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Order Granting New Trial Reviewed and Vacated on Mandamus

Brett Kutnick led a team of Hankinson lawyers, including Deborah Hankinson, Joseph Morris, Jennifer Rangel Stagen, and Stephanie Nelson, in successfully representing the defendants in a petition for writ of mandamus seeking to set aside a trial court’s order granting the plaintiffs a new trial… + read more

Brett Kutnick led a team of Hankinson lawyers, including Deborah Hankinson, Joseph Morris, Jennifer Rangel Stagen, and Stephanie Nelson, in successfully representing the defendants in a petition for writ of mandamus seeking to set aside a trial court’s order granting the plaintiffs a new trial after a multi-week jury trial concerning the alleged breach of an attorney-client contingency fee agreement. Following briefing, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth District of Texas in San Antonio conditionally granted the mandamus petition and ordered the trial court to vacate its order granting a new trial and issue a new order specifying its reasons for granting a new trial. In re Davenport, No. 04-14-00666-CV, 2015 WL 1089679 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Mar. 11, 2015, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.).

 

Texas Supreme Court Denies Mandamus Relief from Trial Court Ruling in Favor of Hankinson LLP Clients

Hankinson LLP successfully defeated a challenge to a trial court’s ruling in favor of its commercial real estate clients.  After a severe hailstorm, the building owners filed claims under their insurance policies for damage to their buildings.  The insurance company refused to pay, and the… + read more

Hankinson LLP successfully defeated a challenge to a trial court’s ruling in favor of its commercial real estate clients.  After a severe hailstorm, the building owners filed claims under their insurance policies for damage to their buildings.  The insurance company refused to pay, and the building owners were forced to sue.  After actively litigating the case for almost a year, the insurance company attempted to scuttle the litigation by invoking an appraisal clause in the insurance policy.  The trial court denied the insurance company’s motion to compel an appraisal.  The insurance company sought mandamus relief from this ruling in the Dallas Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court.  Both courts denied mandamus relief.  Rick Thompson and Joseph Morris briefed the issues in both courts.  See In re Lexington Ins. Co., No. 14-0182, in the Texas Supreme Court.

 

Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of the Dallas Mavericks

Hankinson LLP defeated an effort to place its client, the Dallas Mavericks, into receivership.  A minority stakeholder in the team sued for the appointment of a receiver, claiming that the team was insolvent or in imminent danger of insolvency.  Finding no merit to the claims,… + read more

Hankinson LLP defeated an effort to place its client, the Dallas Mavericks, into receivership.  A minority stakeholder in the team sued for the appointment of a receiver, claiming that the team was insolvent or in imminent danger of insolvency.  Finding no merit to the claims, the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the Mavericks. On appeal, the Hankinson LLP team successfully defended the trial court’s ruling.  Deborah Hankinson argued the case to the Dallas Court of Appeals.  Rick Thompson and Joseph Morris drafted the appellate briefs.  See Hillwood Inv. Props. III, Ltd. v. Radical Mavericks Mgmt., LLC, No. 05-11-01470-CV, in the Fifth Court of Appeals.

 

Death Penalty Sanctions Vacated on Mandamus

Brett Kutnick, Jennifer Rangel Stagen, and Joseph Morris successfully represented Medtronic, Inc. in a petition for writ of mandamus seeking to set aside a death penalty sanction for Medtronic’s alleged improper contact with the opposing party’s consulting expert.  Following briefing, the Court of Appeals for… + read more

Brett Kutnick, Jennifer Rangel Stagen, and Joseph Morris successfully represented Medtronic, Inc. in a petition for writ of mandamus seeking to set aside a death penalty sanction for Medtronic’s alleged improper contact with the opposing party’s consulting expert.  Following briefing, the Court of Appeals for the Tenth District of Texas in Waco held that (1) petition for writ of mandamus was not barred by laches, (2) Medtronic lacked an adequate remedy by appeal, and mandamus was thus an appropriate vehicle to challenge the trial court’ sanctions order, and (3) the trial court abused its discretion in imposing evidentiary sanctions against Medtronic.  The court thus conditionally granted the petition for writ of mandamus and directed the trial court to vacate its order granting sanctions for the alleged improper contact with the consulting expert.  In re Medtronic, Inc., No. 10-14-00077-CV, 2014 WL 2159555 (Tex. App.—Waco May 22, 2014, orig. proceeding) (mem. op.).

