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John F. Unger

Senior Counsel


Mr. Unger is Senior Counsel of the firm.  He has significant experience in civil litigation and appeals.  Mr. Unger has handled a range of litigation in state and federal courts, including appeals in state and federal courts.  He is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, and all Texas state courts.

Mr. Unger's trials and appeals have included representation of numerous vessel owners and operators of vessels in connection with personal injury litigation involving toxic torts, longshore, seamen and offshore worker claims, as well as non-personal injury litigation in the areas of product liability and commercial disputes.  Non-litigation matters have included a variety of international and domestic transactions.  Mr. Unger is also an adjunct professor of the University of Houston College of Law.

John F. Unger was included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Admiralty & Maritime Law.




Publications & Speeches



  • University of Houston, J.D., magna cum laude, 1981
  • University of Texas, B.J., with honors, 1978
  • Editor, Houston Journal of International Law, 1980-1981

Texas, 1981 U.S. Supreme Court U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

  • Houston Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Maritime Personnel Committee)(Proctor Member)
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (Past Chairman)
  • The Propeller Club
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