Attorney Eric Pinker Achieves Recertification in Civil Trial Law with the National Board of Trial Advocacy
The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is pleased to announce that Eric Pinker of the law firm, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, has successfully achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate. Mr. Pinker has been a NBTA member is good standing for ten years. The NBTA was formed out of a strong conviction that both the law profession and its clients would benefit from an organization designed specifically to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney's experience and expertise in the practice of trial law.
Jeremy Fielding Interviewed on Rise in Energy Bankruptcy Filings
Texas businesses filing for bankruptcy to either restructure or reorganize their companies increased dramatically during the first half of 2017, with more than half of those filings coming from the health care and energy sectors. In an article that appeared in publications statewide, including the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times and Dallas Business Journal, the firm’s Jeremy Fielding says many oil and gas industry businesses knew they needed to file for bankruptcy last year, but waited.
LPCH Obtains Favorable Settlement in favor of Contractor in Pipeline Construction Dispute
David Coale Speaks at Mississippi State Bar Meeting in Destin, Florida
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner, David Coale, attended the Mississippi State Bar Meeting in Destin, Florida where he spoke on the topic, "Social Media and the Law" in the Litigation and Appellate practice sections. A highlight of the discussion was David speaking about his blog, 600camp.com, which covers commercial litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was joined on the panel by Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.
Texas Judge Orders Consumers, Credit Monitor to Arbitration
David Coale Talks to Law 360 about Top Texas Supreme Court Rulings
The Texas Supreme Court recently concluded its term, and Law360 interviewed Texas appellate attorneys to find out their perspectives on the significant rulings and trends from the high court. One issue involves a State Farm Lloyds case about hailstorm claims and whether the production of electronically stored information can be used as part of discovery. The court’s decision led to the establishment of guidelines for judges to use when setting boundaries. Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst attorney David Coale welcomes the decision, but expects the ruling to lead to more questions and filings of writs of mandamus. “A lot of mandamuses get filed that won’t succeed, and a lot of mandamuses are denied without the courts even requesting a response,” he said. “But because here, the court set out factors that it thinks are important — and clearly is leaving open future development of those factors — I think you’re going to see more responses get requested. The amount of attention paid to discovery and e-discovery disputes will be higher.”
David Coale Reargues Marbury v. Madison
On June 23, at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Dallas, partner David Coale participated in a reargument of the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison. He played the role of Levi Lincoln, the United States Attorney General under Thomas Jefferson.
Trey Cox Authors Father’s Day Tribute Featured in Texas Lawbook
As a Father’s Day tribute, The Texas Lawbook compiled commentaries authored by attorneys who share what they have learned from their fathers, who are also attorneys. Trey Cox of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst writes a thoughtful story about how his own Dad, about to celebrate his 50th anniversary practicing law, inspired him:
David Coale Publishes "How Not To Maintain Privilege: Fifth Circuit Rejects Defendant’s Privilege Log" in Texas Lawbook
“Look on the log.” Document logs are a necessary, if unloved, feature of privilege disputes. A privilege log is inherently difficult to create, since it must describe the relevant documents but not reveal the privileged information in them. And because a log often lists many documents on the same subject, it can quickly become dull and repetitive. But proper preparation of a log is key to litigating about privilege, as the Fifth Circuit recently held in EEOC v. BDO Seidman LLP when it rejected the sufficiency of the defendant’s log in an employment case. No. 16-20314 (May 4, 2017). The opinion provides four practical tips for attorneys involved in privilege disputes.
David Coale Discusses Appeals Court Decision on Harris County Bail System in Houston Chronicle
Chris Schwegmann Speaks to the Houston Chronicle about Bug Photographer’s Copyright Battle
Insect photographer Alexander Wild has sued Houston-based Cypress Creek Pest Control for alleged copyright infringement over the use of his photographs without permission and without paying him.
Michael K. Hurst Quoted in the Dallas Business Journal on Dallas Investment Firm Terminating Oil Index
LPCH Ranked in Top 100 Verdicts by The National Law Journal for Three Consecutive Years
LPCH is pleased to announce the firm has been ranked in Top 100 Verdicts by The National Law Journal for three consecutive years, 2014-2016.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst has been ranked by Chambers & Partners as a Band 1 law firm in General Commercial Litigation. Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst is one of four firms to be ranked Band 1 in Texas.?
