David Gerger, a white-collar crime defense lawyer in Houston, writes and records songs about trials, justice and family on "Give Me Mercy."
David Gerger, a white-collar crime defense lawyer in Houston, writes and records songs about trials, justice and family on "Give Me Mercy."
The U.S. Senate's proposed energy bill, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, seeks to expedite the governmental approval process related to exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG).
After 17 years as a corporate and securities attorney, Derek Willis suddenly found himself responsible for managing a contentious piece of litigation as the secretary and general counsel for Volusion Inc., an Austin-based software company.
Texas Lawyer spoke with Derek Willis, secretary and general counsel for Volusion Inc., an Austin-based software company, and asked him questions about best practices when dealing with outside counsel. Here are his answers, edited for style and length.
This precarious position presents liability for employers who view the completion of I-9s as a perfunctory part of the new hire process, or who view a notice of inspection as benign. Employers should take the following steps to proactively address I-9 compliance.
From the investor perspective, going the EB-5 investment visa route through a regional center avoids the usual requirement of having family connections, securing a job or running an actively traded business, which makes it an attractive option for retirees or students.
An employer can help protect a worker's immigration case and safeguard workforce stability by filing strategically and gathering key documentation of the restructure.
A judge in Harris County consolidated two suits involving Houston lawyer Scott Clearman and his former partners.
Texas now has 12 current or future federal judicial vacancies—including two seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit—caused by a rash of retirements by the state's longest serving judges.
Currently, San Antonio-based Howard Energy Partners is working on two cross-border pipeline projects that will connect Texas refineries with Mexico.
Mark Geragos, who has a long list of celebrity clients, will teach at the National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston in May.
In the 55th District Court in Houston, Judge Jaclanel McFarland issued an order barring Boston Scientific, the medical equiment and devices company, from disposing or altering supplies of a resin material, allegedly used in surgical vaginal mesh products.
On Jan. 7, a driver who claimed back and neck injuries in a rear-ender was awarded $11,956. Clarence R. Fuentes was struck by Rebekka Kelly on a Dallas highway. Kelly stipulated to liability. Fuentes claimed lumbar spondylosis and 3-millimeter disk protrusions at C5-6 and C6-7.
D. Michael Lynn, a 14-year veteran judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division prior to his recent retirement, has joined Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller as senior counsel.
The modern lawyer has a very different lexicon from her predecessors, and an entirely new array of tools for practicing law and managing the practice of law.
In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, the U.S. Department of Interior is proposing a new rule to enhance the safety of offshore drilling, but it is running into fierce resistance from a coalition of industry groups -- including the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the American Petroleum Institute and the International Association of Drilling Contractors.
Brad Caldwell, a principal in Dallas' Caldwell, Cassady & Curry, represents the plaintiff VirnetX, which filed against the iPhone maker. He has no illusions that the verdict, one of the largest an East Texas federal jury ever issued, will end the lengthy litigation saga between the two companies.
Ted Cruz's campaign, which he proclaimed as financed by a grassroots movement, received 1,423 donations from contributors who identified themselves as lawyers or attorneys. The average amount of each of those contributions was $577, according to calculations based on the Federal Election Commission reports.
A Fort Worth man who is an independent candidate for president intervened in a Houston federal lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment on Cruz's eligibility to run for president or vice president.
A man convicted in 1998 of killing a toddler won a new trial from the state's highest criminal court in November 2014, only to see it taken back—and then granted again. His pro bono lawyer reflects on the flip-flop.
In a case of first impression, Chris Pittard and Dara Smith both help convince the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that a seminal employment law meant to protect the rights of the federal disabled workers should also be applied to independent government contractors.
The challenge: GCs are busy, gasping for time for reflection on the meaning of being a lawyer. The solution: pausing to reflect on a little known but powerful commencement speech. So, here, courtesy of Vince Foster, is some oxygen.
Millions more will be exposed to Bryan Wilson's antics as he's being featured in a Taco Bell Super Bowl commercial.
A newly published study shows that 21 percent of attorneys qualify as problem drinkers, 28 percent struggle with depression and 19 percent have anxiety.
A group of five corporate lawyers join Alston & Bird's Dallas office in the financial services and products group.
A Texas doctor expert witness who was censured by a professional association for the testimony he gave in a medical malpractice case can't sue the organization over his lost business expenses, according to a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
How many shopping carts does it take to win a take-nothing jury verdict for Target Corp.? The answer: 200,000, or about four years' worth of carts an attendant returned to a store, according to Donna Peavler.
Nashville firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis acquires Austin firm Taube Summers Harrison Taylor Meinzer Brown, with 13 lawyers moving to Waller's Austin office.
The Texas Supreme Court recently dismissed the Fourth Court of Appeals' ruling and instead held that interpretation of the will concerning conveyence of oil and gas royalties was governed by an analytical approach that required consideration of all of the language in the will and the context in which the will was executed.
A total of 15 Houston lawyers from six firms have started working at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's new Houston office over the last two weeks.
In a ruling with major implications for companies with corporate monitors, a judge has ordered HSBC Bank to make public a monitor’s report on its efforts to comply with anti-money laundering laws.
Founded in 1996, Texas Appleseed works to find justice and solutions to social and economic problems for underrepresented Texans, such as children, disabled people and low-income families.
Leave it to Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to squeeze characters from Disney's "The Lion King" and cheerleaders into a concurring opinion. No one who follows Willett's Twitter feed would be surprised to see his popular culture references.
The Fourteenth Court of Appeals recently overturned a Harris County jury's $21 million judgment based on wrongful death and personal injury cause of action against Oiltanking Houston, involving an explosion that killed a contract worker.
In a final judgment, a Houston state district judge orders Houston lawyer George Fleming to pay $53,950 in attorney fees for an anti-SLAPP motion.
Developing and executing a strategy that leverages digital-first capabilities and opportunities is critical to our future success. Today, I’m excited to announce that the Texas Lawyer is leading the way on our Legal Media reinvention strategy. As of April 1, Texas Lawyer will be a robust, daily digital offering complemented by a glossy, print magazine distributed monthly.
Now, on our 31st anniversary, we are changing our format to enable you to get more of the great journalism you have come to expect from our team, but faster and better.
From the FRCP changes and burgeoning software options, here's a look at what's in store for e-discovery in 2016.
Laura Gibson leaves Ogden Broocks & Hall to become a partner in Dentons in Houston.
Recently, BG Group voted to approve Royal Dutch Shell's proposed $52 billion acquisition of it, setting up the path for the two firms to create the world's largest trader of liquefied natural gas.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey are currently heading a coalition of 29 states and state agencies that are seeking to have the U.S. Supreme Court put the brakes on President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which is designed to regulate carbon emissions from power plants.
Your Jan. 4 article incorrectly described lawyer and philanthropist Joe Jamail as "The King of Torts." Joe's former law partner, Judge George Cire, made the definitive statement on this topic in 1977 when I clerked for the judge.
While the government actively regulates songwriting, it largely avoids enforcing compliance with its licenses, essentially leaving enforcement to songwriters and music publishers.
On Nov. 18, a passenger who claimed back and neck sprains and strains in a collision recovered $917. Lejon Harvey was in a sedan that was driven by Eric Williams.
Over the years, courts have struggled with the question of whether arbitration should proceed when the arbitrator the parties named is no longer available.
U.S. Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was not such a bad apple, according to appellate lawyers who identify themselves as Democrats and previously opposed him in court.
The firm adds one shareholder in Austin and two in Dallas.
Brant J. Stogner, a trial lawyer, has been named a partner in Houston-based Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend.
Mike Hull, former outside counsel for Texans for Lawsuit Reform, is now working with Houston mass tort litigator Steve Mostyn on a transvaginal mesh class action.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has tossed out the convictions of two medical company executives for their roles in a $26 million securities fraud scheme after ruling the trial court excluded evidence it should have let in against the men—and admitted evidence that should have been kept out.
Vinson & Elkins represents Trican Well Service in pending sale of U.S. assets to Houston-based Keane Group.
Diamondback Energy recently announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 4 million shares of its common stock and its retention of the law firm of Akin Gump to advise it concerning the transaction.
Two of Gardere Wynne Sewell's lateral partner hires will lead the firm's global supply network industry team from Dallas and Denver.
"There are some things you do as a lawyer that you are simply honored to do, and you know make a real difference in the world, and this is one of them. I couldn't be more proud of this case and our firm," said Paul Yetter.
The bill has finally come due for the first Eastern District of Texas patent litigant found to have filed an "exceptional case"—one that was so baseless it warranted the litigant paying the other side's attorney fees—and U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap ordered the plaintiff to pay $390,000 for troubling 24 separate defendants with weak claims.
The Texas Attorney General filed a motion to dismiss civil rights claims filed by Sandra Bland's mother against Brian Encinia, a Texas state trooper.
