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Keith N. Uhles



Mr. Uhles' practice encompasses a wide variety of trial/litigation, and client counseling.  His early practice involved admiralty and maritime matters involving personal injury litigation, ship collisions, offshore oilfield accidents, Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation claims, commercial disputes, maritime bankruptcy and vessel financing.  Mr. Uhles' practice has grown to mostly encompass significant complex litigation in the areas of product liability, construction, commercial disputes, transportation, catastrophic injury, labor and employment matters, and  on occasion environmental litigation disputes.  He has successfully tried multi-party cases with multi-million dollar claims, in some of the more difficult venues in the United States.  His trial experience includes product liability, construction, premise defect, employment discrimination, maritime and non-maritime personal injury, insurance coverage, toxic tort, oilfield negligence and commercial cases in state and federal courts, before Administrative Agencies and in Arbitration.

Mr. Uhles' appellate experience began as a law clerk with the United States Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit for the Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza, Sr.  Subsequently, Mr. Uhles has handled appeals in a variety of state and federal courts as well as appellate bodies within administrative agencies.  Mr. Uhles' practice now encompasses counseling clients in  such areas as risk transfer, resolving disputes with governmental entities, OSHA, and employment matters. His complex litigation and commercial litigation experience has also provided a background for Mr. Uhles to assist clients in negotiating contracts and in structuring transactions.

Mr. Uhles has a history of  service in legal, civic and community affairs.  This includes service in a number of youth and charitable organizations where he served in such roles as President of the Rio Valley Youth Soccer Association, Chairman of the Brownsville Economic Development Commission, and Youth Director at First Baptist Church.  He is also a past Chairman of the Admiralty Committee of the Defense Research Institute.  Mr. Uhles currently serves on the Cameron County Civil Service Commission.

Honors & Distinctions

Litigator of the Year by Cameron County Bar Association, 2018

Texas Super Lawyer 2018


  • St. Mary's University of San Antonio, J.D., with honors 1982
  • Trinity University, B.A., 1979
  • National Order of the Barristers
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Instructor, Legal Research and Writing, 1981-1982
  • Board of Advocates
  • Law Clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Judge Reynaldo G. Garza, 1982-1983

Texas, 1982 U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas U.S. District Court Western District of Texas U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Propane Gas Defense Association
  • Cameron County Bar Association
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