Litigator of the Week

Doctor's Homemade Model of Male Anatomy Helps Her Prevail in Negligence Case

By Miriam Rozen |

Marc Calvert remembers when he recognized that his client, family physician Lilette Daumas, would have the stamina to defend herself successfully against a negligence claim at a trial.

Kenneth Soh, Kirkland Soh LLP

Strategy in $1.45M Med Mal Verdict Involved Plaintiff's Daughter Testifying as an Expert

By Miriam Rozen |

Even though he expects the $1.45 million jury verdict he won this month for his clients to be slashed in a final judgment to about $275,000 because of statutory caps, Kenneth Soh expresses no regrets about trying a medical malpractice case in Texas.

Crossfit Muscles Through With Defense Win

By Miriam Rozen |

After a one-week trial and several hours of deliberations, Crossfit Inc. and a Houston affiliate won a 10-2 take-nothing verdict against a plaintiff who alleged he had suffered from rhabdomyolysis, a serious syndrome due to a direct or indirect muscle injury, after a complimentary introductory workout.

Brian Butcher

Dog Bite Leads to $695K Jury Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

In a negligence case in the 415th District Court in Parker County, a jury issued this month a $695,000 verdict against the owners of a canine that bit their neighbor.

Lawyers Win $213K in Attorney Fees Representing Dad

By Miriam Rozen |

Lewis Isaacks, a partner in Plano's Gay Mccall Isaacks Gordon & Roberts, and Emily Newhouse, a Plano solo, together represented Newhouse's father, a crop insurance representative, and his company in a dispute against the owner of an insurance company.

Tom Rhodes

Knock Out: $17.47M Verdict After Recreational Boxing Matches

By Miriam Rozen |

A removed helmet ranked as the most challenging hurdle for Tom Rhodes during a trial that concluded with a jury awarding $17.47 million to his clients, including a teen who suffered head injuries after engaging in a recreational boxing event.

Justin Strother, Strother Law Firm, Houston.

Nightclub Battle Leads to $818K Final Judgment

By Miriam Rozen |

Justin Strother helped a nightclub owner in Houston prevail on allegations that a co-owner of the nightclub did not comply with fiduciary obligations.

James Gibson

Houston Lawyer Jason Gibson Wins $53 Million Jury Verdict for Clients

The clients were family members of Angel Garcia, a 28-year-old construction worker who died while working on renovations to Texas A&M's Kyle Field.

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.