Bill Ogden

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Bill Ogden is a partner at Farrar & Ball LLP who focuses his practice on achieving justice for individuals who have been injured by defective products and negligent corporate practices. He has distinguished himself as an aggressive litigator, successfully representing individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries as the result of trucking, automotive and transportation-related accidents, including product-liability litigation involving defective tires and airbags. His litigation experience includes injury lawsuits involving defective medical devices and industrial equipment. Mr. Ogden is driven to achieve justice for his clients and will do whatever it takes to hold major corporations accountable for their products and practices. In addition, Mr. Ogden represents business clients in commercial litigation, including breach of commercial contractual disputes. Mr. Ogden practices in state and federal venues across the country. Mr. Ogden’s litigating abilities have earned him the honors of Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, National Trial Lawyers Texas Top 40 Under 40, Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, and a member of the Lawyers of Distinction.

Mr. Ogden was raised in Deer Park, Texas, and received his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University and his law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. While in law school, Mr. Ogden was a member of the college’s nationally recognized trial advocacy program, earning numerous awards in courtroom competitions, including the Shea Lynn Maloney Memorial Scholarship Award. After law school, Mr. Ogden was asked to join South Texas College of Law as an adjunct faculty member, and currently coaches mock trial advocacy teams competing in national tournaments across the country.

Mr. Ogden began with Farrar & Ball in 2012 as a summer associate while in his final year of law school. He joined the firm full-time upon earning his law degree in 2013.

In 2017, Bill spearheaded litigation on behalf of a family who suffered a horrific loss following a domestic dispute between two Houston-area neighbors, resulting in the shooting death of Ana Weed. As the lead trial lawyer in April 2022, a Harris County Jury awarded $70,000,000 in compensatory damages to Mrs. Weed’s wrongful death beneficiaries.


In 2018, Bill and Farrar & Ball began litigating three defamation lawsuits against notorious media figure Alex Jones, including lawsuits to address Mr. Jones’ vile lies about the parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook massacre. The first of three cases to reach trial Neil Heslin et al. v. Free Speech Systems and Alex Jones. Following a two-week trial in July 2022, a Travis County, TX jury awarded $49,300,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.


In 2019 Mr. Ogden’s hometown of Deer Park, TX, fell victim to one of the worst industrial chemical fires of all time. The Intercontinental Terminals Company industrial fire resulted in multiple chemicals to pollute the community’s air quality. Mr. Ogden currently represents thousands of individuals and businesses who suffered damages and medical injuries as a result of the ITC industrial fire. After litigation began, Bill was appointed lead-counsel of the entire consolidated action by U.S. Southern District of Texas District Judge, Kenneth Hoyt. As lead-counsel, Bill leads the litigation of the entire federal consolidation, consisting of approximately 9,500 cases.

  • Sam Houston State University; Huntsville, Texas
  • Juris Doctorate, South Texas College of Law; Houston
  • Admitted to practice in all Texas state courts
  • Admitted to practice in United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • 2023 Trial Lawyer of the Year, Public Justice
  • Texas Rising Stars, 2020-2024, Thomson Reuters
  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2023-2024
Professional Activites & Affiliations
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • South Texas College of Law Adjunct Professor/Varsity Coach 2013-Present

Video & Visuals

Tire Demo without Nylon Wedge

This video animation demonstrates how steel belts inside a tire without a nylon wedge can generate dangerous amounts of friction. Learn More

Michelin Tire Recommendations

Corporate tire industry video documents safety concerns when two new tires are mounted on back of vehicle. Learn More

Tire Demo with Belt Wedge

This demonstrative evidence video animation is used to show jurors the components of a tire and illustrates how tires without “belt wedges” can generate dangerous friction between the steel belts. Learn More

Modern Tire Diagram

This demonstrative evidence image shows a cross section of a modern tire with liners, belts, nylon overlay and undertread. Learn More

Replacing Tires Guidelines

Corporate tire industry video explains safety and performance issues when only two tires are replaced on a vehicle, and how vehicle handling is affected by placement of tires. Learn More

Tread Separation Test

Video created by Carr Engineering Inc. to document a tread separation test with a Ford Explorer. Test shows that even an expert driver with knowledge that a tread separation event is imminent still cannot maintain control of the vehicle. Learn More

Tire Demo with Nylon Over Wrap

A video animation used as demonstrative evidence to illustrate for jurors the components of a tire, including belts, liners and tread base. This animation demonstrates how two belt liners rubbing together can create friction that leads to tire failure. Learn More

Ford Explorer Crash Testing

Short video documenting an SUV on a test track flipping and rolling, then crashing into a guard rail. Learn More

Nylon Safety Strips

Demonstrative evidence illustration used to explain to jurors the components of a tire designed with nylon safety strips in addition to steel belts. Learn More

Nylon Safety Belt

Side-by-side demonstrative evidence used to explain to jurors the differences between a cap ply tire with a nylon safety belt compared to a traditional steel-belted tire. Learn More

Mercury Mountaineer Tire Testing

Demonstrative evidence showing three different camera angles of a 2001 Mercury Moutaineer performing a controlled maneuver with a defective tire. Learn More

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