(Houston, Texas) September 22 – Texas attorney Muhammad Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner recently won an appellate victory in a federal court in Texas.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a trial court judgment of almost $488,000 in favor of attorney Aziz’s client, CB Legal Search, LLC, a small business specializing in legal recruiting. The case arose out of a contractual disagreement over a recruiting agreement.
In March 2009, CB Legal Search introduced Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, a large law firm with more than 700 attorneys nationwide, to a Chicago attorney and his legal team of insurance specialists. While the head attorney from Chicago was not ultimately hired by Lewis Brisbois, 10 other members of the legal team were – several months later. Lewis Brisbois refused to pay CB Legal Search’s recruiting fee, claiming that a recruiting agreement for the 10 attorneys had not been signed.
In February 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas found that a recruiting agreement did exist and ordered Lewis Brisbois to pay CB Legal Search $353,000. It also awarded CB Legal another $135,000 in attorneys’ fees and court costs. Lewis Brisbois appealed the judgment. Last week, a federal court of appeals affirmed the district court’s decision, ordering Lewis Brisbois to pay CB Legal almost $488,000.
Upon hearing the appellate court’s affirmation of the district court’s decision, attorney Aziz said, “The fact that a small business can take on a 700-plus lawyer firm and prevail at both the trial and appellate levels is a testament to the great legal system of this country.”
Attorney Muhammad Aziz and the other attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner protect the rights of catastrophically injured individuals and represent families that have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. Founded in 1951, the firm has built a reputation as one of the oldest and most well-respected firms in Houston, Texas. Through the years, the firm has helped thousands of injured clients in cases involving defective products, medical malpractice, commercial truck and motor vehicle accidents, oil refinery and workplace injuries, wrongful death, and other personal injury accidents.