On June 9, 2005, Plaintiff was driving his SUV on 13th Street in Lubbock, Texas, when he was hit at the intersection of 13th and Avenue Q by Rachelle Vanderdussen, a college student at Texas Tech University. Vanderdussen registered .13 on a preliminary breath test that was conducted, but failed to complete the formal breathalyzer. Vanderdussen, although a minor, had also posted extensively on Facebook with photos and comments concerning her drinking escapades.
Roe v. Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory Services
Jul 17, 2002
Established new rules for CPS investigations.
In this case, I succeeded in clarifying prior legal standards set for caseworkers investigating cases involving young children. When a young girl was needlessly subjected to intrusive searches and photography, the Fifth Circuit agreed that it was a violation of the young girl's civil rights.
Christopher Martin, et. al. v. BNSF
Apr 25, 2006
On October 18, 2003, Plaintiff Christopher Martin, age 2, was a passenger in a Kia Rio driving westbound on 4th Street in Hale Center, Texas, with his mother and stepfather, great-grandmother and cousins. As the vehicle crossed the railroad grade crossing at 4th Street, they were hit by a southbound freight train operated by BNSF Railway Company. The crossing had no gates or flashing lights, and witnesses testified that the freight train failed to blow its horn as it approached the crossing.
Killed were Shatarica Martin (19), Denatzhia Moses (18 mos.), Jean Johnson (71). Christopher and his cousin, Natasha Johnson (11) received severe injuries.
Davis v. Communication Company
Jul 27, 2009
Melissa Davis, a 25 year old bartender and mother of a young child, was in the parking lot of the Lone Star Oyster Bar on 34th Street in Lubbock when she was run over by a vehicle owned by a major midwest communication company and operated by one of its employees. Melissa received severe bruising, which turned into a severe staph infection, requiring extensive hospitalization and lengthy recovery time.
Discovery revealed that the driver, who was arrested for DWI at the scene of the accident, had a prior history of alcohol related incidents, and that the company was aware of this but hired him anyway.
We were proud to be able to have a such a great result for this young woman and her child.
Shelkovich v. Shelkovich
Aug 22, 2014
$548,452.00 Trial Verdict
Dmitriy Shelkovich sustained severe orthopedic injuries when he was a passenger in a single-vehicle accident.