Heather D. Bocell

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HEATHER D. BOCELL

hbocell@bocellridley.com

Experience/Areas of Practice

Heather Bocell was recently named by Super Lawyers as one of the "Up and Coming" 50 female lawyers in the State of Texas. Heather is a trial attorney specializing in civil litigation and she represents clients in matters involving personal injury, premises liability, products liability, transportation liability, and general negligence issues.

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
Dallas Bar Association

San Antonio Bar Association

Admitted to the United States Northern District Court of Texas
National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association

Dallas Women Lawyers Association

Education

Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D. 2004
Texas Christian University, B.B.A. Finance, 2001

Honors

Selected by Super Lawyers as one of 50 "Up and Coming" female attorneys in Texas: 2019  

Selected as Rising Star in Texas Monthly Magazine:  2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Trial Accomplishments

  • Defense verdict in premises liability case involving slip and fall on heavily traveled walkway between department store and food court (Bell County District Court, 2015).

  • Defense verdict in premises liability case involving slip and fall on soda substance, despite testimony from manager that indicated that soda appeared to have a “sticky” nature, and that employees had not monitored area in question for a significant period of time (Tarrant County District Court, 2015).

  • Defended a defendant retailer in a premises liability case wherein the customer alleged that the slip and fall resulted in serious life altering injuries, including a lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Despite plaintiff’s counsel demand for over $2.4 million dollars in damages, the jury limited plaintiff’s recovery to $70,000 in damages (Collin County District Court, 2014).

  • Defense verdict in premises liability case involving slip and fall from alleged leaking refrigerated unit in a retail setting (Denton County District Court, 2014).

  • Defense verdict in premises liability case involving alleged head injuries sustained after a falling can off of a display shelf (Parker County District Court, 2014).

  • Defense verdict in premises liability case involving alleged trip and fall over a store display (Hunt County District Court, 2013).

  • Defense verdict in premises liability case involving alleged trip on a drain plate inside a store (Dallas County District Court, 2012).

  • Defense verdict in premises liability case involving alleged slip and fall on ice from a soda dispenser (Dallas County Court at Law, 2009).