Brant J. Stogner

Brant J. Stogner

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

Brant Stogner grew up in El Campo, Texas - a small town about an hour southwest of Houston. In high school, Brant excelled at both athletics and academics. Brant graduated in the top ten percent of his high school class; in sports, Brant and the Ricebirds won six district championships in football and baseball during his three years starting on varsity. Brant earned all-district honors all three years in both sports while also participating in theater and the National Honor Society. Despite a knee injury and subsequent knee surgery in his senior year of high school, Brant accepted a full scholarship to the University of Houston to play linebacker for the Cougars under head coach Kim Helton.

In college, Brant's academic success continued. In his freshman year at the University of Houston, Brant earned the 1997 Conference USA Academic Excellence Award, earning the highest grade point average of football players in the conference. After playing two seasons, and having three surgeries in as many years, Brant decided to hang up his football cleats and transfer to Texas A&M University to complete his business degree. At Texas A&M University, Brant's scholastic accolades continued to mount. Brant was a member of numerous honor societies and graduated in the top ten percent of his class with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.

After graduation from Texas A&M University, Brant moved back to Houston to attend law school at South Texas College of Law Houston. In law school, Brant quickly became a member of the law school's nationally ranked mock trial and moot court program under Dean T. Gerald Treece. Following just his third semester in law school, Brant won the Intramural Summer Academy Mock Trial Competition and took Best Speaker honors. Ultimately, Brant competed as a varsity advocate in 15 mock trial and moot court competitions across the country. In addition to numerous individual speaker awards, Brant won a state tournament championship, a regional moot court tournament championship, two regional mock trial tournament championships, and, ultimately, a National Championship in mock trial at the ATLA National Trial Competition in his final semester of law school. Brant graduated law school in May of 2006 in the top fifteen percent of his law school class, was admitted into the Order of Barristers, and received the 2006 Dean's Outstanding Student Advocate Award.

Following graduation from law school and after taking the bar exam, Brant accepted an associate position at Houston law firm, Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering (now LeClair Ryan) while waiting for bar results. In November of 2006, Brant received his license to practice law from the State Bar of Texas while working at Hays McConn. As a licensed attorney, Brant continued to work with multiple partners on a wide range of cases in civil litigation, representing primarily defendants in personal injury and business disputes. Brant worked as a lawyer during the day and as a law professor at night while he coached South Texas College of Law Houston mock trial teams for his alma mater. After learning the ropes at Hays McConn for nearly two years, Brant accepted an associate position with Abraham Watkins in August of 2008. Brant has been with Abraham Watkins ever since and is now a firm partner.

At Abraham Watkins, Brant has continued to consistently try cases to verdict. Brant tried twelve cases to verdict in his first three years at the firm. Today, he almost exclusively represents plaintiffs. Brant's practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury matters, auto and 18 wheeler cases, product defect cases, commercial business disputes, and first-party insurance bad faith and claims handling matters. Since joining the firm, Brant has helped hundreds of his clients obtain compensation for their injuries and damages caused by others. Brant is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law. He received this certification within his first five years of legal practice, which is the soonest an attorney can become board certified in Texas. In 2009, Brant received the largest verdict (over $20 million) in Texas for workplace safety and injuries and was listed in Verdict Search's Top Texas Verdicts of 2009. Brant is a board member of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association and is a founding member of the South Texas College of Law Houston Young Alumni Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the South Texas College of Law Houston Alumni Association and is the Vice President of Development.

Brant was named to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star list from 2011 to 2013. He was named to H Texas Magazine's "Houston's Top Lawyers 2013" list and has been named to Houstonia Magazine's "Top Lawyers" list since 2013. Despite being only thirty-four years old, Brant was selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list in 2013. He has been named to the Texas Super Lawyers list every year since 2013.  In 2014, Brant was also added to the Top 40 Texas Attorneys Under 40 list by the National Trial Lawyers Association, which he made again in 2015 and 2016. Brant was named to the Nation’s Top One Percent list by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2015 and 2016. Brant was also nominated for and inducted into the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) as a member in 2015 and was the youngest inductee in the 2015 class. Most recently, South Texas College of Law Houston honored Brant with the inaugural Young Alumni Award. He is the first recipient to receive this award from South Texas College of Law Houston.

Brant met his wife, Jennifer, in law school and she was one of his mock trial partners when they won the ATLA Regional Championship in Dallas, Texas and the National Championship in Miami, Florida. They currently have two boys, Ryker and Beckett Stogner, and one girl, Holland Quinn Stogner.

