Paul H. Cannon
Phone : 800-298-0111 (Toll Free)
Fax : 713-935-1410
Paul Cannon earned his law degree and passed the bar in 1995. He immediately began his practice in personal injury trial law with Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His dedication and hard work earned him Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law in 2005. Among his awards are: recognition as a “Top Lawyer” by H Texas Magazine in 2013, recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017, and recognition as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association. The top two lawyer rating websites rate him a 10/10 by AVVO and a 5/5 AV Rating by Martindale Hubble.
Paul Cannon is Creative, Energetic and Compassionate.
“I think that a lot of what drives me to do this kind of work is compassion,” Paul says. “I’ve always been good at listening to people, listening to their complaints, and developing a plan to address their problems. I have a knack for listening to people and not just acknowledging what they have to say but really hearing them and understanding the problems that lie beneath the surface.”
Paul believes that his involvement with church mission groups has helped him develop a compassionate spirit. As a missions leader for his Sunday school class at Second Baptist Church, he volunteered with the Angels of Light project, providing meals and Bibles to less fortunate families. He organized a project that prepared and delivered over 300 sack lunches to the homeless in downtown Houston, coordinated a project to take the children of the Star of Hope Single Mom’s Shelter to a hockey game, and organized a team to strip and repaint an elderly wheelchair-bound Houstonian’s home. At Metropolitan Baptist Church, he coordinated a project that involved having the entire Metropolitan Baptist Church’s nursery create Mother’s Day Cards (about 300) that he and his family then delivered and distributed to Houston nursing home residents. He also led groups to do volunteer work including land clearing, maintenance, building restoration and fund raising for the Home of Hope,Texas, a mission that provides assistance to the victims of human trafficking.
Paul believes that there is a missions aspect to his work as an attorney, as well.
“There are people who need help, and part of what we do here is to help those people. People who have been injured don’t know where to turn, where to go. My job is to step in and help them put their lives back together.”
Unlike some lawyers who are primarily concerned about the financial aspect of the case, Cannon takes the time to talk with clients and develop a relationship so that he can understand all the ways a case has impacted their lives.
“This enables me to turn around and present their case to the jury in a way that they can fully understand,” he explains. “It’s not all about money. Part of my client’s life has been stripped away. It’s about putting their life back together.”
Board-certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas State Board of Legal Specialization, Paul genuinely enjoys the process of litigating cases before a jury.
Inspired to do Personal Injury Trial Law
“The only thing I ever wanted to do was trial law. I actually turned down an opportunity to do appellate work because my desire was to do the trial work. Contract law has no heart or soul. This is riskier, but the reward is a lot higher, too. When you win a case for someone whose life has been turned upside down–it’s a good feeling. It is what inspires me to strive to be the best personal injury lawyer I can possibly be.”
Paul Cannon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Texas and attended South Texas College of Law, where he received his degree in 1995. While in school, he was an active member of the Phi Delta Phi Honorary Legal Fraternity, the Student Bar Association Student Concerns Committee, and the Houston Young Lawyer’s Association Environmental Committee.
Paul and his wife were married in 2001 and are the proud parents of two children. They currently attend Fairfield Baptist Church in Cypress, Texas.
