Litigator of the Week

David Bernsen of the Bernsen Law Firm in Beaumont

LOTW: 'Deliberate Indifference' Leads to $2.4 Million Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

Civil rights litigator David Bernsen knew he had to persuade the jury that Orange County officials had shown "deliberate indifference" to Robert Montano, a county prisoner who died of renal failure in jail after spending days in a cell without running water or a toilet.

Demetrios Anaipakos, a partner in Houston's Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing

Litigator of the Week: $15.7 Million Patent Verdict Win

By John Council |

A jury deliberated for less than an hour before handing Demetrios Anaipakos' NPE client a victory against defendant Samsung in the Eastern District of Texas.

Fernando M. Bustos, partner, Bustos Law Firm, Lubbock

Litigator of the Week: Plaintiffs Win Punitives in Lubbock

By Miriam Rozen |

When plaintiffs wins a verdict with punitives in Lubbock, the outcome seems sweeter to their lawyer, even if the dollar figures don't match East Texas expectations.

Anthony 'Tony' Buzbee of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston

Litigator of the Week: Tony Buzbee Wins $29 Million Verdict for Oil Field Worker's Family

By Miriam Rozen |

The family sued his employer after the worker died in an explosion that occurred allegedly because a defective battery was heated to extend its life.

Litigator of the Week: After Blow Up: $10.8 Million to Oil Well Owners Against Insurer

By Miriam Rozen |

Courts had never addressed questions about due care and diligence of wells before a blowup in terms of insurance coverage, said Michael Orlando, plaintiffs counsel.

Theodore 'Ted' Stevenson III, a principal in the Dallas office of McKool Smith

Litigator of the Week: $15 Million Verdict in Patent Case

By Miriam Rozen |

In intellectual property litigation, Droplets prevails against Sears and Overstock, a victory also for McKool Smith's Ted Stevenson.

Mike Pierce, partner, Pierce Chapman Skrabanek Bruera, Houston

Litigator of the Week: $16.7 Million Final Judgment in Jones Act Case

By Miriam Rozen |

Mike Pierce said he won by concentrating first on defendants' alleged failure to pay maintenance and care for a seaman.

Eliot Shavin, solo, SMU adjunct, Dallas

Litigator of the Week: $1 Million Judgment in Race Discrimination Lawsuit

By Miriam Rozen |

Eliot Shavin won a payday for his clients but, at the same time, learned to dig deeper during jury questioning and pretrial motion preparation.

Lisa S. Tsai, a partner in Austin's Reid Collins & Tsai

Litigator of the Week: Austin Lawyers Score $40 Million Fraud Win

By John Council |

After a two-and-a-half-week trial, Austin attorneys Bill Reid and Lisa Tsai recently convinced a Dallas County jury that Credit Suisse defrauded their hedge fund client by overinflating the value of a Nevada resort as part of a 2007 loan refinancing transaction—a verdict that netted their client $40 million in damages.

Litigator of the Week: Defense Win After Asking Judge for Reconsideration

By Miriam Rozen |

Michael Mitchell helps Firestone prevail against employment discrimination plaintiffs and gets federal judge to reverse herself.

Rob Crain, partner, Crain Lewis, Dallas

Litigator of the Week: $6.2 Million Verdict in Wrongful Death Suit

By Miriam Rozen |

Toxicology report showing deceased had marijuana in his system didn't doom the plaintiffs' case.

Ophelia F. Camiña, a partner in Susman Godfrey in Dallas

Litigator of the Week: $15 Million Verdict for Richardson's GlobeRanger Corp.

By Miriam Rozen |

Susman Godfrey partner, working on contingency and drilling down through emails, wins jury verdict for plaintiff claiming misappropriation of trade secrets.

Litigator of the Week: Daniel Scardino

By Miriam Rozen |

Daniel Scardino scores a $23.6 million verdict for his client MTel, which had filed patent infringement claims against iPhone manufacturer.

Danny Sheena, partner, The Sheena Law Firm, Houston

Litigator of the Week: Shalom to a $2.2 Million Final Judgment

By Miriam Rozen |

A Houston lawyer who is fluent in Hebrew helped his corporate client win a $2.2 million final judgment in a fraud case against an Israeli lawyer whose law license had been suspended.

Alistair B. Dawson, a partner in the Houston office of Beck Redden

Litigator of the Week: Defense 'Bolts' Down Victory in Product Liability Case

By Miriam Rozen |

In a defective product case pitting an Anchorage-based oil refinery company against manufacturers and marketers of a valve, Alistair Dawson and James D. Smith won a take-nothing final judgment for their separate corporate defendants.

Litigator of the Week: Attorney Fee Lessons for Jury Leads to $70,000 Award

By Miriam Rozen |

Plaintiff alleged State Farm Lloyds breached its contract when it denied her coverage of roof damage.

Luis Avila, Dallas solo

Litigator of the Week: Exonoree Wins $2.3 Million, $300,000 in Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

Luis Avila of Dallas and Eddie Lucio of Brownsville have remained dogged and steady representing a former inmate, who, initially, had few odds in his favor.

Litigator of the Week: Employment Discrimination Plaintiffs Wins Nearly $2 Million Against Microsoft

By Miriam Rozen |

The final judgment includes more than $960,000 in attorney fees.

