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DeAyala and Keenan obtain multi-million dollar judgment

Turning lemons into lemonade…. Buck Keenan congratulates Mano DeAyala and Ted Keenan on obtaining a favorable result for their Mexican clients. The clients retained the firm in February of 2015 to assist with a multi-million dollar judgment rendered against them in 2014 and to dissolve a pending garnishment action seeking collection of that judgment from their financial institution. With the time for appeal having run, DeAyala and Keenan sought to vacate the judgment by filing a Bill of Review, an arcane remedy of last resort. After successfully moving to dissolve the garnishment action, DeAyala and Keenan were successful in vacating the underlying judgment and obtaining a $1.3 Million settlement for their clients.

DeAyala Named “Top Lawyer”

H Texas Magazine has published its 2015 list of Houston’s Top Lawyers, and several Buck Keenan attorneys were included. Mano DeAyala was listed as a top lawyer for commercial litigation.

Half-Century Old Title Dispute Resolved

In Cause No. 14-DCV-219101, in the 400th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, Buck Keenan lawyers Bill Gage and Andrew Wright secured a judgment for Plaintiffs Resolution Investments, LP, et al., quieting title to a tract of land in Fort Bend County that was the subject of a half-century old title and boundary dispute.

DeAyala Congratulated for Excellent Results

Buck Keenan congratulates partner Mano DeAyala for a series of excellent results for his clients, including the following:

East Texas royalty litigation: In a lawsuit claiming breach of lease and trespass, DeAyala represented fifteen royalty owners and obtained a favorable seven-figure settlement.

California power generation plant: DeAyala prosecuted claims of defective construction and negligent operation of systems and obtained a favorable seven-figure settlement.

Monetary awards on summary judgment: With the assistance of associate Ted Keenan, DeAyala obtained six-figure awards in two different cases at the summary judgment stage. One judgment was recently affirmed on appeal.

Real estate brokerage: Also with the assistance of Ted Keenan, DeAyala defended a real estate brokerage client against claims of fraud, DTPA and negligence, and secured dismissal of the lawsuit on summary judgment.

The firm appreciates Mano’s efforts and wishes him continued success in 2015.

Buck Keenan Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, founding partners John H. Buck and James Keenan, along with two colleagues, decided they could better serve their clients by leaving the big-firm environment and opening a boutique firm. Buck Keenan is now celebrating twenty-five years of success.

We are grateful to all of the loyal clients who have placed their trust in us. We also appreciate the many referring attorneys who rely on us to obtain excellent results for their clients and friends.

This New Year is special for us, and we look forward to a successful 2015 and to our next 25 years.

Gage and Wright Obtain Landmark Dismissal

In Victoria Gilkerson and Blind Ambitions Group, et. al. v. The Chasewood Bank, Cause No. 4:13-cv-00132, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, Buck Keenan lawyers Bill Gage and Andrew Wright secured a dismissal for Chasewood Bank (“Chasewood”) of class action claims brought under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Texas Human Resources Code, Texas Architectural Barrier Act, and Texas Government Code. The claims alleged deficiencies in Chasewood’s automatic teller machine (“ATM”) network related to speech output, input controls, numeric keypad, display screens, and Braille instructions. The lawsuit was one of hundreds of nearly identical lawsuits across the country, and approximately 50 in Texas, filed against banks operating ATMs since the new ADA guidelines that took effect March 15, 2012. The dismissal is the first in Texas or elsewhere known at this time that did not involve a settlement payment by the defendant financial institution.

DeAyala Appointed to Attorney General-elect Paxton’s Transition Team

Texas Attorney General-elect Ken Paxton has appointed Buck Keenan partner Mano DeAyala to his transition advisory team.

“I’m excited as we work through this transition and prepare for the years ahead,” Paxton said in a press release. “We are building a highly qualified and dedicated team.”

Buck Keenan Included in “Best Law Firms” List for Litigation

We are pleased to announce Buck Keenan’s inclusion in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list.

Buck Keenan was named a Best Law Firm in the Houston metropolitan area and was ranked as Tier 1 for Litigation.

To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the US.

“For thirty years, U.S. News has provided consumers with accurate, in-depth information and rankings of a wide range of institutions,” said Tim Smart, Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report, in a press release. “Law firms are an integral part of our rankings and a natural accompaniment to the law school rankings.”

DeAyala Recognized as Super Lawyer

Buck Keenan partner Mano DeAyala was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2014. DeAyala was recognized for business litigation expertise for the fourth consecutive year. The list of Texas Super Lawyers was compiled by Thomson Reuters and will be published in an upcoming issue of Texas Monthly.