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Texas Supreme Court Does It Again

In a recent case titled Columbia Medical Center of Las Colinas, Inc. v. Athenahougue, the Texas Supreme Court has found another way to make it more difficult, if not impossible to recover monetary damages when your loved one is killed. Justice Wainwright wrote the opinion for the majority. The issue in the Athenahougue case was whether the plaintiffs submitted sufficient evidence to support the jury's award of money for loss of inheritance damages. As the court has done so many times in the past, they managed to review all of the facts in this case not in favor of supporting the jury's findings, but rather in favor of taking away a plaintiff's award. This review of the record clearly goes against the policy making purpose of the Texas Supreme Court.

Wrongful Death Bus Crash

Our clients, Taurino Bocanegra and Irma Patricio, lost their 19-year-old daughter on July 3, 2008 in a horrific wrongful death bus accident just outside Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Irma and Yani were passengers on a bus owned and operated by a U.S. company that transported passengers to locations within and outside the U.S. Irma and Yani purchased roundtrip tickets from Houston, Texas to Matehuala, Mexico-they were on a three-day trip for what turned out to be Yani's last visit with her aunt. The bus driver arrived in Matehuala after already driving for approximately six hours and needed to drive another twelve hours to reach Houston. The bus driver fell asleep and lost control of the bus. As the bus flipped, Irma struggled frantically to hold onto her daughter, but could only watch as Yani was thrown from her seat and out the window. Then, when the bus finally stopped rolling and came to a rest, Irma found Yani beneath the bus itself, crushed to death.

Jumping the "V.": Switching to the Plaintiff's Side of Bar

Just recently, I joined Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Friend. For the last two years, I was practicing as a civil defense lawyer. I was able to represent a wide range of clients and businesses and work with some outstanding lawyers. The law firm was top notch, the people were fun and energetic, and the hours were extremely manageable. Something was missing; let's rewind. Prior to law school, I was sure that I would be a criminal defense lawyer. Why? I truly feel that everyone deserves due process of law and representation by effective and competent counsel. That's all very true, but there was something more. During law school, I became convinced that I wanted to be a Plaintiff's Trial Lawyer. The common thread was that I wanted to help people, to make a real difference, and I was looking for the vehicle to get me where I wanted to go.

Choosing and Preparing Expert Witnesses is Crucial to Winning Cases

Expert testimony has become the critical element in many civil and criminal cases. The outcome of personal injury litigation can depend on just a few words from an expert witness whom the Court recognizes as a credible and reliable authority.

Spanish Speaking Attorney Immediately Gains Trust of Spanish Speaking Clients

Having been raised in Brownsville, Texas where the Hispanic population constitutes over 90% of the community, I was fortunate to have been exposed to both the Hispanic and American cultures. More importantly, I learned to speak Spanish and English.

"Defending the Profession"

In the last two weeks I was able to take some time off and go on vacation. The first part of my trip took me to the middle of nowhere in Mexico to go white wing dove hunting with a couple of close friends, but mainly with people I had never met. There were 8 of us from Houston. Once there, we met 6 other guys from Dallas. From the moment I stepped onto the small charter plane to fly into to Mexico, I found myself having to defend my profession. Amongst the land developers, an oil & gas tycoon, the president of a national battery company, and even a real estate lawyer, I was somehow the villain. I was a "trial lawyer."& nbsp;

White Collar Practice for the Business Lawyer and In-House Counsel

I attended the South Texas College of Law Houston Seminar on July 31, 2008 to listen to various speakers on the program entitled "White Collar Practice for the Business Lawyer and In-House Counsel". It was a well attended seminar with various district attorneys, U.S. attorneys, criminal defense lawyers and lawyers who participated as speakers in this program. This program had an excellent turnout at South Texas College of Law Houston for a two day period and the information was extremely important to those in attendance, especially in light of the recent Enron litigation and other corporate white collar crimes and lawsuits.

The Hispanic National Bar Association Publishes its Inaugural Edition of the Journal of Law & Policy

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) has published its inaugural edition of the Journal of Law & Policy, co-edited by [email protected], Jr. and Jimmie Reyna. This publication is the culmination of the dedication and hard work of many over the span of three HNBA administrations.

3rd Annual MABATx Foundation Luncheon

As many lawyers know, law school can be not only demanding of one's time, but also on one's bank account. Fortunately, the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas Foundation (MABATx Foundation) will host their Third Annual Luncheon benefiting Hispanic law student scholarships this Thursday, August 21, 2008 at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel in Houston. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding law students who best exemplify leadership, commitment, justice and equality within the Hispanic community and beyond. "It is important that we encourage a new generation of lawyers to have the courage and strength to be committed to their clients but also committed to their communities," said attorney [email protected], Jr., founder of MABATx Foundation and partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Friend in Houston. A scholarship is awarded to one law student from each of the three Houston-based law schools. The MABATx Foundation is a non-profit organization founded to encourage justice and leadership within the Hispanic community.

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