At Edwards & de la Cerda, PLLC, we are dedicated attorneys representing the best interests of individuals, families and business owners throughout the country. With more than 30 years of combined litigation and trial experience, we have helped thousands of people recover financial compensation to help them pay their medical bills and recoup financial losses in a wide variety of personal injury and business related matters. To strengthen our position as we take on some of the largest medical device, pharmaceutical and insurance companies in the world, Edwards & de la Cerda, PLLC has joined forces with two nationally prominent, successful mass tort law firms to prosecute cases across the country for injured individuals and business owners who deserve justice.

Although many people expect individuals, companies, and insurance providers to sufficiently cover losses that are their fault, the fact is that oftentimes people are entirely denied compensation or are offered compensation that fails to account for the total cost or damages. Our attorneys work tirelessly to pursue just outcomes for you and your family.

Attentive. Responsive. Professional. Many of the cases we handle come to us through referrals from our peers in the local legal community and satisfied former clients. Happy to work for any client with a just and deserving cause, we believe our network of referrals reflects the confidence they have in us to handle their cases. Having proven ourselves to be a dedicated firm that achieves results for those we represent, we believe our reputation speaks for itself when it comes to providing personal injury representation.

When you or a loved one requires representation from a skilled lawyer, trust your case to our experienced and professional attorneys. While larger firms may tout their large staff and heavy caseload, we offer personalized service that puts you in direct contact with our attorneys.

To learn how we can help you with your personal injury matter, contact our Dallas law office by dialing 888-958-3835, 214-223-2536 or by completing our online contact form.



Some of the primary cases we handle include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Chemical Hair Straighteners/Relaxers
  • 3M Combat Arms Earplugs
  • Allergan Breast Implants
  • Transvaginal Mesh
  • IVC Filters
  • Medical Device Litigation
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • Mass Torts
About Us

Securing legal representation can be an intimidating process. With so many choices, it's difficult to know what to look for in a law firm. While some firms rely on aggressive tactics, compassion for their clients or their past experiences, we blend these and other defining characteristics to adapt to the needs of our clients.

Kevin L. Edwards and Pedro “Peter” de la Cerda at Edwards & de la Cerda, PLLC. We've built our practice around the idea that we're not just personal injury attorneys, but a trusted guide and invaluable resource as our clients go through some of the most challenging experiences of their lives.

We Put Our More Than 30 Years Of Combined Experience To Work For You: Founding attorneys Kevin L. Edwards and Pedro “Peter” de la Cerda have grown and developed their practice to reflect the qualities that they would expect from a personal injury law firm. By placing the goals and unique needs of clients at the forefront of our methods, we provide a number of distinct benefits to our clients' experience:

Effectively turning cases: No one wants to be locked in an indefinite legal dispute. We endeavor to resolve cases as swiftly as possible by either securing a settlement or taking a case to trial.

Litigation experience: Most personal injury cases are resolved via a settlement. With experience litigating cases, we give our clients the advantage of knowing we don't have to accept a settlement when it's not in their best interests.

Aggressive, discreet and dedicated representation: With a significant number of cases coming to us through referrals, we believe this reflects the confidence our peers and former clients have in our abilities. Always professional and committed to seeing our clients achieve their goals, we are a firm you can turn to for all your personal injury issues.

Preparation: As trial lawyers, we stress the importance of preparing for every case as if going to trial. By always preparing for trial, we prove to the opposition that they need to seriously consider a generous settlement.

Attentive and personal service: When you work with our firm, you will work directly with our attorneys from start to finish.

To discuss the circumstances of your personal injury or medical products liability issue, contact our Dallas, Texas, law office and schedule a consultation. Call toll free at 800-673-1196, 214-223-2536 or complete our contact form.



Attorney Kevin L. Edwards

Partner Kevin L. Edwards is also of counsel to Freese & Goss, PLLC and Matthews & Associates. He is a native of Houston, Texas. He graduated from Houston’s Alief Hastings High School, then attended The University of Texas at Austin on a swimming scholarship. He was a member of the 1995-1996 National Championship Swimming & Diving Team. Mr. Edwards earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a Minor in Business. He studied law at Texas Tech University, earning a Juris Doctorate. He was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review, serving as the 3L class president.

Back in Houston, Mr. Edwards first worked for a prominent worldwide intellectual property litigation firm.

During law school, Mr. Edwards also worked for a prominent personal injury attorney in Lubbock, Texas. There he gained valuable courtroom and trial experience in lawsuits involving car accidents and medical malpractice.

