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Thomas C. Wright

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Houston, TX

Wright Close & Barger, LLP
One Riverway, Suite 2200
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: 713-572-4321
Fax: 713-572-4320
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Appellate (60%), Business Litigation (40%)
Attorney Profile

Tom Wright is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has argued cases in the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, and most of the fourteen intermediate appellate courts in Texas. Mr. Wright has extensive trial and appellate experience in business cases, including oil and gas, breach of contract, and fiduciary litigation for plaintiffs and defendants. He has significant involvement in probate litigation, representing executors, beneficiaries of estates, and guardians in cases that also involve complex business transactions.

He also has expertise in preservation of error, the court's charge, and post-trial motion practice. He frequently speaks on those subjects at CLE seminars and is a contributing author to the chapters on Discovery and Liability Insurance in Professor William Dorsaneo's "Texas Litigation Guide."


About Thomas C. Wright

First Admitted: 1980, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Wright & Close is ranked among the Best Law Firms in 2017 with a National Tier 1 ranking in Appellate, by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. The firm also has Tier 1 rankings in Houston for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Defense, and Appellate Practice.
  • Mr. Wright was a Law Clerk, Judge Charles Clark, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1980–1981. He served as a Captain in the United States Army from 1981-1985.


  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas, 2015-2016
  • Ranked among the Leaders in Their Field by Chambers USA, Appellate Litigation, 2017, 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Houston, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2003-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Law, 2007-2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State Bar of Texas (Litigation Section)
  • Admission to the State Bar of Texas; Supreme Court of the United States; United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits
  • Houston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Educational Background

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law 1980, with high honors
  • Grand Chancellor; Order of the Coif
  • B.A., History, Wheaton College 1977, with honors

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law since 1992 and in Civil Appellate Law since 1993 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 

Industry Groups

  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
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Office Location for Thomas C. Wright

One Riverway
Suite 2200
Houston, TX 77056

Last Updated: 6/16/2021

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