Doyle Raizner LLP

Doyle Raizner LLP

Maritime Law Firm

Firm Overview

Doyle Raizner LLP provides reassurance and representation for families in Jones Act and other offshore maritime injury claims.

Main Office

LyondellBasell Tower
1221 McKinney Suite 4100

Houston TX 77010

Phone

888.571.1001

713.571.1146

Fax

713.571.1148

Other Offices

Galveston Office
1894 Trube Estate Building
Galveston

Phoenix Office
2929 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix

Maritime

Admiralty and maritime law is a complex area governed by a variety of federal statutes. Your rights and opportunities to recover monetary compensation under the Jones Act and other maritime laws may be much different than those of other types of law.

In addition to hundreds of cases involving drilling rigs, barges, tugboats, other vessels, oil platforms and transport helicopters on U.S. waterways, our attorneys at Doyle Raizner have handled numerous maritime law cases originating in international and foreign waters. If you need a lawyer to evaluate your maritime injury claim, contact our Texas-based firm today. Recent maritime cases we have successfully resolved include substantial verdicts and settlement awards for: -A boat captain severely injured in a mutiny off the coast of Angola -The victim of an accident aboard the dredging vessel Pontchartrain, for which the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company was found 100 percent liable -Injuries suffered by a captain being transferred in a personnel basket between vessels in the Gulf of Mexico -A Mississippi man who suffered chemical burns and spinal injuries in an offshore helicopter crash - involving negligence in rescue efforts by defendant Houston Helicopters, Inc. -A mechanic on a seismic survey vessel operated by WesternGeco Resources, Inc., who suffered permanent spinal injuries when his head struck an improperly placed beam, resulting in a Jones Act claim and verdict affirmation in trial court

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Only a select number of law firms in Texas or elsewhere have the experience, skill and tenacity to handle complex domestic and international personal injury claims. At Doyle Raizner LLP, our attorneys have earned the respect of legal peers and clients across the United States and throughout the world for obtaining significant jury verdicts, settlements, and judgments on behalf of the injured and grieving. No matter where you live, if your serious injury or a loved one's death was caused by the negligence of an American individual or corporation or a foreign company doing business in the U.S., please contact us. Our attorneys strive to help injured people recover monetary compensation for damages suffered. We welcome all inquiries from victims as well as other lawyers who want favorable results for their clients. Our attorneys are widely known as skilled trial lawyers able to deliver for our clients in high-value, challenging cases. We do not hesitate to take a maritime, military or other injury case before a judge and jury, where we have an impressive record of success. Equally important, we have the resources to deal with imposing costs and support you in important ways throughout negotiation or litigation. We have built this reputation by delivering positive financial outcomes for men, women and families suffering due to: -Injuries or death at sea, or at work in shore-based maritime occupations, whether covered by the Jones Act or other federal or state laws -Insurance bad faith after the devastation of a hurricane, a workplace injury or other catastrophic event -Serious injury suffered while traveling internationally for work or pleasure -The negligence of military contractors such as KBR, Inc. (Kellogg Brown & Root), the company we are actively holding accountable for exposing many U.S. and U.K. soldiers to toxic hexavalent chromium -Helicopter crashes and other aviation accidents We have a strong history of successfully navigating legal systems in the U.K. and other countries, enabling us to triumph in cases that might surpass the capabilities of other lawyers. You can depend on caring guidance, straight-forward answers and commitment to justice when you turn to us at the Houston-based law firm Doyle Raizner LLP.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

The successes we achieve for our clients affect their lives for many years to come. That is why its an honor to represent our clients during this critical time in their lives. We honor their faith in us by being loyal, trustworthy and determined.

Jeff Raizner

Doyle Raizner LLP

Jeff is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and his trial practice includes the representation of plaintiffs in maritime personal injury, international and trans-national personal injury, including overseas work and holiday injury claims, and insurance bad faith. His personal injury practice includes the representation of Jones Act and foreign seaman in disputes arising in U.S. waters and around the world. He also represents a number of U.K. residents injured in the U.S. on holiday, as well as working people from various countries who have been injured as a result of the actions of U.S. companies. His insurance bad faith practice includes the representation of workers compensation claimants who have had their claims delayed and denied by their insurers and adjusters. In addition, Jeff has represented insureds and policy holders against domestic liability and excess insurers, and in transnational coverage disputes against U.K. and E.U. underwriters and company market insurers.

Professional Associations and Recognition:
Associate Member, Texas Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (TAPIA)
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Houston Trial Lawyers Association
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (UK)
Houston Bar Association
Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Star, a Thomson Reuters business, 2006
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, 2007-2012
Best Lawyer (Personal Injury Litigation), 2010, 2011, 2013

License

Bar Number: 00784806
Texas, 1992

Bar Number: Federal Court, South
Texas, 1992

Bar Number: Admitted to Bar
Arizona, 2012

Bar Number: Admitted to Bar
Missouri, 2012

Education

Tulane University
B.A., 1989

University of Houston Law School
J.D., 1992

Mike Doyle

Doyle Raizner LLP

Mike's trial practice includes the representation of plaintiffs in maritime personal injury, international and trans-national personal injury, including work and holiday injury claims, and insurance bad faith. Mike's personal injury practice includes the representation of Jones Act and foreign seaman in disputes arising in U.S. waters and around the world. He also represents a number of U.K. residents injured in the U.S. on holiday, as well as working people from various countries who have been injured as a result of the actions of multinational companies. Mike's insurance bad faith practice includes the representation of workers compensation claimants who have had their claims delayed and denied by their insurers and adjusters. In addition, Mike has represented insureds and policy holders against domestic liability and excess insurers, and in transnational coverage disputes against U.K. and E.U. underwriters and company market insurers.

