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Dieting Driver Kills Woman

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In today's world, new diets and weight loss programs are ubiquitous. One such diet trend is called the Whole 30 Diet, which doesn't allow the consumption of milk, cheese, sugar, bread, legumes or alcohol for 30 days. In essence, the Whole 30 Diet strips the most common comfort foods completely from your diet. The diet is intended to restore a healthy relationship with food and your body and promote weight loss.

Serving Responsibly is Just as Important as Drinking Responsibly

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If the phrase "please drink responsibly" sounds familiar, it is probably because you hear it at the end of any commercial for beer, wine, or liquor. But did you know that establishments that sell alcohol can be held liable for not "serving responsibly?"

Which Texas Counties Have The Biggest Distracted Driving Problem?

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Distracted driving is a problem across the United States. And laws restricting texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving are not eliminating the problem.

In 2017, a law went into effect banning drivers from texting while driving in Texas. Unfortunately, texting while driving - and other forms of distracted driving - remain a problem in our state.

Another Chemical Plant Fire in Harris County Causes Injuries

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Just after 11 a.m. on April 2, 2019, a fire erupted at the KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, forcing the Crosby, Sheldon and Channelview ISDs to each issue a shelter in place for their students and faculty. This plant is located in East Harris County on Ramsey Road just off of Hwy. 90.

Beware of Your Employer After an Offshore Injury

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Working offshore or on vessels usually means you have a relatively good income to take care of yourself or your family. Life doesn't stop after you've been injured. If your offshore income is what keeps your bills at bay and house afloat, its easy to want to place faith in your employer after you get injured on the job. The problem is that your employer wants you to trust them for the wrong reasons.

$3.38 Million Verdict Against Royal Caribbean

A federal jury in Miami awarded the family of a passenger who died on an Alaskan cruise $3.38 million. The Wisconsin man, Richard Puchalski, was with his family on the cruise ship in 2016 to celebrate his 70th birthday. While on the cruise, Puchalski began to experience shortness of breath and sought medical treatment from the ship's doctor. Puchalski was treated and later sent back to his cabin where he had a heart attack and collapsed. The complaint alleges that the ship's medical staff made serious errors in Puchalski's treatment that turned a serious cardiac incident into a fatal heart attack.

How Safe Is Texas?

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Safety is a difficult concept to calculate. Many would define safety as a feeling instead of something that can be measurably demonstrated.

The safety of a particular geographic area is especially difficult to calculate. What makes a city or state safe? Is it a low rate of violent crime? Safe roadways and attentive drivers? A low incidence of natural disasters? 

Patron Sues Local Bar after Large Light Fixture Falls from Ceiling

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A bar patron was injured on June 22, 2018 after a large light fixture fell from the ceiling while he visited a Houston bar.

CDC Launches Study to Investigate Electric Scooter Hazards

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that they have launched a study of electric scooter accidents at the request of Austin Public Health and the Austin Transportation Department. Since early 2018, Austin has seen a rise in the number of electric scooters on its city streets and sidewalks. Dockless scooter companies such as Bird Rides and LimeBike were among the first services to launch in Austin. The companies operate much like Uber and Lyft in that users can locate and rent a scooter using an app on their phone. In fact, Uber launched its own electric scooter company, JUMP, in Austin in December 2018. According to some reports, there have been 66 severe traumas, including 19 head injuries, 38 orthopedic injuries, and 13 facial injuries in Austin since the scooters were introduced to the Austin market.

Deer Park Chemical Facility Has History of Environmental Violations

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The Deer Park chemical facility that caught fire last week has a long history of state and federal environmental violations. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) has been fined for multiple infractions that could have been avoided. In 2008, ITC was fined when a relief valve failed causing 6,745 pounds of unauthorized butadiene to be released into the atmosphere due to the facility's failure to prevent an increase in pressure. The Commission said the event was "avoidable by better operational practices." Butadiene is a carcinogen to humans and is used to make plastics.

Awards & Recognition

  • 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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    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Personal Injury Large Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs', taking a lead role in the plaintiffs' steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

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    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs' steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

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    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm's client.

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    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

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