Notable Cases

Various Trial And Published Accomplishments

  • Franceschini v. Sec’y of HHS: US Court of Federal Claims, Claims Court & Court of Claims Cases United States Court of Federal Claims 2019 U.S. Claims LEXIS 614
  • In re Complain of Bill Gorman Excursion Boats, Inc.: US District Court Cases United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Panama City Division U.S. Dist. 2018 LEXIS 196420
  • Robert Patten on behalf of KP., Pro Ami v. Young And Uber: Cause No. DC-15-12852; In the District Court for Dallas County, Texas (2018) (Favorable jury verdict of our client)
  • Fitzpatrick v. Reale: Court of Appeals of Texas, Third District, Austin 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 1906
  • National Security Fire & Casualty Company, et al v Ozier Hurst: Cause No. 14-15-06714-CV (Tex. App – Houston [14th] 2017, writ to Supreme Court denied) (Our client. National affirmed take nothing judgment)
  • Jackson v. Stroud: Court of Appeals of Texas, First District, Houston 539 S.W.3d 502 (2017)
  • Mark Hilton v. Kirby Inland Maine, C.P., et al.: Cause No. 1:15-CV-0093; In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division (2016) (Dismissal in client’s favor with no payment)
  • Jedediah Higginbotham v. Drake Towing, L.L.C., et al.: Cause No. 2:15-CV-0898; In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2015) (Dismissal in client’s favor with no payment)
  • Hanover Insurance Co. v. Plaquemines Parish Government: Cause No. 12-1680; In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2015)
  • Carl D. Shaw v. Everhome Mortgage Co.: Cause No. 2011-58741; In the 151th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas (Favorable jury verdict for our client)
  • The Gray Insurance Company v Rodney Heggy, Individually and Heggy & Associates, L.L.C.: 2012 WL 4128034 (W.D. Okla. Sept. 19, 2012)
  • Paul Jones v. Howard McCall, Inc., Cameron Charter Boats, Inc., and ABCCO Services, Inc.: Thirty-Eighth Judicial District Court of Louisiana, Cameron Parish 2011 La. Dist. LEXIS 444 (Killeen & Stern represented the Plaintiff’s alleged Jones Act employer and at the conclusion of trial, the jury found our client to have no liability.)
  • Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. v. Flores: Thirteenth District, Corpus Christi - Edinburg 2011 Tex. App. LEXIS 4664 (Plaintiffs demanded approximately $80 million and received less than $1 million after trial)
  • Simonis v. Nat’l Sec. Fire & Cas. Co.: District Court of Texas, 172nd Judicial District, Jefferson County 2011 Tex. Dist. LEXIS 4400
  • Alexander v. Martin: US District Court Cases United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97755
  • Scott D. Martin v. Ruben S. Martin, III: Cause No. 2008-961-A; In the 188th Judicial District of Gregg County, Texas. (Killeen & Stern represented Ruben Martin. Scott Martin sought $120 million from Ruben Martin. After a ten day jury trial Scott Martin received a verdict of $3.4 million and legal fees. The case was appealed and the Sixth Court of Appeals reversed the jury verdict and rendered a take-nothing judgment.)
  • Scott D. Martin, Appellant/Cross-Appellee vs. Ruben S. Martin, III, Cross Appellant/Appellee: In the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Judicial District of Texas; Appellate Case No. 06-09-00069-CV
  • Courtney Noel Martin and Robin Thomas Martin v. Scott D. Martin, Individually and as the Trustee of the Ruben S. Martin, III Dynasty Trust: Cause No. 2008-1436-A; In the 188th Judicial District Court of Gregg County, Texas. (Killeen & Stern represented the Plaintiffs and on December 7, 2009, obtained a $5.5 million jury verdict; trust dispute)
  • Cal-Co Grain Co. v. Whatley: Thirteenth District, Corpus Christi - Edinburg 2008 Tex. App. LEXIS 358
  • In the Matter of Virgin Offshore USA v. Texas Crewboats, Inc., et al: Case Number 2:04-cv-00740-PM-APW in the United States District Court of Louisiana. (Successful zero verdict obtained)
  • In the Matter of the Complaint of Unity Marine Corporation, Inc: as Owner of the M/V Carson or Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability; Civil Action No. H-01-3320; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. (Successful Limitation of Liability)
  • In the Matter of Sandbar I, Inc: as Owner and F&L Marine Management, Inc. as Operator of the M/V Lady Laura.; Civil Action No. 02-1521c/w 02-3408); In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. (Successful exoneration of liability)
  • Virgil Lee Conner, Sharon Conner and Dennis L. Freeze v. T.W. Laquay Dredging, Inc., Garrett Construction Company and Brown Water Marine Service, Inc: Cause No. 042533-G; In the 319th Judicial District Court of Nueces County, Texas
