Personal Injury Case Referrals & Mentorships
Our attorneys at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., accept case referrals in the following areas of practice: premise liability cases, auto collisions, truck accidents, maritime accidents, on the job accidents involving no worker’s compensation or third-party claims, dog bites and wrongful death claims. If you need local Texas counsel, or would otherwise like to refer a case to an experienced personal injury law firm, give us a call at (713) 932-0777. We also offer mentorship for new personal injury attorneys.
Payment of Referral Fees to Attorneys
Referral fees in Texas are governed by Texas Disciplinary Rule of Professional Conduct 1.04. Under 1.04, an attorney may split fees with an attorney in another law firm so long as the fee charged is not unconscionable and either the split is in proportion to the work performed by each lawyer, or the attorneys assume joint responsibility for the handling of the matter. Additionally, the client must consent in writing to the fee splitting arrangement and be fully informed of the lawyer’s identities, how the fees will be divided (i.e. the percentage of fee each shall receive) and whether they are assuming joint responsibility or dividing based upon work performed. This can be accomplished by adding a simple addendum to the the clients contract that the client reviews and signs.
Local Counsel in Houston, Texas
At times we are asked to act as local counsel for attorneys appearing by pro hoc vice. We are open to discussing said arrangements on a case-be-case basis.
Texas Lawyer Mentoring and Fee Splitting
Paul H. Cannon gives back to the legal community by acting as a mentor for many new attorneys learning personal injury law. If you would like to bounce a case off of him for ideas or even discuss how to manage a personal injury practice, please feel free to contact him. There is no charge for this. if you have a case that you would like to work along side a local experienced personal injury attorney, give us a call. We are open to discussing co-counsel and fee-sharing arrangements based upon the labor involved by each attorney.
If you have any questions regarding case referrals or mentorships, call us at (713) 932-0777.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.