Ron C. McCallum

Ron C. McCallum: Attorney with Ron C. McCallum Associates, PLLC

Biography

Mr. McCallum received his law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston where he was a member of the school's International Trade Law Journal. Ron has tried numerous personal injury cases to verdict in both first and second chair positions. In December of 2011, Ron tried Ashley Reedy and Janie Reeves v. Greyhound Lines, Inc. and Rashad Armand Nichols; Cause No. 0909239, In the 193rd District Court in Dallas. After a three week trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict for both actual and punitive damages in an amount that qualified it as the largest verdict in Dallas County for 2011.Ron's extensive and varied aviation and trial lawyer background have uniquely equipped him for the practice of law. A commercial and corporate pilot and flight instructor with over twenty-one years of experience, he attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree and trained at the University's flight school as a professional pilot in single, multi-engine and turbine aircraft. Ron later assisted in the school's development of crew resource management curricula.Mr. McCallum is an active corporate aircraft captain, aircraft manager and flight instructor specializing in turbine aircraft. Mr. McCallum has worked for several leading flight schools and fixed base operators in the DFW area. He has flown over forty-eight separate models of fixed and rotary wing aircraft both nationally and internationally. Additionally, Mr. McCallum presents seminars to area pilots regarding FAA regulations, FAA enforcement actions, aircraft acquisition and tax issues. Mr. McCallum maintains currency and proficiency for VFR and IFR flight in single and multi-engine aircraft for passenger and instructional operations.Ron is currently heading up the firm's Catastrophic Injury docket. He has extensive experience with various types of serious injury cases including commercial trucking and bus accidents, fixed and rotary wing accidents, carbon monoxide exposure, pharmaceutical induced injuries and death to minor children, vehicle rollovers, eminent domain and right-of-way, aviation related product liability, non-subscriber cases, and general litigation.Away from the office, Ron enjoys giving back to the community by offering flight instruction to young pilots and teaching aviation safety. Also, Ron and his wife volunteer their time to local charities such as Challenge Air, Texas SPCA, Operation Kindness and Feral Friends.Honors and AwardsMember, College of the State Bar of TexasFlight Safety Elite Pro Card Holder since 2007Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Appointed Support Member for Lancaster AirportAOPA Panel AttorneyProfessional Associations and MembershipsState Bar of TexasAmerican Bar AssociationAmerican Association for JusticeTexas Trial Lawyers AssociationLawyer-Pilots Bar AssociationDallas Trial Lawyers AssociationDallas Bar AssociationMesquite Bar AssociationQB FraternityFAA CertificationsCommercial Pilot- Single and Multi-Engine LandCertified Flight Instructor - SEL, MEL, CFI-A, CFII, MEIAirline Transport Permit

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Trucking Accident
  • Aviation Accident
  • Bus Accident
  • Refinery Explosion

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
214-702-0555  Phone
214-594-9618  Fax
www.mccallumfirm.com
University Attended:
University of Oklahoma, B.A., ACT Academic Scholarship, Josh Lee Memorial Public Speaking Contest Finalist, Professional Pilot, 1997
Law School Attended:
South Texas College of Law, J.D., International Trade Law Journal, 2001
Year of First Admission:
2003
Admission:
2003, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; 2003, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; 2014, Oklahoma State and Federal Courts; 2003, Texas
Memberships:
President of the Mesquite Bar Association, 2009, 2010; DTLA Board of Directors 2010,
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015; Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas; 2011 - 2015, selection as a "Texas Rising Star" by Super Lawyers (a Thompson Reuters
publication), which is limited to the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in the State of Texas. Selected
in 2013 and 2014 as a “Super lawyer”. Selected in 2012 and 2013 as one of the top trial
lawyers in Texas by The National Trial Lawyers Association, an organization that limits
membership to the top 40 trial lawyers in each state.

