Maria Troegel

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Maria is an accomplished attorney with thirty years of experience in civil litigation in state and federal courts. Her practice has involved defending corporations and insurers, primarily in the railroad and transportation industries. She has defended both Class I Railroads (Southern Pacific, Missouri Pacific, Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad) as well as Short Line Railroads in grade crossing accidents, trespasser fatalities, cases filed under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA), cumulative trauma, occupational illness, toxic torts, and property damage cases. She has also defended clients in traffic accidents and fatalities involving buses, tractor-trailers, eighteen wheelers, vans, and motorcycles. In addition, her practice has included personal injury, construction, product liability and commercial cases. Her extensive experience has enabled her to defend lawsuits economically, efficiently, and effectively. Maria is AV preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Maria has been happily married to her husband, Tom, for thirty-five years and is incredibly proud of her two grown children, Julie and Carl. She is one of six children herself and spends time visiting family across the U.S. when she and Tom are not at the lake or enjoying life with old friends. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, wine-making, and creating mosaics.

Services

  • Litigation

Education

  • University of Houston Law School, J.D., 1986
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1982

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Representative Experience

  • Obtained summary judgments in Abraham vs. Union Pacific Railroad Company, resulting in the dismissal of a case filed by 300 plaintiffs alleging toxic exposure to creosote (decision upheld by appellate court and ultimately by Texas Supreme Court)
  • Managed a large silica docket in Houston for Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy in Multi-District Litigation
  • Obtained summary judgments resulting in the dismissal of various FELA lawsuits during her career
  • Participated in jury trials across Texas, including Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Polk, Maverick, Fort Bend, and other counties.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Texas Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Past Board Member, Amigos de las Americas, Houston Chapter
  • Navy Seals Physical Training Lifers’ Club
  • Pro Bono Attorney for KIND
  • Former Member, National Assn. of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms and Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance
  • Past School Board Member, St. Cecilia Catholic School

Publications & Speeches

  • Successful Pre-Trial Strategies and Motion Practice – 2013
  • Admissibility of an Industrial Hygienist’s Opinion in Railroad Workplace Cases – 2007
  • Dismissal of 300 Creosote Exposure Claims: Abraham vs. Union Pacific Railroad -2007
  • How to Prepare a Train Crew for Deposition and Trial – 2006
  • Defending Cumulative Trauma Cases – 1998
  • FELA Motions in Limine – 1992
  • In-house Seminars with Union Pacific Railroad Claims Department