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Randall O. Sorrels

Randall O. Sorrels

also known as Randy Sorrels

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.


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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%
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  • 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.


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Contact info

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend

800 Commerce Street
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198710/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Plaintiffs' "Lawyer of the Year"The Best Lawyers in America©, Houston Medical Malpractice Law, 2013, 2016N/A
Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial LitigationLitigation, 2012N/A
The Top 1% Trial CounselMedical Malpractice Lawyers, 2012N/A
Top Rated LawyerAV Preeminent in Business Litigation, 2012N/A
Texas Top Rated LawyerTexas Top Rated Lawyer 2012N/A
Houston's Top LawyersAmerican Registry, 2012N/A
Best Attorneys in TexasAmerican Registry, 2012N/A
AV Preeminent Rated Attorney in Business LitigationThe National Law Journal, The American 2012 Lawyer, and Corporate Counsel, 2012N/A
America's Most Honored ProfessionalsAmerican Registry, 2011-2012N/A
Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon, 2007-2009, 2012N/A
Superb AVVO Rated AttorneyAmerican Registry, 2011N/A
Top Texas VerdictMedical Malpractice, 2011N/A
The Best Lawyers in AmericaThe Best Lawyers in America 2011N/A
Top 100 Lawyers in TexasThe American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009-2015N/A
Top Rated LawyersTexas Legal Leaders, 2013-2015N/A
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo, 2015N/A
Dean's MedalSouth Texas College of Law, 2013N/A
Top Lawyer 2013: Pers Inj, Med Mal, Business/CommercialHoustonia Magazine, 2013N/A
Award of Honor for ExcellenceThe American Academy of Ethicical AttorneysN/A
The Best Lawyers In AmericaPersonal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, 2012-2016N/A
The Best Lawyers in AmericaMedical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, 2011-2015N/A
Peer Review Rated Ethical Standards and Legal AbilityAV Preeminent® Martindale-Hubbell®, 1997-2015N/A
Top Rated Lawyer in Texas for Ethical Standards & Legal AbilityMartindale-Hubble, 2015N/A
Top Rated LawyersTexas Legal Leaders, 2013-2015N/A
Top 100 Lawyers in TexasThe American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009-2015N/A
Nation's Top 1%The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015N/A
Houston's Top Lawyers, Personal InjuryH Texas Magazine, 2004-2015N/A
Top 100: Texas Super LawyersTexas Super Lawyers, 2007-2014N/A
Top Lawyers - Personal InjuryHoustonia Magazine, 2014N/A
Top 100: Houston Super LawyersHouston Super Lawyers, 2006-2014N/A
Top 100 Lawyers in TexasTexas Monthly, 2007-2014N/A
Texas Top Rated Lawyers of 2014, Legal LeadersMartindale-Hubbell, 2014N/A
Texas Top Rated Lawyers of 2014AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014N/A
Texas Super LawyerThomson Reuters, 2003-2014N/A
Lawdragon Finalist, 2010LawdragonN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateFulbright & Jaworski1987 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fellows of the Texas Bar FoundationChair2014 - Present
Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate SpecialistsPresident2014 - Present
South Texas College of LawDirector2013 - Present
Texas Bar FoundationChair Elect2013 - 2014
Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate SpecialistsVice President2013 - 2014
Texas Trial Lawyers Association AdvocatesBudget Chair2012 - 2013
Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award Committee, Texas Bar FoundationN/A2012 - 2013
Policy Manual Committee, Texas Bar FoundationChairman2012 - 2013
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationExecutive Committee2012 - 2014
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationTreasurer2012 - 2014
Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate SpecialistsTreasurer2012 - 2013
Texas Trial Lawyers Association's Executive CommitteeSecretary/Treasurer2012 - 2013
Texas Bar FoundationSecretary2012 - 2013
New Fellows Committee, Texas Bar FoundationN/A2012 - 2013
Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate SpecialistsSecretary2011 - 2012
Texas Bar Foundation, Investment Committee,Chairman2010 - 2011
Texas Bar Foundation, Investment CommitteeChairman2010 - 2011
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, FinanceVice President2010 - 2012
Texas Supreme Court Historical SocietyTrustee2009 - 2012
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaBoard Member2009 - 2011
Texas Access to Justice CommissionCommissioner2009 - 2012
State Bar of Texas, Administration CommitteeChairman2008 - 2009
Facilities & Equipment Sub-Committee, State Bar of TexasChairman2007 - 2008
Habitat for Humanity, Houston Bar AssociationCo-Chairman2006 - 2007
Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Volume IBoard Advisor2006 - 2008
State Bar of TexasDirector2006 - 2009
Houston Bar AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
Dispute Resolution Center, Inc.President2003 - 2004
Finance Committee, Houston Bar AssociationChairman2003 - 2004
Audit Committee, Houston Bar AssociationChairman2003 - 2004
Houston Bar AssociationTreasurer2003 - 2004
Houston Bar AssociationFirst Vice President2002 - 2003
Lawyers Against Waste Committee, Houston Bar AssociationCo-Chair2002 - 2003
Judicial Polls Committee, Houston Bar AssociationChairman2001 - 2002
Houston Bar AssociationSecretary2001 - 2002
Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Volume IN/A1998 - 2006
Texas Bar FoundationTrustee1997 - 2012
Professional Development Committee, State Bar of TexasChairman1996 - 1997
State Bar of Texas, Legislative CommitteeVice Chairman1996 - 1997
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1995 - 2010
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationDirector1994 - Present
State Bar of TexasDirector1994 - 1997
Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Volume IBoard Advisor1994 - 1997
Professionalism Committee, Houston Bar AssociationChairman1991 - 1998
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Texas Bar FoundationN/AN/A
State Bar of TexasN/AN/A
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)N/AN/A
America Inns of CourtN/AN/A
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
National Board of Legal Specialty CertificationN/AN/A
National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice AdvocacyN/AN/A
National Board of Trial AdvocacyN/AN/A
Association of Civil Trial and Appellate SpecialistsN/AN/A
Who's Who in American LawN/AN/A
Texas Supreme Court Historical SocietyN/AN/A
Million Dollar Advocates ForumN/AN/A
American Bar FoundationN/AN/A
The National Trial LawyersN/AN/A
Houston Trial Lawyers FoundationN/AN/A
Foundation of the American Board of Trial AdvocatesN/AN/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
Houston Baptist UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984