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Justin M. Campbell, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust 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, 2006 - 2019
Licensed in Texas Since: 1973
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense
Attorney Profile

The civil litigation practice of Justin M. Campbell, III, emphasizes practical advice, resourceful strategic thinking and close attention to detail in the resolution of complex disputes involving business torts, contract claims, corporate or partnership disputes, trust and estate administration, intellectual property rights and professional liability.

A founding partner of the Houston law firm of Campbell Harrison & Dagley LLP in 1991, Mr. Campbell has more than 35 years of trial experience in the Texas and federal courts on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, corporations, small businesses, fiduciaries and individuals.

Mr. Campbell's litigation experience includes civil trials, arbitration and mediation. In many cases where his client was originally named as a defendant in the action, his ability to identify and pursue counterclaims or third-party claims resulted in a positive recovery for the defendant.

An honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Campbell writes and lectures regularly on advanced topics in business and probate litigation.

About Justin M. Campbell, III

First Admitted: 1973, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2003, 2006-2018
  • Member, Order of the Coif, University of Texas School of Law
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019


  • $16,000,000 recovery for trust beneficiary against the estate of the former trustee for fraud, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty
  • $2,600,000 recovery for a successor estate administrator against lawyers who had dissipated the estate with excessive fees during a predecessor's administration of the estate
  • Favorable resolution of a suit against a privately owned, international plastics manufacturer to recover multi-million dollar retainage and early completion bonus rising out of the construction of a polyethylene plant
  • Complete exoneration of the trustees of a $250,000,000 family trust in suit by beneficiaries for removal, an accounting, and damages
  • $6,000,000 recovery for minority shareholder of closely held corporation in shareholder oppression case
  • $17,300,000 judgment for a trust beneficiary against the Texas affiliate of a national bank holding company for breach of trust in connection with an agreement to sell the stock of a closely held corporation
  • Recovery of the ownership of a closely held corporation worth $25,000,000 for the executor (a national bank) of the estates of the majority shareholders, who had agreed to sell the business to senior corporate officers for $165,000 upon their deaths
  • Successful defense of client in a $30,000,000 suit by the independent executor of an estate for tortious interference with the administration of the estate, breach of contract, and fraud and the successful prosecution of client's counterclaim, producing an agreement in which the executor paid $1,500,000 to the client, resigned, and supported the client's appointment as successor administrator of the Estate
  • $9,200,000 arbitration award, including $2,900,000 in punitive damages, against a California based trust company for mismanagement of plaintiffs investment assets received in a divorce
  • $2,500,000 recovery for an estate against a national law firm for malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Resolution of a $100,000,000 breach of trust suit brought against a major national bank for nuisance value after extensive document, fact deposition, and expert discovery

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Northern Texas
  • Member, Texas Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Southern Texas

Educational Background

  • University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. in Accounting, With Honors, 1968

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Presentation Skills that Capture, Move and Persuade", Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, 2008
  • "Fiduciary Litigation", Texas Bar Association Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Course, 2004
  • "Fiduciary Litigation", Texas Bar Association Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Cases, 2005
  • "Mediation of a Commercial Case", South Texas College of Law, Mediation for Litigators, 2002
  • "The Prudent Investor Act Revisited", Texas Bankers Association 2008 Trust Conference, 2008
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Office Location for Justin M. Campbell, III

One Riverway
Suite 2200
Houston, TX 77056

Last Updated: 12/26/2021

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