Buck Keenan News

$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…)

Gage elected trustee at Sewanee

Bill Gage, a Partner at Buck Keenan, LLP, was recently elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Trustees at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. (more…)


May 3, 2010 – Buck Keenan LLP recently secured a favorable judgment on behalf of American Humate Inc. (AHI) in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles. E.F. Mano DeAyala, a partner in the firm, represented AHI along with local counsel David P. Schack and Matthew B. O’Hanlon, attorneys with the Los Angeles office of K&L Gates LLP. AHI, an Alaskan scrap metal business, filed the lawsuit against Ameuro Global Procurement, Inc., Zhen Cheng Trading Co., Zhen Cheng, LLC, Anthony On, Martin Shiang and Norman Wong, alleging that the defendants fraudulently induced AHI to enter into a $1.3 million scrap purchase agreement and, thereafter, breached the agreement. The defendants counterclaimed that AHI breached the contract but dismissed the claim during trial.

After a four day trial, the court found that all defendants conspired to defraud AHI and breached the scrap purchase agreement. The court awarded AHI $1.3 million in damages.

Founded in 1990, Buck Keenan LLP (Buck, Keenan, Gage, Little Lindley & DeAyala, LLP) is a broad-based business litigation and labor and employment firm located in downtown Houston that offers personalized legal counsel to a wide spectrum of clients and industries, from individuals to Fortune 500 companies to governmental entities. The attorneys at Buck Keenan are experienced in handling matters throughout the United States as well as in international arbitration. For more information, visit www.buckkeenan.com.