- Attorneys Thomas C. Wright and Jessica Zavadil Barger secured a major victory when a Texas appellate court overturned a $43.5 million jury verdict and clarified what evidence and intent are required to allow a worker injured on the job to be exempted from the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act. – click here to learn more
- An appeals court win by lawyers from Wright & Close remains intact and drastically reduced a jury award saving the firm’s client about $2 million in a train derailment dispute. – click here to learn more.
- Wright & Close LLP secured two take-nothing judgments after the Texas Supreme Court denied review in two of the firm’s cases, one of those involving $22 million in damages. –click here to read more.
- W&C partner Tom Wright was quoted by the national legal news service Law360 about Texas legal fees legislation that would expand recoverable attorneys’ fees in commercial disputes. Mr. Wright told a reporter that “restoring the attorneys’ fee provision to what it used to be before the change to ‘corporations and individuals’ will appropriately adjust the risk between parties and give good incentives to people to honor their contracts.” He was quoted in the news story, Texas Bill May Fix Cos.' Unequal Footing In Atty Fee Fights (subscription required).
- W&C kicks off 2017 with another win in the Texas Supreme Court – in UDR Texas Properties v. Petrie – affirming the protections afforded to property owners from claims arising from criminal activity on their premises. See the Our Appeals page for details.
- W&C partner, Tom Wright, presents argument to the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of the petitioner in Noble Energy, Inc. v. ConocoPhillips Company, No. 15-0502, on January 12th.
- Best Lawyers names W&C a “Tier 1” law firm in the categories of Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation–Defense, and Appellate Practice.
- W&C closes out 2016 with two favorable decisions from the Texas Supreme Court – in Byrdson Services v. SETRPC and in 4Front v. Rosales – issued on the same day. See the Our Appeals page for details.
- W&C’s attorneys start off the summer with back-to-back wins in the Texas Supreme Court – in Centerpoint Builders v. Trussway and In re J.B. Hunt – followed up with a win in the 4th Court of Appeals reversing a $9.5 million judgment against our client. Check out the Our Appeals page for details.
- W&C partners Howard Close and Patrick McAndrew successfully represented a power company in a “baseball” arbitration concerning the sale of a $250 million power generation plant, in which our opponents sought damages of $125 million. After a one-week proceeding, the arbitration panel chose our side’s proffered damage figure, and found our opponents were entitled to recovery from our client of only one percent of the damages claimed.
- W&C partners Howard Close, Randy Owens, and Brad Snead successfully represented royalty interest owners in a large carbon dioxide fields in Colorado, in a lawsuit against ExxonMobil (the working interest owner). After a one-week trial, the jury found ExxonMobil breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing by selling the CO2 at an artificially low price over several years. This litigation will have a beneficial impact for royalty interest owners in this field going forward.
- H Texas magazine names Tom Wright, Howard Close, Jessica Barger, Randy Owens, and Marie Jamison as outstanding Houston attorneys.
- Firm wins reversal of $22 million judgment and a take-nothing judgment for its client in an appeal of an oilfield accident case.
- Martindale-Hubbell names Randall Owens a “Top Rated Lawyer” in the field of Labor & Employment Law.
- Firm partner Raffi Melkonian is interviewed by Boston radio station WEEI (93.7FM) about the 2nd Circuit decision in the National Football League’s appeal from the reversal of Tom Brady’s suspension. Here’s the link: http://media.weei.com/a/114858579/federal-appellate-lawyer-raffi-melkonian-give-his-expert-analysis-on-2nd-circuit-court-s-decision-4-25-16.htm
- Justin Campbell and Suzanne Goss join the firm as Of Counsel. Ken Fair joins the firm as a Partner.
- For the third year in a row, Firm named a “Tier 1 Best Law Firm” in the categories of Personal Injury Defense and Appellate Practice.
- Firm wins a dozen appeals in the first eight months of the year, including a 5th Circuit decision upholding a $40 million arbitration award for our clients.
- Tasha Taylor and Raffi Melkonian are recognized by Law & Politics on its annual list of Texas Rising Stars®.
- Howard Close, Russ Hollenbeck, Randy Owens, and Tod Phillips are recognized by Law & Politics on its annual List of Texas Super Lawyers®, and Tom Wright is included as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Texas.
- Lisa Wright joins the firm as an associate.
- Firm again named as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm in categories of Personal Injury Defense and Appellate Practice.
- Marie Jamison and Brad Snead are named partners in the firm.
- Firm wins a dozen appeals, including three in the Texas Supreme Court.
- Andrew Nelson coaches the South Texas School of Law moot court team to a national championship at the Burton Weschler First Amendment Moot Court Competition, in Washington, D.C.
- Firm is listed in Tier 1 of the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Appellate Practice and Personal Injury Litigation—Defendants.
- Wright & Close is named a finalist in Texas Lawyer magazine’s “Litigation Departments of the Year” feature in the category of “General Litigation.” Read Article Here.
- Firm successfully persuades Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a $50M judgment in favor of our client in a trade secrets case.
- Tom Wright, Howard Close, Russ Hollenbeck, Randy Owens, and Tod Phillips are recognized by Law & Politics on its annual List of Texas Super Lawyers®.
- Kathleen Rose is elected President-Elect of the Houston Bar Association Federal Practice Section.
- Natasha Taylor and Raffi Melkonian join the firm as associates.
- Firm moves into new offices at One Riverway, Suite 2200.
- Firm wins a $38M arbitration award for its clients.
- In defense of patent infringement claims, the firm obtains a decision from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals invalidating our opponent’s patent.
- Andrew Nelson and Andrea C. Geohegan join the firm as associates.
- Patrick McAndrew and Jessica Barger are named partners in the firm.
- Firm's lawyers win 6 appeals in first four months of the year.
- Firm wins complete defense verdict in defense of $60M breach of trust case.
- Jessica Barger is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate law.
- Tod Phillips is named a partner in the firm.
- Patrick McAndrew named a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation section of Law & Politics' annual list of Texas Super Lawyers®.
- Elizabeth Rivers joins the firm as an associate.
- Marie Jamison joins the firm as an associate.
- Governor Rick Perry appoints firm partner Harvey G. Brown to serve as Justice of the First Court of Appeals. Harvey is a brilliant lawyer and a good friend, and will be an outstanding appellate jurist.
- Kathleen Rose is named a partner in the firm.
- Randy Owens, a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, joins the firm as a Partner.
- Tom Wright argues last case of the year in the Texas Supreme Court.
- Portrait of Harvey G. Brown, Jr. is hung in the 152nd Judicial District Court of Harris County, where he served as judge from 1995-2002.
- In the term ending July 2009, the Texas Supreme Court rules in favor of the firm’s clients in four out of four cases pending in that Court.
- Firm is named in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell.