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Apr

07

2016

PHY Secures Victory for Trustee

A Bandera County state district judge granted summary judgment in favor of a lawyer, appointed as a trustee under a deed of trust, and his firm, in a dispute over the sale of a Hill Country ranch.  The plaintiffs purchased an 1150 acre ranch and then sued the seller and the trustee, for fraud and breach of contract, after the plaintiffs subsequently sold the ranch.  PHY showed that the plaintiffs’ claims against the trustee failed as a matter of law under the terms of the deed of trust and were barred by the statute of limitations, among other grounds.  The trustee and his firm were represented by David Prichard and David Montpas.


May

01

2015

PHY Wins Trial for Kawasaki in Corpus Christi

After just forty minutes of deliberation, following a two-week trial, a jury in Corpus Christi found that there was no design or marketing defects in a 2006 Kawasaki Mule.  Plaintiff Richard Fisher was attempting to load the unlatched cargo bed of the Kawasaki Mule when he alleged that it suddenly tipped, causing him to fall and injure himself.  The plaintiff alleged that the Kawasaki Mule was defectively designed and marketed.  The plaintiff maintained Kawasaki should have used a different design for securing the cargo bed and should have also provided better warnings.  At trial, the plaintiff asked the jury to award him over $6 million in damages.  Kawasaki was represented by Jeff Hawkins and David Prichard of PHY, Rick Mueller of Thompson Coburn in St. Louis, Augustin Rivera, Jr. of Dunn, Weathered, Coffey, Rivera & Kasperitis in Corpus Christi and Tom Johnson of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.


Mar

30

2015

PHY Wins Wrongful Death Case for Honda

A federal judge in Houston denied the plaintiff’s motion for new trial in a wrongful death case against American Honda Motor Co., Inc. that PHY won on summary judgment.  On January 6, 2015, the federal court granted summary judgment in favor of Honda finding that the plaintiff failed to offer evidence on a key element of their design defect theory.  Honda showed that the plaintiffs’ expert had no evidence that his proposed alternative design was economically feasible as required by Texas law.  The federal court granted summary judgment on the plaintiffs’ claims for design defect, negligence and breach of warranty.  The plaintiffs asked the judge to reconsider his ruling, but he denied the request on March 30, 2015.  Honda was represented by Jeff Hawkins, David Prichard and David Montpas of PHY as well as by Derek Whitefield of Dykema Gossett in Los Angeles.


Apr

22

2014

Texas Super Lawyer Names Daniela Gonzales Aldape and Shelayne Clemmer Texas Rising Stars

Texas Super Lawyers have announced the 2014 List of Texas Rising Stars, and Prichard Hawkins Young is proud that two of their attorneys, Daniela Gonzales Aldape and Shelayne Clemmer were named to this distinguished list.  Ms. Aldape is a partner with the firm and handles complex litigation matters in Texas and surrounding states, focusing on product liability.  Ms. Clemmer’s practice encompasses both trial work and appellate matters covering a variety of practice areas.


Jan

22

2014

PHY Wins Appeal in Partnership Dispute

The Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio affirmed summary judgment and jury verdict findings in a case successfully tried by PHY in 2013.  The lawsuit involved a dispute between partners and partnerships over the sale of hill country real estate.  PHY’s Kevin Young represented the partnerships and tried the case along with Jackson Walker’s Chris Mugica, who represented one of the partners.  As plaintiffs, they prevailed on two summary judgment motions concerning whether the other partner’s permission was necessary to sell the partnership’s property.  At trial, Kevin and Chris prevailed on a breach of contract claim and successfully defended the claims asserted by the other partner.

PHY’s David Montpas served as lead appellate lawyer for the plaintiffs and argued the case before the court of appeals on December 5, 2013.  The case was sent back to the trial court to determine the amount of plaintiffs’ attorneys fees.

Serengeti Resort, LLC et al v. Esperanza Properties, LP et al


Oct

11

2013

David Prichard & Kevin Young Selected as 2013 Top-Rated Lawyers in Commercial Litigation

American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell selected PHY’s partners as Top-Rated Commercial Litigation Attorneys based on their AV-Preeminent peer review rating—the highest rating in legal and ethical standard.


Oct

10

2013

PHY Achieves Top 100 Verdict of 2010-2012—Welcomed into Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame!

The verdict secured by David Prichard and the PHY trial team in Lowry v. Jankovic is ranked in the Top 100 Verdicts of 2010-2012! In recognition of the $61.75 million jury verdict, PHY will be inducted into the Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame!


