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Clay Dugas

Trucking accident Attorney at Beaumont, TX

4.9   42 reviews
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  • Licensed for 42 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN A TRUCKING ACCIDENT? CLAY DUGAS WILL FIGHT TO GET WHAT YOU DESERVE!

Born in Austin, Texas in 1956, Clay Dugas spent most of his life in Southeast Texas. Mr. Dugas graduated from Lutcher Stark High School in 1974. Mr. Dugas then attended undergraduate school at University of Texas, Harvard, and graduated University of Dallas in Irving, Texas in 1978. From 1978 to 1984, Mr. Dugas attended Baylor University School of Law and graduated at age 24. Mr. Dugas has four children: Frances, Will, Alex and Logan, and is married to Shannon LeDoux Dugas.

Mr. Dugas is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory awarded Mr. Dugas an AV rating, which means very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards. Quoting from Martindale-Hubbell, The AV Peer Review Rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Texas Trial Lawyers Associate, and the American Association for Justice. He was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Clay was chosen by his peers and clients in the 2014, 20th edition of Best Lawyers in America.

To date, Mr. Dugas has tried approximately 150 jury trials to verdict. He has obtained over 35 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 Million Dollars.

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Posted by Charles | November 9, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in Texas
Clay will stand with you till the very end. His entire team are top notch professionals. If you've been involved in an automobile accident, and the big guy thinks he can walk all over you, call Clat Dugas.
Posted by Felicia | July 10, 2023
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Our hero, spectacular lawyer
My fiance and I were in a 18 wheeler accident, we were clueless to what to do. My fiance was in a state of emergency in severe pain as well as myself. I contact Mr Clay, with no hesitation he was there by my side at the hospital with so much caring and concern whether or not we were ok. Mr Clay and his law firm opened their doors and hearts to us and our situation ,and helped us through the most difficult time of our lives. They made us feel like we were family as well as friends for life. Mr Clay and his firm worked long hard hours to get our case settled for a substantial amount. We will forever be greatful to him and his firm. I would recommend Mr Clay Dugas and his law firm a hundred times over to anyone in need of a fantastic Attorney who truly care about his clients.
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Posted by Kylie | March 5, 2023
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Outstanding Lawyer
Mr. Dugas and his staff are outstanding! Both he and his staff were always professional, responsive, and truly had my best interest at heart. They went above and beyond for me. I struggle with severe anxiety and the crash really intensified it, but Mr. Dugas was there to reassure me every step of the way. I cannot thank Clay enough for everything he has done for me. I would recommend Mr. Dugas to anyone in need of an attorney. He truly is the best of the best.
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2022
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Excellent Lawyer! Highly recommend!
Our experience with Mr. Dugas was so good. He really cares about his clients. He was always there for us and anything we needed he took care of it. He is one of the best lawyers around. His staff is awesome as well. They were always on top of everything. Wonderful Lawyer! Thank you so much Mr. Dugas!
Posted by Roxanne | September 16, 2022
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Clay Dugas - One Exceptional Attorney
I was in need of an attorney and desired to engage the most knowledgeable and professional, yet compassionate, attorney I possibly could. I interviewed with several attorneys and hands down chose Mr. Dugas because my future security was at stake. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. His dedicated efforts on my behalf ended with not only positive results, but cemented my faith that there are both proficient and kindhearted attorneys, and he was the pick of the litter! I must also say that Alisa, Mr. Dugas' paralegal and Gabrielle, his admin assistant (along with the rest of the staff) underscored the efficiency and competency of their abilities to support both their firm and me. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say how much I hold them in the highest regard and will always appreciate them for helping me get through this experience.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2022
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Excellent lawyer
From losing my child's father from a truck accident clay was the best recommendation anyone could have given means my son. Clay did an outstanding job on my case and I was very satisfied with him and his staff. Clay went above and beyond for me and my son and made sure we came out with a fair deal and I highly recommend clay to anyone looking for a amazing and hardworking lawyer...
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Posted by Jerry | August 30, 2022
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Jerry Mathis
I contacted Mr Dugas shortly after an 19 wheeler rear ended me. After consultation I hired him. I was kept well informed of progress and pleased with all of his staff. I believe he always had my best interest in mind and would recomend him to anyone.
Posted by Andrea | September 7, 2021
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True Texas Super Lawyer
Clay and his staff are outstanding! They were so supportive and helpful to me when I was injured in a terrible auto crash. Clay Dugas is a highly-skilled attorney who represented me with great integrity and boldness, and I am truly grateful he was on my side!
Posted by James and Dorothy | July 28, 2021
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A Caring and Compassionate Attorney
We would recommend Mr. Clay Dugas to everyone who need a attorney. He went above and beyond for us. He made sure we were taken care of in everything we needed to get through the whole process. He so caring and showed us so much compassion. He listened to every detail we told him and he used it to bring us through the process victoriously. He fought for us to the bitter end. Him and his staff are the best. May God continue to bless and keep them.
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Posted by anonymous | July 4, 2021
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Highly Skilled, Fearless, and Caring
My wife and I were injured in an auto accident. As we are not experienced in legal matters, our concern and fear was we would have no voice and the consequence would be we would be taken advantage of, not only of our health but also monetarily. After careful consideration we chose the Clay Dugas Law Firm to represent us. We are pleased to say we made the right choice. Clay became our voice, and what a voice he was. We also believe our fears would have been realized had it not been for Clay and his staff. Clay is a gifted, highly skilled experienced attorney. He is also a compassionate, humble man, and genuinely cares for his clients health. His staff is professional and second to none. He secured us a settlement and words cannot express our appreciation to the Clay Dugas Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2021
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Clay and his team deserve more than 5 stars!
