Brant Stogner grew up in El Campo, Texas – a small town about an hour southwest of Houston. In high school, Brant excelled at both athletics and academics. Brant graduated in the top ten percent of his high school class; in sports, Brant and the Ricebirds won six district championships in football and baseball during his three years starting on varsity. Brant earned all-district honors all three years in both sports while also participating in theater and the National Honor Society. Despite a knee injury and subsequent knee surgery in his senior year of high school, Brant accepted a full scholarship to the University of Houston to play linebacker for the Cougars under head coach Kim Helton.
In college, Brant’s academic success continued. In his freshman year at the University of Houston, Brant earned the 1997 Conference USA Academic Excellence Award, earning the highest grade point average of football players in the conference. After playing two seasons, and having three surgeries in as many years, Brant decided to hang up his football cleats and transfer to Texas A&M University to complete his business degree. At Texas A&M University, Brant’s scholastic accolades continued to mount. Brant was a member of numerous honor societies and graduated in the top ten percent of his class with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.
After graduation from Texas A&M University, Brant moved back to Houston to attend law school at Houston College of Law. In law school, Brant quickly became a member of the law school’s nationally ranked mock trial and moot court program under Dean T. Gerald Treece. Following just his third semester in law school, Brant won the Intramural Summer Academy Mock Trial Competition and took Best Speaker honors. Ultimately, Brant competed as a varsity advocate in 15 mock trial and moot court competitions across the country. In addition to numerous individual speaker awards, Brant won a state tournament championship, a regional moot court tournament championship, two regional mock trial tournament championships, and, ultimately, a National Championship in mock trial at the ATLA National Trial Competition in his final semester of law school. Brant graduated law school in May of 2006 in the top fifteen percent of his law school class, was admitted into the Order of Barristers, and received the Dean’s Outstanding Student Advocate Award.
Following graduation from law school and after taking the bar exam, Brant accepted an associate position at Houston law firm, Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering (now LeClair Ryan) while waiting for bar results. In November of 2006, Brant received his license to practice law from the State Bar of Texas while working at Hays McConn. As a licensed attorney, Brant continued to work with multiple partners on a wide range of cases in civil litigation, representing primarily defendants in personal injury and business disputes. Brant worked as a lawyer during the day and as a law professor at night while he coached Houston College of Law mock trial teams for his alma mater. After learning the ropes at Hays McConn for nearly two years, Brant accepted an associate position with Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in August of 2008. Brant has been with Abraham Watkins ever since and is now a firm partner.
At Abraham Watkins, Brant has continued to consistently try cases to verdict. Brant tried twelve cases to verdict in his first three years at the firm. Today, he almost exclusively represents plaintiffs. Brant’s practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury matters, product defect cases, commercial business disputes, and first-party insurance bad faith and claims handling matters. Since joining the firm, Brant has helped hundreds of his clients obtain compensation for their injuries and damages caused by others. Brant is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law. He received this certification within his first five years of legal practice, which is the soonest an attorney can become board certified in Texas. In 2009, Brant received the largest verdict (over $20 million) in Texas for workplace safety and injuries and was listed in Verdict Search’s Top Texas Verdicts of 2009. Brant is a board member of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association and is a founding member of the Houston College of Law Young Alumni Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston College of Law Alumni Association and is the Vice President of Admissions.
Brant was named to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star list for 2011, 2012, and 2013. He was named to H Texas Magazine’s “Houston’s Top Lawyers 2013” list and has been named to Houstonia Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” list since 2013. Despite being only thirty-four years old, Brant was selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list in 2013. He was also named to Texas Super Lawyers again in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, Brant was also added to the Top 40 Texas Attorneys Under 40 list by the National Trial Lawyers Association, which he made again in 2015. In 2015, Brant was named to the Nation’s Top One Percent list by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Brant was also nominated for and inducted into the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) as a member in 2015.
Brant met his wife, Jennifer, in law school and she was one of his mock trial partners when they won the ATLA Regional Championship in Dallas, Texas and the National Championship in Miami, Florida. They currently have two boys, Ryker and Beckett Stogner, and one girl, Holland Quinn Stogner.
