Personal Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury & Mass Tort Attorney
Mr. Emerson is a founding partner of Emerson Firm, PLLC. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was raised there and in Houston, Texas. He is a member of the state bars of Texas, Washington and Arkansas. Mr. Emerson obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and then earned his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law Houston. Mr. Emerson has been rated “AV Preeminent” for the last 18 years by Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Emerson was honored by being named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America by the National Trial Lawyers in 2013-2016.
In his retirement plan practice, Mr. Emerson was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Counsel Steering Committee by Judge Melinda Harmon, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas – Houston Division, in the consolidated Enron ERISA Litigation, styled Pamela M. Tittle v. Enron Corp., et al.
In his corporate practice, Mr. Emerson has represented numerous stockholders in shareholder derivative lawsuits brought against corporate boards alleging breaches of fiduciary duties. These suits sought to impose corporate governance reforms aimed at protecting shareholders and eliminating corporate waste and abuse. In the past, Mr. Emerson served as one of the lead counsel in the Computer Associates shareholder derivative action in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York. This action was brought against the Computer Associates’ board of directors and led to the resignation of the Company’s CFO, the resignation of two other senior financial officers, and the adoption of certain corporate governance measures that Computer Associates has since represented as the “gold standard” of governance reform. Mr. Emerson was Co-Lead Counsel in the case styled In Re: Nicor, Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litigation in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois County Department, Chancery Division. This action was brought against Nicor’s board of directors and its settlement resulted in major corporate governance improvements at Nicor. Mr. Emerson was Co-Lead Counsel in the case styled In Re: Cryolife Derivative Litigation pending in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. The settlement of this action resulted in wide-sweeping corporate governance improvements at Cryolife. Mr. Emerson was also Co-Lead Counsel in the case styled In re: AOL Time Warner Shareholder Derivative Litigation which was settled in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. This settlement resulted in wide ranging corporate governance and compliance changes and was recognized as a substantial factor in Time Warner’s ability to obtain $200 million from its Directors’ and Officers’ (D&O) insurance carriers. Mr. Emerson was Lead Counsel in the action styled In re: Crompton (now known as Chemtura) Shareholder Derivative Litigation which settled with Crompton’s D & O carrier, AIG, at JAMS in New York and was thereafter approved by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. This settlement resulted in major corporate governance improvements.
Mr. Emerson was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 5th, and 8th Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas; Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas; Western District of Washington; District of Colorado; Eastern District of Michigan; and all Texas, Washington, and Arkansas state courts.
Mr. Emerson has extensive jury trial experience over the past 38 years. He is a member of the legal fraternity Delta Theta Phi. He is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers; American Association for Justice (“AAJ”); AAJ Class Action Litigation Group; AAJ Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group; Fellow of The Pound Civil Justice Institute; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice and Legal Economics Sections); State Bar of Texas (Grievance Committee 4-D, Houston, 1991-94); Membership Services Committee, 1991-92); Sustaining Life Fellow Texas Bar Foundation; Bar Association for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; Houston Bar Association; Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation; Washington State Bar; King County Bar Association; Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association; Pulaski County Bar Association; and the Arkansas Bar Association. Mr. Emerson was honored by the Governor of Arkansas when he was named an Arkansas Traveler, an Ambassador of Good Will on behalf of the people of the state of Arkansas to people everywhere.
Mr. Emerson is married with two children, two grandsons, and four rescued dachshunds. He enjoys the outdoors and has hunted and fished in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Uruguay, Argentina, Botswana, and South Africa. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited and is a life member of Safari Club International. Mr. Emerson is also a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and is a financial supporter of the Anti-Defamation League. He is also a Life Member of Texas Exes.