  • Charles Catlin vs. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company: Civil Action No. C-04-047; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Corpus Christi Division ($90,000.00 property damage demand; $0 verdict)
  • Shelia R. Hicks v. Captain Elliott’s Party Boats, Inc.: Cause No. 24006 * PS03; In the 239th Judicial District Court of Brazoria County, Texas (wrongful death case- damages pled in excess of $1,000,000.00; summary judgment dismissal)
  • Carl Bender v. Midstream Fuel Service, LLC, et. al: Civil Action No. 04-1930; In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ($900,000.00 personal injury demand; $0 initial verdict)
  • Rodrigo Magana and his wife, Maria Magana v. Hammer & Steel, et. al: Civil Action No. H-03-1406; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division ($3,000,000.00 personal injury demand; $0 verdict)
  • Stolt Achievement, Ltd. v. Dredge B.E. Lindholm, its engines, tackle, appurtenances, etc.: in rem and Weeks Marine, Inc., in personam; Cause No. H-02-4024; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. 40 F.3d 266 (5th Cir. 2006)
  • KMR Capital, L.L.C. v. Bronco Energy Fund, Inc.: US District Court Cases United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division U.S. Dist. 2006 LEXIS 86240
  • C&P Coal Corp. v. Consolidation Coal Co.: US District Court Cases United States District Court for the District of Utah, Central Division U.S. Dist. 2006 LEXIS 32681
  • Morales v. Martin Res., Inc.: Court of Appeals of Texas, Eleventh District, Eastland, 2005 183 S.W.3d 469
  • Sally Colbert and Johnston Colbert v. Matrix Rehabilitation – Texas, Inc., et. al: Cause No. 2002-43267; In the 113th Judicial District of Harris County, Texas (personal injury case- damages sought in excess of $1,000,000.00; dismissal)
  • Dr. Mark Nichols and Mark Lynn Nichols, M.D., P.A., vs. Harry A. Harrison and Dottie Harrison: Cause No. 2002-36525, 133rd Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Diana Edrich, et al. vs. Kirk Franceschini, et al.: District Court of Texas, 345th Judicial District, Travis County 2002 JVR No. 410691, 2002 WL 32158974 (LRP Jury)
  • Edwin Alberto Alvarez v. Texaco, Inc., Texaco Exploration and Production, Inc., Hercules Offshore Corporation, Parker Drilling Offshore Corporation, and Parker Drilling U.S.A., LTD.: United States District Court, S.D. Texas, Galveston Division 2001 WL 1824325 (ALM Tex.Jury) (Bench trial; defense verdict)
  • Martin Gas Sales, Inc. v. Pactiv Corporation, Formerly known as Tenneco Packing Specialty and Consumer Products, Inc.: District Court of Texas, 280th Judicial District, Harris County 2001 WL 1824967 (ALM Tex.Jury)
  • In the Matter of Cal-Co Grain Company, Inc. v. Warren Whatley, Harold L. Evans and Lester Frazier Appellants, v. Richard Whatley and Wife, Glenda Whatley, Appellees: Case Number 13–05–120–CV in the Court of Appeals of Texas, Thirteenth District, Corpus Christi
  • Dewey v. Wegner: 138 S.W.3d 591 (Tex.App. – Houston [14th District] 2004) (NO. 14-02-00985-CV)
  • Albert Pierre and Southeast Aggregates, Inc. v. Scott Construction, et al consolidated with Audubon Indemnity Company and Scott Construction Equipment Company, L.L.C. vs. Southeast Aggregate, Inc. and Security Insurance Co. of Hartford: 903 So.2d. 34 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2004).
  • Continental Dredging, Inc. v. De Kaizered, Inc: 2003 WL 22214293 (Tex.App.-Texarkana, September 26, 2003) (NO. 06-02-00157CV)
  • In re ZC Sterling Ins. Agency, Inc: 2003 WL 22254672 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Houston] Oct. 2, 2003)
  • Northfield Ins. Co. v. Tri My Way:  US District Court Cases United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1066
  • In re Santa Fe Intern. Corp: 272 F. 3d 705 (5th 2001)
  • Gaines Towing and Transp., Inc. v. Atlantia Tanker Corp: 191 F.3d 633, 2000 A.M.C. 664 (5th (Tex.), October 19, 1999) (NO. 98-20283)
  • Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London v. Oryx Energy Co.: 142 F. 3d 255, 146 Oil & Gas Rep. 495 (5th (Tex.), May 26, 1998) (NO. 97-40376)
  • Lawrence v. Coastal Marine Service of Texas, Inc.: 983 S.W.2d 757 (Tex.App.-Beaumont, Dec 31, 1997) (NO. 09-96-110CV)
  • Storebrand Ins. Co. U.K., Ltd. v. Employers Ins. of Wausau: 974 F.Supp. 1005 (S.D.Tex., Aug 25, 1997) (NO. CIV. A. G-96-671)
  • Borne v. Vintage Petroleum, Inc.: 949 F.Supp. 492 (S.D.Tex., Dec 13, 1996) (NO. CIV. A. G-95-777)
  • Lowe & Sons v Great American Surplus Lines In’s: 572 So. 2d 206 (La. App. 1st Circuit 1990)
  • Quave v. Progress Marine: 918 F.2d 33 (5th (La), Nov 14, 1990) (NO. 89-3779)
  • State v. Johnson: 508 So.2d 953 (La.App. 4 Cir., Jun 3, 1987) (NO. C-7865)
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