Julian C. Gomez

Julian C. Gomez is an attorney in McAllen, Texas. Julian was raised in South Texas. Julian is a ninth-generation Texan and his family still ranches on their original Spanish land grant. Julian graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Agricultural Economics and was a member of the Corps of Cadets while at Texas A&M. After graduation, Julian spent time on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as an analyst in the cattle futures and options pits.

Julian graduated from University of Houston Law School in 2000. Julian was a law clerk for Filemon Vela, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division and a law clerk for Reynaldo Garza, United States Circuit Court Judge, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. After his clerkships, Julian founded The Julian C. Gomez Law Firm and has practiced there since.

Julian has a national and international practice focusing primarily on catastrophic product liability and negligence cases, mass torts, and contingent commercial litigation. Julian is a past Chairman of the American Association for Justice’s Products Liability Section (the largest organization of plaintiffs product liability attorneys in the U.S.); on the board of directors of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (the largest organization of plaintiffs automotive product liability attorneys in the U.S.); on the board of directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association; has served on plaintiffs’ committees in national mass tort litigation; is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College; is a graduate of the American Association for Justice’s Leadership Academy; is the special liaison to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on behalf of both American Association for Justice’s Products Liability Section and the Attorneys Information Exchange Group; regularly speaks at international, national, statewide, and local continuing legal education courses on topics ranging from federal jurisdiction to products liability; is the 2017 Men’s 40-44, –69k Texas Weightlifting Champion; and has a 3:45 marathon time. Julian is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, is on the board of directors of the USA Weightlifting Foundation (the foundation for United States’ Olympic weightlifting athletes) the board of directors of McAllen Educational Foundation (the foundation for the McAllen Independent School District), and the board of directors of the Texas International Fishing Tournament (the largest fishing tournament in the State of Texas).

In his free time, Julian loves spending time with his number one legal assistant, his daughter, Averri; and is an avid outdoorsman, rancher, photographer, snow skier, and tarpon fly-fishing angler.

Employment

Managing Partner — The Julian C. Gomez Law Firm, PLLC, McAllen, Texas September 2002-Present

Law Clerk for the Honorable Filemon B. Vela— United States District Court — Southern District of Texas, Brownsville, Texas August 2001-July 2002

Law Clerk for the Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza — United States Court of Appeals — Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana / Brownsville, Texas August 2000-July 2001

Education

University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, J.D., May 2000

Texas A&M University (Corps of Cadets), College Station, Texas, B.S. in Agriculture Economics, December 1996

Positions, Professional Memberships, and Achievements

Past-Chairman, American Association for Justice’s (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) Product Liability Section (the largest Plaintiff Attorney Product Liability Organization in the United States)

Executive Board Member, American Association for Justice’s Product Liability Section

Board of Director, Attorney’s Information Exchange Group (the largest automotive plaintiff product liability organization in the United States)

Board of Director, Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Executive Committee Member, American Association for Justice’s (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) Driverless Car Subcommittee

Executive Committee Member, American Association for Justice’s (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) Public Affairs Subcommittee

Special Liaison between the American Association for Justice’s (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) Product Liability Section and the National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA)

Special Liaison between the Attorney’s Information Exchange Group Product Liability Section and the National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA)

Continuing Legal Education Committee Member, Attorney’s Information Exchange Group

Continuing Legal Education Committee Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Board of Director, United States Amateur Weightlifting Foundation (the Foundation for USA Weighting, the governing body for the Olympic sport of weightlifting)

Board of Director, McAllen Educational Foundation (Advisory Board to the McAllen Independent School District)

Advisory Board of Director, Texas International Fishing Tournament (the largest saltwater fishing tournament in the State of Texas)Member of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas

Member of the American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)

Member of the Attorney’s Information Exchange Group

Member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Planning Committee Member, State Bar of Texas 2013 26th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Continuing Legal Education Course

Course Director, The State Bar of Texas 2018 Soaking Up Some CLE Continuing Legal Education Course

Planning Committee Member, Attorney’s Information Exchange Group, 2018 Spring Seminar

Course Director, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2018 TTLA CLE in the RGV: Anatomy of a South Texas Case from Beginning to End Continuing Legal Education Course

Planning Committee Member, Attorney’s Information Exchange Group, 2018 Fall Seminar

Course Director, The State Bar of Texas 2019 Soaking Up Some CLE Continuing Legal Education Course

Graduate of The Trial Lawyers College, Thunder Head Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming

Graduate of the American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) Leadership Academy

Dallas White Rock Marathon—completion in a time of 3:45:04

2017 Men’s 40-44, -69kg Texas State Weightlifting Champion

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Faculty & Speaker, “Preparing Initial Discovery Requests,” Attorneys Information

Exchange Groups 2008 Auto Focus, San Antonio, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “Do Not Let the Speed Bumps Get in the Way of a Good Auto Products Case,” Starr County, Texas’s 2009 Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Rio Grande City, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “Finding a Safe Car to Buy,” American Association for Justice (formally American Trial Lawyers Association) 2009 Annual Convention, San Francisco, California

Faculty & Speaker, “What You Need to Know About the Federal Rules But Were Afraid to Ask, State Bar of Texas Soaking Up Some CLE 2010, South Padre Island, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “On the Federal Docket? Better Learn to Walk Fast, Talk Fast, and Think Fast,” State Bar of Texas Soaking Up Some CLE 2011, South Padre Island, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “Litigating Product Liability Cases In U.S. Courts When the Injury Occurs Abroad,” American Association for Justice (formally American Trial Lawyer Association) 2011 National Meeting, New York City, New York

