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Lawyers are the Modern Day Gunslingers

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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

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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. …

Allen ISD’s Eagle Stadium to reopen for graduation after $10 million-plus in fixes

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June 1, 2015

Congratulations to the AISD staff and students and to the community of Allen! We are so happy for the students at Allen ISD. It is pleasing to know that Saunders Walsh & Beard played a role in getting Eagle Stadium ready for 2015 Graduation! http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/allen/headlines/20150531-graduates-to-reopen-allen-isds-eagle-stadium.ece

Tracking Emails: Ethical Considerations for Lawyers

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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?

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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. 

Kid’s Baseball Coach Strikes Out in Defamation Suit – We’re Going to Extra Innings

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May 1, 2015

In his recent post, my partner Brantley Saunders talked about a decision by the Fort Worth Court of Appeals in a case being handled by our firm.  The case arose out of complaints made by parents about an assistant coach’s behavior at a baseball game – in a 7 year…

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

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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]…

Kid’s Baseball Coach Strikes Out in Defamation Suit

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March 26, 2015

It’s the bottom of the 9th, two outs, and a runner on 2nd.  The home team is down by one.    The batter steps up, swings and misses.  Count is full.   The pitcher eyes the batter, and he lets it rip… A hit, deep in the hole. The shortstop snags the…

Texas Super Lawyers Selects Jacob D. Thomas for 2015 Rising Stars

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March 16, 2015

Congratulations to Jacob D. Thomas, a partner at Saunders, Walsh & Beard, for being selected for inclusion in the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars. The Rising Stars are the top up-and-coming Texas attorneys who are 40 or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less. Rising…

Open Board Meetings Under the Texas HOA Laws: Just How “Open” Are They?

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March 13, 2015

Under the Texas homeowners association laws passed several years ago, HOAs are required to make the meetings of their respective boards “open.”  But open to who?  The public?  Can just anyone attend?  Can I bring a lawyer?  A local news crew?