I am a managing partner of The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery, a personal injury law firm that practices throughout South Texas, representing people and families who have been injured or killed because of the negligence of others. Our firm is involved in all aspects of civil litigation involving the trial and settlement of personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our firm is composed of a team of trial lawyers and experienced support staff. We have tried cases throughout most of South Texas and the Texas Hill Country, as well as many other parts of Texas. My partner, John Tyler, and I started this firm in 1990, some 20+ years ago. Since then, we have grown from two attorneys to six, with the focus on personal and professional representation of each client. Our mission is to take the load off of your shoulders during difficult times so that you can focus on your family and your recovery.
I am a native Texan who graduated from Texas A&M University in 1983 before enrolling in law school at St. Mary's University in 1985. Upon graduation from law school in 1988, I began my legal career as a prosecutor with the Bexar County District Attorney's office. I left government service in 1990 to start a private practice. I have been Board-Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1996. I am licensed to practice in all state, district, and county courts as well as the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas. I have earned an AV Preeminent® Rating by my peers, which is the highest ranking available from Martindale-Hubbell® for both ethical conduct and legal ability.
My practice is devoted to representing injured people and their families in the most difficult times of their lives. We never lose sight of the fact that our clients are real people who have been placed in a very difficult position through no fault of their own. Usually, my clients are at a disadvantage before they hire an attorney because the negligent defendant is represented by attorneys, insurance companies, and large corporations whose sole objective is to save the company money. I have tried cases against the largest companies in the United States and I have taken on the government at the city, state, and federal level. We battle some of the largest insurance companies and corporations in the world to make sure that each individual client receives a fair shake. Our trial attorneys are no strangers to the courtroom because we believe that you and your attorney must be ready to try each case if you want to receive a fair settlement. The insurance companies know which firms will go to trial and which ones will not. Our AV® Rating indicates that both sides of the bar appreciate our legal abilities as well as our ethical conduct.
My practice involves all aspects of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including medical malpractice, automobile accidents, trucking accidents, products liability, pharmaceutical liability, defective products, railroad crossing accidents, explosions, burns, catastrophic injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, paralysis, herniated discs, birth injuries, nursing home neglect, construction accidents, boating accidents, drunk driving accidents, dram shop liability, rollovers, seatbelt cases, airbag cases, and crashworthiness cases.
I believe that we should all try to make this world a better place than we found it. To this end, I have been active in my church, St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Devine, Texas, having served as President of the Finance Council and as a team member for the Life Teen program. I have volunteered time in my community by coaching Little League, coaching youth sports, and helping disadvantaged families. I am a member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), the Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association, the American Association for Justice, the San Antonio Bar Association, the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, and ABOTA, American Board of Trial Advocates. I served as President of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers’ Association in 2005.
I have personally tried cases in Bexar County, Travis County, Medina County, Jim Wells County, La Salle County, Bandera County, Gonzales County, Atascosa County, Kerr County, Uvalde County, and Guadalupe County while having filed or settled cases in many cases throughout Texas including, Harris County, Mason County, Brazos County, Denton County, Dallas County, Nueces County, Aransas County, Webb County, Real County, Tom Green County, Maverick County, Val Verde County, Kinney County, Dimmit County, Victoria County, Nueces County, Live Oak County, Karnes County, Wilson County, Bee County, Goliad County, Frio County, Gillespie County, Kendall County, Smith County, Starr County, Hidalgo County, and Kimble County, to name a few.
St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
- J.D., 1988
Texas A & M University
- B.B.A., 1983
Past Employment Positions
- Bexar County, Assistant District Attorney, 1988 - 1990
Honors & Awards
- AV Preeminent® Peer-Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2018
- Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers®, 2014, 2016-2018
- Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1996
Professional Associations & Memberships
- ABOTA, American Board of Trial Advocates, Member and Officer
- Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), Member
- State Bar of Texas, Member
- San Antonio Bar Association, Member
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, 2005
- President of the Frio County, Texas Emergency Services District Board that Oversees Fire Protection and Emergency Services for Frio County, TX, 2013 - 2016
Certified Legal Specialties
- Board-Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, 1996 to present, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Texas, 1988
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1991
Top 100 Verdicts
In 2017, Top 100 Verdicts recognized Dennis C. Peery, John N. Tyler, James Shaffer, and Anthony R. Garza-Vale as they had obtained a few of the highest Personal Injury jury verdicts in Texas.
Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Four of our attorneys are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a testament to our dedication and extensive personal injury experience.
Founding partner Dennis Peery was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers® in 2014 and has been reselected every year since 2016. No more than 5% of attorneys in Texas are selected to receive this honor.
American Board of Trial Advocates
Attorney Dennis C. Peery, a founding partner at our firm, is a proud member and officer of the American Board of Trial Advocates. This organization is dedicated to improving the ethical and technical standards of practice in trial advocacy.
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
All of our attorneys are proud members of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, which was founded in 1949 to empower trial attorneys throughout the state and help them provide outstanding representation to their clients.
AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ recognize attorneys for their legal services, experience, knowledge, and high ethical standards. This rating is based on client reviews and peer nominations.
San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association
All of our attorneys are members – and some serve in leadership positions – of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, an organization that connects fellow trial lawyers and promotes the public’s right to our courts and jury system.
The National Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40.
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