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Randall O. Sorrels

Randall O. Sorrels

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About Me

Randy Sorrels has proven himself to be a leader both inside and outside the courtroom.

Inside the courtroom, Sorrels has established his presence as a double board certified trial lawyer in both personal injury and civil trial law — a distinction held by less than .1% of lawyers in Texas. And though his practice is not limited to medical malpractice, Best Lawyers in America has recently named him “Lawyer of the Year” in Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law in Houston for 2013. Texas Monthly has continued to recognize Sorrels as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas for the sixth straight year — again, a distinction given to less than .1% of lawyers in the state. He handles cases involving serious personal injury, catastrophic events, wrongful death, and significant business disputes.

Outside the courtroom, Sorrels has been awarded some of the highest honors recognized by the State Bar of Texas. He has been awarded the State Bar of Texas' President's Award (recognizing the one Texas Lawyer who provided the most outstanding contributions through distinguished service to the lawyers of Texas), the Judge Sam Williams Award (recognizing the Texas lawyer who provides the greatest contribution to both local bars and the State Bar of Texas), and the Houston Bar Association President's Award (recognizing significant contributions to an HBA program). Early in his career, Sorrels was honored with the Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston Award (recognizing the one young Houston lawyer who exemplified significant professional traits both inside and outside the practice of law).

Randy Sorrels currently serves as the President of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, and Chair of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.  He has served as the President of the Houston Bar Association, President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, Vice President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation, Director of the State Bar of Texas (two terms), Commissioner of the Equal Access to Justice Commission, Trustee of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and is currently on the Board of Directors at South Texas College of Law.

Sorrels started his legal career at Fulbright & Jaworski, where he represented doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and businesses in the state of Texas who were accused of civil wrongdoing. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from South Texas College of Law in 1987, where he was on the Law Review and was a member of the nationally recognized Board of Advocates. South Texas has honored Sorrels with its highest honor — the Dean's Medal, as well as its Public Service Award (the inaugural award). Recently South Texas renamed its legal clinics The Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics, which represents 15,000 square feet of new, state-of-the-art facilities to bring together clients with unmet legal needs, and students who are eager to work with those clients under direct supervision of their professors.

Prior to law school, Sorrels graduated Magna Cum Laude from Houston Baptist University — where he was recognized as an NCAA Academic All-American in 1984. Sorrels attended HBU on a soccer scholarship, and the soccer field at the university now carries his name — Sorrels Field. While at school, he was recognized as the Outstanding Student in both Political Science and Speech Communications.  In the greatest honor the university gives for alumnus, Randy was named as HBU's Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 2009, and he continues to be involved in alumni events and meetings.

Randy Sorrels serves as the managing partner of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, where he has practiced since 1990. Since taking over the leadership of the firm, Abraham Watkins has become more diverse, more community involved, more academically accomplished, and more active in the courtroom. The firm touts seven Texas Board Certified lawyers.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    25 years
  2. Trucking Accident: 10%
    25 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    25 years
  4. Car Accidents: 10%
    25 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Fran Brochstein

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sorrels has an outstanding reputation in the legal community. If you have a legal problem, I would encourage you to call him for advice.


    Fran Brochstein Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Scott A. Hooper

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Scott Hooper Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend

800 Commerce Street
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198709/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year"Best Lawyers2013
The Best Lawyers in America, 2010 - 2013Best Lawyers2013
Texas Super Lawyer, 2003 - 2012Texas Super Lawyers2012
Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, 2007 - 2011Texas Monthly2011
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2009 - 2011The American Trial Lawyers Association2011
Top Texas Verdict Medical MalpracticeTop Texas Verdict2011
American RegistryOne of America's Most Honored Professionals2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Association for Justice2010
Houston Top Lawyers for the People, 2006 - 2010H Texas2010
Distinguished Alumnus AwardHouston Baptist University2009
Top Lawyers in Houston, 2008 -2009H Texas Magazine2009
Leading Plaintiff's Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Registry2009
President's AwardState Bar of Texas2006
Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of HoustonHouston Young Lawyers Association2000
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American LawN/A
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateFulbright & Jaworski1987 - 1990
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate SpecialistsBoard of Directors2011 - 2012
Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate SpecialistsSecretary2011 - 2012
Texas Bar FoundationTrustee2009 - 2012
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaAdvisory Board Member2009 - Present
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaNational Advisory Board Member2009 - Present
Texas Supreme Court Historical SocietyTrustee2009 - 2012
Texas Access to Justice CommissionCommissioner2009 - 2012
Houston Bar AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
Houston Trial Lawyers FoundationPresident2000 - 2001
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident1999 - 2000
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationDirector1994 - Present
The National Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Texas Supreme Court Historical SocietyMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
National Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Houston Bar FoundationMemberN/A
Houston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Foundation of the American Board of Trial AdvocatesFounding MemberN/A
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)MemberN/A
American Bar FoundationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMemberN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
Three Dimensional Imaging for Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Surgery"The Legalities of Cone Beam Imaging"2010
Texas Bar Journal"Medicaid Reimbursements"2007
The Advocate"Do State Medicaid Agencies Have the Right to Full Reimbursement for Medical Payments Paid on Behalf of a Medicaid Recipient?"2007
Trial"Avoiding the Confidentiality Tax Bite"2006
Texas Bar Journal"Plaintiffs' Attorneys Beware: Little Known Tax Consequences Associated with Confidentiality Provisions"2006
Texas Bar Journal"Should Employee's Negligence Be Submitted in a Non-Subscriber Case?"2000
Houston Lawyer"Should Employee's Negligence Be Submitted in a Non-Subscriber Case?"2000
Texas Bar Journal"Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk"1995
Houston Lawyer"Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk"1994
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College Of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987