Nick Homan wasn’t born into the legal industry. If you ask him how he’s managed to accomplish so much so quickly, bringing in landmark settlements for his clients who’ve been injured at sea or on the road, he’ll tell you simply, “it’s all about hard work.”
From his roots in Houston Texas, his career in law has exemplified the gritty work ethic that was instilled by his father at an early age. A work ethic he’s brought with him onto the college baseball field, into advocacy competition at South Texas College of Law, at his first legal associate job and now to his own personal injury firm, Chaffin & Homan Trial Lawyers.
Homan is a managing partner alongside legendary Texas injury lawyer, Robert Chaffin. Their firm Chaffin & Homan takes on injury cases on behalf of victims throughout Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and California.
I had the opportunity to talk with Nick Homan and find out what drives him to pursue justice on behalf of victims, against all odds, opposing huge corporations with infinite resources
IL: Nick, I know your injury law firm is based in Texas, but in which geographic areas do you attract clients from?
NH: We have represented clients across the country but most often our cases are situated in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and California.
What are considered to be your legal specialties?
We handle all types of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle wrecks, trip/slip and falls, firearm accidents, hunting accidents, defective products, and work-related injuries. We also handle commercial disputes, breach of contract cases, and disputes involving oil and gas proceeds.
What industries do you practice law in?
As I mentioned, we handle all types of personal injury cases and commercial disputes which involve many different industries. However, over the years we have handled many cases dealing with specific industries such as cruise lines, firearms, recreational hunting, oil and gas, offshore drilling.
What is the Primary focus of your practice at Chaffin & Homan?
Our primary focus is general personal injury with an emphasis on motor vehicle wrecks, trip/slip and falls, firearm accidents, oil and gas, and maritime injuries.
What is the chief driving force behind your career as an injury lawyer?
When a person suffers injury or death as the result of someone else’s carelessness, the law says that victim is entitled to justice. When they decide to seek justice, their opponents come armed with scores of defense lawyers, well-trained corporate representatives, and seemingly infinite resources.
We level the playing field.
We speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves. We make it a fair fight so that our client’s quest for justice is not hopelessly disadvantaged by the power and resources on the other side.
Have you had any legal mentors who somehow have helped you in your law career?
My biggest mentor has always been my father. From a young age, he taught me that you get out of life what you put into it. That means you shouldn’t expect tremendous results unless you put in a tremendous effort. He also taught me to take personal responsibility for my work and make no excuses.
Throughout my life and career, I have always found that there is no obstacle that could not be overcome with hard work and preparation.
I also owe a great deal of gratitude to my first professional mentor, Bradford J. Gilde. In our profession, there are a lot of variables that we simply cannot control – clients, witnesses, opposing counsel, judges. Brad taught me that we can offset that unpredictability by focusing our efforts on the things we can control – the quality of our work and tireless preparation.
My closest professional mentor has been Robert Chaffin. Working with Robert has shown me that we can love what we do, fight passionately for our clients, and still treat everyone we encounter with dignity and respect. At the end of the day, we want to be able to look back and be proud of the result we obtained and how we obtained it.
What brought you to the practice of injury law? Any specific experiences that led you to you where you are?
My journey as a plaintiff’s lawyer began almost entirely by chance. I went to law school at South Texas College of Law where I was fortunate to be a part of our school’s decorated advocacy program.
After graduating, I knew I wanted to be a trial lawyer but it just happened that my first job was at a plaintiff’s firm. The first time I met with a client in his home, saw the impact of his injuries, felt his loss, and understood that he was looking to me to guide him through it, I knew this was the career God intended for me.
Now, I could not imagine doing anything else.
Areas on the horizon for your practice? Any legal trends you see developing where your time will be more invested in going forward?
We mainly serve people who have been victimized by carelessness in a variety of different circumstances – on the road, at sea, defective products, and more. I still wake up every day very motivated and fulfilled by that calling and my practice will always include representing personal injury victims.
I also foresee us expanding our commercial litigation practice and representing more victims of contract disputes as well as consumers who have fallen prey to deceptive sales tactics.
Note to readers:
Chaffin and & Homan is a Personal injury law firm who works with injured motorists, maritime workers involved in offshore injuries, consumers harmed by defective products, hunting accident victims, and workers in the oil and gas industry.