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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
  • 25% Business Litigation Plaintiff and Defense
  • 5% Medical Malpractice Plaintiff Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

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

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
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Texas Liquor Liability Practice Manual

Mr. Markle has published the seminal treatise on Texas liquor liability litigation, the ‘Texas Liquor Liability Practice Manual’, the only book of its kind in Texas.