Wright Close & Barger Earns Recognition from Chambers USA

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Partners Jessica Barger, Eva Guzman, Wanda McKee Fowler, and Tom Wright earn individual honors

HOUSTON – Wright Close & Barger is pleased to announce it has earned repeat recognition from Chambers USA, a prestigious legal guide that honors the top lawyers and law firms in the country.

For a fifth consecutive year, the firm was recognized for excellence in appellate law in Texas. Firm partners Jessica Barger, Wanda McKee Fowler, Eva Guzman, and Tom Wright each earned individual appellate law recognition.

London-based Chambers and Partners publishes its rankings every year following one of the industry’s most rigorous and in-depth reviews. The process includes comprehensive research, peer and client interviews, and review by Chambers analysts.

Chambers describes Wright Close & Barger as “a respected litigation boutique with a strong track record before state and federal appeals courts.”

One Wright Close & Barger client said, “One of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life was picking the right law firms to represent me and my company, and I am so thankful that I had Wright Close & Barger on my side.”

Another client reported: “I find the Wright Close & Barger firm to be one of the top defense appellate firms in the State of Texas. Tom Wright, Jessica Barger, and their appellate team are approachable, smart, and pragmatic. I enjoy their professionalism. When seeking appellate assistance in Texas, I recommend the Wright Close & Barger firm.”

A global engineering client said, “Wright Close & Barger is one of my most trusted, go-to firms when it comes to Texas trial and appellate work. Their appellate expertise is unmatched. Even when Wright Close & Barger is not the lead firm on a critical case, we will augment the trial team with Wright Close & Barger to ensure we have that appellate expertise for preservation of error, the court’s charge, and pre- and post-trial motion practice.”

Chambers describes Jessica Barger as “an experienced litigator who frequently appears in appeals courts at the state and federal levels, including the Supreme Court of Texas.”

A firm appellate client described Ms. Barger as “a knowledgeable appellate lawyer who is able to distill complex matters in an easy-to-understand manner. She is also a strong appellate advocate.”

“Jessica is a sharp lawyer who is innovative in how she approaches things,” said another client.

Wanda Fowler was described by Chambers as a “well-regarded appellate litigator who draws on her experience as a justice in the Fourteenth Court of Appeals.” This is the fifth year Chambers USA has recognized her work.

Chambers also noted Eva Guzman’s experience on Texas’s highest court.

“Eva Guzman utilizes her wealth of experience as a former Justice of the Texas Supreme Court to represent clients in sophisticated appeals,” said Chambers researchers.

One firm client said, “Eva is a meticulous brief writer who has excellent ideas of what catches the Texas Supreme Court’s attention.”

Tom Wright, who was recognized for a ninth year by Chambers, was described by a client as having “a deep knowledge of Texas law and the judiciary as well as the plaintiff Bar.”

“He is articulate, succinct, and incredibly knowledgeable,” said another client. “Tom puts things in a way that is very ‘cut to the chase’ with judge and jury.”

Wright Close & Barger is also pleased to be a contributor to the 2024 Chambers USA Guide. The firm commentary, “TEXAS: An Introduction to Litigation: Appellate,” provides expert insights on the state’s large and complex appellate system and helps clients navigate its many nuances.

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