Based in Houston, Texas, Edward M. Carstarphen is a board certified trial lawyer with more than 37 years of experience solving problems for clients both in and out of court.

His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, large privately owned manufacturing companies, sole proprietorships and individuals.

He has extensive experience in virtually every type of litigation and has specific expertise in handling complex multi-party litigation, including:

mass toxic torts, including claims of products liability, premises liability and gross negligence;

construction disputes;

environmental disputes, including Superfund and other related hazardous waste disposal litigation;

oil and gas litigation;

insurance coverage disputes;

suits between individuals and between businesses involving multiple issues;

suits related to the enforceability of guarantees for the construction of commercial developments;

copyright litigation;

class actions involving defectively manufactured and marketed medical devices;

class actions involving violations of consumer rights.


Admitted: 1982, Texas. Other admissions: U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Claims.

Law School: University of Texas at Austin, J.D., 1982.

College: Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum laude, 1979.

Law Clerk to the Honorable William J. Cornelius, Chief Justice, Court of Appeals, Sixth District of Texas.

Board Certified- Civil Trial Law; Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Member: State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association.

Life Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation.

Member: Phi Delta Phi, legal honorary fraternity.

Recognized as AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.

Selected as Texas Superlawyer for Civil Litigation- Defense 2005, 2007 through 2019.

Law Review: Member, American Journal of Criminal Law, 1980-1982.

Recipient, University of Texas Law School Foundation Merit Scholarship, 1981.


Product Defects, in Edgar & Sales, Texas Torts & Remedies (Matthew Bender & Co. 1988, updates by editorial staff);

Keeping Up with Medical Malpractice, 26 Houston Lawyer 39 (July-August 1988);

Preservation of Indemnity Rights Among Strictly Liable Tortfeasors, 48 Tex. Bar J. 268 (1985);

Comparative Causation, Contribution and Indemnity in Texas, 4 Review of Litigation 1 (1984).

Edward M. Carstarphen
Board Certified – Civil Trial Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Edward M. Carstarphen P.C.

7941 Katy Freeway #315
Houston, TX 77024
Tel: 713-587-6655