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.

Lawsuits against architects / engineers care standard not required

According to Texas statutory provisions found in the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, if one seeks to file a negligence lawsuit against a licensed architect, land surveyor or an engineer, the one filing suit is required to file a certificate of merit (i.e. an affidavit) at the time the lawsuit is filed or the suit can be dismissed.  A certificate a merit is basically a written statement from a licensed professional which describes the negligent act and the factual basis for the negligence claim.  In the recent April 29, 2010 decision from the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston in the case of Benchmark Engineering Corp. v. Sam Houston Race Park, the Houston court disagreed with an earlier decision from the Beaumont Court of Appeals, when the Houston court held that a certificate of merit is not required to state the applicable “standard of care.”   The Houston court also stated that unlike the Texas Medical Liability and Insurance Improvement Act (MLIIA) the statutory provision dealings with architects, surveyors and engineers also does not require a certificate of merit to address breach of a standard of care nor the causal relationship.

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