
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, Personal Injury, H Texas Magazine, 2008 - 2015
  • Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2006 - 2009
  • Go To Guide - Plaintiff's Personal Injury Lawyer, Texas Lawyer, 2007
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • President, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, 2014 - 2015
  • Chair, Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, 2014 - 2015
  • President, Houston Bar Association, 2005 - 2006
  • President, Dispute Resolution Center, Inc., 2003 - 2004
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, President, 2000 - 2001
  • President, Houston Lawyer's Referral Service, 2000 - 2001
  • President, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1999 - 2000
  • Vice-President, Finance, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2010 - 2012
  • First Vice President, Houston Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
  • Director, Houston College of Law, 2013 - 2015
  • Trustee, Texas Bar Foundation, 1997-2000, 2009-2012
  • Trustee, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, 2009 - 2012
  • Commissioner, Texas Access to Justice Commission, 2009 - 2012
  • Director, State Bar of Texas, 1994-1997, 2006-2009
  • Treasurer, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 - 2014
  • Vice President, Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate Specialists, 2013 - 2014
  • Chair-Elect, Texas Bar Foundation, 2013 - 2014
  • Treasurer, Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate Specialists, 2012 - 2013
  • Secretary and Treasurer, Texas Trial Lawyers Association's Executive Committee, 2012 - 2013
  • Secretary, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012 - 2013
  • Secretary, Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate Specialists, 2011 - 2012
  • National Advisory Board Member, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, 2009 - 2011
  • Second Vice President, Houston Bar Association, 2000 - 2001
  • Treasurer, Houston Bar Association, 2003 - 2004
  • Secretary, Houston Bar Association, 2001 - 2002
  • Director, Houston Bar Association, 1998 - 2000
  • Director, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1994 - Present
  • Executive Committee, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 - 2014
  • New Fellows Committee, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012 - 2013
  • Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award Committee, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012 - 2013
  • Chairman, Policy Manual Committee, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012 - 2013
  • Budget Chair, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 - 2013
  • Chairman, Investment Committee, Texas Bar Foundation, 2010 - 2011
  • Chairman, Administration Committee, State Bar of Texas, 2008 - 2009
  • Chairman, Facilities & Equipment Sub-Committee, State Bar of Texas, 2007 - 2008
  • Co-Chairman, Habitat for Humanity, Houston Bar Association, 2006 - 2007
  • Chairman, Audit Committee, Houston Bar Association, 2003 - 2004
  • Chairman, Finance Committee, Houston Bar Association, 2003 - 2004
  • Co-Chair, Lawyers Against Waste Committee, Houston Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
  • Chairman, Judicial Polls Committee, Houston Bar Association, 2001 - 2002
  • Chairman, Membership Benefits Task Force, 1999 - 2000
  • Chairman, Long Range Planning Committee, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1999 - 2001
  • Chairman, Professionalism Committee, Houston Bar Association, 1998 - 1999
  • Chairman, CLE Committee, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1993 - 2000
  • Chairman, Professional Development Committee, State Bar of Texas, 1996 - 1997
  • State Bar of Texas, Vice-Chairman, Legislative Committee, 1996 - 1997
  • Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Volume I, 1998 - 2006
  • Board Advisor, Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Volume I, 1994-1997, 2006-2008
  • Board Advisor, Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Volume IV, 1995 - 1997
  • Vice-President, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1997 - 1999
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1995 - 2010
  • Board of Directors, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1992 - 1997
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • America Inns of Court
  • Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists
  • Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Foundation
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation
  • Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Who's Who in American Law

Past Employment Positions

  • Fulbright & Jaworski, Associate, 1987 - 1990