About Russell Scott Briggs

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Russ Briggs is a native of Beaumont, Texas, the son of two teachers. Russ played collegiate basketball at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Russ graduated from Southwestern with a B.A. in Political Science in 1982, attended South Texas College of Law in Houston, and has been a trial lawyer for over thirty years.

Russ believes that the best thing about being a lawyer is the honor and responsibility of helping those seeking justice. Personal relationships are crucial when fighting for the injured and Russ is 100% invested in each case, delivering the hard work and personal representation that each person should expect from their lawyer.

Russ began his career working with the trial firm of Leebron & Robinson in 1985 where he concentrated on representing the rights of injured workers and trying all types of personal injury cases to verdict. Russ founded The Briggs Law Firm in 1996, and in 2000 joined Tommy Fibich and Mike Leebron as a partner in the firm now known as Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs. Russ litigates in Texas and throughout the United States trying pharmaceutical, product liability, admiralty/maritime, commercial, automobile and premises defect liability cases.

The firm’s nationwide reputation in pharmaceutical litigation continues to flourish. Russ has served on numerous leadership committees including the Ephedra Diet Supplement litigation, the Gadolinium litigation, and the Actos litigation. While in committee leadership, Russ has spoken at various seminars concerning his experience in the litigation and settlement of mass torts.

In addition to being the lead trial lawyer on his cases, Russ also represents his clients successfully post-verdict, and has a number of successful published appellate opinions sustaining findings for his clients, including: Otis Elevator v. Shows, 822 S.W.2d 59 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st. Dist] 1991, writ denied); Jamar v. Patterson, 910 S.W.2d 118 (Houston [14th Dist.] 1995, writ denied); Harris County v. Smoker, 934 S.W.2d 714 (Houston [1st Dist.] 1996, writ denied); Byrd v. Estate of Nelms, 154 S.W.3d 149 (Tex. App. - Waco 2004, review denied); Haven Chapel United Methodist Church v. Leebron, 496 S.W.3d 893 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2016).

As a result of his extensive trial experience, Russ is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA"), is a Houston Bar Foundation Fellow, is recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Russ is happily married to Rebekah Briggs and they have two adult daughters, Jessica Briggs and Amanda Briggs. Jessica is a medical doctor specializing in internal medicine and global health. Amanda is a public policy analyst in Washington, D.C.

At his church, Russ is a deacon and Bible study teacher. He participates in prison ministries throughout the state of Texas to bring encouragement to those that need it most. Russ is also an avid runner and fisherman. In his trial work, his hobbies, and his personal life, Russ tries to live by the creed: “So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step.” 1 Corinthians 9:26.

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