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Texas Personal Injury Attorney, Greg Baumgartner, Named to Elite National Trial Lawyers: Top 100

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Greg Baumgartner this week received an honor limited to just 100 individuals in each state. He was named to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. And that is no minor accomplishment considering there are 1.3 million attorneys in the United States and that the American Bar Association is actively working to address a shortage of qualified trial lawyers.

Baumgartner is the founder of the Baumgartner Law Firm, a leading personal injury practice based in Houston. With over 30 years of experience, he spends his days – and many nights – helping personal injury victims and their families throughout Texas battle large corporations and insurance companies. Yet it is a decision he made in more recent years that he says set him on the path to the elite designation.

“I have always rigorously fought for each of my clients. Yet I have been especially affected on a personal level by the cases where families lost loved ones in wrongful death accidents or individual clients’ lives were drastically altered as the result of a serious injury – especially in the cases of car accidents and truck wrecks,” Baumgartner explained. “A few years ago, I limited the scope of my practice to concentrate on a limited number of these cases so I can devote maximum time and attention to get them the compensation they deserve. The close working relationships that result from that level of involvement has been life-changing, and today I count many former clients and their family members as close friends.”

National Trial Lawyers is not the first organization to award Baumgartner’s skills. He has been rated as a Preeminent attorney for over 15 years, named a Top Lawyer by Houstonia Magazine, is a two-time Who’s Who recipient, received perfect Martindale ratings from both peers and clients, received a perfect rating from Avvo, and was named by Newsweek to its list of the best personal injury lawyers. He is also among the less than one percent of attorneys nationally to hold double law degrees: in his case, a juris doctor from the University of Nebraska and a master of law from the University of Denver. He is admitted to practice law by both the Colorado and Texas State Bar Associations and is a member of the American Bar Association.

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations and third-party research. Membership is extended only to the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by standards in compliance that comply with state bar and national rules.

For more information about Baumgartner and the Baumgartner Law Firm, go to baumgartnerlawyers.com.  

Read the source article at newswire.com

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Texas Oil Worker Hit by 18-Wheeler Recovers $40M

Adam Blake, Donald Kidd and Jim Perdue of Perdue & Kidd of Houston, TX.

A Texas jury in DeWitt County rendered a verdict in favor of Lloyd Kulik, 37, a Yorktown resident, in a civil lawsuit brought against Stallion Production Services.

Kulik is a lifelong oil services worker. The jury awarded Kulik $40,145,909.07 in damages after the oilfield company’s 18-wheeler took a left turn into his passing truck, crashing into his Dodge pickup, and causing a five rollover wreck that left life-altering injuries.

Kulik suffered a burst fracture to his cervical spine that left him a quadriplegic who is cared for by his mother. This record-breaking verdict is the largest in DeWitt County history.

He was represented by Don Kidd, Jim Perdue, Jr. and Adam Blake of the law firm Perdue & Kidd from Houston and Ray Reese, Errol John Dietze and Johnny Dietze of the Dietze & Reese law firm of Cuero. Kidd said “We have been honored to have the opportunity to represent Kulik. We believe justice has been served and we look forward to seeing this judgment help  Kulik finally get much needed medical care and assistance for his injuries caused by this reckless 18- wheeler. This brave jury told these oil field companies they do not own the roadways of Texas.”

The National Black Lawyers Top 100 Names New Executive Director

Annamaria Steward, Executive Director of The National Black Lawyers Top 100

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Black Lawyers Top 100 is pleased to announce that Annamaria Steward of Washington, D.C. has been named as its first Executive Director. She joins the organization with nearly 20 years of experience and a reputation for providing exceptional leadership.

Before joining The National Black Lawyers, Steward served as Director of Leadership and Strategic Development for the D.C. Bar and Associate Dean of Students at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She is also a former president of the D.C. Bar, the largest unified bar in the country, and was the first African-American woman elected president of the voluntary Bar Association of the District of Columbia, a 148-year-old institution.

In her new role, Steward will be responsible for fostering organizational development which will include expanding the membership base, improving the breadth of membership benefits, and ultimately re-energizing the organization.

“It is important to me to recognize and celebrate African-American legal excellence,” Steward said. “I hope to harness the knowledge of these stalwarts of our profession to create a legal brain trust for our membership.”

