The Firm

Ladd & Thigpen handles a wide range of civil litigation, including insurance defense, premises liability, real estate, construction, contract and bankruptcy. Our attorneys blend their diverse talents in a manner that allows the firm to offer comprehensive legal representation in a wide range of non-litigation matters including state licensing issues, administrative review, and state and federal lobbying.

Our case handling philosophy is simple. The client, after consultation with the firm, will be assigned to the attorney in the firm that is best-suited to handle each individual case.

We investigate and evaluate cases efficiently and accurately, and will attempt to resolve cases on a fair and equitable basis as soon as possible. If a settlement is not reached, we are fully capable of litigating your matter and taking a judgment in your favor. Our attorneys have tried numerous cases against some of the best attorneys in Texas, and we enjoy the battle!

At Ladd & Thigpen, P.C., we recognize that being involved in a lawsuit can be a daunting and confusing process. Accordingly, we promise to provide you with aggressive and skilled trial attorneys that have proven records at the courthouse. While we cannot guarantee a win in every case, we can guarantee that we will fight for your rights and needs as if they were our own.


Attorney Profiles

Norman R. Ladd

Norman R. Ladd, III

Norman R. Ladd, III, a co-founder of Ladd & Thigpen, P.C., is an experienced and accomplished trial lawyer whose practice emphasizes administrative law and state licensing regulation for child placement agencies, foster parents, hospitals, residential treatment facilities, nurses, doctors, lawyers, and certified public accountants. Mr. Ladd also serves as the Texas lobbyist for numerous organizations, and as an instructor for the Council on Litigation Management.
In addition to his administrative docket, Mr. Ladd maintains an extensive civil litigation practice that includes insurance defense, premises liability, employment law, and commercial litigation. Mr. Ladd is a graduate of Lindale High School.  He graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Speech Communications, and received his juris doctorate from South Texas College of Law.

Mr. Ladd is a deacon/member of First Baptist Church of Tyler Texas.

Practice Areas

  • Texas Board of Nursing License Defense- RN and LVN
  • Third Party Insurance Defense
  • Premise Liability
  • Administrative Law
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  • State of Texas Licensing Regulation
  • Child Placing Agency Defense
  • Residential Treatment Center Defense

Articles, Publications, and Lectures

  • "Damages and Damage Caps" (2008) Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society Newsletter
  • "Licensing Issues Around Texas" (2009) Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services

Seminars

  • “Troubled Waters”:  Licensed Vocational Nurses Association of Texas (2014).
  • “What Happened?: Incident Reporting Under the New 2007 Minimum Standards for Residential Treatment Centers” (2007).
  • “I’ve Been Cited...Now What?: How to Prepare for and Win Your Administrative Review” (2007).
  • “Strengthen Relationships with Licensing to Improve Services and Risk Management” (2008).
  • “Time for Change: A New Approach to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services” (2008).
  • “False Allegations: What do I do Now?” (2008).
  • “What Standard Applies? Negligence v. Strict Liability” (2008).

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission Lobbyist
  • Member of Administrative and Public Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

Admitted to Practice Law

  • State of Texas
  • U.S. District Court; Southern District of Texas; Houston Division
  • U.S. District Bankruptcy Court;  Southern District of Texas; Houston Division

Education

  • Baylor University, B.A.
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D.

Matthew L. Thigpen

Matthew L. Thigpen

Matthew Thigpen, a co-founder of Ladd & Thigpen, P.C., specializes in the development and litigation of complex lawsuits encompassing insurance defense, personal injury (including Trucking Defense), premises liability, construction law, and Homeowners Associations. While focusing on state and federal litigation, Mr. Thigpen also provides comprehensive representation related to the preparation and implementation of employment policies designed to minimize exposure related to professional and medical liability, product liability, discrimination and breach of contract.

Mr. Thigpen is currently licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, United State District Court, and the United State Bankruptcy Court.

Mr. Thigpen graduated from Henderson High School, and received his degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Thigpen was an accomplished sports writer covering collegiate and professional sports. Mr. Thigpen also served as Head Varsity Football Coach at Kings Academy Christian School in Tyler, Texas.

Mr. Thigpen is a member of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. Mr. Thigpen has two children.

Practice Areas

  • First and Third Party Insurance Defense
  • Premise Liability
  • Trucking Litigation (Defense)
  • Administrative Law
  • Homeowners Associations
  • Family Law
  • Contract Law

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas

Admitted to Practice Law

  • State of Texas
  • U.S. District Court; Eastern District of Texas; Tyler Division
  • U.S. District Bankruptcy Court; Eastern District of Texas; Tyler Division
  • U.S. District Court; Southern District of Texas; Houston Division
  • U.S. District Bankruptcy Court; Southern District of Texas; Houston Division

Education

  • Texas A&M University , B.S.
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D.