Simon Purnell

Partner

Licensed in Texas, New York, Illinois and Missouri

Simon Purnell has been trying cases since graduating from law school in Houston, Texas. He is a litigator with vast experience in complex criminal and civil litigation at state and federal levels, beginning his legal career as a prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas and served as Assistant District Attorney and subsequently focusing on representing individuals, corporations, and governmental entities. 

In 1999, he joined Brin and Brin, PC in Corpus Christi, Texas as an associate attorney focusing on pharmaceutical, asbestos, medical malpractice, general liability insurance and commercial litigation.  He achieved equity partnership within five years, acting as first-chair for numerous multi-party trials and appeals in both state and federal courts.

After gaining invaluable experience at Brin and Brin, PC, Simon has continued to represent corporations, individuals, and governmental entities the areas of product liability, pharmaceutical litigation, commercial disputes, mass torts, and white collar crime. 

Simon co-founded Griffin Purnell, LLC along with Dan Griffin in order to better serve their clients throughout the United States and internationally. With offices literally on both sides of the United States, in Wisconsin and Texas, Simon is better able to provide the firm’s clients with the attention they deserve. 

peer distinguished attorney 2020

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law


States Admitted

  • Texas (1998)
  • New York (2009)
  • Illinois (2013)
  • Missouri (2015)


Federal Courts Admitted

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Western District of Texas


Education

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Houston, B.S.


Affiliations

  • TCDLA (former board member)
  • Corpus Christi Bar Association (former board member)
  • Coastal Bend Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

Trial Experience and Representative Cases 

Osturbur v. OSF, et al., Peoria County, Illinois (2021) 

In Re: 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2885, United States District Court Northern District of Florida (2019)

Holder v. John Crane Inc., et al., Philadelphia (2019)

Garo v. Garo, Bexar County, Texas (2019)

USA v. Jesse Gawlik, Southern District of Texas (2019)

In Re: Texas Opioid Litigation, Case 18-0358, Texas MDL (2018)

Canales v. Allstate, Bexar County, Texas (2018) 

Hoyt v. Northstar Anesthesia, Dallas County, Texas (2018) 

State of Texas v. Leslie Nelson, Nueces County (2018)

Seay v. 3M, Spartanburg, South Carolina (2015)

Kochera v. John Crane Inc., et al., United States District Court Southern District of Illinois (2015)

State of Texas v. Lee Francis, Nueces County (2014)

USA v. Steven Jones, Southern District of Texas (2014)

USA v. Katrenia Phillips, Southern District of Texas (2014)

State of Texas v. Amanda Gonzalez, Nueces County (2014)

USA v. Julio Castro, Southern District of Texas (2013)

State of Texas v. Ernan Valderrama, Nueces County (2013)

State of Texas v. Michael Elliot, Kleberg County (2013)

State of Texas v. Fredrick Koeckritz, Nueces County (2013)

State of Texas v. Blas Longoria, Nueces County (2013)

USA v. Jeffrey Todd Howard, Southern District of Texas (2013)

State of Texas v. Juan Medina, Nueces County (2013)

State of Texas v. John Valenzuela, Nueces County (2012)

State of Texas v. Jose Reyna, Nueces County (2012)

State of Texas v. David Salinas, Nueces County (2012)

State of Texas v. Ema Villarreal, Nueces County (2012)

State of Texas v. Gabriel Alvarez, Bee County (2012)

State of Texas v. Sophia Campos, Kleberg County (2011)

State of Texas v. Fabian Salazar, Bee County (2011)

State of Texas v. Jason Mattern, Aransas County (2011)

State of Texas v. Johnny Adame, Nueces County (2011)

State of Texas v. John Freeman, Nueces County (2011)

State of Texas v. Jose Velasquez, Nueces County (2011)

State of Texas v. Adrian Perez, Nueces County (2011)

Gonzalez v. Crawford Candy Apple Trucking, Pecos County, Texas (2007) 

Hamilton v. Hauptman, M.D., Nueces County, Texas (2006) 

Gerra v. Kareh, M.D., Nueces County, Texas (2006) 

Deanda v. Delarosa, M.D., Nueces County, Texas (2003) 

Surber v. Burke, M.D., Nueces County, Texas (2001) 

Almaraz v. Swift Air, Inc. Nueces County, Texas (2000)

Clemons v. Soule, M.D. Victoria County, Texas (2000)

Garza v. Tiger Corporation, Nueces County, Texas (1999) 

American board of trial advocates