David Coale Appears on FOX 4 News to Discuss Constitutional Issues, Impeachment
President Trump’s recent actions are at the center of a debate revolving around claims he asked former FBI Director James Comey to abandon the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and the president’s alleged disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats during an Oval Office meeting. Some U.S. lawmakers are calling for a Trump impeachment on grounds of obstruction of justice. But Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst attorney David Coale tells FOX 4 News there is no real evidence to head in that direction. “There is a lot of smoke here, and the smoke in what the New York Times has reported about this memorandum that director Comey had is very dark and troubling smoke, but it’s not fire yet.”
See the rest of David Coale’s interview here.
David Coale Speaks to the Houston Chronicle about ACLU Lawsuit against Houston
The ACLU of Texas is suing Houston over ordinances enacted last month that are designed to further limit panhandling and camping by the city’s homeless population. The panhandling ordinance prevents people from impeding roadways, sidewalks or entryways, while the encampment ordinance bans tents and other habitation structures on public property and requires personal belongings inside a three-foot cube.
David Coale Creates Podcast on the Five Principles for Good Legal Writing
LPCH appellate attorney, David Coale, offers tips and discusses key principles for good brief writing. The podcast can be heard on the website of the Appellate Practice Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, the May Litigation News, or by clicking here.
Partner Liz Ryan Speaks On Behalf of United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas at Engage Dallas
LPCH Partner, Liz Ryan, was invited to speak at Mayor's Star Council's Engage Dallas event on March 2, 2017. Engage Dallas is an inaugural leadership summit put on by the Mayor's Star Council who partnered with organizations in Dallas that are moving the needle of progress. Liz Ryan spoke on the topic of Community Impact through Advocacy and Public Policy on behalf of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Congratulates Nine D Magazine Best Lawyers
Congratulations to nine attorneys on their recent recognition as 2017 D Magazine Best Lawyers: A. Shonn Brown, Jonathan R. Childers, David Coale, Trey Cox, Jeremy Fielding, Michael K. Hurst, Mike Lynn, Eric Pinker and Chris Schwegmann.
Michael K. Hurst Comments on the Importance of Knowing the Oil & Gas Regulatory Landscape in Rigzone
Saudi Prince Wins $3M from Irving’s Youtoo Media
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Jeremy Fielding Interviewed by CBS11 on Homeowners in Limbo After Homebuilder Bankruptcy
David Coale Publishes, "Who Said That? Rule 202 Petitions and Anonymous Online Reviews", in Texas Lawbook
Britta Stanton and Pat Disbennett's Article, "Using Videotaped Depositions at Trial," Published in DBA Headnotes
Reading depositions at trial is tedious—and boring. A great way to avoid the ridiculous scene of lawyers asking each other questions and play-acting answers is to use videotape. But there are several rule-based, as well as practical considerations, which should guide effective use of videotape.
David Coale Speaks to KTVT CBS Dallas about Liberty High School Prayer Room
The Texas Attorney General’s Office has questioned the legality of a prayer room at Liberty High School in the Frisco school district. While it has been reported that a majority of Muslim students use the room on the campus, the district spokesperson says it is available to all students. Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst constitutional law attorney David Coale tells KTVT CBS 11 that the high school may still be on legal shaky ground by making special accommodations for religious students over those who aren’t religious. View the interview here.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Congratulates Twelve Texas Rising Stars
Congratulations to twelve Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst attorneys on their recent recognition as 2017 Texas Rising Stars: Andrés Correa, Britta Stanton, Chris Patton, Elizabeth Ryan, Jared Eisenberg, John Guild, Jonathan R. Childers, Joshua Sandler, Nnamdi Anozie, Russell Herman, Sam Hardy and Stephen Cole.
LPCH is also proud to announce that Britta Stanton was listed as a 2017 Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Texas Rising Stars and Jonathan R. Childers and Joshua Sandler were listed as 2017 Top 100 Up-and-Coming Texas Rising Stars.
Partner Chris Schwegmann's "Laughable Moments: When Trademark Holders Are Overprotective" Published in IPWatchdog
We all know it is important for trademark holders to police their trademarks, and that is particularly true for the use of trademarks on the internet. Lawyers typically do this by sending cease and desist letters to alleged infringers. These letters are often dry and humorless and follow a standard form chock-full of legalese.
Attorneys and non-attorneys love to make fun of these overly aggressive and unreasonable cease and desist letters. Online, a well-written and funny response can go viral, bringing much unwanted attention to the trademark holder and undermining the purpose of endeavor. In trademark enforcement, holders need to ask whether sending a standard demand letter will make things worse or bring negative attention to an organization. It is usually best to consider your target and their audience.
