Warner V. Hocker’s Attorney Profile
A native of Houston, Texas, Warner Hocker began his legal career as a law clerk at Mithoff Law in 2005, joining the firm as an attorney in 2010. His legal practice focuses on aviation, admiralty and maritime, securities, product liability, commercial and business disputes, and premises liability. He has completed the Applied Aircraft Accident Investigation Short Course at Lewis University and has been featured by the Houston Chronicle for his work in aviation litigation.
Warner received his BA at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice from The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He then graduated from South Texas College of Law with a J.D., summa cum laude, and was a member of the Order of the Lytae and the Law Review.
Warner is bilingual and provides translation services for the firm’s Spanish-speaking clients. He is an avid traveler and has traveled to more than 80 countries on six continents.
- Warner represents the survivor and surviving family members of persons who were aboard a helicopter equipped with a Rolls-Royce M250 engine, which crashed while operating a firefighting mission for the U.S. Forest Service. The plaintiffs have sued the type certificate holder for the engine, as well as two maintenance facilities involved in servicing the engine.
- Warner represented the surviving family of a pilot who was killed when his single-engine turboprop aircraft crashed while on approach to landing. The plaintiffs alleged that the airframe and various avionics onboard were defectively designed and/or manufactured, causing the crash.
- Warner represented the surviving family members of passengers aboard Air France 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris, France.
- Represented the family of an offshore rig worker killed when the helicopter that was transporting him offshore crashed in state territorial waters.
- Warner represents a worker who was seriously injured when a torque wrench he was using failed, causing part of the wrench to separate and strike him in the face.
- Warner represented a motorist who sustained serious and permanent injuries, including paraplegia, when the motorist’s 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.
Admiralty & maritime
- Warner represented an offshore drilling contractor against BP for claims arising out of increased costs of deep-water drilling rig financing following the blowout of BP’s Macondo well and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Represented a worker seriously injured overseas aboard an offshore rig supply vessel, with respect to Jones Act and general maritime law claims.
Federal takings claims
Warner represents over 100 homeowners affected by the Army Corps of Engineers’ release of water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs onto their property after Hurricane Harvey. Plaintiffs allege that the United States government’s action resulted in a taking of their property, for which the government owed just compensation.
Warner represents the family of a young girl who was seriously injured when struck by a foul ball at a Houston Astros game.
Warner represents the City of Houston with respect to claims made against banks alleged to have participated in the rigging or fixing of the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR), relating to interest rate swap agreements entered into by the City of Houston.
Warner represented a pedestrian who was crossing a crosswalk, when a vehicle turned into the crosswalk, striking the pedestrian and causing serious injury.
Additional significant cases
- Did Boeing, aviation industry heed lessons of 2009 Air France crash?: The crash of Lion Air Flight 610 and the downing less than six months later of another Boeing Max 8, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, have prompted questions of whether the aviation industry heeded lessons of the Air France tragedy a decade ago. The similarities of the accidents reach beyond sensors and indicators to the broader issues of modern jets’ increasing reliance on automated, interconnected systems and the training of pilots to intervene when those systems operate incorrectly or inadequately.
- Mineral Owner Sues Marathon Oil Corp. Over Royalty Payments: As clock winds down mineral owner wants payment calculation verified. A Karnes County mineral owner has sued Marathon Oil Corp. to figure out whether the company is paying royalties correctly — a common lawsuit in South Texas’ 400-mile Eagle Ford Shale oil field and one that’s in the rise.
Houston Bar Foundation – Fellow
- – Applied Aircraft Accident Investigation Short Course, Lewis University, 2011
- – 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