American Bar Association - Aviation Section
AOPA Panel Attorney
Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Texas Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors)
Dallas Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors 2010 to Present)
American Association for Justice
Missouri MilitaryAcademy Alumni Association
University of Oklahoma Alumni Association
QB

Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame Inductee 2011 (Largest Motor Vehicle Verdict in the State of Texas)
Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame Award Winner 2014 (9th Largest Motor Vehicle Verdict in the State of Texas)
Reported Cases:
Ashley Reedy and Janie Reeves v. Greyhound Lines, Inc. and Rashad Armand Nichols; Cause No. 09-09239, In the 193rd District Court in Dallas. The jury in this case returned a unanimous verdict for both actual and punitive damages in an amount that qualified it as the #1largest accident verdict in the State of Texas and Dallas County for 2011. Ron's courtroom victory against Greyhound Bus Company came after a three-week trial. The jury awarded over $18.6 million, including $9 million in punitive damages to our clients who were injured when a Greyhound bus lost control on an icy road in December 2007. The verdict, which was the largest verdict ever awarded against Greyhound, was covered by the Dallas Morning News, Channel 11 news, Lawyers USA, VerdictSearch, and other media outlets all over the country. In January of 2013, Ron tried the case styled: Ken and Martha Zeiler, Joe Zeiler, and the Estate of Mary Mabry v. Barron Thomas, Agnes Clarke, Barron Thomas Aviation Inc., a Delaware corporation, Barron Thomas Aviation Sales Inc., Barron Thomas Inc., Barron Thomas Southwest Inc., Barron Thomas Scottsdale LLC, Barron Thomas Aviation Realty LLC, Barron Thomas PLLC, Barron Thomas Aviation Holdings Inc., and Barron Thomas Consulting Inc., Cause No. CC-09-03492 in the Dallas County Court at Law No. 3, January 22, 2013. In this case concerning Breach of Contract, Fraudulent Inducement and “Ponzi” Scheme allegations, Ron obtained a verdict of $867,880.20 including $250,000.00 in punitive awards against the Defendants. Ron's most recent verdict came on April 24, 2014 in the case styled Bobbie Bush v. R&L Carriers, Inc., et al, DC-11-16041 in the 298th District Court of Dallas County, Texas. In the Bush case, a 41-year-old Mississippi woman was seriously injured when her pick-up truck rolled over after it was rear-ended by an 18-wheel tractor-trailer driver. She was awarded over $4.1 million by the jury. The jury in this case court found that the truck driver, who had two previous rear-end collisions, was grossly negligent. The jury also found that his employer, Greenwood Motor Lines, Inc., doing business as R&L Carriers, was also grossly negligent in failing to properly supervise and rain the driver. The Bush case is unique in that Mr. McCallum held the largest privately held trucking company accountable under both a general negligence standard and by clear and convincing evidence for gross negligence findings against both the driver and the company.

$6,375,000.00 Settlement Won for Texas Man Disabled in Collision with Fallen Equipment

DALLAS – A North Texas man left permanently disabled after heavy equipment fell from a flatbed truck, causing a violent highway collision, will be paid $6.375 million for his injuries based on a settlement won on February 16, 2017.

Sidney Jacob “Jake” Gibson and his wife Jennifer, who live in Richardson, Texas, had driven to Lubbock to pick up their daughter at Texas Tech University the morning of May 14, 2013. Mrs. Gibson was driving while Mr. Gibson slept beside her in the front of the family's Dodge Ram truck.

The driver of a flatbed truck they were following made a dangerous U-turn, causing an unsecured 1,200-pound metal fixture known as a “plastic injection mold” to fall onto the highway directly in Mrs. Gibson's path. The subsequent investigation showed that the mold had not been strapped onto the truck bed in violation of state and federal safety regulations. Mrs. Gibson was unable to avoid hitting the mold and slammed into it, catapulting their truck into the air before crashing to the ground. Mr. Gibson was transported to a Lubbock hospital for evaluation.

Initial police reports found Mr. Gibson was not wearing a seatbelt, but Mr. McCallum proved through extensive investigative work, medical records and accident re-creations that both Mr. and Mrs. Gibson were in fact wearing seatbelts. It is extremely rare for a police department to amend a police report. Mr. McCallum was able to show sufficient evidence to the Lubbock Police Chief that the Chief personally amended the report to reflect that Mr. Gibson was belted. This resulted in the production of a corrected police report that found Mr. Gibson was belted at the time of impact.

