Since 1993, Mr. LaBoon has focused his trial practice on tort defense with an emphasis on asbestos and silica litigation involving products liability, contractor liability and premises liability claims. Over the past 20 years, he has developed substantial experience in the state-of-the-art defense, medical causation and epidemiology.
Mr. LaBoon represents numerous manufacturers, premises owners and construction contractors in asbestos and silica cases. He has served as National Coordinating Counsel for a respirator manufacturer in silica cases across the country. He has also served as state trial counsel for multiple asbestos defendants and was part of the national trial team for two major asbestos manufacturers. As lead and co-counsel, Mr. LaBoon obtained defense verdicts in numerous asbestos personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as general personal injury and products liability cases across Texas.
In addition to his extensive toxic tort practice, Mr. LaBoon has represented clients in many other types of litigation including personal injury, products liability, medical devices, Jones Act and maritime personal injury and death, clinical drug trials, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, construction defect and employment discrimination cases. He has defended manufacturers of stoves, washing machines, oxygen concentrators and other products in fire-cause-and-origin cases. Mr. LaBoon counseled a Fortune 100 multinational company in products liability lawsuits for claims involving personal injury, wrongful death and property damage related to household appliances, commercial equipment and medical devices. He has also represented hospitals, physicians and nurses involved in medical malpractice litigation and has defended insureds and self-insured companies in employment cases involving claims of wrongful termination and employment discrimination.
Mr. LaBoon has considerable experience defending general personal injury and wrongful death cases, and he has defended a governmental transit authority in personal injury and death lawsuits filed pursuant to the Texas Tort Claims Act.
During the 2009 Texas legislative session consulted with State Representatives, Senators and medical experts to oppose S.B. 1123 which attempted to lower the causation standard in mesothelioma cases. During the 2013 legislative session he served as defense liaison counsel for State Representatives Tyron Lewis (Chairman of the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee), Doug Miller and Travis Clardy against the Texas Trial Lawyers Association to enact H.B. 1325 which provided for the dismissal of thousands of asbestos and silica cases. The bill was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry on May 24, 2013. During the 2013 legislative session he again served as defense liaison counsel for State Representatives Doug Miller and Travis Clardy (House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee) against the Texas Trial Lawyers Association to enact H.B. 1492 which required plaintiffs in asbestos and silica cases to be transparent in their filings of claims against asbestos and silica bankruptcy trusts. The bill was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 11, 2015.
Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P., Austin, TX, October 2016 – Present
Segal McCambridge Singer Mahoney, L.L.P., Austin, TX, February 2004 – September 2016
Andrews & Kurth L.L.P., Houston, TX, October 2000 – January 2004
Bean & Manning, L.L.P., Houston, TX, May 1994 – September 2000
Butler & Binion, L.L.P, Houston, TX, September 1993 – May 1994
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of New York
American Bar Association, 1993 - Present
American Association for Justice, 1993 - Present
Austin Bar Association, 2004 - Present
Defense Research Institute, 1993 - Present
Houston Bar Association, 1993 - Present
New York Bar Association, 2015 - Present
Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1993 - Present
Texas Bar Association, 1993 - Present
Member, Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas, 2004 – present
Texas Industries for the Blind and Handicapped, Board of Directors, 2012 – present
Westlake Youth Soccer Association, Head volunteer soccer coach U4/U5/U6, 2009 – 2011
President of the Overlook at Treemont HOA, 2005 – present
Lighthouse for the Blind of Houston, Board of Directors, 1998 – 2004
Children’s Fund of Houston, 2001 – 2004
Honors & Awards
Awarded an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®
- Texas Courts
- New York Courts
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
- United States District Court of Colorado
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania – Federal MDL 875
- United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
University of Houston Law Center, J.D., Houston, Texas, 1993
Southern Methodist University, M.B.A., Dallas, Texas, 1990
Texas Christian University, B.B.A., cum laude, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1989