About Russell Scott Briggs
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.