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Texas-based Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams Attorneys Earn Best Lawyers Honors

August 20, 2015

HOUSTON – The commercial litigation and maritime law firm Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams LLP is pleased to announce that seven firm lawyers in four cities across Texas have earned spots in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, one of the most prestigious guides to the U.S. legal industry.

The outstanding litigation track record of James R. Watkins earned him the individual distinction as the Houston metro area Lawyer of the Year for admiralty and maritime cases. Mr. Watkins, who works from the firm’s Galveston office, has been listed in Best Lawyers for 16 consecutive years.

Also selected to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers for their admiralty and maritime work are Corpus Christi attorney Ralph F. Meyer, managing partner of Royston Rayzor, and Houston lawyers James P. Cooney, John F. Unger and David R. Walker. William W. Pierson earned selection for his personal injury litigation work for defendants in San Antonio, where he practices now, and his previous location in Corpus Christi.

The Best Lawyers in America is the oldest peer-review guide to lawyers in the nation. It relies on nominations from tens of thousands of attorneys. The nominees are then judged by lawyers in the same area of law and editors do an evaluation for the final selections.

“In Texas’ very competitive litigation market, it is particularly gratifying that Royston Rayzor lawyers are regularly honored by this respected publication,” says Mr. Meyer, who has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2001.

Mr. Cooney has been featured in Best Lawyers since 1995; Mr. Unger and Mr. Walker since 2005; and Mr. Pierson since 2010.

Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams LLP handles a variety of litigation matters including disputes in energy, construction, transportation and intellectual property along with its well established practice in admiralty/maritime and insurance defense. The firm’s lawyers also defend personal injury, employment, and health and disability lawsuits. For over 100 years the firm has served Texas, offering its expertise in Houston, Corpus Christi, Galveston, San Antonio and Brownsville. For more information, please visit

For more information on Royston Rayzor’s Best Lawyers honors, please contact Kit Frieden at 800-559-4534 or

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