Thomas Fountain received his Liberal Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976 and graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1980. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has served on several State Bar of Texas committees evaluating Texas Pattern Jury Charges. Thomas is also a member of the State Bar of Texas Sections on Litigation, Insurance, and Aviation. He earned a rating of AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, which is the oldest and most recognized peer review rating system in the country for lawyers and judges and which reflects the highest rating for ability and ethics. Mr. Fountain is a member in good standing of the Houston and Montgomery County Bar Associations. Furthermore, he is a Fellow of the Houston Bar Association and has authored and presented speeches on subjects such as Breach of the Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing.
Attorney At Law
Since being licensed in 1983, Bill Downs has established himself in the legal community as a litigator representing the interests of all types of claims and interests. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This is a distinction held by only 2% of the lawyers licensed in Texas.
He has worked extensively in the prosecution or defense of serious personal injury matters as well as a full range of insurance defense matters including Product Liability, Construction Defect, Dram Shop Act, Commercial, Personal Lines Casualty claims, Coverage Disputes in Various Lines, including General Liability, Professional Liability, Property, Business Interruption, Homeowners, and Large Loss Subrogation claims.
Caroline Horstmann is a 2007 graduate of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert School of Law, where she obtained the dual degree of Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Civil Laws. She graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004, with B.A.s in International Studies and History, with distinction. She has been admitted to practice in the State of Louisiana since 2007 and is awaiting admission in the State of Texas. Her experience includes insurance defense of both first and third party claims; maritime personal injury, including the Jones Act; subrogation; workers’ compensation; construction defect; contractual indemnity; and general liability and casualty. Her past experience includes clerking for a Federal Magistrate in Gulfport, Mississippi and a Louisiana State Court of Appeals Judge. In 2014, Caroline was named a Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star in the areas of Personal Injury Defense and Insurance Defense.
With over 10 years of extensive Construction Law experience, Paola Garcia-Jurado is a savant with land planning and urban development. This is evidenced by her distinguished service as a Cabinet Member for the Governor of Bolívar, and advisor to several of Colombia’s elected officials. Her stint as an independent consultant, where she contributed to many construction projects in her hometown, the City of Cartagena, illustrates her construction acumen.
Vafa Jasemi-Zergani is an attorney in good standing with the Texas and Illinois bars and has over ten years of legal experience in criminal and civil law. She graduated in 2010 with her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. Subsequently, while working at a boutique civil defense firm she continued obtaining her LLM in litigation strategy and alternative dispute resolution. She joined Thomas Fountain and Associates in 2019 and has been a vital part of the firm’s litigation division. She has successfully won complicated motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment and has conducted multi-party and multimillion-dollar settlement conferences with favorable results. Vafa has conducted over a dozen jury and bench criminal and civil trials in various fields, including but not limited to contract, domestic violence, family and personal injury.