Douglas W. Poole

Douglas W. Poole: Attorney with McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel A Professional Corporation AV stamp icon
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Mr. Poole joined the Firm in 1977, after having worked as a brakeman/conductor while attending undergraduate and law school. He engages in railroad litigation and has tried to verdict in excess of 100 railroad cases, including fourteen published appellate court decisions (Texas Courts of Appeals, Texas Supreme Court, and Fifth Circuit) and over 25 U.S. District Court published opinions. He has experience in such diverse cases as FELA, grade crossing, employment law claims, contract disputes, mass tort, environmental, product liability claims, and insurance coverage litigation.

Since joining the Firm, Mr. Poole has maintained a trial docket for clients including BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad Company, National Railroad Passenger Corporation d/b/a Amtrak, Galveston Railway, Inc., and The Port of Galveston (Galveston Wharves), Professional Transportation, Inc. and various insurance companies.

Honors and Awards

•fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (membership cannot exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any state)
•Diplomat in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
•Named one of Texas Best Lawyers, Railroad Law (one of 5 in Texas) by US News and World Report / Houston Chronicle (2009 and 2010)
•Named one of Best Lawyers in America, US News and World Report (2009-2016)
•Named “Texas Super Lawyer” in various categories by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters partner publication/insert distributed by Texas Monthly 2008-2016
•Rated “AV Preeminent” (highest rating possible) by Martindale Hubbell
•Life fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation
•Board Certified Personal Injury Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1982 to present)
•District 5B Grievance Committee 1995-98, Chair 1997
•Named by U.S. District Court, Galveston Division as Delegate to the Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference.
•Vice President of National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC) for the Southwestern Region (Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arizona)
•Member American Association of Railroads Ad Hoc Committee and Tort Matters Working Group.
•Licensed in Texas and Oklahoma Courts and the U..S. Supreme Court, Fifth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Circuits of Texas.

Publications and Presentations

Numerous lecture presentations on trial tactics and substantive issues for Texas Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and BNSF Railway Company Claims Meetings.

American Board of Trial Advocates.

(Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization)

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Railroad Law
  • Toxic Tort
  • Environmental Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(409) 763-2481 ext 116  Phone
University Attended:
University of Texas - Austin, B.A., 1974
Law School Attended:
St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 1977
Year of First Admission:
Oklahoma; US District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas; US Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Tenth Circuits; Texas; US Supreme Court

Professional Activities

•State Bar of Texas (Served on the District 5B Grievance Committee from 1992 to 1998 and Chairman from 1996 to 1998)
•Galveston County Bar Association
•National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (Vice President, Southwestern Region, 2004-2005)
•Texas Association of Defense Counsel
•Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
•Attorney-Delegate for United States District Court, Galveston Division, Southern District of Texas, Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference 2004

Birth Information:
Alpine, Texas, August 24, 1951
( Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization )
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

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

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Galveston, Texas

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