Fred D. Raschke
  • Senior Partner






Fred Rated By Super Lawyers Fred D. Raschke Selected in 2019 Thomson Reuters

Fred leads the firm’s personal injury defense trial group. Since joining Mills Shirley in 1980, he has gained extensive trial experience in personal injury litigation, worker’s compensation, products liability, insurance, utilities, premises, toxic tort litigation and commerical litigation.

Very active in the community and the counties in which he practices, Fred serves in various leadership positions for the Boy Scouts of America, Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston College Foundation, Galveston Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Rotary, Salvation Army, and others. 

Fred was appointed by The University Medical Branch's President, Dr. Ben Raimer, as Chair of the President's Cabinet for the following two-year term. Formed in 1993, the President's Cabinet is a unique and distinctive organization, dedicated to helping advance the mission of UTMB. Members include alumni, faculty, staff, friends and business and community leaders. 

Areas Of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Litigation & Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 1980
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.B.A. - 1977

Published Works

  • TADC Spring Meeting, "The 84th Session: Sausage in the Grinder". Galveston, TX, April 30. 2015
  • UTMB/Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce's "Small Business Symposium - State of your Business Health", 2015
  • Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce's "Good Morning Galveston - State of Your Business Legal Health", 2015
  • TADC Summer Meeting, "Cloud Computing for Lawyers". Cote d'Alene, Idaho, 2014
  • ADTA Annual Meeting, White Sulfur Springs (The Greenbrier), "Retirement: Ethical Duties and Opportunities", 2013
  • ADTA 2011 Annual Meeting, Maui, Hawaii "The Challenges Presented by a Four Month Catastrophic Injury Trial," 2011
  • TADC Summer Meeting "Take the High Road - It will Serve you Well,” 2010
  • Texas Chemical Council; "Protecting Your Investigation From Discovery". 2002
  • TCC/ACIT Safety Seminar, Author of paper "Premises Liability: Is your Client in Control?", 2001
  • TEX-ABOTA Helps Judges Preserve a Fair, Impartial and Independent Judiciary, Winter 2019, in In Chambers, Curt Fenley, Grace Weatherly, Cade Browning and Fred D. Raschke


  • Take the High Road - It Will Serve You Well, 2010
  • Protecting Your Investigation From Discovery, Texas Chemical Council, 2002

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer Civil Litigation Defense, 2009-2023
  • President's Cabinet Chair 2022-2024
  • America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators, 2021
  • Fred was recognized in December 2020 by the Rosenberg Library for its Friends Indeed Award
  • On January 30, 2020, elected President of the Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America
  • Elected Treasurer and to the Board and Executive Committee of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce for 2020
  • Partner, Fred D. Raschke, and his wife, Kim, were honored by the Salvation Army of Galveston County Boots & BBQ event on August 26, 2018 as Champions of Hope.
  • On May 23, 2018, was awarded DRI’s (Defense Research Institute) Service Award
  • Honored on May 10, 2018 with the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Lemonade Day Galveston County 2018 Spirit Award.
  • Rosenberg Library’s Friends In Deed award
  • Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board Director of the Year 2017
  • Elected Vice President of District Operations for the Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America and reelected to the Executive Committee and Board. 2017
  • Appointed again as Chair of the TEX-ABOTA Chair of Defense of the Judiciary Committee for 2020
  • Kim and Fred Raschke recently honored by the Family Services Center at its Annual Gala as Community Champions for their tireless charitable work in the Community.
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Honored by Texas Association of Defense Counsel for its Founders Award, 2014
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys "We Prefer to Refer" Award given annually to the ADTA member who has best exemplified the ADTA's commitment to refer business to other ADTA members, 2011
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel's President's Award for "Leadership and Dedication," 2010
  • Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Business Leadership Award, 2007
  • Distinguished Citizen Award, 2003
  • Reelected to the Board of Directors of Rosenberg Library
  • Honored by the Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America at its Annual Meeting by being elected Vice President of Development
  • Women’s Auxiliary has awarded the Champion of Hope award to Fred and Kim Raschke

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, Section of Litigation American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2006 to Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member, 2011 to Present
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, President 2016-2017, President-Elect 2015-2016, Vice President 2014-2015
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 1999 to Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Aviation Committee Board Liaison, 2016 to 2017
  • Galveston County Bar Association, President, 1985 to 1986
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC), President, 2007-2008, Board of Directors, 1996-2009, 2014 TADC Founders Award
  • Texas Bar Foundation, District 5 Nominating Committee Chair, 1999-2000, 2003-2004
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1993-present
  • Texas Board of Trial Advocates (Tex-ABOTA), Chair of Defense of Judiciary Committee, 2012 to Present
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Member, 2015 to Present
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Member, Energy Utilities Law Section
  • Order of the Barristers
  • “AV” rated Martindale-Hubbell
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) Foundation, Past President of the ADTA Foundation
  • Galveston Community College, Duly elected Regent, Position 2, at the May 5, 2018 election to the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents, Elected Vice President of the Board of Regents, 2019-2022
  • Justice Forward, Galveston Advisory Board of Directors , 2022 to Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Moody Memorial Methodist Church, Permanent Endowment Fund, Past Chair and Advisor
  • Moody Methodist First United Methodist Church, Past Chair Administrative Board
  • Member of University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing Advisory Counsel
  • Board of Directors of Galveston County Salvation Army, Past Chair
  • Board of Directors of United Way Galveston, Past Chair
  • Board of Directors Rosenberg Library
  • Board of Directors Rotary Club of Galveston, Past President
  • Executive Committee of Galveston Economic Development Partnership, Past Chair
  • Lifetime Member, UTMB School of Nursing Advisory Counsel
  • Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair
  • Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America, President
  • Member of Galveston Community College Foundation
  • Galveston Community College, Board of Regents, Vice-chair
  • Member of Libbie's Place Senior Day Program Board