Meet Our Attorneys

Todd Clement

Todd decided he wanted to be an attorney when he was in junior high. He graduated third in his class from law school, received a prestigious clerkship with the Texas Supreme Court and worked five years at a prominent downtown Dallas law firm working for and being mentored by the name partner, past national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates and Dallas legal legend, Bob Vial.

Towards the end of his years at Vial Hamilton, Todd was given the opportunity to represent a teenager who received severe brain damage from a dangerous truck and the widow of a man who burned to death in a collision. Through those cases, he realized that representing injured victims and their families, not defendants and insurance companies, was his life’s calling. Todd then spent two more years working with and learning from another legendary Dallas trial lawyer, Boyd Waggoner, before founding his own successful personal injury practice in 1995.

Todd Clement has successfully tried many major personal injury cases throughout his career. However, due to his reputation for tireless preparation, assembling a trial team of the best experts and effectiveness in trial, many cases settle without the necessity of trial.

With every serious case entrusted to him, Todd tries to fulfill the commandment found in Galations 6:2 to “help carry one another’s burdens and in this way, you will obey the laws of Christ.” Since he only handles a select few cases per year, clients will usually talk directly with Todd as their case progresses. He personally and promptly return phone calls, usually the same day. Todd also strives to get to know his clients personally and many lifetime friendships have resulted.

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Ragan Speer

Ragan was born and raised in Austin, Texas by a tenacious, loving and extremely hardworking single mom.  College much-less law school was not an option for Ragan until her stepdad came into her life when she was in high school. He was a former graduate professor who taught MBA students at the University of Texas and took note of Ragan’s diligent work ethic, relentless determination, and drive and strongly encouraged her to go to college. She took community college courses while in high school and then attended the University of Texas in Austin for three years graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Government and Business. Ragan worked through college as a preschool teacher to help fund her education. She had a passion for sign language and tutored deaf children weekly.

 

Ragan was inspired to go to law school by a business law class she took at UT. The professor conducted his class exactly like law school – drilling students by Socratic Method. She went to him and said if this is what law school is like I want to go. He challengingly said, “You would never make it!”  She accepted his challenge. Ragan was one of the youngest in her class at Texas Tech Law School.  Contrary to her professor’s opinion, she thrived in law school and earned extra money by tutoring first year students in legal research and writing, a class in which she received an American Jurisprudence award for the highest grade.

While in her last year of law school, she interned at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.  She loved the excitement and fulfillment of seeking justice for victims.  Ragan was attracted to her first job out of law school because she had decided that the best way to fulfill her love of standing up for victims without the nightmares of criminal work would be to pursue a career in personal injury law.  Ragan knew she made the right decision after achieving justice for a four year old boy who was mauled by an Akita and a professional jet ski racer whose career was ended by a hidden barrier in the lake.  Ragan was fortunate to have wonderful mentors, Dalton D. Harris, III and Theodore J. Messina, III, who gave her the freedom to follow her dream and establish a thriving personal injury practice from scratch.

While in law school, Ragan met and married the love of her life, Aaron Speer, and father to her two children. Several years ago, Aaron was the defense attorney in a case where Todd represented a young woman who was rendered a quadriplegic as a result of a drunk driver who had been badly over-served at a bar.  When Ragan decided to take the next step in her journey to being the best trial lawyer she could be, she asked Aaron to help her make a list of some of the best personal injury Plaintiff’s lawyers he had been against in Dallas.  Todd Clement was at the top of his list. He called Todd to see if he would meet to talk and mentor Ragan about her future career. Todd made it very clear that he was a solo practitioner by choice and had no interest in hiring anyone, but would meet with Ragan to give her advice. By the end of their lunch – they clicked. It was clear Ragan and Todd both had a passion for their clients and a passion for the practice.

Ragan represents her clients, raises her children and tries to live her life pursuant to her life verse Proverbs 3:3-4: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”

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