In September of 2003, Mr. Edwards joined a civil litigation law firm in Dallas, Texas, that defended corporations, insurance companies, employers, trucking companies, and numerous businesses and individuals throughout the State of Texas. After five years on the defense side of the docket, Mr. Edwards wanted to help plaintiffs whom he had seen from experience suffered real injuries and were deserving of compensation.

In the last decade, Mr. Edward has focused his practice on helping those who have been injured or harmed by the negligence, malfeasance, or recklessness of others. While working with Matthews & Associates, Mr. Edwards has represented numberous victims in medical device and pharmaceutical mass tort litigations, including Transvaginal Mesh, IVC Filters, Actos, Pradaxa, Xarelto, Paxil, Depakote, and Topamax.


Kevin L. Edwards


  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A.
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D.

  • Texas SuperLawyers: 2019-Present
  • SuperLawyers: Rising Star 2012-2017
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum: Member
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40: 2014-2017

  • Texas State Bar, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2004

Attorney Pedro “Peter” de la Cerda

Partner Pedro “Peter” de la Cerda is also of counsel to Freese & Goss, PLLC and Matthews & Associates. He grew up in Dallas, Texas in a tight-knit community that valued faith, hard work, and helping the less fortunate. After high school, he attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated in three years with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Deciding to pursue a career in the courtroom, Mr. de la Cerda then attended Texas Tech University School of Law, as well as the Rawls College of Business. There, he earned both Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration degrees. He was a member of the Texas Tech Law Review and Beta Gamma Sigma, and graduated with honors.

Legal Awards & Distinctions

Mr. de la Cerda is licensed to practice in Texas and California and has achieved many distinctions from his colleagues. From 2014 until 2017, he was designated a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers®, which is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. From 2015 until 2017, he was designated “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff trial lawyers. Since 2018, each year he has received the distinction of “SuperLawyer” from SuperLawyers®, a distinction reserved for only about 5% of lawyers.


As a young attorney looking for courtroom experience, Mr. de la Cerda began his career defending physicians, nurses, hospitals, trucking, and manufacturing companies in disputes involving personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and toxic tort. After seeing many people who were truly injured and deserving of fair compensation, however, Mr. de la Cerda was moved to cross the courtroom aisle and prosecute cases on behalf of plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Today, he proudly pursues pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers whose defective products injure the public. He is also seeking justice for the victims of the Camp Fire in California, whether it be for personal injury, property damage, or business interruption.

Personal Life

Outside of his busy legal practice, Mr. de la Cerda enjoys spending time with his wife and trying to keep up with their two precocious sons.


Pedro “Peter” de la Cerda


  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A.
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D.
  • Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business, M.B.A.

  • Texas SuperLawyers: 2018-Present
  • SuperLawyers: Rising Star 2014-2017
  • Top 100 Up-and-Coming Texas Rising Star: 2017
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum: Member
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40: 2015-2017

  • Texas State Bar, 2004
  • California State Bar, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2012

Practice Areas

Personal Injury, Business, and Mass Tort Lawyers. When people are suffer serious or life-threatening injuries or business losses, the ability to react, think clearly and take decisive action can be tempered due to stress and physical strain. It's during these difficult moments that we at Edwards & de la Cerda, PLLC excel at helping individuals, families and business owners retake control of their situations. Whether filing a personal injury claim, a wrongful death lawsuit, handling a business claim or wrongful denial of business insurance coverage, negotiating a generous settlement or preparing a case to go to trial, we are confident that we will help you achieve your goals.

We Are Proven Trial Lawyers Handling A Variety Of Personal Injury Cases; No matter the circumstances that led to your injury or ailment, there are a variety of considerations that our attorneys can identify when guiding you through a personal injury claim, wrongful death lawsuit or mass tort action.

Our practice has extensive experience handling the following issues as well as numerous other types of personal injury and business matters:
Hair Straightener or Relaxer Cancer Lawsuits

If you used a hair straightening or relaxing product, chances are you have been exposed to cancer causing chemicals.

A lawsuit was recently filed in the Northern District of Illinois against L’Oreal USA, Inc., Products, Namaste Laboratories, Inc., Strength of Nature Global, LLC, Soft Sheen Carson (W.I.), Inc., Dabur International Ltd. and Dabur USA, Inc. on behalf of a woman who regularly used chemical hair straightener products manufactured, marketed, and sold by these companies, and who was diagnosed with uterine cancer, requiring hysterectomy, at the age of 28.

We anticipate that numerous additional lawsuits against these companies will be filed in the coming months.