Mike is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a Fellow in the National College of Advocacy of the American Association for Justice. Mike has obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts, judgments, and settlements. These results include a jury verdict in 2004 of over $2.5 million for a Jones Act seaman injured in the Gulf of Alaska (net recovery after affirmed, with partial reduction of jury verdict on appeal, of $1,020,000); a jury verdict in 2006 of over $4.3 million in an insurance bad faith case (reduced $500.000 by trial court, on appeal, estimated net recovery to client of $1.85 million); a jury verdict in 2007 of over $1.5 million for a boat captain injured offshore Angola (affirmed on appeal, net recovery to client of $914,418.57); a jury verdict in 2008 of over $2.2 million for a passenger in a helicopter crash landing in the Gulf of Mexico (settled before appeal, net recovery to client of $1,001,417.30); a jury verdict in 2008 of over $2.3 million for a seismic operator injured in the Gulf of Mexico (currently on appeal, estimated net recovery after reduction for contributory negligence of $820,000) ; a jury verdict in 2009 for over $4.5 million for a marine mooring master injured in a personnel basket transfer in the Gulf of Mexico (settled before appeal, net recovery to client of approximately $2.1 million); and a verdict of over $1.2 million for a leverman onboard a dredge vessel working near Memphis, Tennessee in 2009 (settled before appeal, net recovery to client of approximately $560,000).

Professional Associations and Recognition:
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, 2005-2012
Best Lawyer (Personal Injury Litigation), 2009-2011, 2013
Best Lawyer (Transportation Law), 2010, 2011, 2013
Best Lawyer (Admiralty & Maritime Law), 2009, 2013

License

Bar Number: 06095650
Texas, 1990

Bar Number: Admitted to Bar
Missouri, 2012

Education

The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
J.D.,

University of Virginia
B.A. ,

Patrick M. Dennis

Doyle Raizner LLP

Patrick's practice includes the representation of individuals in maritime personal injury disputes, commercial litigation, and insurance bad faith cases.

Patrick obtained a B.S. in political science at the University of Houston, where he graduated summa cum laude, and a J.D. from The University of Texas, where he graduated with honors, served as a staff member of The Review of Litigation, and was a member of Phi Delta Phi. Patrick practiced at Vinson & Elkins in Houston for three years before joining Doyle Raizner LLP. Patrick was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2004.

He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Professional Associations and Recognition:
Mr. Dennis has been named a 2009 Rising Star by Texas Monthly Magazine.

License

Bar Number: 24045777
Texas, 2004

Bar Number: Admitted to Bar
Arizona, 2012

Education

The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
J.D., 2004

University of Houston, Houston
B.S., 2001

Kim Goodling

Doyle Raizner LLP

Kim is an associate with Doyle Raizner. Her practice includes the representation of individuals in insurance bad faith disputes, as well as district court workers compensation cases.

Kim obtained a B.S. in Political Science and a J.D. from the University of Houston. Kim practiced at Andrews Kurth in Houston for four years after being admitted to the Texas bar in 2002. She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts of the Southern and Western Districts of Texas.

Bar Admissions
Texas, 2002
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2002
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2005

License

Bar Number: 24036659
Texas, 2002

Education

University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
J.D., 2001

University of Houston, Houston, Texas
B.S. , 1998

Andrew P. Slania

Doyle Raizner LLP

Andrew's practice includes the representation of individuals and companies in insurance bad faith cases, maritime personal injury disputes, and commercial litigation.

Andrew's trial experience includes serving as first chair of an eight day trial in Harris County District Court related to a pipeline construction dispute, successfully first chairing a trial in U.S. Immigration Court in securing political asylum for his Columbian client who fought against recruitment of child soldiers by paramilitary organization, participating in a Jones Act trial leading to highly favorable verdict for the client, and trying over a dozen cases to verdict as Prosecutor for the City of Houston in 2007 and 2008.

Professional Associations and Recognition:
Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Stars, a Thomson Reuters business, 2010


License

Bar Number: 24056338
Texas, 2006

Bar Number: Admitted to Bar
Arizona, 2012

Education

Saint Louis University
B.A., 2003

University of Houston Law Center
Juris Doctorate, 2006

Amy Hargis

Doyle Raizner LLP

Amy Hargis obtained a B.A. in International Studies at Texas A&M University. While at Texas A&M, Amy studied Spanish in Barcelona, Spain at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Valencia, Spainat Universitat de Valencia. She worked for the 12th Man Foundation as a liaison between alumni donors and the Foundation and was a member of Delta Delta Delta.

Areas of Practice
Insurance Bad Faith
Personal Injury
Commercial Litigation

Professional Associations and Memberships
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association
American Bar Association

License

Bar Number: 24078630
Texas,

Education

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
J.D. (Magna cum laude) , 2011

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
B.A., 2008

Jeff Avery

Doyle Raizner LLP

Jeff graduated from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California with a B.A. in History and Political Science. At Vanguard he participated in the Pre-law society, History and Political Science events, and Intramural sports.

Jeff received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law and worked as a managing editor for the Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs. During law school, Jeff was an extern for the United States District Court and the Los Angeles City Attorney

License

Bar Number: 286873
California, 2012

Bar Number: 24085185
Texas, 2013

Education

UCLA Law School, Los Angeles, California
J.D., 2012

Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, California
B.A., 2009