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Maitreya Tomlinson Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

Posted in Announcements, Honors, Press Releases

Maitreya Tomlinson with Smith Law Group LLLP has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition… Continue Reading

Thirteenth Court Affirms Judgment for Plaintiff Injured by Conveyor Belt

Posted in Court Decisions, Press Releases

The Thirteenth Court of Appeals has affirmed a judgment awarding damages to a warehouse employee who was severely injured when his arm was caught in a conveyor belt while he was repairing it. Plaintiff Gerardo Gonzalez was working on a conveyor belt designed and installed by Defendant/Appellant Daniel Arnold in Arnold’s warehouse. Arnold appealed the… Continue Reading

Smith and Voss Listed as 2015 Texas Super Lawyers in Appellate Law

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Smith Law Group LLLP is pleased to announce that firm partners D. Todd Smith and Brandy Wingate Voss have been included on the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list in the area of appellate law. Smith and Voss—both certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization—are former Texas Supreme Court clerks who began their… Continue Reading

Third Court of Appeals Affirms Judgment for Plaintiff in Electrocution Case

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The Third Court of Appeals has affirmed a judgment awarding damages to a journeyman electrician severely injured after contacting live current while working on a commercial remodeling job. The plaintiff electrician had been instructed to “work hot”—without disconnecting power—to avoid disrupting the business and to prevent the general contractor from owing liquidated damages upon failing… Continue Reading

Smith Law Group Helps Secure Victory Before MDL Panel

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The Texas Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has transferred more than 100 cases filed in Hidalgo County against McAllen Medical Center and two of its lien recording agents to a single MDL pretrial court. Each of the plaintiffs contends that the hospital and its agents have filed fraudulent hospital liens, knowing that the liens do not comply with… Continue Reading

Smith Law Group Wins New Trial for Client

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Laura P. Haley, Smith Law Group’s newest member, recently obtained a new trial after entry of a no-answer default judgment. On April 1, 2015, the trial court granted the motion for new trial, reversing the judgment rendered on February 10, 2015. The trial court held the defendant met the Craddock v. Sunshine Bus Lines elements, entitling her… Continue Reading

Smith Law Group Secures Registration for Appeals+®

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Smith Law Group, P.C. has obtained service mark registration for Appeals+® from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. “Like our website URL (www.appealsplus.com), this mark describes our practice in a very easy-to-remember way,” said D. Todd Smith, the firm’s founder and managing shareholder. “Although we focus on civil appeals, we often help trial lawyers with legal issues… Continue Reading

Voss Secures Acquittal on Appeal for Former Public Officials

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Brandy Wingate Voss recently secured two victories in criminal appeals brought on behalf of two former public officials challenging their convictions. First, after a long-fought battle, Voss successfully ended years of litigation between the State of Texas and a former Harlingen city commissioner. In Marra v. State, 399 S.W.3d 664 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi 2013, no… Continue Reading

Smith Speaks on Superseding Travis County District Court Judgments

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On January 15, 2015, Smith Law Group’s founder and managing shareholder, D. Todd Smith (pictured), spoke to a group of appellate lawyers and judges on “Tips for Superseding Travis County District Court Judgments.” He was joined by Travis County Chief Deputy Clerk Michelle Brinkman, who oversees approval of supersedeas bonds and the handling of other forms… Continue Reading

Firm, Attorneys Featured in 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition

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Smith Law Group, P.C. and two of its attorneys, D. Todd Smith and Brandy Wingate Voss, have been featured in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition magazine. Super Lawyers Business Edition, a Thomson Reuters publication, is an annual resource that serves as the go-to guide for general counsel and executives in charge of making legal… Continue Reading

Smith and Voss Selected to 2014 Super Lawyers List

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Two attorneys with Smith Law Group, P.C. have been selected to Thomson Reuters’ 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list in the area of appellate law. The list will be published in the October 2014 issue of Texas Monthly. One honoree is D. Todd Smith, the firm’s founder and managing shareholder, who practices from its principal office in Austin. The other… Continue Reading

Firm Helps Defeat Effort to Delay Trial Due to Insurer’s Insolvency

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A Texas court has declined to stay a jury trial in a personal-injury case based on a Delaware court’s liquidation and injunction order concerning the defendants’ insurer. Indemnity Insurance Corporation RRC insured the defendants and funded their defense. The trial court, however, stayed the case after a Delaware court issued a rehabilitation order placing the… Continue Reading

Appellate Court Reverses Retroactive Amicus Attorney Appointment

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In a suit to modify the parent-child relationship, the Eleventh Court of Appeals has reversed a final order that significantly restricted a mother’s access to her children, thereby allowing the mother to pursue a new trial. As recommended by an amicus attorney purportedly appointed under Texas Family Code § 107.021, the trial court issued temporary… Continue Reading

Federal Court Turns Away School District’s Attorney-Fee Claim

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The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas has rejected a claim for attorney fees under 42 U.S.C. § 1988(b), which authorizes courts to award reasonable fees in actions to enforce civil rights statutes and related laws. After losing their federal civil-rights lawsuit on summary judgment, plaintiffs approached Smith Law Group, P.C. about a… Continue Reading