- Personal Injury Trial Law, State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2005
- Mediation Certified in Compliance with Tex.Civ.Prac.&Rem.Code 1504.052, Spring 1994
Areas of Practice:
- Truck Accidents
- Automobile Accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Work Injury
- Defective Products
- Offshore Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Dram Shop Liability
- Wrongful Death
- Forklift Accidents
- Personal Injury
- Accidental Drowning
- Inadequate Fall Protection
- Brown Recluse Spider Bites
Honors and Awards:
- 10 Best Attorneys, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2018
- Lead Counsel Rated, Thomson Reuters, 2018
- Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2017, 2018
- Preeminent 5.0/5.0 AV Peer Review Rating – Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
- National Trial Lawyers Association, Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers, 2018
- National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2017-2018
- Top Lawyer, Houstonia Magazine, 2013-2015
- Top Lawyer, H Texas Magazine, 2013
- 10/10 Avvo.com Rating
- Top Contributor, Avvo.com 2013
- National Registry of Who’s Who – American Biographical Publications, Inc., 2001- present
- Phi Delta Phi Honorary Legal Fraternity, 1995
- South Texas College of Law Deans List, 1994
- National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2018
- Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 2009-present
- Christian Trial Lawyers Association, 2009-present
- Houston Northwest Bar Association, 2014-present
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2007-2009
- American Bar Association, 1995-1997
- South Texas College of Law Alumni Association, 1995-present
- Student Bar Association Student Concerns Committee, 1993-1994
- Houston Young Lawyers Association Environmental Committee, 1993
- Faculty Speaker, Dog Bite Cases: Investigating & Litigating, LawPracticeCle.com, Oct. 2018
- Faculty Speaker, Dog Bite Cases: Strategies for Plaintiff’s Litigation, MyLawCLE,.com 2015
- Faculty Speaker, Dog Bite Victim Representation, Strafford Webinars, 2013
Publications by Paul Cannon:
- Behind the Wheel: Texas Parents May be Liable for Negligent Teenage Driver’s Accidents, Texas Bar Journal, May 2019, Vol. 82, No. 5, P. 390.
- Your Company Carpool Incentive Could Be Exposing You to Legal Liability., Business.com, May 2018.
- Unique Factors in Litigating the Tanker Truck Rollover Case., Lawyer.com, May 2018.
- Five Ways to Generate Referrals on a Budget., AttorneyatWork.com, September 2017.
- Advertise With Care. Should You Use a Search Engine Marketing Company?, Texas Bar Journal, July 2017.
- Is it Time to Repeal 28 U.S.Code Sec. 1332, The Federal Diversity Jurisdiction Rule?, Lawfirms.com, 2017.
- Why You Should Never Try To Handle a Slip and Fall Without an Attorney., Lawyer.com, 2017
- Theories of Recovery In Texas Dog Bite Law, Lawyer.com, 2017
- Can Drinking Alcohol Be Used Against You in A Personal Injury Case Even If You Were Not Intoxicated?, Lawyer.com, 2017
- Landlord Liability For Tenant Dog Attacks Under Texas Law, Lawyer.com, 2017
- Occupational Injury Plans and Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts, Lawyer.com, 2017
- Evidence of Seatbelt Use Now Admissible in Texas: Nabors Well Services Ltd. V. Romero, HG.org Global Legal Resources, 2015
- How To Investigate a Dog Bite Liability Case in Texas, Avvo Legal Guides, 2013
- What Does It Mean For a Personal Injury Lawyer To Be Board Certified In Texas?, Ezine Articles, 2012
- Home Owner Legal Considerations When Getting a Dog, Self Growth, 2012
- Important Differences in 18 Wheeler Accident Cases and Other Automobile Accident Cases, HG.org Global Legal Resources, 2012
- U14 Girls Soccer Team Manager, Dynamos Soccer Club 2017-present
- U12 Boys Soccer Team Parent Manager, Dynamos Soccer Club 2017-present
- U13 Girls Soccer Team Manager, Dynamos Soccer Club 2016-2017
- U11 Boys Soccer Team Parent Manager, Dynamos Soccer Club 2016-2017
- U12 Girls Soccer Team Assistant Parent Manager, Dynamos Soccer Club 2015-2016
- U10 Boys Soccer Team Parent Manager, Dynamos Academy 2015-2016
- Connections Bible Study Co-Leader, Fairfield Baptist Church 2014-2015
- U11 Girls Soccer Team Assistant Parent Manager, Dynamos Soccer Club 2014-2015
- U10 Girls Soccer Team Parent Manager, Dynamos Academy, 2013-2014
- U7 Boys Soccer Coach, Cy-Fair Soccer Club, 2012-13
- Pundit, PolicyMic 2012-2013
- Certified to Take Court Appointments as an Attorney Ad Litem 9/07-9/09
- Trial Lawyers’ College Attendee, South Central Region 2/19-22/04
- Texas, 1995
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1996
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1995
Honors: Student Bar Association Student Concerns Committee (1993-1994)
Honors: Houston Young Lawyer’s Association Environmental Committee (1993)
University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Bachelor of Arts
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.