Two Texas landlords who do not ask tenants to prove their immigration status filed a legal challenge to a state law that targets individuals who provide shelter to undocumented residents.
Houston oil and gas lawyer Rick Burleson, founder of Burleson LLP, which closed at the end of 2015, has joined Paul Hastings in Houston.
After 14 years of presiding over complicated Chapter 11 cases, D. Michael Lynn has left his U.S. Bankruptcy bench to join Fort Worth's Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller as senior counsel.
The court-appointed fee committee in the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis is seeking approximately $21.3 million in attorney fees and expenses in connection with the mammoth Energy Future Holdings' Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
A state district judge has sanctioned William Brewer III after determining the prominent Dallas attorney engaged in an abusive litigation tactic by commissioning a pre-trial telephone survey meant to improperly influence a Lubbock County jury pool in a wrongful death case.
A Houston-area man brings a breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice lawsuit against Merrick Nepomuceno of Houston, alleging he failed to provide an accounting of how $80,000 in settlement money was spent.
The State Bar of Texas board of directors has reservations about an effort by the American Bar Association to create guidelines to regulate nonlawyers who provide legal assistance.
Although iPhone sales are predicted to decline, the smartphone remains wildly popular among lawyers.
T. Boone Pickens and his son Michael Pickens reached a settlement on Jan. 25, the day scheduled for jury selection to start in a trial pitting them against each other, according to the elder Pickens’ lawyer Leland de La Garza.
The Fifth Circuit recently upheld the verdict of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana that determined a group of 14 insurers, including Lloyds London, were not obligated to provide any coverage toward an almost $17 million claim in damages related to Seahawk's offshore oil rig, which was harmed during two severe weather events in February 2010 and July 2010.
The lawyers from Houston's Campbell Harrison & Dagley are now practicing at three separate firms in Houston.
California's judicial watchdog agency has admonished a San Mateo County judge for acting disrespectfully toward women in his courtroom, including, in one instance, asking a female prosecutor to get him a cup of coffee.
A patent infringement battle between two rival companies selling Voice over the Internet protocol (VOIP) technology has led to an $8.2 million jury verdict for Baker Botts' client GENBAND U.S.
But one Texas city made the list of the worst cities for young attorneys.
In one of the first appellate looks at a "revenge porn" jury verdict, Houston's Fourteenth Court of Appeals has partially upheld the civil privacy damages a woman won against an ex for posting a sex video of her on the Internet but dismissed awards for intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation.
Under the career credo of "it's never too young to start planning," this weekend 25 Dallas high school students, three Dallas law school deans and almost two-dozen women lawyers are scheduled to gather for a symposium.
On Dec. 8, a tire technician was awarded $441,496 when he was injured by a tire explosion. Abrhim Enshikar was working at an Advance Tire & Wheels in Houston.
Paul Lopez has joined Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller as an associate in the firm's Fort Worth office. Lopez is in Shannon, Gracey's bankruptcy and restructuring group.
ConEdison Development recently acquired Alamo 7, a 106-megawatt solar-electric generation project located in Haskell County from OCI Solar Power, a Texas-based subsidiary of South Korea's OCI Corporation for $$227 million.
Last summer, Haynes and Boone associate Andrew Guthrie was presented with a tantalizing offer—would he like to argue a juicy political free speech case in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit? There was a hitch though. The argument was only three weeks away.
There are two important exceptions to the general rules of premises liability and the Texas Supreme Court ran through them again last year in Austin v. Kroger Texas.
Effective Dec. 1, 2015, sweeping amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure narrow the scope of discovery, shorten key deadlines, and relax the standards for e-discovery sanctions.
By affording same-sex couples the right to marry in Texas and mandating the recognition of lawful same-sex marriages in other states, Obergefell and DeLeon seem to make clear that same-sex spouses are entitled to bring wrongful death, loss of consortium and loss of household services claims on the "same terms and conditions" previously reserved exclusively for marriages between a man and woman.
Mark Kincaid, an insurance law attorney who created seminal case law and spent decades volunteering to lobby the Texas Legislature on insurance bills, passed away this week at the age of 56.
Marathon Oil Corporation and two of its affiliates are involved in a federal case in Houston where they are trying to convince the judge to mandate arbitration in a disagreement they are having with their limited partners on Marathon's handling of hefty foreign income tax credits, in connection with a business deal in Africa.
Confidence in the economy at large declined below neutral during the fourth quarter of 2015.
Significant amounts of motion practice about eDiscovery disputes continue, which puts the eDiscovery burden on trial judges, but more often than not, the trial judges are not any better equipped to understand the eDiscovery disputes than are the lawyers presenting the motions.
Houston lawyers representing three of the Iranians who received presidential pardons this month said they never before represented a client who received a presidential pardon.
When it comes to the anti-bribery law, attorney Michael E. Hantman writes myths abound about enforcement.
One attorney who says he's a crusader and muckraker has brought the high-profile reprimand of a federal judge, an indictment of a former district attorney and a new criminal investigation into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller, a one-time student and former aide to the U.S. Senator from Texas and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, will argue for the state in a controversial case in which Texas has taken on the Obama administration's proposed immigration reforms.
Software company ARGO Data Resource got all of what they wanted from David Harper and his team of Haynes and Boone lawyers after they convinced U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle to dismiss a theft of trade secrets case. Boyle even ruled the defense lawyers deserved a fee award for booting the plaintiff's case.
XTO Energy recently sued the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court seeking to have the agency turn over documents from its federal case involving environmental charges against it so it can use the documents in a separate environmental criminal case brought against it by the state of Pennsylvania. i
The Supreme Court of Texas is now getting an opportunity to interpret how the recently adopted Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) will be applied in Texas in connection with an alleged trade secrets theft case brought by Schlumberger.
BakerHostetler's Houston office picks up former Burleson partner Mark Jones and two associates.
In a Jan. 12-issued final judgment, 165th District Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield in Houston awarded William Harmeyer's client, PMB Precision Medical Billing, $37,500 in damages, as well as pre-judgment interest, and $49,600 in attorney fees.
Ken Paxton's office has taken the position that DFS may well constitute illegal gambling under the Texas Penal Code, over the objections of its two largest purveyors, FanDuel and DraftKings.
If lawyers put their money where their mouths are, then the Texas Supreme Court election sparking the most discussion is the race between Justice Debra Lehrmann and challenger Michael Massengale.
The lawyer who filed the complaint that prompted the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reprimand U.S. District Judge Walter Smith of Waco for sexual harassment and temporarily halt his new case assignments has appealed the decision and is now calling for Smith's impeachment.
Jeff Tillotson opened his own firm on Jan. 19, but plans to eventually join Dallas trial boutique.
Rudy Giuliani and Marc Mukasey leave Bracewell's New York office to move to Greenberg Traurig.
A Fort Worth federal magistrate denied a race-discrimination plaintiff's motion for sanctions against Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
Houston-based Fieldwood Energy's Mexican subsidiary, Fieldwood Energy E&P Mexico, recently locked into a production-sharing contract agreement for Area 4, which was awarded in the Round 1 Call 2 bid process with the Mexican government.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe opened an office in Houston on Jan. 19, with plans for about 20 partners from a number of firms in Houston to initially staff the California-based firm's first Texas outpost.
In a final judgment, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas in Sherman this month awarded $218,900 in damages and $1.193 million in attorney fees to Baylor Frisco Medical Center, based on the hospital's summary judgment motion, prepared by its lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Leonard Davis, a former chief judge of the Eastern District, believes the region's enormous patent docket will likely decline after a huge year of filings in 2015.
Newton Schwartz, a trial lawyer in Houston, filed a federal lawsuit on Jan. 14 seeking a declaratory judgment that Ted Cruz is not constitutionally eligible to be elected president or vice president.
The special prosecutors in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's case have sued Paxton over an open records ruling that ordered them to hand over their criminal discovery to a newspaper.
Those looking to utilize the rule should understand its statutory framework in order to consider a targeted approach.
In a Jan. 13 response filed in race discrimination lawsuit, the corporate defendant, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), represented by Fort Worth's Kelly Hart & Hallman, offered its version of events that unfolded during a contentious deposition last year.
In a final judgment against a former client, Legge Farrow Kimmit McGrath & Brown won $65,000 in damages and $14,000 in attorney fees.
St. Mary's University School of Law and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of San Antonio have withdrawn their appeal of a Minimum Continuing Legal Education decision denying credit for future presentations of a CLE course on faith and the law.
The top executive of Texas' biggest electricity delivery company, Bob Shapard, recently testified about his concerns related to Dallas billionaire Ray Hunt's bid to purchase Oncor at a recent hearing before the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
The United States has 94 federal judicial districts, but in 2015, almost half of all new patent cases were filed in just one—the Eastern District of Texas.
