Our Lawyers

Our team offers not only a remarkable breadth and depth of trial experience, but experience in arbitration and appellate matters as well. In addition, many of our partners are board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in one or more areas of litigation:

  • Don Jackson – Civil Trial, Personal Injury Trial
  • Eileen O’Neill – Civil Appellate, Civil Trial
  • Paul Smith – Personal Injury Trial
  • Tim Lee – Civil Appellate

Board certification requires that an attorney practice in their area of specialization for at least three years, as well as take part in rigorous continuing education courses. It’s an achievement that few attorneys reach.

There’s something else that’s distinct about us and our attorneys: we listen. Clients appreciate that our attorneys take the time to understand their priorities and then develop a plan and strategy reflecting their input.

Paul Smith

For over twenty-eight years, Paul Smith has been very successful trying many different types of cases to juries. He has also tried numerous bench trials and argued in federal and state appellate courts. Paul has tried a variety of cases on both sides of the docket, including oil & gas, environmental, commercial, personal injury, products liability, professional liability and employment cases. Paul started his career in the Tort section at Vinson and Elkins before joining Ware Jackson. Paul is currently the managing partner of the firm. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating from the preeminent standard in attorney ratings.

Early in his career, Paul learned that the keys to winning a case are knowledge of the law and sustained, relentless and focused preparation. Paul has been fortunate enough to work both with and against some of the best trial lawyers in the country. This experience has allowed him to develop the skills in advocacy and good judgment he uses to represent his clients. Paul gives honest and straightforward evaluations to clients, directly answering their questions and advising them on what work needs to be done to consistently meet or exceed goals. He is always available for his clients — early, late, weekends and holidays. His talent for advocacy, persuasion skills and judgment allows him to ethically, efficiently and successfully represent clients with diverse types of issues and cases.

Paul’s sincere belief in the American civil judicial system is what ultimately drove him to choose his profession. He believes in the jury system, and he believes that if (i) attorneys are advocates, (ii) judges are guardians of the law and (iii) jury members are fact finders, our legal system works better than any other legal system in the world.

Paul enjoys spending his free time with his wife, son and twin daughters. The family regularly enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking and golf. Paul has been a board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and remains active in trying to find a cure to Type 1 diabetes.

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Admitted To Bar



J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1990
B.A. summa cum laude, University of Texas, 1987

Board Certification

Personal Injury Trial Law (Texas Board of Legal Specialization)


American Board of Trial Advocates, Houston and American Bar Associations, State Bar of Texas, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, International Association of Defense Counsel, Phi Beta Kappa

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation, Torts Litigation, Maritime Law, Environmental Litigation, Products Liability, Personal Injury Litigation, Professional Malpractice Litigation, Oil and Gas Litigation, Labor and Employment Law

Notable Results

Ware Jackson wins take-nothing verdict in family business dispute

Firm clients win $25 million settlement with Kinder Morgan plus additional confidential settlement in energy sector partnership agreement breach.

Partner, Paul Smith, represented a company executive in an employment dispute with a major international bank resulting in a jury verdict of over $1,000,000.

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