About John R. “Rusty” Phenix

John R. “Rusty” Phenix is the managing partner of Phenix & Crump, PLLC. Rusty received his Bachelor of Arts in 1982 from Baylor University, then completed his legal education with his JD in 1984. Later that year, he was admitted to the Bar and has spent every year since pursuing justice and fighting for his clients’ rights in the courts of East Texas.

Having been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, the U.S. District Court, and the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of Texas, Rusty is committed to righting the wrongs his clients have experienced through his practice of personal injury law. As Vice President of the East Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocated and an attorney rated by Super Lawyers as one of the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in the state of Texas, you can rest assured you’re in good hands with Rusty in your corner.



  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1994)
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1994)
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • State Bar of Texas; East Texas Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Rusk County Bar Association (Past President)
  • Ethics: Past chairman of the District 2A Grievance Commission State Bar of Texas.
  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum since 2012.
  • Member of The National Trail Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers since 2014.
  • Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 2012.

About Cary Crump


In his role as Partner of the firm, Cary Crump works each day with clients throughout East Texas to secure compensation and justice in the legal system of our state. Cary received his preparatory education at Stephen F. Austin State University, earning his BA Magna Cum Laude in 1993, and his JD from the University of Houston in 1997.

After his admittance to the Bar in 1997, Cary began practicing law with the firm as an ardent defender of his clients’ rights almost immediately. Licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas and admitted to practice in the US District Court Eastern District of Texas, Cary is a highly qualified personal injury attorney who has worked alongside Rusty for decades. If you or your family have suffered as the result of negligence or carelessness by others, you need Cary Crump on your side in the court of law.



  • Rusk County Bar Association (Past President, Current Treasurer)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • East Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • US District Court Eastern District of Texas

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