As an attorney highly skilled in program design and implementation, strategic planning, and leadership development, Steward’s appointment will enable the organization to fulfill its mission for top tier African-American attorneys.

The National Black Lawyers is an honorary membership organization dedicated to promoting legal excellence. The organization’s membership is comprised of the nation’s most successful  African-American attorneys including legal giants like Willie Gary, Karen Evans, Ben Crump, and James Montgomery.

For more information about The National Black Lawyers, visit NBLtop100.org or follow The National Black Lawyers on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.

New Trial Ordered For Nevada Death Row Inmate

John M. Watson, 79, was granted a new trial in his death penalty case.

Las Vegas Judge Michelle Leavitt granted post-conviction relief to death row inmate John M. Watson, age 79. Judge Leavitt ordered that Watson’s conviction and death sentence are overturned and that Watson must receive a new trial. The ruling resulted from trial counsel’s unauthorized concession of guilt on Watson’s behalf during closing argument.

Watson had maintained his innocence throughout his 2010 trial. Watson, a longtime California resident and schoolteacher, was accused of kidnapping and murdering his wife, who disappeared in 2006. A Las Vegas jury sentenced Watson to death in 2010. In post-conviction filings, Watson alleged among other claims that his trial lawyer conceded guilt to the murder charge without Watson’s advance knowledge or permission.

“The United States Supreme Court and Nevada Supreme Court have long held that
the accused exclusively decides the objectives of the defense in criminal
prosecutions,” said Watson’s Las Vegas attorney, Jamie Resch. “Trial counsel
disregarded that important constitutional right when he informed the jury his client
was guilty of murder even though Mr. Watson had maintained his innocence. Mr.
Watson appreciates the court’s recognition of this error and looks forward to a fair,
constitutionally-compliant trial.”

For more detail, read the Order granting writ of habas corpus.

Mr. Resch is a member of the National Trial Lawyers. Resch Law, PLLC d/b/a Conviction Solutions is a Las Vegas law firm which handles criminal appeal and post-conviction cases. This is the second death sentence the firm has overturned in the last year. Last June, the firm helped inmate Frederick Mendoza, age 71, reach a deal with prosecutors to reduce his death sentence to life in prison without parole.

Florida deputies to be tried for shooting disabled man

law news, legal news, verdict, settlementThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that two Brevard County Deputy Sheriffs must stand trial for their shooting of an unarmed man inside his home, when family members asked law enforcement officers to Baker Act the disabled man. The appellate panel, consisting of Circuit Judges Adalberto Jordan, Britt Grant, and Frank Hull, reversed an order granting summary judgment in favor of the officers, finding that significant factual issues must be decided by the jury. The deputies fired thirteen bullets at the victim, eleven of which went through a closed door with the victim standing inside his home where he lived alone snice his elderly parents died two months earlier. Eight bullets struck Christopher Greer through the closed door, resulting in his fatal injuries at the scene. The case will now return to the District Court for the Middle District of Florida for a jury trial on the Civil Rights and excessive force counts.

The Eleventh Circuit held that “the task of weighing the credibility of police testimony against other evidence is the stuff of which jury trials are made.”

Plaintiff’s counsel and National Trial Lawyers members Douglas R. Beam and Riley H. Beam of Douglas R. Beam, P.A.  Benedict P. Kuehne and Michael T. Davis, of Kuehne Davis Law, P.A., and Marjorie Gadarian Graham issued a statement that “police shootings of innocent citizens are on the rise, and we applaud the Eleventh Circuit’s directive that juries are well-suited to the task of deciding whether the police are in fact responsible when using excessive force.” As the Eleventh Circuit explained, the “clearly established law” is that shooting a person through a closed door who has done nothing threatening and never posed an immediate danger violates the Fourth Amendment to be free from the use of excessive force.”

Plaintiff’s counsel are anxious to “bring this outrageous police shooting to a jury to hold the Brevard Sheriff’s Office responsible for this senseless disregard of a decent man’s life.”

NTL member Ryan Zehl obtains $23.5M settlement in head-on fatal wreck

Accident with two carsNational Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40 member Ryan Zehl secured a $23.5 million settlement in March for the family of a woman killed in a head-on accident in Brazoria County, Texas. Mr. Zehl was assisted by Matt Martin and Eric Allen of his firm, Zehl and Associates of Houston, Texas.

