Recent Events

Obtained a substantial recovery on behalf of a family whose loved one passed away at a medical facility from an overdose of medications. This death was preventable and was caused by significant neglect of the medical facility and its physicians.

On October 9, 2015 the family of Darcy McGinnis concluded their case for his wrongful death. Darcy was a longshore mechanic. While he and a co-worker were attempting to move a chassis whose wheels were frozen, the trailer wheels ran over and killed him. This case was filed against the company who had leased the chassis and failed to maintain it in a safe and usable condition. The case was settled for a confidential amount.

On January 13, 2015 a Brazoria County jury returned a verdict for the family of Leona Bedford who was killed in a train crossing accident on February 1, 2013 west of Sealy , Texas. At the time of the event Ms. Bedford was talking on her cell phone. The crossing was a private crossing and had not been properly maintained. The jury found 50% fault on Ms. Bedford and 50% on the railroad. Subsequent to the verdict the case was settled for a confidential amount.

On January 27, 2015, Alton C. Todd, was on a legal team that obtained $1,630,000.00 verdict against the BNSF railway in a matter wherein one of the plaintiffs ran a stop sign at the railroad crossing and was hit by a train.

On January 21, 2014, Alton C. Todd and Cecilia Montalvo obtained an $8.4 million dollar verdict on behalf of Charles and Rosa Hinson. The case was tried to a Galveston County jury and the final offer of settlement before trial was $100,000.00.

The week of November 18, 2013, Alton C. Todd commenced trial against Hooters on behalf of Melba Braud for the alleged over-serving of alcohol the resulted in a tragic motor vehicle collision and death. After a few days of powerful testimony, the matter was concluded to the satisfaction of our client and did not have to be submitted to the jury for consideration.

On October 8, 2013, Alton C. Todd and Lawrence Tylka obtained a $6.7 million dollar verdict on behalf of the Lopez family in connection with the tragic loss of their daughter. The case was tried to a Galveston County jury against Hector Pena and Altom Transport.

On January 15, 2013 The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd, filed a law suit against a Galveston Hotel alleging that it was negligent in a 2007 injury when a tile fell off of a wall and permanently injured an eight year old boy. Continue reading

On October 18, 2012, the 13th Court of Appeals affirmed the jury verdict of $810,000.00 in favor of an injured railroad worker in the matter of Donaway v. BNSF. The BNSF appealed the jury verdict on several grounds but the Court of Appeals concluded that the jury's verdict should stand.

The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd recently filed a lawsuit in Galveston County against Eaton Corp. and Electric Power Systems Inc on behalf of an individual injured from an electrical explosion in Texas City, Texas. Continue reading

The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd recently filed a lawsuit Galveston County against NuStar Logistics LP and Valero Energy Corpin on behalf of an individual injured from toxic exposure at a tank farm in Texas City, Texas. Continue reading

Clint McGuire, of The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd, has recently filed suit against a Ft. Bend County teacher because of her shocking treatment of autistic students. This lawsuit stems from abuse and neglect by the very folks these parents believed would help their children develop and mature. Instead, they were stuffed in a filing cabinet and kicked. Continue reading

On May 15, 2012, the Fourteenth Court of Appeals of Texas affirmed the jury verdict in excess of $5,300,000 that was obtained by the Law Firm of Alton C. Todd in the 151st District Court of Harris County, Texas last year. The verdict was obtained on behalf of an injured refinery worker, Mike McCraven, who sustained significant burns when he fell into an open sluiceway in the Coker Unit at PRSI in Pasadena, Texas.

On February 3, 2012, the Court of Appeals, Twelfth Court of Appeals District of Texas, affirmed the jury verdict obtained by Alton C. Todd on behalf of Billie Joe Burnett against Pilgrim's Pride. Mr. Burnett was severely injured when his vehicle collided with a Pilgrim's Pride truck that had inadequate reflective tape. The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $704,853.64.

On December 16, 2011, The Supreme Court of Texas denied Hertz' petition for review in the matter of Kyle Barousse v. Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation. On June 23, 2010, We obtained a substantial verdict on behalf of Mr. Barousse for being terminated after filing a workers' compensation claim in good faith. The case was tried to Judge Patricia Hancock in Harris County and Judge Hancock ruled in favor of the plaintiff, awarded him the full compensatory damages sought and further awarded punitive damages. The ruling from Judge Hancock was more than 14 times the pre-trial offer.

Hertz appealed the decision and the appellate court affirmed the ruling in favor of the plaintiff. Hertz then filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Texas requesting the Court to overturn the verdict. However, the Supreme Court of Texas has rejected that request, which effectively upholds the verdict in favor of the plaintiff, Kyle Barousse.

On December 15, 2011, The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of Mark Jordan, a long time employee of BNSF, for injuries he sustained while working for BNSF. Sometimes the best results come in small packages and this is one such case.

On December 5, 2007, Mark Jordan was onboard a locomotive when it was unexpectedly struck by another train that was traveling approximately 10 mph. Mr. Jordan fell to the ground, injuring his neck and back. Mr. Jordan refused medical attention and did not go to the doctor until 27 days after the collision. Mr. Jordan also had a 15 year history of prior neck and back problems.

