Appellate Litigation

Appellate and Litigation | Stevens Baldo Freeman and Lighty, LLP of Houston and Beaumont, TexasSB&L has a successful record in post-trial matters and appeals, including the preparation and presentation of motions, writs, briefs and, ultimately, arguments to the state and federal appellate courts. The firm handles appeals of cases it has tried as well as cases that have been tried by other firms. Our appellate lawyers frequently become involved in a case before the actual trial to assist in pre-trial matters, trial matters, research of legal issues, preservation of error, charge preparation and objections.

Representative Cases:

  • Able Supply Co. v. Moye, 898 S.W.2d 766 (Tex. 1995) (landmark discovery abuse case);
  • Albertson v. T.J. Stevenson Co., 749 F. 2d 223 (5th Cir. 1984) (cause of action for “traumatic event / latent manifestation” Jones Act personal injury accrues on date of exposure);
  • Brown v. Pittsburgh Corning Corp., 909 S.W.2d 101 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1995) (clarifying procedure for making challenges to potential jurors for cause);
  • Chevron, U.S.A., Inc. v. Simon, 813 S.W. 2d 491 (Tex. 1991) (credit for waiver of subrogation rights);
  • Cimino v. Raymark Indus., 739 F. Supp. 328, 1990 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7224, CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. P12772 (E.D. Tex. 1990) (extrapolated class action);
  • Click v. Owens Corning Fiberglas, Corp., 899 S.W. 2d 376 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1995) (product exposure);
  • Dartez v. Owens-Illinois, Inc., 910 F.2d 1291 (5th Cir.1990) (landmark products liability evidentiary standard)
  • Diamond Offshore Mgmt. Co. v. Guidry, 171 S.W.3d 840 (Tex. 2005) (Jury charge in Jones Act case);
  • Graffagnino v. Fibreboard Corp., 776 F.2d 1307 (5th Cir.1985) (construction and operation of release);
  • Gulf Oil v. Ford, Bacon and Davis, Texas, 782 S.W.2d 28 (Tex. App.-Beaumont 1989) (contractual indemnity);
  • Harrison v. Texas Employers’ Ins. Assoc., 747 S.W.2d 494 (Tex. App.-Beaumont 1988) (workers’ compensation);
  • In re: Fibreboard Corp., 893 F.2d 706 (5th Cir.1990) (innovative class action);
  • International Dairy Queen, Inc. v. Matthews, 126 S.W.3d 629 (Tex. App.- Beaumont [Ninth District] 2004) (attorney ad litem fees);
  • Jenkins v. Raymark Industries, Inc., 782 F.2d 468 (5th Cir.1986) (class action);
  • Keene Corporation v. Caldwell, 840 S.W.2d 715 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1992) (mandamus granted to protect defendant’s claims of attorney-client and attorney work product privileges);
  • Keene Corporation v. Wittig, 855 S.W.2d 280 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1993) (mandamus issued to prevent trial court from enforcing improper discovery order);
  • Kirby Forest Industries v. Kirkland, 772 S.W.2d 226 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1989) (defines premises owner’s right of control over independent contractor and duties);
  • Ledesma v. Texas Employers’ Ins. Assoc., 795 S.W. 2d 337 (Tex. App.-Beaumont 1990) (duty to supplement discovery; sufficiency of evidence);
  • Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co. v. Crane, 898 S.W.2d 944 (Tex. App.-Beaumont 1995) (reversing award of punitive damages in insurance bad faith lawsuit);
  • Owens-Illinois, Inc. v. Estate of Burt, 897 S.W.2d 765 (Tex. 1995) (announcing rule for accrual of prejudgment interest in latent disease cases); and
  • Srite v. Owens-Illinois, Inc., 870 S.W.2d 556 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 1993) (affirming jury finding of zero damages).