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Keith N. Uhles

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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, shop collisions, offshore oilfield accidents, construction defect 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 mattes, 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, dramshop, employment discrimination, trucking, 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’ legal 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 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’ practice now includes serving as an Arbitrator and as a Mediator. The mediation practice arose out of his experience in representing lead defendants in complex multi-party litigation; an integral part of this practice is assisting all parties in assessing their risk and attempting to put together settlements. Mr. Uhles has completed the AAA 32 hour course on Mediation skills.

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

Outstanding Civil Litigator-Cameron County Bar Association, 2018.

Texas Super Lawyer 2018, 2019

Top Attorneys in Texas-Texas Monthly 2019

AV Preeminent-Martindale Hubble

Practices

  • 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

  • Law Clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Judge Reynaldo G. Garza, 1982-1983
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • 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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