Our Expertise

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General Casualty

Our Casualty and General Liability attorneys represent clients in a wide array of matters ranging from wrongful death and catastrophic injuries to minor injury and/or property damage claims. We are frequently hired to defend cases involving multiple Plaintiffs and/or multiple deaths.Our attorneys serve as panel counsel for many insurance carriers representing individuals and businesses, including manufacturers, distributors, and all types of service providers. We are frequently hired to act as monitoring counsel advising defense counsel and insurers on strategy and collaborative resolution.

Our Casualty and General Liability attorneys represent clients in a wide array of matters ranging from wrongful death and catastrophic injuries to minor injury and/or property damage claims. We are frequently hired to defend cases involving multiple plaintiffs and/or multiple deaths. We are skilled in handling casualty matters from the pre-suit investigation stage through trial and appeal.

Our attorneys serve as panel counsel for many insurance carriers representing individuals and businesses, including manufacturers, distributors, and all types of service providers. We are frequently hired to act as monitoring counsel advising defense counsel and insurers on strategy and collaborative resolution. In both roles, we approach matters by partnering with the carrier and the insured to reach resolution.

Throughout the duration of our representation, we provide metrics regarding case evaluation, budgeting, and ROI. This reporting is customized to match to the particular client’s desired information and provided in a sequence that matches the client’s internal reporting timeframe. We also deliver a case summary report upon conclusion of all cases.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of a property owner and general contractor from a construction site injury where the Plaintiff alleged over $400,000 in damages based on our summary judgment motions.
  • Favorably resolved a multi-million dollar default judgment against a property owner facing a premises liability lawsuit.
  • Successfully represented regional grocery store in jury trial against claimant’s allegation of premises liability.
  • Obtained a no-evidence summary judgment for a non-subscriber client on the claimant’s allegation of unreasonably dangerous condition on premises.

Construction Law

Finding a law firm to keep pace with your construction issues is as important as finding the highest quality materials. The Hermes Law, P.C. construction attorneys handle transactional and litigation needs during all design and construction phases, and litigate everything from property damage caused by defective design or construction to injuries on the job site to contract payment disputes. We represent owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, architects, engineers and sub-consultants.

Our transactional services include contract drafting, review and negotiations; bidding and bid protests; and construction administration support including assistance in terminating defaulting parties, interim payment/back charge disputes, closing out projects, and filing/defending against lien and bond claims; negotiating pre-suit settlements for disputes arising out of major construction-related incidents such as structural failures, bankruptcy, catastrophic loss of the project due to fire/Acts of God and differing conditions; preparation of claims for wrongful terminations and claims for delay/acceleration, differing conditions, loss of overhead and unpaid change requests.

Finding a law firm to keep pace with your construction issues is as important as finding the highest quality materials. Hermes Law will give you a solid legal foundation on which to forge your project. Our Construction practice group handles transactional and litigation needs during all design and construction phases of a Project. We litigate everything from property damage caused by defective design or construction, to injuries on the jobsite, to contract payment disputes.

Our Construction practice group has extensive experience with clients in every aspect of the industry. We understand the complexity of issues associated with building design and construction. We represent owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, architects, engineers, and sub consultants.

Hermes Law also provides Risk Management consulting services to clients of all trades to help them prepare for future lawsuits and issues that arise on the construction site. We also provide transactional services regarding contract negotiation and review, payment disputes, and perfecting, removing and foreclosing on liens.

Whether the situation you face requires a pre-suit investigation, or defending an arbitration or lawsuit pending in state or federal court, our teams of savvy, experienced attorneys can take on these issues for you and guide your business through the minefield associated with claims. Hermes Law’s full range of litigation services includes defense and prosecution of breach of contract, negligence, breach of express and implied warranty, DTPA, or fraud claims involving property damage, death or personal injury, nonpayment, and defective design/construction in state and federal courts; mediations; arbitrations; and, pre-suit investigations and recommendations concerning potentially liable parties.

Hermes Law’s full range of transactional services includes filing/defending against lien and bond claims; bidding and bid protests; construction administration support such as assistance in terminating defaulting parties, interim payment/back charge disputes, closing out projects; contract drafting, review, and negotiations; negotiating pre-suit settlements for disputes arising out of major construction-related incidents such as structural failures, bankruptcy, catastrophic loss of the project due to fire/Acts of God, and differing conditions; preparation of claims for wrongful terminations; and claims for delay/acceleration, differing conditions, loss of overhead, and unpaid change requests.

