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Beaumont Texas - Brent Coon and Associates

The Beaumont Office

215 Orleans St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
Local: 409-835-2666
Fax: 409-833-4483


Our Attorneys

Brent W. Coon

Eric Newell

John Thomas

Lori K. Slocum

Brent Coon & Associates’ headquarters is located in Beaumont, TX just 90 miles east of Houston. Initially, the Beaumont offices were spread throughout three separate buildings, but in 2009 they consolidated in downtown Beaumont’s historic Kyle Building. Originally built in 1931, the Kyle Building contains 11 storefronts spanning an entire block face in Beaumont’s downtown commercial district. At one time the downtown district was vibrant, energetic, and flush with traffic as local residents flocked to the area’s shopping malls. But as the city expanded outwards, the downtown district slowly became barren. The Kyle block was completely vacant before BCA decided it needed a new home. Now the entire building is housed by the firm’s attorneys and office staff.

Kyle Building Beamont TexasIn addition to being one of the largest BCA offices, Beaumont also houses the firm’s Human Resources, Information Technology, Accounting and Finance Departments. The Beaumont office also acts as the hub for the firm’s partnerships with several national Union Labors. Overseen by Larry Sartin, the Labor department works hand in hand with organizations such as the United Steel Workers and the Helicopter Pilots Union. Brent Coon currently sits on the United Steelworkers Council and attorney John Thomas works closely with the Texas Municipal Police Association.

Brent Coon AttorneyAs Firm Owner and Beaumont Management Team Attorney, Brent Coon began his meteoric rise in 2001. Mr. Coon began his career under the tutelage of Walter Umphrey at the Beaumont-based asbestos litigation firm, Provost Umphrey. It was during this period when modern day asbestos litigation found its genesis in Southeast Texas. Provost Umphrey began offering free medical screenings for refinery workers in area. From the screenings, the firm was able to identify which workers had contracted mesothelioma or asbestos related lung cancer. It was during this time that Mr. Coon became one of the most respected and knowledgeable asbestos attorneys in the country. Mr. Coon eventually left Provost Umphrey to start his own practice, one that has grown from a two person team in 2001 to boast 15 offices and over 70 attorneys nationwide.

As Lead Counsel on what many consider one of the most important public policy cases of the past decade, Brent Coon stood against British Petroleum, taking the worst industrial accident since 1989 and the fight for industry change all the way to the Texas Supreme Court. Mr. Coon’s firm reviewed over seven million documents and worked hand-in-hand with the Department of Justice and U.S. Chemical Safety Board, spending millions to ensure justice for his client, Eva Rowe, who had lost both of her parents in the tragic explosion.

By refusing to allow BP to seal the documents as part of the settlement, Mr. Coon was able to hold an entire industry accountable for its mistakes. As a key part of the settlement, Brent Coon forced BP to give 32 million dollars to universities and charities, which has been considered a dawn of a new age of dispute resolution by media and journalists worldwide. Finally, Brent Coon wrote the “Remember The 15 Bill” to forever improve refinery safety conditions, and introduced it into the Texas Legislature during a ceremony held at the Capitol, commemorating the second anniversary of the blast that killed 15 people.

For his efforts, Mr. Coon was named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2007 and was awarded the prestigious Steven J. Sharp Award for Excellence by the American Association of Justice. He has also been named as a Texas Super Lawyer for two years straight.

Eric NewellEric Newell joined Brent Coon & Associates in early 2005. Mr. Newell was extensively involved in representing victims injured in the 2005 explosion at the BP Texas City refinery. His work also includes representing client involved in other personal injury and employment law matters. Mr. Newell earned his J.D. from the University of Houston. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Southeast Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

John Thomas For over 20 years John Thomas has practiced law in Texas and Mississippi. As a former insurance and asbestos defense attorney who has switched over to the plaintiff’s side, Mr. Thomas knows the other team’s playbook, which has proved to be an extremely valuable asset in the courtroom. He also plays a large role in BCA’s associations with various unions as well as the Texas Municipal Police Association. He is a graduate of the South Texas College of Law.