 

 

Year Joined Firm

  • 2008

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 Injuries
  • Vehicular Accidents

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2006

Education

  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - May, 2006
    • Honors: GPA: 3.292 Rank: Top 15%
    • Honors: Competed in 15 Advocacy Tournaments as a Varsity Advocate
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers
    • Honors: Dean's Outstanding Student Advocate Award- South Texas College of Law Houston, 2006.
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (1999 - 2001)
    • B.B.A. - May, 2001
    • Honors: National Society of Collegiate Scholars
    • Honors: Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honors Society
    • Honors: Golden Key National Honor Society
    • Major: Accounting
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas (1997 - 1999)
    • Honors: Received full-paid football scholarship to the University of Houston
    • Honors: Played two seasons at linebacker under former coach, Kim Helton
    • Honors: Earned the 1997 Conference USA Academic Excellence Award (Highest GPA)

Published Works

  • Lessons to be Learned from In re Weekley Homes, L.P., The Houston Lawyer (Online Edition), September/October, 2010
  • Shifting Liability, State Bar of Texas: 33rd Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course (Litigation Section) (MCLE presentation & paper), 2009
  • Paid or Incurred, Why Does it Matter, & What to Look for in Medical Records, State Bar of Texas Annual Convention (Paralegal Division) (MCLE paper & presentation), 2008
  • Chapter 3 Contract Issues: Construction Industry Perspective, Construction Defects: Claims & Coverage, Defense Research Institute, 2007

Classes/Seminars

  • New Student Orientation, Spring Orientation, South Texas College of Law Houston, Served as Speaker on a Panel, 2017
  • Presenting, Recovering, & Challenging Past Medical Expenses, Houston Bar Association (MCLE presentation & paper), February 27, 2015
  • Presenting, Recovering, & Challenging Past Medical Expenses, Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association March CLE Luncheon (MCLE presentation & paper), March 11, 2014
  • Admitting and Providing Medical Expenses Post Haygood v. De Escabedo, Houston Bar Association 2011-2012 Winter Seminars (MCLE presentation & paper), December 15, 2011
  • What Do Lawyers Do?, Law School Admission Council: Law School Forums, 2010, 2013
  • Judges Panel: Courtroom Etiquette from the Bench, State Bar of Texas: Texas Minority Attorney Program, 2009
  • Paid or Incurred, Why Does it Matter, & What to Look for in Medical Records, State Bar of Texas Annual Convention (Paralegal Division) (MCLE presentation & paper), 2008

Honors and Awards

  • South Texas College of Law Houston Young Alumni Award (inaugural recipient), 2016
  • Texas' Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016 - 2017
  • Nominated as one of the "10 Best" Attorneys for Texas, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016 - 2017
  • Texas' Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
  • Nation's Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015 - 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014 - 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Texas Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly, 2013 - 2017
  • Top Lawyers List, Houstonia Magazine, 2013 - 2016
  • Houston's Top Lawyers List, Personal Injury, H Texas Magazine, 2013, 2016
  • Clients’ Choice Award, Avvo, 2015
  • Texas Rising Stars, Texas Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly, 2011 - 2013
  • Verdict Search's Top Texas Verdicts of 2009 (#1 Verdict - Workplace Safety), 2009
  • National Champion, AAJ National Trial Competition, Miami, FL, 2006
  • Regional Champion, AAJ National Trial Competition, Dallas, TX, 2006
  • National Best Advocate (Second Place) ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Chicago, IL, 2005
  • Regional Champion, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, New Orleans, LA, 2004 - 2005
  • Regional Champion, TYLA National Trial Competition, Dallas, TX, 2004 - 2005
  • State Champion, Best Oralist, and 2nd Best Brief, SBOT Administrative & Public Law Moot Court Competition, Austin, TX, 2004
  • Tournament Champion and Best Oralist, T. Gerald Treece Summer Academy Mock Trial Competition, Houston, TX, 2004
  • Avvo Peer/Client Rated 10 of 10 (since 2011)
  • Invited to join Million Dollar Advocates & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Vice President of Development, 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Pattern Jury Charge Committee for Negligence, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Spring Branch American Little League, Team Manager and Sponsor, 2017
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Vice President of Admissions, 2015 - 2016
  • South Texas College of Law Houston Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2012 - 2016
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 2015 - Present
  • Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, Member, 2014 - Present
  • South Texas College of Law Houston Young Alumni Council, Board Member, 2010 - Present
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Vice President, and Chair of Membership Committee, 2009 - Present
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Adjunct Advocacy Professor/Varsity Coach, Houston TX, 2006 - Present
  • Houston Lawyer Referral Service, Board of Trustees, 2011 - 2012
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Affiliate Member
  • Invited to join the National League of Renowned Attorneys
  • Invited to join Rue Rating's Best Attorneys of America
  • Invited to join Million Dollar Advocates & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Monarch Oaks Civic Association, Board of Directors, 2017 - Present
  • Monarch Oaks Civic Association, 2nd Vice President, 2017 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering, P.C., Houston TX, Associate, October 9, 2006 - August 22, 2008
  • Ebanks, Smith, & Carlson, L.L.P., Houston, Texas, Summer Associate/Law Clerk, 2005
  • 1st Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas, Semester Intern, 2005

Pro Bono Activities

  • Annual Holiday Gift Program at JFK Elementary, Houston Trial Lawyer Foundation, 2013 - Present
  • Mentor/Protege Program, Houston Bar Association, 2012 - 2017
  • Pro Bono Divorce Volunteer, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2012 - 2014
  • Law Day Readings, Houston Bar Association, 2012
  • Legal Lines Volunteer, Houston Bar Association, 2007 - Present