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About me

Having played a pivotal role in some of the nation’s most visible landmark cases, I have earned the recognition and respect of the legal community and my clients as a capable and compassionate attorney who will not flinch in the face of opposition.

During much of my 20-year tenure with O’Quinn Law Firm, I also served at the South Texas College of Law as an adjunct professor in mock trial to Associate Dean Gerald Treece, widely known for his KHOU-TV appearances informing citizens of their legal rights.

Prior to O’Quinn Law Firm, I was member of a Harris Country District Court Staff where I gained a thorough understanding of the behind-the-scenes workings of our legal system and the perspectives of judges and other courtroom influencers who greatly impact the outcome of a case.  I also did an internship at the Texas Court of Appeals.

I began my career in the law as a Texas peace officer, vowing to serve and protect the people of my community  –  a firsthand experience that gave me great empathy for and commitment to the people I represents in the legal system today. I am still a peace officer and have completed enough service, education and time to hold a Masters Peace Officer Certification in the State of Texas.

I earned my law degree from South Texas College of Law, and was commended as the year’s outstanding male graduate by the Student Bar Association.  I am an often-requested speaker in the community, and spend time doing work with various organizations in the community.

As a devoted family man, I advocate for causes I believe will leave the world a better place for my children.


Languages spoken: Hebrew, Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 47%
    25 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    25 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 14%
    25 years
  4. Business: 11%
    25 years
  5. Other: 8%
  6. More 



Hourly ($150-400/hour), contingent (20-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sherrie Haussner Travers

    I endorse this lawyer. Carl is an effective advocate for his clients and maintains the highest ethical standards.


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  • Mark T. Murray

    I endorse this lawyer. Carl is a very dedicated lawyer that puts his client's interests first.


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Contact info


2118 Smith Street, Ste 7
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199107/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Constable's AwardHarris County Constable Precinct One2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Master Peace Officer with Precinct 6Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education2007
Career Division Alum of the Month AwardSouth Texas College of Law1997
Outstanding Male GraduateSouth Texas College of Law Student Bar Association1990
Order of the BarristersSouth Texas College of Law1990
Regional Champion- San Diego, CaliforniaNational Institute for Trial Advocacy1990
National Finalist- Denver, ColoradoNational Institute for Trial Advocacy1990
Dean's Student Service AwardSouth Texas College of Law1990
American Jurisprudence AwardSouth Texas College of Law1989
Dean's ListSouth Texas College of Law1989
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law1989
President's AwardStudent Bar Association1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant ChiefHarris County Constable Precinct One2016 - Present
Attorney and Witness Preparation SpecialistShawLaw2010 - Present
CaptainHarris County Constable Precinct One2014 - 2016
LieutenantHarris County Constable Precinct One2013 - 2014
Adjunct ProfessorSouth Texas College Of Law1995 - 2005
AttorneyThe O'Quinn Law Firm1991 - 2010
InternTexas Court Of Appeals, First District1989 - 1989
Legal InternFulbright & Jaworski1988 - 1988
Sheriff's DeputyHarris County Sheriff's Department1985 - 1990
Law Clerk/Courtroom Deputy151st District Court1984 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of TexasAttorney Member1991 - Present
League of Women VotersMember1988 - Present
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and EducationPeace Officer1987 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationVarsity Member, National Mock Trial Team1990 - 1990
South Texas College of LawOfficer, Board of Advocates1989 - 1990
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyVarsity Member- National Mock Trial Tournament1989 - 1989
American Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident- Law Student Division1988 - 1989
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Carswell v. Christus Health CareWon 2 million dollars for my client
3 local construction defect casesover one million dollars in repairs
Business CompetitionThe client's business was reopened, partially, within days and soon returned to full operation.
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Publication nameTitleDate
NBCTODAY Investigates: Dirty surgical instruments a problem in the OR2012
Outpatient Surgery MagazineCDC Investigation Uncovers Dirty Surgical Instruments at Houston Hospital2012
iWatch NewsFilthy surgical instruments: The hidden threat in America's operating rooms2012
Reader's DigestWhy Can’t Linda Carswell Get Her Husband’s Heart Back?2012
Reader's DigestHorror Headline: Dirty Tools More Common Than You Think2012
ProPublicaWhy Can’t Linda Carswell Get Her Husband’s Heart Back?2011
The Houston ChronicleWidow awarded $1 million in missing heart fraud case2010
Dolan Media NewswireTexas jury awards widow $2 million for hospital’s fraud2010
The Houston ChronicleHarris judge's sanctions against Katy hospital upheld2009
Katy TimesKaty hospital fined for unethical behavior2009
FindLawIN RE: CHRISTUS HEALTH and Christus Health Gulf Coast d/b/a Christus St. Catherine Hospital2008
South Texas College of LawPreparation and Use of a Trial Notebook1998
South Texas College of Law AnnotationsCheating Policy Concerns Students1990
South Texas Law ReviewAttorney-Client Privilege in Texas1990
South Texas College of Law AnnotationsBOA Reorganizes1989
South Texas College of Law AnnotationsThe Great Mayoral Debate1989
Beard BooksOil and Honor1987
Associated PressOriginal Presiding Texaco-Pennzoil Judge Dies1986
JHVMaster Peace Officer award presented to Carl ShawN/A
Lewis and Clark Law ReviewThe Politics of Risk: Pre-Litigation Site Assessment in Houston, TexasN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of TexasBusiness CommunicationsBS - Bachelor of Science1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Void Dire ProgramVoir Dire2013
Matt Patrick ShowInfections from Surgical Instruments on the Rise2012
Texas Civil Trial UpdatePreparation and Use of a Trial Notebook1998