Kevin Dubose has a BA in English from Rice University, and a JD from the University of Texas Law School. He began his career in a small litigation firm, primarily doing insurance defense work, and tried about 25 jury trial in his first 6 years of practice. He began specializing in appellate advocacy in 1985, first in a solo practice, then as the appellate specialist for a prominent plaintiff's personal injury practice. Since 1994 he has practiced in an appellate boutique environment.
Kevin has taught at the University of Houston Law Center, first as an adjunct professor of Legal Writing, then in a half-time position as Director of Legal Research and Writing, then as Director of Appellate Advocacy, and then as an adjunct professor of Appellate Advocacy.
Kevin is a former chair of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and the Houston Bar Association Appellate Section. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and has been listed in Texas Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas. He also is regularly listed in Best Lawyers in America, and in the Chambers Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business. In 2012 he became the 4th lawyer recipient of the Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award, presented to one attorney and one judge each year by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics.
Kevin is a frequent author and speaker at CLE courses, primarily in the areas of preservation of error before, during, and after trial; legal writing; oral advocacy; appellate ethics; and creating a meaningful, fulfilling, and balanced law practice.
Kevin has been married for over 30 years to Glenda Owen (DDS), and has two grown sons who he considers his closest friends. He has held numerous leadership positions at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, and currently is an active member of the Board of two non-profit organizations: Main Street Theater (current Board President), and Houston Urban Debate League. He is a cyclist, runner, and foodie, and an avid fan of movies, theater, and live music.
Board certifications — Civil Appellate; Personal Injury Trial
Babcock v. Northwest Memorial Hospital (Tex. 1989) — In this case the Texas Supreme Court reversed and remanded a defense judgment in a medical
malpractice case because the trial court refused to allow certain questions to be asked of the jury
in voir dire concerning exposure to advertising about the lawsuit crisis. To do that, the court
needed to make new law regarding preservation of voir dire error, and adopt a new "presumed
harm" analysis for voir dire error. The opinion has been cited many times for these propositions.
Williams v. Khalaf (Tex. 1991) — In this fraud case, the Texas Supreme Court acknowledged for the first time that a recent
recodification of the various statutes of limitations changed the statute of limitations for fraud
in Texas from four years to two years to four years. The case has been cited numerous times for
for this proposition.
Allied Bank-West, N.A. v. Stein and Merrill Lynch (5th Cir. 1993) — After jury returned verdict in favor of bank against Merrill Lynch for approximately $5 million,
federal district judge granted judgment n.o.v. in favor of Merrill Lynch, and also granted a conditional
motion for new trial. The Fifth Circuit reversed both the judgment n.o.v., and reversed the conditional
grant of a new trial, and rendered judgment in favor of the bank.
Lee Lewis Construction v. Harrison (Tex. 2001) — In this case the Texas Supreme Court affirmed an approximately $15 million dollar judgment
in favor of the family of a decedent in this construction site death case. This is one of the only
plaintiff's personal injury verdicts that the court has affirmed in the last two decades, and one of the
only cases where the court has affrimed a duty to the employee of a sub-contractor owed by the
general contractor in a construction site personal injury case.
Carlton Energy Group LLC v. Phillips (Tex. App--Houston 2012) — In this fraud case, the jury found for plaintiffs and awarded approximately $66 million in damages.
The trial court remitted the damages to $30 million, and both sides appelaed. The appellate court
affrimed liability, and restored the judgment to the amount found by the jury.