Arturo J. González
Arturo J. Gonzalez P.C. 405 Main Street, Ste 200
Houston, TX 77002
Tel. 832-703-7075 Fax. 713-237-8385
My sincere ambition has always been to make a difference, whether through helping one overcome an insurmountable obstacle, making someone’s day a bit better than the day before, or just listening. Regarding my clients and services - my unfettered goal is to "PROVIDE SOLUTIONS and EXCEED EXPECTIONS."
I have gained invaluable experience through my mentors, associates, peers, and above all, my adversaries. My sincere desire is to give back to my profession through service to others whether it be by mentoring, providing those in need the opportunity to access the courthouse, due process, and justice.
Foremost is the unequivocal protection of the United States Constitution, safeguarding due process, equal protection, and access to justice for wrongs suffered through negligent conduct of others. It is not enough that we simply talk about protecting our constitutional rights and civil liberties, but rather that we implement those safeguards to the benefit of our society, our morals, and our ethical values. For, as Fredrick Douglass so eloquently stated - Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
- Licensed to practice law in Texas and New York
- United States District Courts – all Texas Districts
- United States District Court – Northern District of Illinois - Chicago
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Claims
- United States Supreme Court
January 1, 2011 – Present
Manage proprietary law firm with concentration on major catastrophic events, i.e. commercial aviation accidents, refinery incidents, pharmaceutical drugs and devices, commercial vehicle accidents, and construction site accidents. I presently represent families in Kenya having lost loved ones in the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max cases currently litigated in US District Court – Northern District of Illinois – Chicago.
April 1, 2006 to December 8, 2010
Manage firm’s Houston office. I was responsible for oversight and direction of all staff, associate and senior attorneys. I managed case dockets and assignment of cases. I was assigned substantial responsibility for the British Petroleum Texas City explosion docket including coordination of support, discovery, and litigation matters related to three BP trials in Galveston County. I managed several commercial aviation accident cases in Brazil, Honduras, Peru, and Spain.
May 1, 2005 to April 1, 2006
Provided litigation support on the firm’s BP case docket. Oversight and supervisory capacity for all staff assigned to BP litigation docket. Appointed by the court as the Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee to coordinate and implement master discovery plan. Extensive contact with clients, including monitoring of medical treatment and psychological assessments. Extensive interaction with defense counsel on daily basis with respect to coordination of litigation matters, document production, coordination of depositions, settlement conferences, and scheduling of trial witnesses.
October 8, 1996 to April 1, 2005
Initially assigned to pharmaceutical docket. Primary supervising attorney on Norplant litigation. Also provided legal support, client relationship services and referring attorney liaison on breast implant, Fen-phen, and silicosis litigation. I also managed a separate personal injury docket involving auto accidents, medical negligence, third party liability claims, and workplace related accidents.
May 1, 1992 to October 5, 1996
General personal injury practice. 80% personal injury and product defect cases, 10% family. And 10% criminal docket, including appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Committee for the United States District Courts – Northern District of Texas.
May 1, 1991 to May 1, 1992
Associate attorney. Personal injury and product defects related practice. Responsible for managing high volume docket and support staff. Assisted firm in setting up litigation section to prepare cases for trial.
March 14, 1988 to April 1, 1991
Associate attorney under the direct supervision of John Howie. Assigned to the firm’s aviation section, having gained substantial experience in major aviation catastrophic accidents, including the two Delta crashes at DFW Airport, Northwest 255 at Detroit Metro, American DC-10 in San Juan, Air Canada DC-9 in Cincinnati, Ricky Nelson DC-3 plane crash in DeKalb, Texas, Phantom F-4 crash at Carswell AFB, and a FA-18 Hornet
/ Martin Baker ejection seat malfunction aboard the USS Enterprise.
During this period, I was appointed by the Hon. Harold “Barefoot” Sanders, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, to the Criminal Justice Act panel during which time I was assigned to provide legal representation for indigent minority defendants having been indicted for criminal violations – primarily related to drug infractions. While on the CJA panel, I tried approximately five drug related cases involving anywhere from 10 to 160 kilos of cocaine and marijuana. I tried cases before the Hon. Jorge A. Solis, Hon. Sidney A. Fitzwater, Hon. John McBryde, and Hon. Terry R. Means.
- State Bar of Texas
- New York State Bar
- Prior Member
- State Bar of Texas Committee on Pattern Jury Charges (Negligence)
- Appointed to CJA Panel for the United States District Courts – Northern District of Texas.
- Past member of PJC Volume 1 – General Negligence, Intentional Personal Torts & Workers Compensation
- Martindale-Hubbell 2005-2020 AV Preeminent Top-Rated Lawyer in Texas for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability (15 Years)
Languages & Hobbies
- Fluent in English and Spanish as first languages, with a working capacity in French. Excellent public speaker, licensed pilot – multi-engine rated.