Firm Administrator Awarded Prestigious Status of ALA Distinguished Member


By Cindy Nations – Congratulations to our firm administrator Joanna Meinecke who has just been awarded the prestigious status of ALA Distinguished Member in honor of her participation in the Association of Legal Administrators for 30 years! Joanna’s unwavering commitment to the legal profession has served as an example to newer generations of law firm administrators and has helped to shape the ALA organization over the years. Joanna has been the administrator of The Nations Law Firm for 35 years. It is a privilege to work under her guidance and management. Congratulations, Ms. Meinecke!

New Office Expansion for the Nations Law Firm


The Nations Law Firm is proud to announce the opening of our second Houston office. Conveniently located in the Westchase area, the new 21,000 square foot office space allows ample room for the firm’s expanded operations. We have an entire floor with plenty of space for both equipment and personnel and room to grow even more. Mr.Nations, who has been practicing law for 50 years now, has no intention of slowing down any time soon, as evidenced by the firm’s ever-growing client base. Please note: There are no changes to our contact information including our telephone numbers, extensions, fax number, email, and mailing addresses.

North Texas Warrior Golf Association Fundraiser

The Nations Law Firm is proud to announce the successful outcome of a charitable event which we were fortunate enough to sponsor.  The 7th Annual North Texas Warrior Golf Tournament took place in Southlake, Texas all day today.  This is the group’s only fundraiser and essentially funds their entire yearly operating budget.  The North Texas Warrior Golf Association works with wounded veterans throughout the year, providing them with playing opportunities and golfing equipment, all as a means to assist with their rehab and their successful reintegration into civilian life.

One of our attorneys was on site at the event and met with veterans and their families to answer questions about the Anti-Terrorism Act lawsuits which our firm is handling.  War veterans who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan may be eligible for compensation through this lawsuit.  Their families may also have a claim.

Our attorney was also on the air with Major Andrew White, on his popular radio show, Kilroy’s Conversation,  A Voice for Veterans and First Responders.

Our Own Joanna Meinecke Receives Houston AdminAwards Loyalty Award

Joanna Meinecke

Congratulations to our very own Joanna Meinecke, winner of the Houston AdminAwards Loyalty Award.

Joanna Patton Meinecke came to work for The Nations Law Firm 33 years ago as a part-time temporary. When she joined the firm, the current managing partner, Cindy Nations, was still in high school and working for her dad after class. As Firm Administrator she has witnessed both drastic changes and growth in the plaintiffs’ firm founded by Howard Nations in 1971.

Her legal experience started in 1968 at a corporate firm in Dallas, Texas, where she was hired as receptionist and six months later was selected by the Senior Partner to be his right hand. She held that position for 10 years before moving to Houston.

Joanna grew up in three small Texas towns, attended Baylor University, and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Business Education. She continues to avidly support the Lady Bears basketball team. Her long-term loyalties extend to her personal trainer of 17 years and her boyfriend of 27 years.

When asked recently by an applicant during an interview what caused her to stay at The Nations Law Firm for 33 years, Joanna replied: “The people here who give their best to meet the needs of the clients and more importantly, the trust and fairness and respect shown to me by Howard Nations who is still considering a reclassification for me from ‘part-time temporary’ to permanent.”

Published June 9, 2017


Howard L. Nations of Houston has been selected as one of five 2017 recipients of the Texas Bar Foundation’s Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award. The award recognizes attorneys whose practice has spanned 50 years or more and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public.

Howard Nations has been at the forefront of civil and personal injury litigation for 50 years and has a national practice that focuses on mass tort pharmaceuticals and medical devices, individual catastrophic injuries, and complex business litigation. He has four trial board certifications and has tried countless civil and criminal cases, including representation of the accused in more than 300 pro bono criminal cases.

As a pioneer in courtroom technology, Nations was the first attorney to create and introduce computer-generated liability reenactments and medical animations into evidence at trial. As one of the most sought-after speakers in legal education, he has lectured to lawyers in all 50 states, twelve foreign countries and six Canadian provinces. Nations pioneered the use of forensic psychological and neurolinguistics programming principles in trial and the use of focus groups in trial practice.

Nations’ professional recognitions include induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, receipt of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Justice and induction into the National Trial Lawyers Round Table as one of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers.

He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, The Melvin M. Belli Society, and the Aletheia Institute. Nations is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

The Bar Foundation commissioned an oral history to recognize and preserve the accomplishments of Mr. Nations’ legal career.  Additionally, he will be publicly recognized at the Texas Bar Foundation Annual Dinner held on June 23, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

Founded in 1965 by attorneys determined to assist the public and improve the profession, the Texas Bar Foundation has become the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country. The Texas Bar Foundation relies on the contributions of its Fellows to improve the lives of Texans. To-date, through the generosity of the Fellows, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in grants to numerous organizations across the state.

Election to the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas, representing the top one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys. Selection is based on an outstanding record in the legal profession as well as proven commitment to support the community at large. For more information about the Texas Bar Foundation, please visit

The Trial Lawyer Selects Howard Nations as One of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers

The Trial Lawyer, official magazine of The National Trial Lawyers, has revealed its 2016 members of The RoundTable: America’s 50 Most Influential Lawyers. These extraordinary civil plaintiff and criminal defense lawyers were chosen from nominations of the magazine’s readers. Each lawyer was assessed for his or her professional accomplishments, trial results, and capability to revolutionize change in the legal community.