C. Kelvin Adams


  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Business/Contract Litigation
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Construction Accidents
  • Banking Litigation
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Medication/Drug Defects
  • Lender Liability Claims
  • Wrongful Death
  • Vehicle/Product Defects
  • Business Tort Litigation
  • Commercial Truck Accidents
  • Malpractice Claims
  • Consumer Protection Claims
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Premise Liability Claims
  • Insurance Claims


C. Kelvin Adams is a native Houstonian with over 40 years of experience in personal injury and commercial trial law. He litigates personal injury cases involving serious to catastrophic injuries and death, as well as a wide array of complex commercial litigation cases. He has litigated hundreds of personal injury and commercial cases earning millions of dollars in awards for his clients and has amassed a significant win record representing injury victims and their families, individuals, and businesses. He also has served as lead appellate counsel in significant state and federal appeals.

Kelvin is a strong advocate for injury victims and their families, and is dedicated to using his legal expertise, knowledge, and trial skills to assist them in obtaining full compensation for their losses. His excellence in the courtroom has allowed him to be recognized by his peers and judges as a skilled and ethical trial attorney and a specialist in the field of personal injury and civil trial law.

Kelvin also has extensive experience in handling commercial and banking litigation. For over 15 years, Kelvin represented financial institutions and regulatory agencies of federally insured financial institutions. This representation included, among others, collection claims, lender liability claims, director and officer liability claims, attorney/accountant/appraiser malpractice claims, fidelity bond claims and claims involving federal regulatory violations.

Since 1995, Kelvin has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization – less than 1% of Texas attorneys have earned this dual certification. He has a nationwide peer review rating of AV Preeminent® (5 out of 5) by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. He also has served on the State Bar of Texas’ Administration of the Rules of Evidence Committee, Professionalism Committee and Crime Victims Committee.


In 1980, Kelvin obtained his law degree from South Texas College of Law where he graduated magna cum laude. While in law school, he was a member of the Order of Lytae, was on the Dean’s List for all years in attendance, received the E. E. Townes Award for Academic Excellence and served as Assistant Editor for the South Texas Law Review. Before law school, he attended Mississippi State University on an athletic scholarship and completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and University of Houston with a B.A. in Finance.


After law school, Kelvin had the honor of serving as the Briefing Attorney for Justice Sears McGee on the Supreme Court of Texas and then joined the Houston law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. (now Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP) where he handled personal injury and commercial litigation, and civil appeals.

In 1982, Kelvin moved to Bryan, Texas to form the law firm of West, Adams. Webb & Allbritton, P.C. (now West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C.), as a founding principal. There, Kelvin spent many years representing both individuals and businesses in personal injury and commercial litigation. He also litigated and tried medical malpractice cases for healthcare providers and a leading hospital and medical clinic with facilities throughout Texas. Kelvin also supervised, mentored and trained at any given time from10 to 15 trial attorneys who were associates at the firm.

In 2001, Kelvin moved back to Houston to join the Houston law firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P., as a partner in the firm’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Malpractice and Appellate Sections. There, he tried significant product liability cases for some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies, tried high-profile medical malpractice cases for several of Houston’s largest healthcare providers, and served as lead appellate counsel in numerous appeals involving products liability, medical malpractice, and insurance coverage disputes. In 2020, he joined The Woodlands office of the law firm of Leger, Ketchum and Cohoon, PLLC.


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  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1995 – present).
  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1995 – present).


  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas, Administration of the Rules of Evidence Committee, Member (2012 – 2016).
  • State Bar of Texas, Professionalism Committee, Member (1992-1995).
  • State Bar of Texas, Crimes Victims Committee, Member (1993-1997).
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow.
  • Houston Bar Association.
  • Montgomery County Bar Association.
  • The Woodlands Bar Association.
  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society.


  • State of Texas (1980 to present).
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas.
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas.
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.


  • “The Duty to Use Pharmacogentics and Pharmacogenomics to Reduce the Risk of Idiosyncratic Drug-Induced Liver Injury” – (Co-authors), Drug Recall Litigation Reporter (March 2004). Click to read.
  • “Admitting and Excluding Medical Causation Testimony in Pharmaceutical and Toxic Tort Substance Litigation” – Houston Bar Association/CLE Seminar (2007). Click to read.
  • “Preserving Error at Charge Conference” – Hays County Bar Association/CLE Seminar (2015).
  • “Suing and Defending Claims by and against Regulatory Agencies for Federally Insured Financial Institutions” – Brazos County Bar Association/ CLE Seminar (1991).


