Howard L. Close

Howard L. Close

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Wright Close & Barger, LLP
 | One Riverway, Suite 2200
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: 713-572-4321
Fax: 713-572-4320
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (60%),
  • Insurance Coverage (30%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    I am a trial lawyer.  I have a broad experience in trying various types of civil cases - everything from serious personal injury cases to intellectual property disputes. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to try cases in what are considered some of the worst jurisdictions in Texas.  

    Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, I have tried and arbitrated difficult assigments from patent and trade secret litigation in northeast Texas to multiple death and burn cases along the Texas-Mexico border, to massive coverage cases in Beaumont. Me and my team have tried state and national class actions, medical device, oil & gas, nursing home, insurance coverage and intellectual property matters in both state and Federal Court.  I also have extensive appellate experience, having argued at all levels of the Texas Appellate system and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

    Certificates and Credentials

    About Howard Close

    Admitted: 1981, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2003-2018
    • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation-Defense, 2005-2019
    • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Houston, 2008-2010

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1989

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Admission to State Bar of Texas; Supreme Court of the United States; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
    • American Association for Justice
    • Houston Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
    • Defense Research Institute
    • State Bar of Texas

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Wright & Close is ranked among the Best Law Firms in 2017 with a National Tier 1 ranking in Appellate, by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. The firm also has Tier 1 rankings in Houston for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Defense, and Appellate Practice.

    Educational Background:

    • B.A., Accounting, Louisiana State University, 1978, with highest honors
    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law 1981, with honors

    Industry Groups

    • DRI
    • Texas Association Of Defense Counsel
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    Office Location for Howard L. Close

    One Riverway
    Suite 2200
    Houston, TX 77056

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    Last Updated: 7/13/2020

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