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Chad BurnettChad Burnett
16:28 30 Oct 23
I hired Mullen & Mullen following a motor vehicle collision. I could not be more pleased with the Dallas personal injury lawyers I selected. They are the real deal! I was always kept in the loop on case developments. My attorneys sent the at-fault liability carrier multiple demands to make them agree to pay the policy limits. My lawyers also sent my own insurance company several demands to get them to offer me nearly the policy limits. A lot of attorneys would have given up and just recommended filing a lawsuit but Mullen & Mullen kept pounding the insurance companies until they did the right thing. This saved me a tremendous amount of money and time. I'm so very grateful that I found ethical, tenacious, and skilled attorneys to represent me. Mullen & Mullen gets my highest recommendation if you need a Dallas car accident attorney.C. Burnett
Diane WallaceDiane Wallace
17:43 26 Oct 23
Mullen and Mullen did an absolutely brilliant job representing me in an injury lawsuit and getting me maximum settlement results. I recommend them highly!
Mari HksMari Hks
17:38 04 Oct 23
Highly recommend this law firm, Josh took care of my case he was very nice and professional along with everyone else.
Zac CanidaZac Canida
17:14 26 Sep 23
I’m only 22 and this was the first case I’ve ever had, I got recommended Mullen and Mullen by a friend who has used them plenty of times and said nothing but good things about them. I have yet to see or hear anything that contradicts her statements! Everyone on the Mullen and Mullen team has been super helpful and kind to me by explaining everything that had and needs to be done to get the case in the right direction. Greg especially has been very helpful by keeping me updated and answering any questions I might have about the situation, he’s been an amazing help and I’m glad I was able to get him assigned to help me get what I deserve from my car accident. Very professional and fast responses, If you are ever injured in a car accident I 100% recommend this team to fight for you, ask for Greg!
sisay Aberasisay Abera
15:50 13 Sep 23
Highly recommend this law firm, filled with very nice and professional people who put their clients first. Josh took care of my case and were able to reduce my medical bills significantly which was awesome! Very pleased and glad I had them to work on my car accident case.Thank you, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm
Terrie RachallTerrie Rachall
20:13 28 Jul 23
Joe Morrison with Mullen and Mullen was fantastic representing me for an injury on someone's property. He kept me updated through the entire 2 year process. If I had any questions, Joe took the time to personally take my call and provide answers. Joe negotiated a settlement very quickly and ensured I received a fair settlement. I highly recommend Mullen and Mullen and would hire them again if I need help in the future. Best experience with any lawyer I have ever had!!
Alex MalcolmAlex Malcolm
22:05 17 May 23
I was injured in a motorcycle accident, and Shane Mullen took on my case with determination and empathy. His attention to detail and commitment to my case led to a favorable outcome. I'm grateful for his hard work and highly recommend Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.
I was involved in a car accident in Dallas texas off mockingbird. I was T bone by someone who had ran a red light. Me being a young female, I felt lost and taken advantage of by the other parties insurance.I chose Mullen Mullen because they were the only law firm who physically wanted to meet me and hear my side. They helped me with all on the medical assistance that I needed . Although it was a lot of therapy, I was really happy with the doctors they sent me to. Josh was very welcoming and I honest in the process. Every time I felt so at ease after speaking with him. I am so happy I had him on my case. Very hands on. Highly recommend!!!
Camry AdamsCamry Adams
16:21 14 Dec 22
Karen Lavigne is my name, and I had a great experience with Mullen & Mullen. Josh and Jessica was very patient and informative. If I had to decide again on which law firm to go with it would be Mullen & Mullen. Very transparent about ALL of my money down to the penny. I definitely recommend.
14:57 01 Oct 22
It Honestly baffles me to see ANY negative or low reviews on this law firm. My case is far from over, however, I have never known a lawyer or law firm to not only give you their personal cell phone number but to also respond within 15 minutes. Never a complaint on the 10 plus text messages asking questions or the 2-3 paragraph e-mails. Never telling you it's to late or they are off the clock. They are NEVER off the clock. This firm has two or three lawyers dealing with numerous clients and STILL manage to do all they can to make you feel you are the only one. Try to remember they are human. They truly do everything to put you and your recovery first. The process is long but not something they have any control over. They don't control the Dr. Appointments or your recovery. They will help you find amazing Dr.s then it's up to you to be proactive in your recovery and keeping your appointments. It's been over a year and a half since my injury and my amazing, patient, and hardworking Attorney Joe has been here with me every step of the way. Hundreds of 5 star reviews. 3 or 4 low ones. You do the math.
Paul SPaul S
21:36 05 Sep 22
Mullen and Mullen are the best personal injury team in DFW. When you hire Mullen and Mullen, you have the best personal injury attorneys in DFW. You are getting the best support staff in the state of Texas.Knowing every case is unique. My case took 3 years to complete. My team was professional in the face of a lot of stalling tactics. Without a bat of an eye, the team turned up the heat on the defense for the best possible outcome for all parties.Without details, this group changed not only my life. Mullen and Mullen helped me change my outlook on life after the accident.The most important lessons I learned: 1) Do not try to navigate an personal injury case no matter the cause 2) Listen and follow the advice of your attorney. Get the best in Texas.Shane and Paul, thank you from me and my family.
Larry JohnsonLarry Johnson
17:00 06 Jul 22
I would like to thank Mullen and Mullen for the great service I received. I was involved in an accident and they really helped me out. I worked with the paralegal named Josh and he really made everything a simple process. Josh did a wonderful job and I couldn't be happier!
yolanda Rodriguezyolanda Rodriguez
23:17 15 Jun 22
I love they way they work and communication is the best, they will reach out to you and see if you need anything. Questions you have them they will answer you. Josh is an excelente person that help me so much he was always there for me and if I called him he would return my call as fast as he could. He explained everything I asked and I was really comfortable with him. Josh you are an awesome person. Thank you for everything. I love their services n I would highly reconmand them. Mullen and Mullen are there for you as soon as you call them.
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In the last four years, our firm made Top Verdict’s “Top 50” Personal Injury Settlements in Texas list 44 times, and the “Top 100” list 70 times.

