Areas of Practice

Focusing on Civil Litigation and Other Civil Matters

Having extensive experience in a broad range of civil litigation and other civil matters the firm has successfully represented clients (are currently representing clients) in the following types of matters:

  • General Civil Practice
  • Property Damage Litigation
  • Miscellaneous Litigation
  • Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Debt Collection
  • Adoptions
  • Appellate Practice
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Oil and Gas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Guardianships
  • Construction Law
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Municipal Law
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Employment Law

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Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation

We have represented people and the heirs of people who suffered moderate injuries, severe injuries (including quadriplegia and severe burns), or death in a wide variety of cases. Some of our cases have involved:

  • Automobile accidents (single-car and multiple cars)
  • Truck accidents (truck-automobile collisions) - Article
  • Home explosion caused by leaking gas
  • Bicycle accidents (automobile-bicycle collisions)
  • Toxic exposures (such as asbestos, formaldehyde, meth lab fumes/chemicals, and H2S gas)
  • Oil field and industrial accidents
  • Defective products (such as vaccines, medications, power saws, automobile seats, seatbelts, and airbags)
  • Dram-shop cases (cases against bar owners for auto accidents caused by the bar's intoxicated customer)
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Trip-and-fall accidents
  • Pedestrian/runner accidents
  • Shooting accidents
  • Nursing home neglect of a resident

Professional Malpractice

Actions against hospitals, medical doctors, oral surgeons, dentists, accountants, and lawyers. - Article

Property Damage Litigation

  • Oil field damages (lawsuits involving land damaged by oil field operations)
  • Erosion of land caused by negligence of pipeline companies
  • Defective products causing property damage

Insurance Litigation - Article

Bad-faith failure to pay insurance proceeds, such as:

  • Life insurance claim, contested because of the insurer's claim that the insured committed suicide
  • Credit-life insurance claim, contested because of the insurer's claim that the insured could do other work
  • Fire insurance claim, contested because of the insurer's claim that the insured intentionally burned the insured premises
  • Uninsured motorist insurance
  • Business property insurance, contested because of the ambiguous policy language
  • Health insurance, where insurer paid only what it deemed reasonable and customary

Business and Commercial Litigation

  • Breach of warranty
  • Breach of contract
  • Construction contracts and mechanics' and materialmen's lien foreclosures
  • Disputes between co-owners of businesses
  • Disputes between employers and past/present employees

Miscellaneous Litigation

  • Libel and Slander
  • Malicious Prosecution and Abuse of Process
  • Wrongful Execution
  • Suits Against Trustee for Embezzlement and Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Real Estate

  • Quiet-Title Suits
  • Partition Actions
  • Foreclosures
  • Fraudulent Transfer Actions (to execute upon property transferred to defraud creditors)
  • Title Examinations
  • Deeds, Contracts, Options, Mortgages, Easements, and All Other Instruments Affecting Real Property
  • Real Estate Closings

Probate - Article

  • Probates and Administration of Estates
  • Estate Tax Returns
  • Contests of Wills (contesting a will signed by one who was incompetent or under the influence of fraud or duress)

Trusts/Estate Planning - Article

  • Simple and Complex Trusts
  • Revocable/Irrevocable Trusts
  • Trusts for Estate Planning
  • Trusts to Avoid Probate/Estate Administration
  • Trusts to Minimize Estate Tax
  • Marital Deduction Trusts/Wills
  • QTIP Wills/Trusts
  • Estate Tax Planning
  • Gift Planning
  • Family Business Planning
  • Probate Avoidance
  • Elder Law Issues
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Directives
  • Irrevocable Insurance Trusts
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Use of Wills, Trusts, Family Partnership Agreements, and All Other Appropriate Media to Accomplish Estate Planning Goals
  • Contests of Trusts (contesting a trust signed by one who was incompetent or under the influence of fraud or duress)

Oil and Gas - Article

  • Mineral Deeds/Conveyances
  • Oil and Gas Leases
  • Assignments of Oil and Gas Leases
  • Oil and Gas Liens
  • Oil and Gas Mortgages
  • Surface Damage Act Compliance

Municipal Law

  • General Representation of Cities and Towns
  • Condemnation (Eminent Domain) Actions

Debt Collection - Article

  • Suits to collect accounts receivable, unsecured notes, and secured notes
  • Replevins (prejudgment repossessions)
  • Asset hearings (examinations of debtor or others under oath to find assets to satisfy a judgment)
  • Skip-tracing and asset searches

Bankruptcy

Representation of creditors in all kinds of bankruptcy proceedings, including but not limited to confirmation hearings, valuation hearings, and adversary proceedings (contesting the granting of a discharge or the dischargeability of a particular debt).