Houston Legal Services

Civil Appeals, Summary Judgement, Death Penalty Sanction Appeal

CERTIFIED SPECIALIST IN BOTH CIVIL APPELLATE LAW AND PERSONAL INJURY TRIAL LAW BY THE TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION

The Law Offices of William E. Ryan represents individuals, businesses and other attorneys throughout the Houston, Texas area in connection with civil appeals, civil litigation, claims for personal injury including wrongful death, medical malpractice and legal malpractice, and other civil matters. As an experienced lawyer, Mr. Ryan, understands that the law affects people in many different ways. Here are only a few of the services that you can rely on The Law Offices Of William E Ryan to perform:

Civil Appeals

For matters involving an appeal from a District or County Court at Law judgment to a Texas Court of Appeals. Mr. Ryan has been Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since December of 1992. Mr. Ryan was thus awarded what the Board calls a “Certificate of Special Competence” in the field of Civil Appellate Law. Board certification is perhaps the best indicator that a layman can look to in determining whether an attorney is competent in a particular field of law,

Appellate Case List – 10/30/2013

Mr. Ryan has obtained favorable results for his clients from the appellate courts of the State of Texas in the following cases:

  1. Clark v. Pimienta, 2002 Tex. App. LEXIS 8308 (Tex. App. – Beaumont 2002, no pet.) Obtained a reversal, in part, of a summary judgment in a breach of contract case. Upon remand to the trial court, Mr. Ryan obtained a summary judgment in his client’s favor for actual damages in the amount of $10,314,647.50, plus prejudgment interest in the approximate amount of $13,189,861.00, plus postjudgment interest.
  2. Valenzuela v. State & County Mutual Fire Insurance Company, 317 SW3d 550 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 1991, no pet). Obtained a reversal of a summary judgment in an insurance case that involved the adequacy of a summary judgment affidavit.
  3. Gordon v. Ward, 822 SW2d 90 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 1991, writ denied). Obtained a reversal of a summary judgment on behalf of a plaintiff suing an attorney in a legal malpractice case.
  4. Smith v. Cutrer & Jefferson, 2002 Tex. App. LEXIS 432, (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2002, no pet) Obtained a reversal of a summary judgment on behalf of plaintiffs suing a law firm in a legal malpractice case
  5. New v. Albina, 1993 Tex. App. LEXIS 1847 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 1993, no writ). Obtained a reversal when the trial court imposed a “death penalty” sanction by striking plaintiff’s experts in a medical malpractice case and then granted summary judgment.
  6. Marvin v. Fithian, 2008 Tex. App. LEXIS 4902 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2008, no pet). Obtained an affirmance where a doctor appealed the trial court’s denial of the doctor’s motion to dismiss in a medical malpractice case.
  7. City of Houston v. Texan Land & Cattle Co., 138 S.W.3d 382 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2004, no pet.) Obtained a partial reversal in a case against the City of Houston involving inverse condemnation (where the State takes land without formally condemning it).
  8. Taub v. Aquila Southwest Pipeline Corp., 93 SW3d 451 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2002, no pet.) Obtained a partial reversal in a condemnation action.
  9. Taub v. Dedman, 56 SW3d 83 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2001, pet. denied). Obtained a reversal in a case involving the interpretation of an order of the trial court. The issue was whether the order was final.
  10. Terrace Land Co. v. American Refuse Inc., 2002 Tex. App. LEXIS 3168 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2002, pet. denied). Obtained an affirmance as to most issues in a case involving trespass and damage to land.
  11. McWhorter v. Sheller, 993 SW2d 781 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 1999, pet. denied). In a case that also involved other issues, Mr. Ryan obtained a reversal of sanctions awarded against an attorney for alleged bad faith conduct.
  12. Hinklin v. Aulds, 2000 Tex. App. LEXIS 647 (Tex. App. –Beaumont 2000, no pet.). Obtained a reversal in a case involving a party’s right to take a non-suit.
  13. Target Mud and Drilling Fluids Inc. v. Herrera, 1991 Tex. App. LEXIS 1865 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 1991, writ denied). Obtained a dismissal of an appeal on the grounds that the appeal was not timely filed.

Civil and Personal injury Litigation

For matters involving a lawsuit resulting from a dispute between private parties (individuals or corporations). Cases falling under the civil litigation area of the law usually concern matters such as breach of contract, malpractice, personal injury, title to land, trespass and damage to land, inverse condemnation of land or the claim to the proceeds of an oil and gas well by a royalty owner or a working interest owner. Mr. Ryan has been Board Certified in Person Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since December of 1996. Mr. Ryan was thus awarded what the Board calls a “Certificate of Special Competence” in the field of Personal Injury Trial Law. Board certification is perhaps the best indicator that a layman can look to in determining whether an attorney is competent in a particular field of law.

Many civil disputes, as well as personal injury disputes, are settled out-of-court through negotiation and mediation. Mediation is a process where a neutral third party assists the parties to the dispute in resolving the matter. A mediator has no authority to impose a solution, his or her role is to facilitate communication and assist the parties to come to an agreement. Mediation is quite common in Houston, with excellent results.

This is a brief description of the many services that The Law Offices Of William E Ryan offers. For more information, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Mr. Ryan, call us today.