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Tom Stilwell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Houston, TX

Stilwell Law Firm, PLLC
3131 Eastside Street, Suite 444
Houston, TX 77098
Phone: 713-931-1111
Fax: 713-931-1211
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2009
Licensed in Texas Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Aviation and Aerospace (40%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%), Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Tom Stillwell is the founder of his eponymous law firm located in Houston, Texas. Focusing his practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, he represents people throughout the greater metropolitan area and nationwide who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties. Admitted to practice in Texas, Mr. Stillwell is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He has also appeared pro hac vice in many other jurisdictions.

A significant portion of Mr. Stillwell's practice is centered on the aviation industry. In this regard, he assists clients who have suffered economic and noneconomic losses in airplane crashes as well as in incidents at an airport itself, during landing or take-off, and while boarding or en route. Examples of the latter are being injured by slipping and falling on jet bridges or by items falling out of overhead bins. Other types of personal injury cases that Mr. Stillwell has handled have involved defective products, construction and oilfield accidents, and truck and other motor vehicle crashes. He has been able to obtain many sizable settlements and jury awards for his clients, and these successes have led to extensive recognition from his colleagues, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Majoring in economics, Mr. Stillwell attended The University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1991. He then pursued his legal education at the University of Houston Law Center and was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude. Prior to founding his own firm in 2017, Mr. Stillwell was a partner at three national firms, where he primarily provided defense representation in personal injury cases.

*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%Aviation and Aerospace
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


2 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010
  • Rising Stars: 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2009

About Tom Stilwell

First Admitted: 1994, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background

  • University of Texas at Austin, Major: Economics, 1991

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Houston Area Women's Center - Board of Directors, 2010
  • Houston Bar Association, The Center Servings Persons with disAbility
  • Co-Committee Chair Houston Area Women's Center Race Against Violence, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Association for Justice, 2017
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
  • Houston Bar Association
  • United States Federal District Courts for the Southern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • United States Federal District Courts for the Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States Federal District Courts for the Northern Districts of Texas
  • United States Federal District Courts for the Western Districts of Texas
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2017


  • Negligent Security at a Bar.  Plaintiff sustained a broken jaw and head injuries at a bar in Houston.  Settled for the Bar owner/operators maximum insurance policy limits., 2018
  • Inflatable Slide Injury. Represented a child who was injured by an inflatable slide rented for a party.  Sued the party rental company and settled pre-trial for substantial amounts.  , 2018
  • Automobile Accident.  Settled claim for insurance policy limits for Plaintiff with back injuries., 2019
  • Electric Cart struck a Plaintiff at the Airport.  Represented the Plaintiff in her claims against against the electric cart company at an airport.  Plaintiff sustained hip injuries.  Settled in excess of $500,000., 2019


  • ALM Media - Texas Top Rated Lawyers, Texas - Top Rated Lawyers, ALM, 2018
  • 2018 - Lawyers of Distinction., Lawyers of Distinction, Lawyers of Distinction, 2018
  • Top Rated Lawyers - Personal Injury., Personal Injury - Top Rated Lawyers, ALM, 2018

Industry Groups

  • Admiralty
  • Airlines
  • Airport
  • Automobiles
  • Aviation
  • Construction Accidents
  • Maritime
  • Oil & Gas
  • Oil Field Services
  • Trucking
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Office Location for Tom Stilwell

3131 Eastside Street
Suite 444
Houston, TX 77098

Phone: 713-931-1111

Fax: 713-931-1211

Last Updated: 5/17/2019

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