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Representative Cases

I. Civil Appeals and Oral Arguments

a. Texas Supreme Court

State Farm Lloyds v. Fuentes, 549 S.W.3d 585 (Tex. 2018) (demand letter's admissibility in property insurance claim)

USAA Texas Lloyd's Co. v. Menchaca, 545 S.W.3d 479 (Tex. 2018) (recovery of insurance policy benefits for violations of Insurance Code)

ExxonMobil Corp. v. Pagayon, 536 S.W.3d 499 (Tex. 2017) (responsible third party practice, duties of employer to supervise and control employees)

G.T. Leach Builders, L.L.C. v. Sapphire V.P., L.P., 458 S.W.3d 502 (Tex. 2015) (arbitration clause's interpretation)

Union Carbide Corp. v. Synatzske, 438 S.W.3d 39 (Tex. 2014) (constitutionality and statutory interpretation of silicosis/asbestosis statute)

MBM Fin. Corp. v. Woodlands Operating Co., L.P., 292 S.W.3d 660 (Tex. 2009) (recovery of attorney's fees)

Holmes v. Beatty, 290 S.W.3d 852 (Tex. 2009) (survivorship rights in probate case involving multi-million dollar securities accounts)

Davis v. Fisk Elec. Co., 268 S.W.3d 508 (Tex. 2008) (constitutional considerations in jury selection)

Knapp Med. Ctr. v. De La Garza, 238 S.W.3d 767 (Tex. 2007) (requirements for enforcement of announced settlements)

Dew v. Crown Derrick Erectors, 208 S.W.3d 448 (Tex. 2006) (causation principles in tort case)

R.R. Street & Co., Inc. v. Pilgrim Enter., Inc., 166 S.W.3d 232 (Tex. 2005) (statutory and common-law liability for disposal of wastes)

Texas A & M Univ. v. Bishop, 156 S.W.3d 580 (Tex. 2005) (liability for use of tangible personal property under the Tort Claims Act)

Perry v. Del Rio, 66 S.W.3d 239 (Tex. 2001) (congressional redistricting controversy involving issues of dominant jurisdiction and separation of powers)

Am. Transitional Care Ctrs. of Tex. v. Palacios, 46 S.W.3d 873 (Tex. 2001) (review of medical-malpractice expert reports)

Fortune Prod. Co. v. Conoco, Inc., 52 S.W.3d 671 (Tex. 2000) (fraud damages in oil and gas field liquids dispute)

Read v. Scott Fetzer Co., 990 S.W.2d 732 (Tex. 1998) (liability for in-home sales of products where customer was assaulted by salesman)

Cont'l Coffee v. Cazarez, 937 S.W.2d 444 (Tex. 1996) (wrongful termination involving claims of retaliation for worker's comp. claim)

Weiner v. Wasson, 900 S.W.2d 316 (Tex. 1995) (tolling of statute of limitations based upon legal disability)

b. Texas Court of Appeals

Rodriguez v. Waak, No. 01-17-00755-CV, 2018 WL 3977868 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] Aug. 21, 2018, no pet. h.) (hired ranch hand was not a "participant" in farm animal activity and ranch owners are not immune from suit)

Amigos Meat Distributors, L.P. v. Guzman, 526 S.W.3d 511 (Tex. 2017) (evidence of charges by injured employee's doctors was admissible to prove damages, even though accounts receivable were sold to factoring company)

Henry Rawson Jr. and Susan Rawson v. Oxea Corporation, No. 01-15-01005-CV, 2016 WL 7671375 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2016, pet. filed) (application of Ch. 95 of CPRC)

Sun Development, L.P. v. Hughes, No. 09-12-00524-CV, 2014 WL 4755467 (Tex. App.-Beaumont Sept. 25, 2014, pet. filed) (responsible third party practice, DTPA non-disclosure issues)

Kroger Co. v. Am. Alternative Ins. Corp., 468 S.W.3d 766 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2015, no pet.) (legal standard of care for emergency responders)

Hiles v. Arnie & Co., P.C., 402 S.W.3d 820 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2013, pet. denied) (dominant jurisdiction, venue, and jury charge issues in breach-of-contract fight over testifying expert's fees)

State v. Cook, No. 14-12-00782-CV, 2013 WL 3247281 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] June 27, 2013, pet. dism'd by agr.) (personal liability of corporate officers under DTPA)

Tex. Dept. of Aging and Disability Servs. v. Johnson, No. 01-11-00526-CV, 2012 WL 27728, (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] January 05, 2012, pet. denied) (Tort Claims Act liability case involving election of remedies)

Westside Wrecker Serv., Inc. v. Skafi, 361 S.W.3d 153 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, pet. denied) (scope of statute of frauds defenses in a partnership dispute)

Thomas Petroleum, Inc. v. Morris, 355 S.W.3d 94 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, pet. denied) (appeal from arbitration award)

Enter. Prods. Partners, L.P. v. Mitchell, 340 S.W.3d 476 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, pet. dism'd by agr.) (choice-of-law for damages claims by out-of-state residents against a Texas-based defendant)

