Charles R. Houssiere III

Senior Partner

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In my legal practice I have endeavored to advance the cause of justice and human welfare for those who cannot help themselves and are damaged in person and property, by improper use of science; who must therefore seek redress at law.Charles R. Houssiere III

Charles “Chip” Houssiere, licensed to practice law in both Texas and Colorado, with multifaceted interests and hands-on experience in science and law. During his legal career, he has successfully handled a multitude of scientific law cases, product liability, health care, aviation and environmental litigation.

Chip is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Eligible in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Civil Specialization, and Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  In addition to his legal practice, he is a private airplane pilot and active member of national engineering societies and chemical societies, and state and national legal organizations.

Born in Houston, Chip grew up in a small agrarian Louisianan town called Jennings. His interest in science and the space program started early with the science fair in Louisiana in the fifth grade with an exhibit on the physics of oil well drilling. In the 7th grade, he was sent to the University of Texas at Austin for advanced study in science and mathematics. He remained in Austin furthering his studies until graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in math, physics and chemistry. Following graduation, Chip worked for the NASA man space craft program participating with astronauts in Apollo, Skylab and Soviet Soyuz, which developed the docking system used today on the space station. Among many notable achievements was the cardiovascular research study of the effects of weightlessness on the cardiovascular system using the lower body negative pressure device during Skylab, ultimately resulting in the pulse oximeter still used in most hospitals today.

While attending the University of Texas, Chip developed a love for flying, obtaining his private pilot’s license with the Long Horn Flying Club and later received high performance training in Houston from M. Aak Aviation whose owner trained with Amelia Earhart.

While at NASA an agreement was reached with the research group that he would work on Skylab and go to night school for his law degree. As he was anxious to develop his courtroom skills while still in law school, he became a civil court bailiff preparing briefs and analyzing motions for the court’s approval; while simultaneously serving as a certified deputy sheriff with civil court bailiff duties.

Chip’s deep love and respect for the environment also began in college when he joined the U.S. National Park Service, working in Rocky Mountain National Park and Yosemite National Park as a back country ranger and trail crew member during the summer months. Since then, the firm has supported many environmental efforts and toxic tort litigation, including the Reforestation of Independence Pass near Aspen, Colorado.

Admitted to Practice

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals – Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court – Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court – Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court – Western District of Texas
  • All Texas and Colorado State Courts
  • Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law – Texas Board of Specialization
  • Diplomat of Civil Trial Advocacy – National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Eligible Civil Trial Law – Texas Board of Civil Specialization

Education & Honors

  • B.S., The University of Texas at Austin
  • J.D., South Texas College of Law

Activities & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Colorado
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Director Fellowship Member 1988-Present
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • American Trial Lawyers Breast Implant Litigation Group, Founder
  • Houston Medical Legal Society
  • American Trial Lawyers Association for the State of Texas, Governor 1994-95
  • 500 Limited Club for families of disabled police officers, Founder and President
  • American Society of Law and Medicine, Diplomat
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Sustaining Member
  • American Association of Justice, Sustaining Member
  • Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges
  • Harris County Dispute Resolution Center
  • National Health Lawyers Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President 1991-99, Director 1984-91
  • Rosco Pound Foundation
  • American College of Legal Medicine
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group
  • The Houston, Texas and American Bar Associations
  • Phi Alpha Delta, Vice President
  • Who’s Who In American Law
  • Society of Automobile Engineers
  • Society of American Chemical Engineering
  • Millionaire Verdict Club
  • American Chemical Society

Publications & Presentations

  • Analysis of the Sport Utility Vehicle Rollover Case, 2000
  • Mass Tort Litigation . . . A Plaintiff’s Perspective, 2000
  • Hospital, Doctor Aid Subrogated Insurance Claims, Seminar, 1995
  • Advanced Discovery in Medical Malpractice, St. Mary’s University and Texas Tech University Medical Malpractice Conference, 1991
  • Jury Selection, Opening Statement and Final Argument, ACLM Mid-Winter Convention, 1990
  • Statutes Governing Texas Medical Malpractice, TTLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 1990
  • Malpractice and Legal Ethics, St. Mary’s University and Texas Tech University Medical Malpractice Conference, 1990
  • Threshold Issues: Evaluating Liability, State Bar of Texas Advance Settlement Techniques, 1990
  • Causation: Legal and Factual, Seminar, 1988
  • Liability of Hospital Technicians, Seminar, 1987
  • Preparing the Medical Malpractice Case, TTLA Nuts & Bolts Seminar, 1986
  • Jury Argument: A Lawyer’s Last Chance
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