Randy Sorrels, managing partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston

Litigator of the Week: Ladder Accident Leads to $1.7 Million Judgment

By Miriam Rozen |

Randy Sorrels knew he had to get a judge to focus "on the beginning of the story, and not just the end." That was if his client, who fell off a ladder at his own home and injured himself severely, was to prevail on his negligence claim against a cable-installation company and its subsidiaries.

Hart Green, a partner in Beaumont’s Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell

Hurricane Ike Claim Leads to $254,000 in Attorney Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

State Farm defendants vigorously fought the fee-shifting element of the plaintiffs' claim, their lawyer Hart Green said. "State Farm tried this as nothing but a battle over attorney fees," Green said.

Chris Panatier, a shareholder in Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, P.C.

Litigator of the Week: $18.6 Million Verdict in Asbestos Case

By Miriam Rozen |

After a nine-day trial and three hours of deliberations, a jury issued a verdict that included $2.7 million in noneconomic damages, $900,000 in economic damages and $15 million in punitive damages.

Litigator of the Week: Shrinking Damages But Big Attorney Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

"It took three years to get to trial. We had eight different docket calls and two continuances," Steven Vangel said about the breach-of-contract case, for which his client won $148,000 in attorney fees on $108,000 in damages.

Kenneth C.

Litigator of the Week: Casey Goolsby

By Miriam Rozen |

Plaintiff prevails on summary judgment, arguing under Texas Labor Code that the employer must make sure a worker understands the effect of a waiver when signing it.

Jesse Okiror, associate, Bickel & Brewer, Dallas, Texas

LOTW: Third-Year Associate Wins Voting Rights Case

By Miriam Rozen |

When a Dallas federal judge ruled on Aug. 15 for a plaintiff in a voting rights case, Jesse Okiror could mark a new—and first—notch on his litigation belt.

Jett Williams, partner, Henke Law Firm, Houston

Litigator of the Week: Over $100K Won in Attorney Fees in $18K Dispute

By Miriam Rozen |

"The linchpin to this litigation was a contract" between his client and the home entertainment system contractor that called for the winner of any litigated disputes to receive attorney fees, said Jett Williams, a partner in the Henke Law Firm in Houston.

John K. Schwartz, of counsel, Locke Lord, Austin

Litigator of the Week: John Schwartz

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's about just a little bit of money on a kilowatt-by-hour basis, but a whole lot of money when you add it all up," said Schwartz, who is of counsel in the Austin office of Locke Lord.

Lawyer: Where's Tabloid Press for Cop's Victory?

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's a great win for the officer. He was so inappropriately vilified in the mainstream media," said Bill Helfand, who represented the city of La Porte and police officer Matthew Davidson.

Brad Dowell, a partner in Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth

Defense Win in Retaliation Case

By Miriam Rozen |

Next time Brad Dowell defends a corporate client against a former employee's retaliation lawsuit, the Cantey Hanger partner knows what his strategy will be from the outset.

Jason M. Powers, a partner in Vinson & Elkins, Houston

That's No Bull: Cattle, Counterclaims and $25 Million in Damages

By Miriam Rozen |

How did the lawyers persuade the jury that their client, "a family business with primary owners"—good witnesses "who came across as extremely genuine"—deserved that hefty damage award?

Elevator Repairman Wins $12.9 Million Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

In a March 24 answer, the defendants denied the allegations and stated as an affirmative defense that Switzer's claims were barred because the potential harm posed was "open and obvious."

Litigator of the Week: The Tooth of the Matter

By Miriam Rozen |

Bejeweled grizzly bear tooth at stake in lawsuit that netted fee award.

Eric G. Carter Jr., founding principal of The Carter Law Firm, Houston

Father-Son Team Served Up Big Pro Bono Verdict With Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

The lawyer said he locked in the victory by "recognizing—immediately—our shortcomings" when before the jury.

Bradford J. Gilde, attorney, Gilde Law Firm, Houston

From 'Gasland 2' to $2.9 Million

By Miriam Rozen |

His clients' story was featured in the documentary "Gasland 2," said Bradford Gilde.

Tim K. Goss, principal, Freese & Goss, Dallas

$1.2 Million Judgment in Pelvic Mesh Case

By Miriam Rozen |

Tim Goss' client won a $1.2 million judgment in a product liability case against Johnson & Johnson Inc. and Ethicon Inc.

William B. Dawson is a partner in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Big Defense Win Against Sierra Club

By Miriam Rozen |

On behalf of his energy industry clients, William Dawson will seek attorney fees from the Sierra Club. That outcome would add to the victory Dawson, a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Dallas, won after a three-day bench trial.

Litigator of the Week: Compassionate Jury, Good Clients Key to $11 Million PI Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

Hart succeeded by avoiding the mistake of singling out a driver but rather focusing on the corporate defendants.

Mike Lynn, partner, Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, Dallas

Litigator of the Week: Teeter-Totter Helps Win $319 Million Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

Mike Lynn's clients won a $319 million jury verdict on March 4 in the 289th District Court in Dallas, in part thanks to Lynn's use of a teeter-totter trial graphic.