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Residential Homeowners Sue Engineering Firm for Hurricane Harvey Damage

Residents of the Riverstone community, located in a suburb of Houston, have filed suit against Costello, Inc., an engineering firm, for faulty design of the Riverstone community which caused severe rainwater intrusion into hundreds of homes during Hurricane Harvey. There are 423 homeowners that are included in this lawsuit. The homes that were damaged are located in five different subdivisions in the Riverstone community: Sweetbriar, Millwood, The Orchard, Lost Creek, and Shadow Glen. All these subdivisions are located within Levee Improvement District 19 (LID 19) which was created in 2007. Other neighborhoods within the Riverstone community are located within LID 15 which was created in 2001.

Alaska Airlines Stands Beside Captain Accused of Drugging and Raping Co-Pilot

Alaska Airlines co-pilot Betty Pina had two glasses of wine on a layover in June of 2017 brought to her by the captain she was paired with for a three-day assignment. The next thing Pina remembers is waking up in a vomit-soaked bed, naked from the waist down. Pina, realizing her and the captain had been in the same bed, found and pulled on her pants, stumbled into the bathroom and vomited again.

Elderly Houston Woman Dies from Bedbug Extermination

On July 28, 2017, an 82-year-old woman died from hyperthermia after returning to the apartment where she lived with her husband for thirteen years. The family of Elizabeth Ashbaugh filed a wrongful death suit against her former landlord and a pest control company claiming that a bedbug extermination treatment killed her.

Residents Sue Over Radioactive Material Storage Sites

A business owner in Bridgeton and a homeowner in St. Ann have filed lawsuits pursuing compensation for damages they say were caused by the negligent handling of radioactive waste at West Lake Landfill and at storage sites along Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County.

Insurance Premiums Expected to Go up After Hurricane Harvey and Irma

The hurricanes that struck Texas and Florida are already estimated at billions of dollars. Thousands of small businesses, even those with insurance coverage, face a long process of claims and rebuilding that could take years. Insurance companies are set to pay out large claims, however many experts say that this is an opportunity for insurance companies to raise premiums.

Hurricane Harvey Lawsuits

Less than a month after Houston took a devastating hit from Hurricane Harvey, Houston residents are bringing to light yet another major problem. Thousands of businesses and houses were intentionally flooded, due to a decision made by government officials to release an unprecedented amount of water into the Buffalo Bayou. On the early morning of August 28, 2017, the controlled release of water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs flooded about 4,000 homes in the surrounding areas, sadly forcing thousands of families to evacuate their homes.

Baylor University Reaches Confidential Settlement in Title IX Sexual Assault Case

Last week, Baylor University and an alleged victim of a gang rape by then-Baylor University football players announced that they had reached a confidential settlement in a Title IX lawsuit the woman filed in January. The victim, referred to in court documents as Elizabeth Doe, alleged that she was raped by Baylor football players Tre'Von Armstead and Myke Chatman in April 2013 after an off-campus party. Both men are currently awaiting trial on criminal charges arising from the incident. Elizabeth Doe's lawsuit is the fourth Title IX lawsuit Baylor has resolved related to its sexual assault scandal. In July, Baylor announced that it had reached a settlement with another former student who alleged that she was assaulted in 2015. Baylor has also reached settlements with at least three other alleged victims of sexual assault who did not file lawsuits. Each of the pending lawsuits includes claims that the school's discriminatory policies and inadequate response to allegations of sexual assault created a heightened risk that students would be sexually assaulted.

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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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