Cases and Verdicts

Representative Defense Cases

Alvin Jefferson v. Craig Luhr, Wilcrest Ltd. Partners, Inc., and Wilcrest Ltd Partners, Ltd. District Judge Mark Davidson. Represented two companies sued by employee who was assaulted by customer. Directed verdict for the firm’s two clients.

Manuel Ochoa v. Carmelo A. Germano d/b/a Masonry Unlimited. County Court at Law Judge Roberta Lloyd. Fall from scaffold. Defended employer sued by worker in nonsubscriber case. Jury verdict for defense.

Sushila Seecharan v. William D. Smith. District Judge John Wooldridge. Defended driver who struck pedestrian, fracturing her pelvis and skull. Jury verdict placing 50 percent of blame each on driver and plaintiff, with award of past medical expenses only.

Claudia Davila v. Guillermo Garcia and Francisco Jaimes. District Judge Brent Gamble. Defended Mr. Jaimes, accused of negligently entrusting pickup to unlicensed nephew, who rear-ended vehicle, sending it into oncoming traffic. Plaintiff suffered a dislocated elbow and other injuries. Jury verdict for Mr. Jaimes; judgment entered against Mr. Garcia.

Binh Van Dang & Tu Chim Phan v. Gaytan Alvarez. County Court at Law Judge C.G. Dibrell III (Galveston County). Defended driver in rear end collision. Jury verdict for defense as to Mr. Phan; jury awarded Mr. Dang $1,000.

Larry and Ruthie Littlejohn v. Gary Graham. District Judge Steven Smith (Brazos County). Defended driver in rear end collision on highway. Judgment for plaintiffs for less than half what their attorney sought in jury argument.

Chester B. Swanson, Jr., v. Jeffery Thomas and Janth Thomas. District Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan. Defended driver and husband in rear end collision. Husband nonsuited before trial. Jury verdict for defendant Janth Thomas.

Brian Octave vs. Arturo Dolores Delarosa. County Court at Law Judge Roberta Lloyd. Defended Mr. Delarosa, who backed up on freeway to retrieve wheelbarrow and collided with plaintiff, who careened into 18-wheel truck. Bench trial; judgment for defendant.

Oscar Rivera v. Victor Lopez, a minor, Jose Francisco Lopez, Individually and as parent and next friend of Victor Lopez, a minor, Maria Maura Urias a/k/a Maria Maura Lopez, Individually and as parent and next friend of Victor Lopez, a minor, and Juan Carrillo. District Judge Dan Hinde. Defended 14-year-old driver and his parents. Son took family vehicle and rear-ended plaintiff on freeway. Jury verdict for all three defendants as to gross negligence. Jury verdict for defendant parents on all allegations. Plaintiff’s verdict against son, with award less than 15 percent of what plaintiff’s counsel sought in jury argument.

David Thomas Hale v. Bonnie Lugo. District Judge Patricia Hancock. After business breakup, plaintiff accused Ms. Lugo of theft of trade secrets. Bench trial; judgment for defendant.

Multiple cases resulting in favorable settlements for defendants in medical malpractice and business dispute matters.

Representative Plaintiffs’ Cases

Robert L. Jadlow and Elizabeth Jadlow v. Eddie Mayo and Eddie Mayo Oil Properties, Inc. U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer. Represented plaintiffs who invested in defendants’ oil exploration and production business. Judgment for plaintiffs in the amount of more than $2.1 million, with finding of fraud.

Gas Services Inc. v. Daniel Industries, Inc. U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas. Represented small company that had licensed computer software and hardware to defendant for a term. When the term expired, plaintiff argued defendant wrongly continued using proprietary materials. Settled at mediation for $880,000 cash in addition to commercial concessions.

Barbara Weyland v. Richard Smith Co., d/b/a Coldwell Banker United Realtors and Richard L. Wright. District Judge Mark Davidson. Represented home buyer who relied on seller’s representation that he had repaired water leak discovered in inspection; subsequent leak caused extensive damage to buyer’s real and personal property. Settled with defendant realtor for $32,000. Judgment against seller in the amount of $326,325.72.

Confidential – Represented plaintiff, fired after seeking to have male supervisor terminated for demanding sex from a female subordinate. Claimed gender discrimination, retaliation. Settled at mediation for $400,000.

Confidential – Represented female plaintiffs who sued employer because their supervisor, also a woman, sought sexual favors, spied on them while they used the restroom, and terminated one. Settled at mediation for more than $165,000.

Confidential – Represented plaintiff made ill when a towel was left in her abdomen during surgery. Settled at mediation for $300,000.

Confidential – Represented plaintiff in will contest. Settled favorably to the firm’s client after bench trial in Fort Bend County Court at Law.

Confidential – Represented plaintiff in will contest. Settled favorably to the firm’s client during bench trial in Harris County Probate Court No. 1.

Confidential – Represented plaintiff complaining of breach of fiduciary duties by estate administrator and general partner of family limited partnership. Settled-for payment of $85,000 cash and transfer of real estate.