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Randall O. Sorrels

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Houston, TX

Sorrels Law
5300 Memorial Dr, Suite 270
Houston, TX 77007
Phone: 713-496-1100
Fax: 713-238-9500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1987
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Business Litigation, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Environmental
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Randy Sorrels is a Past President of the State Bar of Texas, which consists of almost 106,000 lawyers. When he was elected President, the lawyers of Texas voted him to this position by the widest margin of victory in State Bar election history. As a Texas lawyer, Randy has secured the largest jury award for an injured worker in Texas history -- $352.7 million. It is no surprise he has been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Texas for the last 15 years by Texas Super Lawyers magazine.  

Randy holds four board certifications from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has extensive experience handling personal injury cases, medical malpractice cases, and business disputes – including “bet the company” cases. Most recently, Randy has been named the Best Lawyers® Personal Injury – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year”, in Houston, and this is his four time for him to be named the "Lawyer of the Year" in Houston. He has been also been awarded some of the highest legal honors in Texas. He has been awarded the State Bar of Texas’ President’s Award (recognizing the one Texas Lawyer who provided the most outstanding contributions through distinguished service to the lawyers of Texas), the Judge Sam Williams Award (recognizing the Texas lawyer who provides the greatest contribution to both local bars and the State Bar of Texas), and the Houston Bar Association President’s Award (recognizing significant contributions to an HBA program). Early in his career, Randy was honored with the Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston Award (recognizing the one young Houston lawyer who exemplified significant professional traits both inside and outside the practice of law).

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Randy is the past President of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, and past Chair of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. He has served as the President of the Houston Bar Association, President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, Vice President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation, Director of the State Bar of Texas (two terms), Commissioner of the Equal Access to Justice Commission, Trustee of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and is currently on the Board of Directors at South Texas College of Law Houston.

Randy started his legal career at Fulbright & Jaworski, where he represented doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and businesses in the state of Texas who were accused of civil wrongdoing. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from South Texas College of Law Houston in 1987, where he was on the Law Review and was a member of the nationally recognized Board of Advocates. South Texas College of Law Houston has honored Randy with its highest honor— the Dean’s Medal, as well as its Public Service Award (the inaugural award). South Texas College of Law Houston has renamed its legal clinics The Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics, which represents 15,000 square feet of new, state-of-the-art facilities to bring together clients with unmet legal needs and students who are eager to work with those clients under the direct supervision of their professors. In 2018, South Texas College of Law Houston honored Randy with the Distinguished Alumni Award. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Prior to law school, Randy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Houston Baptist University— where he was recognized as an NCAA Academic All-American in 1984. He attended HBU on a soccer scholarship, and the soccer field at the university now carries his name— Randall O. Sorrels Field. While at school, he was recognized as the Outstanding Student in both Political Science and Speech Communications. In the greatest honor, the university gives to alumni, Randy was named as HBU’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 2009, and he continues to be involved in alumni events and meetings.

 

* 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
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Environmental
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Environmental Law

Selections

20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2022

About Randall O. Sorrels

First Admitted: 1987, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.sorrelslaw.com/team/randall-o-sorrels/

