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Ron McCallum was born in Dallas, Texas and attended high school at Missouri Military Academy. He followed two majors at the University of Oklahoma, Sociology and Professional Aviation. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1997, he began his career as a professional pilot. While maintaining his career as a pilot, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law in 2001, where he was a member of the International Law Journal.
Ron’s original practice consisted of representing aviation entities and pilots, while maintaining his aviation career as a full-time pilot instructor and charter captain. Ron then broadened his practice and joined a highly regarded firm where he became the catastrophic personal injury trial attorney, Director of Firm Aviation and Chief Pilot.
Throughout his career, Ron has tried numerous catastrophic injury cases to a successful jury verdict. Ron’s recent transition to SGPB adds his expertise and success to this nationally recognized trial law firm.
Ron’s trial successes include the case of Ashley Reedy and Janie Reeves vs. Greyhound Lines, Inc. and Rashad Armand Nichols; Cause No. 09-09239, 193rd District Court, Dallas County, Texas. In December of 2011, the jury in this case returned a unanimous verdict for both actual and punitive damages in an amount that qualified it as the No. 1 largest accident verdict in the State of Texas and Dallas County in 2011.
The clients in this case were injured when a Greyhound bus lost control on an icy road in December 2007. Ron’s courtroom victory against Greyhound came after a three-week trial, wherein the jury awarded over $18.6 million, including $9 million in punitive damages. This was the largest verdict ever awarded against Greyhound and was covered by news media all over the country, including Dallas Morning News, Channel 11 news, Lawyers USA, and VerdictSearch to name a few.
Again in January of 2013, Ron tried the case of Ken and Martha Zeiler, Joe Zeiler, and the Estate of Mary Mabry v. Barron Thomas, Agnes Clarke, Barron Thomas Aviation Inc., et al.; Cause No. CC-09-03492, Dallas County Court at Law No. 3. In this case concerning breach of contract, fraudulent inducement and “Ponzi” scheme allegations, Ron obtained a verdict of $867,880.20, including $250,000.00 in punitive awards against the Defendants.
Ron’s most recent verdict came on April 24, 2014 in the case of Bobbie Bush v. R&L Carriers, Inc., et al; Cause No. DC-11-16041, 298th District Court, Dallas County, Texas. A 41-year old Mississippi woman was seriously injured when her pick-up truck rolled over after it was read-ended by an 18-wheel tractor-trailer driver.
The jury in this case found that the truck driver, who had two previous rear-end collisions, was grossly negligent. The jury also found that his employers, Greenwood Motor Lines, Inc. doing business as R&L Carriers, were also grossly negligent in failing to properly supervise and train their driver. The client was awarded over $4.1 million.
This case was also unique in that Ron held the largest privately held trucking company accountable under both a general negligence standard and by clear and convincing evidence for gross negligence findings against both the driver and the company.
Ron’s success in the courtroom reflects in being awarded the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent), as well as being selected as a “Super Lawyer” in 2013 and 2014. Ron was also selected as a “Texas Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (a Thompson Reuters publication) in 2011, 2012 and 2013, which is an honor limited to the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in the State of Texas. Most recently, Ron was selected as one of the top trial lawyers in Texas by The National Trial Lawyers Association, an organization that limits membership to the top 40 trial lawyers in each state.
Ron is a member of the American, Texas and Dallas Bar Associations. He is also an active member of the American Association of Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and serves as a Board Member of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association.
AIRMEN RATINGS: ATP, CFI-A, CFI-I, MEI, Single and Multi-Engine Instrument Commercial Pilot
COMMUNITY: Away from the office, Ron enjoys giving back to the community by offering flight instruction to young pilots and advocating aviation safety through demonstration and airport involvement. He and his wife also volunteer their time and resources to the First Presbyterian Church Day School, in addition to local charities such as Challenge Air, Texas SPCA, Operation Kindness and Feral Friends.
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|OK||Authorized to practice law||2013||03/16/2015|
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2003||11/19/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2015|
|Top 40 under 40||National Trial Lawyers Association||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Member||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|QB||Keyman||2015 - Present|
|Superlawyer||Member||2013 - Present|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|College of the State Bar of Texas||Member||2011 - Present|
|Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Member||2011 - Present|
|Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Member||2011 - Present|
|Dallas Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2010 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2006 - Present|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||2006 - Present|
|Lawyer Pilots Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|National Business Aviation Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|AOPA||Panel Attorney||2004 - Present|
|Dallas Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Top 40 under 40||Member||2012 - 2015|
|Rising Star||Member||2012 - 2013|
|Bobbie Bush v. R&L Carriers, Inc., et al, DC-11-16041 in the 298th District Court of Dallas County, Texas||$4,138,669.28 (including punitive damages)|
|Ken and Martha Zeiler, et al. v. Barron Thomas, Agnes Clarke, Barron Thomas Aviation Inc., et al, Cause No. CC-09-03492||$867,880.20 including $250,000.00 in punitive awards|
|Ashley Reedy and Janie Reeves v. Greyhound Lines, Inc. and Rashad Armand Nichols; Cause No. 0909239||$18.6 million, including $9 million in punitive damages|
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|Texas Lawyer||Overhaul Needed for Truck Insurance Regulations||2015|
|PRN Newswire||Press Release||2015|
|Texas Lawbook||Comercial Vehicle Crashes Cause Litigation Boom for Texas Lawyers||2014|
|South Texas College of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||N/A||2001|