On July 20, 2017, Christina Burley, 24, a homemaker, was driving a compact car south on County Road 2611, a two-lane road in Brazoria County. Her husband, James Ray Burley, 47, a trucker, was a passenger. Larry Wayne Sassin was traveling north in a large pickup truck. Traffic ahead of Sassin slowed, and Sassin swerved left. He and the Burleys collided head-on at about 65 mph. Mr. Burley sustained severe injuries to his head, colon, leg and other areas of his body. Ms. Burley’s injuries were fatal. 

Mr. and Mrs. Burley were taken by Life-Flight to the hospital. Mrs. Burley was pronounced dead on arrival, about an hour after the accident. She was survived by her husband and her mother, plaintiff Alberta Roberts. Mr. Burley was in a coma for about seven days and was in the hospital from July 20 to Aug. 30. He sustained about 23 broken bones and a colon injury, which required a colostomy. He also claimed a moderate traumatic brain injury. His head injuries included a subarachnoid hemorrhage, left cervical ICA (internal carotid artery) injury, left orbital floor fracture, Le Fort I fracture, Le Fort II fracture, mandibular fracture, maxillary sinus fracture and chin lacerations.

Injuries to the rest of his body included a right clavicle fracture, right scapula fracture, sternum fracture, fractures of ribs 2 through 8, left pneumothorax, pulmonary contusions, spinal fractures, multiple small-bowel avulsions, traumatic hernia, multiple mesenteric hematomas, aortic dissection, severed sigmoid colon, complex comminuted and displaced open left femur fracture, comminuted fractures of the left third and fourth metatarsals and left cuboid fracture.

Mr. Burley had numerous surgeries within days of the accident. On the date of the accident, his surgeries included exploratory laparotomy and resection of devascularized segments of the small intestine and colon. Surgeries the next day included irrigation and debridement of the clavicle and femur fractures, left knee arthrotomy, exploratory laparotomy, creation of colostomy and creation of small bowel anastomoses. His surgery on July 24 included open reduction and internal fixation of the clavicle fracture, and his surgery on July 27 included open reduction and internal fixation of the femur fracture. On July 28, a feeding tube and thoracostomy tube were placed by doctors. He also underwent open reduction and internal fixation of the left first, second and third tarsometatarsal joints and percutaneous pin fixation of the left fourth and fifth tarsometatarsal joints. The colostomy was reversed on March 5, 2018.

At the time of settlement, Mr. Burley claimed ongoing pain in his back, neck, and both knees and an inability to walk without a cane or walker. He also required assistance getting in and out of the bath and shower. He also claimed impairment of short-term memory, executive functioning and inability to work as a truck driver or most anything else, and speech impairment.

Mr. Burley also claimed depression and regular emotional outbreaks over the loss of his wife and the profound changes in his physical abilities and overall quality of life.
He moved in with his brother, who was still caring for him when the case resolved. Mr. Burley claimed that he would be hiring a home health aide soon to supervise and care for him 24 hours a day.

His paid or incurred medical bills were $1,123,000, and he claimed a life care plan of $6.1 million. His lost earnings and lost earning capacity were still undetermined when the case was resolved.

Mr. Burley and Ms. Burley’s estate sued Sassin and Sassin’s employer, Johnson Supply and Equipment Corp. The lawsuit alleged that Sassin was negligent in the operation of his vehicle, that Johnson Supply was vicariously liable for his actions on a theory of respondeat superior, and that Johnson was negligent and grossly negligent in its hiring, training, retention and supervision of Sassin. 

The plaintiffs alleged that (1) Sassin was not paying attention and, as a result, did not notice that traffic ahead had slowed until it was too late, (2) that Sassin should have swerved into a grassy field to the right of the roadway, rather than left into oncoming traffic, (3) that Sassin, who was a counter salesman, had never received any training and had no experience driving company vehicles and, therefore, should not have been permitted to drive Johnson Supply’s delivery trucks.

The defendants generally denied the allegations. The case settled for $23.5 million before any expert depositions and before any experts had been designated by the defense.