Michael Sorrell's path to recognition began in 2007 when he gave up lucrative law practice, took a job as president of Dallas' struggling Paul Quinn College and turned the historically black college around.
Because small businesses lack the capacity to absorb litigation costs, it is essential for a small business to obtain legal protections when working with other companies.
Brent Coon, founder of Brent Coon & Associates of Beaumont, bought Powerball tickets for BP executives so winnings can help compensate clients harmed by Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Six months prior to his death on Dec. 23, 2015, the legendary Texas plaintiff lawyer Joe Jamail revised his will.
Insurance company seeks injunction to prevent Edinburg lawyer Richard Kent Livesay and his firm from falsely claiming that they represent homeowners in property damage claims.
Lisa Africk, formerly of Burleson LLP, and an associate joined Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker's new New Orleans office.
During an undercover sting, Boerne solo Kevin D. Fine, who is a former Harris County district judge, was arrested for a felony offense for possessing methamphetamine.
Can a San Antonio lawyer be held responsible for his dead co-defendant's share of damages in a legal malpractice case? It's a mess of a question that the Texas Supreme Court recently sent to San Antonio's Fourth Court of Appeals to answer—specifically whether Oscar C. Gonzalez is responsible for all of the $77,500 in actual damages that a jury split against him and his attorney co-defendant Eric Turton.
Last June a Texas lawyer was charged by the SEC for allegedly bilking his investors in relation to two securities offerings, one involving an oil and gas exploration venture and the other a fracking water filtration business deal.
The settlement requires the Austin-based firm to pay $3.4 million—including nearly $904,000 in attorney fees and expenses—to settle a class action that alleged it engaged in unauthorized practice of law in California.
The judge in Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case has been asked to review what Wells Fargo, the first lien agent, is characterizing as excessive requested professionals fees totaling approximately $8.3 million incurred as part of what it describes as the "scorched earth litigation tactics" of the five professional firms involved in the lawsuit.
With the Powerball lottery's jackpot topping $1 billion this week, the potential to win financial freedom looms in the minds of many. This lottery fever reminds us of former lottery winner Winston Shepherd, a public defender in Dallas County.
Last year, Midland-based Finalrod IP, an oil field services company, had its law firm, Matthews Lawson McCutcheon & Joseph, disqualified by U.S. District Senior Judge David Alan Ezra in connection with patent litigation over oil field equipment against defendant John Crane Production Solutions Inc. and now Finalrod is seeking to have the firm reinstated as its counsel in the case.
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science Advisory Board produced this month a draft of proposed revisions to a 2015-issued report, and in it echoed Texas anti-fracking plaintiffs' concerns about alleged water contamination.
More fundamentally, the patent litigation framework implemented by the BPCIA has, so far, served to discourage early patent challenges.
GC's are not potted plants at depositions or in deposition prep. Their insights are valuable. So here are five ideas (many based on the latest in cognitive research) for them to mull over in collaborating with outside counsel.
Of the 26 lawyers who were in energy boutique Burleson LLP's Pittsburgh office when the firm announced late last year that it would be closing its doors, all but seven have found new positions in the legal field.
Houston-based Coats Rose Yale Ryman & Lee merged Jan. 1 with Wright Ginsberg Brusilow of Dallas, forming a 107-lawyer firm.
"This is why I love the legal system—the truth came out," Susan Hawk said after the removal petition against her was dismissed. "It's an honor to do this job and I'm not going to let my mental illness keep me from doing that."
The judge in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's case has approved over $250,000 in payments to the special prosecutors for their pretrial work after denying the AG's efforts to cap the payments.
York, a shareholder in Houston and president of the firm, is now also managing shareholder and chief operating officer.
In the final hours of 2015, Houston-based Swift Energy Company turned to Chapter 11 bankruptcy to help it deal with a crushing debt load of more than $1 billion.
A nuclear separation-of-powers dispute in Galveston County was recently cooled down when the Texas Supreme Court stayed an intermediate appellate court decision that favored the county's judiciary.
On Jul. 21, a jury awarded $27,234 to a landscaping contractor that claimed a truck driver backed into its irrigation control panel at a job site and damaged it.
2015 will be remembered by those in the legal profession for many important reasons, but there are many other, lighter reasons to remember this past year, thanks to the bizarre and humorous episodes that dotted the legal landscape in 2015.
If I'm right, then it ought to be worthwhile contemplating some of the new ways people will be able to get themselves in a bind and some new ways to get out of old binds. Here are a few to consider.
Gov. Greg Abbott supports St. Mary's University School of Law in effort to rescind MCLE decision on a CLE program.
This year companies were plagued with problems both very old and relatively new as they tried to minimize legal and compliance risks. Evergreen problems such as corporate corruption were front and center at certain companies.
The IP5 is a forum of the five largest intellectual property offices in the world, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, European Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, Korean Intellectual Property Office and China's State Intellectual Property Office.
When it comes to protecting one's products from copying by competitors, utility patents, trademarks and copyrights readily jump to mind.
This year companies were plagued with problems both very old and relatively new as they tried to minimize legal and compliance risks. Evergreen problems such as corporate corruption were front and center at certain companies.
Texas Lawyer spoke with Scarlett May, senior vice president, GC and secretary at Brinker International Inc., the Dallas-based company that owns the Chili's and Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant chains, and asked her questions about best practices when dealing with outside counsel. Here are her answers, edited for style and length.
Not only did Scarlett May stand out for her love of reading and government affairs as a child, she knew she wanted to be a lawyer early on after witnessing her little brother being treated differently for standing out on his own in their small Tennessee hometown.
Patrice B. Childress has been elected a partner in Beck Redden in Houston. She represents a diverse set of clients in the energy, legal, business and real estate sections.
A Beaumont federal court hearing scheduled on Jan. 14 motions to dismiss claims in a sprawling complaint filed by two African American plaintiffs. Their complaint alleges more than 30 defendants, motivated by racial animus, engaged in a civil conspiracy and that well-known plaintiff lawyer Wayne Reaud acted as "one of the ringleaders."
At the recent American Petroleum Institute (API) Annual State of American Energy event in Washington, D.C., president and CEO Jack Gerard focused in his address on how the United States is currently leading the world in the energy arena with its "trifecta" of success in energy production, economic growth and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Richmond solo Robert "Bob" Thomas Jr., who once faced felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, has instead pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and received probation.
Houston-based ConocoPhillips Company recently was awarded over $10 million by a New York federal court in connection with its dispute related to an oil refining operation involving two former joint partners that are subsidiaries of the Venezuelan national oil company.
The second amended petition filed against Dallas DA Susan Hawk's contains supporting affidavits from two former assistants that allege Hawk's paranoia and bizarre behavior paralyzed the big city prosecutor's office.
Longtime friendship between lawyers leads to merger between Skiermont Puckett of Dallas and LA commercial litigation boutique Derby Curtis.
A school district board of trustees facing a takeover by the Texas Education Agency entered a $300,000 flat-fee contract with a law firm to challenge the takeover. The contract now raises questions of constitutionality.
The First Amendment provides the media broad protections against libel suits—unless they publish a false defamatory allegation against a plaintiff and do so with "actual malice.'' But Joe Sibley recently convinced an appellate court he had evidence of both when a newspaper columnist allegedly accused his parent clients of being dishonest about the reasons for their teenage son's suicide.
At a trial beginning this week that pits onetimeTexas billionaire Sam Wyly and his wife against the Internal Revenue System,Texas lawyers will likely play pivotal roles on the witness stand.
More than 100 women lawyers joined in a brief to tell the U.S. Supreme Court about their own abortions and why their reproductive freedom was pivotal to their personal and professional lives. The extraordinary brief, filed Monday, was signed by former judges, law professors, law firm partners, public interest lawyers and law clerks, though none who clerked for the high court itself.
Current and former Burleson lawyers said other factors contributed to the firm's closing on Dec. 31, 2015.
Laterals from Ford Nassen & Baldwin in Austin, Dallas and Houston join New York-based Peckar & Abramson.
The Dallas-based wind energy developer Tang Energy Group recently announced that it has been awarded $65 million by an arbitration panel in connection with its breach of contract dispute with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is representing Northern Tier Energy in its pending merger with Western Refining, an independent oil refiner and marketer headquartered in El Paso.
Louisiana Federal Judge Richard Haik recently hiked Houston-based Citgo Petroleum Corporation's civil penalty for a massive 2006 oil spill in Louisiana from $6 million to $81 million after the case was remanded back to his court by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Two Texas law firms that filed hundreds of Hurricane Sandy property damage claims have been accused in a New Jersey class action suit of paying runners to solicit clients and then charging those clients illegal fees.
Houston lawyer Anthony LaPorte has until Jan. 16 to ask a state district court to dispose of a malpractice law suit that his former client Domino's Pizza filed against him and his law firm earlier this year.
