Doug Mena spent the last ten years working for big companies. When he founded Haun Mena, Doug knew he could bring that experience to help injured people recover from the same companies he used to represent. Over the last decade, Doug has seen the tricks that big companies use to avoid responsibility. When Doug looks at your case, he knows what a defense lawyer sees and will build your case with those pitfalls in mind. If you want someone who knows the tricks and traps before you start your case, then you want Doug.
Douglas “Doug” Mena began his career defending corporations as a trial lawyer. As an attorney for companies, Doug honed his skills in the courtroom at an early age obtaining favorable verdicts as lead counsel and second chair within his first year of practice. Since that time he has continued to improve upon his skills in the courtroom. He became so proficient that he quickly became the youngest partner of a national defense firm. But after eight-years defending corporations Doug was called to the other side of the bar. Rather than defending corporations and their employees who had clearly breached their duties, Doug wanted to use his skills to help the everyday individuals who are so often underrepresented.
A native of Houston and Katy, Texas, Doug has played sports all his life. In particular, Doug has a passion for baseball for which he played at the highest levels until injury shortened his career. Even after his injury, Doug was offered a scholarship to play at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Doug was a four-year starter and captain of the varsity baseball team, but academics were always his highest priority. In addition to being named an Academic All-Conference Recipient all four-years, during his senior year Doug received the Emma Lou Linn Scholar-Athlete Award which is only awarded once per year to the senior student athlete with the highest overall GPA.
After completing his baseball career Doug took the same competitive drive and ambition back to Houston where he attended South Texas College of Law. While in law school Doug was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Fraternity and served as both a Director and an Officer of the Board of Advocates. He competed as a varsity advocate at the National Ethics Trial Competition, University of the Pacific McGeorge in 2006 and 2007, and at the National Trial Advocacy Competition, Michigan State University in 2006.
After law school, Doug kept his roots in Houston so that, one day, he could give back to the community that has given him so much. He is joined by his amazing wife, April, who has blessed him with three amazing children: their twin daughters – Sadie and Lexie – and their baby boy, Mason.
Doug’s practice includes commercial litigation matters relating to trucking and transportation liability, products liability, dram shop liability, and premises liability as well as construction defects, toxic tort, business litigation, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, first-party litigation and general negligence. He also has experience in appellate practice at both the state and federal levels.
Doug has been listed as one of Texas’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Only 2.5% of eligible Texas attorneys receive this designation.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Personal Injury
- Trucking and Transportation Liability
- Products Liability
- Dram Shop Liability
- Premises Liability
- Construction Defects
- Toxic Tort
- Business Litigation
- Workers’ Compensation
- Medical Malpractice
- United States District Courts: Northern District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals: Fifth Circuit
- South Texas College of Law, JD, 2007
- St. Edward’s University, BBA, 2004; magna cum laude
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- Houston Young Lawyers Association; co-chair of the Charity Golf Tournament Committee (2008)
- American Bar Association
- Texas Bar Association
- Houston Bar Association
- Fort Bend Bar Association
- South Texas College of Law Young Alumni Association
- 2014, 2015, 2016 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star