Donald H. Kidd

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Donald H. Kidd has over 25 years of legal experience and has been named a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction granted to less than 10% of lawyers.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with his Bachelor of Business Administration, Mr. Kidd attended South Texas College of Law. During his studies there, he was inducted into the Order of the Lytae, a prestigious legal honor society, and the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. He achieved the Dean’s List each semester, was the Vanderbilt Invitational Moot Court Champion and graduated with his Juris Doctorate summa cum laude in 1991. Mr. Kidd is licensed to practice law in Texas and he is currently licensed to appear before the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he has appeared pro hac vice before state courts in California and Missouri.

Following law school, Mr. Kidd joined the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP as an associate before serving as Senior Trial Lawyer with Jim S. Adler & Associates. After eleven years with this firm, Mr. Kidd joined with Jim Perdue to found what is now Perdue & Kidd to pursue justice for personal injury victims and in commercial litigation. He represents clients in cases arising from car crashes, truck wrecks, workplace fires and explosions, and defective products, among others.

His participation in the legal community includes serving as former president of the Houston Trial lawyers Association, a past Vice President of Communications and Director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and former panel chair of the State Bar Grievance Committee, as well as membership in the Houston Bar Association, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, College of the State Bar of Texas. He is currently a member of the Exam Committee for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Personal Injury Trial, and is a Life Fellow of both the Houston Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. He has been named to the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a Sustaining Member of the American Association of Justice. He has been listed as a Texas SuperLawyer every year since 2004, named one of the “Best Layers for the People” by H Texas Magazine 2006 through 2009, and has a rating of AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble.

When not in the office, Mr. Kidd very much enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. He is an active member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church. He is married to Tammy Kidd and has one daughter and one son.

Education
  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Business Administration
  • South Texas College of Law, Juris Doctor, summa cum laude
Bar Admisions
  • Texas, 1992
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Certified Legal Specialties
  • Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization – 2001 to present
Awards and Honors
  • “AV Pre-eminent” Rated by Martindale-Hubble
  • Super Lawyer, 2004 – 2014
  • “Best Lawyers for the People”, H Texas Magazine, 2006 – 2009
  • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Lead Counsel Rating in Personal Injury, 2013-present
Professional Association Memberships
  • Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”), Member, Exclusive American Board
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • American Association of Justice, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Past Vice President of Communications
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Former Director
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2008 – 2009
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, Past Panel Chair 96-99
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Personal Injury Trial Exam Committee, Former Member 2009-2015
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Phi Alpha Delta
Publications and Speaking Engagements
  • “Digging Deeper to Maximize Value in 18 Wheeler Cases,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association Advanced Personal Injury seminar, December 1, 2011, Houston, Texas.
  • “Distracted Driving,” University of Texas School of Law, The Car Crash Seminar, Austin, Texas, August 18-19, 2011.
  • “Haygood v. Escabedo: More Questions than Answers,” Harris County District Judges annual CLE, August 8, 2011
  • “To File Suit or Not to File Suit, Practical Considerations in Pre-Suit Case Handling,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Road Rules: A Crash Course Car Wreck Seminar, Houston, Texas, March 29, 2011.
  • “To File Suit or Not to File Suit, Practical Considerations in Pre-Suit Case Handling,” University of Texas School of Law, The Car Crash Seminar, Austin, Texas, August 19-20, 2010.
  • “How to Not Try Your Case Twice – Be Careful What You Ask For,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Road Rules: A Crash Course Car Wreck Seminar, Houston, Texas, March 24, 2010.
  • “How to Not Try Your Case Twice – Be Careful What You Ask For,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Car Wreck Seminar, Austin, Texas, December 3, 2009.
  • “To File Suit or Not to File Suit, Practical Considerations in Pre-Suit Case Handling,” University of Texas School of Law, The Car Crash Seminar, Austin, Texas, August 6-7, 2009.
  • “Demonstration: Direct and Cross Examination of a Medical Expert,” Houston Bar Association 2008 Experts Institute, Houston, Texas September 26, 2008.
  • “To File Suit or Not to File Suit, Practical Considerations in Pre-Suit Case Handling,” University of Texas School of Law, The Car Crash Seminar, Austin, Texas, August 14, 2008.
  • “Practical Considerations in Pre-Suit Handling,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Advocates Luncheon, Houston, Texas June 25, 2008.
  • “Dealing with Clients and Managing their Expectations,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, Austin, Texas, April 30-May 1, 2008.
  • “Pre-Suit Settlements – To File Suit or Not to File Suit,” South Texas College of Law, Personal Injury Conference, Houston, Texas, April 11, 2008.
  • “Evaluating Car Wreck Cases,” Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas, November 16, 2007.
  • “Evaluating Potential Cases: Asking the Right Questions,” University of Texas School of Law, The Car Crash Seminar, Austin, Texas, June 7-8, 2007.
  • “Investigation and Discovery,” South Texas College of Law, Automobile Injury Conference, Houston, Texas, May 5, 2006.
  • “Efficient and Effective Prosecution Strategies,” Maximizing Your Case Recovery, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Houston, Texas, April 7, 2006.
  • “Auto Insurance In Texas: Uninsured, Underinsured and Accident Litigation,” Lorman Education Services, Houston, Texas, March 31, 2006.
  • “Effective and Efficient Case Resolution – A common Goal,” Touchstone, Bernays seminar for the insurance industry, February 6, 2006.
  • “Auto Wreck Discovery and Depositions,” University of Texas School of Law, The Car Crash Seminar, December 15-16, 2005 and January 26-27, 2006.
  • “How to Avoid Mistakes at Trial,” South Texas College of Law, Automobile Injury Conference, Houston, Texas, March 4, 2005.
  • “Evaluating Potential Cases: Asking the Right Questions,” University of Texas School of Law, The Car Crash Seminar, December 16-17, 2004, January 20-21, 2005.
  • “How to Avoid Mistakes at Trial,” South Texas College of Law, Automobile Injury Conference, Houston, Texas, March 2004.
  • “Negating Defense Themes in Low Impact Collision Cases,” Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Car Wrecks Seminar, Dallas, December 2003.
  • “Blunders and Brilliant Strategies at Trial,” South Texas College of Law, Automobile Injury Conference, Houston, Texas, March 2003.
  • Seminar Chair, South Texas College of Law, Automobile Injury Conference, Houston, Texas, March 2002.
  • Seminar Co-Chair, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Car Wrecks Seminar, Austin, November 2001.
  • “Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage in Texas,” State Bar of Texas, Advanced Personal Injury Course, San Antonio, August 2001.
  • “Getting Key Documents in Personal Injury Cases,” Lorman Education Services, Document Management and Production, Houston, July 2001.
  • “Screening Car Wreck Cases,” South Texas College of Law, Automobile Injury Conference, Houston, Texas, March 2001.
  • “Deposition Checklists for Plaintiffs,” South Texas College of Law, Automobile Injury Conference, Houston, Texas, April 2000.

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