Local Counsel Services

Practice before Federal and State Courts In
Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
Local Counsel Representation

Forman Law Firm, P.C. and Skelton Woody, P.C. have teamed up to provide clients with litigation, arbitration, and mediation representation in Federal and State Court cases throughout the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Combining their extensive records of success and their experience in an extensive array of practice areas, Skelton Woody and the Forman Law Firm, P.C. provide powerful protection for their clients’ interests in Texas.

Forman Law Firm, P.C.

Headquartered in Tyler, Texas, Forman Law Firm, P.C. also maintains offices in Austin, Texas. Bryan Forman, the founder of the Forman Law Firm, P.C., has been a licensed Texas attorney since 1987. Mr. Forman holds a J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from The University of Texas/Austin.

Mr. Forman began his career with the Dallas firm of Godwin, Carlton & Maxwell (now Godwin Lewis P.C.), where he served in the commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and corporate securities sections. Mr. Forman left Goodwin Carlton and founded an NASD-registered Broker-Dealer. For the 12 years following, he served as Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, and General Counsel for broker dealers that he founded in both Dallas and Austin.  Mr. Forman also maintained extensive board and committee involvement in the National Association of Securities Dealers (now known as Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or FINRA). After profitably selling his interest in the brokerage firms he founded, Mr. Forman returned to his hometown of Tyler and to the practice of law.  Mr. Forman created a boutique law practice focused on litigation, arbitration, and mediation for the securities and financial markets.

He received approval as an arbitrator and mediator for FINRA and several other regulatory authorities in the commodities and securities markets.  Additionally, Mr. Forman is credentialed by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, and has mediated more than 200 cases nationwide during his career.

Mr. Forman is or has been a member in good standing of the Supreme Court of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas. His practice currently encompasses a wide spectrum of areas, including various types of commercial and shareholder litigation, with special emphasis on matters involving insurance, securities, financial institutions, and broker dealer fraud.

Skelton Woody and Hamp Skelton

Skelton & Woody represents clients in the Austin-San Antonio region, as well as throughout Texas and the nation. Mr. Hamp Skelton began his career in Houston and has always maintained a strong practice before state and federal courts in Harris County and greater Houston. In recent years, the firm's clients have brought Hamp Skelton in as lead counsel to try cases in Houston, Dallas, El Paso, and Midland. Our firm also frequently works on cases filed in some small jurisdictions known to be difficult for out-of-town defendants, including Cleburne (Johnson County), Decatur (Wise County), Edinburg (Hidalgo County), Brownsville (Cameron County), as well as a number of counties in East Texas.

While our practice focuses on Texas, Hamp Skelton's record of winning difficult cases and appeals has led his clients to retain the firm on must-win cases far from Skelton & Woody's home base in Austin. In the last decade, Hamp Skelton has defended major companies in class action suits filed in 30 states, including California, New York, New Jersey, and Florida. We also represented clients in high-dollar litigation in Oklahoma courts as well as difficult jurisdictions like Barbour County, Alabama.

Mr. Skelton is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Princeton University cum laude in 1978 with a degree in history, and received his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law, with honors, in 1981. Upon graduating, he joined Vinson & Elkins in Houston and practiced in its antitrust and commercial litigation section. He moved to Austin in 1986, becoming partner in charge of litigation at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld's Austin office. His present law office opened in September, 1991.

Mr. Skelton is a member of the state bars of Texas and Georgia, the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. His practice encompasses a wide spectrum of litigation areas, with experience in coverage litigation, insurance regulatory litigation, lender liability, consumer protection/deceptive trade, securities fraud, racketeering, director and officer liability, and intellectual property. He has broad experience at the pretrial, trial, and appellate levels, in both the state and federal courts, as well as experience before the Texas administrative and regulatory agencies.

Local Counsel Services

The local counsel services provided by the Forman Law Firm, P.C. and Skelton Woody’s litigation attorneys include complete litigation and trial representation in state and federal courts, including substantive pre-trial motion and briefing practice, extraordinary remedies practice, motion filing, briefing and hearings, discovery and deposition oversight, local rule compliance, pro hac vice admission compliance, juror investigation, and attendance at all status and pre-trial conferences and trial. Additionally, if local mediators are utilized, our attorneys will participate as needed.

Mediation Services

Mr. Forman has been a Texas certified and credentialed mediator since the early 1990s, and has mediated more than 200 cases throughout the United States. Mr. Forman’s mediation practice is limited to commercial disputes.

Please contact us to discuss your case:
Call Bryan Forman at 903.597.2221, or email bryan@formanlawfirm.com
Call Hamp Skelton at 512.651.7000, or email hskelton@skeltonwoody.com  
Client Reviews
Bryan Forman helped me through the turmoil of an investment advisor taking my family’s money. I was depressed and they gave me hope. They helped me recover some of the money taken from me. Bryan and his assistant Melody Bounds helped me with other concerns in my life and I am grateful. They kept me informed every step of the way and I highly recommend their firm. Nancy
Down to earth, personal, professional attention
Bryan and his assistant Melody could not have been more kind, compassionate and attentive. They explained everything that would be happening and were always available. My family is extremely grateful for the way they handled our legal issue. I would highly recommend them for your investment and securities issues.
I hired Bryan to help me with an issue with a financial institution. Bryan and his assistant Melody Bounds were professional and personal while resolving my situation. Bryan's experience and expertise were crucial in the positive outcome. Both he and Melody spent long hours researching and preparing my case. There was excellent communication during the process and they always kept me informed on the current events in my case. They treated me like family and not just a client. I would highly recommend Bryan Forman to represent anyone that needs legal representation regarding possible malpractice regarding investment fraud. Bryan will listen sincerely to your situation and give you his honest opinion on the validity of your case. John
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