 

 

Law 360: Retired Texas Appellate Judge Joins Hankinson LLP

Law360, Dallas (January 15, 2013, 10:06 PM ET) — A Texas judge who retired in December after 25 years on the bench last week joined Hankinson LLP, a boutique Dallas arbitration and appellate firm, as of counsel, the firm announced. Joseph B. Morris served for… + read more

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Law360, Dallas (January 15, 2013, 10:06 PM ET) — A Texas judge who retired in December after 25 years on the bench last week joined Hankinson LLP, a boutique Dallas arbitration and appellate firm, as of counsel, the firm announced.

Joseph B. Morris served for 20 years on Dallas’s Fifth Court of Appeals, and before that, served five years as a district court judge, also in Dallas. In his new position, he’ll work with Hankinson’s seven attorneys to craft appellate briefs and arguments, and will oversee some arbitrations, he told Law360 on Tuesday.

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Texas LawBook: Justice Joe Morris Joins Hankinson Law Firm

After nearly three decades on the state court bench, recently retired Texas Appeals Court Justice Joseph Morris is going back to private practice as Of Counsel at the Hankinson law firm in Dallas. Justice Morris, who retired from Dallas’ Fifth Court of Appeals in December… + read more

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After nearly three decades on the state court bench, recently retired Texas Appeals Court Justice Joseph Morris is going back to private practice as Of Counsel at the Hankinson law firm in Dallas.

Justice Morris, who retired from Dallas’ Fifth Court of Appeals in December after 25 years, has joined the appellate law and arbitration boutique headed by former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson. The two judges officed next door to each other in 1995 when the two SMU Dedman Law School graduates served together on the appeals court.

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Texas Lawyer: Longtime Jurist Moves from Bench to Bar

After a 25-year judicial career, former 5th Court of Appeals Justice Joseph B. Morris has joined Hankinson LLP in Dallas as of counsel. “When I announced I was not running again, I had no plans,” Morris says. “This came about literally in the 11th hour.”… + read more

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After a 25-year judicial career, former 5th Court of Appeals Justice Joseph B. Morris has joined Hankinson LLP in Dallas as of counsel.

“When I announced I was not running again, I had no plans,” Morris says. “This came about literally in the 11th hour.”

Morris says that he talked with former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson, founder of Hankinson LLP, shortly before his retirement in December and quickly decided to join the firm. He and Hankinson had served together several years on the 5th Court, had offices next to each other and got to know each other well, Morris says. The chance to work with Hankinson and the other appellate lawyers at the firm was attractive, he says.

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Dallas Business Journal: Justice Joseph Morris Joins Hankinson LLP in Dallas

Appellate Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel. In his new position, Morris is working with Hankinson’s appellate lawyers to provide increased value for… + read more

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Appellate Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel.

In his new position, Morris is working with Hankinson’s appellate lawyers to provide increased value for the firm’s clients at all stages of the litigation and appeals process. He also works in the firm’s arbitration practice, focusing on disputes involving complex legal issues.

Morris’s career on the bench also included presiding over more than 600 trials as judge of Dallas’ 101st District Court from 1987 to 1992.

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Retired Appellate Justice Joe Morris Joins Hankinson LLP in Dallas

DALLAS – Appellate Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, has joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel. In his new position, Justice Morris is working with Hankinson LLP’s appellate… + read more

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Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, has joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel.

In his new position, Justice Morris is working with Hankinson LLP’s appellate lawyers to provide increased value for firm clients at all stages of the litigation and appeals process. He also works in the firm’s arbitration practice, with an emphasis on disputes involving complex legal issues.

Justice Morris’ career on the bench also includes presiding over more than 600 trials as judge of Dallas’ 101st District Court from 1987 to 1992. He provides a quarter century of judicial wisdom and insights for Hankinson LLP’s clients.

“Joe is an invaluable addition to our firm,” says firm founder Deborah Hankinson, who is both a former colleague of Justice Morris on the Dallas appeals court, as well as a former justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. “His considerable experience and abilities further establish us as appellate lawyers who not only understand the law, but who also can offer important insights as to how judges and juries may react to a case.”

During his 20 years on the Dallas appeals court, Justice Morris authored more than 2,000 judicial opinions covering issues related to property rights, corporate governance, contracts, employee-employer relations, torts, and statutory claims. Upon leaving the bench, Justice Morris was honored by the American Board of Trial Advocates with an award acknowledging his “25 years of exemplary service to the jury system.”

In 2002, the Supreme Court of Texas appointed Justice Morris to the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct, the body that has statewide jurisdiction to review and investigate complaints about Texas judges. He twice served as the Commission’s chairman. Justice Morris is an alumnus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

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