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Victims of Sexual Assault Have More Options for Justice Than They Think

Given the depravity of the act, it is no surprise that we think of prison as the most common form of punishment for individuals who commit sexual assault. In a criminal proceeding, the prosecutor focuses on proving that a crime was committed and that the defendant should be locked up. While the victim's testimony may be instrumental to a conviction, the criminal justice system cannot do anything to financially compensate the victim for the trauma they suffered. However, there are other ways for victims of sexual assault to get the justice they deserve. The only way for a victim to be financially compensated for the harm they suffered is by bringing a civil lawsuit.

Dallas Jewish Community Center Sued, Teen Repeatedly Abused By Staff Member

On April 30, 2019, a lawsuit was filed against the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center in North Dallas alleging the center did nothing to prevent the repeated sexual abuse of a young teenage girl by a staff member working as a trainer. The lawsuit alleges the center even ignored a manager's repeated reports about the staff member's inappropriate conduct and behavior.

$13 Million Verdict for Man Injured by Train

A jury awarded a South Carolina man $13 million. The man suffered severe injuries, including broken bones and brain damage, when his vehicle was struck by a train. Lawyers for the plaintiff argued BNSF Railway was negligent by failing to cut down trees on its right of way.

Lawsuit Filed Against American Airlines

A passenger on an American Airlines flight filed suit against the major airline claiming that a flight attendant punched him in the head while on a flight back on January 5, 2018. The passenger, Gregory Lagana, was traveling from Charlotte, North Carolina to Philadelphia on American Airlines Flight 1798 when the alleged assault occurred. The altercation began over a dispute regarding Lagana's drink order, and escalated when the flight attendant waved his finger in Lagana's face. After Lagana attempted to push the flight attendant's finger away, the flight attendant allegedly dug his nails into Lagana's hand, pinned his arm back, and began punching him in the face.

What is a Statute of Limitations?

You may have heard the term "statute of limitations," but you may not understand what it means. It is important for everyone, not just lawyers, to have a basic understanding of statutes of limitations, because they can have a profound effect on your rights.

Lawsuit Filed by Family of Toddler Who Died in Hot Daycare Bus

Recently, Raymond and Dikeisha Whitlock-Pryer filed a lawsuit against a Houston daycare facility for negligence in connection with the death of their three-year-old son. On July 19, 2018, Raymond Jr., who also went by R.J., along with 28 other students of Discovering Me Academy LLC went on a field trip to a local park. According to authorities, the group, which included two daycare employees, returned to the daycare facility on Antoine Drive midafternoon. When R.J.'s father came to pick him up at 6:00 p.m., daycare employees were unable to find R.J. After searching for approximately thirty minutes, R.J. was discovered unresponsive inside the bus located outside the daycare. Investigators believe R.J. was inside the bus for at least three and a half hours. Deputies measured the temperature inside the bus after they arrived on scene. It was found to be 113 degrees inside the bus at that time. Records show that the toddler had allegedly been listed as having been accounted for when the bus returned to the daycare facility. The family has also sued Tanisha Butler, the owner of Discovering Me Academy. According to the lawsuit, Ms. Butler was instrumental in setting up the daycare's system to account for children throughout the day. Ms. Butler was also reportedly on the premises the day of the incident for at least part of the time that R.J. was left unattended on the bus.

$2 Million Verdict for Man Injured in Hotel Elevator

A jury awarded $2 million to a California man who suffered permanent spinal damage from an elevator malfunction. Before trial, the company-Schindler Elevator Corporation-offered to settle for $12,000.

Two Sheets to the Wind: The Legal Consequences of the Hazing Ritual

In the last year, the hazing ritual of freshman pledges has sparked a national outcry. Greek organizations-who are largely self-governed-have faced criticism for turning a blind eye to the rampant binge drinking culture on campuses. Just last year, Texas State University in San Marcos, TX suspended all Greek-activities after a freshman pledge died from binge drinking during a fraternity's hazing incident. This time, the Alpha Sigma Phi chapter at the University of Arizona is the latest culprit.

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  • 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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