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Great American Insurance takes the "Smoke and Mirrors" Award

The insurance industry never ceases to amaze me. Occasionally, the industry amazes me for something they have done to positively change the lives of individuals they touch. Unfortunately, the insurance industry usually amazes me by the greed they exhibit when dealing with their policy holders and the public at large. Recently, the Great American Insurance Company may have taken the prize -- literally -- for the extreme position they filed with the Houston Federal Court attempting to invoke an insurance policy exclusion to avoid paying a fire claim.

Lady Justice is Blind

Recently, I went down to the Harris County District Court and watched three of the lawyers at the firm finish trying a lawsuit. I was able to make it down to watch closing arguments. The case involved a worker who had been killed on the job after a terrible incident involving a large truck. Without going into the details of the incident, this was a wrongful death lawsuit. The evidence clearly showed that it could have been prevented if the defendant had simply followed its own rules. This particular worker was from another country and was working in the United States with the hopes of a better life for his family and himself. He had lost his life in pursuit of that dream.

End the Year Right...Volunteer!

The year is coming to an end and many folks are looking forward to 2009. With all the common stressors associated with the Holiday season, plus the nation's economic turmoil which continues to make us all somewhat uneasy, it is essential that we have a plan to get through the Holiday season stress-free.

"The Holidays: Not Always a Time for Joy"

With the Holiday Season in full swing and Christmas just around the corner, many people are gearing up to spend next week eating, drinking, opening gifts and creating new memories with their families and loved ones. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. For many of our clients, the Holiday Season can be a time of serious depression and frustration. Many of our clients are unable to work because of the serious injuries caused by the reckless behavior of the defendants. Because of this inability to work, clients find themselves in difficult financial situations and unable to put presents under the tree for their kids. Even more difficult is when a client has lost a loved one because of someone else's negligence. It's during the Holiday Season that these clients find themselves desperately missing their spouse, their child, or their parent. For these individuals, the Holiday Season can be filled with memories of the tragic day their lives changed forever. To all of those clients struggling during this time of year, HANG IN THERE! Although we can never go back to the day before your world was turned upside down, remember we are here to guide you through these difficult times. Keep the faith and we look forward to an even better 2009!

The Growing Use of Internet Discovery

Internet discovery is becoming more prevalent in current litigation. It appears that average people post all kinds of personal and often incriminating information on the web. From MySpace to FaceBook you can often discover information useful in litigation. I have heard from a number of colleagues that internet discovery has come into play in their cases ranging from divorce, to personal injury and business litigation.

Health: Could You Have Diabetes and Not Know It?

The problem with a lot of lawyers, and non-lawyers alike is the fact that the busier they are, sometimes health issues are left unattended. Medical research shows that more than 5 million people in America don't know they have pre-diabetes or diabetes. One of the reasons diabetes goes undiagnosed in so many people is that adult onset diabetes (or type 2 diabetes) develops slowly. Many people will have this form of diabetes for as long as 10 years without noticing any symptoms of the disease. In the meantime, the disease can do irreparable damage to the body.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Personal Injury Large Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs', taking a lead role in the plaintiffs' steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Plant Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs' steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Personal Injury Work Site Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm's client.

  • $12 Million Auto Accident 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

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