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Previous Decisions

Not Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Appellate court decisions in which I have been involved include the following:

The Accommodation Doctrine, VirTex Operating v. Bauerle, Operators v. Deer Hunters

In January 2019 I presented the following paper at a continuing legal education seminar entitled “Oil & Gas Disputes” sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. This paper covers a so-called “accommodation doctrine” dispute between an operator and surface owners in a case I tried for the operator in Frio County, Texas.

The Accommodation Doctrine (PDF Format)

Unclaimed Mineral Proceeds Commission

In 2014 I served by appointment of Texas Governor Rick Perry as the Presiding Officer of the Unclaimed Mineral Proceeds Commission created by HB 724, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. The following is the Commission’s Report.

UMPC Report (PDF Format)

Texas Wrecker Service, et al. v D. R. Resendez and R. Schalman d/b/a Apollo Towing/Easy Rider Wrecker Service

2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1571 (Tex. App. Corpus Christi – 2017, no pet.). This was a dispute between two towing companies. I represented the Texas Wrecker.

Opinion (PDF Format) 

Vanessa Cahill, et al. v. Mike Bertuzzi, et al.

2010 Tex. App. LEXIS 3951 (Tex.App.—Corpus Christi 2010, pet. denied) (dispute concerning political party activities). I represented Mike Bertuzzi and other local Republican Party activists on a pro bono basis.

Opinion (PDF Format) 

Zoila V. Longoria, et al. v. Edward A. Lasater, et al.

2009 Tex. App. LEXIS 188 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2009) (dispute concerning minerals located in Brooks County, Texas). I represented the Lasater Family.

Opinion (PDF Format)

Unique Staff Leasing I, Ltd., as Subrogee of Victor Rodriguez, Deceased, v. Extreme Machinery Co, Inc.

2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51519 (W.D. Tex. 2008) (workers’ compensation case relating to the death of an employee and the remand of the case from federal to state court). I represent Unique Staff Leasing.

Opinion (PDF Format)

T. Michael Quigley v. Robert Bennett

227 S.W.3d 51 (Tex., No. 05-0870, June 8, 2007.) (Value of a royalty interest in minerals can not be considered in determining compensation for geologic services with no written agreement). I represented Mike Quigley.

Majority Opinion (PDF Format)

Concurring & Dissenting Opinion (PDF Format)

Opinion of San Antonio Court of Appeals following remand by Supreme Court (PDF Format)

Lucie Carr Armstrong, Jr., et al. v. Sarita Storey Armstrong Hixon, et al.

206 S.W.3d 175 (Tex. Civ. App—Corpus Christi 2006, pet. denied) (suit involving whether a person adopted as an adult is a descendant under a will). I represented Sarita Armstrong Hixon and her siblings.

Opinion (PDF Format)

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