Phil Griffis obtained his first jury verdict in 1990, when he convinced a jury that a customer’s fall at his client’s store did not cause the customer’s aspiration pneumonia and stroke. In the years since he has continued to win in courtrooms across the State of Texas.
A fifth generation Texan, Phil Griffis was born in Austin in the sixties. In 1985, he received his degree from Baylor University, majoring in Finance. Believing he would eventually practice corporate law, he entered Baylor Law School. The corporate law plan did not last long. Fortunately, the answer was across the hall, in the school’s Practice Court, a trial advocacy program ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best in the nation.
Following graduation in 1988, Mr. Griffis went to work for Mills, Shirley, L.L.P., the oldest continuous law firm in the State of Texas. The firm was, quite simply, loaded with stellar trial lawyers. Learning from them, and accepting the faith they placed in him, Mr. Griffis began trying, and winning, jury trials.
Mr. Griffis worked for a downtown Houston law firm from 1992 through 2008. During that time, he attended the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) ten-day program in trial advocacy. In courtrooms across Texas, he tried over 50 jury trials and arbitrations, winning the vast majority of those that reached a decision. He briefed and argued over fifteen appeals. He became board certified, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law. He was also certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
When not representing his clients, Mr. Griffis spends his time with his wife, Cindy, and his sons. He is an avid surfer and triathlete, who completed Ironman Texas in 2015. His interest in the law also extends to the preservation of the Texas coast, bays and wildlife.
Jerry D. Mason is an AV-Preeminent rated attorney bringing more than 25 years of complex legal experience to serve the needs of clients in the context of general civil litigation, labor and employment law, and appellate litigation.
His practice at some of the oldest, largest, and most respected firms in Texas has involved the representation of clients–from Fortune 100 corporations to small, family-owned businesses to governmental entities–in state and federal court, as well as in mediation, arbitration, and before state and federal administrative agencies.
Jerry has extensive litigation background representing clients in all manner of contractual and commercial disputes, tort claims, and labor and employment law cases including matters arising under Title VII, ADEA, ADA, NLRA, OSHA, ERISA, and similar state statutes.
In addition to his trial and appellate experience, he has a wealth of experience keeping clients compliant with the law through general advice and counseling as well as by conducting training seminars on a broad range of employment, contract, and civil litigation issues.
Mr. Mason’s trial experience includes:
Successfully defending an employer against claims for enhanced retirement benefits under a golden parachute agreement in a case brought by a former executive officer
Successfully defending an energy company against claims of racial discrimination
Successfully defending a client against claims of retaliatory discharge by a former employee
Successfully defending a client in a complex five week trial involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and fraud
Successfully defending a large retailer in claims arising under Title VII
Successfully defending a Fortune 500 company at trial and on appeal in a multi-plaintiff case claiming breach of fiduciary duty and other alleged violations of ERISA
Successfully defending a medical practice group in claims brought by a former physician employee for age discrimination
Successfully defending a client in a complex 6 week trial involving claims of breach of contract and fraud
Mr. Mason is veteran of the U.S. Navy, a graduate of the University of New Mexico and Texas Tech University School of Law.