In a ruling certain to disappoint those who want to film B-grade action movies in Texas on the cheap, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that the producers of Machete Kills don't have a First Amendment right to an incentive grant from the Texas Film Commission.
Sometimes a federal judge winds up on Texas Lawyer's annual Slowpoke Report through no fault of their own. And that's certainly the case for new U.S. District Judge Robert William "Trey" Schroeder III of Texarkana, who found himself behind on his docket almost as soon as he was sworn into office.
When a need arises, companies must carefully evaluate its license position and the potential costs associated with any deficiencies. Consider these three questions to help guide that evaluation.
Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago — the first criminal case brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America's Dad.
In an employment discrimination law suit, railroad company defendant alleges plaintiff and her lawyer spoiled evidence; in response, plaintiff alleges defense counsel demanded plaintiff spill out contents of her purse during her deposition.
A Miami law student is challenging a new Transportation Security Administration order that requires some travelers to pass through the body scanners without the option of a pat-down.
Nobody would mistake square Dallas attorney Chad Baruch as a hip-hop fan. Yet the appellate lawyer has just penned one of the hottest musical amicus briefs currently being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Texas Lawyer asked deans of three Texas law schools--University of Texas School of Law, University of Houston Law Center, and Texas A&M University School of Law--to list their top institutional goals for 2016.
When a judge knows how hard you've worked, let the bench decide attorney fees.
State Bar of Texas sets up a hotline to connect storm victims with legal aid providers
No reports have yet linked VW's actions to deaths or injuries, as happened with the General Motors ignition switch debacle and the Takata exploding airbag recall. VW just cheated on a test. Why does this matter enough to put one of the largest global automakers in danger of losing everything?
During the decades he towered over the Texas plaintiffs bar, the late Joe Jamail uttered some memorable lines.
With plenty of racist graffiti as evidence and the backing of federal agency, 75 African-American workers at a Texas Sara Lee factory recently forced a $4 million employment discrimination settlement against Hillshire Brands, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods.
On Oct. 28, a driver who claimed shoulder, back and neck injuries agreed to $60,750 with two defendants. Linda Saenz was driving south on Staples Street in Corpus Christi. She was rear-ended by a vehicle owned by Tanja Noever, who was then rear-ended by Brandon Williams.
In a federal civil rights law suit pitting Sandra Bland's mother against Waller County, the two sides are disputing discovery obligations and trading barbs.
Currently, ExxonMobil is involved in a federal trademark case in which the oil services company is seeking to have the court set aside a 78-year-old permanent injunction that enjoined the company from using the trademark ESSO in the marketing of petroleum products in fifteen states.
A criminal defense and juvenile law attorney has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony.
MaryAnn Uribe, who sued two lawyers for barratry and filed a report to have them indicted for barratry, recently learned that she won a $25,000 scholarship from one of the biggest pornography websites on the Internet.
"As long as the judges have written findings that the entire courthouse building is used for the offices and business of the court, then I think we can continue to keep the sign up and keep handguns out."
Of the 90,000 lawyers and judges in Texas, all are sworn to uphold the law and abide by a code of ethics. Most live by the rules. But some aren't up to the task and end up arrested, indicted, convicted, or otherwise disciplined for their conduct during the course of a year. 2015 seems to be a particularly bountiful year for attorneys and judges who got in big trouble.
As the nation's busiest patent judge, U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has reviewed thousands of infringement claims but had yet to find one that was so baseless it warranted forcing the plaintiff pay for the defendants' attorney fees. But now the Eastern District of Texas judge has found a litigant that's crossed the line.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the recently passed Texas House Bill 2207 amends the current law relating to the foreclosure sale of property subject to an oil or gas lease and provides that, if a mortgage is foreclosed, and if an oil and gas lease covering the property was entered into after the mortgage, the oil and gas lease remains in effect and is not cut off by the foreclosure.
Kris Alborz has joined the family law boutique of Orsinger, Nelson, Downing and Anderson as an associate in its Dallas office.
Legendary Texas lawyer Joe Jamail, known as the "King of Torts," passed away on Dec. 23 from complications from pneumonia, according to news reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments March 2 in the challenge to Texas' restrictions on abortion clinics—the first major abortion argument before the justices in eight years.
hen using GPS tracking systems to track employee travel routes, recorded work time, safety, efficiency, and productivity, employers must ensure and be able to demonstrate that there is a legitimate business rationale for intruding on an employee's privacy.
Forty years ago on New Year's Eve, the first group of Texas lawyers who proved they were experts in an area of law won official recognition through the first board certifications.
Houston-based Hilcorp recently announced it had formed a a new $1.24 billion partnership with private equity firm Carlyle Group to acquire and develop North American oil and gas properties.
A Houston federal judge denied Waller County's motion to compel the mother of Sandra Bland to produce her daughter's medical and mental health records.
The Sunset Advisory Commission has sent a survey to lawyers and legal organizations to seek feedback about the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Board of Law Examiners. People can complete the survey through Dec. 28.
News of the U.S. Federal Reserve raising interest rates came as a sort of Christmas gift for civil legal aid organizations.
The recent ruling by the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in the case involving injured workers suing oil giant ExxonMobil is instructive for insurance companies doing business in Texas that provide insurance coverage for high-risk operations in the petrochemical business.
East Texas intellectual property litigator Michael Smith will likely square off against North Texas family law attorney Tom Vick Jr. in the 2016 race for State Bar of Texas president-elect.
The "collateral source rule" in Texas actually is two distinct, but related common law rules—a rule of evidence and a rule of damages. As a rule of evidence, it prevents the defendant in a personal injury case from introducing evidence that any part of the plaintiff's damages was paid by a collateral source. As a rule of damages, it prevents any offset of the plaintiff's recovery by the amount of damages paid by a collateral source.
Texas Supreme Court candidates used to have to clear a big hurdle in the Texas Election Code before qualifying for the primary election ballot—one that frankly made it a pain to run for the state's highest court.
A group of Burleson lawyers from Houston, and one from New Orleans, will form Barry Conge Harris on Jan. 1, 2016.
Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation recently announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief in Delaware and that to fund its operations during its bankruptcy, the company's lenders have agreed to provide up to $200 million in financing.
In a breach-of-contract dispute, a Sherman federal judge issued sanctions after determining that hospital acquisition companies had not followed discovery rules particular to the Eastern District of Texas.
An Austin firm that won more than a quarter of a million dollars in unpaid attorney fees and costs from a man and woman during an arbitration proceeding has now filed a lawsuit to ask a district court to confirm its award.
A Travis County judge has ruled that Mark R. Mueller and his firm, Mueller Law, are jointly and severally liable to John Fabry for his claims of breach of contract, promissory estoppel, quantum meruit and unjust enrichment.
Dallas-based Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons will open an office in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2016 with laterals from Burleson LLP, which is closing on Dec. 31.
Tom Phillips, former chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, will preside over the mediation between Andrews Kurth and a former client over a 200 million verdict against the Houston-based firm.
John Meredith, who has practiced law, managed nonprofits and worked as business manager at a firm, takes new job at Houston litigation firm.
"It's the dilemma faced by record labels. Someone hears a song on the radio and says, 'Hey—that's my song!' And the record label has never heard of that song," said Roland Garcia who successfully defended a copyright dispute over a Tejano song. "The legal nuances are important to the record industry. Otherwise, there would be no record industry."
The school law/public law boutique will add a third office in Texas on Jan. 1, 2016 with four lateral hires.
Winstead, along with California firm Ervin Cohen & Jessup, represented a group led by Gabriel Brener in its purchase of a majority interest in the MLS team in Houston.
If the Texas Supreme Court remands the school finance case to district court, a new state law and proposed court rules would allow the attorney general to request a three-judge district court to replace the former court.
"We are at the point after a number of years of contraction within our practice of actually looking in the other direction," Stephen Pezanosky, a Haynes and Boone bankruptcy partner said.
Despite a slew of ethics opinions and high-profile sanctions on everything from contacting represented parties via Facebook to instructing clients to delete damaging online content, attorneys are still getting into trouble resulting from their misuse of social media.
After a six-day long trial, Tony Buzbee's client, the estate of Jose Flores, a seaman who died after being bitten by a spider while working on a vessel, won a $41 million jury verdict against the company that operated the ship.
Dallas-based Energy Transfer Equity's (ETE) proposed $37.7 billion merger with The Williams Companies, which is based in Oklahoma, is to be reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission.
Thanks to the Fifth Circuit, Texas companies now have more ammo to pick Texas law (and venue) in non-competes and non-solicits for employees who work out-of-state.
"Mark was not going to really pursue anything—he's a plumber," said Craig Eiland, a Galveston plaintiff attorney who a plaintiff suing an auto dealer after his trade-in truck fell into jihadist hands in Syria and photos of it went viral. "But he finally realized there is no eraser on the Internet."
