Railroad Law

Railroad lawyers at Brown, Proctor & Howell defend national companies facing personal injury, wrongful death, property damage and employee lawsuits. Our litigation experts bring thorough knowledge of the railroad industry, including crossing accident defense, federal preemption, and the Federal Employer Liability Act, in a highly coordinated plan to protect your company’s interests. As further confirmation of our attorneys’ excellence, our firm ranks in the 2013 national first tier for railroad law in the United States as shown in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers list.

John W. Proctor, a railroad defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience, represents Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway, the two largest railroad companies in the nation. His extensive trial experience, combined with that of Brown, Proctor & Howell’s seasoned team of railroad attorneys, has resulted in successful outcomes involving serious injuries and significant monetary damages.  Proctor earned distinction for his work with ranking on the 2013 national Best Lawyers® list, produced by U.S. News and World Report, in the area of  Railroad Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

Lead Partner:

John W. Proctor

Managing Partner, Fort Worth Office

T: (817) 332-1391  |  F: (817) 870-2427  |  E: jproctor@brownproctor.com  |  V-Card

Brown, Proctor & Howell railroad defense attorneys assist clients with cases involving:

  • Failure to heed railroad warning systems
  • Vehicle/pedestrian railroad crossing accidents
  • Hazardous cargo spills
  • Railroad employee claims
  • Locomotive, freight car, rail track, and other equipment malfunction

Railroad clients we serve currently or have provided services to:

  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Union Pacific Corporation
  • Union Pacific Railroad Co.


John W. Proctor, Partner
Michael Peck, Partner
Robert Piwetz, Partner
Cailin Ringelman, Partner

Railroad Law

Experience Matters. Contact Us Today To See How We Can Help You.

“Brown, Proctor & Howell’s seasoned team of railroad attorneys has resulted in successful outcomes involving serious injuries and significant monetary damages.”

Please feel free to contact us at (817) 332-1391 in Fort Worth or Houston to discuss your legal needs.

Brown, Proctor & Howell, LLP, a law firm concentrating on highly complex litigation and negotiation, originated in 1922 with the partnership of two prominent north Texas attorneys, Jesse M. Brown and Sidney Samuels. Today our lawyers handle multi-million dollar cases from our offices in Fort Worth, and Houston. For more than 90 years, we have provided clients with the highest level of expertise and professionalism. All named partners are rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest level of professional excellence awarded by their legal peers, as established through the 2012 Martindale Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings.™