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

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

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

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

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?

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?

Will My Children Inherit My iTunes Library?

March 6, 2015

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

Recoverability of Attorney’s Fees in Homeowner Association Disputes

February 20, 2015

A man walked into a lawyer’s office and inquired about the lawyer’s rates.  “$50 for 3 questions,” replied the lawyer.  “Isn’t that awfully steep?” asked the man.  “Yes,” the lawyer replied.  “And what was your third question?”

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?” 

Does a Policyholder Have a Right to Select Independent Counsel To Represent It When the Insurance Company Reserves Its Rights?

January 30, 2015

Most liability insurance policies – whether they be commercial general liability, business owners, errors and omissions, homeowners or auto – require the insurance company to defend the policyholder against lawsuits where the plaintiff is seeking damages potentially covered by the insurance policy.

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…