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District Court Grants Summary Judgment and Awards Attorney’s Fees for Successfully Defending Against Declaratory Judgment Action

Brett Kutnick, Deborah Hankinson, Jennifer Rangel Stagen, and Stephanie Dooley Nelson successfully represented Eagle Oil & Gas Company (“Eagle Oil”) in the trial court in a second lawsuit filed by TRO-X, L.P. concerning oil and gas interests in the Permian Basin. Following extensive briefing and… + read more

Brett Kutnick, Deborah Hankinson, Jennifer Rangel Stagen, and Stephanie Dooley Nelson successfully represented Eagle Oil & Gas Company (“Eagle Oil”) in the trial court in a second lawsuit filed by TRO-X, L.P. concerning oil and gas interests in the Permian Basin. Following extensive briefing and a hearing, the trial court granted Eagle Oil’s motion for summary judgment on grounds of res judicata, collateral estoppel, the statute of limitations, and waiver, and denied TRO-X’s cross-motion for summary judgment. After a later evidentiary hearing on Eagle Oil’s request for attorney’s fees under the Declaratory Judgments Act, the trial court rendered final judgment that TRO X take nothing on its claims and awarded Eagle Oil attorney’s fees incurred in the trial court in the amount of $175,819.50, plus up to $261,000 in conditional appellate attorney’s fees for representation in the court of appeals and Texas Supreme Court. The case is currently on appeal in the Dallas Court of Appeals. TRO-X, L.P. v. Eagle Oil & Gas Co., No. DC-16-01439, in the 116th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas.

 

Stephanie Nelson Speaks at Jury Charge Seminar at the Belo Mansion

On June 10, 2015, Stephanie Nelson was part of a three-member panel that presented a continuing legal education seminar entitled Jury Charge and Charge Conferences. The program, sponsored by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, addressed topics ranging from the procedure for submitting a draft… + read more

On June 10, 2015, Stephanie Nelson was part of a three-member panel that presented a continuing legal education seminar entitled Jury Charge and Charge Conferences. The program, sponsored by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, addressed topics ranging from the procedure for submitting a draft charge to preservation of error during formal charge conferences.

 

Take-Nothing Summary Judgment Affirmed in Products Liability Action

Brett Kutnick and Stephanie Nelson successfully defended a take-nothing summary judgment rendered in favor of Hankinson LLP client, Whirlpool Corporation, in a recent products liability appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The plaintiff had sued Whirlpool alleging carbon monoxide exposure… + read more

Brett Kutnick and Stephanie Nelson successfully defended a take-nothing summary judgment rendered in favor of Hankinson LLP client, Whirlpool Corporation, in a recent products liability appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The plaintiff had sued Whirlpool alleging carbon monoxide exposure from a gas range. The Hankinson appellate team persuaded the Fifth Circuit that the district court properly excluded plaintiff’s expert witnesses on causation and design defect and that summary judgment was proper on all of the plaintiff’s claims. Accordingly, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment. Macy v. Whirlpool Corp., No. 14-20603, 2015 WL 3505511 (5th Cir. June 4, 2015).

 

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.).

 

Veteran Appellate Lawyer Stephanie Nelson Joins Dallas’ Hankinson LLP

DALLAS – Dallas-based appellate law firm Hankinson LLP is announcing the addition of veteran appellate attorney Stephanie Dooley Nelson. Ms. Nelson is the second attorney to join the firm this month, along with retired Justice Joseph Morris, formerly of the Dallas 5th District Court of… + read more

DALLAS – Dallas-based appellate law firm Hankinson LLP is announcing the addition of veteran appellate attorney Stephanie Dooley Nelson.

Ms. Nelson is the second attorney to join the firm this month, along with retired Justice Joseph Morris, formerly of the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals, who joined as Of Counsel.

“This is more great news for our firm and our clients,” says Hankinson LLP Managing Partner Rick Thompson. “Stephanie’s experience in both the trial and appellate areas makes her uniquely suited to our work.”

Previously a partner at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas, Ms. Nelson handles a variety of appellate matters, including jurisdictional challenges, mandamus petitions and interlocutory and accelerated appeals. She also works with trial teams on motions and evidentiary issues, jury charges and litigation strategy. Her commercial and business litigation experience includes cases involving fiduciary obligations, professional liability, employment relations, contract disputes, insurance coverage and products liability. She represents a broad cross section of clients, including those involved in the legal, manufacturing, insurance, aviation, trucking, and oil and gas production industries.

Ms. Nelson is a cum laude graduate of the Baylor University School of Law, where she was managing editor of the Baylor Law Review and earned the President’s Award. She is a past president of the Dallas Young Lawyers Association and chair of the group’s foundation, as well as a member of the Dallas Bar Association’s Board of Directors.

From 2004 through 2009, Ms. Nelson was named to the Texas Rising Stars list by the publishers of Texas Super Lawyers magazine.

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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