A new study published October 17, 2022, in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute highlights the increased risk of uterine cancer among women who use hair straightening or relaxing products.

The study conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (“NIEHS study”) tracked data from approximately 34,000 women for more than a decade and found that frequent users of chemical hair straightening/relaxing products, defined as using the products four times a year, were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer by age 70 than women who did not use those products.

Although the study did not specify the specific brands of chemical straighteners/relaxers used by the women involved in the study, the increased risk of uterine cancer was applicable to women who used chemical hair straighteners/relaxers. Chemical hair straighteners/relaxers typically contain products associated with higher cancer risk, including formaldehyde, metals, phthalates, and parabens, which may be more easily absorbed by the body through scalp burns and abrasions often caused by chemical straighteners/relaxers.


Studies have shown that black women are diagnosed with uterine cancer at a higher rate than any other race. This increased risk of black women developing uterine cancer is reflected by the results of the recent NIEHS study.

Specifically, despite black women making up only 7.4% of the study’s participants, they made up 59.9% of those who reported using chemical hair straighteners/relaxers. Black women make up the primary consumer demographic for chemical hair straighteners and relaxers. This demographic not only consumes these products more than women of other races, but they use them much earlier in their lives, increasing the amount and duration of exposure to the harmful chemicals.


The NIEHS study is not the first to link chemical hair straighteners and relaxers to an increased risk of cancer. In 2020, a study published by the National Institutes of Health found that people who regularly use chemical hair dye and hair straighteners and relaxers had a greater risk of breast cancer.

Again, the research also determined that black women were associated with a 45% higher rate of breast cancer, compared with white women, who had a 7% higher rate. Several studies linking chemical hair straighteners with breast cancer have reached similar conclusions in recent years.

3M Combat Arms Earplugs

3M manufactured these dual-ended earplugs for hearing protection from close range firearms and other loud impact noises. Due to the defective design, the earplugs can slightly loosen and subtly move out of the ear canal just enough for the loud sounds to cause hearing damage. According to reports, 3M knew of these design defects, but knowingly sold them to the US military from 2003-2015. Servicemembers and combat veterans have reported multiple side effects, including: Hearing loss; Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears; Permanent hearing damage; and/or Deafness. If you or a loved one was supplied 3M earplugs while in the military and have been diagnosed with hearing loss or tinnitus, contact our attorneys today for a free consultation. You may be entitled to significant monetary compensation. There is never a fee unless we recover for you.

Allergan Biocell Breast Implants

Allergan issued a worldwide recall of its Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders. This move came after an investigation confirmed that Allergan Biocell Breast Implants are linked to a rare form of lymphoma, which is commonly known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). If you have been implanted with Allergan Biocell Breast Implants and developed BIA-ALCL, You may be entitled to significant monetary compensation. Contact our attorneys today for a free consultation.

Transvaginal Mesh

Discreet and respectful, we help women suffering from complications associated with transvaginal mesh.

IVC Filters

Used to prevent blood clots from reaching the heart, lungs, or other vital organs, these devices can fracture and migrate in the body, causing serious complications and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured by an IVC Filter, contact an experienced IVC Filter attorney for a free legal consultation regarding a potential IVC Filter Lawsuit against the medical device’s manufacturer.

Medical Device Litigation

By working with medical professionals and industry experts, we can build strong cases against medical device companies whose products cause undue harm to users.

Pharmaceutical Litigation

We have handled numerous personal injury and products liability cases that help inform our methods when pursuing compensation for clients suffering from the side effects of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs.

Mass Torts

We often lead the way in mass tort actions to ensure that our clients and others receive just compensation.

Contact Our Dallas, Texas, Law Office After Sustaining An Ailment Or Injury Related To Someone Else's Negligence

Reach out to Edwards & de la Cerda, PLLC, by calling 888-958-3835, 214-223-2536 or by completing our online contact form.


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If you or a loved one has suffered harmful side effects from the use of pharmaceutical drugs or medical devices, we at Edwards & de la Cerda, PLLC, are personal injury and mass tort lawyers who can help you pursue compensation and hold negligent parties accountable.

When building your case, we place your needs at the foundation of our methods. We take the time to listen to and address your concerns, offer clear and steady counsel, all while providing you and your family with options for pursuing compensation to ease your burden.

With the resources, experience and commitment necessary to achieve positive outcomes, we are attorneys who arrive prepared to help you retake control of your situation. With flexible appointment scheduling and Spanish-language services, we are prepared to help you and your family.

Contact our Dallas, Texas, law office by calling us at 888-958-3835 or by completing the contact form listed below.

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