Brian Beckcom is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has gained national and international recognition for his work on complex, high profile legal cases. 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.
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 not only took on one of the largest shipping companies in the world, Maersk Lines Limited, but also 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 the Maersk ultimately agreed to an out-of-court settlement for each client Brian represented after completely denying any negligence or responsibility for years.
Brian currently represents 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 international media. The case has garnered attention not only because of the heroic acts of Captain Thomas during the attack and hostage situation but also because of connections to Boko Haram and corruption in West Africa.
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 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.
“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 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 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 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 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.
“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 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.