Fred S. Wilson
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Civil Litigation ● Transportation Litigation ● Employment/Non-Subscriber Litigation ● Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) ● Business Litigation ● Commercial Litigation ● Insurance Defense Litigation
Doctor of Jurisprudence, St. Mary's University School of Law, 1993
Executive Editor, St. Mary's Law Journal 1992-1993
Bachelor of Business Administration, Management, Texas A&M University (1989)
Mr. Wilson began his legal career as a Briefing Attorney for the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals before choosing to prosecute serious criminal matters for several years as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County, Texas (Houston). Mr. Wilson spend 20 years handling complex litigation, real estate transactions and contract issues for the Union Pacific Railroad Company. In this role, Mr. Wilson routinely tried cases to verdict as a first chair litigator while also serving as consulting counsel to his operating partners in Texas and in multiple other states.
A primary area of Mr. Wilson's practice was defending claims of person injury brought by railroad employees under the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA). Mr. Wilson tried multiple serious cases to verdict and has argued cases in the Courts of Appeal and before the Texas Supreme Court. With almost 30 years of experience, Mr. Wilson moved into private practice with Lorance & Thompson and with Dorsett & Johnson. Mr. Wilson joined Fenley & Bate, LLP, working from their Houston Office beginning in August 2022.
Fred has been married to Cara (Atterbury) Wilson for 25 plus yeas and they have an adult son, Charles. Fred is actively engaged at First United Methodist Church of Houston, Texas, serving on its Staff-Parishioner Relations and Missions committees.
LICENSES & COURT ADMISSIONS:
State Bar of Texas
UDSC Northern District of Texas
USDC Southern District of Texas
USDC Western District of Texas
USDC Eastern District of Texas
United Stated Court of Appeals for the 5th District
SPEECHES, CLE AND PUBLICATIONS:
Wrongful Adoption: A Guide to Impending Tort Litigation in Texas, 24 St. Mary's L.J. 273
Barnes v. Glen Theatre, 23 St. Mary's L.J. 563
2015 - To the Cloud!: Ethical Concerns ins a Digital World
2013 - Ethics, Cradle to Grave: Investigation-Discovery-Trial
2013 - The Devil is in the Details: The Rise of Standard Crossing Specifications
2012 - Hydraulic Fracturing: "Fracking", Friend of Foe?
2010 - A Brave New World: The Railroad Whistleblower Statute
2010 - Trucking': Using Regulatory Guidelines in Your FELA Defense
2009 - When Things Go Wrong: An Ethical Perspective
2008 - And You Thought It Was A Crossing Case: When a Crew Goes to the Dark Side
2008 - Ethics in the Courtroom: How to Behave and Why
2007 - Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? Model Rule 4.2 Revisited
2006 - Ethics and E-Discovery: A Crash Course
2005 - Can I get a Witness?: Communication with the Railroad Employees