P.O. Box 200842
Austin, Texas 78720
(512) 619-8639
Fax (512) 372-1645

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Practice Areas

Our office enjoys handling a wide variety of legal matters including:

  • Commercial / Business litigation (including breach of contract).
  • Mediation services.
  • Complex multi-party litigation.
  • Business and Real Estate Disputes.
  • Construction litigation.
  • Landlord / Tenant disputes.
  • Business torts including fraud and misrepresentation.
  • Personal Injury Litigation.
  • Appellate brief writing and appellate argument.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Medical Malpractice (prosecution and defense).
  • Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims.
  • Negligence.
  • Breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Administrative Law (including representing health care professionals before boards and the State Office of Administrative Hearings “SOAH”).
  • Criminal law defense (federal court).
  • Ad valorem (property) tax disputes.
  • Insurance / Disability disputes and litigation.
  • Real estate title examination and related issues.
  • Real estate contracts and leases.
  • Foreclosures.
  • Will preparation.
  • Creditor's rights.

Juveniles cannot receive life in prison for non-homicide crimes

Our U.S. Supreme Court has previously held that because juveniles have a lessened culpability (due to their lack of development) they are less deserving of the most serious forms of punishment.  Today May 17, 2010 our U.S. Supreme Court also noted that for non-homicide crimes, the United States is the only country in the world where a juvenile can receive a sentence of life in prison.   In fact the court noted that in the U.S., regarding non-homicide crimes, there are 129 juvenile offenders serving life without parole sentences in 12 U.S. jurisdictions (77 juveniles are serving life sentences in the State of Florida alone and the other 52 juveniles in one of ten states or the federal system).  In deciding the case of Graham v. Florida today the high court held in a 5 to 4 decision, that it was an unconstitutional violation of the Eight Amendment (prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment) for juveniles (those under 18 years of age) to receive a sentence of life in prison for non-homicide crimes.

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