Despite his injuries, Mr. Jordan did not miss any work for the BNSF and intends to continue working for the BNSF. He has undergone significant physical therapy and is not a candidate for surgery.

BNSF did not accept responsibility for the incident until the day of trial. BNSF further argued that Mr. Jordan sustained no new and permanent injury as a result of this train wreck. The Harris County jury disagreed with the BNSF and awarded Mr. Jordan $8,000.00 for future medical; $27,500.00 for past pain and suffering; $50,000.00 for future pain and suffering; and, $12,500.00 for impairment. Although it is not a staggering amount of money, the judge of the court indicated that it was the largest pain and suffering award in his court in 2011.

On November 30, 2011, Alton C. Todd, founder of The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd in Friendswood, Texas, obtained a jury finding that William Allison's death was a work-related event. On 10/25/08, William Allison, 66, a chemical plant operator, experienced cardiac arrest at his home in Deer Park and died. His widow filed a claim with his employer's workers' compensation carrier for death benefits. The claim was denied on the grounds that the death was not work-related.

Allison had attended mandatory work-related fire training all day on 10/23 and until noon on 10/24. He went home on the afternoon of 10/24 and went to a high school football game that night. On 10/25, he and his wife relaxed at home and then had dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Upon arriving home, around 7 p.m., a thrombus or clot caused an occlusion, and he went into cardiac arrest. He died an hour later.

Allison's widow filed the workers' compensation claim. The outcome of the contested case hearing was favorable to plaintiff, but it was reversed by the appeal panel. The plaintiff sued the carrier to appeal the administrative decision.

Allison had worked for his employer for 30 years before reductions in force led the company to require all outside operators to join the volunteer fire brigade. Plaintiff had never before been a member.

The clot was caused by a plaque rupture. The plaintiff claimed that the physical stress from the training was the cause of the rupture. Allison was a type II diabetic and was hypertensive, and according to the plaintiff, Allison's doctor recommended that he not be required to attend fire training. The defense did not dispute that a plaque rupture led to Allison's fatal clot, but it denied that the rupture was caused by the training. The physical requirements of the training were no different than the usual job of a chemical plant operator, the defense argued, and the rupture was a natural progression of his heart disease.

The defense maintained that, because of the 31-hour gap between the rupture and the occlusion and because the occlusion took place at home, Allison's death was not work-related. Pursuant to the Texas Labor Code, the jury was instructed by the court that the appeals panel concluded that the heart attack was not a compensable injury

August 2011: The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd is actively litigating cases throughout the country involving victims of transvaginal mesh products (mesh, sling, and tape devices). If you have been injured by one of these products, please contact our office so that we can provide you with a no cost consultation concerning your claim. For additional information concerning this type of claim, please see the following: Urogynecologic Surgical Mesh: Update on the Safety and Effectiveness of Transvaginal Placement for Pelvic Organ Prolapse.

July 2011: The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd, along with Houston attorney Jimmy Doan, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Texas City on behalf of the family of three drowning victims at the Texas City dike. For more information, view the story here at Houston Chronicle.

May 23, 2011: The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd was recently honored for having two of the "Top Verdicts in Texas in 2010."

Alton C. Todd, Esq. Inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers: Alton C. Todd, Esq. of The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd in Friendswood, TX was recently inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) at their Annual Meeting held April 7-11, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The International Academy of Trial Lawyers limits membership to 500 Fellows from the United States. The Academy seeks out, identifies, acknowledges and honors those who have achieved a career of excellence through demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court and appellate practice. Members are engaged in civil practice on both the plaintiff's and the defendant's side of the courtroom, and the trial of criminal cases. The Academy invites only lawyers who have attained the highest level of advocacy. A comprehensive screening process identifies the most distinguished members of the trial bar by means of both peer and judicial review. Mr. Todd has been evaluated by his colleagues and the judges in his jurisdiction and has been highly recommended by them as possessing these qualifications and characteristics.

Chartered in 1954, the Academy's general purposes are to cultivate the science of jurisprudence, promote reforms in the law, facilitate the Administration of Justice, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession. Read Press Release

Texas Bar Foundation Reception, 2009: On the evening of September 10, 2009, Nari and Alton Todd hosted the Texas Bar Foundation Reception at their home in Friendswood, Texas. It was an evening of great fun and food that was attended by judges and prominent attorneys from the area. It was also a welcome event for two of the Foundation's newest Fellows, TheLaw Firm of Alton C. Todd. New Fellows are selected from 1/3 of 1% of the membership of the State Bar of Texas. Selection is based on an outstanding record in the legal profession as well as a commitment to support the community at large. For more information about the Texas Bar Foundation, please visit their website at

Alton C. Todd was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers: On October 13, 2007, at the Spring Meeting of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Alton C. Todd was inducted as a Fellow in one of the premier legal associations in America for trial lawyers. Membership is by invitation only to those lawyers who have a minimum of 15 years experience. Membership is limited to less than 1 percent of the lawyers in Texas and the United States. For more information about the American College of Trial Lawyers, please visit their website