Litigator of the Week

Brad Caldwell

Apple Inc. Seeks Mistrial After $625M Jury Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Donna Peavler

Target Wins Take-Nothing Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Doug Kubehl, Baker Botts, partner, Dallas.

Baker Botts Scores $8.2M Verdict in Eastern District of Texas Patent Infringement Battle

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

A Bench Trial Scores $49,600 in Attorney Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Christina Ponig Maccio

Judge Awards $1.47 Million in Attorney Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

When a judge knows how hard you've worked, let the bench decide attorney fees.


Buzbee Wins $41 Million Verdict in Spider Bite Death Case

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Scott Powers c/o Baker Botts, Austin TX.

Litigator of the Week: $50M Final Judgment for Stanford Receiver

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Marquette Wolf. Ted Lyon & Associates, Mesquite, Texas.

Litigator of the Week: Former Worker Wins $2.24M Against Tyson Foods

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Craft Hughes

Litigator of the Week: Houston Lawyer Wins $5.4M Verdict for Neighbor

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Brett Govett partner Norton Rose Fulbright, Dallas

Litigator of the Week: Norton Rose Fulbright Insulates Patent Case Win With Video of Patent Agent Deposition

By Miriam Rozen |

A straight defense verdict in a patent infringement case in Marshall federal court has halted a potentially monopolistic force in the reflective insulation industry.

Jeff Edwards, owner, founder and partner, Edwards Law, Austin

$1M Judgment in Prisoner's Wrongful Death Case

By Miriam Rozen |

Jeff Edwards scores the win for the family members of man who died after a short stay in Swisher County jail, where he allegedly received inadequate medical treatment.

Litigator of the Week: Pothole Victory

By Miriam Rozen |

At trial, Lannie, of the Law Offices of Scott C. Lannie in Baytown, said he "faced head-on" the challenge of getting jurors to accept his client's claims, despite a pre-existing condition. "Sometimes all they want to hear is that you had a pre-existing condition, and then that's all they hear," Lannie said about juries in general.

Litigator of the Week: Bracewell Partners Get $30M Claims Dismissed for Client

By Miriam Rozen |

Phillip Sampson and Christopher Dodson, two partners in Houston's Bracewell & Giuliani, scored a major defense victory last month for their client Vopak Terminal Deer Park, a bulk liquid terminal operation with a flagship in the Houston Ship Channel, thanks to their discovery findings.

Jarrett Ellzey (left) and Craft Hughes, partners in Hughes Ellzey, Houston

Litigator of the Week: Rare RESPA Win for Plaintiffs

By Miriam Rozen |

Federal judge has also ordered mortgage company defendant to pay attorney fees to Hughes Ellzey partners' clients.

Thomas J. Henry (left) and J. Thomas Rhodes

Litigator of the Week: High-Low Agreement + $67M Verdict=$9M for Plaintiff

By Miriam Rozen |

An accident victim wins a $67 million verdict, including $33 million in punitive damages, represented by co-counsel Tom Rhodes of San Antonio and Thomas J. Henry of Corpus Christi.

Cade Bernsen, left, and David Bernsen of the Bernsen Law Firm, Beaumont.

Litigator of the Week: Case Involving Sperm Bank, Ex-Girlfriends and Rare Mental Anguish Damages

By Miriam Rozen |

Layne Hardin and Katherine LeBlanc alleged that Tobie Devall retrieved vials of Hardin's sperm from a sperm bank, had herself inseminated and gave birth to his child, all without his permission.

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

Litigator of the Week: Tony Buzbee Nets $159M Jury Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

"This jury made it pretty clear what the value of life is," said Tony Buzbee, of The Buzbee Law Firm in Houston.

David Fettner

Litigator of the Week: $3M Plus $154,000 in Attorney Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

David Fettner certainly learned that lesson when a Houston state district judge issued on July 31 a final judgment awarding his client $3 million in damages and $154,000 in attorney fees.

Matthew R. Pearson

Litigator of the Week: $20.2M Judgment in Oil-Patch Dispute

By Miriam Rozen |

In "Shale Exploration v. Eagle Oil & Gas," filed in Harris County's 152nd District Court, the dispute concerned lease information about an oil and gas prospect in North Dakota.

Orrin Lea Harrison III

Litigator of the Week: Gold and Coin Wholesaler Wins Take-Nothing Verdict in Stanford Litigation

By Miriam Rozen |

The outcome represents a rare loss for Ralph Janvey, the receiver in R. Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme- related litigation.

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.