Admission Dates & Jurisdictions
Legal Admissions & Certifications
- Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (December 2011)
- The College of the State Bar of Texas (2012)
- Federal Southern District of Texas (2006)
- State Bar of Texas (2006)
Houston College of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2006, Houston, Texas
- GPA: 3.292 Rank: Top 15%
- Competed in 15 advocacy tournaments as a Varsity Advocate
- Dean’s Outstanding Student Advocate Award Recipient of 2006
- Order of Barristers
Texas A&M University, B.B.A. Accounting, May 2001, College Station, Texas (2000-2001)
- National Society of Collegiate Scholars
- Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honors Society
- Golden Key National Honor Society
University of Houston, Houston, Texas (1997- 1999)
- Received full-paid football scholarship to the University of Houston
- Played two seasons at linebacker under former coach, Kim Helton
- Earned the 1997 Conference USA Academic Excellence Award – (Highest GPA of football players in conference)
Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, Houston TX (August 25, 2008 – Present)
Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering, P.C., Houston TX (October 9, 2006 – August 22, 2008)
South Texas College of Law, Adjunct Advocacy Professor/Varsity Coach, Houston TX (September 2006 — present)
Ebanks, Smith, & Carlson, L.L.P., Summer Associate/Law Clerk, Houston TX (Summer 2005)
1st Court of Appeals, Semester Intern, Houston TX (Spring 2005)
Honors & Awards
Legal Awards & Honors
- Verdict Search’s Top Texas Verdicts of 2009 (#1 Verdict – Workplace Safety)
- 2011 Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars List
- 2012 Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars List
- 2013 Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars List
- 2013 H Texas Magazine – Houston’s Top Lawyers List
- 2013 Texas Super Lawyers – Super Lawyer List
- 2013 Houstonia Magazine – Top Lawyer List
- 2014 Houstonia Magazine – Top Lawyer List
- 2014 Texas Super Lawyers – Super Lawyer List
- 2014 The National Trial Lawyers – Texas’ Top 40 under 40
- 2015 National Association of Distinguished Counsel – Member Selection – Nation’s Top One Percent
- 2015 The National Trial Lawyers – Texas’ Top 40 under 40
- 2015 AVVO – Client’s Choice Award
- 2015 Texas Super Lawyers – Super Lawyer List
- 2015 Houstonia Magazine – Top Lawyer List
- 2016 National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys – Texas’ Top 10 under 40
- 2016 National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys – Texas’ Top 10 Attorney
- 2016 American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys – 10 Best Attorneys for Texas
- 2016 The National Trial Lawyers – Texas’ Top 40 under 40
- 2016 National Association of Distinguished Counsel –Nation’s Top One Percent
- 2016 Texas Super Lawyers – Super Lawyer List (not to be publicized until List Publish Date of September 6, 2016)
- AVVO Peer/Client Rated 10 of 10
- Invited to join Million Dollar Advocates & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Law School Advocacy Honors
- National Champion, ATLA National Trial Competition, Miami, FL (2006)
- National Best Advocate (Second Place) ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Chicago, IL. (2005)
- Regional Champion, ATLA National Trial Competition, Dallas, TX (2006)
- Regional Champion, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, New Orleans, LA (2004-2005)
- Regional Champion, TYLA National Trial Competition, Dallas, TX (2004-2005)
- State Champion, Best Oralist, and 2nd Best Brief, SBOT Administrative & Public Law Moot Court Competition, Austin, TX (2004)
- Tournament Champion and Best Oralist, T. Gerald Treece Summer Academy Mock Trial Competition, Houston, TX (2004)
- Houston College of Law Alumni Association – Board of Directors 2012 – 2016, Vice President of Admissions 2015 – 2016
- Houston Trial Lawyers Association – Board of Directors 2009 – 2016, Chair of Membership Committee 2010 – 2015, Vice President 2013 – 2015
- Houston College of Law Young Alumni Council – Founding Board Member 2010 – 2012
- Houston Bar Association – Houston Lawyer Referral Service, Board of Trustees 2011 – 2012, Membership Committee 2016
- Lawyers of Distinction – Board Advisor 2015 – 2016
Additional Legal Societies & Organizations
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – Member since 2015
- Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists (TACTAS) – Member 2014 – 2015
- National League of Renowned Attorneys – Invitation
- Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America – Lifetime Charter Member Invitation
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- American Association of Justice
- Houston Young Lawyers Association
- Texas Young Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- Hispanic National Bar Association – Affiliate Member
Legal Publications, Presentations & Speaking Engagements
- “Chapter 3 Contract Issues: Construction Industry Perspective”, Construction Defects: Claims & Coverage (Defense Research Institute 2007).
- “Paid or Incurred, Why Does it Matter, & What to Look for in Medical Records”, State Bar of Texas: 2008 Annual Convention (Paralegal Division) (Houston, Texas – June 27, 2008) (MCLE presentation & paper).
- “Shifting Liability”, State Bar of Texas: 33rd Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course (Litigation Section) (Houston, Texas – June 10-12, 2009) (MCLE presentation & paper).
- “Judges Panel: Courtroom Etiquette from the Bench”, State Bar of Texas: Texas Minority Attorney Program (Houston, Texas – May 29, 2009) (Served as Moderator for the Judicial Panel).
- “Lessons to be Learned from In re Weekley Homes, L.P.”, The Houston Lawyer – Online Edition (September/October 2010).
- “What Do Lawyers Do?”, Law School Admission Council: Law School Forums 2010 (Houston, Texas – November 20, 2010) (Served as Speaker on the Panel).
- “Admitting and Proving Medical Expenses Post Haygood v. De Escabedo”, Houston Bar Association 2011-2012 Winter Seminars (Houston, Texas – December 15, 2011) (MCLE presentation & paper).
- “What Do Lawyers Do?”, Law School Admission Council: Law School Forums 2013 (Houston, Texas – October 12, 2013) (Served as Speaker on the Panel).
- “Presenting, Recovering, & Challenging Past Medical Expenses”, Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association March CLE Luncheon (Houston, Texas – March 11, 2014) (MCLE presentation & paper).
- “Presenting, Recovering, & Challenging Past Medical Expenses”, Houston Bar Association (Houston, Texas – February 27, 2015) (MCLE presentation & paper).