Dr. Hieu T. Dang

Dr. Hieu T. Dang, M.D., J.D. has joined the Sorrels Law legal team and opens its Dallas, Texas office. “Dr. Dang brings unique expertise to our law firm with his academic success, Big Law experience, and his practice as a board-certified anesthesiologist. Adding him to our medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and wrongful death teams will bring a perspective not appreciated by many lawyers throughout the state,” noted firm partner Randy Sorrels.

Dr. Dang received his B.A. degree from Rice University. He next attended the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. degree. Out of law school, Dr. Dang joined the international law firm of Locke, Liddell & Sapp (now Locke Lord) handling cases in both the litigation and intellectual property arena. Dr. Dang also passed the patent bar and is licensed to practice in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. During his tenure with the firm, he gained valuable advocacy experience, sharpening his legal skills.

Dr. Dang then turned his attention to medical school and attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where he obtained his M.D. degree. From there, Dr. Dang completed his Anesthesiologist Residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Upon receiving his M.D. in Anesthesiology, he worked at the Beltway Anesthesia Group (where he served as the Director of Anesthesia and Vice Chairman of the Surgery Department), East Houston Regional Medical Center, and other hospitals. Dr. Dang became Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesia.

Dr. Dang speaks five different languages including English, Vietnamese, Spanish, French, and Mandarin. He joins a broadly-diverse Sorrels Law medical malpractice team co-led by former State Bar of Texas President, Randy Sorrels – who has been named the “Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year” of Houston medical malpractice lawyers on four separate occasions by The Best Lawyers in America. Dr. Dang will also be handling cases with the firm’s catastrophic injury and wrongful death teams.

  • Texas Medical License (2011-present)
  • Board certified/Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesia (2012-present)
  • Texas Bar License (1999-present)
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (2000-present)
  • American Society of Anesthesia
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Harris County Medical Society

    August 2006 – September 2006

    Research Assistant. Participated in research studies involving the administration of pregabalin and dexmedetomidine and their effects on preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative events.


    Summger 2004

    Research Assistant. Conducted research in the area of regenerational ability of cardiac myocytes.


    Gulf Atlantic Anesthesiology Resident’s Research Conference, May 2, 2009, Miami Beach, Florida


    Departmental Meeting of Trauma Anesthesia of Jackson Memorial Hospital, September 4, 2009, Miami, Florida


    Departmental Meeting of Trauma Anesthesia of Jackson Memorial Hospital, August 30, 2009, Miami, Florida

  • UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI/JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Anesthesiology Residency completed July 2011
  • RICE UNIVERSITY B.A., Psychology, May 1996

    Dallas, Texas

    August 2019 to Present

    General Anesthesiologist. Practice all types of anesthesia for all types of surgeries, including neurosurgery, OB/Gyn, trauma, pediatrics, ENT, orthopedics, and general surgery. Extensive experience with all regional blocks. Performed cases solo and medically directed CRNAs.


    Houston, Texas

    January 2019 to July 2020

    General Anesthesiologist. Practice all types of anesthesia for all types of surgeries, including neurosurgery, OB/Gyn, trauma, pediatrics, ENT, orthopedics, and general surgery. Extensive experience with all regional blocks. Performed cases solo and medically directed CRNAs.


    Houston, Texas

    July 2011 to December 2018

    Director of Anesthesia and Vice Chairman of Surgery Department, East Houston Regional Medical Center. Manage and supervise anesthesiologists and certified nurse anesthetists, manage and streamline operating room operations, assisted in procurement of cost-effective drugs and anesthesia equipment, doubled the number of sites available for anesthesia administration in first year, increased caseload by 50% in first year, served on hospital executive committee, served on surgery department executive committee, served on OB/Gyn committee, and served on trauma department committee.

    Anesthesiologist and Shareholder. Practice all areas of anesthesia, including neuroanesthesia, trauma anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, regional anesthesia, sedation, and acute pain management. Administer anesthesia in a variety of settings, including hospitals, surgery centers, and physicians’ offices.

    CRNA Hiring and Management Committee Member. Hire, supervise, and manage CRNAs.

