William “Douglas” Hammond is a native Houstonian. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a BBA in finance. After graduation Doug returned to Houston and while employed by Texaco Inc. as a Petroleum Land Representative obtained a law degree from South Texas College of Law. Doug was a member of the Order of the Lytae and recipient of the Federal Bar Association’s annual award for academic excellence. Doug is licensed to practice in the state of Texas, the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Doug is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum The Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaTM
Publications & Presentations
- “Evaluating Claims and Exposure” CE program speaker for transportation HSE managers
- “Selecting & Preparing Witnesses for Trial” CE speaker for risk managers and third party administrator
- “Transit Carriers, School Buses and Seat Belts” Speaker at national transit conference on the future of safety restraint systems on common carrier
- “What You Don’t Say” CE program speaker on investigations, work product and privileged communications under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure
- “Commercial Trucking & Common Carriers” CE Speaker on compliance with new federal regulations and record keeping
- “Electronic Discovery” Program for clients on production and retention of electronic records and telematics
- “Pushing an Elephant with a Pencil” Speaker at Southern UTE Indian Tribal Conference on exploration and development of tribal lands with the BIA, BLM and DOI
Representative Trial Experience
- Obtained record jury verdict in Galveston County for a petrochemical carrier wrongfully sued for environmental contamination. Lowenco, Inc. v. Sea Lion Chemical, Inc
- Successfully defended ninety million dollar toxic tort and remediation suit alleging chemical contamination of a municipal water supply. D&D Central Construction Co. v. Texaco Inc., et al.
- Successfully defended industrial gas supplier in an explosion and burn case obtaining judgment in favor of client. Dustin Snell v. Airgas, Inc.
- Successfully argued appeal before the Texas Supreme Court resulting in a reversal and opinion in favor of leasing company’s right to offer liability insurance coverage in lease agreements. Urrutia and Penske Truck Leasing Co. v. Decker
- Successfully defended a national manufacturer in a products liability action involving multiple fatalities that resulted in dismissal of Plaintiffs’ claims following trial. Hooks et al. v. KDI et al.
- Successfully prosecuted third party action for a national transit carrier against automobile manufacturer of a defective fuel system resulting in a multi-million dollar contribution in a catastrophic loss and death case. Rodriguez et al. v. First Transit, Inc. et al.