Ranelle M.  Meroney

Biography

Ranelle Meroney has been trial lawyer for more than 35 years and has tried over 100 first-chair jury trials across the state of Texas. She focuses primarily on the defense of personal injury, property damage, employment, construction and defamation cases, with a special emphasis on premises liability matters.

Ranelle is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She also serves as an adjunct professor for the Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Texas School of Law.

Professional Expertise

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979, Ranelle began her legal career in Beaumont, Texas with a defense firm that afforded her significant litigation experience. She returned to Austin in 1986 as a shareholder (managing shareholder 1993-1996) at Wright & Greenhill from 1990-2000. She then became Of Counsel at Chamberlain & McHaney in 2000 until 2016.

Services

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law  (J.D., 1979)
    • Order of Barristers
  • University of Colorado Boulder  (B.A., with distinction, 1977)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Litigation Section
    • Construction Section
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • DRI
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate
    • Secretary, Austin Chapter
  • Fellow, Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Founding Master, Barbara Jordan Inn of Court

Honors

  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2016-2019)
  • Pathfinder Award, Travis County Women Lawyers Association (2014)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Travis County Women Lawyers Association (2013)

Trials

  • Sigler v. H-E-B
  • Saprina Robledo, Ind and A/N/F BR., a minor v. HEB Grocery Company, LP
  • Organ v. H-E-B
  • Calhoun v. H-E-B
  • Collins v. H-E-B
  • Benitez v. Fiesta Mart
  • Boston v. H-E-B
  • EZE v. H-E-B
  • Loftus v. H-E-B
  • Marbly v. H-E-B
  • Mathis v. H-E-B
  • Mathis v. H-E-B
  • Cummings v. H-E-B
  • Funes v. Austin Infill Builders
  • Merlino v. H-E-B
  • Baylor v. Austin Independent School District
  • Knox v. Beard
  • Molina v. Bitting
  • Scarbrough v. Tim Hill Construction Co.
  • Fuentes v. H-E-B
  • Hall v. H-E-B
  • Fabbio v. J&K Plumbing
  • Garcia v. Stech
  • Gilbert v. The Hartford
  • Long v. Austin Hi-Tech
  • McDavid v. State Farm
  • Garcia v. Stech
  • Koehn v. CST Drilling
  • Uribe v. Bishop
  • Pitts v. Pitts-N-Prince
  • Akin v. Capital Carpet Care
  • Beaty v. Jackson
  • Cochran v. Droll
  • DeLeon v. Jones & Smith
  • Osborn v. McCorkle
  • Vasquez v. Fiesta Mart
  • Del Angel v. Cleaning Construction Service
  • Stevens v. H-E-B

Presentations

  • “Presentation of Evidence: Seeing is Believing,” Austin Bar Association: 14th Annual Ultimate Trial Notebook Seminar, Austin, Texas (October 2018)
  • “Dealing With Outside Counsel: Lessons Learned From Baseball,” Texas Lawyer's In-House Counsel Summit (March 30, 2016)
  • "Secondary Payer Issues," Texas Association of Defense Counsel (2013)
  • Faculty, Texas Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy (1998, 2004, 2011)
  • "Texas Automobile Insurance Update," State Bar Advanced Personal Injury Course, University of Houston (2009)
  • "Law Foundation," Advanced Insurance Tort Claims (2009)
  • "Premises Liability Update," In-house Claims Handling Seminar (2003-2008)
  • "Texas Auto Policy Update," In-house Claims Handling Seminar (2008-2010)
  • "Secondary Payer, Medicare Update," In-house Claims Handling Seminar (2011-2014)
  • "Paid or Incurred, Subrogation/Liens," In-house Claims Handling Seminar (2014)