Philip M. Kanayan is a prestigious personal injury attorney based in Houston, Texas. With over eighteen years of experience, Kanayan currently practices with Karst & von Oiste LLP where he maintains a focus on litigation involving mesothelioma and multi-party toxic injury cases. Among many other honors, Kanayan has been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers® and was named to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s top 1 percent of trial lawyers in the United States.
Before practicing law, Mr. Kanayan worked for the Harris County Democratic Party and later as a Political Consultant with the Miller Group and then Rindy Miller Media. Looking back, he recalls how his time in politics influenced him to pursue a career law:
I have always wanted to help people. I worked in politics, and I saw the effect that policy has on people’s lives. I realized that going into law was the best way for me to influence policy and have a positive impact on people's lives. I went into personal injury, specifically, because I wanted to help the little guy.
Since graduating from South Texas College of Law in 1999 and receiving his Texas license to practice in 2000, Kanayan has established himself as one of the top personal injury litigators in the state. Over the course of his career, he has practiced with a diverse range of prestigious law firms, including with Brent Coon & Associates where he was named their Lawyer of the Year in 2014. Kanayan was also included in the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 40 under 40 in 2012 and their Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2013 and 2014.
Now practicing with Karst & von Oiste, Kanayan maintains a reputation both for his formidable trial skills as well as his industry-leading client service. In addition to personal injury cases, he has significant experience with commercial litigation cases and criminal matters.
As a leader in his field, Kanayan is an active member of the American Association for Justice, the South East Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Armenian Bar Association, among other prominent legal organizations. His involvement in the legal community helps Kanayan stay ahead of the curve on the most significant trends and changes in the law. Commenting on what particular developments he is currently paying attention to, he noted:
I’m closely watching how tort reform is affecting litigation and how it’s changing in the country. It's not changing it in a good way.
Outside of his law career, Kanayan is a valued member of his community. He is most proud of his work with the Armenian National Committee of Texas, where he assisted in organizing a lecture series at the Houston Holocaust Museum featuring Bill Parsons, the Chief of Staff of the United States Holocaust Museum and Memorial.