Partner Don Foty

Don J. Foty

Don J. Foty

  • Partner
  • Kennedy Hodges L.L.P.
  • 4409 Montrose Blvd Houston, TX 77006
  • 713-523-0001

Background

Don Foty is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was born in Houston, Texas and raised in San Marcos, Texas. After graduating summa cum laude from high school, he attended The University of Texas at Austin where he studied finance and was admitted into the business honors program, where selection is reserved only for top students. During college, he worked for a Fortune 500 company while completing his studies and earned the “University Honors” award.

After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, he attended the University of Houston Law Center. He was very active in Law Center activities, including being a member of the Mock Trial Team. After graduating from law school, he immediately began helping personal injury victims and workers in class and collective action cases.

Since then, he has represented thousands of clients in nearly every state in the country and has recovered millions of dollars for them.  He is listed as one of the top 40 lawyers in Texas under the age of 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  He has also been recognized as a "Rising Star" in Texas by the Super Lawyers publication every year since 2012 and as one of Houston's top lawyers by Houstonia magazine. Mr. Foty has been interviewed by numerous local and national news organizations on various subjects related to the civil justice system and many of his cases have been featured nationally in the media.

Listen to Don's Interview on The Minimum Wage Debate

Verdicts and Settlements Include:

  • $10.7 million verdict in a daycare abuse case
  • $9 million settlement in a wage and hour collective action
  • $4.35 million settlement in a wage and hour class/collective action
  • $2.8 million settlement in a wage and hour collective action
  • $2.35 million settlement in a wage and hour class/collective action
  • $2.3 million settlement in a wage and hour collective action
  • $1.8 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice case
  • $1.3 million settlement in a products liability case
  • $1.2 million settlement in a wage and hour class action
  • $1.1 million settlement in a wage and hour collective action
  • $1.1 million settlement in an industrial accident case
  • $1 million settlement in a workplace explosion case

Areas of Practice

  • Class and collective actions
  • Wage and Hour
  • 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Birth Injuries
  • Pharmacy Malpractice
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Products Liability
  • Recalled Products
  • Commercial Litigation
  • ERISA
  • WARN Act

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center
    • Mock Trial Team
    • Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    • Bachelor of Business Administration
    • University Honors Award
    • Business Honors Program

Honors and Awards​

  • Texas Monthly and Thomson Reuters “Rising Star,” 2012 - Present
  • Named as a "Top 40 Trial Lawyer Under 40" by The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Employment Attorneys – The National Advocates
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40 in Texas, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2014
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member
  • Named one of Houston's Top Lawyers by Houstonia Magazine, 2014 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The State Bar of Texas
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Distinguished Faculty, Houston Bar Association

Articles and Speeches