Firm Profile

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The Nations Law Firm is a national catastrophic injury and pharmaceutical litigation firm. We represent plaintiffs who have been injured by defective drugs and medical devices. We also specialize in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death from other causes, such as trucking accidents, other motor vehicle accidents, drunk driving, elevator accidents, birth trauma, amusement park rides and other defective products. In our business litigation practice, we represent both plaintiffs and defendants. We recently represented plaintiffs from seven states who were defrauded of millions of dollars by California-based defendants. Currently the firm is representing people who have been injured by pharmaceuticals and medical devices, such as Zoloft, Effexor and other SSRI antidepressants, the blood thinner Pradaxa, the diabetes medication Actos, Yaz and Yasmin birth control, the DePuy ASR and DePuy Pinnacle hip implants, transvaginal mesh devices, and Gadolinium contrast dye. Our individual catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases consist primarily of people injured or killed by trucking collisions, drunk driving, and distracted driving. We have successfully prosecuted all kinds of injury cases, including roller coasters, water parks, elevators, forklifts, and medical malpractice.

Our firm consists of a multi-talented, diverse group of legal professionals dedicated and driven to achieve justice for their clients. There are 9 attorneys, including a lawyer-nurse, and 3 bilingual attorneys (Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic). The Nations’ lawyers are trial advocates for those who have been grievously harmed by others. The firm carefully chooses the claims it will prosecute so that the attorneys can dedicate the requisite time and energy to move each case swiftly to trial or settlement. The Nations’ lawyers are supported by an experienced team of legal staff, many of whom have been with the firm between 8 and 15 years, as well as Paralegal Charles Bailey, Andrea Schmauss, and Firm Administrator Joanna Meinecke, who have been with the firm for 25 years, 26 years, and 36 years, respectively. The Nations Law Firm takes pride in the talent and commitment of its attorneys and staff, the depth of their expertise, and the teamwork they employ to respond to clients’ needs.

Mr. Nations is nationally board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocates, is certified as a Diplomate of Trial Advocacy by the National College of Advocacy, is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a personal injury trial lawyer, and is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a civil trial lawyer. Since receiving his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1966, Mr. Nations’ career has been acknowledged with listings in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. He has over thirty years of teaching experience and is one of the best regarded and most sought after speakers in the legal profession. Mr. Nations has been heavily involved in mass torts litigation for several years. He served as a court-appointed member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the Zyprexa and Ortho Evra multi-district litigation (MDL), was also on the Executive Committee of the Ortho Evra MDL, and is currently serving on the Gadolinium PSC.

The Nations Law Firm has handled several high-profile cases, such as Jesica Santillan, the young Mexican girl who died after receiving organs of the wrong blood type in a heart-lung transplant at Duke Medical Center, and Hitoshi Nikaidoh, the outstanding young physician who was tragically killed while stepping into an elevator. Tragedies and losses such as these are the driving force behind the firm’s commitment to achieving justice for clients.

Personal Injury Business Litigation
catastrophic injury breach of contract
wrongful death deceptive trade practices
pharmaceuticals / medical devices securities litigation
major collisions (including 18-wheelers, drunk driving, distracted driving) corporate fraud
traumatic brain injury breach of fiduciary duty
medical negligence negligent misrepresentation
birth trauma breach of warranty
defective products bad faith insurance
The Law Offices of Howard L. Nations, now The Nations Law Firm, was founded in 1971. We handle cases nationwide from our principal office in Houston, Texas and our satellite offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. Bilingual staff is available for Spanish-speaking clients.

Howard L. Nations, J.D.
Texas Board of Legal Specialization: Personal Injury Trial Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization: Civil Trial Law
National Board of Trial Advocacy: Diplomate, Civil Trial Advocacy
National College of Advocacy: Diplomate of Trial Advocacy

Cindy L. Nations, J.D.

Kim T. Truongle, J.D.

Mark E. Dykes, J.D.

Stephen G. Daniel, J.D.

Jade M. Ruiz, J.D.

Lema Barazi, J.D.

Carolyn St. Clair, R.N., J.D., Of Counsel

Unless otherwise specified, attorneys are Not Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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