Appellate Lawyer of the Week

Samuel A. 'Sam' Houston, a partner in Houston's Shepherd, Scott, Clawater & Houston

Appellate Lawyers of the Week: A 'Licking My Wounds' Victory

By John Council |

Sam Houston and Jerry M. Young convinced Houston's Fourteenth Court of Appeals to uphold rulings tossing out fraud claims against their clients.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Bob Wise

By John Council |

Bob Wise successfully defended no-evidence summary judgment rulings by tossing out the plaintiffs' theories that his electrical company caused a fire through either faulty equipment or a smoking employee.

Casey Low, a partner in the Austin office of Bracewell & Giuliani

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Sinking a 'Fishing Expedition'

By John Council |

"The hardest thing to overcome for a mandamus—especially when it's on discovery—is when the request is merely overbroad, not necessarily unduly burdensome," said Casey Low, a partner in Bracewell & Giuliani.

W. Matthew Waldrop of The Waldrop Law Firm in Houston

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: 'One Shot' to Reverse a Controversial Trial Judge

By John Council |

Matt Waldrop appealed a ruling by former District Court Judge Denise Pratt that his client was "intentionally underemployed" because the decision was "so egregious," he said.

Kenton Brice, associate with Highland Village's Chirstman Kelley & Clarke

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Winning a Case Before 5th Circuit's Newest Judge

By John Council |

Kenton Brice's clients' case was argued on Fifth Circuit Judge Gregg Costa's first day on the appellate bench. That worked out well for some of Brice's clients.

Timothy B. Garrigan, Lone Star Legal Aid, Nacogdoches

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: 'Terror Babies' and the First Amendment

By John Council |

East Texas lawyer wins ruling on behalf of client who alleges his refusal to be associated with U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert cost him his job at a state university.

David Lynch, partner in Houston's Coats Rose

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Texas Law Applies to $1.5 Million Insurance Dispute

By John Council |

Ruling means insured may get a chance to make its insurance company pay for a punitive damage award.

Larry Rothenberg, Houston solo

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Solo Gets Win for World's Fastest Court Reporter

By John Council |

The Guinness Book of World Records notes that Mark Kislingbury "is the National Court Reporters Association [NCRA] speed and real-time champion, achieving 360 words per minute with 97.23 percent accuracy, at the NCRA 2004 summer convention on July 30, 2004."

Timothy B. Kirwin of Houston's Randle Law Office

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Homeowner v. Historical Commission

By John Council |

"After much consternation … we got it filed, it went on the agenda, the vote happened and we won," Timothy Kirwin said.

John Venzke, Houston solo

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Hallelujah! Lawyer Wins Battle for Church

By John Council |

"It's a tiny church. When it's not about money, it's about money," said Houston solo John Venzke.

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."