Jacob Thomas to lead Collin County Bar Association’s Civil Litigation/Appellate Section for 2018-2019

Saunders, Walsh & Beard is very proud to announce that Jacob D. Thomas will be leading the Collin County Bar Association’s Civil Litigation/Appellate Section this year. Jacob, a Partner in the firm, will humbly endeavor to ensure the continued success of the Collin County Bar in serving its members and the Collin County community over the next year.

civil litigation, construction litigation, attorney, Collin County, McKinney
Jacob Thomas, Partner at Saunders, Walsh & Beard

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The Difference between a Rule of Interpretation and a Canon of Construction

One evening, sitting by the fireplace, sipping on a cup of hot coco, I found myself musing on the subject of contract interpretation.  I was pondering various active cases and my fading memory of my first year of law school when I had two revelations:  1) I am getting old, and 2) I had no idea if “construe against the grantor” was a rule or a canon.  I suspected that I was not the first attorney to have this particular question, so I became determined to find the answer and share it with you.

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Being a Lawyer

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 law school and pass the bar.  The article will usually go on to describe the joys of helping people and serving the community.  I do not doubt the sincerity of those authors.  I too am at my happiest when I am serving a noble cause and helping my fellow man.  Assuming those are the noble reasons for being a lawyer, the following are the Top Five other reasons I love being a lawyer.

What is Quo Warranto?

Quo-warrantoOver the course of the past two months I have randomly come across the phrase quo warranto.  The first time was the in the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (Part VII, sec. 7) and the second time was in the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code (§§66.001 et seq.).  I was further intrigued by the fact that neither of these sources give a meaningful description of the… proceeding… cause of action… whatever quo warranto happens to be.  I became curious enough to look into it.

Relax. It’s Going to be Okay.


On September 23, 2014, Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers gave his fans some great advice, “Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land:  R-E-L-A-X.  Relax.  We’re going to be OK.”  While Aaron Rogers was talking about the Packers’ football season, I strive to apply this advice to my litigation practice on a daily basis.

It has been my experience that the amount of stress I inflict on myself rarely changes the outcome of a case.  In addition, it would seem that, more often than not, everything has a way of working itself out.  With this in mind, I would like to offer a few observations that may help relieve some of your stress, should you be the client or the attorney.