Bryan O. Blevins Jr.
Bryan joined Provost Umphrey in 1990, specializing in personal injury law and becoming a firm equity partner in 1997. Over the last thirty years, Bryan has tried, settled and won numerous personal injury and civil litigation matters, including toxic tort, product liability, industrial negligence and breach of contract cases.
Bryan O. Blevins, Jr., a native of Lufkin, Texas, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas in 1987 and a law degree from the Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas in 1990. While attending Baylor, he was a merit scholar, a member of various Moot and Mock Court Teams and the National Order of Barristers.
Bryan has worked his entire career at Provost Umphrey Law Firm located in Beaumont, Texas. He began his tenure as an associate in 1990, was promoted to non-equity partner in 1992, and later, equity partner in 1997. He has served as a member of the firm’s management committee since 2016. Over thirty years, Bryan has prepared, tried and appealed numerous personal injury, civil litigation and class action matters, while representing those harmed or wronged by toxic exposure, defective products, industrial negligence, and/or breach of contract.
On behalf of Provost Umphrey and its many clients, Bryan currently serves on the Texas Asbestos MDL Liaison Committee; the Trust Advisory Committees (TAC) for the AC&S, Asarco, JT Thorpe, ShookFletcher, SWAN and Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Trusts and the APG, Kaiser, APG and DII Silica Trusts. Within the firm, Bryan acts as administrator, trial coordinator and litigator for its asbestos department including the coordination of over 10,000 cases and numerous co-counsel, the representation of over 3,000 oil and gas mineral owners in Texas and Oklahoma and assists with the administration and strategic planning of other mass tort dockets including Human Trafficking.
He earned his board certification in Personal Injury Trial Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1995. Bryan was Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year in 2005 and has been recognized by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer since its inception. Additionally, Bryan has earned Best Lawyers honors since 2013 with recognition as “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in 2014, 2016, and 2020. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Bryan was President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association in 2015, a board member since 2013, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee 2013-2014 and the organization’s asbestos representative to the legislature since 2003.
Outside his professional pursuits, Bryan’s first priority is his family closely followed by his commitment to Christian Fellowship Worship and Legacy Christian Academy.
Areas of Practice
- Asbestos Litigation
- Chemical Exposure & Toxic Tort
- Negotiation and Administration – Mass Torts
- Oil and Gas litigation
- Product Liability
- Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Texas, 1993
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
- Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1990
- Honors: Merit Scholar
- Honors: National Order of Barristers
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
- Bachelor of Arts – 1987
- Major: Economics
- Major: History
- Asbestos and the Civil Justice System
- The Effects of Tort Reform on Civil Litigation
Honors and Awards
- Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers – Plaintiffs in personal injury claims, 2023
- Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers – Plaintiffs in personal injury claims, 2022
- Best Lawyers® in America, US News, 2013 – 2023
- “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in America, U.S. News, for Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions, 2020
- Southeast Texas “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Litigation, Best Lawyers® in America, US News, 2014, 2016
- Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters Business, 2003 – 2022
- Member, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2012
- Martindale Hubbell: “AV” Rated
- Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year, 2005
- Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Professional Associations and Memberships
- State Bar of Texas
- Jefferson County Bar Association
- Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Fellowship Member
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2015
- Southeast Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association
- Port Arthur Bar Association
Pro Bono Activities
- Wesley United Methodist Church
- Legacy Christian Academy
- The Walk to Emmaus Community
- Bryan Blevins Prompt Pay Testimony
- SB 491 Relating to consideration of asbestos or silica trust claims in certain actions asserting asbestos- or silica-related injuries.Watch TTLA President Bryan Blevins testify here.
- HB 1492 Relating to consideration of asbestos or silica trust claims in certain actions asserting asbestos- or silica-related injuries. Watch TTLA President Bryan Blevins testify here.
- Past President Bryan Blevins in House Insurance CSHB1774 3-28-17
- $16 million verdict for a union member that fell 50 feet while on the job
- $21 million settlements in unpaid royalties for oil and gas royalty owners
- $140 million asbestos class action arbitration completing a $178,500,000 settlement
- $24.4 million settlement to resolve litigation against Repsol Oil and Gas USA, LLC