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Top Dram Shop Lawyers Who Settle For More


When you’re injured by an intoxicated motorist, our skilled Dallas attorneys fight tenaciously to ensure the maximum available settlement while offering you the lowest contingency fee. We will hold the drunk driver accountable and investigate whether a bar, restaurant, or other establishment might also have liability for overserving the intoxicated motorist under a “Dram Shop” cause of action. We handle your case the way we would want our own case handled.

Mullen & Mullen is consistently recognized by TopVerdict for obtaining some of the largest recoveries in the entire state of Texas. In the last 4 years our firm made the Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 44 times, and the “Top 100” list 70 times.

One of those years we had 19 of the “Top 50” results and all were for clients injured in motor vehicle accidents. Our stellar results allow us to offer a below industry standard 29% pre-suit contingency fee which means more money in your pocket.

Our experienced local team has an incredibly strong work ethic and truly cares. We’ve been privileged to serve North Texas for over 40 years. This is our backyard. Call (214) 747-5240 now for a free consultation and some excellent advice.

What Your Attorney Says

“We helped launch and assisted with a TABC investigation.”

In the typical “Dram Shop” case, a bar/restaurant overserves a patron and the patron drives off and injures someone. A lot of attorneys overlook these cases since it’s easier to focus solely on a quick case against the drunk driver to obtain their personal automobile insurance limits. When the facts warrant it, however, Mullen & Mullen actively and thoroughly investigates cases involving drunk drivers for potential bar/restaurant liability.

I had a case recently where a fairly well-known law firm helped the client settle for $80,000.00, comprised of $30,000.00 from the drunk driver’s personal automobile insurance carrier and $50,000.00 from our client’s own underinsured motorist carrier. This other law firm never explored where the drunk driver was coming from at the time of the wreck despite the client requiring emergency extremity surgery with a permanent rod in her leg! Thankfully, someone recommended the client to explore a potential “Dram Shop” case and she retained Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.

In short, bars and restaurants can be liable for injuries or death caused by over-serving patrons, but liability can be challenging since you need to demonstrate, amongst other things, that the establishment served someone who was “obviously intoxicated.” To have a chance of meeting that threshold, the drunk motorist generally must have a blood alcohol content limit at least double the legal limit. These cases can be even more difficult if the drunk driver visited several bars and/or had other drugs in their system.

On behalf of our client, we quickly requested the arresting officer’s body cam footage, the Defendant’s toxicology report as well as all investigative notes from the arrest. We learned the drunk driver was nearly three times the legal limit! In fact, a witness at the scene of the wreck knew he was intoxicated after observing him for only mere seconds – indicating the bar should have also known he was obviously intoxicated. We filed a complaint with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and welcomed their investigation into the incident.

Eventually, we secured the full $1,000,000.00 bar policy liability limits for our client without even having to file a lawsuit. This establishment had clearly over-served someone and set them loose on the road knowing they could severely injure someone.

It’s always rewarding when we can play a part in holding an establishment accountable so that hopefully someone else’s friend or family member doesn’t have to become their next victim. Working on these cases gives us a chance to make a real difference in our community and potentially even save lives.

