A. Craig Eiland
Craig Eiland grew up in a farming and ranching family in west Texas and is an accomplished and respected trial lawyer, who has represented clients
throughout the U.S. -- as well as internationally. In addition, he has over 20 years of experience in the Texas House of Representatives. During his tenure as an elected official, he served as Chairman of the Pensions and Investments Committee and Vice Chairman of the Insurance and Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committees. He was also a member of the Business and Industry; Appropriations; and State, Federal and International Relations Committees.
As a personal injury advocate, Mr. Eiland has represented clients injured while working offshore or in the petrochemical industry, traveling in a car or truck, or from ingesting a defective drug. He is dedicated to his clients and is not intimidated by the large Fortune 500 companies that he holds accountable for their negligence. He can represent you as a sole practitioner or partner with a law firm that needs a successful trial litigator.
In his practice of civil and commercial litigation, Craig Eiland also handles cases that involve maritime and admiralty issues, breach of fiduciary duty and insurance claim disputes. While he prepares all of his cases for trial, he also handles cases in arbitration to resolve all types of legal matters.
Texas, New York
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas J.D. - 1987
Baylor University Bachelor Degree in Business Administration - 1984
Honors and Awards
“Preeminent” rating “Highest Ethical Standards and Professional Excellence”
by National Rating Firm, Martindale Hubbell
Prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (less than 1% of attorneys in America)
Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum --- by Million Dollar Advocates Forum, LLC
2015 Best Lawyers in Texas --- by U.S. News & World Report LP, by
2015 Best Lawyers in America --- by U.S. News & World Report LP, by
2015 U.S. News and World Report Best Law Firms --- by U.S. News & World Report LP, by
2015 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America - by Law Dragon
Professional Associations and Memberships
Texas State Representatives, Member, 1995 - 2015
Past President National Conference of Insurance Legislators
Member, Texas and New York State Bars and Federal Courts across the country.
Bret Daniel Stanley
Bret D. Stanley joined The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland, PC. in 2010. Since joining the firm, Mr. Stanley's practice areas have focused on pharmaceutical device litigation, mass tort litigation, complex insurance litigation, personal injury, and Jones Act / Maritime Injury litigation. The majority of Mr. Stanley’s practice occurs in federal jurisdictions across America. In 2018, the National Trial Lawyers Association named Bret D. Stanley as a Top 40 Under 40 trial lawyer in the state of Texas.
Mass Tort / Pharmaceutical Implant Litigation:
A large part of Bret Stanley’s practice concerns mass tort / pharmaceutical device litigation. Currently, Mr. Stanley manages Eiland Law’s cases in the Transvaginal Mesh multi-district litigation, Inferior Vena Cava Filter multi-district litigation, Hurricane Harvey Eminent Domain litigation, and Las Vegas Shooting litigation. Collectively, these litigations comprise more than 2,000 claims and are being prosecuted against some of the biggest corporations in the world.
Mr. Stanley has developed processes to manage all phases of mass tort litigation from client in-take, case work-up / filing, through settlement. Mr. Stanley acted as the managing attorney in charge of Eiland Law’s transvaginal mesh docket of more than 1100 clients. Mr. Stanley managed Eiland Law’s transvaginal mesh cases from initial intake, complaint filing, medical record acquisition, discovery, profile form / fact sheet submission, expert designation, settlement negotiation, and final resolution / settlement. In the transvaginal mesh litigation, Mr. Stanley prepared and presented more than 100 Eiland Law clients for their deposition and deposed over 50 doctors associated with the implant and/or removal of vaginal mesh products.
Beyond client management of mass tort cases, Mr. Stanley has gained litigation
experience against major pharmaceutical device manufacturers. Mr. Stanley
has deposed hostile corporate witnesses of pharmaceutical companies, taken
30(b)(6) depositions of hostile corporate representatives, developed a general
causation expert witness report effecting thousands of cases, prepared and
presented general causation plaintiff experts for deposition, developed case
specific expert reports on hundreds of Eiland Law cases, prepared and
presented case specific experts for depositions, deposed hostile pharmaceutical
company expert witnesses, drafted and served full written discovery,
completed full motion practice (dispositive motions, Daubert motions,
motions in limine, etc.), drafted and filed an appeal to the circuit court,
and attended portions of almost every transvaginal mesh case brought to trial.
