Mr. Whilden began his legal career at one of the largest and most prestigious
law firms in Houston, Texas. In an era where even seasoned lawyers frequently
have minimal courtroom experience, Mr. Whilden stood out by trying 5 cases
to juries in his first 2.5 years of practice, including 2 cases where
he was first chair. In 1997 Mr. Whilden left Andrews and Kurth with several
other litigators and became a founding member of Hicks Thomas. In his
early years at Hicks Thomas Mr. Whilden was involved in complex commercial
litigation in Texas and other states, including sophisticated environmental
contamination lawsuits in Texas and California as well as defense of multiple
fortune 500 companies defending against asbestos and other mass torts.
Mr. Whilden was also instrumental in his early years at Hicks Thomas in
developing systems to track and manage the prosecution of, and actively
involved in managing the day-to-day operations of, mass tort drug litigations
including phen phen and resulin. Mr. Whilden is currently part of a practice
group within Hicks Thomas that prosecutes cases on behalf of victims of
abuse, personal injury, wrongful death, and defective products. Mr. Whilden's
practice at Hicks Thomas is currently focused primarily on prosecuting
individual plaintiffs' cases, including medical malpractice, nursing
home abuse, industrial accidents, and other wrongful death and personal
injury cases. Mr. Whilden also has a legal practice separate and apart
from Hicks Thomas where he focusses on mass tort litigation.
Personal: Mr. Whilden and his wife Tonia have 3 children, currently ages 5, 7, and 10.