Our Hearts are with the Victims
of the West Fertilizer Explosion
The tragedy in West is heart-wrenching.
Immediately after the tragedy in West, we predicted that there would be grossly inadequate insurance to help even one of the most severely injured. Indeed, it has since been announced that the plant carried only $1,000,000 in insurance coverage. Unless the investigators or personal injury attorneys are able to identify any other parties who were responsible, there will be no justice for the families.
We recently resolved a case on behalf of our clients who were injured in an 18-wheeler accident that illustrates the problem. Because there was only $1,000,000 in insurance, and about a dozen other claimants beyond our clients, everybody in that case also faced the same bankruptcy risks we foresee with the West Fertilizer cases. We resolved that case for our clients for almost all of the $1,000,000 of the 18-wheeler's insurance. Soon after our settlement was official, and after our clients' money was safe, the 18-wheeler company did file for bankruptcy. Though we were able to help our clients in time, it looks like everybody else will get far less than they deserve, and much slower.
Having taken great pride in representing firefighters before, we want to share with you small portions of much longer reviews two firefighters wrote and that you can find, in full, on our Testimonials page:
"I wouldn't have made it through the quagmire of events that transpired as a result of the accident I was involved in without Marc and his firm. I will willingly talk to anyone seriously considering hiring Lenahan Law Firm who wants or needs more information. Give Marc a call and give him your number and I will call and talk with you. A few other things to note I will turn 50 this year, I am a professional firefighter, I am not easily impressed and in all my years I have sat down to write something like this positive review a total of two times, this being the second." - KM
"In May of 2006 I was hit by an armored truck and suffered some injuries due to the collision. I was referred to Marc by another respected attorney because Marc is a pro with personal injury cases. There were other individuals hurt in this same accident and all settled for 30% of my case. Not only that, but the judge awarded Marc money which he threw into my settlement. Marc was very responsive to my thoughts and always answered the phone when I called, or returned an e-mail very promptly. As a metroplex Deputy Fire Chief and Paramedic, I am used to helping others in their time of need and when I was in need Marc stepped in and did a great job." - CT
Dallas Injury Lawyers
Special Clients Deserve a Premier & Focused Law Firm
An Attorney who is also a Registered Nurse & Nurse Practitioner with Board Certification in Pediatrics, a Former Insurance Defense Attorney who is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, and the Best-Reviewed AVVO Personal Injury Attorney in Texas.
You'll learn a lot on this website about how the way we represent you is extremely different from the way most every other injury law firm in Texas represents their clients. To begin, we wouldn't have the results or
client reviews we do if it didn't all start with the attorneys. We are a Premier Injury Law Firm because we believe that special clients deserve a special team of attorneys.
In addition to being a wonderful Attorney, Kathleen's healthcare credentials are extraordinary. She is a Registered Nurse, a Nurse Practitioner (which requires even more education and training beyond being a R.N.), and is Board Certified in Pediatrics. It is no wonder she is on Faculty with a major State University and is a Past President of the leading organization for Nurse Attorneys in Texas.
Wes is the Firm's Appellate Attorney, and is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law. He achieved this on his first application and exam despite that hurdle having an enormous failure rate. Before serving our clients at the Lenahan Law Firm, Wes served the Waco Court of Appeals and also served a prominent Insurance Defense Firm.
And Marc's credentials include being the best-reviewed personal injury attorney in all of Texas on AVVO (per the Advertising Review Committee of the State Bar of Texas) as well as numerous national and Texas honors such as being the President-Elect of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, being Past President of the of the Texas Brain Injury Alliance, being honored as a Super Lawyer since 2009, being rated a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" since 2007, and having been admitted as a lifetime member to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Cost: Rest Assured, We Have NEVER Asked a Client to Write us a Check
You may have heard the phrases, "Pay only if there is a recovery" or "We only get paid if you do," but the State Bar of Texas's preferred term for expressing our payment arrangement is "Contingency fee, plus court costs & expenses." This means that not one of our clients has ever had to write us a check. Instead, we invest time, money and soul into trying to get you the best result we can. If we succeed in recovering money for you, we get to keep the agreed upon percentage as our fee. We are also then reimbursed from that money for court costs and expenses.
