R. Alan York

R. Alan York

Managing Shareholder & COO ; President, Executive Committee; Chair, Appellate Section; Houston

  • Civil Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation

Alan York has been involved in appellate law since the inception of his legal career, serving from 1989 to 1990 as briefing attorney to Justice Sam Robertson on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Since that time, Alan has maintained an active involvement in appellate bar activities, serving as Chair of the Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, and as a council member of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Practice Section. He has also served as a judicial liaison between these bar sections and the judiciary, and has co-authored and co-presented numerous CLE topics with members of the appellate judiciary. Alan is board certified in civil appellate law, and provides trial support and error preservation, as well as appellate briefing and argument, on significant civil cases. Alan is a member of the firm's Halliburton team, working in connection with all civil litigation and investigations concerning BP's Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Reflecting the excellence of his practice, Alan has been selected to the list of The Best Lawyers in America for 2015 and 2016, is a three-time recipient of Thomson Reuters' Top 100 Super Lawyers in Houston honors, has been selected thirteen times as a Texas Super Lawyer and has been recognized seven times among H Texas Magazine's Top Lawyers in Houston. He is AV-rated "Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest ranking for ethics and legal ability.

Alan received a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 1989 and a B.B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Houston in 1986.

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  • Representative Experience

    Representative Experience

    Appellate Law

    • Crown Derrick Erectors, Inc. v. Dew, 117 S.W.3d 526 (Tex. App.--Beaumont 2003, pet. granted). Lead counsel on a reversal of a $3 million plus personal injury/death case, resulting in a remand for new trial
    • Progressive County Mutual Ins. Co. v. Sink, 107 S.W.3d 547 (Tex. 2003). Lead counsel in obtaining discretionary review by the Texas Supreme Court, resulting in reversal and rendition of a take nothing judgment based upon interpretation of an insurance policy
    • JoJo's Restaurants, Inc. v. McFadden, 117 S.W.3d 279 (Tex. App.--Amarillo 2003, pet. denied). Lead counsel on a reversal of a $200,000 personal injury judgment resulting in rendition of a take nothing judgment
    • Taylor v. American Fabritech, Inc., 132 S.W.2d 613 (Tex. App.--Houston [14th Dist. 2004, pet. denied). Lead counsel on an affirmance of a significant judgment for personal injury damages for a severely injured worker
  • Presentations & Publications

    Presentations & Publications

    • “Lessons Learned from the Deepwater Horizon: Appellate Practice Within the Context of Major Multidistrict Litigation,”, Presented to the Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, July 2016
    • The Next Evolution: Contribution and Indemnity Under Texas Law After HB4, Presented to the Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section (with Justice George Hanks), October 2004
    • Removal and Remand, Presented at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, June 2003 and August 2004
    • Reviewing the Rules of Discovery, Advanced Discovery - Beyond the Basics, and Special Issues in Discovery, Advanced Civil Discovery for the Litigation Paralegal in Texas, Presented to the Institute for Paralegal Education, December 2003
    • How Expert Does My Expert Have to Be? The Continuing Evolution of Expert Witness Exclusion Under Daubert/Havner, Presented to State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, September 2001
    • A View From the Bench; Practicing Before the 1st and 14th Courts of Appeals, Presented to Houston Bar Association, December 2001
    • Brief Writing: Dispelling Misconceptions, Moderator for Judicial Panel, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, October 1999
  • Honors & Awards

    Honors & Awards

    • Selected for inclusion to The Best Lawyers in America, 2015, 2016
    • 3-time selection to Thomson Reuters' "Top 100 Lawyers in Houston" as published in Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015
    • 13-time selection to the list of Thomson Reuters' “Texas Super Lawyers” as published in Texas Monthly and Super Lawyer Magazines, 2003-2015
    • 8-time selection as one of "Houston's Top Lawyers" by H Texas Magazine, 2005 - 2007, 2012-2016
    • Selected to "Top Lawyers in Houston", by Houstonia Magazine, 2015
    • Selected as one of Houston's "Top Lawyers for the People" by H Texas magazine, 2008
    • AV rated "Preeminent" Martindale Hubbell
    • Superb 10 / 10 Rating by Avvo
  • Admitted Practice

    Admitted Practice

    • State Courts of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Eighth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits
    • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
    • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member


    • Houston Bar Association, Appellate and Litigation Practice Sections
    • State Bar of Texas, Appellate Practice Section
    • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section
  • Education


    • Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Former Adjunct Professor for Interscholastic Moot Court, University of Houston Law School
    • Former Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing, University of Houston Law School
    • Former Briefing Attorney to Justice Samuel H. Robertson, Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth Supreme Judicial District of the State of Texas, 1989-1990
    • University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1989)
    • University of Houston (B.B.A., summa cum laude, 1986)
  • Community


    • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Nominating Committee (2012, 2013)
    • Houston Grand Opera, Board of Trustees
    • Houston Grand Opera, Patron
    • Alley Theater, Associates Circle (Front Row) Supporter