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Brian Beckcom, Nationally Famous Board Certified Attorney

Brian Beckcom

Brian Beckcom

  • Founding Partner of VB Attorneys
  • VB Attorneys
  • 6363 Woodway Dr. Suite 400 Houston, TX 77057
  • 713-224-7800

Meet Brian Beckcom, the Texas lawyer who took on Hollywood for the crew of the Maersk Alabama

Brian Beckcom is a Board Certified Lawyer who has gained national and international recognition for his work on complex, high profile cases.  Mr. Beckcom has taken on the biggest insurance companies and corporations in the world on behalf of his client -- and won.  For example, Mr. Beckcom represented approximately half of the crew of the Maersk Alabama, the U.S. ship that was taken by Somali pirates in 2009.  That event was made into a movie called "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks in the role of Captain Phillips.  The movie was a Hollywood blockbuster, and depicted Captain Phillips as a hero, potentially negatively affecting the crewmembers' case.  Mr. Beckcom fought back hard against the Hollywood publicity machine and was able to effectively represent the crewmembers in their efforts to provide better security for the men and women who work in pirate-infested waters under dangers conditions.  Read more at www.TheTruthAboutCaptainPhillips.com.

Mr. Beckcom's efforts have been featured in national and international news media.

A Long History of Success In High Profile, Large Personal Injury Case

Mr. Beckcom's track record includes wins against some of the biggest corporations and insurance companies in the world, including most of the major oil and gas companies, large offshore and shipping companies, manufacturers of cars, tires and other products, and many billion dollar insurance companies.

A Focus On Winning Cases for Real People

More About Brian 

Brian is sixth-generation Texan.  His dad was a Lt. Col in the United States Air Force, and although Brian calls Houston, Texas, home, he has lived all over the world, including Louisiana, New York, Kansas, and the Guam Islands.   Brian's mom passed away when he was ten years old.  In addition to working for the U.S. Military, and later the Fort Worth school district, his dad raised Brian and his younger brother as a single father.  Brian says his dad is his hero.

Brian attended Texas A&M University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Philosophy.  Brian was a varsity letterman on the Texas A&M basketball team, a four-year member of the Corps of Cadets, and a two-year member of the oldest student organization in the State of Texas, the Ross Volunteers, which serves as the Honor Guard for the Governor of Texas.  

Brian graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors.  Brian was the Chief Notes Editor of the Texas Law Review, a starting safety on the Legal Eagles, and a research assistant for Charles Alan Wright.

Brian published a law review article that has since been cited by many legal commentators and authorities, as well as the Attorney General of the United States in a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Personal Information

Brian has been been married since 2000 to Cara Beckcom.  He has three kids, two boys and a girl.  When he is not winning cases for his clients, Brian enjoys coaching his kids sports teams, golfing, photography, and fly fishing.  Brian is a single-digit golfer and has caught trout, carp, bass, perch, tarpon, redfish, sharks, permit, and bonefish on the fly rod.


  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors
  • Chief Notes Editor, Texas Law Review
  • Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Minor in Philosophy

Professional Honors & Activities:

  • Lead lawyer for half the crew of the Maersk Alabama
  • Texas Super Lawyer & Rising Star 6 straight years
  • Superb AVVO 10/10 rating
  • Author of 9 books on legal issues
  • Author of "Thoughts on Success" book
  • Best of the Best In Admiralty Law 

Presentations & Speeches:

  • Identifying and Handling Jones Act Cases - Texas Trial Lawyers Seminar, 2004
  • Is the Limitation of Liability Defense Sunk? - Texas Lawyer, April 2005
  • The Risky Ride of the 15-Passenger Van - TRIAL Magazine, February 2003
  • Update on the Texas Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure - The South Texas Law Review, Vol. 41 (w/ Reagan Wm. Simpson)
  • Pushing the Limits of the Judicial Power: Tolling State Statutes of Limitations Under 28 U.S.C. § 1367(d) - Texas Law Review, Vol. 77


Brian is one of the most prolific lawyer-authors in the country.  He has published, edited, and authored hundreds of web articles, news items, blog posts, videos, reports, and books  about all aspects of injury and wrongful death law.

Community Activities:

  • Lifetime Member of the Texas A&M Letterman's Association
  • Century Club Member, Texas A&M University
  • Lifetime Member of the Corps of Cadets Association
  • Chapelwood United Methodist Church
  • Lakeside Country Club
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