Despite treatment, Mr. Gibson's back and neck pain worsened over time requiring a series of surgeries. As a result, he has limited mobility and is unable to continue working at the Frisco-area carpentry business he owned.

“Before this horrible crash, Jake Gibson loved to be outdoors and on the lake, skiing and spending time with his family. He loved dancing with his daughter,” said attorney Ron McCallum of Simon Greenstone. “But the failure of the equipment hauler to adhere to the most basic safety precautions has irreparably altered life for Mr. Gibson. Money is no substitute for walking your daughter down the aisle at her wedding or teaching your grandchild to swim. But at least the family will not have to struggle to pay for ongoing medical care.”

Immediately after the collision, the Plaintiff was taken by EMS to the University Medical Center where he was treated and released with a diagnosis of acute lumbar sprain/strain. He received physical therapy three times per week, but as time progressed, the Plaintiff's pain did not subside but instead continued to worsen. He then underwent an MRI of the lumbar spine, which revealed: a mild-to-moderate superior compression fracture of the L1; a linear fracture line along the superior L1 endplate; a 2mm disc bulge at L4-5; and a 3mm annular disc bulge with an annular tear at L4-5.

The Plaintiff underwent cervical and lumbar ESIs and facet injections. A cervical anterior discectomy and interbody arthrodesis fusion to the C4-C6 was performed. A second surgery was performed: a bilateral laminectomy and foraminotomy & poteriolateral fusion with autograft and allograft of the L5-S1. Due to the severities of his injuries, the Plaintiff had to undergo a third surgery: a 540 fusion along with a revision of the lumbar procedure. It was noted that it is highly likely that he will need additional surgeries in the future and possibly long-term aid.

Mr. McCallum proved that the company vehicle was equipped with safety straps. However, the employees intentionally elected not to use them. The Defendant, as an employer with many years of service in the industry, knew or should have known to follow their own safety rules as well as the rules of the road when it comes to cargo securement. Mr. McCallum developed strong evidence that the Defendants violated Texas State Law, among other safety rules and regulations that are intended to protect the public against harm.

With the Defendant's facing almost certain submission to the Jury on both ordinary and gross negligence claims, a compromise was reached on the eve of trial wherein the case resolved for 6,375,000.00.

The $6.375 million agreement is believed to be the second largest settlement ever reported in Lubbock County.

ISLN:
917559158
Hobbies & interests:
Away from the office Ron enjoys giving back to the community by offering flight instruction to young pilots and advocating aviation safety through demonstration and airport involvement. He and his wife also volunteer their time and resources to the First Presbyterian Church day school in addition to local charities such as Challenge Air, Texas SPCA, Operation Kindness and Feral Friends.
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

  • 4.6/5.0 (27 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • Communication

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  • Legal Experience

    4.6/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Judge on 05/22/13 in Personal Injury

    Mr. McCallum is an excellent and able practitioner, in my opinion.Judge Ken Molberg95th District CourtDallas County, Texas

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    I am honored by your comments Judge Molberg.

  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Managing Partner on 04/23/13 in Personal Injury

    Outstanding attorney in all respects. Knowledge and ethics above reproach.

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Client Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (9 reviews)
  • 100% (9 recommendations)
  • Gold Client Champion
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  • Quality of Service

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  • Value for Money

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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 10/19/18 in Personal Injury.

    Ron and his team are amazing to work with. My family and I were involved in an accident where we were run over by a vehicle crossing the street. From day one Ron had our best interest in mind and made sure to take all the burden off of us. This i... Read more

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    Ron and his team are amazing to work with. My family and I were involved in an accident where we were run over by a vehicle crossing the street. From day one Ron had our best interest in mind and made sure to take all the burden off of us. This is the first time we have had to go through something like this and Ron took on our case without hesitation. Not only is he an amazing lawyer but an individual I will always recommend to friends and family in our situation. Thank you so much Ron. Read less

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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 03/13/18 in Trucking Accidents.

    The qualities you seek in a lawyer can be found with Ron McCallum.

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