Juan Roberto Fuentes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Spring, TX

The Fuentes Firm, P.C.
 | 5507 Louetta Road, Suite A
Spring, TX 77379
Phone: 281-378-7640
Fax: 281-378-7639
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (50%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (50%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Juan Roberto Fuentes is the founder of The Fuentes Firm, P.C., in the Houston and San Antonio metropolitan areas of Texas. Mr. Fuentes focuses his practice on representing motor carriers in commercial truck accidents, serving clients throughout the Houston and San Antonio metropolitan regions.

    Mr. Fuentes has over 20 years of legal experience at all levels of the Texas court system serving as defense counsel in trucking accident claims. In addition to his private clients, he serves as corporate counsel for various motor carriers, advising them on a wide range of matters, including brokerage agreements, contracts and employment issues.

    A graduate of the University of Texas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Mr. Fuentes went on to receive his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. He holds licenses to practice law before all Texas state and federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Supreme Court of Texas.

    A leader within his legal community, Mr. Fuentes is chairman of the Texas Trucking Association’s tort reform committee and sits on the board of the association. He is a former officer and liaison for the association’s Emerging Leaders Council and continues to regularly advocate for legal reforms designed to shield the trucking industry from abusive litigation practices.

    Dedicated to professional education, Mr. Fuentes is a frequent speaker at conferences and legal education events. He is a member of the Laredo Motor Carriers Association, the Texas Bar College, the American Bar Association, the Trucking Industry Defense Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association and American Trucking Associations.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Defense
    • 50%Transportation/Maritime
    Focus Areas

    Trucking Accidents

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014

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    About Juan Fuentes

    Admitted: 1999, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://fuentesfirm.com/attorney/robert-fuentes/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Texas Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star in the area of Transportation law for 2012, 2013 and 2014

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chairman, Ad Hoc Tort Reform Committee, Texas Trucking Association
    • American Trucking Association Liaison, Texas Transportation Association’s Emerging Leaders Council
    • Officer, Texas Transportation Association’s Emerging Leaders Council
    • American Bar Association
    • College of the State Bar of Texas
    • Trucking Industry Defense Association
    • American Trucking Association
    • Transportation Lawyers Association
    • Texas Trucking Association, Board of Directors and Board of Trustees
    • Laredo Motor Carriers Association
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Transportation Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Supreme Court of Texas, May, 1999
    • Texas
    • College of the State Bar of Texas, 2014
    • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, 2010
    • Trucking Industry Defense Association, 2014

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Emerging Leaders Council, Texas Trucking Association, 2014

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Separation of Brokerage and Motor Carrier Operations
    • The Reason FMCSA Allows Truck Drivers To Use Hands-Free Devices.
    • Speaking engagement at Texas Trucking Association Safety Management Conference, Texas Trucking Association, September 16th, 2016
    • Preventable Accident Determination, a Relic of the Past and Unnecessarily Damaging Your Future, Ronald L. Bair and Robert Fuentes; Published in the Transportation Law Journal, April 2010, Volume 11, Number 5.
    • Ethics in a Transparent World, Robert Fuentes and Richard P. Griffin; Transportation Lawyers Institute, Arlington, Virginia, November 4, 2011.
    • In Re North Cypress, State Bar of Texas, 35th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, July 25th, 2019, August 8th, 2019, and September 5th, 2019
    • Legislative Regulatory Support Panel Discussion, Texas Trucking Alliance, Texas Trucking Association Annual Conference, July 27th, 2016
    • Transportation Law Institute, November 4th, 2016
    • Tort Reform Presentation, Laredo Motor Carriers Association monthly meeting, 2017
    • Tort Reform Presentation, Texas Trucking Association, Houston Chapter monthly luncheon, January 2017
    • Testified before the Judiciary Committee in support of House Bill 2301, Texas Trucking Association, April 11th, 2017
    • Guest star on Legal Grounds – Conversations on Life, Leadership & Law
    • Texas Trucking Association Annual Conference, July 27th-29th, 2016
    • Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference & CTLA Midyear Meeting, April 26th-29th, 2017
    • Transportation Lawyers Association Regional Seminar & Casualty Insurance Boot Camp, January 19th-20th, 2017
    • American Bar Association Transportation Megaconference XIII, March 8th, 2017
    • Scope: Analyze the history of the “Preventability” determination so often still used by motor carriers in their accident review process. Clarify the “logic” of the FMCSA in current accident review and scoring related to safety ratings. Offer a no nonsense direct and simple alternative approach to accident review that should replace the “Preventability” determination now being used by most motor carriers., Co-author, Preventable Accident Determination, a Relic of the Past and Unnecessarily Damaging Your Future, The Transportation Lawyer, 2010
    • Transportation Lawyers Institute Conference, November 9th, 2018
    • Invited as guest speaker to address a statewide audience of trucking safety directors and safety professionals, including law enforcement. Addressed new federal motor carrier safety regulations passed in 2012 Highway Bill, effective July 2013. Emphasis on the impact of new broker regulations. Two hour presentation, with question and answer session., Speaker, TMTA Safety Management Council Annual Conference, Texas Motor Transportation Association, 2012
    • Presented at Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference in St. Petersburg Florida on the topic of casualty litigation and defending against hours of service allegations. Presented techniques for defending against claims on issues of proximate cause and development of fact investigation to establish defense., Speaker, Defending Hours of Service Regulations, Transportation Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Presenter at Executive Management Conference in May on topic of Broker Liability for Motor Carriers regarding federal regulations governing separation between motor carrier and broker activities and best practices for limiting cargo and personal injury liability., Speaker, Broker Liability for Motor Carriers, Texas Trucking Association, 2014

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Defense verdict obtained in favor of motor carrier and truck driver defended by Mr. Fuentes where it was alleged that truck driver was negligent in operating his vehicle, was in violation of hours of service regulations and $750,000 were sought from the jury. There were 4 expert witnesses called at trial for the Plaintiff. The all-Hispanic jury found against the Hispanic plaintiffs and in favor of the out of state trucking company on all counts., 2014
    • Claim # 20226 Wellman and Trammell v McDonald and Santa Monica Industries, LLC, 2018
    • Claim # 53A219281 Sosa v Schultz and RS Equipment LLC dba Hotsy Carlson Equipment Co., 2018
    • Successfully represented major motor carrier in auto accident case. After the accident, DPS Trooper found truck driver that rear-ended construction vehicle completely at fault for accident. Unanimous jury verdict obtained in favor of motor carrier and truck driver found not at fault. Construction company and its driver found completely at fault., 2012
    • Jury verdict in the amount of $500,000 for Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Misappropriation of Trade Secrets claim; Represented Motor Carrier in suit against former manager who violated non-compete agreement by setting up competing business with former employees of motor carrier, 2009
    • Defense verdict obtained in favor of motor carrier sued by a former employee that alleged wage claims and tort claims, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • University of Texas, Bachelor of Arts, Major: Philosophy,1996

    Industry Groups

    • Houston Council For Safety Professionals
    • Texas Motor Transportation Association (Houston Steering Committee - Program Chair)
    • Transportation Club Of Houston
    • Transportation Lawyers Association
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    Office Location for Juan Roberto Fuentes

    5507 Louetta Road
    Suite A
    Spring, TX 77379

    Phone: 281-378-7640

    Fax: 281-378-7639

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