Case Results

  • Verdict of Negligence

    Personal Injury

    No. 2010-73730; Elvia Mendoza, individually, and as next friend of Candelaria Mendoza and Yeny Curiel, individually, and as next friend of Jacob Curiel v. Joel Garza, Patricia Garza and Christopher Garza; in the 80th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas

    • Case Type: Personal Injury
    • Role: Lead Counsel
    • Party Represented: Intervenor Plaintiff Yeny Curiel, individually and as next friend of Jacob Curiel
    • Opposing Counsel: David L. Merkley and Benjamin C. Miller, Germer Gertz, LLP
    • Dispute: Client sued Joel and Patricia Garza for negligent entrustment and Christopher Garza for negligence and negligence per se arising out of an automobile-pedestrian accident in which the minor client sustained a fractured skull, an abdominal wall tear and a hip fracture, none of which required surgery.
    • Result: After a six day trial, the court directed a verdict of negligence against Christopher Garza and a unanimous jury awarded Clients a verdict which made the Texas Lawyer’s list of the Top Verdicts in Texas for 2012 in the motor vehicle category. Aside from a post-verdict payment of the limits of the applicable insurance, the judgment remains in collection.
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  • Case Dismissed

    Personal Injury

    No. 2012-47308; Kirk Johnston v. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Ray Cammack Shows, Inc. and Odyssey Foods, LLC; in the 11th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas

    • Case Type: Personal Injury
    • Role: Lead Counsel
    • Party Represented: Defendants Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Ray Cammack Shows, Inc. and Odyssey Foods, LLC
    • Opposing Counsel: Chuck Portz, Portz & Portz
    • Dispute: Plaintiff sued Clients for injuries sustained in a rodeo carnival accident.
    • Result: Clients Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Ray Cammack Shows, Inc. were dismissed on summary judgment and the Plaintiff non-suited his claims against remaining client – Odyssey Foods, LLC – with prejudice the day before trial and, after demand, paid Client’s costs.
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  • Confidential Settlement

    Personal Injury

    No. 2012-34748; Juan Arriaga and Raymundo Aleman v. Southern Star Concrete, Inc. and Joseph C. Rossyion; in the 190th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas

    • Case Type: Personal Injury
    • Role: Lead Counsel
    • Party Represented: Intervenor Raymundo Aleman
    • Opposing Counsel: Fernando P. Arias, Fletcher, Farley, Shipman & Salinas, LLP
    • Dispute: Client sued Defendants for injuries sustained in a tractor-trailer accident.
    • Result: Confidential settlement reached during mediation.
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  • Take-Nothing Verdict

    Personal Injury

    No. 2009-59885; Tara M. Williams, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Anthony B. “Tony” Williams v. BAD-DAB, Inc., d/b/a The Spot Lounge & Bar, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas, 127th Judicial District

    • Case Type: Personal Injury
    • Role: Lead Counsel
    • Party Represented: Defendant
    • Opposing Counsel: Waverly R. Nolley, Waverly R. Nolley & Associates PC and S. Bruce Hiran, Monks, Monks, Monks & Hiran, PC
    • Dispute: Plaintiff sued Client for wrongful death and survivor claims in a dram shop action.
    • Result: Client awarded take-nothing summary judgment.
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  • Confidential Settlement

    Personal Injury

    No. 2005-03251; Michelle P. Jackson, Individually and as Next Friend of Cordell J. Jackson v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., et al., in the District Court of Harris County, Texas, 269th Judicial District

    • Case Type: Personal Injury
    • Role: Lead Counsel
    • Party Represented: Plaintiff
    • Opposing Counsel: Kenneth Scott, Knight & Scott
    • Dispute: Client sued Defendants for the severe injuries sustained by her then 14 year old son when Defendants negligently allowed him to operate a security cart on the premises.
    • Result: Confidential settlement reached during mediation.
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