For thirty years, Merritt Clements, a fifth generation San Antonian, represented
railroads, insurers, trucking companies, manufacturers, contractors, hospitals,
school districts, lawyers, doctors, utilities, government entities, banks
and other businesses in lawsuits in central and south Texas. In 2017,
Clements resigned his position as a partner in a large corporate firm
and joined Tom Rhodes Law Firm in order to concentrate on serving individuals.
Clements has tried dozens of cases to verdict in state and federal courts,
and handled a number of appeals. He has made several presentations to
other attorneys regarding trial techniques. Clements has been recognized
by Best Lawyers as among the best lawyers in the United States and as
a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. He holds a rating
of “AV (Preeminent)” from Martidale-Hubbell, the highest rating
issued by that recognized authority.
Clements earned his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University
of Texas. He is admitted to practice in Texas and the District of Columbia.
His service to the bar includes having been a member of the committee
responsible for considering client grievances against attorneys. He is
a member of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association and the Texas Trial
Clements has also served on the Vestry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
and as a volunteer, officer and director of several other non-profit organizations.
He is presently active in Kairos Prison Ministry and a member of the board
of directors of Planned Parenthood of South Texas.
Clements and his wife Karen, a professor at St. Mary’s University
Law School, have two sons.
Sample of Available Decisions
Chavez v. Kansas City Southern Ry. Co., 2017 Tex. LEXIS 478 (Tex. Sup. Ct. – May 26, 2017)(enforceability
of settlement of wrongful death claims)
Glazer’s, Inc. v. Mark Anthony Brands, Inc. d/b/a Mike’s Hard
Beverage Co., 2012 WL 2376899 (W.D. Tex. – June 22, 2012)(motion to compel arbitration)
Chartis Seguros Mexico, S.A. de C.V. v. HLI Rail and Rigging, LLC et al., 3 F. Supp. 2d 171 (S.D.N.Y. 2014) (freight loss, Carmack Amendment)
Spectrum Creations, LP v. Carolyn Kinder Int’l, LLC, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39751 (W.D. Tex. – April 17, 2008)(copyright
Ben Bolt ISD v. Texas Political Subdivisions, 212 S.W. 3d 320 (Tex. 2006)(governmental immunity)
Swig, Inc. v. JTL Management, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 193525 (W.D. Tex. – Jan. 9, 2013)(copyright
Juarez v. The Huerta Law Firm, et al., 2007 Tex. App. LEXIS 2133 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2007, pet. den’d)
Agnew v. The Texas Mexican Ry. Co., 1997 Tex. App. LEXIS 3416 (Tex. App. – San Antonio, June 30, 1997,
writ den’d )(wrongful death)
One Diamond Electronics, Inc. v. Yahoo!, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59094 (N.D.Cal. – Aug. 3, 2007) (federal court
Dualite, Inc. v. Gandy, 2009 Tex. App. LEXIS 7553 (Tex. App. – San Antonio, Sept. 30, 2009)(fraudulent transfer)
McCrea v. Commerce Title Co., 2009 Tex. App. LEXIS 5597 (Tex. App. – San Antonio, July 22, 2009)