Some “litigation” lawyers never see the inside of a courtroom. Not so at Wright Close & Barger. The firm handles complex civil trial and appellate work for clients across the state, calling upon their extensive expertise to achieve favorable resolutions in cases involving catastrophic personal injury, insurance coverage, intellectual property, oil and gas, product defects, commercial disputes, arbitration and mediation, and trade secrets, among others. The firm also assists other firms and attorneys with pre-trial motions, special evidence problems, challenges to expert witnesses, and the critical work on the court’s charge to the jury.
Wright Close & Barger’s breadth of experience has given it the ability to understand which paths are important to pursue and which are unlikely to be fruitful. Our firm’s philosophy is that experience, skill, and tenacity, properly applied, will yield outstanding results. This philosophy is brought to bear on every case, saving our clients time and money. Each attorney has the ability to take complex—often extremely complex—cases and boil them down to essentials that can be presented easily to a judge or a jury in the short time typically allowed for a trial or an oral argument. “You can be an expert in any number of things, but if you can’t find some common ground in communicating it to a jury, then all of your knowledge about a case is basically useless,” says partner Thomas C. Wright.
The firm’s diversity of experience provides the depth required for its wide range of successes. Tom Wright, Howard Close, and Jessica Barger have tried and appealed complex cases all across Texas for more than 30 years. Our team has been hand-picked from among the best and the brightest.
Seven of our firm’s members are Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Civil Trial Law: Thomas Wright, Howard Close, Randy Owens. Civil Appellate Law: Thomas Wright, Michael Choyke, Russ Hollenbeck, Brad Snead, Jessica Zavadil Barger), and several members including our founding partners have been selected by their peers as among The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White, Inc. (Tom Wright, Howard Close, Jessica Barger, Randall Owens, Wanda McKee Fowler, Russ Hollenbeck, Kenneth Fair, and Justin Campbell). Wright Close & Barger is ranked among the Best Law Firms in 2019 with a National Tier 1 ranking in Appellate, by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. The firm also has Tier 1 rankings in Houston for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Defense, and Appellate Practice.
Wright Close & Barger, LLP is a limited liability partnership registered under the laws of Texas.