Jonathan Childers Quoted in the Houston Chronicle about Energy Services Trade Secrets Battle
Partner Michael K. Hurst Comments in D CEO on the Importance of Promoting Women in the Legal Profession
Partner Michael K. Hurst, first time male recipient of the Louise B. Raggio Award presented by the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, comments in the "Women Leaders in Law 2017" D CEO issue on the importance of promoting women in the legal profession.
Once women lawyers take on leadership roles in a firm, those who hire them don't regret it. Last year's Dallas Women Lawyers Association's Louise B. Raggio Award, for the first time, went to a male lawyer, Michael Hurst with Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP. He believes gender equality is the moral responsibility of all lawyers and that clients, the legal profession, and the community are served better when both women and men lawyers contribute. "Not only is it our collective moral responsibility to promote women, but it is also in the best interests of our clients and law firms," he says.
Click here to read the full article.
Fox4 News Interviews David Coale on Potential Use of National Guard in Immigration Enforcement
An 11-page memo obtained by The Associated Press outlining a Trump administration proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants led Fox4 News to contact the firm’s David Coale regarding the constitutionality of such a move. “This would be a significant expansion of the military into something which is very much like domestic law enforcement,” he said. Mr. Coale noted a federal law signed in 1878 prohibits the government from using the military to engage in such domestic actions. Consideration of the proposal was later denied by the White House, Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security. To view the Fox4 report, click here.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Names Andrés Correa as Partner
David Coale Comments on SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch in Live Fox4 Interview
SMU Dedman Law Prestigious Moot Court Competition Renamed Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Moot Court Competition
The Competition Formerly Known as Howie & Sweeney Moot Court Competition to be Renamed
DALLAS – Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst is proud to support SMU Dedman School of Law’s prestigious moot court competition. Formerly known as the Howie & Sweeney Moot Court Competition, the competition will be renamed the Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Moot Court Competition.
David Coale Comments on SCOTUS, Texas Cases to Watch in 2017
Mike Lynn is ‘Simply One of the Best Trial Lawyers’
When Mike Lynn turned 40, he seemingly had everything going his way. He was a partner in the litigation section at Akin Gump, a prestigious law firm that was home to Robert Strauss, Vernon Jordan, Jack Hauer and Alan Feld.
Despite the success, Lynn told his mentor, Jim Coleman, that he wanted to be in court more often and that he was growing tired of Big Law. Coleman suggested he quit and start his own law firm.
“That’s a bit drastic, don’t you think?” Lynn responded.
Even so, he decided to take the enormous risk. More than two and a half decades later, Lynn has one of the most successful litigation boutiques in Texas. The firm has nearly 30 lawyers and has been hired by some of the largest corporations on earth to handle their trial work, including ExxonMobil, Alcatel, Visa and Southwest Airlines.
Shonn Brown Quoted in Houston Chronicle on TxDOT Contract Problems
On any day there are around 2,500 construction workers along Texas highways, but fatal accidents in construction zones are rare. The Houston Chronicle reported on one such incident that points out deficiencies in how state officials check and maintain records, and may fail to hold contractors responsible for improper workers compensation insurance filings. Plans are underway to toughen the terms in state contracts, which Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner Shonn Brown notes in the article is long overdue. "Construction is a really fluid process, and we would love for there to be more documentation. But the reality is, it is something hardly anyone pays attention to, as long as the job gets done on time and there is no issue and no one gets hurt." Read the entire article here.
“Hamilton Electors” Topic of Fox 4 Interview with David Coale
Individuals and interest groups across the nation are pressuring Electoral College delegates to change their pledged votes for Donald Trump and deny him the 270 electoral votes needed to become president. One Texas delegate pledged to Trump has already indicated he will change his vote, becoming a so-called “Hamilton Elector,” named after founding father Alexander Hamilton. “In some ways it’s a conversation across the centuries and what he (Hamilton) had in mind,” says Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner David Coale in an interview with Fox4 News. “The constitution is set up to have that one additional place in the process to have their voices heard.” At least 37 Republican electors would need to change their vote to throw the election into the House of Representatives. View the full report here.
