The Jones Act is a federal law that governs the liability of vessel operators and marine employers for work-related injuries or the death of an employee.
PERSONAL INJURY TRIAL LAWYER
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
David P. Willis is a graduate of Baylor University (1978) and the South Texas College of Law (1982). He served as a briefing attorney on the Supreme Court of Texas (1983-1984), and is currently a member of the State Bar of Texas, New York State Bar, Texas Bar Foundation, and American Association for Justice. He has been a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer since 1988, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, U.S. Patent Holder # 4,673,202. In 2015 he was elected as a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA).
In most instances, the new client enters into a contingency fee contract with Willis & Associates. This means that only upon successfully securing an award or settlement for our client does Willis & Associates receive its fee and expenses. In essence, “There is no fee or expenses charged for our services if there is no recovery to you.” In some cases, Mr. Willis will involve additional Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyers and others as co-counsel to assist in specific cases, especially in cases where other firms’ expertise in a particular matter strengthens and accelerates the case through the legal system. This assembling of a team of lawyers for our client does not increase fees to the client “one red cent.” With this team effort, the client’s case is often resolved in a shorter period of time and with more substantial settlements and trial verdicts for the client.
“My firm is committed to representing individuals and families who have been the victims of a wrongful death or serious personal injury. Although monetary compensation cannot heal the emotional and physical scars left as the result of a serious accident, it can help in many cases to relieve much of the economic stress and hardship associated with the injury or loss of a loved one. Many times it is the only means of support and future security for the injured individual and their family. Litigation may not bring back a loved one, or heal a serious injury, but it may serve to help prevent others from having to endure the same loss.”
The selection of a lawyer should be based to a great extent on the proven track record of that lawyer and the team of attorneys and experts he assembles to handle your case. Although no one can guarantee the results or final recovery on any particular case or fact scenario, we do believe that past performance is a strong indicator of the level of commitment and solid work ethic that will be brought to bear on serious and complex litigation in the future.