Seven Wright & Close Attorneys Earn Listing in Best Lawyers for 2018

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Firm’s appellate, commercial litigation, personal injury defense work recognized

HOUSTON – Seven lawyers with Houston-based civil trial and appellate firm Wright & Close LLP are being recognized for their trial and appellate skills in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Co-founders Thomas C. Wright and Howard L. Close are longtime Best Lawyers honorees, with Mr. Wright included in the prestigious legal guide since 2007 and Mr. Close since 2005. Mr. Wright earned selection for his appellate practice, and Mr. Close was chosen for both his commercial litigation and personal injury litigation work.

The Wright & Close law firm is nationally recognized for its experience shepherding a wide variety of complex litigation and appeals. Trial cases range from catastrophic injury lawsuits to disputes over oil royalties and fiduciary matters. The appellate team has argued an array of legal questions in Texas and federal appeals courts. To learn more about the firm’s representative cases, visit

These partners also earned Best Lawyers honors in the 2018 guide for their appellate practices:

  • Jessica Zavadil Barger, a former Texas Court of Appeals lawyer;
  • Russell Hollenbeck, a former Texas Court of Appeals lawyer;
  • Wanda McKee Fowler, who served 14 years as a Texas Court of Appeals justice.

Named to Best Lawyers in other practice areas are:

  • Of Counsel Justin Campbell III, experienced in class actions and mass torts, selected for personal injury defense work;
  • Firm partner Randall Owens, who has prosecuted and defended numerous complex cases, selected for commercial litigation.

The Best Lawyers in America is the oldest peer review publication in the legal profession, selecting honorees based on input from lawyers in the same practice areas and same geographic regions.

Wright & Close LLP is a Houston-based civil trial and appellate firm handling complex trial and appeals work for clients across Texas. Our lawyers have a track record for achieving favorable resolutions in cases involving catastrophic personal injury, insurance coverage, intellectual property, oil and gas, product defects, commercial disputes, arbitration and mediation, trade secrets, trust and estate litigation, among others. We also assist with pretrial motions, special evidence problems, challenges to expert witnesses, and the critical work on the court’s charge to the jury.