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Appellate Lawyer of the Week

Lawrence Fischman, of counsel, Glast, Phillips & Murray, Dallas

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Lawrence Fischman

By John Council |

"In the best-case analysis, I've got a $1.34 million lawsuit to try," said Lawrence Fischman, of counsel in Dallas' Glast, Phillips & Murray.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Big Win Defeating 'Hail Mary Pass' Motion to Dismiss

By John Council |

"The plaintiff filed this case in federal court, and we spent a lot of money defending it," said Megan O'Laughlin, an attorney with Dallas' Hitchock Evert. "We didn't want to have to start over.''

Doug Allison, solo, Corpus Christi

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Intervening Party in Wrongful-Death Case Deemed Texan, Wins Forum Fight

By John Council |

"She's pure Texan and she belonged here," said Doug Allison, a Corpus Christi solo, of the significance of his client's 6-3 win in the high court's decision in In Re Ford Motor Company.

Brad Foster, a partner in Andrews Kurth in Dallas

SCOTUS Cert Denial Preserves Win for Stockbrokers in R. Allen Stanford-Related Case

By John Council |

The high court will not hear Janvey v. Alguire, a four-and-a-half-year- old arbitration dispute in which Foster represents 115 stock brokers who were employed by the Stanford Group, a business once owned by R. Allen Stanford.

Robert B. Gilbreath, partner in Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young

Font + Amici + Advocacy = Supreme Court Win

By John Council |

About his first petition for review, Robert Gilbreath said, "After I lost, I looked at my petition online as if a judge were reading it on a screen. And I realized the font I was using—Garamond—didn't look very good."

Jim Sullivan, a partner in Austin's Icenogle & Sullivan

Insurance Attorney Takes on Civil Rights Case

By John Council |

"I don't normally do this, I normally represent insurance companies," Jim Sullivan said of his reason for accepting the civil rights case. "I thought, I've got to help this guy.''

Noelle M. Reed, partner, Skadden Arps, Houston

No Fees, But Injunction Upheld

By John Council |

"It's the longest I've ever waited for an expedited appeal," Noelle Reed said of the Fifth Circuit's decision.

Randy Turner is a partner in the Hurst law firm of Turner & McKenzie

Is Exoneree's Ex-Wife Entitled to Compensation?

By John Council |

The exoneree's ex-wife sued him for a portion of the compensation that he received under the Tim Cole Act, alleging that the amount included lost wages related to his first nine-and-three-quarters years in prison before their divorce.

Gregory R. Ave, managing partner, Walters Balido & Crain, Dallas

Home Run in Case Involving Softball Injury

By John Council |

It was "pretty obvious" that Justice David Evans, who wrote the Fifth Court's opinion, "understood that sports activities are inherently dangerous and we go into it with our eyes wide open. And if we apply an ordinary negligence standard to that, we're kind of getting kooky with the law,'' said Greg Ave, who argued before the Fifth Court of Appeals on behalf of the man who threw the ball.

Client Escapes Paying Hundreds of Thousands in Postjudgment Interest

By John Council |

High court decision stops postjudgment interest from doubling, lawyer says.

Thomas A. Zabel, a partner in Zabel Freeman in Houston

Born to Run (With the Land)

By John Council |

Tom Zabel's client will be able to assert a claim for a transportation fee involving a natural gas pipeline now that the Fifth Circuit has agreed with his argument that the fee "runs with the land."

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Fifth Circuit Rules in Case of First Impression

By John Council |

Allen DeBard wanted to make very sure that an appeal of his clients' state-court defense victories was dead. So, he pursued the plaintiff from state court into bankruptcy court, to U.S. district court and, ultimately, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Salsa, Summary Judgment and a Sua Sponte En Banc Smackdown

By John Council |

It's a big deal that Jeff Boggess' argument at Dallas' Fifth Court of Appeals saved Gloria's Restaurants' trade-secrets case from a trial court's no-evidence summary judgment dismissal. It's an even bigger deal that the Fifth Court ruled his way in a rare, sua sponte, full-court decision.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: City Wins Insurance-Coverage Suit

By John Council |

David Taubenfeld's municipal client bought insurance to defend against civil litigation. But it took Taubenfeld's arguments at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit before the city could get the benefit of that bargain.