Austin police have seized a bevy of evidence from a suspect in last month's shooting attack on 390th District Judge Julie Kocurek. The search warrants reveal many details about Kocurek's Nov. 6 shooting.
In a recent ruling in oil patch litigation, 281st District Judge Sylvia Matthews rejected a jury's findings of breach of contract and violation of Texas securities law--and thereby stripped a plaintiff of the panel's award of $250,000 of attorney fees.
Do you have a daughter? Then you will be interested in the article "CEOs With Daughters Run More Socially Responsible Firms" in the November issue of the Harvard Business Review. Bottom line: Research reveals that when a firm is led by a CEO with a daughter, it scores an average of 11.9 percent higher on CSR(Corporate Social Responsibility) metrics and spent 13.4 percent more of its net income on CSR than the median.
The Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee is planning to convene a task force to begin drafting time standards for courts to aspire to when disposing of criminal cases. But it's not clear if the SCAC will adopt the timelines.
Parties with a common interest in civil litigation may soon have an expanded privilege to shield their discussions from discovery by the other side.
A Houston judge said he will order mediation between Andrews Kurth and a former client who won a $200 million verdict against the Houston-based firm.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's felony cases for alleged securities law violations will move forward after a judge rejected his 10 attempts to have his prosecution tossed out.
The EPA recently finalized a plan for Texas to address serious air pollution that is negatively impacting visibility at the Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks in Texas, which will probably require pollution reductions from a number of Texas power plants.
"Litigators tend to do what they are comfortable with rather than considering different options for obtaining even better results and I think that's a mistake. Take time to read other people's ideas and solutions to problems and see if there is a place for new ideas in what you are doing."
A disputed issue this year, one in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit appears to hold a minority view, concerns the propriety of a "third-party release" through a chapter 11 plan.
The medical malpractice landscape changed for litigants in the wake of tort reform, and again in Texas West Oaks v. Williams, when the Texas Supreme Court allowed claims by certain non-patients as health care liability claims (HCLCs) under Chapter 74, spurring litigation over whether non-patient injuries that occurred at a health care facility are HCLCs.
In 2015 Texas oil and gas law continued to evolve. The 84th Legislature passed HB 40, curtailing the power of local authorities to regulate oil and gas development, so state law and agency regulations now typically preempt local control.
The major criminal-justice-reform bill that looked so promising last October has stalled in the U.S. Senate. But 2015 was still a big year for developments in federal criminal law.
It is rare that a United States Supreme Court ruling will impact Texas Family Law, but this year, it did so in a big way with its June 26 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, involving a same-sex couple in Ohio who challenged their state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriage on death certificates.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has reprimanded U.S. District Judge Walter Smith of Waco for making "inappropriate, unwanted physical and non-physical sexual advances" toward a court employee in 1998 and stopped his new case assignments for one year as punishment.
Richard Kuniansky, a Houston attorney who represents Tyrone Eugene Jordan, believes the sentence is too harsh. "He never threatened anybody nor has he done so at any time during his life. I feel very strongly that we are going to receive some relief regarding the sentencing.''
The biggest insurance news is what almost happened, but didn't, but still might. At the urging of insurance companies and "tort reform" lobbyists, the Texas Legislature considered a pair of bills that would have limited recovery for property damage claims, allowed insurers to force suits into federal court, and immunized insurance company adjusters from liability for unfairly low estimates, while criminalizing excessive estimates by policyholders and their public adjusters.
As the U.S. baby boomer population ages and millions of uninsured Americans obtain new health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, our national medical needs continue to increase.
The substantive developments in patent law during 2015 included three U.S. Supreme Court decisions that offer important insights for attorneys on both sides of the patent litigation docket, in addition to key rulings issued in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, recently ruled that security guards' "off-the-clock" meal periods may become compensable when they were required to travel from their work stations to eat.
Effective April 2015, the Texas Supreme Court amended the Texas Rules of Evidence. Practitioners will be happy to hear that the rules were generally restyled to make them easier to read and as consistent as possible with the Federal Rules without changing Texas evidence law.
House Bill 1455 (84R) added two new sections to Chapter 82 of the Texas Property Code (the Texas Uniform Condominium Act).
In 2015, legislation and court decisions across the United States have tightened up information security standards and enhanced regulation and litigation arising out of data security incidents and breaches.
While the defeat of HERO eliminates one set of local rules related to employment of LGBT workers, federal statutes are increasingly being interpreted to provide similar benefits.
"Mr. Buzbee—how many times has he used the word 'liar'?" BP defense lawyer Kenneth Tekell asked jurors rhetorically during his closing. "If you don't have a case, if you have fallen flat on your face in a lawsuit, your best method of winning, as I have seen from other lawyers through the years, is to start calling everybody on the other side liars," Tekell then told the jurors.
Mike Perrin, a Houston lawyer just named men's athletic director for the University of Texas at Austin, played football for the university for three years in the 1960s.
The case Hysaw v. Dawkins is up on appeal before the Texas Supreme Court and involves a legal dispute that has a number of Ethel Hysaw's descendants battling one another over the correct interpretation of Hysaw's 1947 will, which conveys lucrative mineral interests to her children.
A Florida lawyer has sued a Central Texas business, claiming that it lured him to contribute over seven months of labor and legal expertise by promising him equity in the business, but then reneged on the promise.
See the top 10 articles viewed online this year. The list is rated by number of page views on www.texaslawyer.com between Jan. 1 and Dec. 7.
Our Year in Review includes the top substantive law developments in 2015, the Tongue-in-Cheek Awards and our top stories of the year.
Last month, the ribbon was cut for the new Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Dallas. And next month it will get its first director, Hope Shimabuku, who comes from the office of General Counsel at the Xerox Corporation.
"My vision ... is the mission of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association," Jeffrey Simon said. "To protect the civil justice system and in particular, what I consider the lifeblood of the civil justice system, which is the right to trial by jury."
Rather than focusing on predictions, employers should proceed with proper preparation and planning.
Devon Energy recently announced it has agreed to acquire 80,000 net surface acres, with up to 10 prospective zones, in the Anadarko Basin STACK play in Oklahoma from privately held Felix Energy, a portfolio company of EnCap Investments, for $1.9 billion.
Jason Steed: "Frankly, the outrageousness of the state's actions is what motivated me."
Rankin Road, a Harris County company, alleges the Mostyn Law Firm and four lawyers mishandled a coverage suit seeking payment for damages caused by Hurricane Ike.
For Baker Botts' Scott Powers, however, a victory against former treasury manager who worked with Stanford didn't appear assured, in part because the dollar figures at stake were so large. "You are seeking a large judgment against a defendant that obviously doesn't have the resources. That is a challenge when it comes to selling your case to the jury," Powers said.
"We believe that this litigation should come to an end, Al should be able to move on with his life and that the final judgment does not require the court to supervise Al in perpetuity," said John Da Grosa Smith, now one of the more than 30 former lawyers of Albert Hill III.
An interesting post by blogger/lawyer Leiza Dolghih, popped up in her June 22 blog post, North Texas Legal News: "What You Should Know About Non-Compete Agreements in Your Industry."
A federal judge, in granting a summary judgment in a civil suit the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed against former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling, signed a judgment prohibiting him from acting as officer or director in any public company.
"Under immigration law, the government can deny anyone entry for a multitude of reasons at our ports of entry without benefit of the protections afforded by the Constitution. Let's start with Trump's wife a naturalized citizen from a country with a large Muslim population," Gordon Quan wrote in an email.
Currently, Houston-based U.S. Metals, which provides refineries with piping components, is in a lawsuit that centers on whether its commercial general liability insurance policy covers the company's installation of defective flanges at an ExxonMobil refinery processing unit.
"It confirms that the disciplinary rules mean what they say; lawyers can investigate the facts of their cases by talking to a litigation opponent's former nonlegal employees," said Harriet O'Neill of the appellate decision, which may allow a Dallas law firm to continue representing her client at trial.
It's hard for young criminal-defense lawyers to gain enough experience to become eligible for indigent defense appointments. Mentoring programs can help, according to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.
Justice Terry Jennings of the First Court of Appeals in Houston said a decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals defies logic and should be overturned.
Until a person has her own experience of profound grief, the so called Grief Process is most often seen as a kind of emotional conveyor belt at the end of which she rolls off, neatly wrapped and ready to resume normal life. Grief as lived simply does not work this way.
Lisa Blue has always been captivated by politics. Her late husband, Fred Baron, a prominent trial lawyer in Dallas, was a Democratic fundraiser who played key roles in the presidential campaigns of John Edwards. Baron died in 2008. Blue's involvement in politics became more pronounced this past year after serving as president of the American Association for Justice, the nation's largest plaintiffs bar organization. Blue, who ended her tenure this summer, is now an influential fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. She talks with the NLJ about her support for Clinton and about legal issues for the 2016 election.
