Our Attorneys

John W. Proctor

Managing Partner, Fort Worth Office

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

John W. Proctor is the Managing Partner of Brown, Proctor & Howell, LLP. He has more than 35 years of experience in civil trial and personal injury trial law. In addition to representing clients in commercial disputes, Mr. Proctor has been board certified in civil trial law since 1990 and represents railroad and aircraft manufacturers in difficult and often emotionally charged personal injury and wrongful death litigation and consistently obtains successful results for his clients.

Since 2002, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America and has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, every year since 2003 when the designation first was created. He has been listed by Best Lawyers in America as the top lawyer in personal injury and railroad defense in the Dallas-Fort Worth area each year since 2014.  He is also a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Proctor is a member of the Fort Worth chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates as well as the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. He is also a frequent speaker at CLE seminars in Texas and around the U.S. and Canada.

Areas of Practice
Civil Trial Law, Railroad Law, Aviation Law, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Defense

Stephen C. Howell

Partner, Fort Worth Office

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

Stephen Howell focuses his practice on aviation litigation, products liability and personal injury litigation. An expert in aviation litigation, Mr. Howell has represented clients all over the country in federal and state court. Honored as a Texas Super Lawyer, by Thomson Rueters, every year from 2006 to date, and Top Attorney, by Fort Worth Texas Magazine, he is also a certified mediator and a member of the Defense Research Institute.

Areas of Practice
Aviation Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Products Liability Litigation, Civil Litigation

Siena Magallanes

Associate, Austin Office

T: (512) 599-8506  |  F: (817) 870-2427  |  E: smagallanes@brownproctor.com  |  V-Card

Siena Magallanes is an associate in the litigation practice group. Siena represents clients in a variety of civil litigation, from complex commercial litigation to insurance matters. As a native of South Texas, Siena has dedicated her practice to understanding challenges unique to the area, and is particularly dedicated to serving Spanish-speaking clients.

Areas of Practice
Litigation

R. Bruce Moon

Partner, Fort Worth Office

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

Bruce Moon is a Texas trial lawyer and has tried over 100 cases to verdict. He has significant experience representing manufacturers, employers, businesses, and individuals in a broad range of litigation matters, including medical negligence, professional liability, automobile and trucking liability, employment, products liability, workplace accidents, premises liability, probate and business litigation.

Areas of Practice
Litigation

Sheryl Norman

Partner, Houston Office

T: (713) 275-2192  |  F: (713) 236-7721  |  E: snorman@brownproctor.com  |  V-Card

Since 1994 Sheryl Norman has represented Class I railroads, short-line railroads, rail switching companies, rail contractors, and rail employee transportation companies defending grade crossing, FELA and trespasser litigation across Texas.  Her docket primarily consists of lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries such as death, traumatic amputation, brain injury, and paralysis. In addition to representing railroads at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts she has handled an array of other cases involving personal injury and property damage. She has tried multiple cases to verdict.  Ms. Norman is also a public arbitrator for FINRA.

Ms. Norman is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. She has been named to the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society for lawyers who voluntarily choose to complete at least double the required number of continuing education hours. In 2013 Ms. Norman was elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the nation. Ms. Norman practices primarily out of the firm’s Houston office.

Areas of Practice
Railroad Law, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury Defense, Arbitration

Michael L. Peck

Partner, Fort Worth Office

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

Michael Peck was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas.  His practice encompasses all areas of civil litigation including trial work, particularly the areas of construction, personal injury, commercial, and transportation.  He has served as first chair trial and appellate counsel in federal and state courts across Texas.  Michael has been active in Fort Worth and has served on the boards of the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, the Youth Sports Council of Fort Worth, Ballet Concerto, the Paschal High School Alumni Association, and the Paschal High School Enrichment Foundation.  He is the past president of the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, the current president of the Paschal High School Alumni Association, and serves on the steering and selection committees of the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award.

Michael also serves as a Southwestern University Class Agent for the class of 1991, and previously served on Southwestern University’s Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.

Michael has volunteered as a coach for the YMCA and at University Little League.  Michael has consistently been named a Top Attorney in Fort Worth Texas Magazine, as well as a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly, and a Top Attorney by 360 West Magazine.  He is a Master Emeritus in the Eldon Mahon Inn of Court.

Michael received his J.D. Degree from the University of Texas Law School in Austin and his B.A. Degree Cum Laude from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.  Upon his graduation from law school in 1995, Michael began working at Brown Proctor where he has remained to the present.

Areas of Practice

Civil Trial and Appeals, Business and Commercial, Business Formation, Construction, Employment, Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice, Insurance, Transportation

David J. Pels

Partner, Fort Worth Office

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

David J. Pels focuses his practice in the areas of business torts and commercial litigation, personal injury litigation and transportation law. Mr. Pels is admitted to practice before the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the Western District of Oklahoma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Pels is licensed in Texas, having graduated from Loyola University School of Law.

Areas of Practice

Business Torts, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Transportation Law

Robert Piwetz

Partner, Fort Worth Office

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

Robert Piwetz focuses his practice on litigation, primarily in the areas of aviation, commercial, personal injury, and railroad law. An experienced litigator, he has successfully tried numerous cases at both the state and federal levels, and regularly counsels large and small businesses on a wide variety of state, federal, and international matters.

Areas of Practice
Aviation Law, Business and Commercial Litigation, Civil Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Defense, Personal Injury Defense, Railroad Law

Cailin M. Ringelman

Partner, Fort Worth Office

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

Cailin M. Ringelman is a partner who focuses her practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on aviation litigation. Her practice consists of representing original equipment manufacturers, pilots and operators in various litigation matters. Ms. Ringelman also represents railroads in FELA, grade crossing, freight claims and real estate matters. Ms. Ringelman also represents entities, individuals and financial institutions in bankruptcy matters and related adversary proceedings. She is licensed to practice law in Texas, Kansas, and Missouri.

While in law school, Ms. Ringelman served as an Articles Editor for the Washburn Law Journal and was the first recipient of the John D. Ensley Memorial Writing Award. She served on the Washburn Law School Alumni Association Board of Governors from 2008 to 2014.

Areas of Practice
Civil Litigation, Transportation Litigation, Commercial Litigation

Afton Sands

Partner, Austin Office

T: (512) 599-8506  |  F: (817) 870-2427  |  E: asands@brownproctor.com  |  V-Card

Afton represents clients in state and federal court in a broad range of complex litigation matters. She has extensive experience in commercial litigation handling disputes involving breach of contract, insurance, and fraud. As part of her practice, Afton also represents clients, including railroads, in real estate disputes related to property boundaries, easements, railroad crossings, and homeowners associations. She also defends clients in condemnation proceedings. Afton has represented debtors, creditors, and trustees in bankruptcy court. Before joining the firm, she was a Partner at Husch Blackwell LLP.

Areas of Practice
Civil Trial Law, Railroad Law, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Defense, Insurance Defense

Larry W. Wilshire

Partner, Fort Worth Office

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

Larry W. Wilshire focuses his practice on litigation and appeals, contracts, business and commercial law, construction law, and housing and urban development. He is currently admitted to practice in Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice
Litigation and Appeals, Contracts, Business and Commercial Law, Construction Law, Housing and Urban Development

Please feel free to contact us at (817) 332-1391 in Fort Worth or (713) 275-2192 in 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, Houston, and Austin Texas. 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.™