Buck Keenan News

Dismissal for Former Officers in Dispute Over Sale of Company

In Cause No. 2011-60992; Champion Window, Inc. v. Ralph Zuckerberg and Patrick M. Cahill; In the 270th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas, and the related arbitration, plaintiff alleged defendants, former officers of the company, made misrepresentations and violated agreements in connection with the sale of the company. On behalf of its client, Buck Keenan attorneys Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright obtained a dismissal with prejudice and favorable confidential settlement of all claims, which were in excess of $94 million.

Dismissal in Real Estate Dispute

In Cause No. 2015-23038; Procon USA Collections, Inc. v. James P. Charnquist, et al.; In the 164th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas, Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $2 million in connection with a South Carolina real estate development. Buck Keenan attorneys Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright obtained a dismissal of all claims against their client.

Summary Judgement in Commercial Real Estate Fee Dispute

In Cause No. 2015-28805; Transwestern Property Company SW GP, L.L.C. d/b/a Transwestern v. Midas Equity LLC, Elite Street Capital, LLC Yehonaton Sade, et al.; In the 164th Judicial District, Harris County, Texas, Transwestern alleged Defendants committed business torts and violated a contract seeking damages in excess of $1 million. After conducting strategic discovery, attorneys Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright obtained a summary judgment after oral argument disposing of all claims against their clients.

Favorable Settlement of Employment Dispute

In Cause No. 16-0696; Eurenco, Inc. v. Clark O. Regan in the 428th District Court of Hays County, Texas, attorneys Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright represented a U.S. subsidiary of a French-based fuel additives company in litigation and obtained a temporary restraining order, injunction, and favorable confidential settlement prior to trial on its claims against its former CEO related to misuse of proprietary information, violations of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, and tortious interference.

Favorable Settlement in African Oil and Gas Concession Dispute

Attorneys Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright represented a U.S. based energy company as Claimant in an ICC administered arbitration against a subsidiary of a London-based public company related to its operation and ownership of an oil and gas concession in Africa. After obtaining favorable interim measures, the parties engaged into a confidential settlement prior to final hearing.

DeAyala Recognized As Super Lawyer

Buck Keenan partner Mano DeAyala was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2016, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of Texas attorneys receive this distinction. DeAyala was recognized for business litigation expertise for the sixth consecutive year.

DeAyala In the News

E. F. Mano DeAyala - Partner at Buck Keenan LLPCongratulations to Buck Keenan partner Mano DeAyala who was recently elected 2017 President of the “C” Club of Houston, an organization consisting of 100 businessmen and professionals in Harris County whose purpose is to support and elect candidates possessing high moral principles, conservative fiscal policies, and a vision for a strong economy.

DeAyala was also recently appointed 2017 Chairman of the Board of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas (“HRT”). HRT is dedicated support and elect qualified conservative candidates and elected officials in Texas.

Baker Hughes Oilfield Lawsuit Against Ex-Employee Dismissed

Buck Keenan recently participated in defending a lawsuit brought by Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations against an ex-employee for alleged violations of a non-compete agreement and trade secrets act, and was able to get it dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction.

$450,000 Final Summary Judgement

In Stan Brian Akins and Timothy D. Miller v. Hiram Perez, et al. in the 157th District Court of Harris County, Texas, attorneys Mano DeAyala and Andrew Wright obtained a final summary judgment in the amount of $450,000 involving the sale of their clients’ environmental remediation business. After conducting strategic discovery, BK attorneys moved for summary judgment on their clients’ affirmative claims that Defendants and the purchaser had breached various agreements. The trial court granted summary judgment after oral argument.