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Denman H. Heard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Bellaire, TX

Heard Merman Law Firm, PLLC
4900 Fournace Pl, Suite 240
Bellaire, TX 77401
Phone: 855-484-0420
Fax: 713-751-9100
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2009, 2020 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004
Licensed in Texas Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Business Litigation, General Litigation
Attorney Profile

Focusing his practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, Denman H. Heard has received extensive press coverage throughout the country for the work that he has done on behalf of people who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties. Some of the publications have included Bloomberg News, the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News and the Austin American-Statesman. Born and raised in Houston, he is the founder of the Heard Law Firm PLLC that is based in his native city.

During his distinguished career, Mr. Heard has been able to obtain millions of dollars in compensation for his plaintiff clients through both jury awards and negotiated settlements. His cases have included dangerous consumer products, defective medical devices, construction and other worksite accidents, motor vehicle crashes, toxic exposure, workplace violence, mesothelioma, and job site fires and explosions. Mr. Heard has received numerous honors from his colleagues on account of his successful track record, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and an “Excellent” peer-review rating through Avvo. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Heard has been admitted to practice in Texas since 1992. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and he has appeared pro hac vice in jurisdictions across the country. Mr. Heard attended Baylor University as an undergraduate and received a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1989. His legal education was obtained at the University of Houston Law Center, and in 1992, he was awarded his Juris Doctor. After working for several leading personal injury firms, he formed Heard Law Firm PLLC in 2016.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 50%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 10%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical


9 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2009, 2020 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2004

About Denman H. Heard

First Admitted: 1992, Texas

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Pro hac vice in New Mexico
  • Pro hac vice in Illinois
  • Pro hac vice in New York
  • Pro hac vice in Pennsylvania
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Life Fellow
  • Pro hac vice in California
  • International Society of Barristers - Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association - Board of Directors
  • American Association for Justice - Leader's Forum
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • Houston Bar Association - Member
  • Court Admissions: All Texas state courts, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas - Member


  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston Law Center Moot Court Trial Championship
  • One of "the country's top trial lawyers" by Lawyers Weekly USA
  • Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, 2020-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2004-2009, 2020
  • Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters - statewide recognition, 2006
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Houston by Thomson Reuters, 2006
  • 10.0 Superb Rating by Avvo
  • Texas Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, 2004
  • Recipient of the University of Houston Law Center “Rising Star Award”, 2003

Educational Background

  • BA, Baylor University, Major: Economics, 1989


  • Successful confidential settlement for an offshore worker who suffered severe burns and other injuries from an explosion on the Shell Enchilada platform in the Gulf of Mexico, 2019
  • In January 2019, I was asked to help try the bellwether trial in the Cook IVC MDL pending in Federal Court in Indiana. We were successful, obtaining the first design defect finding and largest compensatory damage award in the United States against an IVC manufacturer, 2019

Representative Clients

  • We have the following wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases set for trial in the first half of 2020: Graves v. Atwood Manufacturing: Multiple deaths in a hunting trailer due to carbon monoxide poisoning from a defective furnace (Harris County). Gray v. Rex Argon - Wrongful death case involving multiple IVC filter fractures (Harris County). Hinds v. Big Boy Trucking - Trucking wrongful death case in Montgomery County, Texas. Marques v. United Airlines - Severe injuries in a Montreal Convention case being tried in Federal Court in Chicago. Cason v. Bard - Severe injuries from multiple fractures of an IVC filter.  Will be tried in Federal Court in Atlanta, GA, 2020
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Office Location for Denman H. Heard

4900 Fournace Pl
Suite 240
Bellaire, TX 77401

Phone: 855-484-0420

Fax: 713-751-9100

Last Updated: 6/15/2022

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