Patrice McKinney

Patrice McKinney

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Houston, TX

The Lanier Law Firm
 | 6810 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77069
Phone: 713-659-5200
Fax: 713-659-2204
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Patrice McKinney represents The Lanier Law Firm's clients in Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) cases, trucking, and other personal injury cases. She obtained an eight figure verdict for her client in a tortious interference with inheritance rights case and several seven to eight figure settlements in work safety cases.  Additionally, she has garnered seven figure results in numerous FELA cases.

She has a Masters degree and Post-graduate hours in English from Abilene Christian University; a M.S. in Sports Health from Texas Tech University where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law where she was awarded Order of the Lytae. 

Patrice is a member of the State Bar of Texas; Houston Bar Association; Texas and Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors and Chair of the Houston Trial Lawyers Women's Caucus; Christian Trial Lawyers Association, American Association of Justice, Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys, Texas Women Lawyers, Association of Women Attorneys, and College of the State Bar of Texas.

She is licensed to practice in all Texas state and federal courts and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.




About Patrice McKinney

Admitted: 1994, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association Director of the Year 2018, Director of the Year, 2018
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers, Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers, 2018
  • 2018 Texas Monthly Top Attorneys in Texas, Top Attorneys in Texas, Texas Monthly, 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2017-2018, 2018
  • Top Rated Lawyers by ALM/Martindale-Hubbell, 2016-2018, 2017
  • Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in America, 2018
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society - Texas Tech University; Order of the Lytae and Award Top Student Legal Research & Writing - South Texas College of Law; Leadership Houston, Texas, and America; American Leadership Forum; and Former Member Governor's Council on Physical Fitness.
  • America's Most Honored Professionals by American Registry, 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • Among the Distinguished Lawyers in 2016 by Expert Network

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Patrice is licensed to practice in all Texas state and federal courts and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Texas; Houston Bar Association; Texas and Houston Trial Lawyers Association - Board of Directors and HTLA Women's Caucus Chair, Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, former Chairman of the Board of Night Court, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that produces an annual all lawyer musical production benefiting other legal charities; College - State Bar of Texas; American Association of Justice; Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys; Texas Women Lawyers; Association of Women Attorneys; Keenan Trial Institute - Teaching Faculty Women's Trial Summit.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founder, Board member, and current Secretary - Youth Development Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, offering an after school literacy program for inner city children. Litearcy 500 Bike Ride - Patrice annually rides her bike 500 miles in 5 days to raise funds for the YDC. Former Chair & Co-chair Impact Fall Carnival - A Carnival for 160+ inner city children. HSPVA (High School for the Performing & Visual Arts) Friends Advisory Board. Harris County Protective Services for Children & Adults (HCPSCA) Board Member, Secretary; Theater Under the Stars (TUTS) Board member and Governance & Nominating and Advisory Committees; former Chairman of the Board - Night Court, a 501(c)(3), benefiting other charities that provide pro bono legal services; Volunteer - Impact Houston, an inner city ministry serving the homeless, hungry, and those living in Houston's most impoverished neighborhoods; Founding member of the Houston20 - An advocacy group that fights Sex Trafficking; Senior Fellow - American Leadership Forum; and graduate of the Center For Houston's Future.  


  • Patrice obtained an eight figure verdict for her client in a tortious interference with inheritance rights case and several seven to eight figure settlements in work safety and trucking cases.  Additionally, she has garnered seven figure results in numerous FELA (Federal Employer's Liability Act) cases for her clients. 

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Keenan Trial Institute Teaching Faculty - Women's Summit, 2018
  • Co-Chair - Houston Trial Lawyers Association 'Bearing Witness: Tales From a Bygone Era' Event, 2018
  • Chair - Houston Trial Lawyers Association Women's Caucus ANN Event benefiting the Seventh Amendment PAC, 2018

Educational Background:

  • M.A., Abilene Christian University 1981; M.S., Texas Tech University 1986; Post-graduate work in English, Abilene Christian University 1989; J.D., South Texas College of Law 1994.

Industry Groups

  • Raillaw
  • Trucking
Office Location for Patrice McKinney

6810 Cypress Creek Parkway
Houston, TX 77069

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Last Updated: 1/2/2019

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