Clay is an honorable, friendly, honest and wise lawyer. Our family was going through one of the most challenging and trying times of our lives. Working with Clay gave us the reassurance and peace of mind that we needed, during a time when emotions were running high and decisions taken would have a huge impact on the well being and future of our family. Not only did Clay carry our family to safety, but we came out stronger than before. His work ethic and diligence are unbelievable, and he always goes above and beyond. Clay took our case and dealt with it like it was his own, which is why I could easily say that he has become a true family friend. Thank you Clay, we appreciate you and your whole team!
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Posted by Gertha | March 13, 2021
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BEST ATTORNEY AND STAFF EVER
After I had my 18-Wheeler accident I already knew who I was going to hire as my attorney. I knew Clay's reputation from previously working at the Orange Cnty Courthouse. He is the BEST and his Staff. He works untiringly for YOU and will get you the most. DON'T ever hesitate to call him to handle your case. You won't be sorry.
Posted by Karen Benoit | January 28, 2020
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Absolutely the BEST!
Clay was my attorney after I was injured in an automobile accident (rear ended by a bucket truck while stopped at a red light). He and his staff were extremely professional and took very good care of me from start to finish. I can’t say enough good things about the job he and his staff did! If there were more than 5 stars available, I would give him many many more!!! If you need an attorney after a serious accident don’t hesitate to call Clay!
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Posted by Yulonda | December 27, 2019
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Trucking Accident - Call Clay - Lawyer, Friend, Family
Clay was the best recommendation anyone could have given me. He is knowledgeable and thorough in matters of trucking accidents. Clay and his staff provids a friendly, family oriented atmosphere everytime you enter his office. Clay has this contagious passion for law and works hard. He made our case one to remember and he represented us as if we were his family. He showed a level of concern that gies far beyond being a lawyer that you employed. It was a pleasure and honor to have Clay represent us and I would hire him again.
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Posted by Sheila | September 25, 2019
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BEYOND 5 STARS*********************
Five stars are not enough, ten stars would not be enough to rate Clay Dugas and his staff. I would very much like to give him a star of approval for every day of the year. Mr. Dugas and his entire staff family made me feel so comfortable during such a difficult time in my life. Mr. Dugas’ knowledge and guidance was very reassuring, and he did not give up on me, when I was distraught and depressed. Mr. Dugas was there to encourage me with great advice and he genuinely cared about my case and what I was going through. To him, it is not just work, but a calling to seek justice and make right, a wrong. He and his staff are very professional and I wish them continued success. Anyone I know who needs help, I am sending them to The Clay Dugas Law Firm. Mere words cannot express my gratitude. Thanks again.
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Posted by Joseph | September 2, 2019
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Thank God for Clay Dugas and staff
Let me start by saying that aside from Clay being an unbelievably amazing attorney , he is a great person and I dare say friend . From the time he accepted my case through it all i have felt that Clay and his staff have had my well being foremost in their minds . i have been through a very trying time through it all but they have been there for my family and I like family themselves . clay is a larger than life figure in person until you get to know him . he is caring and thoughtful in ways that are surprising and unexpected . he has done more for us than just representing me through my case . Clay and everyone on his staff are excellent at their jobs and compassionate beyond just their professionalism which is in itself above and beyond that of their peers. Thank you Clay and everyone , i really appreciate all you have done for my family and I .
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2019
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The ONLY Lawyer I would ever want!
I was involved in a life threatening, very serious accident with a commercial driver. Having known Clay personally and knowing his prestigious reputation of excellence in his profession, I knew I had nothing to be concerned with having Clay totally take over my situation. Clay and his staff are very prompt, and professional at all times. He listens to the smallest detail and never leaves a stone unturned that needs to be addressed or investigated. Trying to just recover medically, I put ALL faith and trust in Clay for all other decisions. I never worried about anything myself and He was very sensitive to all my concerns. I am very proud to say Clay Dugas represented me. Clay is very humble and caring and he is "THE ONLY LAWYER I WOULD EVER WANT!!!"
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Posted by Rudolph | June 25, 2019
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Only the best - working for you.
Clay and his staff absolutely amazed us. They did a great job on a hard case. We received a very nice settlement. Clay is our lawyer of choice because he sincerely cares and bends over backwards to do anything he can for his clients.
Posted by Angela | December 21, 2018
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The Very Best Attorney for 18 Wheeler Accidents!
Clay did an outstanding job in every aspect of my case. I fired another attorney for poor reprensentation... no communication. When I hired Clay that was no longer a problem! I was very satisfied with him as well as his staff. They were wonderful! Very efficient as well as genuinely caring. When Clay talked.. people listened.. I love that! He is very well respected in the legal community and that is really important. I was very pleased with my total recovery. I highly recommend Clay Dugas! I would hire him again and again! He and his wife and staff was a joy to work with.
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Posted by Shari | May 24, 2018
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shari villeda
Marcos contacted Mr. Dugas after I was in a bad car accident while I was taken to the hospital by air rescue. Mr. Dugas came to the hospital to open my case and talk about what happened in the moment of the accident. After I was released from the hospital I had to go to several doctors and then would let the paralegal April know so they could be in contact and get updates from them. In the moment I needed help or had any concerns they were there for me instantly. I thought it would take a long time for the case to get settled but they were able to I felt like, get it taken care of quickly. I would recommend them if anyone were to get in an accident like I was in.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Clay Dugas and Associates
  • 1988 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Maloney, Jefferson and Dugas
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Dugas & Powell
  • 1985 - 1988
  • Legal Counsel
  • Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
  • 1983 - 1983
  • Associate
  • Louis Dugas, Jr. & Associates
  • 1981 - 1984
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Education