Benchmark Eng'g Corp. v. Sam Houston Race Park, 316 S.W.3d 41 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2010, pet dism'd by agr.) (appeal concerning certificate of merit in lawsuit brought against civil engineering firm)

Dana Corp. v. Microtherm, Inc., No. 13-05-00281-CV, 2010 WL 196939 (Tex. App.-Corpus Christi Jan. 21, 2010, pet dism'd by agr.) (lost profits and breach of warranty claims against component part manufacturer)

Black Mountain Indus., Inc. v. Meads, No. 10-07-00225-CV, 2008 WL 802339 (Tex. App.-Waco Mar. 26, 2008, no pet.) (warranty claims brought by component parts manufacturer against military contractor)

Schomburg v. TRW Vehicle Safety Sys., Inc., 242 S.W.3d 911 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2008, pet. denied) (construction of settlement agreement and release)

7979 Airport Garage, L.L.C. v. Dollar Rent A Car Sys., Inc., 245 S.W.3d 488 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2007, pet. denied) (supersedeas bond fight over net worth and claims of lost profits and structural damage by business tenant against single-asset-entity landlord)

Di Portanova v. Monroe, 229 S.W.3d 324 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2006, pet. denied) (claims by purported heirs against trustee of Cullen Estate)

J.M.K.6, Inc. v. Gregg & Gregg, P.C., 192 S.W.3d 189 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2006, no pet.) (tolling of legal malpractice claims)

Shirvanian v. DeFrates, 161 S.W.3d 102 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2004, pet. denied) (shareholder derivative case against officers and corporation)

Coastal Marine Serv. of Tex., Inc. v. I.E. Sys., L.L.C., No. 07-03-0217-CV, 2004 WL 402944 (Tex. App.-Amarillo March 04, 2004, pet. denied) (damages claims involving environmental clean-up company)

Celanese Ltd. v. Chem. Waste Mgmt., Inc., 75 S.W.3d 593 (Tex. App.-Texarkana 2002, pet. denied) (overlapping liability theories between contractor, fabricator, and owner of chemical plant reactor)

Simplified Telesys, Inc. v. Live Oak Telecom, L.L.C., 68 S.W.3d 688 (Tex. App.-Austin 2000, pet. denied) (employment claims against software company)

Ocomen v. Rubio, 24 S.W.3d 461 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2000, no pet.) (reliability of expert testimony)

Guzman v. Synthes USA, 20 S.W.3d 717 (Tex. App.-San Antonio 1999, pet. denied) (appeal from JNOV granted in favor of medical device manufacturer)

Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corp. v. United Tech. Corp., 9 S.W.3d 324 (Tex. App.-San Antonio 1999, pet. denied) (claims between aircraft repair competitors under federal and state antitrust laws)

c. United States Court of Appeals

Alexandro Puga, et al v. About Tyme Transport, Inc., No. 17-41282 in the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (damages awarded to truck driver and statutory employer liability upon company)

Vikas WSP Limited v. Economy Mud Products Company, No. 17-20212 in the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (commercial sales; sanctions; intervention; settlements; appellate jurisdiction)

Kenneth Abbott, et al. v. BP Expl. & Prod. Inc., et al., No. 16-20028 in the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and False Claims Act)

Clearline Technologies Limited v. Cooper B-Line, Inc., No. 14-20348 in the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (trade dress infringement) (appellant's brief)

Strategic Capital Corp. v. New Strong Group Ltd. v. Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau, P.C., No. 13-20028 in the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (tortious interference with contract)

In the Matter of: Phicoff L.L.C., Comanchero Props., Ltd. and Keystone Estates, Ltd. v. Shelby A. Jordan, S. Mark Murray, and Mitchell C. Chaney, No. 13-50549 in the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (sanctions on remand of state-court litigation to federal court)

Tratree v. BP N. Am. Pipelines, Inc., No. 09-20472, 2010 WL 3190712 (5th Cir. Aug. 12, 2010) (employment case on wrongful termination)

Encompass Power Servs., Inc. v. Eng'g & Constr. Co., Inc., No. 05-20987, 2007 WL 866611 (5th Cir. March 20, 2007) (assignment of contractual indemnity claims and arbitrability)

d. United States Supreme Court

Dimick v. Republican Party of Minnesota, 546 U.S. 1157 (2006) (amicus brief prepared for America Bar Association on rules for judicial campaign speech)

DaimlerChrysler Aktiengesellschaft v. Olson, 535 U.S. 1077 (2002) (personal jurisdiction and minimum contacts)

Rotella v. Wood, 528 U.S. 549 (2000) (RICO statute's accrual rule for limitations)

II. Litigation Strategy

ACE Prop. and Cas. Ins. Co. v. PAR Elect. Contractors, Inc. and Quanta Servs., Inc., Civil Action No. 11-CV-01458 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (abstention motion)

Chevron Phillips Chem. Co. LP v. Premcor Ref. Group, Inc., No. 70 I98 Y 00359 06; American Arbitration Association, Houston Division (Commercial Arbitration Rules) (memorandum of law on liability for contract damages)

