Robert S. Kwok

Mr. Kwok hails from Clear Lake City, Texas where he served as Class President and played “all State” 5A Texas Football. Mr. Kwok earned his BBA from Baylor University in 1991, attending on the Presidential Scholarship and graduating as the Hankamer School of Business Outstanding Student.  He then earned his JD from The University of Houston Law Center in 1993, graduating early.  In 1993, Mr. Kwok entered private practice with a small Plaintiff’s firm in Houston.  Three years later, Mr. Kwok founded Robert Kwok & Associates, LLP with one paralegal, representing people in car wrecks, catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.

In 2004, Mr. Kwok won a record setting jury verdict in Brazoria County, Texas, in a hard fought dangerous railroad crossing wrongful death case against the Union Pacific Railroad. The jury returned a verdict of $18,200,000.00 in favor of Mr. Kwok’s clients.

In 2005, Mr. Kwok was honored to file the first wrongful death lawsuit arising from the tragic BP Amoco refinery explosion in Texas City. Mr. Kwok settled the fatality case and a group of injury cases, except for one. In the fall of 2007, Mr. Kwok was honored to present his last BP explosion case to a Galveston County jury.  After conducting voir dire of over 200 Galveston County residents, Mr. Kwok and the Plaintiffs seated a jury and the case immediately settled.

Additionally, from 2005 to 2010, Mr. Kwok was honored to represent a group of ladies who ingested the dangerous prescription drug, Paxil, during their pregnancy.  Mr. Kwok filed the lead case in Brazoria County, Texas and eventually garnered a confidential settlement with lifetime payments to the family.

In 2011, Mr. Kwok honored the achievements of long time friend and law partner Thomas Daniel by changing the firm’s name to Kwok Daniel Ltd., L.L.P., expanding the firm’s services to clients statewide and nationally, in Beaumont, New Orleans, San Antonio, Dallas, Oklahoma, and Los Angeles.  The firm routinely handles over 1000 active files at any given time.

In 2012, Mr. Kwok and the litigation team were honored to file a wrongful death lawsuit arising from the June 2, 2012 Channelview explosion for the family of a welder (and injured co-workers) killed at the Oiltanking Houston terminal.  After 17 months of litigation, Mr. Kwok conducted voir dire of 150 potential jurors and seated a jury of 12 and 2 alternates.  After 5 1/2 weeks of trial, and 3 days of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict of $20.2 million in favor of Mr. Kwok’s clients.  It was the top verdict in Harris County for 2013 and a top 100 verdict nationwide for 2013.  It was also Mr. Kwok’s longest jury trial to date.

Over the past 2 decades, Mr. Kwok has successfully represented individuals and classes in the prosecution of serious injury/fatality cases – workplace explosion deaths/injuries, workplace burns/amputations, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, defective products, defective drugs, and wrongful death suits against automobile and tire manufacturers, chemical plants, oil refineries and other corporate giants.  Mr. Kwok has taken on and successfully tried to jury verdict or settled significant six, seven and eight figure cases against Oiltanking Partners, British Petroleum, Union Pacific Railroad, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, GlaxoSmith Kline, General Motors, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Isuzu, Nissan, Bridgestone/Firestone, Exxon, Phillips 66, and most 18-wheeler & insurance corporate defendants.

From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Kwok has been voted by his peers a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, being featured in Texas Monthly Magazine.  In 2012 and 2013, Texas Super Lawyers further honored Mr. Kwok with appointment to their Blue Ribbon nominating committee.  Being a Super Lawyer places Mr. Kwok in the top 5% of all attorneys in the State of Texas. In addition, Mr. Kwok has been selected as H Texas Magazine’s “Top Lawyer” from 2006 to 2016.

Mr. Kwok is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. On the road to getting board certified until present, Mr. Kwok has tried over Eighty Two (82) jury trials to verdict, devoting his entire legal career to representing people in civil litigation across the country. Many of Mr. Kwok’s jury trials have been followed by local and national news agencies, including the Houston Chronicle, the Galveston County Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, Business Week, Bloomberg, MSNBC, USA Today, Fox News, Dow Jones News Wires, and various trial magazines and publications.

Mr. Kwok is individually rated “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – the directory’s highest rating.   Mr. Kwok is also a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education seminars in Harris and Matagorda Counties on personal injury topics, with an emphasis on jury selection and damages.

Mr. Kwok speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, and studies Cantonese, Vietnamese and Spanish. In addition, Mr. Kwok teaches Bible at Second Baptist Church, where he serves with wife, Karen, and their four children.  Mr. Kwok sits on the boards of Every Village and Trinity Classical School.  The Kwok family is passionate about accelerated Bible translation & building water wells  – with a portion of corporate profits going to support local churches, ministries and world missions.

Education

  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas – B.B.A. (Honors)
  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas – J.D.

Admitted to Practice:

  • State Bar of Texas, 1994
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas

Professional Organizations (Present & Former):

  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law
  • American Association of Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Police Department (Former Commissioner)
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee (Former Member)
  • Asian American Bar Association (Past President)
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Life Member – Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Board Member – Every Village
  • Board Member – Trinity Classical School