Louis Scofield

Louis Scofield Shareholder

Beaumont
  • t: 409-951-7735
  • LouisScofield@MehaffyWeber.com

Louis M. Scofield, Jr. is a shareholder with 41 years of experience as a defense courtroom lawyer. He has tried scores of cases in virtually every county of Southeast Texas, expanding beyond this geographic area into the surrounding regions at the request of several clients. He was recently named the The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

Mr. Scofield attended the University of Texas School of Law where he graduated with honors. During his time in law school, Mr. Scofield served as a Court Investigator for the 98th District Court in Travis County, Texas and as Teaching Quizmaster for Dean Leon Green. Upon graduating law school, he began handling a broad range of matters including insurance defense, product liability claims (trucks, hydraulics, pneumatics, valves, ATVs, tires, motorcycles, electronics, manufactured homes, and automobiles) Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims, negligence claims, professional liability claims (engineers, agents and attorneys), Insurance Code claims, and cases arising under various specialized statutes, including the F.E.L.A., Jones Act and the Longshore Act. He is also national counsel for a Fortune 300 company on certain products liability cases.

EDUCATION
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
    • Graduated with Honors; served as a Court Investigator for the 98th District Court; worked as Teaching Quizmaster, Dean Leon Green
  • University of Michigan, B.S. in Geology
    • Graduated Highest Honors and High distinction; James B. Angell Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa
  • State of Texas, 1977
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Houston Chapter
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, ADTA (1986-Present)
    • Executive Council (1999-2002)
    • Texas Membership Chair (1997-2015)
    • S. Central Region Membership Chair (1999-2002)
    • Convention Host (2005)
    • Southwest Region Membership Chair (2017-Present)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (1978-Present)
    • Director at Large (1986-1987)
    • Vice-President (1987-1989)
    • Administrative Vice President (1989-1990)
    • Program Chair, Spring Conference (1989)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Westgate Memorial Baptist Church
  • United Appeals Campaign, Lawyer’s Chairman
  • Beaumont Heritage Society
  • 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 (2008-2014)
  • Best Lawyers®
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (2013-2020)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation-Defendants (2013-2020)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation-Insurance (2017-2020)
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law (2013-2020)
    • Named the Best Lawyers 2020 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year”
    • Named the Best Lawyers 2014 Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
  • AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Texas Legal Leaders
    • Top Rated Lawyer (2012-2014)
  • “The Art of Cross-Examination:- A Trial Lawyer’s Point of View,” Jefferson County Bar Association “Practical Advice from the Local Pros,” January 2011
  • “Controlling Damages,” Parker-Hannifin, July 2009
  •  TADC Fall Meeting, September 2007
  • “Dealing with Damages,” Product Liability Section, Manufacturing Alliance of Lawyers and Engineers, May 2007
  • “Discovery,” South East Texas Association of Paralegals, April 2007
  • Texas Property and Casualty Insurance  Guaranty Association
    • 2015: Evaluating Bodily Injury Claims
    • 2016: “Public Insurance Adjusters”
    • 2017: Mediation
    • 2019: Liens & Case Study
  • Annual Meeting and Seminar, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, 2005
  • Annual Meeting and Seminar, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • “Confidentiality Orders,” Discovery and Civil Trial Institute, South Texas College of Law
  • “Handling the Defense,” Gulf Insurance Group, Dallas
  • Texas Employment Commission J.S.E.C.
  •  “The Newest New Rules,” CNA Insurance Group, Dallas
  • Southeast Texas Independent Insurance Agents
  • “New Discovery Rules,” CHRISTUS, Houston
  • “Labor Management Conference,” John Gray Institute, Lamar University
  • A Word from Lou,” Association Press, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys; 2001 – 2018
  • “Concurring Opinions” JCYLA – Practice Notes, 2004
  • “Daubert: Impact on Future Medical Testimony, Defendant’s Perspective,” Newsletter, ABA Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee, 1997
  • Confidentiality Orders,” South Texas College of Law Discovery and Civil Trial Institute, 1991
  • Manufacturers Liability and the U.C.C.,” TADC Spring meeting, 1979
  • Guest Columnist, Jefferson County Bar Journal
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