Britta Stanton Comments on Restaurant’s Tattoo Ban for Channel 11 News
A Dallas restaurant’s dress code that prohibits serving customers with visible neck or face tattoos is drawing complaints, but Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner Britta Stanton says the business is likely well within its rights. In an interview with CBS 11 News, Stanton says people with tattoos aren’t considered a “protected class” under the U.S. anti-discrimination law, and restaurants and bars are free to apply any dress code they would like. Restaurant must enforce the dress code evenly to all races or other protected classes. “The line can be very gray as to when it gets discriminatory,” she says. “It’s easy to hide behind a dress code to unfairly target someone. And so the Department of Justice takes that seriously.” But many establishments have dress codes, and they seldom are discriminatory or cause a problem. In the report an attorney for the restaurant, Little Woodrow’s, said the policy is not a ban on ink, but the business would just prefer not to serve clients with neck or face tattoos. View the full report here.
David Coale Comments on Midwestern Vote Recount Efforts
The petitions for voter recounts in three key Midwestern states raise the prospects of a significant change in the presidential election outcome. But in an interview with Fox4 News, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner David Coale notes the difficulty of finding enough irregularities given the announced returns. “To really affect the outcome of the election, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania would all need to flip, so you’d really need to run the table,” Coale said. Despite the difficulties, he notes that any effort that confirms the integrity of the electoral system and helps erase concerns may make the recount a worthwhile exercise.
Highland Capital GC ‘Pleased’ with Settlement Result in Marathon Trial
(Dec. 1) – Highland Capital Management General Counsel Scott Ellington said he is “pleased” with the settlement that was signed yesterday afternoon between the Dallas hedge fund’s Cornerstone Healthcare Group, private equity firm Nautic Partners, and a consortium of defendants the Texas hospital chain has spent the last nine weeks in trial against.
Jurors sitting in the trial, which was underway in State District Judge Martin Hoffman’s court in Dallas, were slated to hear closing arguments Tuesday when the parties began settlement talks instead.
David's Law Could Offer Balancing Act for Schools, Chance for More Education
David's Law, one of the first pieces of legislation filed for the 2017 state legislative session, aims to prevent and combat cyberbullying by giving school districts and law enforcement more authority in handling these cases. In a bylined article published in Texas Lawyer, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner Shonn Brown notes that existing Texas laws provide protections against such acts, but those laws often have not provided specific interventions to prevent targeting another person through technology. “Schools need direction on discreetly managing these events before bullying becomes a criminal act, and the permanent ramifications that come with criminal charges,” she writes. “In an effort to keep up with the digital evolution, schools need policies that are proactive instead of reactive, finding the balance between the victim's rights and protection of freedom of speech.” Read the entire article here.
Jury: Firms Broke Pickens Deal
PECOS - Two Midland based oil companies and Dallas-based J. Cleo Thompson intentionally failed to meet their end of a decade-old agreement with Dallas oil mogul T. Boone Pickens to acquire and drill more than 160 oil wells in Reeves and Pecos counties, a West Texas jury ruled Wednesday. After about three hours of deliberation over two days, the Reeves County jury of five women and seven men awarded Pickens' Mesa Petroleum Partners up to $146 million in damages against the three defendants combined.
Supreme Court Won't Hear Southwest CEO Subpoena Appeal
Law360, New York (November 28, 2016, 4:44 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an attempt by travel agents and consumers contesting American Airlines' acquisition of US Airways to force a former Southwest Airlines CEO to give a deposition in the case.
Jury Awards Pickens, Mesa $146M in Oil Lease Lawsuit
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Announces 2016 Accomplishments
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst is proud to announce it has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and among others for their accomplishments in 2016. The firm has been recognized as one of the "Top 10 Litigation Boutiques in America" and as a "Highly Recommended Firm in Texas" by Benchmark Litigation. Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst has also been recognized as a "Tier 1 Best Law Firms" by Best Lawyers.
Partner Britta Stanton Speaks at 40th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference
LPCH Partner Britta Stanton was invited to speak at the 40th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference in Austin, Texas on October 27th and 28th. The program provided updates and analysis of important developments in civil litigation practice, with substantive coverage of practice tips, advocacy strategies, and important trends. Britta spoke on the topic of demostrative evidence in her session, "Using Demonstratives to Make Your Case."