Sep

18

2013

PHY Selected as 2013 Top Ranked Law Firm in Texas

We are pleased to announce that PHY achieved the recognition of 2013 Top Ranked Texas Law Firm. The ranking identifies exceptional legal professionals and is put out by Martindal-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings and the prestigious AV Preeminent Ratings. PHY received this distinction because of the uniquely high number of AV Preeminent-rated attorneys at our firm.


Aug

16

2013

Grant McFarland Selected By Peers for Best Lawyers in America

Grant McFarland has been selected by peers for recognition as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Product Liability Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation. Many congratulations to Grant on the distinction.


Jul

28

2013

PHY’s David Montpas Recognized as Top Appellate Attorney in the Area

David has been chosen by S.A. Scene as one of 2013’s best lawyers in San Antonio in the field of appellate law. Congratulations, David!


Jul

26

2013

Jeff Hawkins Recognized Among Best Product Liability Defense Attorneys

S.A. Scene’s Lawyers: Best of 2013 features Jeff Hawkins as one of the best in San Antonio in his field of product liability defense. Please join us in congratulating Jeff on the honor.


Jul

25

2013

Congrats to PHY’s Managing Partner Kevin Young on His Distinction in S.A. Scene’s Best Lawyers

Kevin Young was recently recognized as one of the best attorneys in the area in the area of business litigation. Join us in congratulating Kevin on the honor.


Jun

20

2013

David Prichard Nominated for Leading Practitioner in the Field of Product Liability Defense

Join us in congratulating David Prichard on his 2013 peer nomination to be recognized as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of product liability defense. David is listed in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for his work in the area of products defense.


Apr

23

2013

David Prichard Selected to Serve as Chairman of Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee

U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz selected PHY’s David Prichard to serve as Chairman of the bipartisan Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee. FJEC is composed of leading Texas attorneys who will screen and recommend nominees for vacancies on the federal bench and in the U.S. Attorney offices in Texas.


Feb

19

2013

PHY Helps Secure Judgment of Over $2.25 Million on Indemnity Claim

PHY’s David Montpas assisted with motion and appellate support both at the liability trial as well as assisting with brief in support of Titeflex’s requested indemnity damages.


Jan

28

2013

PHY Vacates Improperly Issued Judgment against VIA Metropolitan Transit

PHY’s David Prichard and David Montpas successfully vacated a four-year old default judgment against VIA worth over $100,000.


Jan

15

2013

3 PHY Associates Named Rising Stars

PHY congratulates Shelayne Clemmer, Meredith Riggs, & Bill Thompson on their recognition as Rising Stars—the best and brightest up-and-comers in the legal community.  We have known it all along, and we are proud to share the news with you.


Dec

21

2012

Bexar County District Court Grants PHY’s Motion for Summary Judgment Securing a Win for Clients

In a case that has been in ongoing litigation for over a decade, Bill Thompson, Kevin Young and Pat Boone successfully defeated a plaintiff’s allegations that PHY’s clients fraudulently transferred funds out of their real estate investment company. At a hearing on Monday, Bexar County District Judge Sakai summarily dismissed all of the plaintiff’s claims in a ruling from the bench.


Nov

07

2012

PHY Wins Product Liability Case for Kawasaki in Brazoria County, Texas

This is the second major defense verdict obtained by Jeff Hawkins for PHY clients in 2012.  Earlier this year, Jeff and Grant McFarland successfully defended a rollover case for Honda in federal court in Lufkin, Texas.  This time, Jeff and David Prichard won a hard fought trial for Kawasaki involving allegations of a defective fuel system design.


Oct

22

2012

PHY Attorneys Named Texas Super Lawyers

PHMY’s Grant McFarland, David Prichard, and Kevin Young named Texas Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, Civil Defense Litigation, Personal Injury Defense, and Products Liability.


Oct

22

2012

PHY Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in Personal Injury Defense and Products Defense

PHMY Partners recently selected by peer review to be named Best Lawyers in the country.  PHMY named Best Law Firms in San Antonio.


Aug

24

2012

PHY’s Managing Partner, Grant McFarland, Named One of the Best Lawyers in America

Join us in congratulating Grant McFarland on his well-deserved recognition as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Product Liability Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation.


Aug

23

2012

PHY Welcomes Bill Thompson to the Firm

We are pleased to announce that Bill Thompson joined our team.


Jun

07

2012

PHY Wins $61.75 Million Jury Verdict in Breach of Contract Case

David Prichard, on behalf of plaintiffs, led the trial team of Glenn MacTaggart, Shelayne Clemmer, and David Montpas to a successful jury verdict on all counts.  Mr. Prichard has practiced law for more than 30 years, trying over 150 lawsuits to jury verdict all over the country.


