Vic Thomas leads the Appellate Section of Sorrels Law. He has been Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1988. His seven years as an attorney for a Texas appellate court and his 38 years as a litigator have given him a wealth of experience and knowledge that few can match.
Vic Thomas served the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, first as a Research Attorney (1983-1985) with responsibility for complex civil appeals, and then as a Central Staff Attorney (2016-2020) with responsibility for original proceedings and permissive appeals. His experience in working with all the Justices on the court and drafting opinions affords Vic an insider’s knowledge that is invaluable for writing persuasive briefs.
Before joining Sorrels Law, Vic worked for law firms of all kinds and sizes, including his own 30 lawyer firm, a large Texas law firm, a large international law firm, and a plaintiff’s firm that has recovered billions of dollars for its clients. He has analyzed and briefed cases of all sizes in the pre-trial, trial, post-trial, and appellate stages. He is currently handling the appeal of the largest personal injury, actual damages verdict for an injured worker in a contested case in United States’ history.
He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in both personal injury and business litigation, including many million-dollar-controversies. He has assisted with many trials and handled over 80 appeals in the Texas, Louisiana, and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
Board Certification and Peer Review Rating
He is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law and has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards since 2000.
His success in representing plaintiffs includes: (1) obtaining the Fifth Circuit’s affirmance of a $71 million arbitration award to a plaintiff for the defendant’s reckless breach of a farm-out agreement for an international oil and gas lease; (2) assisting with obtaining a $44 million arbitration award for his client based on claims for securities fraud and minority shareholder oppression; (3) obtaining a Texas court of appeals’ reversal of a judgment n.o.v. and the rendition of a judgment for $4.35 million for the surviving family of a man who perished in a motel fire.
He has also had success in representing defendants on appeal, including: (1) a Texas court of appeals granted a motion for en banc reconsideration and reversed an $8.2 million judgment for a plaintiff who was injured while removing copper wiring from an energized transformer; and (2) the Texas Supreme Court reversed a $15.7 million award of compensatory damages to a plaintiff who was injured in an accident with a truck driver, based on Vic’s argument that the trial court erroneously admitted evidence of the truck driver’s illegal alien status.
This varied experience affords Mr. Thomas insight into both plaintiff and defense strategies.
Mr. Thomas graduated from Baylor University, magna cum laude, with a B.B.A. degree in economics and finance and with a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law.
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.
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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.