  • Anesthesia Oral Board Review Course by Anesthesia Consultants

    Houston, Texas

    May 2012



    Miami, Florida

    June 2007 to July 2011

    Medical Resident (Department of Anesthesiology). Trained in all areas of anesthesia, including general anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, trauma anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, critical care medicine, chronic pain management, and acute pain management.

  • Vietnamese (fluent)
  • Spanish (fluent)
  • French (conversant)
  • Mandarin (two years of study)

Recognized as a Rising Star in 2019, 2020 and 2021 by Texas Super Lawyers, Phil is also a Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. Prior to becoming a lawyer, taught in the Houston Independent School District at an inner-city middle school. He also served as a bandmaster and musician on Norwegian, Celebrity, Holland America and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. He is admitted to the Fifth Circuit, Southern District of Texas and Western District of Texas in the federal court system.

Phil lives in Houston with his wife and their two young boys. When not working, Phil can be found coaching or assisting with his kids’ sports, enjoying Houston’s vibrant arts scene with his wife, or cheering on the Astros.

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

  • Order of the Coif (Top 10% of Class)
  • National Trial Advocacy Team
  • National Trial Competition (National Finalist)
  • National Trial Advocacy College (Graduate)

M.A., The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

  • Highest Honors
  • Dual concentrations in International Economics and U.S. Foreign Policy

B.A., Washington & Lee University, Politics

  • Summa cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Top Scorer, Texas Bar Exam
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Houstonia Magazine’s “Top Personal Injury Lawyers”
  • Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star”
  • U.S. Inspector Generals’ Council’s “Top Financial Crimes Investigation”
  • “Legal Article of the Year,” Houston Bar Foundation
  • National Trial Competition, National Finalist
  • Order of the Coif, Virginia Chapter
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
  • Sorrels Law Adds Litigation Muscle with Ex-Prosecutor, Law360 (April 20, 2023) (profiled) Read More…
  • Did Texas Rangers miss a key fact in probe of Lina Hidalgo’s office?, Houston Chronicle (April 3, 2022) (quoted)
  • Hidalgo Aides Are Accused of Steering a Contract to an Ally. Internal Communications Paint a Murkier Picture, Texas Monthly (March 29, 2022) (quoted)
  • Supreme Dilemma: Handling Conflicts Between State Medical Privacy Laws and Federal Investigative Subpoenas, 31 The ABA Health Lawyer 6 (Aug. 2019) (co-author)
  • Lessons in Due Diligence Seen in Case of Jailed Fraudster Whose History Hid in Plain Sight, Regulatory Compliance Watch (Dec. 3, 2018) (quoted)
  • Seeking Justice for Victims, UVA Lawyer (Spring 2018) (profiled)
  • Woman Who Ordered ‘Colombian Necktie’ Hit from Pinellas Jail Tells Judge She Has ‘Bad Judgment,’ Gets 65 More Years, Tampa Bay Times (Jan. 4, 2018) (quoted)
  • Case Study in International Money Laundering, Financial Crimes/Inspectors General Conference(Tampa, Aug. 2017) (speaker)
  • Emerging Trends in Securities Enforcement, Hillsborough Bar Assoc. (Tampa, April 2017) (speaker)
  • Effective Opening Statements, Goldberg Inn of Court (Tampa, Jan. 2017) (speaker)
  • The Benefits and Costs of the Joint Venture, 79 Texas Bar J. (Nov. 2016) (co-author)
  • Timely Disclosure Requirements of Texas’s RTP Statute, Texas Lawyer (Nov. 2, 2015) (co-author)
  • Joint Venturing the Case, 52 Houston Lawyer (July/Aug. 2015) (co-author)
  • Called to the Bar, 77 Texas Bar J. (July 2014) (author)
  • Address on Behalf of New Inductees, Texas Bar Induction Ceremony (Austin, June 2014) (speaker)
  • Waiting in the Wings? Assessing the Admissibility of Neuroimagery, 27 Dev. Mental Health L. 1 (2008) (author)
  • Prosecuting Opportunistic Hate Crimes, Anti-Defamation League (Boston, July 2008) (speaker)
  • Gerger, Hennessy & Martin (Partner)
  • Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check (Partner)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (Assistant U.S. Attorney)
  • Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz (Associate)
  • Hogan Lovells (Associate)
  • Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (Assistant District Attorney)

Randy is the past President of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists, and past Chair of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.  He has served as the President of the Houston Bar Association, President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, Vice President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Trustee of the Texas Bar Foundation, Director of the State Bar of Texas (two terms), Commissioner of the Equal Access to Justice Commission, Trustee of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and is currently on the Board of Directors at South Texas College of Law Houston.

