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Nelson James Roach

Personal injury Attorney at Daingerfield, TX

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  • Licensed for 39 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1984
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Nelson

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Practice areas
  1. Defective and dangerous products
    I have represented people suffering from asbestosis, silicosis and other toxic substances, people injured by defects in automobiles, motorcycles, industrial products and comsumer products.

    36 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    Every attorney-client relationship begins with a free consultation. Each injury case is handled on a contingency basis. Our clients only pay attorney fees when we obtain compensation on their claim, whether it’s through settlement or trial verdict.

    36 years, 5,000 cases

  3. Brain injury
    Often the changes to cognition, memory and impulse control from a traumatic brain injury are subtle and require experts to diagnose. I have years of experience representing individuals with TBI.

    36 years, 10 cases

  4. Car accident
    If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you likely have hospital bills, lost wages and a host of financial losses. we will work to get you significantly more compensation than if you were to negotiate with insurance companies on your own.

    36 years, 500 cases

  5. Trucking accident
    Commercial vehicles are subject to federal rules and regulations that do not apply to individuals. Knowledge of these rules and regulations is critical to helping people injured by commercial trucks.

    36 years, 10 cases

Nelson J. Roach is a partner at the Roach Law Firm in Daingerfield, Texas. Over the last 30 years, Nelson has represented thousands of clients in many groundbreaking cases.

In 1987, at age 28, he was made lead counsel of the Lone Star Steel Toxic Tort Litigation, an occupational-disease case involving more than 5,000 steelworkers against 600 companies that supplied products to the steel mill.

While in his 30s, Nelson served as lead counsel representing more than 300 rubber workers at the Red River Army Depot in Hooks, Texas. They took legal action against equipment suppliers and rubber companies related to occupational cancers and lung diseases.

In 2021, Nelson won $730 million in a case involving a collision between a passenger car and an oversize-cargo truck hauling a propeller for a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine. It was the fourth-largest jury verdict in the United States and third-largest in Texas that year.

Nelson also represented the inventor of the process banks use to electronically clear checks in a series of patent-infringement cases against some of the largest and most powerful financial institutions in the nation. In that litigation, he and two other lawyers in his firm obtained a judgment against U.S. Bank.

Nelson was lead counsel in a class action against Phelps Dodge Corporation related to lead, arsenic, and cadmium contamination of homes in Blackwell, Oklahoma. The case resulted in the cleanup of hundreds of properties throughout the community.

Nelson has served on the national steering committees of several defective drug and medical device mass tort cases.

He has also represented many injured clients in cases involving explosions, confined-space accidents, farm and industrial equipment accidents, defective automobiles, workplace injuries, car wrecks, and truck wrecks.

In 2009, Nelson served as President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) and has been a member of the TTLA Executive Committee and TTLA Legislative Management Committee from 2010-2020. Over the last 10 years, as part of his TTLA legislative duties, Nelson has testified before the Texas Legislature more than 100 times on behalf of injured Texans.

Nelson is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an invitation-only trial organization founded to promote ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy. Membership in ABOTA requires substantial civil jury trial to verdict experience, as well as high personal character and honorable reputation.

Nelson has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating level based on superior ethics, as well as the desired level of professional experience. Nelson was named on the Texas Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters, from 2009-2015 and 2018-2022.

He obtained both his undergraduate and law degree with honors from Baylor University, and after law school served as a briefing clerk for the Honorable Robert Campbell of The Supreme Court of Texas.

Nelson is married to the former Misty Morris and they have a step son, Andrew.

In his spare time, Nelson enjoys hunting, fishing and watching wildlife on his ranch located between Lone Star and Pittsburg. As a result of his conservation work on his ranch, Nelson was awarded the 2018 Land Steward Award by the Texas Wildlife Society and the 2018 Pineywoods Lone Star Land Steward Award by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


Roach Law Firm
205 Linda Drive
Daingerfield, TX, 75638


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  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Roach Langston Bruno L.L.P.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Nix Patterson & Roach, LLP
  • 1987 - 2018
  • Associate
  • Clark, Thomas, Winters & Newton
  • 1985 - 1987
  • Briefing Attorney
  • Supreme Court Of Texas
  • 1984 - 1985
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  • Baylor University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Baylor University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Stevenson v. Caterpillar Inc. and Sears Manufacturing Company
  • Settled for a confidential amount.
  • Hamilton v. Strube Propane
  • Settled for a confidential amount.
  • Coffee v. Freeport McMoran
  • Settled. Defendant agreed to remediate the soil of contaminated homes, clean contaminated homes and pay money damages. Total value to the class was over 112 million dollars
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  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Associate
  • 2007 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Northeast Texas Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Don Bowen Distringuished Service Award
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • American Association of Justice
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
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  • South Texas Law Review
  • Substantial Foreclosure in a Defined Market: Can It Ever Be Proved In Texas?
  • 2008
  • Baylor Law Review
  • The Rule Against Perpetuities
  • 1983

Speaking Engagements

  • Trucking & Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Seminar
  • Roach’s presentation is designed for other injury lawyers who try accident cases and focuses on engaging jurors in claims involving commercial vehicles.
  • 2023

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Daingerfield Personal injury Lawyer Nelson James Roach
Nelson James Roach
Personal injury Attorney
Daingerfield, TX
Licensed for 39 years
Virtual consultation available