Attorney Tony Coveny Ph. D.

Food Poisoning Attorney Tony Coveny

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About Tony Coveny, Partner

Tony Coveny has been practicing infectious disease litigation exclusively for more than a decade, settling cases against major agro-industrial companies, international suppliers, and domestic distributors and manufacturers. Tony Coveny, alongside Ron Simon, has tried cases against restaurants, distributors, national manufacturers, and foreign corporations to recover damages for their clients. From the main office in Houston, which he manages, he speaks to potential and current clients on a daily basis.

Having been a professor of Public Administration and American Government, with his Doctorate from the University of New Mexico, he also works with local and state health departments to investigate food borne illnesses and to trace the pathogens to their source. He has authored hundreds of on-line articles, as well as law review articles, most of which deal with food safety.


J.D. University of Houston – 2007

  • Magna cum laude
  • Law Review
  • Order of the Baron
  • Order of the Coif

Ph.D. University of New Mexico, Political Science; statistical analysis – 2002

M.A. University of New Mexico, Latin American Studies – 1997

BA, Seattle Pacific University, History and Political Science – 1994

Honors & Achievements

  1. Houston Bar Association: 2008-Present.
  2. University of Houston Law Review (Publishing & Marketing Editor) (2005-6)
  3. Director of Pre Law Initiative for Minority Students, 2004-2006.
  4. Sponsor of the Annual Mock Trial at Prairie View A & M University
  5. Commentator for FOX NEWS, Nashville Affiliate, Election 2002.
  6. Commentator for WSMV Channel Four News, Nashville, TN. Election 2002.
  7. Guest on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition concerning Hispanic vote (1998).
  8. Guest on National Public Radio’s Which Way LA, with Ralph Nader, to debate the efficacy of the Green Party (1998).


  • “Executive Activism not Reciprocated with Judicial Activism: Wyeth v. Levine and Cuomo v. Clearing House Return Preemption to the Legislative Branch,” 22:3, Spring 2010, St. Thomas Law Review.
  • “When the Immovable Object Meets the Unstoppable Force: Search and Seizure in the Age of Terrorism,” 31 American Journal of Trial Advocacy, 329, 384 (2007), (frequently referenced, including extensive citation of economic formula in Duke Law Journal, 59:5, p. 847, 2010).
  • “Preemption Protects Pharmaceutical Manufacturers While Leaving Health Care Professionals Exposed to Liability: The Supreme Court Considers Wyeth v. Levine.” Journal of Nursing Law; Vol. 12/Issue 4. Spring 2009.
  • “Judicial Activism on the Rehnquist Court: An Empirical Analysis.” 2008, St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary: Co-authored with David Dow and Cassandra Chou. 23:1, 2008.
  • “Saying Goodbye to Texas’ Homestead Protection: One Step Toward Economic Efficiency With The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Act of 2005.” Houston Law Review, 2007.
  • “The Theory of Surge and Decline: Revisiting the Midterm Presidential Loss and the Role of the Economy.” In American Government: Continuity and Change, 2004. Pearson Custom Publishing, Boston, MA.
  • “Public Opinion and the Environment.” A statistical analysis of opinion polls concerning the environment in Public Opinion and Polling Around the World, edited by John G. Geer, ABC-CLIO Press, Santa Barbara, CA. 2004.
  • “Public Opinion and the Middle East.” A statistical analysis of opinion polls concerning the Middle EAST in Public Opinion and Polling Around the World, edited by John G. Geer, ABC-CLIO Press, Santa Barbara, CA. 2004.