Faculty & Speaker, “Forum Non Conveniens and Choice of Law Tactics in Tire Cases,” Attorneys Information Exchange Group 2011 Occupant Restraint Systems and Tire Seminar, Memphis, Tennessee

Faculty & Speaker, “Litigating Here When It Happens There: Is There An Alternative Forum?,” American Association for Justice (formally American Trial Lawyer Association) 2012 National Winter Convention, Phoenix, Arizona

Faculty & Speaker, “The Federal Court Jurisdiction and Clarification Act of 2011— The Rules Have Changed Again,” State Bar of Texas Soaking Up Some CLE 2012, South Padre Island, Texas

Author, “The Federal Court Jurisdiction and Clarification Act of 2011—Walk Fast, Talk Fast, Think Fast,” American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) Product Liability Section Winter 2013 Newsletter

Faculty & Speaker, “Obtaining and Using Prior Testimony,” State Bar of Texas’ 2013 26th Annual Advanced Evidence & Discovery Continuing Legal Education Course, Houston, Texas & San Antonio, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “Changes to the Federal Rules,” Julian C. Gomez, State Bar of Texas Soaking Up Some CLE, May 16-17, 2013 South Padre Island, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “Hot Practice Areas: Products Liability,” Julian C. Gomez, American Association for Justice 2013 Annual Convention, July 20, 2013, San Francisco, California

Faculty & Speaker, “The Constantly Evolving World of Federal Jurisdiction and Rules of Civil Procedure,” Julian C. Gomez, State Bar of Texas Soaking Up Some CLE, May 15-16, 2014, South Padre Island, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “Using Prior Testimony to Prove Your Products Liability Case,” Julian C. Gomez, American Association for Justice 2014 Annual Convention, July 29, 2014, Baltimore, Maryland

Faculty & Speaker, “The Seven Steps to Using an Alternative Venue to Convert and Economically Unviable Products Case into a Viable Products Case,” Julian C. Gomez, American Association for Justice 2014 Annual Convention, July 29, 2014, Baltimore, Maryland

Moderator, “Defective Products—Products Liability, Negligence, and Breach of Warranty,” American Association for Justice 2015 National Winter Convention, February 22, 2015, Palm Springs, California

Faculty & Speaker, “Obtaining and Using Prior Testimony to Prove Your Case,” Georgia Trial Lawyers Association 2015 Annual Convention Champion of Trial Skills, April 30, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia

Faculty & Speaker, “Products Liability in the Oil Field and at the Refinery,” American Association for Justice 2015 Annual Convention, July 14, 2015, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Faculty & Speaker, “Anatomy of a Tire Defect Case,” Attorney’s Information Exchange Group 2016 Spring Seminar, Santa Monica, California

Faculty & Speaker, “5 Straightforward Steps to Working up Your Next, Fire, Explosion, or Electrocution Products Liability Case Like a Seasoned Pro,” American Association for Justice 2016 Annual Convention, July 24, 2016, Los Angeles, California

Author, “Five Straightforward Steps to Working up Your Next, Fire, Explosion, or Electrocution Products Liability Case Like a Seasoned Pro,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Trial Talk, January 2017, Vol. 66, Issue 1, at 27.

Faculty & Speaker, Julian C. Gomez, “Getting in and Out of Federal Court— Jurisdiction, Removal, and Remand,” State Bar of Texas Soaking Up Some CLE, May 18, 2017, South Padre Island, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “Tires & Fires—Five Straightforward Steps to Workup Your Next Products Liability Case Like A Seasoned Pro,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association 2017 Annual Convention, August 4, 2017, Snowmass, Colorado

Faculty & Speaker, “Keeping Your Case Out Of (or in) Federal Court,” Attorney’s Information Exchange Group 2017 Fall Seminar, September 14, 2017, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Faculty & Speaker, “Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Obtain and Use Prior Testimony In Your Next State or Federal Trial,” State Bar of Texas’s 2018 31st Annual Advanced Evidence & Discovery Continuing Legal Education Course, Dallas, Texas & San Antonio, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “From Tires to Fires, Autonomous Cars and Just About Everything In Between…How to Identify and Litigate Your Next Automotive Product Liability Case,” State Bar of Texas Soaking Up Some CLE, May 17, 2018, South Padre Island, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Obtain and Use Prior Testimony In Your Next State or Federal Trial,” State Bar of Texas Soaking Up Some CLE, May 18, 2018, South Padre Island, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “From Tires to Fires, Autonomous Cars and Just About Everything In Between…How to Identify and Litigate Your Next Automotive Product Liability Case,” American Association for Justice 2018 Annual Convention, July 10, 2018, Denver, Colorado

Faculty & Speaker, “What are Crash Avoidance Technologies,” American Association for Justice Products Liability Section Webinar Series, July 24, 2018, Washington D.C.

Faculty & Speaker, “Robot Car Are Here: How to Easily Identify and Efficiently Litigate Autonomous Automobile Products Liability Cases,” Colorado Trial Lawyers Association 2018 Annual Convention, August 9, 2018, Vail, Colorado

Faculty & Speaker, “From Tires to Fires, Autonomous Cars and Just About Everything In Between…How to Identify and Litigate Your Next Automotive Products Liability Case,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association 2018 TTLA CLE in the RGV Continuing Legal Education Course, September 13, 2018, McAllen, Texas

Faculty & Speaker, “Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Obtain and Use Prior Testimony In Your Next State or Federal Trial,” Attorneys Information Exchange Group 2018 Fall Conference, Lake Tahoe, Nevada