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Ron McCallum

McCallum Law Firm
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Ron McCallum
McCallum Law Firm
Dallas,
 TX

The principal attorney at his own law firm in Dallas, Texas, Ron McCallum focuses his practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He represents people throughout the metropolitan area, as well as other parts of the state who have suffered harm as the result of negligence of other parties. The types of cases that Mr. McCallum has been involved in have included bus, truck and other commercial vehicle crashes, toxic exposure, product liability, refinery explosions, airplane crashes, and construction site and oilfield injuries.

Throughout his career, Mr. McCallum has been able to obtain numerous sizable settlements and jury awards on behalf of his clients. One notable lawsuit resulted in a jury award of nearly $19 million against Greyhound Lines, Inc., in a case involving a Greyhound bus that lost control on a road covered with ice, catastrophically injuring two of his clients. As a result of his successes, Mr. McCallum is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and he has been awarded an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 'Superb' peer review rating through Avvo. He has also been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40.

Mr. McCallum attended The University of Oklahoma on an academic scholarship and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1997. He then pursued his legal education at South Texas College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2001. Mr. McCallum spent several years at leading personal injury law firms before founding Ron McCallum & Associates PLLC in January 2018. Admitted to practice before all Texas and Oklahoma state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. An accomplished pilot, Mr. McCallum is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association as well as several legal organizations.

*AV®,, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell®Peer Review Rating™  fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

I have likely tried a case with facts just like yours… and won.

As a trial lawyer, I have secured five multi-million dollar verdicts over $26 million. These verdicts were obtained against aggressive and well-funded opponents, some of whom were billion dollar corporations. I have also turned serious injury cases into large settlements and verdicts in favor of my clients. Attorneys across the country have trusted me to handle their most serious cases at every stage of litigation. My trial success includes the largest verdict ever against Greyhound Inc., a unanimous verdict that was also the #1 largest motor vehicle verdict in the State of Texas and Dallas County for 2011.

Ron McCallum was born in Dallas, Texas and attended high school at Missouri Military Academy. He followed two majors at the University of Oklahoma, Sociology and Professional Aviation. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1997, he began his career as a professional pilot. While maintaining his career as a pilot, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law in 2001, where he was a member of the International Law Journal.

Ron’s original practice consisted of representing aviation entities and pilots, while maintaining his aviation career as a full-time pilot instructor and charter captain. Ron then broadened his practice and joined a highly regarded firm where he became a catastrophic personal injury trial attorney, Director of Firm Aviation and Chief Pilot.

Throughout his career, Ron has tried numerous catastrophic injury cases to a successful jury verdict. Ron’s trial successes include the case of Ashley Reedy and Janie Reeves vs. Greyhound Lines, Inc. and Rashad Armand Nichols; Cause No. 09-09239, 193rd District Court, Dallas County, Texas. In December of 2011, the jury in this case returned a unanimous verdict for both actual and punitive damages in an amount that qualified it as the No. 1 largest accident verdict in the State of Texas and Dallas County in 2011.

The clients in this case were injured when a Greyhound bus lost control on an icy road in December 2007. Ron’s courtroom victory against Greyhound came after a three-week trial, wherein the jury awarded over $18.6 million, including $9 million in punitive damages. This was the largest verdict ever awarded against Greyhound and was covered by news media all over the country, including Dallas Morning News, Channel 11 news, Lawyers USA, and VerdictSearch to name a few.

Again in January of 2013, Ron tried the case of Ken and Martha Zeiler, Joe Zeiler, and the Estate of Mary Mabry v. Barron Thomas, Agnes Clarke, Barron Thomas Aviation Inc., et al.; Cause No. CC-09-03492, Dallas County Court at Law No. 3. In this case concerning breach of contract, fraudulent inducement and “Ponzi” scheme allegations, Ron obtained a verdict of $867,880.20, including $250,000.00 in punitive awards against the Defendants.

Yet another important verdict came on April 24, 2014 in the case of Bobbie Bush v. R&L Carriers, Inc., et al; Cause No. DC-11-16041, 298th District Court, Dallas County, Texas. A 41-year old Mississippi woman was seriously injured when her pick-up truck rolled over after it was read-ended by an 18-wheel tractor-trailer driver.

The jury in this case found that the truck driver, who had two previous rear-end collisions, was grossly negligent. The jury also found that his employers, Greenwood Motor Lines, Inc. doing business as R&L Carriers, were also grossly negligent in failing to properly supervise and train their driver. The client was awarded over $4.1 million.

