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Lawsuit Filed Against Fraternity Over "Scumbag of the Week" Hazing Tradition

On April 9, 2017, Nicholas Mauricio was taken to Tallahassee's Memorial Hospital by fraternity brothers from Florida State's Phi Tau chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi. Mauricio was going in and out of consciousness, he had a golf ball-sized bump on the back of his head, and there was blood running down his mouth from a cracked tooth. The doctors soon realized that Mauricio was suffering from a skull fracture and multiple brain bleeds.

Austin Jury Awards Cab Driver's Stabbing Victim $1.02 Million

Earlier this month, a Travis County jury awarded a stabbing victim $1.02 million in a lawsuit against Austin Cab Company and the taxicab driver. The incident occurred in March 2014 after Jose Herrera and his friends disagreed with their cab driver, Sherman Wilkins, over their cab fare. After the bars had closed, Wilkins picked up Herrera and his friends on 6th Street and drove them 1.4 miles to South Congress. Upon arrival, Wilkins demanded $149.50 for the cab fare. When Herrera exited the cab and protested the cab fare, Wilkins pulled out a knife and swung it toward Herrera. Wilkins stabbed Herrera in the chest, puncturing a lung and narrowly missing his heart. Once Herrera fell to the ground, Wilkins began punching him. Herrera's friends were able to stop the attack but Wilkins later sliced Herrera's arm in a second attack.

Woman Sues Lyft After Attempted Sexual Assault by Driver

A former Lyft driver attempted to sexually assault a woman in Austin, Texas after picking her up downtown on West 6th Street. According to police reports, forty-six-year-old Daniel Kifle is a former Lyft driver that continued to pose as a Lyft driver and who victimized at least four women and attempted to sexually assault at least two of them.

Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of Duck Boat Victims

On July 19, 2018, 31 people were aboard a duck boat tour on Table Rock Lake, in Branson, Missouri, when a severe thunderstorm brought near-hurricane-strength winds and five-foot waves, which caused the amphibious vehicle to capsize and sink. Seventeen out of the 31 people died in the incident. The survivors were taken to a nearby Branson hospital, and afterwards discharged.

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  • 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.

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    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

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    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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