Randall O. Sorrels

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Houston, TX

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz
 | 800 Commerce Street, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-587-9668
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Randy Sorrels has proven himself to be a leader both inside and outside the courtroom.

For the last nine years, Sorrels has been named one of the top 100 lawyers in the state of Texas— among the 100,000 lawyers in Texas— by Texas Monthly. Inside the courtroom, Sorrels has established his presence as a double board certified trial lawyer in both personal injury and civil trial law— a distinction held by less than .1% of lawyers in Texas. And though his practice is not limited to medical malpractice, he has been named the Best Lawyers® Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" in Houston for two years. He handles cases involving serious personal injury, catastrophic events, wrongful death, and significant business disputes— including "bet the company" cases. 

Outside the courtroom, Sorrels has been awarded some of the highest honors recognized by the State Bar of 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, Sorrels 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).

Randy Sorrels is the Immediate Past President of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, and Immediate 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.

Sorrels 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 Sorrels with its highest honor— the Dean's Medal, as well as its Public Service Award (the inaugural award). Recently South Texas College of Law Houston 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 direct supervision of their professors.

Prior to law school, Sorrels graduated Magna Cum Laude from Houston Baptist University— where he was recognized as an NCAA Academic All-American in 1984. Sorrels attended HBU on a soccer scholarship, and the soccer field at the university now carries his name— 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 for alumnus, Randy was named as HBU's Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 2009, and he continues to be involved in alumni events and meetings.

Randy Sorrels serves as the managing partner of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, where he has practiced since 1990. Since taking over the leadership of the firm, Abraham Watkins has become more diverse, more community involved, more academically accomplished, and more active in the courtroom. The firm touts five Texas Board Certified lawyers— unprecedented in nearly every county in Texas.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (40%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Business Litigation (40%)

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 15 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Randall Sorrels

Admitted: 1987, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.abrahamwatkins.com/Attorney-Profiles/Randall-O-So...

Honors and Awards:

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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Houston Bar Association Equal Access to Justice Partner, 2005

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Joint Venturing the Case: A Relationship of Convenience" , The Houston Lawyer, Vol. 53, No. 1, 2015
  • "Joint Venturing the Case", State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, 2015
  • "Ethical Client Development", 31st Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2015
  • "Recent Medical Malpractice Case Law Update, Medical Malpractice Seminar", Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • "Harris County Ad Litem Practice, Defense and Plaintiff Perspectives", Harris County Ad Litem Institute, 2014
  • "Mediation Roundtable - A Plaintiff's Perspective", Annual Conference on ADR, 2013
  • "All in the Family: Tough Times and Times to Work Together", National Association of Bar Examiners, 2013
  • "How to Succeed in a Plaintiff's Practice", Association of Women Attorneys, 2013
  • "Diverse Paths, Shared Standards: Chart Your Own Course to a Successful Legal Career", Houston Bar Association, 2012
  • "Catastrophic Injury and the Value of a Structured Settlement", Legal Talk Network, 2011
  • "Leveraging Your Super Lawyers or Rising Stars Selection", Thomson Reuters Webinar, 2011
  • "Insurance Law Roundtable Webcast", State Bar of Texas, 2011
  • "Thoughts and Critiques from ADR User's Panel", Houston Bar Association , 2010
  • "Beyond the Basics - Standing Out From the Crowd", FindLaw CLE, 2010
  • "Importance of Jury Service", Houston Bar Association, 2010
  • "The Legalities of Cone Beam Imaging", Three Dimensional Imaging for Orthodontics and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2010
  • "Themes in Trials", Garland R. Walker American Inns of the Court, 2009
  • "Written Discovery - Interrogatories and Request for Production", Fatigued Truckers, APITLA , 2009
  • "Shifting Liability", Texas Bar CLE 33rd Annual Estate Planning & Probate Course, 2009
  • "Planning to Conquer the Real World of Private Practice", State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • "Case law Update from Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives", Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management, 2009
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, 2008
  • Medical Malpractice Update, African Bar Association, 2008
  • "Jury Selection", 24th Litigation Update Institute, State Bar of Texas, 2008
  • "Examination of Plaintiff's Expert", ABOTA Masters in Trial, 2008
  • "E-Discovery", Family Law Section, Houston Bar Association, 2008
  • "Medicaid Reimbursements", Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 70, No. 1, 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
  • "Designation of Responsible Third Parties", Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • "Plaintiffs' Attorneys Beware: Little Known Tax Consequences Associated with Confidentiality Provisions", Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 69, No. 2, 2006
  • "Avoiding the Confidentiality Tax Bite", Trial, 2006
  • "Jury Selection and Trial Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases", Cooper & Scully Sixth Annual Forum on Healthcare Liability, 2005
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, 2004
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, 2004
  • "A Look Back - What Really Changed" - House Bill 4 - Proposition 12, Leadership Houston Justice Day, 2004
  • South Texas College of Law Houston, 2003
  • "Tort Reform Update", Mexican-American Bar Association, 2003
  • "Legislative Update/Tort Reform", Houston Bar Association, 2003
  • "Advanced Civil Discovery" - "Discovery About Experts", University of Houston, 2001
  • "Asserting Claims & Defending Nursing Home", Professional Education, Inc., 2001
  • “Should Employee's Negligence Be Submitted in a Non-Subscriber Case?", Houston Lawyer, Vol. 37, No. 4, 2000
  • "Should Employee's Negligence Be Submitted in a Non-Subscriber Case?", Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 63, No. 4, 2000
  • "Asserting Claims & Defending Nursing Home", Professional Education, Inc., 2000
  • "Advanced Civil Discovery" - "Discovery About Experts" , University of Houston, 2000
  • "HMO Liability", Advance of Personal Injury Course, State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • "Auto Collision Litigation", State Bar of Texas, 1998
  • "Hospital Case Law Update", Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, State Bar of Texas, 1997
  • "Basic Discovery Techniques", The Litigator's Overview: A Practical Guide to a Successful Trial Practice; Law Practice Management Seminar, 1996
  • "Presentation of Evidence", Third Annual Paralegal Program: The Team Approach, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • "Dram Shop and Social Host Liability", Houston Bar Association, 1996
  • "Auto Litigation", Houston Hispanic Lawyers Association, 1996
  • "Personal Injury Litigation", Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, 1995
  • "Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk", Texas Bar Journal, Volume 58, No. 6, 1995
  • "Mediation Presentation", Panel Discussion Leader, 1995
  • "Current Issues and Techniques for Trial Attorneys", Advanced Discovery Practice, 1995
  • "Nursing the Nursing Home", TTLA Ski Seminar - The Winning Edge, 1995
  • Mediation Presentation, Panel Discussion Leader, 1994
  • "Social Host Liability: Friends Can Let Friends Drive Drunk", Houston Lawyer, Volume 32, No. 1, 1994

Educational Background:

  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1987 Honors: Board of Advocates, 1985-1987 Honors: National Mock Trial Law Review: South Texas College of Law Houston Review, Member, 1985 - 1987, 1987
  • Houston Baptist University, B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) Honors: NCAA Academic All-American, 1984
Office Location for Randall O. Sorrels

800 Commerce Street
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-587-9668

 

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Last Updated: 9/28/2017

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