This case was also unique in that Ron held the largest privately held trucking company accountable under both a general negligence standard and by clear and convincing evidence for gross negligence findings against both the driver and the company.

Recently, Ron obtained the second largest recovery in the history Lubbock County Texas. A notoriously conservative venue. Despite overwhelming odds for his client, Ron was able to resolve a motor vehicle case for over $6.4 million dollars.

Ron’s success in the courtroom reflects in being awarded the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethics by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent), as well as being selected as a “Super Lawyer” for the last five consecutive years. Ron was also selected as a “Texas Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (a Thompson Reuters publication) in 2011, 2012 and 2013, which is an honor limited to the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in the State of Texas. Most recently, Ron was selected as one of the top trial lawyers in Texas by The National Trial Lawyers Association, an organization that limits membership to the top 40 trial lawyers in each state.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Aviation and Aerospace, Construction Litigation: Consumer, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Aviation, Construction Accident, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

Pro bono/Community Service:

Volunteer, Texas SPCA

YMCA Y-Guides Camp Counselor., 2019

Flight Instruction to Young Pilots and Advocating Aviation Safety through Demonstration and Airport Involvement

AOPA Appointed Airport Support Member for Lancaster Airport 2007-2013

Volunteer and Supporter of Operation Kindness and Feral Friends, 2013

Volunteer, Challenge Air

Bar/Professional Activity:

Member, College of the State Bar of Texas

ABOTA - Inducted into the prestigious association of the American Board of Trial Advocates., 2020

National Board Certified in Truck and Bus Trial Law, 2019

Member, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2003

Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Oklahoma Bar, 2014

President, Mesquite Bar Association, 2009 - 2010

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2003

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Dallas Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Texas, 2003

Member, State Bar of Texas

Member, Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association

Special Licenses/Certifications:

Commercial Pilot- Single and Multi-Engine Land

Nationally Board Certified in Truck and Bus Trial Law, 2019

Certified Flight Instructor - SEL, MEL, CFI-A, CFII, MEI

Airline Transport Permit

Educational Background:

University of Oklahoma, Professional Pilot, 1997

University of Oklahoma, B.A., 1997

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

Joyce and Bruce Parker v. Three Rivers Flying Service Company and Harold Griffith Flying Service Company, September 27, 2006, Oral Argument, 2007

Presented and hour long ethics CLE presentation on truck and bus law investigation and ethical considerations., Presenter, Truck Wreck Investigation and Ethical Considerations, Legal And Medical, 2019

Presenter, Truck Wreck Investigation 101, State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Course, State Bar Of Texas, 2016

Verdicts/Settlements:

Ken and Martha Zeiler, Joe Zeiler, and the Estate of Mary Mabry v. Barron Thomas, Agnes Clarke, Barron Thomas Aviation Inc., et al., 2013

Ron’s latest Jury Verdict came on July 17, 2019 when he obtained a $7,059,782.61jury verdicton behalf of his client, James Shelton, a commercial truck driver. The vehicle Mr. Shelton was operating rolled over on Bell Road in Archer County, Texas on April 12, 2012 while Mr. Shelton was hauling rock on the Bobcat Bluff Wind Farm Project. Mr. Shelton’s truck rolled over after oncoming traffic forced Mr. Shelton to pull over on a one-way portion of Bell Road. Bell Road was designed and required to have properly constructed shoulders and slopes and unimpeded ability to accommodate two-way traffic. Mr. Shelton suffered multiple life changing injuries including a moderate traumatic brain injury, which ultimately rendered him totally and permanently disabled. His injuries destroyed any future career opportunities., 2019

Rutkoske v. Reese et al. Slip and fall at a residence which resulted in the need for a minor knee arthroscopy. The case resolved during direct negotiations with the insurance carrier for the insured for $230,000.00., 2018

Bobbie Bush v. R&L Carriers, Inc., et al, DC-11-16041 in the 298th District Court of Dallas County, Texas, 2014

Ashley Reedy and Janie Reeves v. Greyhound Lines, Inc. and Rashad Armand Nichols, Cause No. 0909239, 193rd District Court in Dallas

White Papers:

Paper drafted for Texas Lawyer. Published June 29, 2015. Discusses the lack of adequate insurance for the trucking industry., Overhaul Needed for Truck Insurance Regulations, 2015

Representative Clients:

Rutkoske v. Reese et al. Slip and fall at a residence which resulted in the need for a minor knee arthroscopy. The case resolved at mediation for $230,000.00., 2018

Videos:

Introduction to Ron McCallum, Firm Video, 2019

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