Chris Schwegmann Comments on Luxury Retailer’s Trademark Claims in Houston Chronicle
Manufacturers of high-end consumer products are increasingly taking legal action against retailers selling counterfeit goods. Coach, the 75-year-old maker of luxury leather handbags, wallets and belts, recently sued a Houston store and its owners for allegedly making and selling fake products using the Coach logos and designs in violation of the company’s trademark. The Houston Chronicle interviewed Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner Chris Schwegmann about this trend, who noted that luxury brands are going out of their way to prosecute these cases because they want to get the fakes off the street, protect the integrity of their brand, and discourage other retailers from selling counterfeit merchandise. He observed that federal custom officials also have ramped up efforts to find and seize counterfeit products. Read the entire article here.
David Coale Comments on Marathon Petroleum Lawsuit Against BP Over Refinery
Marathon Petroleum is suing BP over claims the energy company left its Texas City refinery in poor condition when it sold for $2.4 billion four years ago. The lawsuit alleges BP failed to “perform critical maintenance and repair work” and didn’t leave the refinery in compliance with environmental and federal regulations. In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner David Coale calls the timing of the lawsuit noteworthy because of the statute of limitations that expires early next year. “There's a lot of money involved, so this isn't incredibly unusual," said Coale, who is not involved in the case. "It's a dangerous business and a heavily regulated business. Environmental regulations are complicated and reasonable minds can disagree.” Read the entire article here.
Partner Shonn Brown Hosts Student "Trial Lawyer for a Day" at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst
LPCH Honored in 2017 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst is proud to announce it has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Litigation Boutiques by Benchmark Litigation. LPCH congratulates the following attorneys on being recognized as 2017 Litigation Stars – Mike Lynn, Eric Pinker, Trey Cox, Michael K. Hurst and Jeremy Fielding, and the following attorneys for being recognized as 2017 Litigation Future Stars – Chris Akin, David Coale, Chris Schwegmann and Britta Stanton. Founding partner, Mike Lynn has been named a 2017 Top 100 Trial Lawyer by Benchmark Litigation.
Michael K. Hurst Rainmaker Q&A
David Coale Speaks at SMU Podius Debate
Southern Methodist University invited Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner, and former national college debate champion, David Coale to speak at the inaugural Podius Debate on September 29, 2016. Podius, the largest funder of debate programs in America, has begun a nationwide series of public debates to show that controversial issues can be argued in a professional and respectful way. The topic was: Affirmative Action; Policies Harm Those They Intend to Help. A video of the entire debate will be available soon on the Podius website.
Leases, indecision and the Bible: What we learned at Monday's Love Field gate hearing
Lawyers for Southwest and Delta airlines were peppered with questions Monday by a panel of three federal judges in Houston in the ongoing dispute over who has the right to use the limited airport gate space at Dallas Love Field.
The hearing didn't result in an immediate ruling, but Southwest did walk away with some positive momentum after losing the last round of the legal battle in January. That's when a federal district court judge sided with Delta in allowing the Atlanta-based airline to continue operating out of the city-owned airport while the case is litigated.
Southwest appealed that January ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that Delta does not have standing to sue for access at Love Field because it's not party to any of the gate leases signed after the 2006 Wright Amendment Reform Act that lifted restrictions on flights out of the airport.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Congratulates Nine Texas Super Lawyers
Congratulations to nine Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partners on their recent recognition as 2016 Texas Super Lawyers: Mike Lynn, Eric Pinker, Trey Cox, Michael K. Hurst, Chris Akin, A. Shonn Brown, David Coale, Jason Dennis, and Chris Schwegmann.
State Of Texas Legal Market: Litigation Trends
Litigation in the Texas energy sector has increased substantially as a result of the drop in oil prices. Cases related to unconventional oil and gas litigation in Texas have risen approximately 180 percent since 2014. Many producers that expanded operations in previous years while enjoying easy access to capital now struggle to carry holdings that were never intended to withstand a lower-price environment. As prices plunged, producers sought to manage liability and risk. Texas lawyers assisted by advising clients faced with inevitable disputes involving contractors, insurers, lenders, partners, and employees. Trends in Texas oil and gas litigation reflect a market reality where all participants are forced to embrace “lower for longer” pricing.
LPCH Attorneys Named 2017 Best Lawyers in America©
Congratulations to Mike Lynn, David Coale, Trey Cox, and Michael K. Hurst for their inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
LPCH Secures Crucial Win on Appeal for Mannatech, Inc.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst is proud to announce that it recently secured a crucial win on appeal for its client Mannatech, Inc. In argument before the Federal Circuit, LPCH successfully defended the trial court’s judgment of infringement against Wellness Quest, LLC and Harley Reginald McDaniel on two of Mannatech’s patents securing its proprietary dietary supplements.
