Experienced Cameron and Hidalgo County Construction, Transportation and Insurance Attorneys
Committed to Success
Our firm is dedicated to success. This commitment has been recognized by our peers in the legal community. We have received an AV Peer Review Rating* through Martindale-Hubbell. Partners in the firm have been selected "Super Lawyers" in their respective practice areas. The firm has been recognized as a "Texas Top-Ranked Law Firm" in "The Wall Street Journal."
In addition to pursuing professional excellence, we also strive to improve our community. We have a rich history of partners involved in public service and community development. Our attorneys have served as school board trustees, city commissioners, judges and university regents.
Oldest Established Cameron County, Texas, Law Firm
The Law Office of Adams & Graham, L.L.P., was founded in 1958 by John Q. Adams and Marshall Graham. Over the past five decades, the firm has evolved into a full-service practice. Since each of our attorneys brings varied experience, we are able to effectively counsel and represent clients regarding a wide range of legal matters.
Getting Results for Clients
Our mission is to obtain the best possible results for our clients' interests, whether at the negotiation table or before a jury in trial. Our trial lawyers are authorized to practice in several state, federal and appellate courts, including:
State and Federal courts of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
United States Tax Court
Texas Appeals Lawyers and Business Attorneys
Based in Cameron County in the heart of the lower Rio Grande Valley and South Texas, we assist businesses, health care providers, insurance companies, governmental entities and individuals throughout South Texas and along the entire border with Mexico. Whether your legal matter involves business litigation, commercial counsel, insurance defense, health care compliance, construction claims, employment law, or other issues, we have the experience and skill to help you.
MEMBERS OF THE FIRM
Mr. Lockhart is a 1974 graduate of Texas Tech Law School. He joined Adams & Graham, L.L.P. in 1979 after four years of litigation practice with Gibson, Ochsner firm in Amarillo, Texas. He is admitted to practice before all the Texas State Courts, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Texas.
Tom A. Lockhart's litigation practice focuses upon defense of professionals and insurance companies and death and serious personal injury claims arising out of product, vehicle, construction, environmental, civil rights and other types of incidents.
Mr. Lockhart is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Mr. Ray joined the firm after he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the South Texas College of Law in 1991. Mr. Ray is a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and the Cameron County Bar Association. He is a former Director and Officer for the Cameron County Bar Association. Mr. Ray is also licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. His primary practice areas include personal injury defense, municipality defense and healthcare law.
ROGER W. HUGHES
Board Certified Civil Appellate Law-
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Mr. Hughes joined the firm in December 1981. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in May, 1977. He served as a captain in the Army, JAGC from 1977-1981. Mr. Hughes exclusively does appellate and trial work in a variety of cases, including products liability, professional malpractice, insurance coverage, construction and civil rights.
Mr. Hughes is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate Law and has handled over 100 cases in various appellate courts, including the Texas Supreme Court. He is a member of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He also chairs TADC’s amicus curiae committee. He served as the Cameron County Bar Association President for 2007-2008. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly magazine
Board Certified Health Law
Board Certified Personal Injury Law–
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Mr. Hughes received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the South Texas College of Law in 1990, where he was a member of the South Texas Law Review and Order of the Lytae. He worked as a briefing attorney for Justice James A. Baker, 5th District Court of Appeals at Dallas. Mr. Hughes joined the firm in 1992 and is licensed to practice before all Texas State Courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He represents health care industry clients in litigation, non-litigation, and compliance matters. His practice areas involve health law, professional liability and litigation. He is a member of the TBLS Health Law Advisory Commission, DRI, AHLA, ABA and Texas Bar Litigation and Health Law sections and is a former TBLS Health Law Exam Commission member and Chair. He is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, and Mr. Hughes serves as a member of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Texas Medical Disclosure Panel (TMDP) established by § 74.102 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.
CRAIG H. VITTITOE
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Law
Mr. Vittitoe obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law and has been licensed to practice law since 1978. After graduating from law school, Mr. Vittitoe served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas. He was in solo practice for three years and joined Adams & Graham, L.L.P. in 1986. Mr. Vittitoe, a south Texas native, engages in the defense of complex and multiparty civil litigation.
Mr. Vittitoe is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Law. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly magazine.
Mr. Clark received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas Law School in 1996. He began his legal career with the Texas 13th Court of Appeals, rising to the position of Deputy Chief Staff Attorney before leaving to join Adams & Graham, L.L.P. in December 2000. He handles a varied docket of trial and appellate cases in areas such as personal injury, insurance disputes, products liability and professional liability. He currently serves as co-chair of the Appellate Section of the Hidalgo County Bar Association and is a former Board Member of the Cameron County Bar Association.
WILLIAM L. POPE
Attorney – Mediator
Judge Pope joined the firm in 1986. He attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center and received his law degree from Baylor University. His areas of practice include general civil litigation, commercial, transactional, healthcare, transportation, employment and tax law. He is a member of the American College of Legal Medicine and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C.
Judge Pope is qualified as a general civil and family law mediator.
He has served over thirty years as a municipal court judge and state magistrate in multiple jurisdictions, for which the Texas Legislature honored him with a judicial service resolution in 2005.
Ms. Lockhart joined Adams & Graham, L.L.P. in September 2002 after she received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Tech School of Law in Lubbock, Texas. She is a Director of the Cameron County Bar Association (2017-2019) and a member of Texas Association of Defense Counsel. Ms. Lockhart is licensed to practice before all Texas State Courts and the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Her primary practice areas include personal injury litigation, municipality defense, employment and civil rights defense. She was named a “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly magazine in 2009.