We know that hiring a prestigious law firm with an hourly fee or huge retainer, even under the best of circumstances, would be terribly hard for most of us. And having to do so after having lost a bread-winner, or after facing months out of work with mountains of medical bills, would be impossible. Don't worry about paying us from your pocket. You don't need to be wealthy to be welcome here; just honest and honestly in need.
Focused Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys
Afraid of making the mistake of hiring an injury firm with 600 clients per attorney?
The Lenahan Law Firm is an exclusive severe personal injury law firm in Dallas. Here, we usually maintain less than 10 clients per attorney and accept the representation of only select clients at a time: the severely injured and those who have lost a loved one to wrongful death. How is this different? It is probably the case that any other firm you are considering has
at least 100 cases per attorney. Mr. Lenahan knows of a firm with five lawyers, but 8,000 cases. Do you think those clients would have made that choice if they knew?
We've learned that most people who are looking for a severe injury law firm have no idea how extraordinarily vast the differences between law firms can be. The problem with this is that is that a prospective client with an important injury case will find a never-ending list of lawyers wanting to serve. That list will include all kinds: criminal lawyers, divorce lawyers, lawyers who do a little bit of everything, and firms with massive marketing programs that ask each lawyer in their firm to handle 200, 300, 600 or more cases.
Certainly not all, but most every Dallas personal injury lawyer has well over 100 clients. Yes, there are even numerous Dallas injury law firms with over 600 clients per attorney. (See Infographic Diagrams of the difference.) In three very crucial ways, we are not like any of those firms. First, we accept the representation of ONLY the severely injured and those who have lost a loved one to wrongful death. Helping those who have suffered through a catastrophic event that caused a loved one's wrongful death, a brain injury, paralysis, emergency surgery, and other types of severe injuries, is all we do. We focus on our area of severe injury law only.
Second, we only represent an extremely select number of clients at any one time. We believe that representing clients with such life-changing injuries requires and deserves personal attention. We understand that each case is unique, and we never know what any one client's case will ask of us. One case may require the studying of nuances in a hundred thousand pages of documents. Another case may require traveling all across the country. Our cases frequently require battling a courtroom full of insurance lawyers, and we focus on every fight. Third, because each of our cases requires that we take the client's story into our hearts, we accept the representation of only clients we believe in. If you think that this firm and your case might be a good fit, the sooner you call or email, the better. We have a lot to talk about, so let's get started.
Awards & Testimonials: What They Mean
This website, like many others, is decorated with references to some of the many awards and honors Mr. Lenahan and the Lenahan Law Firm have earned. The truth is, though we are proud of those acknowledgments and are grateful for every single one of them, it is important to understand what they really mean, and it is important to look towards the Clients' Testimonials to see the real stories behind the awards.
Marc is serving as the President-Elect for 2013 of
The National Crime Victims Bar Association. This is similar to being
Vice President except that it also means Marc will serve as
President for 2014. Marc was invited to join the Advisory Board for the National Crime Victims Bar Association in 2008, and has served ever since. The National Crime Victims Bar Association usually has about two dozen Board Members from across the nation, and a membership of hundreds of dedicated attorneys. It is a branch of
The National Center for Victims of Crime.
Marc has served as the President and Vice President of the Texas Brain Injury Alliance and continues on its Board and Executive Committee. The Texas Brain Injury alliance is the new name for the Brain Injury Association of Texas and Marc has served on the
Board of The Brain Injury Association of Texas since 2010. Marc is the only attorney on the board, which is comprised of about a dozen or so people, and includes survivors of brain injuries, family members of
TBI survivors, and medical professionals.
"Super Lawyers" is an honor from a Thomson Reuters service and is published in the
Texas Monthly magazine. Marc Lenahan was first named a "Super Lawyer" in 2009, and has been included each year since.
