John T. Kirtley, III

John T. Kirtley, III

John T. Kirtley, III, is the firm’s trial attorney, and he has practiced law since 1988. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Texas attorneys have given him the highest professional and ethical rating (AV®Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated), and he was selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters’ 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Texas Super Lawyers®  for the publishers of Law & Politics and Texas Monthly magazines.

John has litigated hundreds of cases involving automobile and trucking collisions, premises liability, wrongful death, pharmaceutical litigation, defective products, construction accidents, injured seamen and longshoremen, insurance claims, workers’ compensation, employment-related claims, consumer and commercial transactions, sexual abuse, drug class action lawsuits, medical malpractice, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Professional memberships include American Board of Trial Advocates, The National Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Trial Lawyers), the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA), Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Houston Bar Association. On December 7, 2017, John Kirtley received the Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s John Howie Spirit of Mentorship Award for his contributions to the betterment of his colleagues through mentorship, knowledge sharing, and professionalism on the TTLA List Server.

As a native Houstonian, John graduated with honors from the University of Houston. He earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law where he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Trial Advocacy.

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western District Courts of Texas
  • U.S. Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Published Appellate Decisions:

  • In re Quiroz, LEXIS 7423, 2017 WL 3381135 (Tex. App. —Dallas 2017, Memorandum Opinion, no pet.).
  • Michelsen v. Jones, LEXIS 5291 (Tex. App. —Houston [14th Dist.] 2011, Memorandum Opinion, no pet.).
  • Bombardier Aero. Empl. Welfare Benefits Plan v. Mestemacher, et al., 354 F 3d. 348 (5th Cir. 2003, cert. denied).
  • Harris County v. Franks, 875 S.W.2d 1 (Tex. App. —Houston [1st Dist.] 1994, no writ).
  • Aguilar v. Wenglar Construction Co., 871 S.W.2d 829 (Tex. App. —Corpus Christi 1994, no writ).