Honors/Awards

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, South Texas College of Law Houston, 2018
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Houston Baptist University, 2009
  • Recognized as one of the Premier 100 trial attorneys for Texas, National Academy of Jurisprudence, 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney, American Registry, 2011
  • America's Most Honored Professionals, American Registry, 2011, 2012, 2016
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, American Registry, 2012
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, Litigation, 2012
  • Dean's Medal, South Texas College of Law Houston, 2013
  • Public Service Award, South Texas College of Law Houston Alumni Association, 2006
  • Top Lawyers 2013 List: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Business/Commercial, Houstonia Magazine, 2013
  • Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, American Registry, 2008
  • Top 100: Houston Super Lawyers, 2006-2017, 2006
  • Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers in Texas, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, INC
  • Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers, 2007-2017
  • The Best Lawyers In America, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, 2012-2018, 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009-2014, 2015
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell®, 1997-2014, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The American Association for Justice, 2009, 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Global Directory of Who’s Who, Top Lawyer, 2017
  • Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2007-2009, 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney in Business Litigation, The National Law Journal, The American 2012 Lawyer, and Corporate Counsel, 2012
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, 2012
  • Top Rated Lawyer, AV Preeminent in Business Litigation, 2012
  • President's Award, Houston Bar Association, 2007
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, Personal Injury, H Texas Magazine, 2004-2014, 2015
  • President's Award, State Bar of Texas, 2006
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2017, 2017
  • Commencement Speaker, South Texas College of Law Houston, 2010
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyers of 2014, Legal Leaders, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs, 2011-2018, 2018
  • Top Lawyers - Personal Injury, Houstonia Magazine, 2014
  • Walk of Honor, Houston Baptist University, 2009
  • Clients' Choice Award, Avvo, 2015
  • Superb AVVO Rated Attorney, American Registry, 2011
  • Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2006-2009, 2010
  • AV Preeminent Top Rated, Top 5% Practice Area, 2017
  • Selected to Top American Lawyers, 2016
  • Lawdragon Finalist, 2010
  • Top Texas Verdict, Medical Malpractice, 2011
  • Best Attorneys in Texas, American Registry, 2012
  • The Top 1% Trial Counsel, Medical Malpractice Lawyers, 2012
  • Award of Honor for Excellence of the American Academy of Ethical Attorneys, 2013
  • Texas Lawyer, Go To Guide - Plaintiff's Personal Injury Lawyer, 2007
  • Plaintiffs' "Lawyer of the Year", The Best Lawyers in America©, Houston Medical Malpractice Law, 2013, 2016
  • Woodrow B. Seals - Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 1999
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyers of 2014, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Monthly, 2007-2013, 2014
  • Top Rated Lawyers, Texas Legal Leaders, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Nation's Top 1%, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015-2016, 2017
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Houston Baptist University, 2009
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Texas for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubble, 2015
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, Personal Injury, H Texas Magazine, 2008-2009, 2010
  • Judge Sam Williams Award, State Bar of Texas, 2010
  • Selected as one of the "10 Best" Attorneys for Texas, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Domestic Torts: An Update on Causes of Actions, Defenses, Damages and Effective Case Preparation, Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists Dinner Meeting, 2017
  • Insurance Update, 11th Annual Advanced Consumer & Commercial Law Course, State Bar of Texas, September 25, 2015
  • Ethical Considerations in Representing Clients, Rising Tide Four Part Series Pre-Trial Litigation CLE, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, April 1, 2016
  • Ethical Communications with Potential New Clients, Brazoria County Bar Association, April 8, 2016
  • Panelist, Evaluating the Risk of Trial, in the Era of No Trials, October HBA ADR Section CLE Program, 2017
  • Maintaining Professionalism in Crisis Situations, The Houston Lawyer, January/February 2019
  • Panelist, Initiating Litigation, State Bar of Texas 7th Annual Advanced Trial Strategies Course, 2018
  • Thirty State Bar Member Benefits in Thirty Minutes, Houston Bar Association Litigation Section Lunch, 2018
  • Thirty State Bar Member Benefits in Thirty Minutes, Solos Supporting Solos, 2018
  • Panelist, Men As Mentors: The Importance of Sponsorship, Houston Bar Association Gender Fairness Committee Breakfast and CLE, 2018
  • Examination of a Plaintiff’s Expert, Forensic Expert Witness Association Lunch Meeting, 2019
  • Mediation in Texas from the Plaintiff’s Perspective, South Texas College of Law Houston Law Review’s 26th Annual Symposium: Legal Ethics and Malpractice and Mediation, 2020
  • When Disaster Strikes, Trial, April 2018
  • Ethics and the Jury System, The Advocate, Volume 89, Winter 2019
  • Responsibility in Texas, Texas Tech Law Review, Volume 51, Number 4, Summer 2019
