Arthur

Arthur “Art” Almquist Shareholder

Houston
  • t: 713-210-8916
  • ArtAlmquist@MehaffyWeber.com

Arthur R. Almquist is a shareholder in the firm’s Houston office. His primary focus over his career has been the defense of mass tort litigation involving the petrochemical and refining industries. His years of practice in this area have resulted in extensive knowledge regarding OSHA and other governmental regulations covering the facilities as well as familiarity with best engineering, construction and operations practices in those facilities.

He also has had substantial experience in matters involving premises litigation, products liability litigation, toxic substances litigation, including asbestos and benzene. Throughout Mr. Almquist’s career, he has tried numerous product liability cases involving products from aluminum ladders to cranes to truck tires.

In the area of probate and fiduciary litigation, he has defended wills attacked on grounds of undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity, fraud and forgery. He has also successfully probated contested wills, including a simple holographic will that substantially changed the testator’s disposition of his estate. Mr. Almquist also has experience in the area of governmental liability in federal court cases and represented a Texas county in a substantial class action, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that arose from the actions of the sheriff of the county.

In addition to appearing in both state and federal courts, Mr. Almquist has also successfully argued cases before the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Fifth Court of Appeals, and several other Texas Courts of Appeals. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial and Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been recognized for his outstanding work by organizations such as Best Lawyers® (2013-2020) and Super Lawyers (2005-2019), a division of Thomson Reuters.

EDUCATION
  • University of Texas Law School, J.D.
    • Graduated with high honors, Order of the Coif, and Member of the Board of Advocates
  • University of Texas, B.A.
    • Graduated with high honors
  • State of Texas, 1977
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Mackrell International Technology Practice Group, Team Leader
  • Super Lawyers
    • Selected to Texas Super Lawyers list by Thomson Reuters (2005 – 2019)
    • Selected to Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition by Thomson Reuters in Civil Litigation Defense (2008-2015)
    • Selected to the “Top 100 List – Houston Region” List, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (2010)
  • Best Lawyers®
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants (2013-2020)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation-Defendants (2013-2020)
  • AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Janie Wolf, et al vs. The Dow Chemical Co.
Art Almquist, Sandra Clark, Paul Heyburn, Premises Liability

The firm represented Dow Chemical Co. and obtained a defense verdict on February 1, 2008. In 1999, Alton Wolf died of lung cancer, at the age of 65. Wolf’s widow and adult children sued Dow for gross negligence, alleging that Mr. Wolf’s cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace and that the workplace was unsafe. Alton Wolf held various jobs, such as a pipefitter and operator from 1952 to 1987 as an employee of The Dow Chemical Co. in Freeport. Dow Chemical contended that it operated its facility in a safe manner, that Mr. Wolf’s asbestos exposure was minimal and his cancer was caused by his smoking history of at least 40 pack-years.

More Info: Janie Wolf, et al vs. The Dow Chemical Co.; Cause Number 16383*BH01, District Court of Texas, 23rd Judicial District, Brazoria County

 

Daniel Williams and Jimmie Williams vs. The Dow Chemical Co.
Michele Smith, Art Almquist, Premises Liability

Michele Smith and Art Almquist working with attorneys from Kirkland Ellis won a victory for The Dow Chemical Company in a premises liability case in Brazoria County. Daniel Williams, aged 75, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005. Williams and his spouse sued Dow for negligence and gross negligence alleging that Mr. Williams’ cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace and that the workplace was unsafe. Dow Chemical contended that it operated its facility in a safe manner, that Mr. Williams’ asbestos exposures were minimal and his cancer was caused by his smoking history of at least 35 pack-years. At trial, plaintiffs argued for more than $5,000,000 in damages. The jury returned a verdict of no liability in favor of The Dow Chemical Company

More Info: MehaffyWeber, Thomas Kuhns and Stacey Pagonis – Kirkland Ellis; Daniel Williams and Jimmie Williams vs. The Dow Chemical Co.; Cause No. 35769*RM05, 149th Judicial District Court, Brazoria County, Texas

 

Carol J. Wortham Individually and as Independent Administratrix of the Estate of Hugh Wortham, Deceased v. A.C. & S., Inc., et al.
Paul Heyburn, Arthur Almquist, Premises Liability

MehaffyWeber obtained a summary judgment in favor of our client regarding an asbestos case against a Fortune 100 client. The judgment was sustained on appeal.

More Info: – Carol J. Wortham Individually and as Independent Administratrix of the Estate of Hugh Wortham, Deceased v. A.C. & S., Inc., et al., Cause No. 012344*JG-00, in the 239th District Court of Brazoria County.

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