May

25

2012

DRI, the International Organization of Civil Defense Attorneys, Recognizes PHY Attorneys

Following their trial win for Honda, PHY’s Jeff Hawkins and Grant McFarland earned recognition from DRI, the international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation.


May

21

2012

PHMY’s Appellate Team Gets Victory for Titeflex Corporation

Got a great trial team in place but need some extra help?  PHMY’s appellate group can provide the litigation support you need to round out your trial team and get the win.


Mar

22

2012

PHMY’s Kevin Young Wins Week-Long Jury Trial in Boerne

After four days of testimony, a Kendall County jury found for PHMY’s client in a fiercely fought breach of fiduciary duty case.


Feb

29

2012

PHMY Wins Rollover Case for Honda in East Texas

After six days of testimony, a federal court jury in Lufkin, Texas unanimously found for PHMY’s client, Honda.


Jan

16

2012

PHMY Announces New Partner Daniela Gonzáles Aldape

PHMY is proud to announce the firm’s newest partner, Daniela Gonzáles Aldape.


Jan

10

2012

Kevin Young Named Outstanding Lawyer by the San Antonio Business Journal

Managing Partner, Kevin Young, is recognized as one of San Antonio’s Outstanding Lawyers by the San Antonio Business Journal.  Kevin was nominated by his colleagues and clients as one of the city’s Most Outstanding Litigation Attorneys.


Feb

12

2011

PHMY Obtains Summary Judgment on Behalf of Kawasaki

PHMY attorneys were successful in obtaining a summary judgment on behalf of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. in a multi-party product liability suit filed in the 215th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas.


Jan

31

2011

PHMY Obtains Dismissal of ATV Lawsuit

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. was dismissed from a product liability lawsuit where it was alleged that a 2008 KFX-450 ATV was defective and caused serious injuries to the Plaintiff.


Jan

04

2011

PHMY Wins Summary Judgment on behalf of Honda

American Honda Motor Company and Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. were represented by Jeff Hawkins, Grant McFarland, David Montpas, and Daniela Gonzalez Aldape.


Jan

03

2011

PHMY Announces New Partner

Prichard Hawkins McFarland & Young proudly announces that David R. Montpas has become a partner of the firm.


Aug

16

2010

PHMY Obtains Summary Judgment on behalf of Local Credit Union

District Judge Strauss granted summary judgment in favor of Security Service Federal Credit Union on all claims brought by a Houston-area plaintiff.


Aug

13

2010

Summary Judgment in favor of Hyundai Motor America

State District Judge Lorraine Raggio granted summary judgment in favor of Hyundai Motor America in a product liability action in Dallas County.


Jun

29

2010

PHMY Successfully Defends Defense Verdict on Appeal in the US Fifth Circuit

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the defense verdict obtained by PHMY in favor of Honda.  In the 2009 lawsuit, the Plaintiff alleged she was ejected from her Honda Civic due to a defect in the seatbelt buckle that allowed it to become unlatched during an accident.


Mar

10

2010

Houston Jury Returns a Defense Verdict in Less than One Hour

David Prichard tried a product liability case to a defense verdict this week in Houston.


Aug

27

2009

Jury Finds for Yamaha in Nation’s First Rhino Case

Ray v. Yamaha Motors et al., Orange County District Court, August 2009


Apr

30

2009

Honda Wins Trial Over Allegedly Defective Seatbelt

Price v. American Honda Motor Company, et al.


Apr

01

2009

Court Finds in Favor of GM in Seatbelt Case

Jason Roberts v. General Motors Corporation


Jan

15

2009

Investment Adviser Triumphs in Fee Dispute

International Reality, Inc., et al. v. Don Ferrari


Jan

01

2009

PHMY Proudly Announces the Appointment of Marialyn Barnard to the 4th Court of Appeeals

Governor Perry appoints Marialyn Barnard to fill a vacancy on San Antonio’s Fourth Court of Appeals.


Jul

20

2007

Jury Finds for General Motors in Death Case

Newsome v. General Motors Corp.


Jan

15

2007

PHMY recognized by General Motors for Professional Diversity

Prichard Hawkins McFarland & Young LLP ranked number one in the percentage of minorities performing work on behalf of General Motors in 2005 and 2006.


Jan

04

2007


Jul

19

2006

Union Pacific Settles Railroad Death Case for $9 million

Estate of Roger Bruenig, et. al. v. Union Pacific Railroad, et. al.


Feb

06

2006

DHL and Airborne Express Prevail in Dispute Over International Shipping

Latin American Couriers, et al. v. DHL Worldwide Express, et. al.