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 LLP. In
his early years at Hicks Thomas LLP 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 LLP 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 LLP that prosecutes
cases on behalf of victims of abuse, personal injury, wrongful death,
and defective products. Mr. Whilden's practice at Hicks Thomas LLP
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 LLP where he focusses
on mass tort litigation.
Personal: Mr. Whilden and his wife Tonia have 3 children, currently ages 5, 7, and 10.