CenterPoint Energy Servs., Inc. v. Air Prods., L.L.C. and The Premcor Ref. Group, Inc., No. 2007-70853 in the 190th District Court of Harris County, Texas (response to motion for summary judgment, Daubert motions challenging expert witnesses, motion to construe contract terms as unambiguous)

State of Texas v. Petroleum Wholesale, L.P. d/b/a Sunmart and PWI GP, L.L.C., No. 2008-45087 in the 334th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas (motion for new trial and post-verdict motion for mistrial)

Houston McLane Co., Inc. d/b/a Houston Astros Baseball Club vs. Connecticut Gen. Life Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 5-05-CV-0293-C in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (plaintiff's opposition to defendant's motion for separate trials and abatement)

El Paso E&P Co., L.P., et al. v. DCP Midstream, L.P., et al., Cause No. 69105 in the 26th Judicial District Court of Webster Parish, Louisiana (peremptory exception motion based on res judicata; and memorandum of law in support of res judicata motion)

Frost Nat'l Bank as Guardian of the Estate of Melann Tinning, et al. v. Hunter Indus., Ltd., et al., No. 08-2-66865-C, in the 267th Judicial District Court of Victoria County, Texas (motion to prohibit testimony at variance with contract provisions)

III. Mandamus and Interlocutory Proceedings

a. Texas Supreme Court

In re State Farm Lloyds, 520 S.W.3d 595 (Tex. 2017) (whether Insurance Code requires that notice letter separately state attorney's fees and actual damages)

In re Nat'l Lloyds Ins. Co., 507 S.W.3d 219 (Tex. 2016) (breach of contract and extra-contractual claims for underpayment of property damages owed under insurance policy)

In re American Power Conversion Corporation, No. 14-0957 (mandamus on discovery in products liability case; emergency stay order issued during trial)

In re John W. Cook, et al., No. 12-0308 (mandamus proceeding arising from personal liability and venue issues under Texas DTPA laws)

In re Cypress Texas Lloyds, No. 12-0025 (mandamus denied October 26, 2012) (necessity for abatement pending appraisal)

In re Cypress Texas Lloyds, No. 12-0018 (mandamus denied October 26, 2012) (necessity for abatement pending appraisal)

In re Cypress Texas Lloyds, No. 11-0873 (mandamus denied October 26, 2012) (necessity for abatement pending appraisal)

In re Valero Energy Corp., No. 11-0138 (emergency stay of trial ordered on March 2, 2011) (mandamus from case alleging exposure to toxic hydrogen sulfate at refinery)

In re U.S. Silica, Co., 157 S.W.3d 434 (Tex. 2005) (procedural implications of multiple filings in one judicial district)

b. Texas Court of Appeals

In re Zaragoza Fuentes, 506 S.W.3d 586 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2016, orig. proceeding) (review of $278 million value ordered for supersedeas bond)

In re State Farm Lloyds, No. 13-14-00347-CV, 2014 WL 4243701 (Tex. App.-Corpus Christi Aug. 27, 2014, orig. proceeding) (whether Insurance Code requires that notice letter separately state attorney's fees and actual damages)

In re State Farm Lloyds, No. 01-14-00850-CV, 2015 WL 4463677 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] July 21, 2015, orig. proceeding) (whether Insurance Code requires that notice letter separately state attorney's fees and actual damages)

In re Valero Refining-Texas, L.P., No. 01-15-00566-CV, 2015 WL 6935914 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] Nov. 10, 2015, orig. proceeding) (mandamus from trial court's granting of a new trial)

In re Walter Kidde Portable Equip., Inc., No. 01-12-01012-CV, 2013 WL 4004591 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] Aug. 06, 2013, orig. proceeding) (discovery dispute involving claims of privilege)

In re Am. Power Conversion Corp., No. 04-12-00140-CV, 2012 WL 5507111 (Tex. App.-San Antonio Nov. 14, 2012, orig. proceeding) (discovery mandamus involving discovery sought into unrelated products and components)

In Re Noralyn Dawson, No. 09-11-00380-CV, 2011 WL 3505446 (Tex. App.-Beaumont Aug. 11, 2011, orig. proceeding) (mandamus on deposition location)

TTHR, L.P. v. Guyden, 326 S.W.3d 316 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2010, no pet.) (interlocutory appeal from denial of motion to dismiss medical malpractice case based upon alleged inadequacy of expert's pre-trial report)

In re Z.G.J., No. 04-08-00410-CV, 2008 WL 4500262 (Tex. App.-San Antonio Oct. 08, 2008, orig. proceeding) (extraordinary writs sought against Texas Department of Child Protective Services in seizure of children without warrant)

In re Premcor Ref. Group, Inc., 262 S.W.3d 475 (Tex. App.-Beaumont 2008, orig. proceeding) (mandamus seeking dismissal of mass-tort claims)

In re Premcor Ref. Group, Inc., 233 S.W.3d 904 (Tex. App.-Beaumont 2007, orig. proceeding) (standing to assert nuisance claims arising from personal injuries associated with personal property)

In re Enron Capital Mgmt. L.P., No. 04-04-00498-CV, 2004 WL 2803420 (Tex. App.-San Antonio Dec. 08, 2004, orig. proceeding) (denial of mandamus sought by transmission company against trial judge)


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