Merrick C. “Rick” Walton

Title: Principal Attorney
Company: Offices of M. C. Walton
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Merrick C. Walton, Principal Attorney at the Offices of M.C. Walton, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in legal service and mediation.

Having accrued more than 45 years of inimitable expertise in legal service, Mr. Walton has garnered a laudable reputation as the principal attorney and mediator of his Houston-based private practice since 2004. In this capacity, he is primarily responsible for managing complex litigation, crisis management for national railroads and serving as a mediator, arbitrator, litigation specialist and class action consultant. His specialties include alternative dispute resolution, complex toxic tort, mass disaster litigation and class action suits. Mr. Walton is also the principal of Partners Legal Search, a nationwide partner and practice group placement firm.

In a career suffused with highlights, Mr. Walton is most proud to have assisted in the management and settlement of a class action lawsuit that resulted from a train derailment in Eunice, Louisiana, in 2000, during which time he worked on behalf of the Union Pacific Railroad Company. Additionally, he is gratified to have developed techniques that assisted in managing relationships between large companies and their insurers. Mr. Walton was also instrumental in the negotiation of various favorable settlements regarding mass disasters, including floods, chemical spills and train derailments.

Before venturing onto his vocational path, Mr. Walton studied at Southern Methodist University, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in behavioral sciences. Following this accomplishment, he attended the aforementioned university’s Dedman School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Air Law and Commerce and gained admission to the Order of the Coif. After attaining a Doctor of Jurisprudence, magna cum laude, in 1975, Mr. Walton was licensed to practice in the state of Texas, and received a certificate in mediation from the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution in 2007.

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