LITIGATION REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE:

  • Obtained a verdict on all causes of action reached by the jury by defending a land developer against claims over $5 million for alleged improper development of land.
  • Defended a steel manufacturer and installer against claims totaling over $43 Million regarding damages suffered during a hurricane. We obtained a successful dismissal based on our summary judgment motion.
  • Obtained early, voluntary dismissal of claims against a fire sprinkler subcontractor in a construction defect matter based on our summary judgment motion regarding damages related to a water leak at a condominium.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of claims against a fire sprinkler subcontractor in a construction defect matter based on our summary judgment motion regarding damages related to a water leak at an apartment complex.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of a property owner and general contractor from a construction site injury where the Plaintiff alleged over $400,000 in damages based on our summary judgment motions.
  • Negotiated remediation to an apartment complex for water penetration on behalf of general contractor’s (client) alleged construction defects in constructing the balconies and limited claimant’s damages against the client to below cost of repair.
  • Negotiated remediation to a bank headquarters for water penetration on behalf of exterior component manufacturer’s (client) alleged manufacturing defects in producing the balcony railing and limited claimant’s damages against the client to below cost of repair.

Professional Liability

If you own or manage property, knowing how to prevent lawsuits and how to handle them if you become a target is crucial. The Hermes Law defense team will help you both evaluate potential hazards and defend those decisions after suit is filed.

Premises liability covers situations in which an individual is injured due to a hazard on property that is owned or managed by someone else. The most common cases involve a person who slips and falls on another’s premises, but this practice area also can involve dog attacks, chemical exposure, criminal activity and other situations that the property owner might not have foreseen.

Our attorneys have successfully defended property owners against premises liability claims in a variety of situations. We understand federal and state regulations concerning property owners and the nuances of the claims procedure. Our attorneys are committed to protecting our clients from frivolous or fraudulent lawsuits, and have the knowledge and skill to evaluate your claim and manage risk.

REPRESENTATIVE A&E EXPERIENCE:

  • Successfully defended an architect in arbitration against malpractice claims made by commercial owner for design of a 10-story parking garage and obtained $160,000 award against owner for architect’s unpaid fees on contract providing for recovery of services at an hourly rate.
  • Represented aviation engineering and design consulting firm in dispute over interior redesign and rehabilitation of Lockheed L-1011 jumbo jet owned by Saudi sheik where obtained summary judgment enforcing limitation of liability clause to cap damages at $25,000 on claim for $10 million.
  • Represented international architectural firm in dispute regarding ADA compliance for prominent private school built into a hillside with a ninety foot fall in elevation.
  • Represented MEP engineer in successful resolution of dispute over AC system for projection rooms in several large movie theater multiplexes in Texas and other states.
  • Represented consulting engineer specializing in fuel storage and handling facilities in dispute over design of terminal for barges to off load fuel where significant tide changes occurred.
  • Obtained early dismissal of claims against landscape architect in death case involving eight deaths, based on failure of Plaintiff to obtain the requisite Certificate of Merit.
  • Negotiated remediation to a police department for mold and water penetration on behalf of architect’s (client) alleged design error in designing the exterior envelope and limited claimant’s damages against the client to below cost of repair based on Plaintiff’s initial demand over $10 million.
  • Represented MEP engineer in dispute over deficiencies in back up electrical generator, water pump pressure for fire suppression system and other electrical design errors during restoration and conversion project of 1930s era downtown building.
  • Negotiated remediation to a private subdivision developer for sloughing of detention ponds on behalf of engineer’s (client) design error in the slope’s design and limited claimant’s damages solely to cost of repair.
  • Negotiated remediation to levees in coastal port for levee failure caused by engineer’s (client) design error and limited claimant’s damages solely to cost of repair.
  • Defended municipality’s Project Engineer against an unsuccessful bidder’s claims of engineer malpractice in the bidding process and awarding of contract to second lowest bidder.

