University of Texas School of Law
Houston/Dallas Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Trial Lawyers Association
Director, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
The Texas Hammer®
Jim Adler, also famously known as The Texas Hammer® and El Martillo Tejano®, has been championing “the little guy” for over 50 years, hammering big insurance corporations which would often deny them their legal rights.
That mission is why he launched his own personal injury law firm in 1973 with a one-man office in downtown Houston. Today, Jim Adler and his team of attorneys have offices all across Texas, from Houston to Channelview and Dallas to San Antonio, with more than 300 legal support staff. They share Jim Adler’s mission of helping injured Texans get the money they deserve from those who were at fault.
Family Man, Giving Back
Well-known for his media appearances and tough-talking TV ads, Jim Adler is also a family man who loves children and devotes much of his time and his firm’s resources to children’s charity causes.
In 2009, former Houston Mayor Bill White appointed Jim Adler to the Board of Directors of the Joint City/County Commission on Children, recognizing his lifelong devotion to helping children.
“I believe we all should give back to our communities,” said Adler, a Dallas native who speaks fluent Spanish. “I believe in helping people and doing good works.”
In fact, unlike his fierce TV image, Jim Adler is a people person. “I enjoy being around people from all walks of life. I love the joys of life – of just being alive.”
He’s also even more active than his busy legal work suggests.
“I love to sweat,” says the avid tennis player, snow skier, jogger and golfer. “I love sports of all kinds, and I work out five or six days a week — 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weightlifting. I’m also real big on nutrition and watching what I eat.”
Boosted by this commitment to health, he has no plans to retire — even now that son Bill Adler has joined the firm as an attorney.
Family at His Side
That family includes Jim Adler and his wife of 38 years, their four children and their five grandchildren. His son, Bill Adler, who now works at the firm, was raised in Houston.
“Having my son at my side at the firm is the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” says Jim Adler. “He’ll ensure that all the work I’ve put in over the years and the family’s tradition of serving underdogs will continue.”
Jim Adler went to Austin to earn his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, followed by his law degree from the University of Texas – School of Law.
He then served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, and was appointed judge for the Office of Civilian Health and Medical Programs United Services (OCHAMPUS), adjudicating health and medical disputes for Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel. He then launched his law practice in Houston, home of his principal office today.
Jim Adler was admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Texas and is licensed to practice in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit and U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas.
He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Texas Bar Foundation, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas Bar Association, American Bar Association and American Trial Lawyers Association.
He’s also a Board of Directors Member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.
“I always had a desire to help underdogs, the little guy, against big corporations and big insurance companies, and to level the playing field for accident victims,” he says.
As a passionate advocate for injury victims, Jim Adler has personally handled all kinds of lawsuits. Getting payments for victims can be a battle but it’s what keeps him going.
Jim Adler’s good works also include many charitable causes. He actively contributes to the American Cancer Society, Armed Forces Relief Trust, Association for Community Television, Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders, Arthritis Foundation, American Heart Association, American Health Assistance Foundation, Special Olympics, Child Advocates of Fort Bend County, The Center for Hearing & Speech, Covenant House, Easter Seals Society and Galena Park Choir Boosters.
“I wish there were more hours in the day,” says Jim Adler. “I always want to do more.”
Still more of his causes include Habitat for Humanity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Federation of Greater Houston, Guild for the Blind, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Primera Rosa De Saron, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Texas Bar Foundation, Texas Children’s Hospital, US Olympic Committee, and the University of Texas Law School Foundation and UTMB Burn Care Research.
“Basically, I believe in doing good works. Seeing families whose child was injured by an 18-wheeler or a defective drug puts me in fighting mode. My good works then are about helping them recover financially. Those good works are my life’s mission.”
After decades of fighting for justice, Jim Adler is still on the case, helping those who need it the most. As thousands of injured Texans have learned when he fought for their legal rights, there’s only one “Texas Hammer.”