Jeff Work joined Sorrels Law in November 2023 after more than 30 years of legal practice primarily in Houston, Texas. Since his teenage years, Jeff has always wanted to serve people – serve individual people – in some capacity. Sorrels Law provides him that opportunity while using his experience, and especially his courtroom experience. Not all cases need to be tried, but when they do, you want an experienced attorney like Jeff Work on your team. True to his name, work gets the job done by serving his clients.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Mr. Work attended Oklahoma Baptist University then Baylor University School of Law. In 1996, Mr. Work became Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law which requires multiple trials as lead counsel then passing a rigorous written exam. For many years, Jeff represented large corporations and insurance companies in litigation, but he is now thankful to be representing individuals in trials. He considers it an honor to be the advocate for men and women who have been injured by others’ wrongful acts. His extensive trial experience serves his clients well.
At the relatively young age of 36 years, Mr. Work was elected Judge of the 189th Civil District Court in Harris County (Houston), Texas, in November 1998, then re-elected in November 2002. He served until April 2003, when he voluntarily returned to private practice. Jeff has performed almost every job in the courtroom including being: a judge; a juror on three two-week trials; a witness, fact and expert; and a trial attorney, as both plaintiff and defense counsel. Outside of the courtroom he has served as an arbitrator and mediator on multiple cases. He has also represented parties in multiple arbitrations when needed; but the Courtroom is his venue of choice.
Jeff has been involved in numerous committees for both the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association including several years of service as an Associate Editor for the magazine, The Houston Lawyer. He has been rated as AV Preeminent (highest possible rating) through Martindale-Hubbell/LexisNexis for 20 years. In 2004, Jeff completed the A.A. White School of Mediation Training, thereafter, serving as a mediator and arbitrator, but realized, again, he prefers being a litigator while fighting for the rights of the individual.
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
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.