Randy started his legal career at Fulbright & Jaworski, where he represented doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and businesses in the state of Texas who were accused of civil wrongdoing.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from South Texas College of Law Houston in 1987, where he was on the Law Review and was a member of the nationally recognized Board of Advocates.  South Texas College of Law Houston has honored Randy with its highest honor— the Dean’s Medal, as well as its Public Service Award (the inaugural award).  South Texas College of Law Houston has renamed its legal clinics The Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics, which represents 15,000 square feet of new, state-of-the-art facilities to bring together clients with unmet legal needs and students who are eager to work with those clients under the direct supervision of their professors.  In 2018, South Texas College of Law Houston honored Randy with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Prior to law school, Randy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Houston Baptist University— where he was recognized as an NCAA Academic All-American in 1984.  He attended HBU on a soccer scholarship, and the soccer field at the university now carries his name— Randall O. Sorrels Field.  While at school, he was recognized as the Outstanding Student in both Political Science and Speech Communications.  In the greatest honor, the university gives to alumni, Randy was named as HBU’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 2009, and he continues to be involved in alumni events and meetings.

Randy is married to his law partner, Alex L. Farias-Sorrels, and considers her one of the smartest lawyers he knows.  He is also a father of five children and one granddaughter.  His oldest daughter is a teacher and helps with the Sorrels Law communications efforts.  His second daughter is a speech language pathologist in New York.  His twin son and daughter are law students at the University of Texas.  And his youngest son is in a Montessori program.

  • State Bar of Texas, 1984
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • American Association for Justice
  • Houston Bar Association, Appellate Section Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section Member
  • Texas Association of Board Certified Trial and Appellate Specialists
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association

He has published numerous articles, including:

  • “False Claims Act Actions—The Developing Case Law Regarding If and When Opinions of Medical Necessity Can Be Fraudulent”, The Health Lawyer, April 2015.
  • “In BP Gulf Oil Spill Litigation, the District Court Decided Important Legal Questions that will Likely be Appealed, including the Standard for “Gross Negligence” and “Willful Misconduct” under the Clean Water Act and the Standard for Vicarious Liability for Punitive Damages under Maritime Law”, The Energy Newsletter, October 1, 2014.
  •  “New York’s Highest Court Holds that Zoning Laws of New York Towns Banning Fracking Are Enforceable — A Brief Analysis of the Oral Arguments and the Court’s Opinion”,Pratt’s Energy Law Report, September 2014.
  •  “New Silica Exposure Standard Likely to Impact Fracking”, Energy, Employment and Project Finance Law360, September 17, 2014.
  •  “New Trial Orders in Texas Now Subject to Appellate Review”, Texas and Appellate Law360, September 9, 2013.
  •  “Unsettled Questions of Texas Law—Claim for Exemplary Damages Against an Insured Employer for a Work-Related Death”, 53 South Texas Law Review 787, Summer 2012.
  •  “Cellphones can be perilous to employers,” Houston Business Journal, August 12, 2011.
  •  “Tortious Interference Arising from Filing or Threatening to File a Lawsuit: The Privilege Defense in Flux,” The Houston Lawyer; September/October, 2003.
  •  “The 1979 Amendments Revolutionized the Texas Statutes of Limitations. But it was Not Recognized Until Almost 11 Years Later,” Texas Bar Journal, Vol. 54, No. 4, April, 1991.
  • Served on the Board of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists.
  • Served as the President of the Houston Chapter of the Christian Legal Society.
  • Performed significant pro bono legal services for many clients who could not afford to pay an attorney.
  • Mentored underprivileged high school students through Breakthrough Houston.

He lives in Bellaire, Texas with his wife Carol, and has two adult children. He is an avid cyclist and consumer of political news. He and Carol are active members at Christ the King Presbyterian Church.