Robert W. Painter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Houston, TX

Painter Law Firm PLLC
 | 12750 Champion Forest Dr., Houston, TX 77066
Phone: 281-580-8800
Fax: 281-580-8802
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2006, 2011
Licensed Since: 1999
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Robert W. Painter is a member of Painter Law Firm PLLC in Houston, Texas. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 20 years of legal experience, Mr. Painter focuses his practice primarily on medical malpractice claims and helping his clients throughout the Greater Houston metro region and surrounding areas obtain the full amount of compensation they deserve following an injury or loss caused by a health care provider's negligence or wrongdoing.

A 1992 graduate of West Virginia University, Mr. Painter has always had an abiding interest in health care, and he attended Marshall University on a U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship as an M.D. candidate. He also earned his Master of Arts in Public Administration from Webster University in 1995. Prior to attending Baylor Law School, Mr. Painter served for two years with the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of second lieutenant.

Mr. Painter obtained his Juris Doctor from Baylor Law School in 1999, where he was heavily involved with the Baylor Law Review and served as president of the Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society.

Upon graduation and receiving his license to practice, he joined a prominent area law firm, where he focused on health care defense. This experience serves him well as he strives to devise the most effective strategies possible for his plaintiff clients today because he has a unique insight into the industry and can better challenge the opposing counsel's case.

Throughout his career, Mr. Painter has earned numerous awards and honors from both his clients and peers alike. Along with holding an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, he has received Superb ratings on AVVO and the Houston Bar Association bestowed him with the President's Award in 2014. In addition, Houstonia magazine voted him into its Top Lawyers list for the area from 2013 to 2017, and H Texas Magazine added him into its Top Lawyers list for the area from 2008 to 2018.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Painter serves on the board of directors for the Houston Bar Association, the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center and the Houston Lawyer Referral Service. He has also served on a number of committees for various legal organizations for the past several years. Committed to his local community as well, Mr. Painter serves on the board of several civic, faith-based, political and artistic organizations.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (100%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Focus Areas

Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2019 Rising Stars: 2006, 2011

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About Robert Painter

Admitted: 1999, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.painterfirm.com/b/1/robert-painter

Honors/Awards:

  • AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell (2011-present)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (2013-present)
  • Award of Distinction/Pinnacle Award (for Painter Law Firm PLLC), Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas (2008-2018)
  • Texas Pro-Life Lawyer of the Year, Texas Right to Life (2008)
  • President's Award, Houston Bar Association (2014)
  • Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers Directory, by Thomson Reuters (2006, 2011)
  • Avvo Superb 10/10 rating
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Directory, by Thomson Reuters (2019)
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for 2008, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2008
  • President, Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society, Baylor University
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for 2010, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2010
  • Awarded with the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethics., AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2011
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for 2011, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2014, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2014
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for 2011, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2017, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2017
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for the people for 2008, Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2008
  • Selected and honored by Texas Right to Life as the Texas Pro-Life Lawyer of the Year, for saving patient lives in Advance Directives Act/futility review cases., Texas Pro-Life Lawyer of the Year, Texas Right to Life, 2008
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for 2010, Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2010
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for 2011, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2012, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2012
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for 2011, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2015, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2015
  • I was awarded the Order of the Polar Star, the highest state honor bestowed on foreign nationals, by the President of Mongolia, in recognition of successful representation of the President and Government of Mongolia that led to the repatriation the great Tyrannosaurus bataar fossil, which had been illegally smuggled out of the country., Order of the Polar Star (Altan Gadas), President of Mongolia, 2013
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for 2009, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2009
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for the people for 2009, Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2009
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for 2011, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2011
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for 2011, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2013, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2013
  • Nominated and voted by peers as one of Houston's top lawyers for 2011, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2016, Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2016
  • I was awarded the Houston Bar Association's President's Award for two years of service as Editor-in-Chief of The Houston Lawyer magazine., President's Award, Houston Bar Association, 2014