- Similarly, there is a "Super Lawyers" list for attorneys under 40 called "Rising Stars." Marc was named in 2009, and Kathleen was added to that list in 2012.
The "10.0" rating from AVVO.com has been maintained by Marc since 2008. The
AVVO.com site contains the most complete list of reviews posted directly by our clients, whereas the ones you'll find on our
Testimonials link aggregates copies of reviews from all over, thank-you letters and emails, and testimony in court about our services. The Advertising Review Committee of the State Bar of Texas approved the description of these reviews as, "The best client reviews on AVVO.com," and we thank our clients for that.
The badges for the "Million Dollar Advocates Forum" and "Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum" denote Marc's membership, which were awarded in 2009, and are lifetime memberships.
- Marc was nominated to "The Top 100 Trial Lawyers" and offered membership in its role of Top 100 Texas Civil Attorneys in 2007 by The National Trial Lawyers. He has remained on that list ever since.
First, no amount of awards means that we're the right law firm for you. Finding a lawyer is a personal decision. If you need us, we hope that we are right for you, but we want you to make that decision after you've had the chance to talk with us, research us, and get a real sense of who we are. Second, there are many great attorneys who we respect completely, but who have no awards at all—though they are wonderful at what they do. But, unfortunately, there are also far too many lawyers who we would not trust to ethically handle even the simplest case, though they have an impressive sounding list of credentials.
Awards simply don't tell the whole story. We hope that you invest a few moments to study the many generous testimonials by our clients. It is our opinion that there is not another firm in Texas that can match them. Why is the Lenahan Law Firm the grateful beneficiary of so many heartfelt testimonials when we represent far fewer clients? Because, we believe that representing fewer clients
is the best way to take care of every client.
Researching Us from Far Away?
A disproportionately high ratio of our clients find us from locations far from Dallas. In fact, our clientèle at any one time might include almost as many individuals from Hong Kong, London, Austin, San Antonio, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia and Michigan as from Dallas, Coppell, Irving, Farmers Branch, Plano, Frisco and Carrollton. We have a theory for why this might be. We believe that distance forces people needing to find the right lawyer to do more research, as they've not been bombarded with local TV & radio ads by mass-marketing attorneys. The "research" theory is also supported by the fact that a stout number of our clients are highly educated or super street-wise. Ph. D.'s, professors, engineers, programmers and lawyers often seem to find us, as well as the street-wise—including firefighters and roughnecks, teachers and preachers, and soccer moms and truckers.
You may be wondering whether or not it will be problematic to be located far from Dallas. The answer is absolutely not. First, we represent clients in every corner of Texas from our Dallas office. You shouldn't be surprised if Marc Lenahan personally travels hundreds of miles to visit the scene of your injury before he has even asked you to sign a contract to make it official. Second, we've brought many cases to notable conclusions without our clients having ever stepped foot in our office. It just isn't necessary most of the time. Third, it can be very hard to predict where a lawsuit will be brought until the matter is analyzed. We've reached notable resolutions in settlement and at trial under the laws of Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and many others.
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Representing Severe Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
We represent injury cases in airplane & aviation accidents,
amputations, burns & disfigurements,
bodily injury, severe injuries from
brain injury, and
broken bones. Many of our cases are from deadly
car accidents in which our clients suffered life-altering injuries, or families who face the future without their loved one after a negligent driver caused their death.
We accept difficult cases such as cleanroom birth defects and
defective products, and have achieved notable victories for our clients in complex cases under the laws of several states. We also can assist you if the injuries are the result of
driving while texting or calling or injury claims in cases of
drunk & impaired driving. We provide the highest level of legal representation in
firearm accidents, cases of
mesothelioma, as well as
motorcycle accidents, and represent the families of victims of
murder, homicide & terrorism. We fight for justice for the injured in personal injury claims involving
oil field, off-shore & maritime accidents,
spine injury, severe injury claims involving
trucks, buses & 18-wheeler accidents, as well as
UM, UIM & bad faith insurance, severe
workplace accidents, and pursue justice for families in
wrongful death claims.