Benjamin E. Hoover

Benjamin E. Hoover

Associate

Location: Wichita Falls, Texas

Phone: 940-213-0828

Email: Email Me

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BACKGROUND

Ben Hoover is an experienced trial lawyer who dedicates his practice to injury, wrongful death and criminal law matters. He is licensed to practice law in Texas, Oklahoma and in Federal Court.

Ben joined The Nix Law Firm in 2012 after serving as a felony prosecutor in the Wichita County District Attorney’s Office for 5 years. Ben takes an aggressive approach to his cases and seeks justice for people who have suffered harm at the hands of others. He believes that every client is important, regardless of whether his or her damages were catastrophic or less severe. In addition, Ben strongly believes that every citizen who is accused of a crime is entitled to a presumption of innocence and a lawyer who will fight.

Ben has successfully obtained verdicts and settlements for his clients in wrongful death, auto collision, dangerous products, vicious dog attacks, slip and fall, property damage, and criminal defense cases.

  • In January 2016, Ben obtained a jury verdict exceeding the insurance company’s pretrial offer in a car wreck case where the officer placed fault on both his client and the other driver.
  • In July 2016, Ben obtained a favorable jury verdict on a zero-offer case where his client was struck in the crosswalk at a local store by a group of three people who were fleeing in a truck during the commission of a robbery.
  • In April 2016, Ben obtained a trial verdict of probation for a young man who was facing a pretrial offer of 10 months jail for a non-violent offense.

During his tenure at the District Attorney’s Office, Ben prosecuted hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases as well as asset forfeiture cases involving contraband valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. From 2007-2011, he tried more jury trials in the District and County Courts of Wichita County than any other lawyer. Ben was lead-counsel in 20 felony jury trials during that period, along with numerous misdemeanor trials. In addition to trial work, he has authored appeals filed in both the Texas Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals.

Ben was inducted into the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2016. He was elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation in 2014- less than one percent of attorneys are selected each year for this distinction. The Times Record News recognized Ben as a 20 Under 40 recipient in 2012 for career achievement and community involvement. Ben was the President of the Wichita County Bar Association from 2010-2011, having previously served as both an officer and director. In 2010, the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association appointed Ben to serve on the Editorial Committee for The Texas Prosecutor, the statewide publication for prosecutors.

In addition to his law practice, Ben served as a Wichita Falls City Councilor from 2013-2015. He also taught criminal justice courses as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Midwestern State University from 2008-2014. He has also been a guest lecturer for criminal justice courses at his alma mater, Howard Payne University (HPU).

During law school at Texas Tech, Ben was a successful competitor in Board of Barristers trial competitions. He also worked part-time in the Texas Tech Athletic Department as a mentor to student athletes. While at HPU, Ben was elected as the Student Body President by his peers and also participated in undergraduate moot court competitions.

EDUCATION

Howard Payne University (B.S., 2003)
Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D., 2006)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Licensed to practice in all Texas state courts
Licensed to practice in Oklahoma state courts
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

State Bar of Texas
Wichita County Bar Association
National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40
American Association for Justice
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Texas Bar Foundation

PUBLICATIONS

Battling gang violence, The Texas Prosecutor, Volume 37, No. 5; September-October 2007, p. 20.
A stormy childhood, now calm, The Texas Prosecutor, Volume 39, No. 6; November-December 2009, p. 33.
What lies beneath, The Texas Prosecutor, Volume 40, No. 5; September-October 2010, p. 37
Three’s the key…but you’ll need more, The Texas Prosecutor, Volume 42, Number 1; January-February 2012, p. 20.

PERSONAL

Ben is married to Meagan and has three children, Grant, Blair and Arden. His interests include coaching youth baseball and basketball, hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. Ben was raised in Paradise, Texas. His family attends Grace Church in Wichita Falls.