Nationwide Legal Representation
AkinMears, L.L.P. is a personal injury law firm dedicated to helping clients who have suffered harm as a result of asbestos exposure, silica dust exposure or other occupational hazards. We help clients and their loved ones understand their legal rights when severe injuries or illness alters their lives.
We represent clients throughout the United States. We have successfully recovered compensation in cases related to asbestos exposure, workplace accidents and plant explosions. Our team has recovered more than $4 billion in verdicts, settlements and awards.
The mission here at AkinMears, L.L.P. is to provide clients with high caliber legal representation from attorneys they can trust. We take every case to heart. Our goal is to protect the rights of our clients, and get them the compensation they deserve.
Truett B. Akin, IV
Truett Akin is co-founder and Senior Partner at AkinMears, L.L.P. With more than 20 years of experience, Truett has represented clients in an assortment of personal injury claims against big pharmaceutical companies, multi-national corporations, and insurance companies of all sizes. Truett is dedicated to finding answers for clients who have been harmed by defective products or devices, pharmaceutical drugs, or who have suffered from toxic exposure.
Michelle L. Mears
For over 20 years Michelle Mears has dedicated her legal career to helping injured individuals and families who have lost loved ones due to dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, defective medical devices, medical neglect, asbestos exposure and other catastrophic injuries. Michelle has fought multi-national corporations, large pharmaceutical companies and big insurance companies to win financial compensation for her clients in all 50 states, the United States territories and Canada.
As a diplomat’s daughter, Michelle spent a great deal of her childhood in Latin America and Spain. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Economics from George Washington University and her Master’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from George Mason University. Having experienced the legal world close-up, and witnessing the struggles of individuals from diverse backgrounds, Michelle decided to become an attorney so that she could do even more for her community. She then graduated from the South Texas College of Law.
Before she became an attorney, Michelle worked as a Spanish-language legal interpreter and translator. In addition, Michelle used her Spanish language skills volunteering as a court appointed special advocate for children in foster care, as a tutor and mentor in public schools and at a legal aid clinic.
Throughout her career, Michelle has held leadership positions in a number of professional legal organizations and currently sits on the Board of Directors of The National Trial Lawyers, an organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as trial lawyers.
A fan of interesting and diverse travel, Michelle makes sure to see some new and distinctive place every year. She has traveled to the Arctic, Antarctica, and many places in between, including a trip to Cuba with a group of lawyers from the American Association of Justice.
Rebecca L. Tortorici
Rebecca has grown up working in law firms and has spent her entire career helping injured individuals and their families who have lost a loved one due to injuries caused by pharmaceutical drugs, medical device failures, defective products and other severe personal injury actions.
She is particularly focused on women’s health issues and prescription drugs that caused harm to children. Rebecca has successfully fought for thousands of women injured by transvaginal mesh (TVM) and on behalf of minors injured in utero from selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Rebecca graduated from South Texas College of Law in December 2003 and has been licensed to practice law since 2004. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2000.
Rebecca has experienced first-hand the emotional and physical stress, as well as the worry, that family members go through when a loved one is severely injured and hospitalized. When Rebecca’s son was young, he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and underwent brain surgery. From the surgery to rehabilitation to recovery, Rebecca and her family were there every step of the way. This personal emotional rollercoaster experience helps Rebecca relate to the struggles families go through when dealing with injuries.
One of Rebecca’s favorite quotes is from a beloved childhood book, “I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful one hundred percent.” Rebecca is dedicated to represent her clients and their families with commitment and integrity.
When out of the office, Rebecca is an avid runner. She is currently training for her fourth consecutive Boston marathon and the Berlin marathon, with a goal of attempting to complete the World Marathon Majors Challenge. Rebecca also loves cheering on her Ironman triathlete husband and her sports-loving son in his athletic pursuits.
Rebecca spends her free time volunteering at the local elementary school as Treasurer, serving as the Vice President of her son’s football athletic organization, and supporting local racing events. She is an animal lover and has four rescue animals, two cats and two dogs.
Patricia J. Russell
Patricia has been involved in managing thousands of successful claims against some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. She has dedicated her career to helping individuals and families who lost a loved one as a result of serious injuries caused by dangerous pharmaceutical drugs on the market. Patricia also represents people injured or killed by defective medical products and devices.
Patricia’s zeal for the law comes naturally – she is a second-generation lawyer. She grew up watching her father and older brother practicing law, and her first job when she was still in college was as a law firm librarian. She worked in just about every department in a law firm as she finished college – receptionist, file clerk, legal secretary, accountant, office manager, law clerk and legal assistant. She then worked as a law clerk while attending law school. As a lawyer, she enjoys the close contact you have with clients as you work on their cases, especially the happiness and relief clients feel when they get justice.
Patricia has worked in numerous major law firms, but admits she enjoys working with her family on a daily basis at AkinMears.
Patricia is also a third-generation Aggie (Whoop!) and received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University. She earned her law degree at South Texas College of Law and has been licensed to practice since 2005.
Patricia is a mother to two young children that keep her busy. When Patricia has free time, she volunteers at her children’s school. Patricia also enjoys taking Lagree pilates classes and trying new exercise classes.
Before becoming an attorney, Donna was a lobbyist for various education interest groups in the State of Texas, including teachers and, ultimately, the property-poor school districts who sued the state over the unconstitutionality of the school finance system. She has always sided with the underdog in a fight.
When she started her career in asbestos litigation, Donna was appalled at the extent to which companies hid the dangers of asbestos from the workers who worked with and around it on a daily basis. She soon saw that this was another fight for the underdog. Having been raised a military brat herself, Donna is very proud to be representing so many clients who gave service to this nation. She also feels strongly that it is important to champion those who spent a lifetime working hard to put food on the table and to raise a family, and who now are sick because of the jobs they did.
When out of the office, Donna serves on the board of Women on the Border, a social justice non-profit, and of the Texas chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC-Texas). She also enjoys the arts scene in her hometown of Austin, where she is a member of the Austin Theater Alliance and the Austin Film Society.
Donna received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), her master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, and graduated from the University Of Texas School Of Law.