  • A Guide to Applying and Calculating Proportionate
  • "Designation of Responsible Third Parties", Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • "Do State Medicaid Agencies Have the Right to Full Reimbursement for Medical Payments Paid on Behalf of a Medicaid Recipient?" The U.S. Supreme Court Has Weighed In, The Advocate, Vol. 37, 2007
  • "Asserting Claims & Defending Nursing Home", Professional Education, Inc., 2001
  • "Examination of Plaintiff's Expert", ABOTA Masters in Trial, 2008
  • "Advanced Civil Discovery" - "Discovery About Experts", University of Houston, 2001
  • "Jury Selection", 24th Litigation Update Institute, State Bar of Texas, 2008
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, 2008
  • “Should Employee's Negligence Be Submitted in a Non-Subscriber Case?", Houston Lawyer, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2000
  • Medical Malpractice Update, African Bar Association, 2008
  • "Asserting Claims & Defending Nursing Home", Professional Education, Inc., 2000
  • "Case law Update from Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives", Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management, 2009
  • "Should Employee's Negligence Be Submitted in a Non-Subscriber Case?", Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 63, No. 4, 2000
  • "Planning to Conquer the Real World of Private Practice", State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • University of Houston, "Advanced Civil Discovery" - "Discovery About Experts", 2000
  • "Shifting Liability", Texas Bar CLE 33rd Annual Estate Planning & Probate Course, 2009
  • "HMO Liability", Advance of Personal Injury Course, State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • APITLA, "Written Discovery - Interrogatories and Request for Production", Fatigued Truckers, 2009
  • "Hospital Case Law Update", Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, State Bar of Texas, 1997
  • "Themes in Trials", Garland R. Walker American Inns of the Court, 2009
  • "Auto Collision Litigation", State Bar of Texas, 1998
  • "Ethical Client Development", 31st Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2015
  • "Basic Discovery Techniques", The Litigator's Overview: A Practical Guide to a Successful Trial Practice; Law Practice Management Seminar, 1996
  • "Joint Venturing the Case", State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, 2015
  • "Presentation of Evidence", Third Annual Paralegal Program: The Team Approach, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • "The Legalities of Cone Beam Imaging", Three Dimensional Imaging for Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2010
  • "Dram Shop and Social Host Liability", Houston Bar Association, 1996
  • "How to Succeed in a Plaintiff's Practice", Association of Women Attorneys, 2013
  • "Auto Litigation", Houston Hispanic Lawyers Association, 1996
  • "All in the Family: Tough Times and Times to Work Together", National Association of Bar Examiners, 2013
  • "Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk", Texas Bar Journal, Volume 58, No. 6, 1995
  • "Personal Injury Litigation", Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, 1995
  • "Mediation Roundtable - A Plaintiff's Perspective", Annual Conference on ADR, 2013
  • "Mediation Presentation", Panel Discussion Leader, 1995
  • "Harris County Ad Litem Practice, Defense and Plaintiff Perspectives", Harris County Ad Litem Institute, 2014
  • "Current Issues and Techniques for Trial Attorneys", Advanced Discovery Practice, 1995
  • "Recent Medical Malpractice Case Law Update, Medical Malpractice Seminar", Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • "Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk", Houston Lawyer, Volume 32, No. 1, 1994
  • "Insurance Law Roundtable Webcast", State Bar of Texas, 2011
  • "Nursing the Nursing Home", TTLA Ski Seminar - The Winning Edge, 1995
  • "Diverse Paths, Shared Standards: Chart Your Own Course to a Successful Legal Career", Houston Bar Association, 2012
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, 2003
  • "Leveraging Your Super Lawyers or Rising Stars Selection", Thomson Reuters Webinar, 2011
  • "Legislative Update/Tort Reform", Houston Bar Association, 2003
  • "Catastrophic Injury and the Value of a Structured Settlement", Legal Talk Network, 2011
  • "Tort Reform Update", Mexican-American Bar Association, 2003
  • "Importance of Jury Service", Houston Bar Association, 2010
  • "Beyond the Basics - Standing Out From the Crowd", FindLaw CLE, 2010
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, 2004
  • Houston Bar Association, "Thoughts and Critiques from ADR User's Panel", 2010
  • "Medicaid Reimbursements", Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 70, No. 1, 2007
  • "Joint Venturing the Case: A Relationship of Convenience" , The Houston Lawyer, Vol. 53, No. 1, 2015
  • "E-Discovery", Family Law Section, Houston Bar Association, 2008
  • Mediation Presentation, Panel Discussion Leader, 1994
  • "A Look Back - What Really Changed" - House Bill 4 - Proposition 12, Leadership Houston Justice Day, 2004
  • “Relationship Issues: Do the Benefits of Joint Venture Outweigh the Costs”, Texas Bar Journal, Volume 79, No. 10, 2016
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, 2004
  • "Evaluating Potential Medical Malpractice Claims", The Advocate - the State Bar of Texas Litigation Report, 2017
  • "Jury Selection and Trial Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases", Cooper & Scully Sixth Annual Forum on Healthcare Liability, 2005
  • "Avoiding the Confidentiality Tax Bite", Trial, 2006
  • "Plaintiffs' Attorneys Beware: Little Known Tax Consequences Associated with Confidentiality Provisions", Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 69, No. 2, 2006

