S. Donean Surratt
Partner since 1999
has a statewide practice with an emphasis on
personal injury, products liability and toxic
torts. Her range of
experience includes cases in timber, governmental, retail, business,
and premises liability litigation.
Donean has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1997. She has served as trial
counsel in personal injury cases involving products liability,
premises liability, automobile and 18 wheeler accidents, and
wrongful death. She also has served as trial counsel in timber
litigation and civil rights cases. She works as lead attorney on a
variety of cases throughout the State of Texas. In toxic torts,
Donean serves as lead counsel in asbestos friction, electrical and
premises cases statewide, as well as benzene cases. In addition to
her personal injury trial practice, Donean has handled a variety of
governmental and employment matters. She has handled disputes
involving federal overtime laws, corporate officer liability, ADA,
age discrimination, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment.
Her representative experience includes the following:
Lead and co-Lead counsel in personal injury cases involving products
liability, premises liability, and automobile and 18 wheeler
- Lead counsel in a variety of employment law cases, including
sexual harassment, ADA, age discrimination, and gender
discrimination. She has been involved in disputes over federal
overtime laws and corporate officer liability.
- Lead and co-lead counsel in asbestos friction, electrical, and
premises cases statewide.
- Lead counsel in civil rights cases and Texas Tort Claims Act
cases including false arrest, denial of medical care and excessive
- Lead counsel in premises benzene cases.
Donean Surratt is a nominated member of the Claims and Litigation
She is also a current member of the Texas Pattern Jury Charges
Committee for Business, Consumer, Insurance and Employment and has
been a member since 2009.
Donean was named by Texas Monthly
magazine as a Rising Star in the legal profession for the years
2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
She has also
been recognized by Texas Monthly as a Super Lawyer for the years
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Also, she has been named the Best Lawyers 2013 Beaumont Mass
Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year".
Only one lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored
as the “Lawyer of the Year".
She served as President of the Jefferson County Bar Association
during 2004-2005 and as President of Jefferson County Bar Foundation
during 2004-2005. She currently serves on
the Editorial Committee of the Jefferson County Bar Journal.
She has been a member and served in the past as President of the
Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association She is a member of the
Lamar University Alumni Association and served as President from
Donean graduated with honors from the University of Texas School
of Law in 1991, where she was a member of the Board of Advocates.
She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science
degree from Lamar University in 1987.
Donean practices primarily in the firm’s office in
Beaumont and The
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