Brian Beckcom

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Brian Beckcom

Brian Beckcom is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Beckcom has gained national and international recognition for his work on complex, high profile legal cases. He has been a Texas Super Lawyer every year eligible. Brian is widely considered to be one of the leading trial lawyers and thinkers of his generation.

Brian is an honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and has degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy from Texas A&M University. He is the author of 9 books and hundreds of articles on a variety of topics.

Brian has successfully prosecuted many high profile cases. His work on behalf of his clients has been featured in the national and international media, including Good Morning America and Nightline.

For example, when the Maersk Alabama was attacked by Somali Pirates, it made headlines around the world, and the event was made into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips. Many of the crew members hired Brian to represent them.

Brian and his firm took on one of the largest shipping companies in the world, Maersk Lines Limited, and at the same time Brian and his team countered a massive Hollywood publicity campaign that portrayed Captain Phillips as a hero and the crew as lazy layabouts. Brian’s investigative efforts ensured that the true story was told, and Maersk ultimately agreed to an out-of-court settlement for each client Brian represented after completely denying any negligence or responsibility for years.

Brian represented Captain Wren Thomas, who was kidnapped by Nigerian mercenaries while operating off the Coast of West Africa. Captain Thomas’ story has been featured in national and international media. The case received international attention from the media and maritime shipping companies because of the heroic acts of Captain Thomas during the attack and hostage situation and also because of connections to Boko Haram and corruption in West Africa.

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Brian’s clients talk about his work on their cases

About the Maersk Alabama case, Brian says: “Taking on Maersk Lines Limited, one of the largest shipping companies in the world, and the Hollywood publicity machine simultaneously took enormous effort and was a real challenge, but in the end, we were able to tell the true story and get the case resolved for our clients on favorable terms despite those obstacles. The real heroes of that story were the crew members, not Captain Phillips, and we made sure that story was told.”

Brian has obtained number million and multi-million dollar settlements for his clients, including some of the largest legal settlements in the country for certain types of cases.

For Don, a longtime supervisor in the oilfield, Brian’s help meant he could get answers after a gas well blowout killed half his crew. For Keidron, Brian’s help meant that even though his career in the offshore oil and gas industry was over because of an injury, the company was held accountable for their dangerous “safety” culture. For Johnny, Brian’s help meant he wouldn’t have to rely on the government for medical care after he suffered a massive head injury working as a logger in East Texas.

Brian accepts cases for people and families from all walks of life. Brian handles cases across the United States and beyond, and accepts clients who have been injured due to negligence, misconduct, fraud, or any other malicious or improper behavior.

 

Clients always come first

“A lot of lawyers brag about how great they are, how they are ‘aggressive,’ or ‘sharks’ or have ‘X years of experience’ or ‘X amount of money recovered.’ I think it gets a little silly, to be honest, because the only thing that matters is whether the clients are happy. I know plenty of people who were not happy with their lawyer, for lots of different reasons. Heck, people often fire their lawyer and end up hiring me.”

“I choose to let my clients – many of whom have become life long friends – do my talking for me. At the end of the day, all that matters to me is that my clients are happy. That’s the true test of a great lawyer, and nothing makes me prouder than being able to say that my clients almost always very happy with my work on their cases and also become my friends.”

Brian’s legal career

Brian was a top student at the University of Texas School of Law, graduating with honors and serving on the board of the Texas Law Review. After receiving countless job offers, Brian started his legal career at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas, one of the largest law firms in the world at the time.

Says Brian: “Fulbright & Jaworski was a great place to start as a lawyer. I met some great lawyers and learned a lot. More importantly, I learned quickly that I had no interest at all in representing huge corporations or insurance companies against people who had been maimed or killed by gross misconduct or inexcusable negligence. I like people, kids, families, not massive insurance companies focused on nothing but the bottom line. When I left Fulbright, I never looked back.”

Brian is a sixth-generation Texan. His dad was a decorated airman and Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force who flew 200 combat missions in Vietnam. Brian lived all over the world growing up, including Louisiana, New York, Kansas, and the Guam Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

“Living all over the world was tough as a kid, changing schools every few years, meeting new people. But I’ve since learned that it was probably the best thing that could have happened to me as a young kid because it taught me to appreciate people from all walks of life. I have friends who live literally all over the world.”

Brian has published 9 books and hundreds of articles on legal topics, self-improvement, and success strategies, which he freely shares with anyone who can benefit from them.

According to Brian, “writing books and articles requires that you understand your subject area in depth. I publish books and articles for two reasons. First, it helps me stay on top of my professional duties to my clients and keeps my skills sharp. Second, even if someone doesn’t hire me, I want them to have trustworthy information so they can make good decisions for themselves.”

Brian graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors. During law school, Brian served as the Chief Notes Editor of the Texas Law Review, the starting free safety on the Legal Eagles football team, and was a research assistant for the late Charles Alan Wright, the nation’s foremost legal scholar on federal court practice and procedure.

During law school, Brian wrote a law review article that has been cited by many legal experts and authorities, including in a brief by the United States government to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before law school, Brian attended Texas A&M University where he obtained degrees in Computer Science and 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 Ross Volunteers, an elite organization which serves as the Honor Guard for the Governor of Texas and is the oldest student organization in the State of Texas. Brian is a Lifetime Member of both the Texas A&M Letterman’s Association and the Corps of Cadets Association.

