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Buck Keenan partner Lesley Little won a jury trial in Harris County’s 133rd District Court. Les and his client alleged that the defendant welder and his employer negligently started a fire while working on a sandblasting cabinet. The defendants denied the claims and their insurer refused to make any settlement offers. The jury found both the welder and his employer negligent, and they awarded $198,000 to compensate the Plaintiff for smoke damage to his property.

Andrew C. Wright Joins Buck Keenan

Buck Keenan is pleased to welcome Andrew C. Wright. Prior to joining Buck Keenan, Andrew was General Counsel for an international independent oil and gas exploration company with offices in Rome and Houston. He previously practiced law in the Hamburg office of White & Case LLP and with ExxonMobil.

“Andrew’s corporate and general counsel experience will help him anticipate the needs of our clients,” said Robin Lindley, managing partner of Buck Keenan. “His unique background makes him an excellent addition to our team.”

$1.2 Million Settlement for Ike Insurance Claim

A Houston real estate developer sued its insurance company for underpayment and non-payment of policy benefits after 2 office buildings suffered heavy roof and exterior damages during Hurricane Ike. After the case had been pending for over a year, the parties mediated without success. The client then turned to Buck Keenan partner Lesley Little to take over the litigation. After only 4 months, Les was able to settle the case for over a million dollars.

DeAyala Prevails in Landmark Housing Discrimination Case

After three years of litigation in state and federal court including a jury trial, Federal Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas dismissed a housing discrimination and conspiracy lawsuit filed by Anthony G. Petrello against Matthew W. Prucka, his wife, their real estate professionals, Heritage Texas Properties and Peggy McGee, and the purchaser of their historic home.  (more…)