I began practicing law in 1995 and have been representing individuals against insurance companies and corporate wrong doers for almost twenty-five years.
I graduated from college in 1991 with a degree in psychology from the University of Texas-Austin. I knew while I was in my junior year of college that I wanted to go to law school. However, I had no idea of what I wanted to do or what kind of law I would practice.
I graduated from law school in 1995 with a JD from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. Upon graduation, I still did not know “what type of law do I want to do…..”, as I, like most of my classmates, just wanted to get a job. It was in my first job out of law school with a small law firm in Clear Lake, Texas (25 miles south of Houston) that I was exposed to personal injury law and began representing individuals who had been harmed by others. I knew this is what I would do….help people get their lives back in order after they had been wrongfully injured.
I worked for three different personal injury law firms in the Houston area for about 10 years before deciding it was time to start my own firm. The Law Office of Tom Gehring, PC opened in the summer of 2004. Since then, I have been representing clients injured in different kinds of cases and helping each of them get the justice they deserve.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE “BOARD CERTIFIED” AND WHY SHOULD I HIRE A BOARD CERTIFIED ATTORNEY….
Texas has a certification process for legal specialization in 24 different areas of the law. This is a process that goes well beyond taking and passing the required bar exam (which all attorneys must do to be eligible to practice in Texas). Board certification is an advanced level of competence in a particular area (i.e., oil and gas law, criminal law, probate/wills to name a few).
To become board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, an attorney in Texas must have a minimum of 10 trials, have multiple recommendations from attorneys that have had cases against you and multiple recommendations from judges. Once you have passed this level of scrutiny, you then sit for a 6-hour examination. Passing this exam is the final step in the process of becoming board certified.
It is important to hire the best attorney, with the most knowledge for your particular case. Hiring a “board certified” attorney ensures that you have retained an attorney with the highest level of skill/competence in that particular area of law.
Less than 8% of attorneys in Texas are “board certified”.