Stephen Woodfin, Lawyer
Legal Experience of Stephen Woodfin
Stephen Woodfin graduated Baylor Law School in 1985 and entered the practice of law in Quitman, Texas, where he worked for attorney J.W. Crumley. Mr. Crumley had a general practice focused mainly on criminal defense and family law. Woodfin left that position in 1986 to join the Gregg County Criminal District Attorney’s Office in Longview under DA Carter Beckworth. He then hung out his shingle in Gladewater, Texas, and assumed the roll of “The Law West of White Oak.”
In Gladewater, Woodfin handled the full array of matters that come to a country lawyer in a small town. Buddy Loyd, Criminal District Attorney of Upshur County, asked him to join his office as First Assistant, and Woodfin tried felony cases and managed grand jury proceedings.
After his stint in the Upshur County DA’s office, Woodfin carried a case load of criminal defense cases in Longview, Texas until he was asked to head the litigation department of Baker, Brown and Dixon, a large plaintiffs personal injury law firm in Arlington, Texas. The firm represented over a thousand clients, and Woodfin handled cases throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His experience at BB&D was a crash course in every imaginable personal injury scenario.
The piney woods of East Texas called Woodfin back to his hometown of Kilgore, where he has practiced law since 1993.
However, his has not been an ordinary small-town practice. Rather, he served as class counsel in a series of major cases involving illegal insurance coverage issues. Those cases included millions of policyholders and paid out tens of millions of dollars in claims.
Woodfin also served as class counsel in a case against Honda that involved millions of cars.
On the personal injury side of the docket, he has represented survivors in wrongful death cases, handled electrocution cases, and resolved hundreds of car wreck cases.