Paul Cannon

Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2005. He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017-2019, 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,, HG Legal Resources,, and others. He has been asked to give educational talks and media interviews regarding personal injury law issues..

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ITC Deer Park Chemical Fire Investigation Reveals Startling Facts

On March 17, 2019, a huge fire erupted at the Intercontinental Terminals Co. (ITC) bulk liquid storage terminal which sent a large black cloud high over Deer Park and surrounding communities east of Houston, Texas.  The fire, which ultimately was allowed largely to burn out, spawned lawsuits from thousands of residents and Harris County for […]

Why Are Inclined Sleepers Being Recalled?

The CPSC Warning Regarding Inclined Baby Sleepers On Friday November 1st, 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning that many thought was long over due: Stop using all inclined baby sleepers that allow an infant to sleep at a 10 degree incline or greater. This warning applies to all brands of sleepers. The […]

Another Million Dollar Message Sent to Werner Trucking

The last couple years, jurors have not been good to Werner Trucking. Jurors from two different states have slammed Werner with two separate multi-million-dollar verdicts in relation to their safety practices and procedures.  For a company that operates its own truck driving school these verdicts do not bode well. These verdicts send a message that […]

Where is Vaping Banned and Why?

Why is Vaping Being Banned? Across the United States there has been a movement to ban the sale and/or use of e-cigarettes in both public and private venues.  All this has followed after the Center for Disease Control has received numerous reports of lung injuries, illnesses and at least 24 confirmed deaths. The number of […]

Johnson and Johnson Plagued with Lawsuits and Verdicts

The 8 Billion Dollar Verdict On October 8th, 2019, a Philadelphia jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay over 8 billion in damages and punitive damages to a man who grew breasts after taking Risperdal.  While spokespersons for the company have indicated they feel confident the 800 billion that represents punitive damages will be thrown […]

The Gilead Antitrust Lawsuit vs Mass Torts Lawsuits

The Gilead Antitrust Lawsuits Gilead has been sued by numerous plaintiffs across the country in a alleging that the company was aware of a safer alternative to their popular HIV treatment drugs including Truvada at the time they started marketing them.  The Truvada class action lawsuits over the safer alternative, however, are only one set […]

What is Vicarious Liability?

Vicarious liability is a legal theory of liability that imputes liability from a negligent actor to another person or company for whom the negligent actor was acting on behalf of.  It is important in cases where the negligent actor does not have sufficient insurance nor assets to adequately compensate the victim of his negligence. In […]

Insurance Company Defenses as Seen on TV

There is absolutely nothing amusing about a serious injury. These victims must deal with excessive medical bills, unimaginable pain and suffering, and other such issues. So, attorneys who handle car accidents work hard to resolve these claims as favorably, and as quickly, as possible. But attorneys cannot help but laugh at some of the ways […]

SMIDSY Motorcycle Crashes

Recently, a motorcycle rider and passenger en route to another motorcycle rider’s funeral never made it.  According to witnesses and Harris County Sheriff’s deputies, the wreck occurred on Highway 90 not far from the Sam Houston Parkway. A tow truck pulling out of a gas station tried to merge with westbound Highway 90 traffic. But […]

Johnson & Johnson Faces Criminal Probe Over Talc-Asbestos Link

As civil claims and regulatory actions against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson continue to pick up steam, a federal grand jury may turn up the heat even more. A Waxhington, D.C. grand jury is investigating allegations that J&J knew its talcum powder was laced with asbestos, but did nothing about the problem. Company officials admit […]