Appellate Cases

  • 410/West Ave., Ltd. v. Texas Trust Savings Bank, 810 S.W.2d 422 (Tex. App.–San Antonio 1991, no writ) (represented federal-regulatory agency in case involving numerous lender liability claims).
  • AmWest Savings Ass’n v. Farmers Market of Odessa, Inc., 753 F. Supp. 1339 (W.D. Tex. 1990) (represented federal-regulatory agency to recover note deficiency).
  • Baylor College of Medicine v. Camberg, 247 S.W.3d 342 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2008, pet. denied) (represented medical school in malpractice case involving survival and wrongful death claims).
  • Belgian American Inv’ts & Trade, Inc. v. F.S.L.I.C., 717 F. Supp. 462 (N.D. Tex. 1989) (represented FSLIC in lender liability case involving a federal regulatory agency).
  • Brown & Brown of Texas, Inc. v. Transcontinental Ins. Co., 2009 WL 4856782 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st District] 2009, no pet. h.) (represented insurance agency in misrepresentation and deceptive trade practices case involving an insurance policy).
  • Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery Ass’n v. Harmony Baptist Church, Case No. 14-84-00421-CV (Tex. App.-Houston [14th District] 1984) (represented church in real property case involving enforcement of deed restrictions).
  • Health Systems Int’l – Bryan/Bryan Nephrology Center Joint Venture v. Suki, Case No. 01-87-01113-CV (Tex. App.–Houston [1st District] 1987) (represented nephrology clinic in case to enforce buy sale agreement between owners).
  • Lincoln Nat’l Life Ins. Co. v. Brown Schools, Inc., 757 S.W.2d 411 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1988, no writ) (represented insurance company in case involving overpayment to healthcare provider).
  • Matter of Meyerland Co., 960 F.2d 512 (5th Cir. 1992) (represented federal-regulatory agency in case involving lender liability claims against a financial institution in receivership).
  • McNeily v. United States, 839 F. Supp. 423 (N.D. Tex. 1992) (represented federal-regulatory agency in case involving lender liability claims against a financial institution in receivership).
  • Mercado v. Warner-Lambert Co., 106 S.W.3d 393 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2003, pet. denied) (represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in product liability case involving a prescription medication).
  • Pasket v. F.D.I.C., 785 S.W.2d 172 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1990, writ dism’d w.o.j.) (represented FDIC in banking case involving federal-regulatory agency).
  • Patterson v. J.H. Walker, Inc., Case No. 08-01-00136-CV (Tex. App.–El Paso 2001) (represented trucking company in personal injury case).
  • Peerenboom v. HSP Foods, Inc., 910 S.W.2d 156 (Tex. App.-Waco 1995, no writ) (represented property owner in case against business for an on-premises assault).
  • Perryco, Inc. v. F.D.I.C., 777 S.W.2d 549 (Tex. App.–El Paso 1989, no writ) (represented FDIC in banking case involving federal-regulatory agency).
  • Pioneer Natural Resources U.S.A., Inc. v. W.L. Ranch, Inc., 127 S.W.3d 900 (Tex. App.–Corpus Christi 2004, pet. denied) (represented drilling company in oil and gas case involving claims for trespass, negligent drilling and breach of mineral lease).
  • Rabe v. Guaranty Nat’l Ins. Co., 787 S.W.2d 575 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st District] 1990, writ denied) (represented insurance company in breach of contract case involving an insurance policy).
  • Seismic Equipment Exchange, Inc. v. Blackwell, Case No. 01-86-00293-CV (Tex. App.–Houston [14th District] 1984) (represented injured plaintiff in product liability case involving a brain injury suffered in an off-road seismic vehicle accident).
  • Union Pacific Resources Group, Inc. v. Neinast, 67 S.W.3d 275 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st District] 2001, no pet.) (represented natural gas company in class action case brought by oil and gas royalty owners).
  • U.S. Silica Co. v. Tompkins, 156 S.W.3d 578 (Tex. 2005) (per curiam) (represented mining company in product liability case for wrongful death involving silica sand).
  • Worldwide Anesthesia Associates, Inc. v. Bryan Anesthesia, Inc., 765 S.W.2d 445 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th District] 1988, no writ) (represented anesthesia providers in case involving antitrust claims and breach of contract).

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