j douglas sutter

J. Douglas Sutter

713.595.6000 Phone
713.595.6001 Fax


Mr. Sutter received a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979.  In law school, he was a member of the Board of Advocates.  Mr. Sutter also studied in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and is fluent in the Spanish language.  He is currently a member of the Texas, Travis County and Houston Bar Associations and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Mr. Sutter is licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.  Mr. Sutter's principal areas of practice are healthcare litigation, ERISA, bad faith/fraud, insurance, commercial, general business, construction, banking, property damage, partnership disputes, contractual indemnity, sophisticated construction and sales contracts, medical and legal malpractice and maritime litigation. Mr. Sutter also handles substantial personal injury and death cases for both defendants and plaintiffs. With respect to admiralty and marine matters, Mr. Sutter has represented many major towing and oil and gas companies. Mr. Sutter has also handled sophisticated banking, real estate and partnership transactional matters. He also appears as special trial counsel in probate disputes and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts.

Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Healthcare
  • General Business
  • Construction
  • Property Damage
  • Contractual Indemnity
  • Medical and Legal Malpractice
  • Maritime Litigation
  • Death
  • Major Personal Injury
  • Hospital / Regulatory Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Fraud
  • Contract Litigation
  • Major, General Litigation
  • Healthcare Litigation
  • Bad Faith / Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings
  • Special Counsel - Probate and Estate

Litigation Percentage:

  • 80% of Practice Currently Devoted to Litigation
  • 20% Transactional Matters

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1979, J.D.
    • Honors: Member, Board of Advocates
    • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 1975, B.A.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Texas Bar Association Member
  • Travis County Bar Association Member
  • Houston Bar Association Member
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States Proctor


  • Spanish