Trent grew up in Pasadena, Texas near the refineries along the Gulf Coast. He attended South Houston High School where he graduated early so he could enlist in the United States Navy. On his first tour of duty, Trent was sent overseas to Yokosuka, Japan, where he served aboard the USS Midway. While in the Navy, Trent learned the importance of discipline and hard work. He also learned that paying attention to detail can be the difference between success and failure. Trent put himself through college and law school. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, Clear Lake and his law degree from South Texas College of Law, in Houston, Texas.
During law school, Trent was awarded membership in The Order of the Lytae in recognition of excellence and attainment in the study of the law. After law school, Trent moved to Beaumont, Texas so he could serve the people of Jefferson County as a Prosecutor in the Jefferson County District Attorney's office. In 1997, Trent left the Jefferson County District Attorney's office for private practice.
It was a natural progression for Trent to go from protecting the rights of victims harmed by criminal conduct to protecting the rights of individuals harmed by the negligence and gross negligence of others. Trent is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has extensive experience in personal injury litigation. Trent has been the lead attorney in hundreds of personal injury cases ranging from automobile accidents, to plant explosions, to complex medical malpractice cases.
He believes that the best way to succeed is by working harder and being better prepared than your adversary. Trent believes in giving back to the community. He is a supporter of "Some Other Place" a mission that serves the homeless in Beaumont, Texas, as well as being an active member of St. Anthony's Parish. Trent has been fortunate enough to coach his children in youth sports. He has coached teams in the West End Little League and Beaumont Little Dribblers.
Trent has been recognized as a Super Lawyer ( a Thomson Reuters service), a Life Member of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Furthermore, Trent has served as a Director for the Jefferson County Bar (2011), Director and Vice President in the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association.
Recipient, Beaumont Police Officers Association Service Award, 2002, 2008. Assistant, District Attorney, 1994-1997. Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, Order of Lytae.
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1993||10/19/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2015|
|Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2014|
|Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2013|
|Super Lawyers||Thompson Reuters||2012|
|Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2011|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Multi-Million Dollar Advocate||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2011|
|Million Dollar Advocate||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2009|
|Faithful Service Award||Beaumont Police Officer Associations Award||2008|
|Life Fellow||Texas Bar Foundation||2005|
|Faithful Service Award||Beaumont Police Officer Association||2002|
|Order of the Lytae||South Texas College of Law||1991|
|Good Conduct Award||United States Navy||1986|
|Sea Service Deployment Ribbon||United States Navy||1983|
|Battle "E" Ribbon||United States Navy||1983|
|Trial Attorney||Portner Bond, PLLC||2011 - Present|
|Trial Attorney||Reaud, Morgan & Quinn||1997 - 2011|
|Assistant District Attorney||Jefferson County, Texas District Attorney's Office||1994 - 1997|
|Petty Officer 3rd Class||United States Navy||1982 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Jefferson County Bar Association||Vice President||2013 - Present|
|Jefferson County Bar Association||Director||2011 - 2013|
|Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association||Vice President||1998 - 1998|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||N/A||1998 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||N/A||1998 - 2010|
|Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association||Director||1997 - 1997|
|Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association||Director||1996 - 1996|
|Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association||N/A||1994 - 1998|
|Jefferson County Bar Association||N/A||1994 - Present|
|South Texas College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|