Sam Houston was born and raised in Colorado City, Texas (population 4,000 located in West Texas.) His father owned the local automotive/hardware store, and Mr. Houston grew up working in the store with his family. After high school, Mr. Houston attended the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained a BBA and then attended law school at Baylor University. In law school, Mr. Houston was a member of the Order of Barristers and the Phi Delta Phi fraternity. Graduating in 2 ½ years, he then began his legal career in the litigation section of Andrews & Kurth in Houston, Texas.
He worked as an associate at Andrews & Kurth from 1987 until 1992. He then left with his current partners and began the practice at Cruse, Scott, Henderson & Allen, where he was named a partner in 1993. In 2010, Cruse, Scott, Henderson & Allen changed its name to Shepherd, Scott, Clawater & Houston. Mr. Houston remains at the firm and is co-managing partner. Mr. Houston has practiced as an attorney for over 25 years. He is a general litigator but has focused his practice on professional malpractice, commercial disputes, and administrative licensing proceedings.
Mr. Houston is also a trained mediator. Mr. Houston became board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law in 1995 and recertified in 2000, 2005 and 2010. He is likewise board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Advocacy. Mr. Houston is an associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is rated AV, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, by the Martindale-Hubbell legal rating system. He has been recognized as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers by H Houston Magazine and has also been listed as a “Super Lawyer” in Texas MonthlyMagazine every year since 2005.
Mr. Houston is licensed to practice in Texas and Pennsylvania (non-active). He is also licensed with the U.S. District Courts in the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and in the United States Supreme Court. He has briefed and argued frequently before the Courts of Appeals and in the Supreme Court of Texas. He has tried dozens of trials to verdicts. Mr. Houston has been active in community affairs. For many years he served as a volunteer for the Center for the Retarded, Inc., and coached the Center’s softball team as well as its Special Olympics team.
Mr. Houston also volunteered time with Sheltering Arms, a United Way Agency, visiting and calling on elderly individuals. He served as Cubmaster to his son’s Cub Scouts pack for two years. Mr. Houston is married to Jantha Houston, also a lawyer. The Houstons have two children, Audrey (13) and Donnie (15).
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