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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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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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Texas Bar Foundation Elects Partner Adam Dinnell to Fellowship

Congratulations to partner Adam Dinnell, who has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, an invitation only extended to less than 1% of lawyers in the state each year. Nomination is based on outstanding contributions to the legal profession as well as a demonstrated commitment to the community.

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Schiffer Hicks Johnson Fall 2021 Newsletter

In Q2 and Q3 of 2021, we’ve been busy expanding our recruiting efforts and launching new firm initiatives. Our fall newsletter contains recent thought leadership content, hiring news, and updates on the slate of high-profile matters we’ve been handling over the past several months, including a $560 million suit on behalf of 57 Texas High Plains wine grape growers that made national headlines.

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Meet Chase Hinman

Chase Hinman joined the firm in May as a project assistant. He recently graduated from Rice University with a double major in Philosophy and Kinesiology. Throughout college, he worked as an EMT and as special events coordinator for Rice’s Emergency Medical Services.

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SHJ Partner Penny Nicholson Leads Successful Effort for Plaintiff in Fifth Circuit Appeal

After a wheelchair user was injured while boarding a major airline’s aircraft in Houston, Texas, she was awarded almost $4 million in damages by a jury sitting in the Southern District of Texas. Penelope Nicholson and the SHJ team were retained by her trial counsel to lead the effort on appeal. Through our briefing and oral argument, we succeeded in persuading the Fifth Circuit to affirm the district court’s judgment in its entirety.

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Meet Hana Ferrero

Hana Ferrero joined the firm in June as a project assistant. She recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in Economics and Political Science. Her legal experience includes a judicial internship with a Florida circuit court judge as well as an internship with Michigan Justice Advocacy, a nonprofit organization that advocates for legislative change on behalf of incarcerated citizens.

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Meet Rachel Brown

SHJ is proud to welcome our largest-ever class of summer associates to the firm. Rachel Brown is a rising 3L at The University of Chicago Law School, where her contributions include serving as president of the Federalist Society.

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Meet Ryan Penner

SHJ is proud to welcome our largest-ever class of summer associates to the firm. Ryan Penner is a 2L at the University of Texas School of Law. Previously, he worked as a summer associate at Vinson & Elkins. Ryan entered the legal field after seven years as a high school teacher in Houston, where he taught geometry, statistics, and debate. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Meet Kelly Swanson

Kelly Swanson is a rising 3L at Tulane Law School. Prior to law school, Kelly was a reporter at Global Investigations Review, where she covered government agency and internal corporate investigations of issues relating to international anti-bribery and corruption, financial services misconduct, fraud, and money laundering. She earned an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford University and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Washington & Lee University.

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