Lori SlocumLori Slocum joined Brent Coon & Associates in June of 2005. After her undergraduate years at Lamar University, Lori headed to the South Texas College of Law, where she earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Jefferson County Bar Association, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.


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Houston Police Department caught red-handed illegally engaging in a home invasion and covering it up by destroying security system: Damages Suit filed by Law Firm for Homeowner

March 3, 2017, 9:34 am

In one of the most egregious examples of police excess and violation of law perpetrated by HPD in recent times, two separate security systems from two different homeowners caught an HPD police officer and another uniformed officer illegally break into a Harris County home, destroy their surveillance system, illegally search the home with no one there, illegally go through their mail, and leave the home with the door open before the homeowners arrived back to their residence.

Jury Awards War Hero Over 1 Million Dollars

November 9, 2016, 3:22 pm

Today a jury verdict was returned regarding a lawsuit filed against Woven Metal Products, Inc. on behalf of Jacob Matthew Cadriel, who was killed on the job by a co-worker, Steven Damien Young.  This tragic incident took place on April 1, 2015. On that date and on Woven Metal Products, Inc.’s workplace premises, co-worker Steven Damien Young reached into his waistband, pulled out a 38-caliber handgun and shot and killed Jacob.  Young was arrested and charged with murder, and is now serving a 45 year sentence.

Deepwater Horizon Film Puts Spotlight on Disaster

October 3, 2016, 5:11 pm

The motion picture depicting the 2010 Gulf oil spill hits theaters nationwide this weekend.  So what, if anything, has changed since the Deepwater Horizon blast killed 11 oil rig workers?

Attorney Brent Coon represented one of the workers who escaped the rig; he hopes the film brings more attention to what really happened and how little regulation there is in the drilling industry still today.

Used cars with recalls being sold with 'no open recalls'

August 17, 2016, 8:49 am

Buying a used car instead of a new one almost always makes good economic sense, unless you end up in Ann Nogast's old 2011 Honda Pilot.

"Because it's going to be some innocent family that ends up the next possible fatality," Nogast said.

Seven injured in Explosion

August 14, 2016, 11:23 pm

Seven people were injured, including four critically, in an explosion at a Texas crude-oil plant, authorities said.

A Flood of Oil Spill Lawsuits Expected Against BP this Month

May 9, 2016, 9:02 am

Despite the $20 billion settlement BP PLC struck with the U.S. Department of Justice over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, tens of thousands of lawsuits could hit the courts this month, adding to the oil company’s ballooning costs.


May 2, 2016, 6:22 pm

Those who have followed the Jefferson County Appraisal District (JCAD) case and story for the last year should be already aware that we have spent the duration of that period attempting to collect information and data on what we believed was an unfair rescheduling of  1.5 level homes.

Wall Street Journal: BP Results Still Hurt by Gulf of Mexico Spill

April 27, 2016, 8:57 am

Six years after a deadly blowout sent a slick of oil floating along the Gulf Coast for months, BP PLC disclosed almost $1 billion in fresh charges that bring its total bill from the disaster to more than $56 billion and counting.

BCA Releases Video on 6 Year Anniversary of BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2016, 8:33 am

With the enormous number of BP Oil Spill victims still waiting for resolution of their claims, BCA is providing this status update as a “reality check” of where are we now. Brent Coon’s comments and the link to the 2 minute video are below.‎

Beaumont attorney talks class action lawsuit against appraisal district

April 19, 2016, 9:28 am

Beaumont attorney Brent Coon said it was appropriate for him to host a press conference at his law office on April 15, the traditional tax day.

Coon said the basis of the class action lawsuit is their client, Elaine Henderson, and those like her , 8,000 of them, who own a 1.5 story home and have had their home values arbitrarily increased across the county.

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