GORDON M. CARVER III
Partner

Gordon Carver began his law practice with the Houston firm of Wycoff, Russell, Dunn & Frazier in 1983 as an associate. In 1988 Mr. Carver was made a shareholder of Dunn, Kacal, Adams, Livingston, Pappas & Law, P.C. He remained as a shareholder until 2008, when he joined WTFC as Of Counsel. His practice focuses on the representation of healthcare providers, including individual physicians and nurses, blood centers, hospitals and specialty surgery centers, and the representation of companies in various commercial disputes and catastrophic injury cases. Gordon Carver is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been named as a Texas "Super Lawyer" in Medical Malpractice Defense by Thomson Reuters (published in Texas Monthly).

Mr. Carver is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Bar.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • 1983 - J.D., The University of North Carolina School of Law, Holderness Moot Court Bench, National Mock Trial Team, Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity
  • 1980 - B.A. with Distinction, The University of Virginia

PROFESSIONAL HONORS & ACTIVITIES

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating - The Highest Possible Rating From Martindale-Hubbell
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Texas Super Lawyer in Personal Injury-Medical Malpractice Defense 2012-2016, as recognized by Thomson Reuters and published in Texas Monthly magazine

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Medical Malpractice/Health Law

  • Represented hundreds of physicians for over 25 years in over 25 subspecialties, as well as nurses, other health care providers and hospitals, in claims of malpractice involving multiple parties and significant damages
  • Represented physicians and nurses before the Texas Medical Board and the Texas Board of Nursing

Tort Litigation

  • Represented multinational polymers, chemicals and fuels company in several H2S exposure cases
  • Represented multinational polymers, chemicals and fuels company in fire and explosion cases
  • Represented multinational polymers, chemicals and fuels company in severe injury case related to drilling of core samples
  • Represented multinational fuels company in cases involving alleged exposure to toxic compounds and second hand exposure to volatile organic compounds

Oil & Gas

  • Represented an oil and gas production and exploration company in securing entry onto land through five counties in Texas for seismic testing
  • Represented large oil and gas company in defeating indemnity claim by operating company for contribution to settlement of catastrophic injury claim
  • Responsible for drafting contract language for multinational fuels company providing indemnity from subcontractors thus reducing litigation costs dramatically
  • Represented multinational polymers, chemicals and fuels company in settlement of environmental suit involving 100 plus plaintiffs
  • Represented multinational polymers, chemicals and fuels company in case involving alleged toxic exposure during plant renovation and turnaround
  • Represented various national and multinational fuels companies in maritime/admiralty cases involving boat collisions and maritime injury claims
  • Represented natural gas equipment company in litigation involving injury during reworking of production facility
  • Represented an oil and gas production and exploration company in a defective pipe case with defects in the cemented pipe proved at depths in excess of two miles

Business Litigation

  • Negotiated resolution of multinational claim for supply of heavy industrial equipment
  • Representation of waste disposal company in multiple covenant not to compete cases
  • Successfully defended waste disposal company in trade secret case on basis of public domain
  • Successfully defended case involving alleged CO2 injection trade secret for large oil and gas exploration and production company

SPEECHES & ARTICLES

Mr. Carver lectures in continuing legal and medical education forums and provides corporate and institutional clients with updates on applicable law and recommendations for improved safety and claim avoidance. Topics have included risk reduction and management techniques, deposition strategy and performance improvement, policy and procedure protocol changes necessitated by changes in the law, and "post mortem" recommendations for future claim reduction and/or avoidance.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Foundation
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • College of the State Board of Texas
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Gordon M. Carver III
gcarver@wattthompson.com
D: +1 713.333.9139

1800 Pennzoil Place
South Tower
711 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002
T: +1 713.650.8100
F: +1 713.650.8141

Practice Areas
Tort Litigation
Medical Malpractice
Employment Law
Oil & Gas Litigation
Maritime & Admiralty
Business Litigation