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. After leaving Godwin Carlton, Mr. Forman founded an NASD-registered Broker-Dealer. For the next 12 years, he served as Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, and General Counsel for broker dealers that he founded in both Dallas and Austin, and maintained extensive committee and board involvement in the National Association of Securities Dealers (now known as Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). Upon profitably selling his interest in the brokerage firms, Mr. Forman returned to his hometown of Tyler and created a boutique law practice focused on litigation, arbitration, and mediation in the securities and financial markets.

He has been approved as an arbitrator and mediator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and several other regulatory authorities in the commodities and securities markets, and has been credentialed by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. During his career, Mr. Forman has mediated more than 200 cases nationwide.

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. Mr. Forman’s practice currently encompasses a wide spectrum of areas, including commercial and shareholder litigation of all types, with a special emphasis on matters involving securities, insurance, 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