Warner Hocker

Education

South Texas College of Law, JD, Summa Cum Laude, 2010

The University of Edinburgh, Diploma in Legal Practice, 2005

The University of Edinburgh, LLB, 2004

The University of Texas at Austin, BA, 2001

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A native of Houston, Texas, Warner Hocker began his legal career as a law clerk at Mithoff Law Firm in 2005, joining the firm as an attorney in 2010. His legal practice focuses on a broad spectrum of litigation, including aviation, admiralty and maritime, securities, products liability (including medical devices), commercial and business disputes, and first-party insurance disputes. Mr. Hocker concentrates in complex civil litigation, with emphases on motion practice, case management in cases involving complex and voluminous ediscovery, and translating for Spanish-speaking clients.

Warner graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001, with a major in history and a minor in English literature. He then pursued legal studies in Edinburgh, Scotland, obtaining two legal degrees before returning to the United States to complete his legal education. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from South Texas College of Law in 2010. During law school, Warner clerked full time at Mithoff Law, was a member of the South Texas Law Review, and was named to the Order of the Lytae. The experience gained from his international and domestic legal education and clerkship provided him with a broad range of practical and academic legal experience, and provided him the opportunity to experience legal systems grounded in both English Common Law and European Civil Law traditions.

Warner is bilingual, having learned to speak Spanish as his first language. He is also an avid traveler, and has traveled to 70 countries on six continents. To date, his favorite destinations include Cape Town, South Africa, Torres del Paine, Chile, and Bukhara, Uzbekistan. His interests also include landscape photography, scuba diving and skiing.

Representative Experience

Product Liability & Wrongful Death
Member of team that represents a motorist who sustained serious and permanent injuries, including paraplegia, when the motorist’s Nissan Titan truck rolled over during the course of driving along a roadway that was under construction, where the roadway surface had been excavated with a drop-off into dirt and/or gravel.  Plaintiff has asserted negligence claims against the roadway contractor, SMC Builders, Inc., and the Texas Department of Transportation, and has asserted design, manufacturing, marketing, stability, handling, instruction, and warning product defect claims against Nissan.  The suit is presently pending in state district court in Travis County,Texas. 

Aviation/Product Liability
Participated as part of the litigation team that successfully represented the family of passengers killed as a result of a commercial flight that crashed over international waters.

Admiralty and Maritime/Aviation/Product Liability
Participated as part of the litigation team that successfully represented the family of an offshore rig worker killed when the helicopter that was transporting him offshore crashed in state territorial waters.

Admiralty and Maritime
Participated as part of the litigation team that successfully represented a worker seriously injured overseas aboard an offshore rig supply vessel, with respect to Jones Act and general maritime law claims.

Admiralty and Maritime/Product Liability
Participated as part of the litigation team that successfully represented a worker injured by a crane collapse aboard a jack-up rig in dry-dock, with respect to Longshore and Harbor-Workers’ Compensation Act Section 905(b) claims.

Insurance/Bad Faith
Participated as part of the litigation team that successfully represented property owners of several large shopping centers against first-party property insurance companies for claims arising from Hurricane Ike; according to one insurance company defendant, the settlement was one of the largest settlements paid to a single plaintiff for a Hurricane Ike claim as of the date of settlement.

Securities
Participated as part of the litigation team that successfully represented an investor in breach of fiduciary duty claims against investment advisers and managers in a FINRA arbitration proceeding.

Bus Accident/Product Liability
Participated as part of the litigation team that successfully represented wrongful death beneficiaries and survivors of bush crash, in complex civil litigation involving claims against bus owner, charterer, and companies that obtained registration and permits for the bus.

Wrongful Death
Participated as part of the litigation team that successfully represented the parents of a tenant killed by the employee of a property management company in a lawsuit alleging negligent hiring and retention.

Representative Cases

Professional Affiliations

Member, South Texas Law Review, 2007-2008