Joseph R. Morrison

Our Results Speak For Themselves

Gross Settlements Before Fees & Expenses

We have achieved numerous multimillion-dollar settlements across all practice areas, but we are restricted from displaying some very large results due to settlement confidentiality. Here are a few recent results without confidentiality agreements:

Work Accident

Wrongful Death

Vehicle Accident

Vehicle Accident

Vehicle Accident

Premises Liability

Why Choose Mullen & Mullen to Handle Your Case?

According to, our Dallas attorneys consistently achieve some of the highest recoveries in the state of Texas. As a matter of fact, in the last four years, we’ve made their Texas “Top 50” Personal Injury Settlements list 43 times, and their “Top 100” list 70 times. For example, in 2021 one of our claims made the Top 10 list, eight made the Top 11-20 list, and ten made the Top 21-50 list. When you factor in our reduced 29% contingency fee, we are confident we will help you recover more. At Mullen & Mullen, we pride ourselves on routinely recovering full policy limits for our clients without the necessity of costly and time-consuming litigation.

According to, our Dallas attorneys consistently achieve some of the highest recoveries in the state of Texas. As a matter of fact, in the last three years we’ve made their “Texas Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times. For example, in 2021 one of our claims made the Top 10 list, eight made the Top 11-20 list, and ten made the Top 21-50 list. When you factor in our reduced 29% contingency fee, we are confident we will help you recover more. At Mullen & Mullen, we pride ourselves on routinely recovering full policy limits for our clients without the necessity of costly and time-consuming litigation.

We have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic technology through well-established relationships with medical doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists, counselors, and other healthcare providers in the entire DFW Metroplex. You receive the quality medical attention you need from local providers near where you live or work. These providers specialize in treating people hurt in accidents of all kinds and they know how to properly document injuries to meet the legal burden of proof in your personal injury case. These providers are also willing to delay billing collections until after your case is resolved so you can focus on recovering without additional stress. Physicians that don’t routinely treat accident victims as part of their practice usually turn away patients over fear of being involved in the legal process or fear of health insurance companies refusing to pay accident-related healthcare bills. Please call us at 214-747-5240 for a free consultation and some advice.

Even if you don’t have health insurance or can’t afford your deductible, Mullen & Mullen will secure you the quality healthcare and state-of-the art diagnostics you deserve with no upfront out of pocket costs.

Shane, Joseph and Regis have almost 100 years of combined experience practicing personal injury law. That doesn’t even include the combined experience of the attorneys that serve as of-counsel to Mullen & Mullen at no additional cost to our clients. Our firm continues to evolve, but we never forget our Core Values. We do the right thing, handle cases the way we would want our own case handled, and we truly listen to clients. We have over 40 years of local knowledge, and that matters!

Some lawyers forget that they represent the client, but we never have. Our legal team will make YOU the priority. You are the boss, and we will respond quickly to your requests for case updates and assistance. We guarantee that when you need to speak to your counsel, you will speak directly to your counsel, not to a paralegal or secretary, because that’s the way it should be.

Most firms hire an investigator to help develop evidence on your case and charge you back for that service. Our firm, however, has 2 full-time accident investigators on staff and we offer their services to you for free. This is another way we will maximize your compensation.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Video footage is worth a lot more. Our in-house videographer allows us to capture the true impact the accident has on your life beyond mere words on a piece of paper.

When necessary, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm uses cutting edge technology like 3D imaging videos to fully demonstrate the extent of our clients’ injuries to the insurance companies. This also helps maximize the value of your claim.

Mullen & Mullen’s attorneys live and work right here in Dallas, and always have. We believe in paying our success forward by helping people in the North Texas community, and are dedicated to supporting these local charities.

About Our Highly Skilled Attorneys

Attorney Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner
Shane V. Mullen, Attorney at Law

Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner

Our Managing Partner, Shane V. Mullen, has been handling personal injury cases for 21 years. He is “Top-rated” by Thompson Reuters who named him as a Texas Super Lawyer 3 consecutive years. Shane is also a lifetime member of both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, solidifying his expertise in handling significant cases. He is also an esteemed member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, further attesting to his exceptional legal prowess. Shane brings hard-won, battle born knowledge to your case.

Attorney Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate
Joseph R. Morrison, Attorney at Law

Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate

With 18 years of personal injury experience, Attorney Joseph R. Morrison has established himself as a highly skilled legal professional. Notably, he served as counsel of record in a case that garnered recognition from as a top 5 Premises liability (slip and fall) verdict in Texas. The defendant in this case was a Fortune 500 company with an annual revenue exceeding 11 billion. The specific case, Jeffrey Young v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., showcased Joe’s exceptional abilities in achieving favorable outcomes.

Joe is a distinguished member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, solidifying his standing among the nation’s most esteemed legal practitioners. Furthermore, his membership in both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums further attests to his expertise in handling substantial cases.

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum member

Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Both Shane and Joseph are lifetime members of the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, meaning they have each settled cases in excess of two million. This solidifies their expertise in handling significant personal injury cases.

