The Payne Law Group is ready to fight for you.
Bryan, TX Lawyers
Here When You Need Us the Most
For more than 70 years, The Payne Law Group has built a reputation among our peers and communities in Texas.
We are known for being willing to fight hard to obtain the best recovery possible for clients injured in accidents, whether:
- In a car wreck
- In the oilfield
- By an 18-wheeler
- By a drunk driver
- On someone’s property
- In any other situation
As a law firm dedicated to helping those in need, we have helped countless Brazos Valley individuals and families heal from their injuries and secure the compensation they needed to pay for outstanding medical bills and other expenses.
We work hard to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions, and we pursue justice for our clients through:
- Comprehensive investigations
- Collection of relevant evidence
Our lawyers prepare all cases as if they are going to trial. Many attorneys only work half-heartedly to obtain a quick settlement, and at your expense — they settle for much less than your case is actually worth, so they don’t have to work hard.
We’re here for YOU, and unlike many of the “quick settlement” lawyers out there, we’re committed to securing the most money for you because you deserve it.
Contact us online or by phone at (979) 300-7406 for a free consultation with one of our team members. We can provide you with options during this stressful time. We proudly serve Bryan and College Station.
We can provide you with options during this stressful time. We proudly serve the state of Texas.
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“Your expertise and kindness are much appreciated.”- Client
“If I ever need an attorney again I would call Scott. I would recommend him to anyone.”- Jamie Thompson
“My family and I have had 2 business disputes over the past 5 or more years . We were fortunate to have enlisted Scott Scherr to handle both.”- M Macpherson
We Focus on Your Case So You Don't Have to Worry
Since 1949, our legal team has provided dedicated legal advocacy to clients who need us — we’ve even represented generations of families in the area.
At our law firm, we work to minimize the intimidation you feel about the courtroom and maximize your recovery so you can get the money YOU deserve.
This may be an overwhelming time for you, which is why we strive to get started on your case quickly, guide you through the process, and collect the evidence we need to help you get the result you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I Have to Go to Trial?
The majority of cases settle prior to actually going to trial. It is always best to prepare as if you are going to trial, but you should never be afraid to negotiate a reasonable settlement. If you hire a lawyer who properly prepares your case for trial, you will most likely be able to reach a reasonable settlement of your case before it actually comes to that. When selecting an attorney, you should ask how many personal injury trials they have had, and how long it has been since they tried a case.
What Should I Do If I’m in an Automobile Accident?
The majority of drivers are involved in an automobile accident at some point in their life. In fact, there are millions of traffic accidents reported to police every year. In 2011, there were over 200,000 persons injured in motor vehicle accidents in Texas, over 3,000 traffic fatalities, and not a single day where a person did not die from a traffic accident. This means a reported crash occurred on Texas roads every 83 seconds, and a person was injured every two minutes and 29 seconds. To help prepare yourself for any accident that may occur, you need to put an “emergency kit” with a pen, paper, and first-aid supplies in your car.
After a collision occurs, remember these basic steps:
- Move yourself and any other persons safely out of the way of other traffic.
- Call for medical attention if anyone is hurt.
- Call the police and cooperate with them once they arrive. However, never admit fault because you may not have all the available information.
- Take photographs or video of the crash scene and damage to vehicles.
- Write down details of how the crash occurred and get names of witnesses. The information you should obtain includes: Names and contact information of all other drivers involved; names and contact information of witnesses; insurance information of other drivers involved; driver’s license numbers of other drivers involved; vehicle make, model, license plate numbers; and VIN numbers of the vehicles involved; general information about the conditions and circumstances in which the accident occurred.
- Contact us if the crash involved injuries or substantial damages. When death, injury, or major property damage is involved, dealing with an insurance company without the assistance of an experienced attorney is risky. An insurance adjuster may contact you and offer a quick settlement. Remember not to sign any document until you have consulted with your attorney. If you sign an agreement, you can forfeit your right to be compensated for damages and injuries that are discovered later.
What Does Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law Mean?
There are over 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. Only 7,000 have earned the right to be publicly recognized as Board Certified specialists in one of 21 select areas of law. Only approximately 2% of Texas lawyers are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
To earn such a certification, an attorney has to meet strenuous guidelines such as:
- Licensed to practice law for at least five years
- Dedicated the majority of their practice to personal injury trial law
- Attended continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date
- Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges
- Passed a day-long written examination, which demonstrates their extensive knowledge of the law of evidence, procedure, and other substantive law involved in the trial of personal injury cases.
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was established in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas at the request of the State Bar of Texas and is the only governing board authorized to certify attorneys in legal specialty areas. You can visit The Texas Board of Legal Specialization’s website at tbls.org.
