I am a personal injury lawyer.Â My goal is to practice law at the highest levels of integrity, legal ability, and commitment to my clients.Â Ragsdale Law Firm provides legal representation for individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of North Texas.
In law school, I studied to become the kind of lawyer who made an important difference in the lives of people truly in need. I aspired to stand up to large corporate interests and others that were unwilling to take responsibility for injuries and damages they caused. I now have more than 30 years of experience successfully fighting for individuals and families in state and federal courts in Texas.
A few years ago, I completed mediatorâ€™s training at the SMU Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. I successfully mediated the settlement of more than 50 lawsuits. My experience as a mediator has helped me to be a more effective advocate for my clients during mediation conferences (required by most Texas courts).Â I have successfully represented injured clients in hundreds of mediation conferences.
I have been married to my wife for 37 years and we are the parents of two adult children.Â Our son, an Eagle Scout, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.Â Our daughter served in the U. S. Marine Corps and also graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.
Since graduation from law school, my interest in helping others led me to become active in many community service positions. I was appointed, by the Denton County Commissioners Court, to serve as chair of the Denton County Child Protective Services Board.Â During my tenure as chair, we successfully started the system of persons serving on jury duty having the option of donating their jury pay to benefit children living in foster care in Denton County. I am active in our church and have served in many volunteer leadership positions. I have also served, for over 20 years, as an adult volunteer leader for the Boy Scouts of America. During my term as the Scoutmaster, of a large local Scout troop, I was appointed by our Scout Council to serve as a National Jamboree Scoutmaster.Â I have received the highest possible recognition for service to Scouting given to local adult Scout leaders.Â I continue to serve in other adult volunteer Scout leadership positions. I have also served on the board and as president of our homeowner's association.Â I completed a four-year term serving on the board of the Dallas chapter of the Christian Legal Society.
I served as an adjunct instructor, for more than ten years, at American Bar Association approved Southeastern Paralegal Institute.