Nixon’s legal practice covers a broad range of civil litigation issues. The subject matter of his more than 1000 cases has varied from the highly complex, such as class actions involving securities fraud, large contract disputes for public oil and gas companies, and large multi-party product cases, to election law, employment law, construction, professional negligence (engineers, architects), business torts, and administrative disputes. Mr. Nixon has also defended insurance companies in matters regarding bad faith, deceptive trade practices, and insurance code violations.
Mr. Nixon has first-chaired numerous jury trials to verdict; and he has written and argued over 15 appeals, including appeals to the Texas Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th and 5th Circuit. He has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Certification for more than 20 years.
Mr. Nixon was a member of the Texas House of Representatives (District 133) for 12 years, where he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Civil Practices.
During the 77th Legislative Session, he was appointed by his Republican peers to serve as Republican Whip. The Speaker appointed him to co-chair a special interim committee on workers’ compensation. During the 78th Legislative Session, Mr. Nixon authored and passed a comprehensive tort reform bill and the companion Constitutional Amendment, known as Proposition 12. The comprehensive tort reform bill addressed many long-ignored issues affecting the civil court system. It focused on bringing a balance to the civil justice system, reducing litigation costs, and addressing the role of litigation in society. The bill modified rules and procedures, class action lawsuits, offers of settlement, proportionate responsibility, products liability, medical malpractice, charitable volunteer immunity and liability, and liability relating to asbestos claims. Public school teachers were also protected from frivolous claims. Texas voters approved this constitutional amendment in September 2003. Mr. Nixon has been a featured speaker for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on tort reform and has been designated as a “Legal Reform Champion” by the American Tort Reform Association. He speaks and writes nationally on this subject.
In the 79th Legislative session, Mr. Nixon authored the legislation which ended the abuses in the asbestos and silica claims docket, creating a direct pathway to recovery for those with objectively diagnosed illness.
Mr. Nixon has also authored and passed other important legislation dealing with barratry, identity theft, and child abduction.