Ben Wickert, a Senior Attorney at Raizner Slania, offers keen knowledge for property owners pursuing inverse condemnation, property damage, and commercial insurance claims. Through working at both boutique and full-service law firms, he has extensive experience with intricate case by case analysis.

Ben Wickert devotes most of his time at Raizner Slania LLP to inverse condemnation claims, property damage disputes, and commercial first-party insurance litigation and appeals. As a Senior Attorney, Mr. Wickert seeks successful resolution for property owners claiming inverse condemnation and property damage, especially with Hurricane Harvey recovery. Mr. Wickert is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience working on all aspects of complex, high-stakes trials and appeals. Mr. Wickert brings to each case the perspective of having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of commercial and consumer cases in state and federal courts in Texas and elsewhere.

 

Before joining Raizner Slania LLP, Mr. Wickert practiced at one of the premier plaintiffs-side litigation boutiques in the country, where he litigated several complicated class action and other multiple-plaintiff cases to successful conclusions. Before that, Mr. Wickert practiced commercial litigation at a renowned commercial litigation boutique in Houston, and at a major Texas full-service law firm. He has been selected to the Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars list in 2015 and 2016 (Business Litigation), and 2017 (Class Action/Mass Torts).  He also taught business law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston.

 

Mr. Wickert graduated magna cum laude in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University, which he attended on a full academic scholarship. He was a President’s Scholar, National Merit Scholar, and Ohio Board of Regents Scholar. Mr. Wickert moved further south for law school to the Music City, earning his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 2008. At Vanderbilt, he served as Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law and was the champion of the school’s mock trial competition.

 

Mr. Wickert’s approach to each case is unique, because no two cases are alike. Sometimes a settlement will bring about the best result for both parties, but the nature of litigation is such that trial (or even an appeal) can be an unavoidable outcome. Mr. Wickert’s extensive trial and appellate experience provides his clients significant value in analyzing the best result in the most efficient manner possible, even if that means taking a case all the way to trial or an appeal.

 

Mr. Wickert is active in the Houston legal community, having recently been elected a Fellow of the State Bar of Texas. He serves on the Steering Committee for Food From the Bar, an annual month-long philanthropy and service program for law firms and corporate legal departments done in conjunction with the Houston Food Bank. Additionally, Mr. Wickert volunteers with Houston Interfaith Ministries, and serves as a Lector at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.

 

Bar Admissions:

Texas 2008
S.D. Texas 2009
5th Circuit 2014
D. Colorado 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association, Appellate and Litigation Sections

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

  • Texas Supreme Court Update — With Haiku, Too!, State Bar of Texas Litigation Sections, April 2013
  • All In, But Left Out: How the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act Seeks to Eradicate Online Gambling in the United States, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, October 2007