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Houston Bragg

Biography

Well respected by both bench and bar, Houston Bragg is among the skilled litigators defending the interests of regional business owners, multinational product manufacturers, and reputable corporations out of Hawkins Parnell & Young’s Charleston, West Virginia office. Houston has managed and resolved hundreds of cases ranging from complex toxic exposure and product liability matters to deliberate workplace injuries and heavy tractor collisions.

Though Houston has experience practicing before state and federal courts in several United States jurisdictions, he concentrates his practice on civil claims in West Virginia, South Carolina, and Kentucky.

An advocate for a variety of companies and businesses based throughout the United States and abroad, Houston appreciates the intimacy of a tailored approach. Houston adapts the defense of every case to reflect the unique regulatory and judicial hurdles his clients face, whether it be an aggressive pre-trial disposition, collaborative pursuit of a resolution, or the development of a novel litigation strategy.
 

Professional Expertise

Product Liability

Houston regularly manages, defends, and resolves strict design, manufacturing, and use defect claims lodged against product manufacturers and product suppliers. Houston has experience defending a litany of diverse product claims successfully, including the following: axels, friction materials, automotive parts, mobile and overhead cranes, industrial pumps and valves, condensing units, ducting, residential and commercial water heaters/boilers, compressors, industrial electrical equipment, furnaces, ovens, thermal insulation, steel and cement pipe, paint, joint compound, sheetrock, roofing shingles, siding, ironing pads, textile equipment, and components in the steel pouring industry.

Toxic Exposure

Houston’s experience defending claims of toxic exposure is extensive. He defends an average of more than 200 asbestos personal injury and wrongful death claims each year while also managing and litigating mixed chemical, benzene, and industrial talcum exposure cases. In his capacity as local counsel and on national coordinating counsel teams, Houston participates in all phases of toxic exposure litigation, including the initial pleading phase, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations, and trial.

Premises Liability

Houston has successfully managed and defended premises claims against coal-fired generating stations, automotive supply houses, textile manufacturing facilities, warehouses, product storage sites, hand and garden tool factories, and automotive part manufacturing facilities. Regardless of the industry, Houston understands the nuances of worksite obligations, potential equipment liabilities, and regulatory pitfalls a premises owner may encounter.

General Liability

In addition to his product liability, toxic tort, and premises defense practice, Houston has experience managing, defending, and resolving trucking and transportation cases, invitee strict liability and negligence matters, as well as employer deliberate intent claims. Houston advises on legislative proposals and regional lobbying efforts relative to subject industries. 
 

Services

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 2017)
    • Writing Chair, University of Kentucky College of Law Moot Court Board
    • Senior Staff Editor, Kentucky Law Journal
    • Associate Justice, University of Kentucky Student Government Association
    • 2016-2017 Lisa Cassis Legal Research Scholar
    • 2016-2017 Kentucky Law Journal Best Overall Staff Editor
  • Morehead State University  (B.A., 2013)

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • West Virginia

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • West Virginia Bar
  • South Carolina Bar
  • DRI
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    • Product Liability Committee
    • Business and Commercial Law Committee
    • Young Lawyers Planning Committee