Victor Poulos

Poulos & Coates, LLP
1802 Avenida de Mesilla
Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 523-4444
www.pouloscoates.com


CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

B.A. University of Kansas, 1974

J.D. Washburn University Law School, 1976

COURTS WHERE ADMMITTED

Supreme Court of Iowa 1977

Supreme Court of Kansas 1977

Supreme Court of Texas 1981

Supreme Court of New Mexico 1981

Licensed to practice before all State Courts of Texas, New Mexico, Iowa, and Kansas. Licensed to practice before the United States District Courts of Kansas, Iowa, New Mexico, and Texas (Western, Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas), as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Tax Court.

Board Certified - Personal Injury Trial Law (Texas)

Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1995 to present

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, 1977 to 1981. Served as Judge Advocate prosecutor in over 120 felony jury trials. Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, 1981. Honorable Discharge, Fort Hood, Texas, 1981.

Mayfield and Perrenot, P.C., El Paso, Texas, 1981 to 1996. Head of firm's litigation section, which was comprised of six attorneys and six legal assistants. Practice initially consisted of commercial litigation but evolved into an insurance defense and medical malpractice specialty.

The Law Office of Victor F. Poulos, P.C., 1520 N. Campbell, El Paso, Texas 79902. July l, 1996 to December 31, 1999. Represented Plaintiffs in product liability, personal injury and medical negligence claims.

Poulos & Dickey, L.L.P., 1520 N. Campbell, El Paso, Texas 79902. January l, 2000 to May 31, 2002. Two attorneys and two paralegals specializing in medical malpractice and healthcare negligence actions, personal injury, deceptive trade practice defense, and business litigation. Lead local counsel for Allstate Insurance Company.

Volk Poulos & Coates, L.L.P., 5915 Silver Springs Drive, Building l, El Paso, Texas 79912. June 1, 2002 to 2013. Comprised of three attorneys, one nurse and two paralegals representing victims of birth injuries, pediatric and adult malpractice, and hospital and nursing home negligence and other catastrophic injury claims. Business litigation on a contingent basis.

Poulos & Coates LLP, 2013 to present. Three attorneys, all representing victims of medical negligence. Business litigation on a contingent basis.

PRACTICE EMPHASIS

Extensive jury trial experience as lead counsel in general casualty, construction, automobile, bad faith, product liability, deceptive trade practice, medical malpractice, personal injury and complex business litigation. Brieféd and personally argued appeals before the Kansas Supreme Court, New Mexico Supreme Court, Texas Courts of Appeal, Texas Supreme Court, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Trial and Appellate Counsel in Moriel vs. "Transportation Insurance Company, 879 S.W. 2d, 10 ("Tex. 1994).

Selected by peers as a "Texas Super Lawyer" 2008, 2009 and 2010; Southwest Super Lawyer 2015-2019

AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell.

CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

State Bar Associations of Texas and New Mexico    

El Paso Bar Association

State Bar College

American Association of Justice

American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board Representative and President El Paso Chapter 2006

New Mexico Trial Lawyers Foundation: Board of Directors 2010 present,

Texas Bar Foundation – El Paso Chapter Director 2015-2018; Fellow.

LEGAL SEMINARS

Attended the ATLA Basic Advocacy Course in Reno, Nevada in 1978, and have attended at least two seminars annually since that date with primary emphasis in medical malpractice and litigation techniques.

Member: State Bar College (Requires 40 hours of CLE annually to sustain membership.)

Lecturer: New Mexico Trial Lawyers Foundation "Voir Dire As An Evidentiary Hearing" May 2002.

OTHER BUSINESS INTERESTS

Owner, Zin Valle Vineyards. Bonded Winery and Vineyards. 2000 case production and sales, 2004 to present.

Renelli's, Inc. Italian restaurant, founded with partner Richard N. Azar. 1996 to 1998.

Owner, Miglioverde Brew Pub, Montepulciano, Italy, present

Owner, Fattoria Svetoni Winery, Montepulciano, Italy, present

Owner, Saturn of El Paso, Inc. Automobile franchise purchased with partner Gerhard Mueller. Vice President and General Counsel. 1990 to 2006. Dealership locations in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Flitelite. Owner and Board of Directors. Manufacturer of Aviation related products.

CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS IN CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS

Instructor, Aviation Law, Central Texas College. 1979 to 1981

Director, Vice President, Goodwill Industries, Inc. 1982 to 1984

Leadership El Paso. 1984

St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Board of "Trustees. 1984 to 1986.

Nominee, Jaycees Outstanding Young El Pasoan, 1986,      

Campaign Manager, Honorable Ward Koehler, Judge 168th District. Court, 8th Court of Appeals. 1986 and 1988

Board of Directors, Sunturians, 1987 to 1993.

President, Sunturians, 1996.

Board of Directors, Epilepsy El Paso, 1990 to 1991.

Campaign Finance Chairman, Honorable Suzie Azar, Mayor, 1990 to 1991.

Board of Directors, Therapeutic Horsemanship of El Paso, Inc., 1992 10 1994.

Campaign Treasurer, C.R. "Bobby" Ortiz, Republican Candidate, 16th Congressional District. 1994 and 2004.

El Paso County Historical Commission; Historian of the Year, 1996.

Board of Directors, Amigo Airsho, 1984 to 1988.

President, Amigo Airsho, 1987.

El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Legal Committee, 1996.

El Paso International Airport, Board of Directors, Vice Chairman, 2001 to 2006.

El Paso Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2001 to 2004.

El Paso Zoological Society, Board of Directors, 2005 to present. Vice President and Chairman of Marketing Committee, 2006; Chairman of Capital Fundraising Committee, 2008; President 2009.

The Paso Del Norte Group, 2005 to 2009.

El Paso Police Foundation Board of Directors, 2007 to 2010. First Vice President 2008.

Rebuilding Together, El Paso Advisory Board of Directors, 2007.

Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, Foundation Board of Directors, 2008-2009.

Congressional Campaign Committee, Honorable Silvestre Reyes, Congressman, 16th Judicial District. 2008 to 2012.

Board of Directors, War Eagles Museum, Santa Teresa Airport, NM  2016-present

Board of Directors, El Paso Humane Society Endowment Board of Directors 2016-present; Vice President 2018-2019

Lecturer and Wine Host, AMA Waterways 2015 – present. Host wine River Cruises in Europe

OUTSIDE INTERESTS

Private Pilot/ Aerobatics/ Restoration of Antique Aircraft 

Fly Fishing

Enology and Viticulture

Written over 400 articles published by Gannett Newspapers on wine related items

References:   Available on Request