Britta Stanton Interviewed by KLIF-Radio on Pre-Trial Use of Jurors’ Social Media
A pre-trial review of a juror’s social media posts and habits can reveal bias against certain issues, inconsistencies in testimony or even a violation of court rules against discussing a case. Late last week a judge in a California federal case ruled that attorneys could search social media pages, but only after advance notice. In a live interview on KLIF radio, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner Britta Stanton pointed out that courts take different views about allowing the practice. “Just as most anyone can look at what you post publicly on social media, when you’re called to report for jury duty the lawyers asking you questions might be researching your online persona,” she says. “If you’re concerned about that possibility you should consider changing your privacy settings before showing up at the courthouse.” To hear a report on the interview, click here.
One Step at a Time
Click here to read Lindsay Stafford Mader's interview with Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP partner Mike Lynn in this month's issue of the Texas Bar Journal: "A Dallas attorney's 700-mile hike pushes his body and frees his mind".
LPCH Partner Jonathan R. Childers Honored as 2016 Lawyer on the Rise
Lynn Pinker Cox Hurst, LLP congratulates partner Jonathan R. Childers on being recognized as one of the Texas Lawyer 2016 Lawyers on the Rise. Texas Lawyer selected 20 honorees from over 100 nominations of attorneys under 40 for this year's award. Winners have demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities. Click here to view the complete list.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Awards 2016 Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet Scholarship
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP, granted the 2016 Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet scholarship to two high school seniors. The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet was established in 1977 with a mission to prepare students for careers in law, government and law enforcement. Recipients must plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the upcoming academic year, have a minimum grade point average of 3.3, and demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and an intent to pursue a career in the legal field. The Law Magnet itself has received the Texas Education Agency's "Exemplary” rating for each of the past four years, and was nominated as a High Performing National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
LPCH Partner A. Shonn Brown Honored as 2016 DBJ Women in Business Award Recipient
Lynn Pinker Cox Hurst, LLP congratulates partner A. Shonn Brown on being recognized as one of the Dallas Business Journal's 2016 Women in Business honorees. Of 299 submissions for this year's awards, DBJ's judges, who represent a vast array of experiences and are all alums of the program, selected 24 Women in Business honorees. Click here to view the complete list. Click here to watch the interview.
DAYL's Trial Skills Boot Camp
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner David Coale recently participated as a panelist at the Dallas Association of Young Lawyer’s Trial Skills Boot Camp.
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Honors LPCH Partner Liz Ryan
The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas celebrated the success of its 2015-2016 campaign last week by honoring its dedicated volunteers and supporters. Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst partner Liz Ryan received the Emerging Leader Award for her work on the Women of Tocqueville Steering Committee and the United Way Advocacy Committee, as well as for inspiring others to give, advocate, and volunteer.
8th Circuit Judicial Conference 2016
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst associate Jervonne Newsome recently joined judges, clerks, and the legal community at the 8th Circuit Judicial Conference in Rogers, Arkansas, to discuss clerking and collaborative models for creating inclusive opportunities. Newsome offered solutions to issues of race and gender inequality within the legal sphere.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers in America©
The Best Lawyers in America© recognized Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst as one of the "2016 Best Law Firms" in the category of Commercial Litigation - Texas. Partners David Coale, Trex Cox, Michael K. Hurst, Mike Lynn, and Eric Pinker have been individually recognized in the following categories;
- David Coale - Appellate Practice, and Commercial Litigation
- Trey Cox - Commercial Litigation
- Michael K. Hurst - Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation
- Mike Lynn - Commercial Litigation
- Eric Pinker - Commercial Litigation
Click here to view the complete publication.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Ranked in 2016 Chambers USA Guide
Chambers and Partners has published its 2016 Chambers USA Guide of America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst has been awarded a Band 2 firm ranking in the category of Litigation: General Commercial - Texas. Partners Trey Cox, Mike Lynn, and Eric Pinker have been individually recognized in the Litigation - Texas practice area. Click here to view the complete guide.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Recently Awarded #15 Verdict in the Nation
We are pleased to be included in The National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts 2015 for L.W. Hunt Resources et al. v. Thunderbird Oil & Gas et. al. Our clients, L.W. Hunt Resources and Richard Raughton, pursued claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud regarding an oil and gas business relationship, showing defendants self-dealt, cut their partners out of a deal, and stole the opportunity for themselves.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Congratulates Nine D Magazine Best Lawyers
Congratulations to nine Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst attorneys on their recent recognition as 2016 D Magazine Best Lawyers: A. Shonn Brown, David Coale, Trey Cox, Alan Dabdoub, Jeremy Fielding, Michael K. Hurst, Mike Lynn, Eric Pinker, and Chris Schwegmann.