A&E Professional Liability is a significant part of our practice. Our attorneys have worked on hundreds of design professional malpractice claims defending architects, engineers, surveyors, landscape designers, irrigation engineers, and numerous other design professionals.

We have successfully counseled and defended these design professionals whether in the context of responding to administrative grievances, or investigating and resolving claims in pre-suit, or litigating claims through trial. Our representation has ranged from the large-loss, complex design claims to the small, but equally important to the professional, design dispute. Regardless of the size of the claim or the nature of the damages or injuries, the claims against our design professional clients have no boundaries and have ranged from residential projects to commercial projects to public works projects. They have even included a Lockheed L-1011 widebody jet. As a result, Hermes Law’s professional liability attorneys bring an incredibly wide-range of invaluable experience to the table in representing each of their design professional clients.

 Product Liability

If you are a manufacturer or distributor of any type of product, you need a law firm that understands how to protect your business. A product liability claim can be filed against anyone involved in manufacturing or distributing a product that causes harm.

The Texas legislature has passed strong statutory provisions governing product liability litigation in Texas, providing statutory indemnity obligations, and providing protections for various parties involved in a particular case. These cases often raise complicated indemnity and cross indemnity claims as well as jurisdictional issues for our foreign manufacturer and distributor clients.

At Hermes Law, the Products Liability practice group represents manufacturers and distributors of a wide range of products, including industrial and agricultural equipment, children’s products, chemicals, tires, and consumer products. Many of our clients lead the market for their particular product. For clients with products that are the subject of frequent litigation, we serve as national counsel in order to ensure consistency in how the cases are handled.

If you are a manufacturer or distributor of any type of product, you need a law firm that understands how to protect your business. A product liability claim can be filed against anyone involved in manufacturing or distributing a product that causes harm.

The Texas legislature has passed strong statutory provisions governing product liability litigation in Texas, providing statutory indemnity obligations, and providing protections for various parties involved in a particular case. These cases often raise complicated indemnity and cross indemnity claims as well as jurisdictional issues for our foreign manufacturer and distributor clients.

At Hermes Law P.C., the Products Liability practice group represents manufacturers and distributors of a wide range of products, including industrial and agricultural equipment, children’s products, chemicals, tires, and consumer products. Many of our clients lead the market for their particular product. For clients with products that are the subject of frequent litigation, we serve as national counsel in order to ensure consistency in how the cases are handled.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Extensive experience defending both U.S. based and international product manufacturers and distributors in multiparty litigation in both state and federal courts.
  • Long standing representation and defense of water supply line manufacturers in over 250 product liability disputes in state and federal court as well as in arbitration.
  • Multiple cases representing a furnace/HVAC manufacturer in product liability litigation involving death, injuries, and/or large scale property damage.
  • Representation of crane hook manufacturer in product liability litigation involving the death of an individual allegedly caused by the failure of a crane hook on an overhead crane.

Commercial Litigation

Our Commercial Litigation attorneys help businesses and individuals prosecute and defend claims brought by and against the government, competitors, employees, shareholders, customers and the public. Typical matters include breach of contract claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, antitrust suits, property and title disputes, trade secrets and class actions lawsuits.

Our experienced team provides businesses and individuals with aggressive representation in all phases of dispute resolution. Our focus is on cost-efficient and effective resolution of disputes and claims.

Premises Liability

If you own or manage property, knowing how to prevent lawsuits and how to handle them if you become a target is crucial. The Hermes Law defense team will help you both evaluate potential hazards and defend those decisions after suit is filed.

Premises liability covers situations in which an individual is injured due to a hazard on property that is owned or managed by someone else. The most common cases involve a person who slips and falls on another’s premises, but this practice area also can involve dog attacks, chemical exposure, criminal activity and other situations that the property owner might not have foreseen.

Our attorneys have successfully defended property owners against premises liability claims in a variety of situations. We understand federal and state regulations concerning property owners and the nuances of the claims procedure. Our attorneys are committed to protecting our clients from frivolous or fraudulent lawsuits, and have the knowledge and skill to evaluate your claim and manage risk.

