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J. Russel “Rusty” Umble


Overview Affiliations Experience Publications & Presentations


When you need a litigator who handles probate, trust and guardianship disputes and negotiations, Rusty Umble is the attorney you need at your side.  He handles all stages of litigation, including pre-litigation investigation, assessment of risks, filing lawsuits, discovery, taking depositions, and mediation and alternative dispute resolution.  Rusty is known for his collaborative approach to litigation and conflict resolution.

Rusty’s practice involves representing and counseling clients during probate and guardianship administration, prosecuting and defending clients involved in fiduciary claims, and clients involved in general commercial litigation.  Prior to joining Crain Caton & James, he represented contractors, insurance companies and independent business owners in matters related to construction defects, breach of contract claims, business formation issues, negligence, insurance coverage, and personal injury matters.


  • Houston Bar Association – Construction Law
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association


  • Represented beneficiaries contesting the admission of a will to probate
  • Represented a large retail company against a minority interest member of the company
  • Represented a shipping company against claims of damaged cargo
  • Defended a general contractor against a Homeowners Association on luxury home construction
  • Defended an individual homeowner against a Homeowners Association assessments and penalties
  • Represented a partner in a business dispute involving multi-million-dollar tax liens and assets

Publications & Presentations

  • The Economic Loss Rule,A 400 Meter Hurdle Event, 2021


  • J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston
  • B.A., Health Services Administration, Xavier University

Admissions & Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • US Tax Court