BEAUMONT, Texas, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Provost Umphrey equity partner Paul "Chip" Ferguson was recently appointed to the State Bar of Texas' standing committee on Pattern Jury Charges – General Negligence and Intentional Personal Torts. The State Bar's committees are established by the Board of Directors. Members are appointed by the President-Elect to consider matters of interest to the Bar membership, update professional materials, recommend changes to policies and procedures, and study legal issues affecting the legal profession and the public. The appointment is for a three year term, ending in 2017.
The Pattern Jury Charges – General Negligence and Intentional Personal Torts committee drafts and provides the definitions, instructions, and questions needed to submit to the jury in these types of lawsuits. Its purpose is to assist both the trial judges and lawyers in preparing these materials. The committee consists of 28 legal professionals selected from across the state and includes a combination of attorneys, trial judges, appellate judges, and law professors.
Ferguson is the first attorney in Provost Umphrey history to be selected to such a committee.
"I am deeply honored to be appointed to the committee on Pattern Jury Charges – General Negligence and Intentional Personal Torts. This appointment will allow me to contribute to the long-term jurisprudence of the State of Texas – an opportunity that few receive. Given the quality of lawyers at Provost Umphrey, it is a particular honor to be the first attorney from our law firm to serve on this committee. It will be a challenge and privilege to serve with some of the great legal minds in Texas," says Ferguson.
Board certified in personal injury law, Ferguson specializes in personal injury and products liability cases. Ferguson is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried cases across the United States. Most recently, Ferguson's $32 million verdict against Dominos Pizza was named the #1 Motor Vehicle Verdict in Texas and #60 in the nation by The National Law Journal. Additionally, Ferguson reached a significant confidential settlement in May 2014 with Hercules Tires. The lawsuit, first filed in 2012, prompted an internal investigation at Hercules that resulted in over 100,000 recalled tires.
Ferguson has been named a Texas Super by Thomson Reuters nine times, an honor reserved for only five percent of lawyers in the state. In 2014, he was named Southeast Texas Lawyer of the Year for Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News.
For over forty years, Provost Umphrey's mission has remained to seek justice for those most in need – those who have suffered a personal injury or death due to the wrongful conduct of others. Our attorneys fight for our clients nationwide with offices in Beaumont and Houston, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee. Led by Walter Umphrey, Provost Umphrey continues to be one of the most successful trial law firms in the nation by remaining Hard-Working Lawyers for Hard-Working People.
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