Educational Background

  • Houston Baptist University, B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) Honors: NCAA Academic All-American, 1984
  • J.D. South Texas College of Law Houston (Magna Cum Laude), 1987

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1992
  • Pre-Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2015
  • Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1992
  • Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1992

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Houston Bar Association Equal Access to Justice Partner, 2005

Representative Clients

  • Roger Clemens, Kacy Clemens, Conner Capel, 2021

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Clemens/Capel vs. Concrete Cowboy and Dan Wierck; In person jury trial resulting in a verdict of $3,240,000 for the plaintiffs. , 2021
  • Secured a $352.7 million verdict on behalf of Ulysses Cruz -- a 48-year-old United Airline ramp service agent working at George H. Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas on September 7, 2019. Cruz was serving as a pedestrian wingwalker backing out a plane from the terminal at 7:30 in the morning when he was struck by an Allied Aviation Fueling van on the tarmac. The impact threw Mr. Cruz about 15 feet and he was immediately paralyzed from the chest down. Following spine surgery two days later, Mr. Cruz suffered a massive stroke effecting the whole right side of his body and left side of his brain. Suit against Allied Aviation and its driver resulted in a $352.7 million actual damages award – the largest actual damages verdict for an injured worker in Texas history. There were no punitive damages awarded. The defense (who had a $500 million insurance policy) was represented by the national law firm of Jackson Walker and Rusty Hardin & Associates. Famed Houston lawyer Rusty Hardin was the lead defense lawyer.    , 2021

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Past President, State Bar of Texas, 2020 - 2021, 2021
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • President-Elect -- State Bar of Texas, 2018
  • Texas, 1987
  • Second Vice President, Houston Bar Association, 2000, 2001
  • President -- State Bar of Texas, 2019
  • Chairman, Judicial Polls Committee, Houston Bar Association, 2001, 2002
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • President, Houston Lawyer's Referral Service, 2000, 2001
  • Director, Houston Bar Association, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Chairman, Professionalism Committee, Houston Bar Association, 1998, 1991
  • Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Director, South Texas College of Law Houston, 2013-2017, 2018
  • New Fellows Committee, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012, 2013
  • State Bar of Texas, Vice-Chairman, Legislative Committee, 1996, 1997
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Commissioner, Texas Access to Justice Commission, 2009 - 2011, 2012
  • Budget Chair, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2012, 2013
  • Board Advisor, Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Volume IV, 1995, 1996, 1997
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • President, Dispute Resolution Center, Inc., 2003, 2004
  • Vice President, Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate Specialists, 2013, 2014
  • Secretary, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012, 2013
  • Chairman, Facilities & Equipment Sub-Committee, State Bar of Texas, 2007, 2008
  • Board of Directors, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1992 - 1996, 1997
  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
  • President, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, 2014, 2015
  • National Advisory Board Member, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Co-Chair, Lawyers Against Waste Committee, Houston Bar Association, 2002, 2003
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, President, 2000, 2001
  • Treasurer, Houston Bar Association, 2003, 2004
  • Chairman, Long Range Planning Committee, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists
  • Vice-President, Finance, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Executive Committee, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Chairman, Professional Development Committee, State Bar of Texas, 1996, 1997
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation
  • Trustee, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, 2009 - 2011, 2012
  • Chairman, Policy Manual Committee, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012, 2013
  • Board Advisor, Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Volume I, 1994-1997, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy
  • Treasurer, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Treasurer, Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate Specialists, 2012, 2013
  • Chairman, Administration Committee, State Bar of Texas, 2008, 2009
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1995 - 2009, 2010
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Chair, Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, 2014, 2015
  • Secretary, Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate Specialists, 2011, 2012
  • Chairman, Audit Committee, Houston Bar Association, 2003, 2004
  • American Bar Association
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • First Vice President, Houston Bar Association, 2002, 2003
  • Secretary, Houston Bar Association, 2001, 2002
  • Chairman, Membership Benefits Task Force, 1999, 2000
  • America Inns of Court  
  • President, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1999, 2000
  • Director, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1994 - 2017, 2018
  • Chairman, CLE Committee, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1993 - 1999, 2000
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trustee, Texas Bar Foundation, 1997-2000, 2009-2011, 2012
  • Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award Committee, Texas Bar Foundation, 2012, 2013
  • Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Volume I, 1998 - 2005, 2006
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Director, State Bar of Texas, 1994-1997, 2006-2008, 2009
  • Chairman, Investment Committee, Texas Bar Foundation, 2010, 2011
  • Vice-President, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • State Bar of Texas
  • President, Houston Bar Association, 2005, 2006
  • Chair-Elect, Texas Bar Foundation, 2013, 2014
  • Secretary and Treasurer, Texas Trial Lawyers Association's Executive Committee, 2012, 2013
  • Co-Chairman, Habitat for Humanity, Houston Bar Association, 2006, 2007
  • American Association for Justice
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Chairman, Finance Committee, Houston Bar Association, 2003, 2004
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Office Location for Randall O. Sorrels

5300 Memorial Dr
Suite 270
Houston, TX 77007

Phone: 713-496-1100

Fax: 713-238-9500

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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