Trent D. Stephens

Partner

 Houston

Practice Areas

LitigationTort Litigation

Biography

Trent D. Stephens’s practice primarily involves litigation of product liability and personal injury disputes as well as complex commercial matters related to construction defects, business torts, and contract disputes.

Trent has first chair trial experience in both state and federal courts. He also counsels clients through arbitration and appeal, and has represented clients before various appellate courts and the Texas Supreme Court. Thomson Reuters has named Trent a Rising Star on six occasions and H Texas Magazine has also recognized him as a Top Lawyer. 

Trent earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Houston Baptist University and his law degree from Baylor Law School, where he was a member of the Order of Barristers.

EDUCATION

  • Baylor Law School
    (1998)
  • Houston Baptist University
    (B.A., cum laude, 1995)

ADMISSIONS

  • Texas, 1998
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

NOTEWORTHY

  • Named Texas Super Lawyers’ Rising Star by Thomson Reuters (2005-2010, 2012)
  • Named Top Lawyer by H Texas Magazine (2010)

Representative Experience

  • Obtained favorable nominal settlement for product manufacturer whose product allegedly caused multi-million dollar loss in building fire.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for refinery operator after contractor allegedly suffered exposure to caustic soda, causing permanent eye and respiratory injuries.
  • Obtained summary judgment for trucking company, resolving personal injury claims brought by motorist struck by trucking company’s independent contractor.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for product manufacturer of scaffold component that allegedly failed, causing plaintiff to fall over 100 feet from oil platform.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for chemical plant operator after alleged exposure to chemical release at plant caused contractors’ chemical burns and severe injuries.
  • Obtained dismissal of lawsuit against financial institution for wrongful foreclosure.
  • Obtained favorable settlement of wrongful death lawsuit against hospital.
  • Obtained temporary restraining order against former marketing director in favor of doctor and medical group.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for subcontractor whose employee fell from scaffold and sustained significant injuries.
  • Obtained dismissal of tax claims against nonprofit organization.
  • Obtained favorable settlement of claims for driver and his employer arising from automobile accident.
  • Conducted successful arbitration of business dispute between medical partnership members.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for driver of fully loaded cement mixer that overturned onto plaintiffs’ vehicle, causing injuries to mother and infant child.
  • Obtained recovery for financial institution in commercial lease litigation.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for employer of decedent involved in construction accident.
  • Obtained favorable jury verdict in real estate dispute.
  • Obtained $850,000 jury verdict against agent of construction company.
  • Obtained summary judgment for defendant in personal injury litigation involving plaintiff who allegedly fell into open hole dug by defendant and claimed defendant was negligent in failing to barricade and warn of hole; trial court agreed that defendant did not owe plaintiff a duty.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for assisted living facility in medical malpractice litigation involving the death of a plaintiff who was allegedly administered his wife’s medication.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of claims against company whose vehicle was allegedly involved in hit and run accident.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for engineer in construction defect litigation involving allegations that engineer’s plans for several residential structures were substandard, which required total replacement of structures’ exteriors.
  • Obtained temporary restraining order and injunction against company wrongfully attempting to draw on client’s letter of credit.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for doctor in medical malpractice litigation involving allegations that doctor failed to adequately administer oxygen, which resulted in plaintiff’s death.
  • Obtained temporary restraining order against company wrongfully attempting to exercise judgment against client.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for product manufacturer in construction defect litigation involving allegations that EIFS siding product was defectively designed, which resulted in cracks and other construction defects.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of claims against product manufacturer whose product allegedly caused permanent and irreparable damage to residential structure.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for defendant in premises liability litigation involving allegations that restaurant design and lighting caused plaintiff’s injury, which required her to undergo multiple back surgeries.

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