Insurance Litigation / Contract Dispute:
Bret Stanley also has substantial experience litigating residential and
commercial insurance cases after catastrophic weather or other events
causing property damage. Mr. Stanley has litigated claims against
insurance carriers concerning property damage related to wind,
flood, and foundation subsidence. Mr. Stanley has fully prepared
insurance related cases for trial and has made oral argument to
many state and federal judges in the prosecution of insurance and
contract dispute claims. Mr. Stanley’s experience in insurance and contract dispute litigation has led to the successful resolutionof many claims for Eiland Law clients through mediation and other alternative dispute resolution avenues.
Catastrophic Injury / Car Wreck Litigation:
Bret Stanley has substantial experience litigating personal injury and car wreck claims. Mr. Stanley handles all phases of a personal injury claim and has taken personal injury claims to trial. Mr. Stanley’s trial and litigation experience with personal injury claims maximizes the potential for recovery for injured Eiland Law clients.
Jones Act / Maritime Injury Litigation:
Bret Stanley has case management and trial experience in Jones Act / Maritime Injury litigation. Much like his experiences with catastrophic injury and pharmaceutical implant litigation, Mr. Stanley’s maritime injury litigation experiences allows him to maximize the recovery for those who sustain maritime injuries.
The University of Texas at Austin B.A. in History/Geography, 2006
Member of the Texas Cowboys – New Man Fall 2003
Texas Educators Certificate
Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 2010 – Cum Laude with honors.
State Bar of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court of Federal Claims
Prior Pro Hac Vice Admissions – U.S. District Court of the Southern District of West Virginia, U.S. District Court of Arizona, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana.
Aaron Scott Rankin
Aaron represents clients in litigation matters throughout the United States. Currently, Aaron devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of mass agricultural torts, personal injury, products liability, and insurance disputes, though he also has successfully litigated large, complex construction defect lawsuits.
Aaron received his B.S.B.A., with high distinction, from the University of Nebraska in 2003 and graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 2007. Before joining The Law Offices of A. Craig Eiland in 2012, Aaron worked at an international law firm where his practice focused on commercial litigation and international arbitration.
Aaron has been named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star
(a Thomson Reuters service) in 2017 and 2016 – an honor bestowed on
less than 2.5% of lawyers practicing in Texas, which recognizes the top
Texas lawyers ages 40 or younger or have been practicing for ten year or less.
Creighton University School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude – 2007
Law Review, Member
Moot Court Board
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
B.S.B.A. high distinction - 2003
Minors: Economics; Political Science
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2009
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2009
David was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. After graduating from Texas Tech University in 1999 with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, he moved to Houston and worked in the national effort to sequence the human genome at Baylor College of Medicine’s Human Genome Sequencing Center.
David left the sequencing center to attend University of Houston Law Center,
where he participated in mock trial, was an editor for the Houston Journal of
Health Law and Policy, clerked for a small firm and a district judge, and
published the original article “The Need for Increased Oversight of
Genetic Testing: A Detailed Look at the Genetic Testing Process.”
After graduating from law school, David joined a defense firm that specialized
in trying pharmaceutical-based lawsuits to verdict. He spent the first part of
his career developing successful trial tactics and witnesses for over a dozen
pharmaceutical trials, including multi-plaintiff cases and death cases in
Federal Courts around the country.
Now David is taking his skills to the fight on behalf of individuals who have
been harmed. He is currently serving on national leadership committees for
Plaintiffs in two mass tort actions involving pharmaceuticals. He has extensive
expertise in recruiting and developing expert witnesses, trial strategy
development, direct and cross examination, and simplifying complex concepts
into easy to understand, persuasive stories.
Areas of Practice
Medical Device Litigation
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
J.D. - 2004
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Association for Justice, 2014