John Flood, a partner in the firm's Corpus Christi office, has represented thousands of injured people throughout Texas and the United States in product liability, toxic tort, premises liability and wrongful death cases. In addition, he has been hired by individuals and companies to prosecute stock fraud, insurance fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and pollution claims.
His media appearances have included ABC's 20/20, the Baltimore Sun, the San Antonio Express-News, and the Corpus Christi Caller Times.
Awards & Honors: 2009 Paul W. Nye Professionalism Award, Corpus Christi Bar Association.
Admitted: 1990, Texas; Supreme Court of Texas; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Member: Corpus Christi and American Bar Associations, State Bar of Texas; Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; American Association of Justice; Million Dollar Advocates Forum; AV-Rated Martindale-Hubbell.
Education: St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, J.D. 1990; Regis University, Denver, B.A. 1986
- Carpenter v. Merrill Lynch, et al.: Represented minority shareholders in a breach of fiduciary duty suit against a majority shareholder and its controlling parent. A confidential settlement has been reached in this Illinois case.
- Umma Resources v. Key Energy. Successfully tried this damaged gas well case to a record-setting verdict in April 2010. The case settled on appeal for a confidential amount.
- IES v. Citgo, et al. Mr. Flood's work in this illegal interference with commercial relations case won a favorable confidential settlement for his client.
- Various other cases involving illegal interference by competitors in a market, commercial lending, breach of contract, and tortious interference.
- Represents both lawyers and clients in suits alleging violations of fiduciary duties.
Motorcycle Injury and Death Cases
- Browning v. Colonial Freight, confidential settlement. Represented client who was blamed by the police when he collided with an 18-wheeler. Mr. Flood's investigation showed that the truck was at fault and a federal court jury in Waco, Texas agreed.
- Has also represented the families of motorcyclists killed by dangerous highway defects.
Highway Construction Defect Cases
- Contreras v. Haas-Anderson. Total settlement: $2.75 million. After deducting legal fees of $1,080,265 and expenses of $69,735, the client received $1.6 million. Mr. Flood was retained within days of the accident and was able to videotape and photograph the dangerous pavement edge drop-off that caused the accident before the construction company was able to cover it up.
- Millangue v. Pentron. Confidential settlement. Mr. Flood represented the family of a man who had never smoked yet died of lung cancer. Mr. Flood's investigation into the man's workplace revealed he had worked on dental appliances containing, among other toxins, beryllium. Mr. Flood's work on dosage and causation in this case (possibly the first of its kind) helped secure a settlement for his client's surviving family members.
- Juarez v. Ford. Confidential settlement. Mr. Flood represented the family of a man who was killed when the roof on a Ford F250 completely buckled in a rollover. A quick investigation showed a stronger roof would have saved the father of four.
- Benzene cases. Since 1995, Mr. Flood has represented people all over the country injured or killed by benzene, a byproduct of crude oil that can cause a form of cancer called acute myelogenous leukemia after exposure to it. Mr. Flood has secured settlements for many families whose loved ones suffered and died from this terrible disease.
- Mr. Flood has also represented clients who have been injured or poisoned by other products and devices, including denture cream, Reglan/Metoclopramide, DePuy hip implants and Darvon/Darvocet.
- Brown v. Texas Molecular. Mr. Flood was asked by the legendary trial lawyer David Perry to assist in this case involving the tragic poisoning death of a client at a hazardous waste facility. A thorough investigation led to a confidential pre-trial settlement.
- For 20 years, Mr. Flood has worked on cases involving injuries and deaths that have occurred in the oil and gas, refining, waste, chemical, pipeline, and electrical industries.
- Mr. Flood has handled many lawsuits arising out of false imprisonment, including the case of a man held against his will by shopping mall security, a man killed by apartment security guards, a witness falsely arrested for failing to appear for a deposition, and a customer falsely imprisoned by a grocery store. All of these lawsuits led to confidential settlements for Mr. Flood's clients.
Inadequate Security Cases
- Zapata v. Denny's. Mr. Flood's client was stabbed by a drunken patron at a Denny's Restaurant. After winning a favorable verdict at trial, the case was settled confidentially.
Pollution and Property Damage Cases
- Mr. Flood has successfully represented landowners whose property was polluted by refineries, oil and gas exploration and production, smelters, utilities, and other commercial facilities.
Railroad Crossing Litigation
- Mr. Flood has represented families who have lost loved ones killed by poorly designed or malfunctioning railroad crossings. Such cases require a particularly quick response in order to preserve key evidence.