Auto Defects Law Firm Overview

The Willis Law Firm is a Texas-based law firm with a strong national presence and recognition. David P. Willis has gained a national reputation as a leading personal injury and auto defect lawyer. He specializes in the prosecution of serious injury cases, involving burns, paralysis, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and wrongful death suits against automobile, SUV and tire manufacturers, airbag manufacturers, board-certified_250x72_with_the_C_in_whitechemical plants and other corporate entities. As a Former Attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas in the early 1980’s Willis quickly learned that product manufacturers often take short cuts in the design and the manufacturing of products. When these defective products are placed into a SUV, car or truck, these defects can cause catastrophic injuries and deaths to the motoring public.

Throughout his over 30 year legal career, Mr. Willis has been personally compelled to force manufacturers to be accountable for their negligent acts and for the sale of dangerous products that kill and maim the consumers by filing auto defect injury lawsuits, product liability lawsuits and even class action lawsuits in the United States for SUV and truck rollovers, seatbelt defects, spinal cord injuries, roof crush, airbag defects and 100’s other auto defects.  His educational, career and legal background include:

  • Baylor University (BA 1978)
  • South Texas College of Law (JD 1982)
  • State Bar Of Texas (Since 1983)
  • New York Bar Association (Since 2005)
  • Supreme Court of Texas – Attorney (1983-1984)
  • Vice President of Harris County Bar Association (1984-1985)
  • Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer (Since 1988)
  • Association of American Trial Lawyer (ATLA) (Since 1988)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Since 1996)
  • “AV” Rating (Highest Peer Review Rating) by Martindale Hubbell
  • United States Patent Holder

In 1997, Mr. Willis was involved in one of the nation’s first Firestone ATX Radial Tread / Belt Separation and Ford Explorer rollover lawsuits  which happened on I-45 south of Houston, Texas. A products liability lawsuit was filed in 1998 against Ford and Firestone due to the Ford Explorer going out of control and rolling after the back left Firestone ATX radial tire cynthia jackson firestone tire ford explorer rollovertire’s tread came off. After a long battle with Ford and Firestone a very significant confidential settlement was reached by all parties.

Later on July 17, 2001, Mr. Willis was recognized as one of a very select group of products liability attorneys in the nation and was awarded the prestigious Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award for his contributions in investigating and gathering evidence pertaining to tire belt separation and vehicle rollovers in Firestone Tire and Ford Explorer Cases. The efforts by these selected attorneys and others helped lead to the largest recall in U.S. history. This award was presented to Mr. Willis by the President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

In 2005, Mr. Willis filed the nation’s first cruise control deactivation switch wrongful death lawsuit against Ford Motor Company as a result of a death of an Iowa woman who died in her house after her Ford F150 erupted into flames trapping her in the burning house. According to the lead investigator Bruce York with NHTSA, this fire death and the evidence resulting from this lawsuit was instrumental in helping NHTSA require Ford to conduct a nationwide recall of over 8 million vehicles with this defective part.


“My firm is committed to representing individuals and families who have been the victims of a wrongful death or serious personal injury. Although monetary compensation cannot heal the emotional and physical scars left as the result of a serious accident, it can help in many cases to relieve much of the economic stress and hardship associated with the injury or loss of a loved one. Many times it is the only means of support and future security for the injured individual and their family. Litigation may not bring back a loved one, or heal a serious injury, but it may serve to help prevent others from having to endure the same loss.”

– David P. Willis

Principal Office in Houston, Texas

Licensed in Texas & New York

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