Louis M. Scofield, Jr. is a shareholder with more than 35 years experience as a defense courtroom lawyer. He has tried scores of cases in virtually every county that makes up Southeast Texas. In addition, at the request of several clients, he has a regional practice beyond this geographic area. Beyond this, he is national counsel for one Fortune 500 company on certain product liability cases. His personal injury and civil practice involves the full spectrum of product liability, negligence, professional liability defense and insurance defense, along with experience in railroad and maritime practice.
Areas of Concentration
Product liability, professional liability (agents, architects, attorneys, engineers, and insurance agencies) negligence, and insurance claims, railroad and maritime practice.
State of Texas, 1977
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
Lou graduated at the top of his class from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Mineralogy, with Highest Honors and High Distinction. He was winner of the William E. Bradstrom prize, was a James B. Angell Scholar and was invited into and became a member of the honorary fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, during his junior year. Thereafter, he attended the University of Texas Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate, with honors, in 1977. While in law school he served as the court investigator for the 98th District Court, Travis County, Texas and was also Teaching Quizmaster for Dean Leon Green.
He has published numerous papers and studies involving defense trial practice, for conferences, journals and newsletters, and he has been a columnist for the Association Press of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys since 2001.
Memberships and Honors
Active in the bar and community, Lou has been frequently called upon to give talks and presentations to professional groups, clients, civic groups and schools. He has served in a number of official and committee positions with bar organizations. With the Jefferson County Bar he has served on the Board of Directors, and has been Membership Chairman. With the Texas Association of Defense Counsel he has been a Director, Director at Large, Vice-President, and Administrative Vice-President, as well as Conference Chair.
With the very selective Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, he is the Prime Member for the City of Beaumont, is the Membership Chair for the State of Texas, has been the Central U.S. Region Chair, has been Conference Chair and has served on the Executive Council from 1999-2002. In 2010, Lou was selected for membership in the Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the American Bar Association. He is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Lou has been selected for inclusion as a "Texas Super Lawyer®" in Texas Monthly magazine since 2005. He was also selected as a “Super Lawyer®, Corporate Counsel Edition,” in Civil Litigation Defense from 2008 to 2013. He has also been recognized in “Best Lawyers in America®,” in Personal Injury Litigation- Defendants, Insurance Law and Product Litigation-Defendants, from 2013-2014. Lou was selected to be a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society in 2010. Lou has been named “Top Rated Lawyer” in Texas Legal Leaders, 2012-2013. Lou is "AV" peer-review rating by Martindale-Hubbell®