Regis L. Mullen, Founding Attorney
Regis L Mullen, Attorney at Law

Regis L. Mullen, Founder

Our Founder, Attorney Regis L. Mullen, has 56 years of personal injury experience. Regis received his Admission to practice law in 1967. Previously a Litigation Supervisor at Allstate Insurance Company, he knows all the tactics liability carriers use to deny or reduce personal injury settlements. Drawing upon his profound comprehension of the inner workings of the insurance industry, Regis established a law firm dedicated to meeting the legal needs of injured individuals in North Texas.

About Dram Shop Liability Claims

Can a bar or restaurant be sued for over-serving a drunk driver?

Known as “dram shop” cases, you can sue bars, restaurants, or other businesses that serve alcohol for over-serving drunk drivers.

If an establishment does that, they can be held financially responsible for their part in causing an injury or death. Please note a gas station might even have liability for selling packaged beer to a drunk driver.

These cases can be difficult to prove though.

That’s because it’s hard for servers/bartenders to know the blood alcohol content (BAC) of someone at their bar/establishment. For some people, it’s easy to tell they’re heavily intoxicated. For others, it’s more difficult. Some of that will depend on the legally intoxicated motorist’s tolerance.

In Texas, “dram shop” liability / bar liability can be established if a bar or restaurant serves alcohol to someone who is obviously intoxicated, and that person subsequently causes injuries or death to a third-party.

How do you establish a driver was “obviously intoxicated” while he was at a bar or restaurant?

Witness testimony is very important in establishing the driver was obviously intoxicated. Bar and restaurant employees are unlikely to be helpful so other customers are usually the best source of this information. In addition, the driver’s blood alcohol content in conjunction with the timing of when he or she left the bar or restaurant is also of critical importance. Please note these cases can be very challenging if the drunk driver visited multiple establishments leading up to the wreck.

It is critically important to send a demand to preserve evidence to any bars or restaurants the drunk driver visited as quickly as possible. Our standard demand to preserve evidence includes instructions to maintain all customer receipts, POS system data, video surveillance footage, employee schedules, etc. We also routinely request police officer body worn camera footage to investigate if the motorist admitted to coming from a certain location to the investigating officer or field sobriety officer.

The problem is that many times where the intoxicated motorist was coming from is not immediately known. Further complicating matters is the fact that many intoxicated motorists charged with driving while intoxicated exercise their right to not provide information that could incriminate them in a pending criminal case.

Our firm routinely assists clients in filing complaints with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) when warranted. We usually do this when we learn a motorist was at least double the legal limit since a lower BAC makes it very challenging to suggest the drunk driver was “obviously” intoxicated. TABC often performs an independent investigation that can yield useful evidence in a civil case against the bar or restaurant. We have worked alongside TABC agents in the past to assist them in any way we can with their investigation.

If you were harmed by someone who was overserved contact our Dallas dram shop lawyers today for a free consultation.

Can people who get over-served and hurt themselves recover compensation?

Sounds kind of ridiculous at first that you could be drunk, hit a tree, and sue the bar that served you for your injuries, doesn’t it?

Well, Texas law looks at it like this:

  1. Places that sell alcohol have a financial interest in selling as much alcohol as they can. From society’s perspective, we want to have safe roads. If alcohol sellers have financial responsibility for injuries caused by overserving patrons, they have financial incentive to keep our roads safe, like society wants.
  2. Businesses that sell alcohol are our last line of defense against drunk driving. We want to incentivize them to take the right action and not sell to obviously intoxicated individuals to keep our roads safe.

With all that said, the vast majority of “Dram Shop” cases that are pursued involve an innocent third-party injured by a drunk driver. Look below, however, for one example where a bar would likely be responsible for injuries a driver caused to herself:

Let’s say an underage woman goes to a bar. She knows the bartender, and he knows she’s underage. He serves her anyway. And let’s assume he serves her 5 potent drinks – martinis. The woman slurs her words, falls off the bar stool, and gets angry and disruptive with the bartender and other patrons.

The bartender, who’s also been drinking himself (against Texas law), gives her several more shots before she leaves. As she drives away, she enters the road going the wrong way, causing a head-on collision with another vehicle and is catastrophically injured.

The bartender in this example knew the underage driver was obviously intoxicated yet served her more alcohol anyway. Most likely, her family can recover compensation for her injuries.

Filing a lawsuit against the bar, in this case, is both legal and fair. If you are in a similar situation, contact our Dallas dram shop lawyers today for a free consultation.

Contact our dram shop liquor liability attorneys in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, or Fort Worth now. We want to discuss the specifics of your claim. Find out how our Dallas personal injury law firm, with over 40 years of experience, can help!

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