If she had the opportunity to rewind and replay the scene, plaintiff lawyer T Nguyen of the Turley Law Firm in Dallas said she would again exit a deposition before its conclusion, as she did two months ago.
Civil trial lawyers view criminal convictions like bombs. They damage the direct target, the convicted witness or party, but also cause massive collateral damage to the entire case.
Due to a settlement, a judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a man who claimed that a Houston firm got him to sign a legal contract during a visit to his hospital room shortly after a car accident.
Houston prosecutor Tiffany Johnson intentionally forced defense lawyer Stanley Schneider to ask the court for a mistrial—which was granted—because of the risk that the jury was going to acquit a criminal defendant.
When does a $159.5 million fine not look so bad? When the judge could have legally slapped the defendant with a $3.5 billion fine.
Employers often fail to realize that routine and innocuous personnel actions—such as letting go a bad employee tor a temp, or negotiating salary with a new hire—can lead to serious discrimination claims.
The Civil Rights Division for the U.S. Department of Justice filed a discrimination lawsuit against Lubbock, alleging the city showed a pattern and practice of bias against women and Hispanics when it used a physical fitness test and written examination to screen applicants for its police force.
The Commission for Lawyer Discipline recently filed a disciplinary petition against Anirudh Sarwal, alleging that he committed an intentional and serious crime under the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure.
It's been a busy fall for Sutherland Asbill & Brennan's energy practice. The firm has handled three energy deals—in wind, natural gas and oil—with lawyers from its Atlanta headquarters, Houston, Washington and New York that have been announced since November.
A group of federal agencies and a resettlement agency file oppositions to Texas' request for court orders to prevent Syrian refugees from resettling in Texas.
A team of pro bono lawyers represent three San Antonio zoo-goers who filed a lawsuit to improve living conditions for 55-year-old Asian elephant named Lucky.
In a successful move, Rover Petroleum, a newly formed Dallas-based oil and gas company, recently obtained $250 million in equity funding from the private equity firm Riverstone Holdings.
The Commission for Lawyer Discipline has filed for compulsory discipline against Rep. Ron Reynolds, asking the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals to suspend his law license as he appeals his five convictions for misdemeanor barratry.
In a Dec. 1 filed reply supporting its motion to compel Reed-Veal to produce the records, the county argues that the mother has "not provided complete disclosures, responded to requests or production, or produced a single document in the case." She has "refused to either produce, or to provide authorizations to release, Sandra Bland's medical and mental health records," states the county motion.
The latest pleadings in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's felony case have devolved to include nasty attacks and harsh rhetoric between the special prosecutors and Paxton's defense lawyers, which is rare in criminal cases.
The special prosecutors "are under the misguided belief that sound bites and quotes from fictional characters somehow trump Texas law and documented facts," said one Paxton pleading.
As of July 1, 14.4 percent of the lawyers in Texas at 20 of the largest firms are minority lawyers, up from 14 percent a year before.
"He was just the template for what every great lawyer should be on the defense side of the docket," said plaintiffs attorney Guy Choate about deceased TADC President Milton Colia.
Texas and 25 other states battling the Obama administration about immigration reform won from the U. S. Supreme Court only eight extra days, until Dec. 29, to file their response to an appeal filed by Department of Justice lawyers, according to SCOTUS blog. Typically, the high court allows for a 30-day extension.
The number of Texas providers has more than doubled since 2004, leading to a competitive power market where companies jockey for market share, race to provide cheap service, and offer perks to try and boost customer loyalty.
The Texas Attorney General's Office recently filed an agreed final judgment and permanent injunction that resolves the state's legal action against 1SolTech Inc. and its three principals that alleged the company mislead consumers about its solar products.
Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, recently convicted of misdemeanor barratry, has crowdfunded more than $1,400 to help pay for his appeal. He's also fighting to be allowed to practice law during his appeal.
Judges rarely begrudge a professional offer of proof, and if the court knows you will present effective offers, the court may give second thought to the pending ruling or later rulings.
Recent disciplinary lawsuits claim that a San Antonio lawyer committed barratry by paying a nonlawyer to improperly solicit immigration clients, and her supervising partner permitted the conduct. Both lawyers deny it.
A federal court has scheduled Mikal Watts' criminal trial to start Feb. 1, 2016. By that date, only three months will have passed since federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment against Watts, a well-known San Antonio plaintiff lawyer, who faces allegations that he knowingly stole the identities of people by claiming he represented them in civil litigation against BP Exploration & Production.
Norton Rose Fulbright represents Houston-based Mattress Firm in its pending acquisition of Sleepy's.
Revolving doors can create awkward moments. But Robert "Bobby" Abtahi, a Dallas solo practitioner, first generation American and the son of immigrants who came to this country from Iran, didn't know how much awkwardness could come from a revolving door encounter until this week.
Veterinarian Ron Hines challenged a Texas law making it illegal for him to give advice online or telephone instructions without a prior physical examination of an animal. Given the defeat, Hines' lawyer said during Texas lawmakers' next session: "We will pursue legislative reforms."
A good appellate lawyer will scour the record looking for multiple theories for why a trial court was wrong to dismiss a case. Iain Simpson did all of those things. But it turns out he only needed to look up the defendant hospital's address to win a reversal from Houston's First Court of Appeals.
In the case The Huff Energy Fund v. Longview Energy Company recently reviewed by the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, the Longview Energy Company lost its fight against two of its directors and others for alledgedly breaching their fiduciary obligations by taking a corporate opportunity that belonged to Longview.
St. Mary's University School of Law and a Catholic lawyers group has appealed a notification from a State Bar of Texas CLE accrediting committee that would deny accreditation to a faith-based CLE.
As the size and complexity of a firm grows, the ability to identify what money (i.e. cash) came and went during a period becomes more daunting.
A meatpacking worker alleged he sustained a back injury at a Tyson Foods, Inc. workplace and won on Nov. 20 a $2.24 million jury verdict in Sherman federal court against the company, Marquette Wolf, who represents the plaintiff, said.
The U.S. Trustee Andrew N. Vara recently requested that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi deny the fee request of the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, one of the law firms representing Samson Resources Corp., in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and cited a recent U.S. Supreme Court case to support of his position.
Nearing the end of a year when gas prices dropped significantly and oil-and-gas-related title work opportunities became fewer, Pennsylvania energy attorneys said there is still work to be had in the market.
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, which is a subsidiary of the Houston-based Kinder Morgan, recently filed a certificate application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its proposed $5 billion Northeast Energy Direct Project.
Houston-based ATP Oil & Gas Corporation (ATP O&G) and its subsidiary, ATP Infrastructure Partners, (ATP-IP) recently seized a chance to settle a civil environmental enforcement action brought against them by the federal government on the grounds of polluting the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Houston-based Burleson grew from two lawyers to 140, but this week it announced it would close at the end of the year.
Leane Capps, a shareholder in Polsinelli in Dallas, was recently elected chair of the Council of Appellate Lawyers.
In 2015 Texas Lawyer Managing Partners Survey, some Texas firm leaders expect energy work to grow in 2016, and some expect a decline.
The Texas Supreme Court recently consented to review a a petition for a writ of mandamus filed in December 2014 by a Schlumberger subsidiary, M-I LLC, d/b/a M-I SWACO, related to ruling in a trade secrets dispute against National Oilwell Varco in a Harris County District Court.
It's not often that a Republican on an intermediate appellate court looks up and decides to run against an incumbent on Texas' all-GOP Texas Supreme Court, as gubernatorial appointment is the more common and preferred path to that career advancement.
Houston-based Burleson grew from two lawyers to 140, but this week it announced it would close at the end of the year.
These wacky episodes the legal system provides are proof that there's never a dull moment when it comes to law.
In a big insurance decision, the Fifth Circuit ruled recently that an insurer breached a $50 million contract by denying coverage to the manufacturer of the blowout preventer used in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Arguably America's best-known attorney, President Barack Obama, has only five million Twitter followers, and the lawyer who is the Democratic front-runner contending for his job—Hillary Clinton—has about that same number.
Texas-based energy boutique Burleson LLP is set to close by year's end, the firm confirmed Monday.
A Montgomery County jury has convicted state Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, of five counts of misdemeanor barratry. The punishment phase of his trial began immediately and continues today.
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said that access to justice is a struggle to middle-class people and small businesses that go pro se because the cost of legal services is prohibitive.
In the insurance dispute involving damages caused by the rupture of an oil well in Jackson County, the coverage battle originally pitted the oil and gas company Miramar Petroleum Inc. against two insurance companies.
As the holidays approach, Austin lawyer Hanz Wasserburger can look forward to more than just presents and parties. He'll also see premieres of TV movies that he helped to write.
After winning a September ruling against John Paul DeJoria, who built his fortune on the famous John Paul Mitchell hair care line and Patron tequila, Geoffrey Harrison beat the billionaire two more times this month.