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • U.S. Supreme Court Bar, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Houston Northwest Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Association for Justice, member of International Relations Committee & Voter Protection Committee (2014-present)
  • Member, Houston Bar Association Administration of Justice Committee (2015-2016)
  • Member, Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee (2016-2017)
  • Member, Houston Bar Association Judicial Polls Committee (2016-2017)
  • Board of Directors, Harris County Dispute Resolution Center (2018-2020)
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Houston Lawyer Referral Service (2018-2020)
  • Board of Directors, Houston Bar Association (2018-2020)
  • State of Texas (state courts)
  • Member, Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Bush/Cheney Presidential Election Legal Team
  • Board of Directors, Houston Bar Association Litigation Section
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Advisor to the President of Mongolia, His Excellency Elbegdorj Tsakhia, 2011
  • Associate Editor, Houston Lawyer Magazine
  • Board of Directors, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors, The Crown College (2012-present)
  • Board of Directors, Houston Baptist University Center for Law & Liberty (2014-present)
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Texas Repertory Theatre (2014-2015)
  • I donate approximately 200 hours per year in assisting patients and their families who are confronted with futility review matters, in which hospitals and physicians are using the Texas Advance Directive Act of 1999 to attempt to end a patient's life.
  • Board of Directors, Strake Foundation, 2011
  • Chairman of the Deacon Board, Christchurch Baptist Fellowship, 2008
  • Board of Directors, Leadership Houston, 2011
  • President, Bellwether Forum
  • Chairman of the Board, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, 2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Baylor Law Review, Baylor University
  • Lecture to emergency medical services workers concerning managing risk and liability, Speaker, Emergency Medical Services Liability, Deer Park Fire Department Annual EMS Training, 2008
  • Lecture on recent medical malpractice case law interpreting Chapter 74., Speaker, Chapter 74 Medical Malpractice Update, Houston Bar Association Litigation Section, Litigation, 2008
  • Lecture on recent medical malpractice case law interpreting Chapter 74., Speaker, From the Trenches: Medical Malpractice Cases Under Chapter 74 , Houston Northwest Bar Association, 2008
  • As a former U.S. Army officer, Robert Painter was pleased to serve as guest editor for "Houston Lawyer" magazine's issue focusing on veterans issues.  Mr. Painter serves on the editorial board of the magazine., Guest Editor, Edition Devoted to Veteran's Issues, Houston Lawyer Magazine, 2008
  • The "Houston Press" newspaper profiled the tragedy that is the subject of a major medical malpractice case that I am currently handling., Profiled for Story About Medical Malpractice Client, Doctors vs. Parents: Who Decides Right to Life?, Houston Press, 2008
  • An analysis of the major organization changes to the federal regulatory apparatus over deepwater exploration, Author, Major Changes to the Minerals Management Service and Off-Shore Drilling Regulation in the Aftermath of the Deep water Horizon Explosion, The Houston Lawyer magazine, 2010
  • An article about Texas medical futility law, Author, Developments in Texas Advance Directives, The Houston Lawyer magazine, 2009
  • An op-ed piece about the Texas medical futility law that allows hospital committees to make life and death decisions that trump those of a family or patient--all with total immunity, Author, 'Death panels' exist already, Washington Times, 2009
  • A lecture was about how the Texas medical futility law can impact elder law advance directives and medical powers of attorney, Speaker, Texas Medical Futility Law (a/k/a 'Death Panel Statute'), Houston Bar Association Elder Law Committee, 2010
  • I spoke about what lawyers and law firms need to do to comply with Texas HB 300, which deals with HIPAA and medical records confidentiality., Speaker, What attorneys need to know about Texas H.B. 300, Houston Northwest Bar Association, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • I represented the family of a 26 year old swimmer who drowned in a homeowner's association swimming pool.  The young man was one of two people in the pool, when two lifeguards were on duty.  This wrongful death case settled for $600,000, 2011
  • I represented the family of a teenager who is permanently brain damages as a result of medical negligence. The case was pending in Houston, Texas, and I negotiated a settlement of over $3.9 million for the family, 2010
  • I represented family members in a Houston lawsuit against several major natural gas companies concerning an explosion that led to the death of a construction worker.  Within six months of the pipeline explosion, we successfully settled claims of certain wrongful death beneficiaries for a total of $3.6 million, 2007
  • I represented the husband of an elderly dialysis patient who died when she coded during a treatment and was left untreated.  The case settled for $225,000, 2010

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Elected to the Board of Directors of the Houston Bar Association., 2017

Videos:

  • A video about how patients can avoid falling through the cracks as a result of poor doctor-nurse communication, Good hospital communication saves lives, 2011
  • Video about how families and patients facing the Texas Advance Directives Act of 1999 medical futility committee provision can survive, Hospital death panels in Texas, 2011

Educational Background:

  • B.A., Biology, West Virginia University, 1992
  • M.D. Candidate, Marshall University School of Medicine, 1993
  • MA, Public Administration, Webster University, 1995

Industry Groups

  • Medical Malpractice
Office Location for Robert W. Painter

12750 Champion Forest Dr.
Houston, TX 77066

Phone: 281-580-8800

Fax: 281-580-8802

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Last Updated: 4/9/2019

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