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John Kirkland Sammons

also known as J. Kirkland Sammons, "Kirk" Sammons

About me

Recently recognized for one of the Top Texas Verdicts in 2014 based on a $4.3 million verdict in favor of an injured refinery worker, "Kirk" Sammons is the founding shareholder of Sammons & Berry, P.C.


A decorated  veteran, Kirk earned the rank of Sergeant while serving with the 3rd Armored Division during the Gulf War. After completing his military service, Kirk attended the University of Houston on the GI Bill, graduating with with a degree in Finance with membership in the Honors College.


Kirk attended law school at South Texas College of Law where he also served as an editor on both the South Texas Law Review and Currents: International Law Journal. Competitive by nature, Kirk earned numerous best speaker and best brief awards in both moot court and mock trial competitions and was the recipient of the Clements, O'Neill, Pierce & Nickens Award for Best Article on Federal Law (1996-1997). While in law school, Kirk also had the honor of serving as a judicial intern for the Chief Justice Michael H. Schneider, Sr., of the Texas First Court of Appeals.


Over the years, Kirk has tried numerous cases to verdict against some of the largest corporations in the United States, including General Motors Corporation, Union Pacific Railroad Company, BNSF Railway Company, Kellog Brown & Root and others.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
    1 year
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
    1 year
  3. Mesothelioma & Asbestos: 25%
  4. Trucking Accident: 25%
    1 year



Contingent (40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • John Thomas Wilson

    Mr. Sammons is one of the most dedicated, hardworking lawyers in Texas. A good man to have on your side.


    John Wilson Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Troy Damon Chandler

    I endorse this lawyer. J. Kirk Sammons is an outstanding advocate in every way. He is as ethical as he is hardworking and I am proud to recommend him.


    Troy Chandler Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Sammons & Berry, P.C.

4606 Cypress Creek Pkwy
Suite 600
Houston, TX, 77069


ARAuthorized to practice200610/30/2015
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199810/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Texas Verdicts of 2014VerdictSearch2015
2014 Top Lawyers - Personal InjuryHoustonia Magazine2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
2013 Top Lawyer - Personal InjuryHoustonia Magazine2013
2013 Top Rated Lawyer - Transportation LawMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Top Professionals on the Fast TrackH Texas Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerVasquez & Sammons, LLP2004 - 2009
Trial AttorneyHeard Robins Cloud & Lubel, LLP2000 - 2004
AttorneyJones & Granger1998 - 2000
SergeantU S Army1987 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for Justice, Railroad Law SectionPast Chair2010 - 2011
American Association for Justice, FELA Litigation GroupPast Chair2009 - 2011
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
The Kansas City Southern Ry. v. Oney, 380 S.W.3d 795Appellate court ruled in favor of railroad worker who had died from lung cancer.
Abarca v. Scott Morgan Residential, Inc., 305 S.W.3d 110Reversed - Held that summary judgment was improper,
In Re BNSF Railway Co., 2011 Tex. App. LEXIS 2315Mandamus Denied.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Currents: International Trade Law JournalDeciphering the Encryption Debate: An Introduction and Overview of Encryption Regulation1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of Houston, main campusFinanceBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Association for Justice, Railroad Law SectionJust Sign Here! Railroad Strategies and Release Issues Under the FELA2011
American Association for Justice"It's Not a Tumor" - Occupational Carcinogens and the FELA2010
American Association for Justice, Railroad Law SectionEthical Preparation of Expert Witnesses in Railroad Cases2009
American Association for JusticeLitigation Under the FELA: The Basics2009