Personal InjuryFor more than 70 years, our firm has built a reputation among our peers and communities in Texas for being willing to fight hard to obtain the best recovery possible for clients injured in accidents. As a law firm dedicated to helping those in need, we have helped countless individuals and families heal from their injuries and secure the compensation they need to pay for outstanding medical bills and other damages.
Estate PlanningOur Texas estate planning attorneys can assist you in creating a plan to take care of you and your loved ones in case of your incapacity or your death. Estate planning simply allows you to make sure your assets—such as your home, checking/saving/brokerage accounts, investments, business interests, mineral interests, and real estate—are transferred at your death to the beneficiaries you choose.
WillsMost any estate plan is not complete without a will, sometimes called a last will and testament. While every will is unique, they all serve the purpose of planning ahead for your loved ones’ sake. With a proper will in place, there should be less legal confusion after you pass away. Make certain your will does what you want and minimizes the chances of the distribution of your estate getting delayed during probate.
Business LitigationIf you wish to start a business, make changes to your current business strategy, or are planning on selling your business, you need an experienced attorney who can guide you each step of the way to ensure both you and your investments are protected. Running a business requires structure and detailed planning to avoid future financial and legal issues that could damage what you’ve worked so hard to build.
Help We Offer
Unrivaled, Texan-Born Legal RepresentationWe Are Board-Certified
Scott ScherrAttorney Scott Scherr is licensed in the US SUPREME COURT and U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Scott is a trial lawyer who is passionate about helping clients get the money they need and deserve. He represents clients in personal injury matters, complex business, and employment matters. Don’t “settle” for just any lawyer – there are a ton of lawyers out there who do the minimum amount of work possible just to settle your claims as quickly as they can, even if the settlement is not necessarily in your best interest.
Billy PayneI have enjoyed over 55 years practicing law as a trial lawyer in many areas throughout the state and have been involved in numerous trials. My active practice involves representing plaintiffs and defendants in litigation and arbitration including oil and gas, breach of contract, DTPA, fraud, construction law, real estate, condemnation, and other general litigation matters. I was admitted to practice in Texas in 1964.
J. Derek MooreMeet Attorney J. Derek Moore. Mr. Moore has been with The Payne Law Group since 1995 and helps clients with estate planning, probate, guardianship and business law. I enjoy working with clients on their estate planning issues, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other incapacity planning documents. I was born in Lubbock, Texas, and I joined Payne Law Group in August 1995.
Jeff CrispMeet The Payne Law group attorney Jeff Crisp! Mr. Crisp helps clients in Bryan and beyond with matters relating to banking law, contract law, and real estate. In my capacity as General Counsel, I have also been involved in litigation related to real estate, condemnation, oil and gas, construction law, breach of contract, personal injury, and employment issues.
Trey MalechekMeet Attorney Trey Malechek. Mr. Malechek has been with The Payne Law group in Bryan since 1997. He focuses his practice on banking law, contract law, and real estate. I am also a shareholder in Lawyers Title Company of Brazos County in College Station, Texas, and handle both simple and complex residential and commercial closings.
Walter CampbellMeet Attorney Walter Campbell. Mr. Campbell has been with The Payne Law Group in Bryan for many years where he practices banking law, contract law, and real estate law. Being a real estate investor myself, a shareholder in The Payne Law Group and in Lawyers Title Company of Brazos County has been a perfect match for my real estate legal practice.
Of CounselMr. Sare started his legal career as a staff attorney at the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo for fourteen years. He's worked on hundreds of appeals involving a broad range of issues. Mr. Sare continues to focus on appeals and other post-judgment proceedings. He has handled over 200 appeals in both civil and criminal proceedings and has practiced before the Texas Supreme Court.
Bill WellsBill Wells has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990. The Board of Legal Specialization was created by the Supreme Court of Texas and is charged with recognizing lawyers that have demonstrated special competence in a particular field of law, such as personal injury and wrongful death.
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How We Meet Your Needs
Our legal team hails from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, which gives us the diversity needed to work with a wide range of clients and cases. One of the largest firms in Brazos County, our practice extends into the state and federal courts throughout Texas.
We have proven experience from both the defense and plaintiff perspectives and have handled both small and multi-million-dollar cases. No matter how big or small your case, you will get the attention, professionalism, and respect you deserve
Our talented and committed legal team includes:
Whether you’ve been injured in a car accident or are looking to form your own business, you need an attorney by your side who can put your best interests above all else.
Our lawyers care about our clients on an individual level and make sure you feel understood and cared for throughout the process.
Our lawyers remain informed on changes and new regulations within our practice areas so we have the knowledge to help our clients.
We periodically update our blog with industry topics, as well as provide answers to commonly asked questions so our clients can be educated on their cases as well.
Call our Bryan, Texas law firm today at (979) 300-7406 for a consultation. One call is all you need to get started on your case and resolve your legal matters. We also serve clients in College Station.