234th District Judge Wesley Ward asked parties to come back Dec. 14 for a hearing on proposed judgment on a nearly $200 million verdict against Houston-based Andrews Kurth.
The law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has advised an international bank syndicate in the more than $1.1 billion limited recourse project financing for a pair of natural gas pipelines that will run from a hub in southwest Texas to locations on the U.S./Mexico border.
Last year a major asbestos defendant leveled RICO allegations against Dallas' Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett in a federal court, alleging that the firm concealed evidence in an effort to drive up settlement values. And now the plaintiffs firm has fired back, alleging that their accusers are the real racketeers, in a recent counterclaim.
The Texas Access to Justice Commission recently announced that it created a transfer on death deed toolkit to help people pass their real property on after death. The toolkit is the next step for a 2015 law.
Sherin Thawer pleaded guilty to forging visa documents for her clients by purporting to be a police officer.
On Oct. 27, a mother and teenager who claimed injuries after an accident with a school bus recovered $12,005.
According to recent studies, the suicide rate in the lawyer population is six times the rate in the general population, and is the third leading cause of death among lawyers.
Several universities in Texas are working hard to assist law students who have problems with substance use and abuse. The following profiles outline the efforts of two major Texas universities, Texas Tech University in Lubbock and the University of Texas in Austin, to deal with this serious problem.
After police found Dallas criminal defense lawyer Phillip Patrick Robertson in an East Dallas hotel room, overdosed on drugs and possessing 1.5 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and transported him to the Dallas County Jail, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, he asked officers: "Can't you guys show me some discretion?"
Not long after Susan Hawk became Dallas County's district attorney in 2015, she considered quitting the job and committing suicide. Her drastic decision was the result of then undiagnosed mental illness.
I have agreed to share my personal story of recovery and do so freely in every presentation for one reason—to put a face on recovery and to give hope to others (and their loved ones) who suffer from the chronic and potentially terminal disease of alcoholism.
Get help, or die. That was the stark choice for two Texas attorneys who suffer from the most common substance abuse and mental health issues in the legal profession: alcoholism and depression.
Texas firms have ways to identify and deal with lawyer substance abuse and depression problems among lawyers.
Allison Carroll has joined Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth as an associate.
Alcoholism and depression are widespread problems in the legal profession, but many lawyers lack the willingness to seek help. Those who do enter treatment have a good chance of full recovery.
This month, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan launched a new mobile application, Texas openCourts, which catalogs state and federal courts in Texas to provide access to judge information, local rules and court staff contacts.
San Antonio solo Mark H. Benavides was arrested for compelling prostitution by allegedly making three clients have sex with him to pay for his legal services in their criminal cases.
A Harris County jury returned a verdict in a malpractice suit finding that Andrews Kurth of Houston was negligent and breached its fiduciary duty toward a client.
In a new twist in the insurance coverage dispute in which Miramar Petroleum Inc. sued both First Liberty Insurance Corp. and Commerce and Industry Insurance Company, the presiding judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas, recently granted the motion for summary judgment filed by Commerce and determined that Miramar agreed with Commerce's assertion that it does not have a claim under the umbrella policy.
The notion that the profession causes illness is inaccurate. This presumes the person entering the field is a blank impressionable screen on which ills are imprinted. Still, we can't ignore the challenging nature of the work.
Lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry argued today that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals should expand the type of constitutional claims that courts can resolve during a pretrial habeas proceeding, and dismiss Perry's case.
Tools such as mindfulness and meditation can help you be both a better lawyer, and more importantly, a better person—whether it's to improve focus, or to combat depression or substance abuse.
Mark Sloan, a partner in Dallas, will take charge of firm in February.
The special prosecutors in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's case have fired back against Paxton's arguments that his prosecution is unconstitutional.
Following allegations of myriad problems with its fracking analysis software FracMax, Flotek Industries is now facing a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the Houston-based energy company's investors.
Austin's Third Court of Appeals rules that the church doesn't have a constitutional right to harass a woman by stalking her, sending her a sex toy at work and publishing allegations that she'd had a secret sex-change operation.
The special prosecutors in Ken Paxton's criminal case claim that the attorney general has accused them and the original judge in the case of misconduct in an effort to cast himself as a victim and the prosecutors as the bad guys.
A Houston immigration attorney and two law professors question whether the state of Texas can refuse to take any Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Culhane Meadows, a nontraditional firm, hires nine partners in Texas, including eight who came from Phillips & Reiter.
Recently, in a case of first impression at the appellate level, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled in "Grynberg v. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners" that the citizenship of a master limited partnership is to be determined by looking to the citizenship of each unitholder.
A woman has filed a legal malpractice against Gardere Wynne Sewell and four of its attorneys alleging they convinced her to sign trust documents that assigned most of her interest in a multi-million dollar marital estate over to her husband's sons.
Baby lawyers will take a brand-new lawyer oath on Monday in Austin to promise to be civil and maintain integrity in practicing law. Currently practicing lawyers are also invited to take the oath voluntarily.
Like most lawyers who defend lawsuits in the Rio Grande Valley, Steve Couch's prime objective is to keep his client away from the regions that have a reputation for having plaintiff-friendly juries, if at all possible. And he recently accomplished that goal in a big way.
In contrast to most of the other energy companies that recently filed Chapter 11 bankruptcies in response to the ongoing economic slump in oil and gas sector, Hercules was among the first to successfully emerge from the bankruptcy process.
The opinion falls in line with prior decisions on two key issues: 1. what amounts to waiver of the right to arbitrate; and 2. can an arbitration agreement be enforced by a party that did not sign the agreement?
On Oct. 23, a tenant who claimed head and neck injuries in a fall due to an alleged loose railing was awarded $100,815.
Derrick Mitchell, a public finance partner in Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston, is OK with being considered a "change agent" at the Houston university.
Many courts have held that arbitration clauses that are silent on class actions—but which incorporate the American Arbitration Association rules—will permit an arbitrator (rather than a court) to decide the critical threshold question of whether a class action can proceed in arbitration.
Many attorneys are comfortable in the courthouse, but those less experienced in arbitration may misread what the arbitrator is looking for and, as a result, may not set the right, persuasive tone in their approach.
Mediation is the art of balancing interests. Although no template for guaranteed success exists for use in a mediation, certain experience-based suggestions can be offered as practice pointers.
Buena Vista Lyonshas rejoined FordHarrison as a partner in Dallas. She focuses on defending management in discrimination and other employment-related actions.
"She was concerned that I wasn't studying as hard as she did when she took the exam. She was worried that I wasn't applying myself,'' said Justin Patrick, whose mother is the former dean of admissions at the University of Texas School of Law.
In fiscal year 2015, there were five threats reported in county courthouses: Three of them were against judges, court staff or jurors, according to data from the Texas Office of Court Administration.
The Austin legal community was reeling over a violent murder attempt against a well-respected criminal district judge. Police were questioning a Houston man, vowing to use all their resources to solve the crime.
The newly formed Elite Rodeo Association and three Texas rodeo athletes filed an antitrust complaint against the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
W. Craft Hughes learned about allegations in a lawsuit four years ago, when his neighbor knocked on the door of his home. This started the chain of events that led to his clients winning a nearly $5.4 million jury verdict against Wells Fargo Bank and a mortgage servicing company on Nov. 6.
Although the economic recession may have stalled some legal careers, lawyers historically make more as they gain experience.
Lone Star Legal Aid has received a $130,000 grant to develop online forms to help self-represented litigants file their court cases.
On jurisdictional grounds, a former prosecutor has lost his case against a district attorney and his office that alleged that the prosecutor was fired for refusing his supervisor's request to withhold exculpatory evidence.
Following a dismissal by a federal judge in Sherman of a civil rights suit against Collin County Court at Law Judge Barnett Walker, Nathan Burgess, the plaintiff, has filed a motion for reconsideration.
A total of 11 lawyers moved to Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.
Filing a motion to compel document production against opposing parties and nonparties can be a real balancing act when the same parties are involved in multiple lawsuits that essentially revolve around the same core issues.
The Austin Police Department is questioning a person of interest in connection to the attempted murder of Judge Julie Kocurek of Austin. The man is in jail in Houston on an unrelated murder charge.
"I have a firm and definite conviction that a mistake has been made. That mistake has been exacerbated by the extended delay that has occurred in deciding this 'expedited' appeal. There is no justification for that delay," Fifth Circuit Judge Carolyn King wrote in her dissent about a majority opinion in immigration case that pits Texas and 25 other states against the Obama administraton. Why would a dissenting judge so starkly scold her peers in the majority as pokey?
House Speaker Joe Straus has tasked a House committee with determining the effectiveness of the 4-year-old law that led to new court rules for expedited actions, which stirred controversy in the legal community.
A Fort Bend County woman filed a breach of contract suit againt Houston criminal defense firm Schneider & McKinney, alleging that she's owed a $75,000 refund of fees she paid for brother's defense.