Sympathy for the Plaintiff: 5th Circuit Relaxing Twombly Pleading Standards?
The Fifth Circuit recently reversed the dismissal on the pleadings of a products liability claim, noting the difficulties faced by plaintiffs who lack access to critical information in the defendants’ files. At least one other recent opinion voiced a similar concern in a Sarbanes-Oxley case.
Introducing Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst
On behalf of the firm, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your support and friendship. With your help, we have accomplished many amazing things over the last 20 years. The highlights include Texas Trial Firm of the Year, a $535 million judgment, and winning The National Law Journal’s Defense Win of the Year (twice, which we believe has been done only by our firm).
New motions filed in Tony Romo's lawsuit against NFL for event cancellation
Keller ISD loses challenge to $1M verdict involving special-needs student
Fifth Circuit Clarifies Standards for Standing and Ratification
A federal appeals court reinstated a million-dollar jury verdict for a severely disabled Keller Independent School District student who had been abused by a former special education teacher.
5 Areas Bucking the Slowdown in Litigation
While some firms have taken a hit recently from a litigation slowdown in core practice areas and an overall drop in civil filings over the last year, there are nevertheless several industries bucking that trend.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Congratulates Nine Texas Rising Stars
Congratulations to nine Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst attorneys on their recent recognition as 2016 Texas Rising Stars: Jonathan R. Childers, Stephen Cole, Andrés Correa, Sam Hardy, Kent Krabill, Chris Patton, Elizabeth Ryan, Joshua Sandler and Britta Stanton.
Impeachment in Five Simple Steps
Impeaching a witness effectively is the best real life equivalent to your own Perry Mason or “You can’t handle the truth” moment for a trial lawyer. It kills the witness’s credibility and bolsters your own. But, if you do it wrong, it kills your credibility. So, how do you do it right?
Fifth Circuit Sides with Employee in Dispute Over Arbitration Agreement
NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently determined that an employee’s discrimination lawsuit should stay in federal court because the employment arbitration agreement didn’t give advance notice of changes, making it unenforceable.
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Announces New Partner Elizabeth Ryan
Congratulations to Elizabeth Ryan, the newest partner at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst. Liz has been an associate with LPCH for the past seven years and has acheived multiple trial victories in both state and federal court, including a record-setting multimillion dollar Internet defamation verdict.
Joshua M. Sandler Presents to the North Dallas Bar Association
Joshua M. Sandler spoke to the North Dallas Bar Association about the business implications of negative social media and the applicability of the Anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation) statute. “This is a topic that has many businesses interested on how the rules have changed regarding how a business can respond to negative communications made by their competitors, patrons, and employees,” Sandler stated during the presentation.
An Unstoppable Combination: Lynn Pinker & Cox becomes Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst
With the addition of partner Michael K. Hurst, Dallas-based civil litigation boutique, Lynn Pinker & Cox, is now Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst. The firm also welcomes A. Shonn Brown and Jonathan Childers as partners, John Guild as senior counsel, and Joshua Sandler, Michael Kalis and Christina Mullen as associates.
“By adding Michael, Shonn, Jonathan and their team to the already considerable talent here, we truly have the finest and most experienced stable of young trial talent in the city and perhaps even the state. We are ready to take on the world,” said Lynn.
SMU Dedman School of Law Honors Shonn Brown with Distinguished Alumni, Emerging Leader Award
On February 4th, 2016, LPCH partner Shonn Brown received the SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni, Emerging Leader Award. Shonn was privileged to share that evening with her colleagues, family and a host of friends, all of whom she honored and recognized.
Founding Partner Mike Lynn Featured in Attorney at Law Magazine
Attorney at Law Magazine named Founding Partner Mike Lynn Attorney of the Month. Click here to read the full article, Mike Lynn Encouraging the Freedom to Fail by Dan Baldwin.
Federal Litigation in the Fifth Circuit in the New Year
The vibrant Texas economy drives business disputes into federal court and ultimately, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. This article identifies ten recent cases from the Fifth Circuit that will likely influence commercial litigation in the year ahead. The specific areas of law include forum selection, federal jurisdiction over class actions, arbitration, civil procedure, and the substantive fields of antitrust and trademark.
