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"When a Celebrity is Involved the Rules Change"

We recently filed a lawsuit against a famous rapper. When the lawsuit was filed, we made all attempts not to attract media attention. We wanted this to be low key so we could have the lawsuit served on the defendant. However, along the way the word got out. I can only assume that someone in the court system saw the lawsuit and posted the information on a blog on the internet. Once that happened, the news spread like a wild fire. I was shocked at the amount of national and world wide media attention that soon followed. For nearly a week my office was bombarded by calls from Los Angeles, New York and even London. I guess I should not have been surprised by the public's need for information when the event involved a celebrity. Bottom line is be prepared for anything when the issue involves a celebrity.

Follow Your Doctor's Advice

I am often asked from a legal medical perspective what is the first thing a client should do following an accident. The answer is fairly simple: Follow your doctor's advice and concentrate on your recovery. Although straight forward, this advice is sometimes difficult to follow.

Texas Supreme Court Protects Defendant

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that a jury cannot award damages to the family of a man killed by an employee leaving work after his employer had worked him to exhaustion. A trial court jury had awarded damages to the Escoto family after an employee leaving Nabors Drilling, U.S.A. veered across the centerline and killed Roberto Escoto.

"Understanding Juries"

I have just attended a State Bar of Texas seminar on "Understanding Juries." At the program, there was a mock trial presented to a mock jury to help us (the attendees) better understand how juries think and analyze cases. The case presented dealt with a manufacturing business (the plaintiff) that was having financial difficulties when it suddenly burned -- with one of the contractors killed at the origin scene of the fire. The defendant insurance company had denied the claim for the loss submitted by the plaintiff/business, contending the building burned as a result of arson, and the decedent was the actual arsonist hired by the business owner. The insurance carrier contended the decedent was paid not for consulting work, but was paid to burn the building down, and unfortunately got caught up in the fire he started. Both sides were ably represented by Texas lawyers and each made comprehensive, compelling presentations for their respective sides. The real interesting and educational portion of the program occurred when the mock jury retired for deliberations. The deliberations were broadcasted back into the seminar room, and the jurors' focus on the emphasized points and the subtle points reminded all of the attendees at the seminar of the value of performing a focus group/mock trial in cases that justify the study. In this mock trial, the jurors vigorously argued the strengths and weaknesses of each presentation. They combed through and frequently referenced the evidence given to them to consider. More importantly, they speculated on issues not addressed (and no doubt never thought of by the advocates), but these issues became extremely important in reaching their conclusions. These issues would certainly be addressed in the next presentation (presumably the real trial).

Appellate Court Affirms Judgment Rendered in Favor of Injured Constable

[email protected], Jr., Chelsie King Garza and Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend undertook the representation of Eluid Cesar Hinojosa, a Sergeant with the Harris County Constable's Office, when he challenged a decision of the Texas Department of Insurance - Workers' Compensation Division regarding compensability of benefits in Harris County District Court. The injured worker was victorious at trial and the Texas 1st Court of Appeals has recently affirmed the trial Court's decision.

Retailer Brings Foreign Component Manufacturers Into Lawsuit

Last December the firm was retained on case involving the throttle malfunction on a Kawasaki dirt bike that had been retrofitted with addition aftermarket parts. The malfunction occurred while our client was operating the bike and was thrown of the bike, suffering catastrophic injuries that rendered him paraplegic.

Recent 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Regarding Failure to Administer t-PA

The 5th Circuit recently decided a case dealing with the failure to administer t-PA to a stroke patient, Young v. Memorial Hermann Hospital System. The plaintiffs alleged that Randall Young should have been given t-PA and that the failure to receive proper treatment, t-PA is now the standard of care in most stroke patients, caused Mr. Young harm. The Court decided that the Youngs did not meet their burden of proof on the issue of causation.

Insurance Companies & Advertising: Shouldn't your word be your bond?

I think we have all seen the commercials and read the magazine advertisements created by the insurance companies. Some insurance companies take a cost approach to their marketing and stress the savings that can be had by the average consumer. For example, Geico markets to the public by representing that you can save lots of money by switching to one of their policies. Other insurance companies, often the ones that charge higher premiums and have been around much longer, market to the public with a message like "you're in good hands" or "like a good neighbor, we will be there." Seemingly, these companies are seeking to differentiate themselves by advertising their insurance as superior, albeit for a higher premium.

"Expect the Unexpected"

In every case we handle there are always moments where certain evidence changes the way the case ends up. Whether it's a document produced by the defendant which shows they knew what they were doing was wrong or a video tape of your client doing the daily activities they just claimed they can't. Every lawyer has experienced this moment at least once in their career. Usually this moment takes place during the discovery phase of litigation. That is before the case goes to trial while the parties are still figuring out exactly what happened. However, sometimes this happens when you least expect it. Right in the middle of trial. That's exactly what happened in my trial last week. Things seemed to be going well until late afternoon on the second day of trial. I had subpoenaed one of my client's treating doctors to come live to trial to explain to the jury about the injuries my client experienced. When the doctor showed up, he brought with him records no one had ever seen before. He then proceeded to admit on the stand to opposing counsel that he basically committed perjury. Needless to say, things were not going well for my client at this point and no one saw this coming. I spent the entire night trying to figure out how to diffuse the situation and realized that there was nothing I could do. And that's exactly what I told the jury in closing arguments. There is nothing I could do to change what had happened. At the end of the trial, the jury greatly appreciated my honesty and still compensated my client some for his injuries. Bottom line is you never know what is going to happen and when surprises appear, you better be prepared to think on your feet!

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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