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End the Year Right...Volunteer!

The year is coming to an end and many folks are looking forward to 2009. With all the common stressors associated with the Holiday season, plus the nation's economic turmoil which continues to make us all somewhat uneasy, it is essential that we have a plan to get through the Holiday season stress-free.

"The Holidays: Not Always a Time for Joy"

With the Holiday Season in full swing and Christmas just around the corner, many people are gearing up to spend next week eating, drinking, opening gifts and creating new memories with their families and loved ones. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. For many of our clients, the Holiday Season can be a time of serious depression and frustration. Many of our clients are unable to work because of the serious injuries caused by the reckless behavior of the defendants. Because of this inability to work, clients find themselves in difficult financial situations and unable to put presents under the tree for their kids. Even more difficult is when a client has lost a loved one because of someone else's negligence. It's during the Holiday Season that these clients find themselves desperately missing their spouse, their child, or their parent. For these individuals, the Holiday Season can be filled with memories of the tragic day their lives changed forever. To all of those clients struggling during this time of year, HANG IN THERE! Although we can never go back to the day before your world was turned upside down, remember we are here to guide you through these difficult times. Keep the faith and we look forward to an even better 2009!

The Growing Use of Internet Discovery

Internet discovery is becoming more prevalent in current litigation. It appears that average people post all kinds of personal and often incriminating information on the web. From MySpace to FaceBook you can often discover information useful in litigation. I have heard from a number of colleagues that internet discovery has come into play in their cases ranging from divorce, to personal injury and business litigation.

Health: Could You Have Diabetes and Not Know It?

The problem with a lot of lawyers, and non-lawyers alike is the fact that the busier they are, sometimes health issues are left unattended. Medical research shows that more than 5 million people in America don't know they have pre-diabetes or diabetes. One of the reasons diabetes goes undiagnosed in so many people is that adult onset diabetes (or type 2 diabetes) develops slowly. Many people will have this form of diabetes for as long as 10 years without noticing any symptoms of the disease. In the meantime, the disease can do irreparable damage to the body.

Unveiling Of The Inaugural Hnba Journal Of Law & Policy

The Hispanic Bar Assoc, of Houston, the Mexican American Bar Assoc. of Houston and the Hispanic National Bar Assoc. joined efforts on October 23, 2008, in Houston, Texas, at the historic Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Friend law firm, to honor and celebrate the unveiling of the HNBA Journal of Law & Policy inaugural edition. The evening's events brought together local attorneys and law students, as well as many Texas trial and appellate judges. All present were very impressed with the groups' efforts and enthusiasm and vowed to support the organizations in the future.

The Voters Have Spoken

Harris County saw a wave of incumbent judges ousted from their respective positions in this past election. Was this due to voter dissatisfaction with the local judges? Was this due to the unusually high voter turnout (1.18 million voters in Harris County)? Or, was this because President-Elect Obama carried the Democratic challengers into office? Regardless of the reasoning, the voters in Harris County have spoken. For better or worse, change is coming our way.

"It's Time to Give Thanks"

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, I thought what better topic to write about than everything in this country we have to give thanks for. As the country appears to be going deeper into an economic depression, unemployment steadily increasing, and the holiday season just around the corner, many people are having a hard time finding something to be thankful about. For me, the first thing that comes to my mind is November 4, 2008. Why? DEMOCRACY! On November 4, 2008, the liberties and freedoms which this country stands for and was founded on stood up and showed the rest of the world that anything is possible in the United States of America. Whether you voted for Obama or McCain, it doesn't matter. The fact that you had a choice is what everyone in America should be thankful for. Just as precious as our right to vote in this country, it is our right to a trial by jury. Over the past few years, special interest groups more concerned about corporate profits than individual rights have done everything in their power to erode and eliminate American's right to a trial by jury. However, it's still here. As you gather around the dinner table on Thursday with friends and family, do not dwell on all of the negative news we hear but rather focus on the positives. Take a moment to recognize that we live in the greatest country in the world and each and every one of us has the right under the U.S. Constitution to participate in our government. Focus on the people around you and how lucky you are to have people who care for you and love you. Focus on the simple fact that there is food on your table and a roof over your head. Yes your portfolio may have taken a hit like the stock market, but guess what, you're still here to fight and live another day. One last thing, I want to take the time to thank each and every one of our clients for allowing us to help you and your families during such difficult times in your lives. For the attorneys at Abraham & Watkins, it's more than just a job. It's helping you and being thankful to have the opportunity to do it. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Hard Work Pays Off

Last week my Firm had the pleasure of winning a case for our clients. We presented our clients' case to a Harris County jury of 12 and the jury returned a verdict in favor of our clients.

Putting the Brakes on Unsafe Trucking Companies

There is a relatively new organization whose sole focus is on making the trucking industry safer for the highways across America. The Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (AITL America) was founded last year by a victim of a severe trucking accident whose goal is to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices. Each member of the organization pledges to work aggressively within the law through learning, legislation and litigation to achieve their mission of dramatically reducing the number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths across America that are caused by those trucking companies who have unsafe practices.

  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    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 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.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    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.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    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.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

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

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

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