The Sherman Act Lives: 5th Circuit Affirms $150 Million Antitrust Conspiracy Judgment
Abandoning its reputation as a skeptic of antitrust claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently affirmed a $150 million judgment in MM Steel, L.P. v. JSW Steel (USA) Inc., a hard-fought battle among steel distributors on the Texas Gulf Coast. No. 14-20267 (Nov. 25, 2015).
Trey Cox Selected as Member of American Board of Trial Advocates
Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox is proud to announce Trey Cox’s selection as a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an exclusive and prestigious national organization of judges and civil trial lawyers. ABOTA’s membership constitutes a “Who’s Who” of trial lawyers. Membership is by invitation only. To be considered for ABOTA candidacy, the applicant must possess a wealth of trial experience that few attorneys achieve, and be approved by votes of the local Chapter and National Board. Acceptance constitutes peer recognition of trial acumen and professionalism.
Mike Lynn Named Top 50 Lion of the Texas Bar
Mike Lynn said he learned by example to “think out of the box.” His late mother, once Arlington’s mayor pro tem, helped integrate schools and parks. His father, a prolific inventor at Bell Helicopter, is credited with the research and engineering for the world’s fastest helicopter.
Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox Congratulates the 2015 D CEO Corporate Counsel Awards Winners.
Click here to read more about the 2015 D CEO Corporate Counsel event and honorees.
Pipeline Giants Take Battle to Courts
By MARK CURRIDEN
Any day now, three judges on the state appeals court in Dallas are expected to be secretly selected to review a case that legal experts say could be the biggest and most important business dispute between two Texas companies since Pennzoil clobbered Texaco in the mid-1980s for $10 billion.
The new case is slightly smaller — a mere $500 million is at stake. But the legal issue — whether there is a business version of common-law marriage — could have a significantly bigger impact on Texas companies seeking to do joint ventures or partnerships, according to lawyers following the case.
5th Circuit: No Class Action About Multi-Level Marketing Program
Can victims of a claimed pyramid scheme, in the context of a large multi-level marketing program, bring a class action? A Fifth Circuit panel recently said “no” in Torres v. S.G.E. Management, No. 14-20128 (Oct. 16, 2015). Judge E. Grady Jolly wrote the majority opinion, joined by Judge Edith Brown Clement, while Judge Jacques Wiener dissented.
Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox Completes Tough Mudder Challenge
On October 3rd, miles from Dallas in Seagoville, Texas, 21 team members from Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox wrangled and completed The Tough Mudder. The group boasted it was the largest law firm to participate in the event.
The Tough Mudder describes itself as a team event that challenges the physical and mental strength of contestants. According to The Tough Mudder website, only 78% of participants complete the 10-mile long course with fear-inducing, military-style obstacles. The grueling race focuses more on teamwork than finishing times with most teams consisting of 5-10 members.
2016 Benchmark Litigation Star Awards
Congratulations to our 2016 Benchmark Litigation award winners; Mike Lynn, Jeff Tillotson, Eric Pinker, Trey Cox, Jeremy Fielding, David Coale, Chris Schwegmann, Chris Akin and Britta Stanton!
Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox Wins Denial of Class Certification for Samsung
Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox attorneys Alan Dabdoub, John Volney and Jeff Tillotson prevailed in obtaining denial of plaintiffs' motion for class certification for Samsung on allegations against its Galaxy S smartphone.
Southwest Airlines, Delta Debate Cash Payment of Airport Gates in Court Hearing
Cash payment for airport gates — and specifically gates at Love Field — emerged on Monday as a key bone of contention between the two airlines on the first day of their federal court hearing about whether Delta should continue flying at the city-owned airport.
“While that $120 million sounds like a lot of money, it was calculated out to the penny,” Britta Stanton, a lawyer for Dallas-based Southwest told U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade.
If It Quacks Like a Duck...
...It's probably Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, working its magic on a jury.
LTPC Presents the General Counsel Forum Focus
LTPC presents the General Counsel Forum Focus; Is a Lawsuit the Best Means of Tackling Your Business Dispute? Thank you to our panelists Tiffany Brunson, Kathleen Turland and Trey Cox and our moderator, Britta Stanton.
LTPC Attorneys Named 2016 Best Lawyers in America©
Congratulations to Mike Lynn, Jeff Tillotson, Eric Pinker, Trey Cox, and David Coale for their inclusion in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.