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2022

SHJ Defeats International Fitness Company in Complete Trial Victory

SHJ was engaged to represent a Houston woman who filed suit against SoulCycle after developing rhabdomyolysis – a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when damaged muscle tissue releases its proteins into the bloodstream – several days after her first SoulCycle spin class. The case went to trial, where partners Logan Johnson and Varant Yegparian drew on their extensive commercial litigation skills to craft a compelling narrative that unraveled SoulCycle’s defense. Ultimately, our client was awarded 100% of her claimed damages, a seven-figure amount, along with all recoverable fees and costs.

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Schiffer Hicks Johnson Earns 2022 Chambers Ranking

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business announced that Schiffer Hicks Johnson (SHJ) has been ranked as a leading law firm in the Texas Litigation: General Commercial practice area for 2022. Less than 1 percent of U.S. law firms receive this important distinction.

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SHJ Welcomes Two New Associates

Robert Rankin and Daniel J. Scime have joined the firm as associates. Robert comes to SHJ from the New York office of Paul Weiss, where he focused on a broad range of civil litigation matters. He clerked for the Colorado Supreme Court and is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. Dan, also a University of Chicago Law School graduate, previously practiced general litigation in Skadden’s Chicago office.

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Meet Summer Associate Wafa Kazmi

Wafa is a rising 3L at Washington University School of Law, where she is active in the school’s Women of Color Law Society, International Law Society, and South Asian Law Society. Previously, she served as a judicial intern to Justice Veronica Rivas Molloy of the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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Meet Summer Associate Ben Blefeld

Ben is a rising 3L at the University of Houston Law Center, where he sits on the board of the Houston Law Review. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Psychology with honors. He returns to SHJ after completing the firm’s summer law internship program last summer.

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SHJ Wins Trial Victory in Breach of Contract Case

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Intertek, a large, multinational consulting firm, attempted to breach its lease with Trical Commercial, an arm of the Los Angeles-based development company Bycor and Trical Construction, over allegations of toxic mold. Trical Commercial engaged SHJ to file suit for breach of contract and seek millions in damages.

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Meet Diversity Fellow Yuxin (Vivian) Wen

Yuxin (Vivian) Wen joins the firm next month as a member of our inaugural class of diversity fellows. She is a 1L at UCLA School of Law, where she volunteers at El Centro Reentry Legal Clinic and Incarcerated Persons Correspondence Project. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Comparative Literature.

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Meet Diversity Fellow Gabriele Josephs

Gabriele Josephs joins the firm next month as a member of our inaugural class of diversity fellows. He is a 1L at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he serves as a legal fellow at the LawTech Center. He graduated from University of Richmond with a B.A. in Political Science.

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Exculpation Provisions in LLC Agreements: A Comparison of Delaware and Texas

Case law involving limited liability companies (LLCs) is rapidly evolving. Some states, most notably Delaware, permit LLCs to limit or eliminate liability for breaches of fiduciary duty by an LLC’s members or managers. Other states cabin that ability to varying degrees. Disputes regarding breaches of fiduciary duty can often hinge on the scope of any relevant exculpation provisions in the LLC agreement, and the body of law governing the LLC agreement can materially alter outcomes. Individuals seeking to do business in Texas are likely to encounter LLCs that were organized in Delaware (popular for, among other things, this very reason) and in Texas. In this article, managing partner Andy Hicks and associates Bryan Zubay and James Keefe compare key differences between Delaware and Texas law on LLC exculpation provisions.

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Trial Firms Win Big With E-Discovery

Senior counsel Matt Davis supervises SHJ’s e-discovery efforts in addition to his litigation work for the healthcare and energy industries. Here, he talks about the genesis of his role, the future of the firm’s e-discovery practice, and why clients are increasingly choosing small litigation firms over Big Law.

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Texas Vineyards Win Significant Procedural Victory in Chemical Drift Litigation

In June 2021, SHJ filed suit on behalf of 57 Texas High Plains vineyards seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from Bayer-Monsanto and BASF. While Bayer-Monsanto and BASF removed the lawsuit to a federal multidistrict litigation pending in Missouri, a U.S. district judge announced that the case would be sent back to the Texas state court where it was originally filed.

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On the Right Track: From BigLaw to Boutique

Partner Persis Dean joined SHJ in 2015 after six years as in-house counsel for Exxon Mobil Corporation and three at Vinson & Elkins. Recently elected to the partnership, she is poised to help lead the firm through its most rapid growth period yet. Here, Dean discusses what it’s like to be a working parent in corporate law, her approach to mentoring, and the benefits of boutique firm life.

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