Litigator of the Week

John Browning

Litigator of the Week: Not Being Served Properly Leads to Take-Nothing Verdict

"My client and I first found out about the lawsuit in spring 2013 when the plaintiffs' lawyer purported to have a $2.2 million default judgment against Life Time taken in state district court in Houston—despite the fact that we had never been served," John Browning recalled.

Litigator of the Week: A Blowout: Beautician Gets Unpaid Overtime

By Miriam Rozen |

"I was never shy about saying this: This was never a case that the defendants were going to win. But they chose not to resolve it, and we walked away with a bigger takeaway," said plaintiffs lawyer Charles Branham.

Stephen Wedemeyer, shareholder, Winstead, Houston

Litigator of the Week: Don't Ignore the Signs of Jury Fatigue

By Miriam Rozen |

Defense lawyers didn't ignore the signs when jurors showed they were getting tired of a trial.

Litigator of the Week: City of Houston's HERO

By Miriam Rozen |

Geoffrey Harrison, a partner in Susman Godfrey, scores defense victory for city, mayor and city secretary in fight against proponents of referendum to repeal the city's LGBT equal rights ordinance, known as HERO.

Jason Weber, associate, Thompson Coe Cousins & Iron, Dallas

Litigator of the Week: Associate's Victory May Set Favorable Precedent for Employers

By Miriam Rozen |

Thompson Coe associate prevails on summary judgment for a temporary staffing firm and wins a take-nothing judgment, arguing that employers' distribution of W-2 tax forms to employees doesn't automatically mean control of their workplaces.

Steve Williard, Williard Law Firm, Houston

Email Distinction Key to Defense Victory

By Miriam Rozen |

A Houston lawyer prevails by getting a jury to differentiate between a sent email and a read one.

Attorney Broadus Spivey of Austin's Spivey & Grigg

Litigator of the Week: $1 Million Verdict for Civil Rights Plaintiff, Even Without Medical, Economic or Punitive Damages

By Miriam Rozen |

Broadus Spivey, a veteran Texas litigator, didn't let a challenging scenario stop him from winning a big verdict for his client Carlos Chacon, who claimed police officers used excessive force.

Ricardo J. Prieto, an associate at Shellist Lazarz Slobin in Houston

Litigator of the Week: Exotic Dancers Win FLSA Claim

By Miriam Rozen |

Richard Prieto, who represents two women who won back wages, misappropriated tips and house fees from employer, expects his clients to seek $250,000 in attorney fees.

Jamil N. Alibhai is a partner at Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas

Litigator of the Week: TAOS' Win in Trade Secrets Case Hinged on Detailed Timeline

By Miriam Rozen |

Dallas lawyer Jamil Alibhai said he focused on finding out what his client's opponents knew before and after they met TAOS representatives.

Ross Cunningham, partner, Cunningham Swaim, Dallas

LOTW: $16.8 Million Patent Infringement Win

By Miriam Rozen |

Ross Cunningham said initially he was "like a monkey trying to lace up a football."

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.