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Litigator of the Week

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.

David W. Hodges, partner, Kennedy Hodges in Houston

Litigator of the Week: Lawyer Wins Big in Med-Mal Case, Gets Lesson in Voir Dire

By Miriam Rozen |

Not only did David Hodges win a $1.61 million jury award for his client in a medical-malpractice case, he also discovered the potential boon provided by a judge's individual questioning of prospective jurors.

G. Scott Fiddler, member, Law Office of G. Scott Fiddler, Houston

Litigator of the Week: Former HR Director Wins Six-Figure FMLA Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

When a company terminates its HR director the day she returns from FMLA leave, chances are good that a lawsuit will ensue. The roughly $120,000 that G. Scott Fiddler's client won may not break any records, but he relishes the victory.

K. B. Battaglini, a partner in Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard in Houston

Strategy, Not Numbers, Helped Win Complex Oil-Patch Suit

By Miriam Rozen |

K.B. Battaglini won nearly $800,000 in damages and $660,000 in attorney fees in the 270th District Court in Harris County. Battaglini believes that both his lean staffing and his strategy of focusing only on "the essential points" of a complex oil-patch suit helped him overcome any obstacles.

Chastiti N. Horne, a partner in Ebanks Horne Rota Moos in Houston

Senior Living Facility Not Liable in Theft by Former Employee

By Miriam Rozen |

Chastiti Horne successfully defended a company that owns the independent-living facility where an octogenarian woman had been a theft victim.