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New Laws of Interest

October 14, 2015

The 2015 Texas Legislature did a lot of good work during the 84th Legislative Session.  Many of the most notable bills passed involved the budget, tax cuts, education and transportation.  If you are the typical Texan, you will likely acknowledge that these laws are important and that they will ultimately…

The New Open Carry Laws

September 11, 2015

            Texans are excited about the new open carry laws recently signed by Governor Abbott (HB 910).  I am intrigued by what I have heard about the new gun laws, so I thought I would educate myself and then pass some of that information along to you.

Lawyers are the Modern Day Gunslingers

September 11, 2015

It is a cold, rainy morning in Dallas, Texas.  The low cloud cover hides the tops of the downtown buildings and everything is cast in a gray hue.  I am waiting for my contact under the hotel awning, anxious to get started with the task at hand.             My contact…

Rule 202 Pre-Suit Depositions

September 11, 2015

A couple of years ago, a client came to me for assistance.  He suspected that his financial advisor was not being honest with him.  After looking through his documents, I had a lot of questions that needed to be answered, but I did not have enough to justify a lawsuit. …

Tracking Emails: Ethical Considerations for Lawyers

May 27, 2015

I was recently asked if I ever used email tracking software.  Initially the thought intrigued me, but I am concerned about the ethical implications.  The person who told me about this technology explained that it could provide me with an advantage in settlement negotiations.  Using this software, I could track…

When is the Last Time You Read the Texas Lawyer’s Creed?

May 15, 2015

Recently, I had a minor disagreement with opposing counsel.  It was nothing of any significance, but I had my attention drawn to the Texas Lawyer’s Creed.  My first impression was that neither opposing counsel nor I were living up to the standards set forth in the Creed. 

How to Obtain a TRO in Collin County:  E-Filing and New Local Rules

April 16, 2015

E-filing and the adoption of new local rules has changed how you go about obtaining a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) in the Collin County District Courts.  I will not tell you how to comply with the applicable rules and statutes clearly set forth in the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure[1]…

Will My Children Inherit My iTunes Library?

March 6, 2015

What will become of my digital music, movies and books when I die? 

Talking to the Jury: What Can and Cannot be Said

February 13, 2015

I have prepared a number of voir dires, opening statements and closing arguments.  During my preparations, I always have a moment when I stop and say to myself, “What are the rules?  What might I say in passing that would create reversible error?” 

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Being a Lawyer

January 23, 2015

In just about every publication aimed at the legal profession there will be an article about the joys of being a lawyer.  In such articles, the lawyer will often tell a story about his or her humble beginnings and how, through hard work and determination, they were able to complete…