Chaffin & Homan is the firm for underdogs, the trusty slingshot that helped David defeat Goliath. We have never shied away from a case no matter how large or powerful the opposition, because we know how to win. We fight for individuals, and we have a near 40-year track record with a 98% success rate to prove it.

We won an $8,000,000 verdict against Exxon on behalf of our client who developed kidney cancer as a result of Benzene exposure. We defended our client’s victory all the way to the California Supreme Court and put $5,465,758.08 in our client’s pocket. In 2018, we won a verdict and obtained a judgment of $1,143,061.34 for our client who fell and badly injured her shoulder on a cruise ship. These are just a few examples of our success. We’ve been consistently winning million-dollar cases since 1979 and we’re still doing it today.

Successes- Notable Settlements:

o   $2,150,000 (1994) SettlementJim Wells County, TX. Offshore worker injured in boating accident. Net to client: $1,294,971.61.

o   $997,500 (1996) SettlementHouston, TX. First mate on tanker suffered brain injury due to benzene exposure. Net to client: $573,077.57.

o   $925,000 (1996) Settlement, Houston, TX. Offshore worker killed in accident on drilling rig. Net to client: $570,692.09.

o   $700,000 (1998) SettlementHouston, TX. Offshore worker was injured on a drilling rig and suffered severe back injuries. Net to client: $400,000.

o   $2,750,000 (2001) SettlementCorpus Christi, TX. Longshoreman killed on vessel by a fellow crewmember on a forklift. Net to client: $1,613,389.47.

o   $1,375,000 (2001) SettlementAustin, TX. Electrician fell down unguarded stairway on a construction site and suffered severe back injuries. Net to client: $765,612.78.

o   $500,000 (2001) SettlementHouston, TX. We represented a dentist whose chronic neck problems were negatively impacting his practice. We forced our client’s disability insurance carrier to put $330,743.42 in his pocket.

o   $3,700,00 (2001) Settlement, Denver, CO. Our client was paralyzed when her car rolled over while exiting the highway. Net to client: $2,534,553.34.

o   $3,200,000 (2003) SettlementLos Angeles, CA. Deck hand diagnosed with bladder cancer due to benzene exposure. Net to client: $2,475,000.

o   $1,500,000 (2003) SettlementSouth Texas. Woman shot and killed by a defective hunting rifle that discharged unexpectedly. Net to client: $888,403.16.

o   $3,000,000 (2003) SettlementFt. Worth, TX. Repairman severely burned when repairing oil storage tanks that exploded. Net to client: $1,754,935.65.

o   $1,600,000 (2005) SettlementHouston, TX. Deck hand suffered peripheral nerve damage to hands and feet as a result of benzene exposure. Net to client: $810,000.

o   $950,000 (2007) SettlementHouston, TX. We represented a group of engineers and geologists in a breach of royalty sharing pool agreement. Net to clients: $633,333.33.

o   $10,376,053.77 (2011) SettlementSan Francisco, CA. A Jones Act seaman developed kidney cancer as a result of benzene exposure. Net to client: $5,465,758.05.

o   $1,000,000 (2011) SettlementNorth Sea. UK citizen suffered back injuries while working offshore. Net to client: $666,666.67.

o   $2,000,000 (2014) SettlementSouth Texas. Casing crew on a well was negligent and irreparably damaged the well bore. We represented the working interest owners against the oil well service company. Net to clients: $1,372,411.79.


Our firm’s attorneys have received many awards and accolades recognizing their excellence in representing injured clients. We work hard for our clients, and increased awards and recognition are a direct result of the combination of high profile cases, large settlements and difficult verdicts we continue to win. Robert Chaffin and Nicholas Homan take much pride in helping to restore dignity and financial safety to our clients who have been injured or wronged by others:

  • 1995 Super Lawyer of Texas (Chaffin)
  • 2003 Super Lawyer of Texas (Chaffin)
  • 2008 Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated (Chaffin)
  • 2013 Martindale-Hubbell Top Lawyers of Texas (Chaffin)
  • 2014 Martindale-Hubbell Top Lawyers of Texas (Chaffin)
  • 2015 Martindale-Hubbell Top Lawyers of Texas (Chaffin)
  • 2017 Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (Homan)
  • 2018 Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (Homan)
  • 2018 Texas Monthly’s “Top Attorney” Award (Homan)
  • 2019 Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (Homan)