Texas OAG welcomes three-judge panel's denial of civil rights plaintiffs' request for a temporary injunction to stop the use of 2013-enacted maps. Civil rights plaintiffs counsel express disappointment but point to language that may hint that judges will soon issue a ruling on merits in long-running case.
'"Dynamic 3D Geosolutions v. Schlumberger" is up on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit from the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas, and the appeal centers on the issue of lawyer disqualification related to a patent infringement case.
"We chose this region because this region has a lot of technical talent, it has a wealth of intellectual property lawyers, and it has a large number of patent applicants and a large number of patent holders," said Michelle K. Lee, director of the PTO, who presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Dallas office on Nov. 9.
A small-town barber who sued a well-known Corpus Christi plaintiffs lawyer for barratry to collect allegedly past-due rent has now been indicted for perjury for allegedly lying in a deposition about a central fact in the lawsuit.
Lawyers from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, including some from Austin, represent Austin-based HomeAway in its pending acquisition by Expedia.
Judge Julie Kocurek of Austin was shot outside her home on Friday night in an assassination attempt. Police have not yet found the shooter.
Big Brother might have just moved a little closer to home in Bowie County. On Oct. 28, the Office of the Texas Attorney General received a request from Bowie County DA Jerry Rochelle. In his letter, Rochelle asked the state's top lawyer to rule on the legality of a plan to roll out a photographic insurance enforcement system.
Lion Oil Co. recently won an extended lawsuit in federal court in Arkansas against its insurers related to claims stemming from a ruptured pipeline owned and operated by an ExxonMobil subsidiary.
David Lewis' voluntary agreement to a six-month suspension from the bench with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct "is a consequence of an unfortunate period in his life that included the abuse of alcohol," according to his lawyers.
"Whenever attorneys start quoting historians, you know things have started going sideways," said one lawyer in the Dallas federal court battle that began with a motion to quash a supboena and has led to a motion for sanctions and contempt.
In-house lawyers from international clients have opportunity to learn about U.S. law and transactions while spending time at Houston office.
On Sep. 16, the owner of tree removal company wasn't liable for a worker's hand injury while using a chainsaw, a jury found.
James E. Smith has joined Schirrmeister Diaz-Arrastia Brem in Houston as senior counsel.
For a lawyer, there are two main criteria to keep in mind when dressing for work. First, do you feel comfortable and confident? Second, does your attire send a message of respect for the court, your client, your colleagues, and yourself?
"DrillCo" deals have historically been bespoke, limited only by the collective imagination of the parties. However, within the last six months, common themes have developed with respect to key structural elements.
Hundreds of people will soon learn if they get to right to call themselves a lawyer as the Texas Board of Law Examiners just released the pass list for the July bar exam.
An Austin attorney allegedly admitted that he made mistakes in a client's fraud lawsuit, but now that he's facing a legal malpractice claim, he's denying the allegations and telling "a different story," the client alleged.
While environmental protection frequently is called a "job killer," new technologies and financial and business models are turning this view on its head.
High-level staff who are the closest to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton feel stressed and worried about his indictments, said first assistant AG Chip Roy. But there's a caveat for Roy. "It's not cancer," he explained.
Just when I think things are getting better about the state of gender equity in the legal profession, some new study comes out that makes me lose hope. I'm starting to feel like Michael Corleone in "The Godfather, Part III," when he tries to go straight but the mob won't let him: "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."
Teaching Negotiation/Conflict Resolution at UNT Dallas College of Law illuminates yet again (for me) the challenge new lawyers face when explaining mediation to newly minted litigation clients.
Marvin Nathan, a well-known Houston lawyer, has juggled for decades his real estate and business practice with his civil rights advocacy. But Nathan significantly upped the amount of time he spends on the latter a month ago, when he assumed the role of national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League.
"An uncommon duty has been imposed upon me not by choice, but by the law of the State of Texas," said Ellis County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson. "I intend to perform my due diligence and proceed accordingly."
Voters narrowly rejected a $287 million bond election to build a new Travis County courts complex. With 73,180 total votes cast, 51 percent were against the bond and 49 percent were for it.
Vinson & Elkins represents Targa Resources Corp. (TRC) in the Houston pipeline company's pending acquisition, for about $6.7 billion, of all outstanding units of Targa Resources Partners (TRP) that it doesn't already own.
Fort Worth attorney Rick Powell alleges that he hired Justin Griffin 10 years ago to market personal injury claims exclusively for his small law firm. But when Griffin earned a law degree this year, he starting signing up the firm's clients for himself before quitting, according to a lawsuit Powell filed in a Tarrant County district court.
With the increasing financial instability in the oil and gas industry, it has become essential for parties in interest to understand how their rights may be affected by a counter-party's bankruptcy.
This list recognizes lawyers who have made their mark on the legal profession in the Lone Star State.
A Houston mass tort firm dropped its effort to seal a petition filed against the firm by a former employee who alleges he's owed $4.2 million in commissions and fees for work raising money for the firm.
In its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, Houston-based Sabine Oil and Gas Corporation was recently presented with large professional bills from Kirkland & Ellis and Porter and Hedges attorneys and the financial advisory firm of Zolfo Cooper Management.
Locke Lord represents a Sugar Land industrial services company in its pending acquisition of Houston-based Furmanite Corp.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton alleges that the original district judge and the two special prosecutors in his case engaged in misconduct by violating grand jury secrecy, which should nullify the case.
A straight defense verdict in a patent infringement case in Marshall federal court has halted a potentially monopolistic force in the reflective insulation industry.
Starting this month, more self-represented litigants in Travis County district courts will get free help from a real lawyer to complete and file their legal forms properly.
RAAM Global Energy Company, which like many energy companies has been struggling financially since the decline in oil and natural gas prices in 2014, recently filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.
Litigation has ended between an Austin lawyer who claimed that his home remodeler abandoned his project and stole his money, with the remodeler claiming the lawyer represented her but used his inside knowledge to take advantage.
The Texas Supreme Court has recently reminded the medical profession once again that they can't use the 2003 Texas Medical Liability Act to defend themselves against the most pedestrian of plaintiff claims—slip-and-fall cases.
Executives who participated in a law firm survey are a little less optimistic this year about mergers and acquisitions and the U.S. economy than a year ago.
Hillary Holmes and James Chenoweth, partners in the Houston office of Baker Botts, discuss how master limited partnerships are being affected by today's low oil prices.
Crisis management of a major accident occurs at two levels within an organization: the tactical—the site at which the incident occurred— and the strategic—the corporate organization. The role of a lawyer advising a crisis management team spans these levels with two primary responsibilities.
Lynn Robitaille Garcia is leading the charge for Texas to be at the forefront of a complicated controversy over how crime labs analyze and interpret DNA samples that include genetic material of multiple people.
Lynn Robitaille Garcia, general counsel of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, had a past life in big law helping corporate clients involved in securities and white-collar cases.
Patent litigation isn't what it used to be. Monumental changes to U.S. patent law have changed the rules of the litigation game.
The two television stars and the Jackson Walker partner who has represented them often work their way into the same paragraph when someone tries to assess Babcock's lifetime achievements as a Texas lawyer.
"I loved being a lawyer, and I think he figured out we were having fun," Susman recalled recently about his son, who followed him into the profession.
When L. Clifford Davis arrived in Fort Worth in 1954 as a young attorney, he was one of only two black lawyers in a segregated city.
Houston trial lawyer Joe Jamail, best known for winning an $10.5 billion verdict in Pennzoil v. Texaco, is still trying lawsuits at age 90.
Ernest Smith is the Rex G. Baker Centennial Chair in Natural Resources Law at the University of Texas School of Law and one of the leading scholars on Texas oil and gas law.
When Dee J. Kelly passed away on Oct. 2 at age 86, he left a legacy of civic leadership and a prominent law firm under the direction of his son Dee Kelly Jr.
Charla Aldous appreciates the fact that Aldous\Walker support personnel carefully screen all the folks who arrive at their doorstep seeking her help.
Nathan Hecht has a long list of accomplishments from his record-breaking tenure as the high court's longest-serving justice. He said he's most proud of his success in opening access to justice to poor people.
When T. John Ward set up his legendary "rocket docket" while serving as U.S. District Judge in Marshall, he turned the Eastern District of Texas into the nation's leading venue for high-stakes patent litigation.
Jim Harrington devoted his career championing civil rights. He's litigated cases that expanded the rights to privacy, access the courts, free speech and free assembly, voting rights and more.
In the past 12 months, Buzbee served as lead for three trials that each led to more than $25 million verdicts for his clients, including a $159 million award that a Houston jury issued in negligence case.
"I feel privileged to have played a part in an important cause and an important issue," said Neel Lane. "Sometimes you receive a call and it's your duty to step up. I did so enthusiastically and with a lot of joy."