A dedicated family man

“The most important thing in my life is my family. Work comes second. Frankly, I think spending as much time with my family as I can ends up making me a much more effective lawyer. It helps me connect with my clients in ways that lawyers who ignore their families can’t. I’ve worked with lawyers who are workaholics and frankly, I wouldn’t ever hire them myself because they don’t appreciate what happens to families who’ve had a loved one injured or killed. They don’t understand it. I lost my own mother when I was ten years old, so I understand what people who’ve suffered tragedy are going through.”

Brian has been married since 2000 to Cara Beckcom. He has three kids, Gus, Henry, and Addison. 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. He loves spending time on the water, whether it’s a trout stream in Colorado, redfishing in Matagorda Bay, or sight casting to tarpon and bonefish off the coast of Florida.

  • Obtained one of the largest single-injury maritime settlements in the country ($10,000,000.00)
  • Obtained one of the largest and fastest settlements in the country for a logging-related injury ($5,000,000.00 in less than six months)
  • Obtained one of the largest settlements in a distracted driving case in the country (over $20,000,000.00)
  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 10/10 Rating on AVVO
  • Member of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • Member of The Nation's Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Texas Super Lawyer and Rising Star
  • Chief Notes Editor, Texas Law Review
  • Author of 9 books and hundreds of articles on law and legal topics
  • Computer Science & Philosophy Degrees from Texas A&M University
  • Lifetime Member of the Texas Aggie Letterman's Association & Corps of Cadets Association
  • Married since 2000 to Cara Beckcom. Dad to Gus, Henry, and Addison.
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  • Successfully represented half the crew of the Maersk Alabama. The crew was attacked and taken hostage by Somali pirates. The events were depicted in a Hollywood blockbuster called “Captain Phillips” starring Tom Hanks. Brian and his firm countered a massive Hollywood publicity campaign that portrayed Captain Phillips as a hero and the crew as lazy layabouts, when in fact the exact opposite was true. The case resulted in a confidential settlement for each crew member. It also changed the way the shipping industry provides security to the men and women who travel in dangerous, pirate-infested waters
  • Lead lawyer for one of the largest settlements in a failure to provide prompt medical care case under the Jones Act ($10,000,000.00)
  • $5,000,000 settlement for a logger who suffered a head injury while on the job
  • $20,000,000.00 plus settlement in a distracted driving case, one of the largest distracted driving case in the country
  • Multi-million dollar confidential settlement in trucking wrongful death case on behalf of a mother and father who lost their child when a dangerous truck driver plowed into their truck
  • Seven-figure settlement on behalf of tankerman and former U.S. Marine who was injured on the job
  • Seven-figure settlement on behalf of tankerman who was injured on the job twice
  • Seven-figure settlement on behalf of oil rig worker and company man killed in the Middle East
  • Multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of realtor killed in a truck accident
  • Multiple six and seven-figure settlements on behalf of injured maritime workers, car crash victims, and victims of dangerous products
  • Multiple large settlements on behalf of Houston police officers, firefighters, and other public servants.
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Marvin was a deck engineer who prevented a potentially catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, he got hurt during his successful effort to prevent the spill. Brian represented him in his negligence and Jones Act case. Marvin's case settled for a large sum of money.Brian and his firm have represented working men and women since the firm first began.

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Keidron hurt his spine working on a jack-up rig in the Gulf of Mexico due to poor company safety policies. The company fired him afterwards. He hired Brian to prosecute the company for negligence. The case settled for a significant confidential amount.Brian and his firm have represented working men and women since the firm first began.

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Brian has published 8 books and hundreds of articles on various legal topics. Some of these books are very popular, including his book on Success and his book on How to Win Your Injury Case. Brian gives clients all of his books, completely free of charge.Brian and his firm have represented working men and women since the firm first began.

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Brian and his firm have handled complex cases with international ramifications. Brian was featured on Good Morning America and Nightline for his work on the Somalian Pirate cases, which were made into a Hollywood Blockbuster called Captain Phillips and starring Tom Hanks.Brian and his firm have represented working men and women since the firm first began.

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Brian and his team routinely "get their hands dirty," going out to inspect accident sites personally. Here Brian and Byron inspect a defective piece of equipment on a jack-up oil rig.Brian and his firm have represented working men and women since the firm first began.

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Don rescued three of his co-workers when a land-based oil rig blew up. Don ran into the burning wreckage and drug his friends/co-workers to safety. Don hurt his spinal cord during the rescue, and hired Brian to represent him. The case settled in less than a year.Brian and his firm have represented working men and women since the firm first began.

Prepping with the children for court

Brian has been married since 2000 to Cara Beckcom. Brian and Cara have three kids together. Here, Henry and Addie, his youngest kids, help get him prepared to go to Court.

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Jordan was a high-level supervisor who got hurt in the Gulf of Mexico. His company tried to buy him off for $5,000, even though the injury ended his career. His company then declared bankruptcy, hoping to avoid paying Jordan. It didn't work. Brian settled Jordan's case after a hard fought battle.

Nick

Nick suffered a severe brain injury and lost the sight in one eye after a horrible accident with a truck. Nick participated in Project Walk, a brain-injury and paralysis rehabilitation program. Here, Brian and Nick "bump fists" during a fund raiser for Project Walk

Education

University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors

Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science and Philosophy

 

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