Carson R. Runge loves the competitive challenge of matching wits and intellect with other lawyers. However, he offers a stronger explanation for why he loves his work: Getting a win for the underdog.
“When you have somebody who’s injured in an 18-wheeler wreck or a car wreck or in an oil-field incident, the defendant is always going to have a corporation with unlimited resources – whether it be the corporation or a huge insurance company – defending them. To go up against them and win for my client — that’s why I do it.”
As a child, Carson knew that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, John B. Runge, a well-known plaintiff’s attorney in Arlington.
He graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University in 2007 with a degree in Finance and went on to attend Baylor Law School. As a law student, Carson sharpened his skills by participating in numerous national mock trial competitions. During his third year, he won the school’s coveted Top Gun mock trial competition against fellow third-year students. He graduated cum laude in 2010.
After he received his J.D., Carson immediately joined The Sloan Firm, where he has concentrated his practice on catastrophic personal injury cases and achieved numerous seven-figure results for his clients. His record includes:
- Truck accident settlements of $8 million, $2.45 million and $1.2 million
- Oil-field wrongful death cases of $7.2 million and $4.5 million
- Oil-field injury cases of $3.7 million and $1.8 million.
While those outcomes are noteworthy, Carson says that, in the long run, he wants to be known as a lawyer with a reputation for excellent client service.
“I want to be known as the guy who represents human beings with souls, represents them well, and takes care of them,” he says. “I really care about my clients.”
He also cares about his profession. Carson has served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Gregg County Bar Association. He also belongs to the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, East Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Additionally, Carson has been named to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi- Million Dollar Advocates Forum, National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 40 Under 40 and Super Lawyers® Rising Star™ list in Texas. (See descriptions below.)
Outside of his legal practice, he serves on the board of the D.O.R.S. Youth Transition Center, a local nonprofit that helps young adults escape poverty.
Carson also enjoys hunting and fishing, coaching his daughter’s T-ball team and spending time with his wife, Kelsey, and their two children, Elizabeth and John.
- The Million Dollar Advocates Forum consists of lawyers who acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which a verdict, award or settlement in the (present value) amount of $1 million or more was obtained. See Selection Process.
- Super Lawyers is a listing of lawyers who are selected based on peer nominations and evaluations combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Candidates are eligible for Rising Stars if they are age 40 or younger or have been in practice 10 years or less. Thomson Reuters publishes the listing. See Selection Process.
- *The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 is an invitation-only organization. Members are selected based on peer nominations and third-party research. The selection criteria include a lawyer’s leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile. See Selection Process.