  • Baylor University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Dallas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978
  • Harvard University
  • N/A
  • University of Texas
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commercial Truck Driver Under The Influence In Accident
  • Settled for $1 Million

Associations

  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Citizen's Coalition For Nursing Home Reform
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Advisory Board
  • N/A
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Lifetime Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers 2008-2023
  • 2023
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top TX Verdict Seven Years Running
  • Texas Lawyer
  • 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly
  • 2016
  • Top TX Verdict
  • Texas Lawyer
  • 2015
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers In America
  • Best Lawyers, Inc.
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award - Trucking Accidents
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Verdict
  • Verdict Search
  • 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Texas Verdicts
  • Verdict Search
  • 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Texas Verdicts
  • Verdict Search
  • 2012
  • Top Texas Verdicts
  • Verdict Search
  • 2011
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Top Texas Verdicts
  • Verdict Search
  • 2010
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Top Texas Verdicts
  • Verdict Search
  • 2009
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2007
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Invited Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • N/A
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Publications

  • CelebrityPress
  • SuccessOnomics
  • 2014
  • The Lawyer's Logbook (Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America)
  • Potential "Over Regulation" Bias In Your Jury Trial
  • 2014
  • The Lawyer's Logbook (Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America)
  • OnStar
  • 2014
  • The Lawyer's Logbook (Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America)
  • Top Guns Take Flight
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2015 APITLA National Interstate Trucking Conference
  • How Technology Can Improve Safety in the Trucking Industry While Increasing Profits
  • 2015
  • Entrepreneur Symposium at High Point University
  • Entrepreneurship In The Legal Industry
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Clay
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Clay. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Trucking accident Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Clay is one of the best Plaintiff's trucking accident attorney's in the country. His knowledge of the trucking industry and the hundreds of regulations that must be followed by the trucking companies and their drivers is impeccable. He is tenacious in his representation of his clients, and will fight to see to it that his clients are well compensated for their losses. I have worked with Clay on several cases over the past 18 years that i have been an attorney, and he regularly impresses me with his demeanor, knowledge of the law, and his compassion for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Clay and worked with him on numerous wrongful death, personal injury and product liability cases in the past, going back twenty plus years. Clay is very intelligent, focused and relentless, and has secured millions in recoveries for his clients. His work ethic is above and beyond the call of duty. I recommend him without reservation. R. Mike Borland Borland & Borland Midland, Texas"
Litigation Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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