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Charles “Chip” Houssiere, licensed to practice law in both Texas and Colorado, with multifaceted interests and hands-on experience in science and law. During his legal career, he has successfully handled a multitude of scientific law cases, product liability, health care, aviation and environmental litigation.


Chip is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Eligible in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Civil Specialization, and Civil Trial Advocacy by National Board of Trial Advocacy. In addition to his legal practice, he is a private airplane pilot and active member  of national engineering societies and chemical societies, in addition to state and national legal organizations.


Born in Houston, Chip grew up in a small agrarian Louisianan town called Jennings. His interest in science and the space program started early with the science fair in Louisiana in the fifth grade with an exhibit on the physics of oil well drilling. He was sent to the University of Texas in the 7th grade for advanced study in science and mathematics in Austin, Texas. He remained in Austin furthering his studies until graduation from the University of Texas with a degree in math, physics and chemistry. Following graduation, Chip worked for NASA man space craft program participating with astronauts in Apollo, Skylab and Soviet Soyuz, which developed the docking system used today on the space station. Among many notable achievements was the cardiovascular research study of the effects of weightlessness on the cardiovascular system using the lower body negative pressure device during sky lab, ultimately resulting in the pulse oximeter still used in most hospitals today.


While attending the University of Texas, Chip developed a love for flying, obtaining his private pilot’s license with the Long Horn Flying Club and later received high performance training in Houston from M. Aak Aviation whose owner trained with Amelia Earhart.


While at NASA an agreement was reached with the research group that he would work on Sky Lab and go to night school for his law degree. He was anxious to develop his courtroom skills while still in law school, he became a civil court bailiff preparing briefs and analyzing motions for the court’s approval; while simultaneously serving as a certified deputy sheriff with civil court bailiff duties.


Chip’s deep love and respect for the environment also began in college when he joined the U.S. Parks Service, working in Rocky Mountain National Park and Yosemite National Park as a back country ranger and trail crew member during the summer months. Since then, the firm has supported many environmental efforts and toxic tort litigation, including the Reforestation of Independence Pass near Aspen, Colorado.


 

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Licensed

  1. Litigation: 40%
    40 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Brain Injury: 20%
    40 years, 250 cases
  3. Defective Products: 20%
    40 years, 2 thousand cases
  4. Trucking Accident: 10%
    40 years, 50 cases
  5. Aviation: 10%
    40 years, 50 cases

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Fees:

Contingent (25-50%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

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  • Robert S. Bennett

    I am a former Assistant United States Attorney and worked in the Harris County District Attorney's Office, and have been Board Certified and a Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. I am also a past President of the University of Houston Law Center. Based on these activities and experiences, along with 38 years as trial attorney and expert on legal ethics and professional responsiblity, I know a good attorney when I meet one. Even more able to endorse an attorney after I have worked with the attorney. I strongly recommend Mr. "Chip" Houssiere for any PI, Product Liability, medical malpractice, class action, or any civil litigation. He will do as good a job as you want from any attorney. Return your phone calls; meet with you when necessary, and keep you informed about your case. For all these reasons, I like to have him help me with my cases, and I am very, very selective with whom I work. If you need any more information about Chip, please contact me. Bob Bennett

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Contact info

Houssiere, Durant & Houssiere, LLP

1990 Post Oak Boulevard,
Suite 800
Houston, TX, 77056-3851

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
COActive199906/15/2016
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197607/16/2016
INAdministrative - Not Authorized to PracticeUnknown07/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2016
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2010
Multi Million Dollar Verdict winnerMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2006
Houston's Top LawyersH Magazine2005
Associate in LawAmerican College of Legal Medicine1998
Trial Advocacy SkillsNational Institute for Trial Advocacy1993
Board Certified Civil Trial AdvocacyNational Board of Trial Advocacy1988
Medical MalpracticeNational College of Advocacy1986
Who's Who In American LawWho's Who In American Law1985
Board Certified - Personal Injury Trial LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1981
Who's Who in American Universities and CollegesWho's Who In American Law1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerHoussiere, Durant & Houssiere, LLP1976 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal District Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, California, Minnesota, Michigan, Arizona, West Virginia, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Georgia, LouisianaMember2000 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationDirector1988 - Present
Supreme Court of the United StatesMember1986 - Present
5th Circuit Court of AppealsMember1981 - Present
Southern, Northern, Eastern & WesternMember1977 - Present
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyDiplomat of Civil Trial AdvocacyN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaSustaining memberN/A
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationPresidentN/A
American Trial Lawyers Association for the State of TexasMemberN/A
National Health Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers Association for the State of TexasFormer Governor1994 - 1995
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President1991 - 1999
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationAssociate Director1986 - 1987
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationDirector1984 - 1991
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownHospital, Doctor Aid Subrogated Insurance Claims1995
St. Mary's University and Texas Tech University Medical Malpractice ConferenceAdvanced Discovery in Medical Malpractice1991
ACLM Mid-Winter ConventionJury Selection, Opening Statement and Final Argument1990
TTLA Medical Malpractice SeminarStatutes Governing Texas Medical Malpractice1990
St. Mary's University and Texas Tech University Medical Malpractice ConferenceMalpractice and Legal Ethics1990
State Bar of Texas Advance Settlement TechniquesThreshold Issues: Evaluating Liability1990
UnknownCausation: Legal and Factual1988
UnknownCausation: Legal and Factual1988
UnknownLiability of Hospital Technicians1987
TTLA Nuts & Bolts SeminarPreparing the Medical Malpractice Case1986
Medical Malpractice ConferenceMedical Malpractice and Legal EthicsN/A
UnknownJury Argument: A Lawyer's Last ChanceN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of Texas System, AustinMathematics/Physics-ChemistryBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Diagnostics' 3rd Annual Personal Injury Attorney Trial SeminarMedical Malpractice - Current Trends2015
State Bar of TexasMedical Product Liability2006
State Bar of TexasMedical Product Liability2004