Spencer G. Markle

Spencer G. Markle

Partner
Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
281-486-0677
866-273-6902 (Toll Free)
Fax:
281-486-0694
Email:

I was a two-sport varsity athlete in college and a three-year starter on the football team at Duquesne University. After attending law school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, I became licensed to practice in Texas in 1982. I became a shareholder of Dunn, Kacal, Adams, Livingston, Pappas & Law at age 31. Two years later, I co-founded the firm Livingston & Markle; which later became Markle, Ramos & Zito, PC. After 20 years defending physicians, manufacturers of products, industrial facilities and the alcohol industry in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, I left insurance defense to become the partner in charge of the Houston office of Morgan & Weisbrod, LLP, representing victims of medical malpractice. Today, I represent self-insured business entities in the defense of dram shop lawsuits, medical malpractice and drunk drivers, while also representing self insured business entities in the defense of dramshop lawsuits, non-subscriber claims, premises and assault & battery actions. I also represent plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes, including breach of contract, partnership disputes, tortious interference and the breach of employment and non-competition agreements. As of 2017, I have tried more than 120 cases to juries in 23 counties across the State of Texas and many more to Judges, Administrative Law Judges and Arbitrators. I have been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1987 and Civil Trial Law since 1988. I am a Diplomate of NBOTA in Civil Trial Advocacy and an Advocate level member of ABOTA. I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Thomson Reuters has named me as a Texas SuperLawyer every year since 2003. Both myself and my law firm are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Dramshop Defense
  • 30% Drunk Driver Plaintiff Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • 30% Business Litigation Plaintiff and Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1987
  • Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1982

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1981
  • Duquesne University
    • B.S. - 1978
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Beta Alpha Phi Honorary Fraternity
    • Honors: Football Team: 3 Year Starter
    • Major: Business Administration

Classes/Seminars

  • Faculty, TexasBar CLE, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 1992
  • Faculty, TexasBar CLE, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 1994 - 1998
  • Faculty, TexasBar CLE, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 2002 - 2003
  • Faculty, TexasBar CLE, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 2007
  • Faculty, TexasBar CLE, Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, 1996
  • Faculty, TexasBar CLE, Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, 1999
  • Faculty, TexasBar CLE, Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, 2005 - 2006

Honors and Awards

  • Handled over 110 first chair jury trials in 23 counties across Texas
  • Texas Monthly Magazine Super Lawyers, 2003-2016
  • H-Texas Magazine Top Lawyers in Houston, 2005-2007, 2013
  • Advocate: American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Life Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow: Houston Bar Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate, 2006 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Diplomate, 1990 - Present
  • "Civil Trial Advocacy" National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon