Ron Bankston

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Houston, TX

Bankston & Associates
 | 5009 Caroline, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77004
Phone: 713-808-9250
Fax: 713-800-7425
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (90%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Ron Bankston is the founder of the Houston law firm of Bankston & Associates. At his highly respected practice, Mr. Bankston focuses his efforts on helping both individuals and business clients from throughout Texas's Gulf Coast region resolve civil disputes using alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, and in selected cases, through litigation. In addition, he offers early case evaluation, complex case management, negotiation consulting and ad litem work.

    Mr. Bankston began his legal career in 1977 after earning his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and his admission to the State Bar of Texas. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization recognizes him as a board-certified personal injury trial lawyer, which is a distinction he has held since 1985.

    Over the course of Mr. Bankston's nearly 40-year legal career, he has earned the respect of both his clients and his peers for his work as a litigator and a mediator. Along with that respect, he has earned a number of honors, including a "Superb" rating from Avvo and an AV Preeminent 5.0/5.0 peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he is a member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which limits membership to attorneys who secured a settlement or verdict of $2 million or more for a client.

    Mr. Bankston is active in the legal community as an author, guest speaker and member of a number of organizations. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a life fellow of both the Houston Bar Association and the Texas Bar Foundation, to name only a few.

    *AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 90%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Arbitration, Mediation


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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

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    About Ron Bankston

    Admitted: 1977, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Texas Super Lawyer 2007-2020
    • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1985
    • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Recertified 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015
    • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
    • Who’s Who In American Law
    • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the U.S

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Distinguished Credentialed Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
    • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1985

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Texas, 1977
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Member of Association for Conflict Resolution
    • University of Houston Speech and Debate Society Hall of Fame
    • U.S. District Courts for Eastern Districts of Texas
    • Member of Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists
    • Member of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    • University of Houston Honors College Advisory Board
    • U.S. District Courts for Southern Districts of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Claims
    • Sustaining Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
    • HBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Houston Urban Debate League, Inc.: Founding Board Member 2008, Board Chair 2008-2011,  President and CEO 2012-March 2014; Board Member 2014-2015; Emeritus Board Member 2015-present. University of Houston Honors College:  Advisory Board Member 2012-present.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Distinguished Faculty Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Programs
    • Guest Lecturer and Instructor in Trial Advocacy, University of Houston Law Center
    • Invited Lecturer on Personal Injury, Product Liability, Premises Liability, Construction Liability, Water Park and Aquatic Safety Liability, Rental Equipment Liability, Litigation Ethics and Mediation
    • Personal Injury Forms: Discovery & Settlement, James Publishing, 2007
    • The New Litigator's Guide to Trial Practice, Courtroom Ethics and Lessons From Seasoned Litigators, NBI Seminar Presentation and Written Materials, January 2008
    • Stowers Today, Settlement Demands and Settlement Responses , University of Houston Law Center 2007
    • Advanced Personal Injury Trial Law Seminar Fall 2007
    • Seminar Presentation, Houston, Texas, October 2007
    • Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, Practice Tips and Application, Understanding the Law of Damages and Basics of Civil Practice, Procedure and Discovery, NBI Seminar Presentation and Written Materials, Houston, Texas, February 2007
    • Legal Affairs, Using Mediation Rather Than Litigation To Reduce Your Legal Expenses, Smart Business Magazine, September 2006
    • Construction Site Safety Issues: Seeing Yourself As Trial Lawyers Do, Public Safety Laws For Texas Architects, Engineers and Construction Professionals, Seminar Presentation and Written Materials, Houston, Texas, February 2006


    • Hundreds of mediations of matters including personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, professional liability, non-subscriber liability, consumer claims, business torts and other business litigation, contract disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, real estate and employment dispute in 20 years of mediation practice. In excess of 100 first chair lead counsel jury trials. Hundreds of  lead counsel mediations representing plaintiffs and defendants. Recovery of tens of millions of dollars for plaintiff clients by trial and settlement. Successful defense and favorable defense settlements of thousands of claims and lawsuits.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Top Houston Lawyer - Alternative Dispute Resolution, Houstonia Magazine, 2015, 2017,2019

    Educational Background:

    • University of Houston, B.A., 1974
    • Attorney-Mediators Institute, Houston, Texas, Skills Based Mediation Seminar, October 1997
    • Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education, Effective Negotiation and Mediation Advocacy, 1999
    • Attorney-Mediators Institute, Houston, Texas, Basic Mediator Training, January 1996
    • Center for Litigation Risk Analysis, Litigation Risk Analysis, November 1997
    • Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education, Tips, Tricks and Traps of Mediation and Negotiation Ethics, 2005
    • Harvard School of Public Health, Office of Continuing Education – Health Effects of Asbestos: Pulmonary Anatomy & Physiology, X-Ray Interpretation and Epidemiology of Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer and Other Malignancies, 1986
    • Attorney-Mediators Institute, Houston, Texas, Advanced Mediator Training, November 1997
    • Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education, Latz: Five Golden Rules of Negotiation, 2004
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    Office Location for Ron Bankston

    5009 Caroline
    Suite 100
    Houston, TX 77004

    Phone: 713-808-9250

    Fax: 713-800-7425

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    Last Updated: 6/2/2021

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