Eric Gerard is a former federal prosecutor and fierce trial lawyer committed to forcing big companies to do right by the people they’ve harmed. He brings endless energy, diverse experience, and relentless drive to the fight against corporate wrongdoers and has recovered over $150 million for victims of negligence and fraud.
Eric became a lawyer for one reason: to help those in need get justice through the courts. After graduating in the top 10% of his class from the prestigious University of Virginia School of Law, he started his career at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York City, trying cases in the busiest criminal court system in America. Later, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the Department of Justice, where he won accolades from supervisors, judges, jurors, and opposing counsel alike for his advocacy skills and tireless work ethic. His trials as a federal prosecutor covered a wide range of complex subject matters—from international money laundering to identity theft, foreign “sex tourism” to murder-for-hire—and were reported by media outlets across the country.
Eric brings his experience prosecuting tough, complex cases and passion for righting wrongs to the fight for injured victims. Early in his career, he worked alongside firm co-founder Randy Sorrels at one of Texas’ oldest and most respected plaintiffs’ firms, helping win millions for victims of catastrophic injury and defective products. After leaving DOJ, he was elected partner at a firm named one of the “10 Best Plaintiff Firms in the United States” by Benchmark Litigation. His victories there included hard-fought settlements of $105 million from a major pharmacy chain, $40 million from a global pharmaceutical manufacturer, and $16 million from a leading medical device company. Eric recently returned to Houston to reunite with Randy and Alex and continue the fight for the seriously injured at Sorrels Law.
Eric has received a number of honors and awards throughout his career, including being named a “Texas Rising Star,” one of “Houston’s Top Personal Injury Lawyers” by Houstonia Magazine, a Fellow of both the Texas Bar and Houston Bar Foundations, and a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He was the top scorer out of more than 1,150 candidates when he sat for Texas Bar Exam. Outside of Texas, Eric is licensed by the state bars of Louisiana and New York and has been admitted by federal courts around the country.
Eric lives in Houston with his wife, Vanessa, and their two boys, Pierce and Troy. They are members of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and are active supporters of the Memorial Park Conservancy, the Houston Zoo, and other charitable causes. When not in court, at the office, or with his family, Eric can be found reading about the law or working out.
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
B.A., Washington & Lee University, Politics
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.
He has published numerous articles, including:
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.