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Ira Harvey Chenkin

Personal injury Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   13 reviews

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IRA CHENKIN Owner, Founder of Chenkin Law Firm Ira Chenkin was born in Brooklyn, New York in March 1952. After graduating cum laude from the University of Buffalo in 1973 and earning his law degree from South Texas School of Law in 1977, he placed in the top 15% on the bar exam. Ira quickly began a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer under the guidance of Jim Tatum. Five years later, he founded Chenkin Law Firm in 1983. Today, Ira Chenkin is highly regarded as a state and federal trial lawyer. Education South Texas College of Law, 1977 J.D., with Honors State University of New York at Buffalo, 1973 B.A., Cum Laude Professional Associations & Awards National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, 2013 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers American Trial Lawyer Association Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Association Sports Lawyer Association Harris County Criminal Association State Bar College

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Licensed for 44 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1978
Updated 01/19/2023

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Chenkin Law Firm
8441 Gulf Fwy Suite 600
Houston, TX, 77017


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Posted by Daniel | January 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Law firm
I was injured in a car accident, Mr Chenkin’s law firm was introduced to me by very close friend of mine. I had a free consultation and hired Mr Chenkin right away. They handled my case Professionally and expeditiously. Great law firm all around.
Posted by Andrew | October 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great firm and results
Everyone at Chenkin Law Firm made what can be a chaotic and hectic experience into a relaxing and enjoyable process. Furthermore, they were able obtain a great outcome for me. I would use them again and will recommend them to my family, friends and colleagues.
Posted by Jacob | June 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
This law firm was Amazing and they kept me informed every step of the way. They were always there to answer any questions and got me the Max for my settlement.
Posted by Robert | August 13, 2015
The Best of the Rest
Ira CHENKIN has handled several cases for my friends and family and Ableten Inc. He is the best of the rest. I would recommend him to anybody interest in the best legal representation possible.
Posted by Lynda | August 4, 2015
Best Lawyer In Houston
Ira knows the law and isn't afraid to work to get the best outcome for his clients. He was intelligent, resourceful, and honorable in his dealings with both me and opposing council.
Posted by Paul | July 23, 2015
Ira is a great attorney to represent you
Ira is diligent and very tenacious in his representation/defense of his clients. He is well connected and respected by other attorneys and judges, so he can get the best outcome for his clients.
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2015
A lawyer's lawyer!
I've known Ita Chenkin and have observed his practice of law since he first started in 1978. He is a natural born fighter, represents his clients zealously since he first started in 1978. He is a natural born fighter, represents his clients zealously and has a reputation around the courthouse for getting excellent results in his cases. I have both worked with him on cases and referred him cases over the years and I've always been proud of the work that he's done. He is truly a Lawyer's lawyer.
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Posted by Arnold | May 26, 2015
Great Attorney!
We have used Mr. Chenkin several times and always to our total satisfaction. He has received judgments for us that were more than reasonable. We would readily refer friends and family to him as the occasion merits.
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2015
Excellent choice of law firm
More than satisfied with Mr. Chenkin's professionalism and practice. I was in an accident and decided to go with the Chenkin law firm. I was always kept well informed about and up to date about my case. Definetly would recommended this firm to all who are looking for excellent representation.
Posted by Ron | May 11, 2015
When I got into a car accident I called Ira Chenkin at Chenkin Law Firm. The accident wasn't my fault and I knew I needed a respected lawyer to negotiate with the insurance companies on my behalf. Mr Chenkin's staff was very patient with me and always available to answer all my questions. After a few months Mr Chenkin got me an amazing settlement that paid for all my medical expenses plus 160 thousand more for my pocket. I hope I never have to use Chenkin Law Firm again but if I do I won't hesitate to call Ira Chenkin to handle my case.
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Posted by Josh Tydlacka | April 23, 2015
In 2008 i fired my lawyer and hired Ira Chenkin for my case. When i met and spoke with him for the first time, he was very straight forward with me about my situation. I was very comfortable hiring Ira Chenkin that day, in fact i was so comfortable that i stopped worrying about my case. It felt as if all the weight was lifted off my shoulders and now onto his. I hired him on a Monday with my next court appearance being that following Friday. I could not have made a smarter choice as we walked in and out of the court room with-in 15 minutes. My case was dismissed, other lawyers told me that i would have had to do probation and possibly serve time in jail. Since then I have recommended Ira Chenkin to friends and family members. There was not one case that he was not able to get dismissed from everyone that i referred to him. Hence the name Mr.Dismissed. To this day, if i ever need anything, i call Chenkin Law Firm and ask for Ira because if you want the best, you have to hire the best.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2015
Ira Chenkin of the Chenkin Law Firm has handled two cases for me. During this difficult time of mine Mr. Chenkin gave me peace of mind. He was always available to answer my questions in person or over the phone. If I have have to go through the legal system again I would not hesitate to call Mr. Chenkin again. I highly recommend him to anybody looking for a hardworking honest lawyer that truly tries to get his clients the best possible deal.
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Posted by Bob | April 22, 2015
Without going into specifics, when a situation arose where I need legal representation I was referred to the law office of Mr. Ira Chenkin. Mr. Chenkin treated me with respect, dignity and worked very hard for me and my case. He took a personal interest in me and even thought it was a difficult situation resulting from where as the injured person I felt I was due compensation, without skillful and knowledgeable representation I realized I did not have a chance against the other party. I hope that I never have to use Mr. Chenkin again, I but I realize that if the situation ever presented itself again (and I pray that it does not) I would not hesitate to use his legal expertise again. I have in turn recommended him to two friends and they were treated in the same excellent manner that I was.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Chenkin Law Firm
  • 1993 - Present
  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Jim Tatum
  • 1979 - 1983


  • South Texas College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1977
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Poilitical Science
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • POM
  • Dismissed
  • DWI Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • Murder Dismissed
  • Dismissed


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Harris County Criminal Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • State Bar College
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Sports Lawyer Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 5 Percent
  • State Bar College
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • South Texas College of Law Mock Trial
  • Criminal Defense Law
  • 2014
  • Chabad of Uptown
  • Criminal Law
  • 2014
  • South Texas College of Law Mock Trial
  • Personal Injury Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ira for over 15 years and worked with him on several cases. He is an amazing attorney that cares deeply about his clients and works tirelessly to get the best outcomes possible. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of going up against Ira as a former prosecutor and we recently tried a case together. Together we obtained an acquittal for a client accused of DWI with a BAC more than 3 times the legal limit. He undoubtedly is a fighter for his clients. He has an incredible gift for wearing opposing parties down in order to obtain favorable outcomes for his clients. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Chenkin for approximately 15 years and have observed him in action at the criminal courts building that entire time. He is a true fighter and a pit bull in court. He has obtained outstanding results for numerous clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ira is a fighter. He is unique in his approach and very good at wearing down the opposition. He also has a heart and cares about people; many lawyers don't."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Chenkin works hard for his clients and puts in the time and energy required for success. He is an honest and straightforward lawyer, who cuts to the chase to get the job done."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Chenkin is a great attorney who is afraid of no one. He works had for his clients and fights for them every step of the way. Always greats great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is an excellent attorney. I have referred several matters to him over the years and everyone has been completely satisfied with his representation."
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Houston Personal injury Lawyer Ira Harvey Chenkin
Ira Harvey Chenkin
Personal injury Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 44 years
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