Dallas-Based Trial Law Firm Lyons & Simmons Expands to Houston

Chad Castille tabbed as managing partner of new office

DALLAS - Noted Dallas-based trial law firm Lyons & Simmons, LLP, is expanding its Texas footprint with the addition of five prominent trial attorneys in the firm's newly opened Houston office at 1001 Fannin St., Suite 1925.

Joining the firm are veteran Houston trial lawyers Tom Sartwelle, Matt Pletcher and Jeff Nobles, previously with the Houston office of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP, and Chad Castille and Matt McCracken, previously of Houston-based Serpe Jones Andrews Callender & Bell, PLLC.

“From the start, this has been a firm of 'Battle Tested, Razor Sharp' trial lawyers who do not back down from any challenge, and this group of attorneys certainly fits that model,'” says firm co-founder Michael Lyons. “We are excited about what this means for our clients, as well as our younger attorneys, to be able to work with such an exceptionally talented group of experienced lawyers.”

Mr. Castille will serve as Managing Partner of the Houston office. His practice is concentrated on complex civil litigation, representing individuals, small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations in a diverse array of industries. His expertise includes cases involving medical and hospital negligence, oil and gas, commercial and residential construction, pharmaceutical liability, medical devices, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, and commercial business disputes and torts.

Mr. Sartwelle, a highly rated and widely respected trial lawyer, has nearly 50 years of experience and has tried cases throughout Texas involving commercial business disputes; catastrophic personal injury; products liability; and medical, hospital and legal malpractice. He tried to verdict a case involving the first Texas corporation to be indicted for murder. He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate. He is also Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys as a Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice Specialist and serves as an officer with that organization. He joins as Of Counsel.

Mr. Pletcher is an experienced trial lawyer with a focus on cases involving commercial business disputes, products liability, professional negligence, and employment, health care, pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech litigation and civil appeals. In addition, he has successfully represented clients in a variety of civil claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. He joins as Partner.

Mr. Nobles is a well-respected trial and appellate lawyer with extensive experience handling a variety of civil appeals in state and federal courts throughout Texas. He has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex trials and appeals involving commercial business disputes, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, and products litigation. He is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a former chair of the Houston Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section and the Appellate Pro Bono Committee. He joins as Partner.

Mr. McCracken's trial and appellate experience includes cases involving professional liability with an emphasis on doctor and hospital litigation. He also handles matters involving a variety of industries including manufacturing, energy, telecommunications, and health care. He has briefed and argued major cases to state and federal appellate courts in Texas including the Texas Supreme Court. He has been an invited lecturer on legal ethics issues. He joins as Partner.

For additional information on Lyons & Simmons, please visit www.lyons-simmons.com.

“Our firm was built with the mindset of delivering the best representation possible while being mindful of the overall cost,” says Mr. Lyons. “To successfully translate that footprint to Houston, we had to be very selective in order to meet the needs not only of our firm's culture but also our clients' expectations. We know these lawyers well, and they've demonstrated a track record for excellence in the courtroom that will serve our clients and firm exceptionally well.”

Lyons & Simmons, LLP, has offices in Dallas and Houston and maintains a reputation as one of the state's premier trial boutique firms. Its lawyers routinely handle high-stakes cases of all kinds, including business disputes, products liability, personal injury, wrongful death, professional liability, real estate, securities, and construction cases.

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