Healthcare

Hermes Law has an extensive practice in the representation of hospitals, physicians, practice groups, nurses, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, pharmaceutical companies, managed care organizations, emergency room staffing firms, home health agencies as well as other healthcare providers and organizations. Our experience ranges from representation of individual physicians in medical malpractice cases to handling complex class actions on behalf of national healthcare enterprises. We handle all aspects of healthcare litigation including medical malpractice defense, health insurance litigation, contract and business disputes and managed care litigation. We have experience and expertise in the trial of medical negligence cases and other types of healthcare litigation throughout Texas.

Hermes Law, P.C, a new generation law firm, serves the risk industry with excellence in legal services. Our experienced attorneys and legal staff are dedicated to delivering results consistent with our client goals and to providing transparent, metric-driven case management throughout the life-cycle of every case.

Hermes Law is one of the first firms of its kind to disrupt the traditional practice of law by designing an integrated technology stack to automate case administration, and a streamlined workflow to enable concentration on legal expertise – all in an open space designed to promote collaboration and elevated client service. Hermes Law is a proud affiliate of “The Harmonie Group,” an exclusive national network of independent law firms.

The attorneys at Hermes Law, P.C. have a long history and background in the field of medical malpractice defense and have represented most. If not all, types of healthcare providers in defending the healthcare providers as to the care and treatment provided to patients in the different settings and specialties, including the representation of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, healthcare provider groups, allied health providers, home health agencies, and other healthcare providers and organizations.

The attorneys at Hermes Law, P.C. have handled all aspects of a medical malpractice case with successful results at the trial court level, appellate court level, and in the Texas Supreme Court. Hermes Law, P.C. has provided this quality representation in different counties and venues throughout the State of Texas.

Transportation Law

Transportation law involves issues surrounding motor carriers, shippers and anyone else involved in the process of transporting products and people from one place to another. Typical cases concern freight loss and damage, interstate commerce, truck accidents and overweight truck violations.

Hermes Law attorneys find and maintain contact with defendant drivers who no longer work for our client, but are needed to testify. We have extensive experience in defending motor carriers and have a database of “expert witnesses” who frequently testify for plaintiffs.

If you’re a motor carrier facing a claim, you can count on our transportation attorneys’ expertise and record of success. Not only do we often successfully defend such claims in court, but we also have achieved summary judgments due to our familiarity with technical rules and regulations.

Hermes Law attorneys specialize in providing aggressive and efficient representation of its transportation clients, including both trucking operations and bus companies. We specialize in all federal and state regulatory, technical, and legal issues that impact our client’s operations and exposure for fatalities, catastrophic injuries, and cargo/freight claims.

We work with transportation companies and carriers by performing emergency response to incidents, pre-litigation investigations and retention of experts to provide early assessment and resolution where appropriate. We handle complex, multi-party, multi-plaintiff, catastrophic losses. Finally, we serve in a monitoring role for excess/surplus carriers where there is a need to ensure the excess/surplus carrier is represented and fully apprised of the underlying lawsuit.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE:

  • Work with transportation companies and carriers by performing emergency response to incidents, pre-litigation investigations, collection of key evidence, and retention of experts to provide early assessment and resolution where appropriate.
  • Successfully defended commercial motor coach company in multiple lawsuits arising from a motor vehicle accident which included 44 Plaintiffs and three fatalities.
  • Successfully represented national car dealership in jury trial against a breach of contract claim.
  • Successfully defended transportation company in million dollar jury trial against negligence, negligent hiring, training and supervision, negligent entrustment, and gross negligence claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment for transportation company based on no evidence of negligent hiring, training, and supervision.
  • Obtained summary judgment for transportation company faced with Stowers demand of $1,000,000 policy limits.

Property

We have experience in cases involving all aspects of property insurance claims. Our attorneys counsel property insurers regarding coverage and claims issues, assist in claim investigations, coordinate outside experts and consultants, take examinations under oath, provide coverage opinions, and counsel insurers participating in appraisals.

When property insurance claims result in litigation against property insurers, we defend contractual and extra-contractual claims including allegations of bad faith and unfair insurance claims practices.

Hermes Law represents insurance carriers in all aspects of firstparty residential and commercial property claims. Our attorneys counsel property insurers regarding coverage and claims issues, assist in claim investigations, coordinate outside experts and consultants, take examinations under oath, provide coverage opinions, and counsel insurers participating in appraisals. When property claims turn into lawsuits, we counsel and defend insurers against allegations of breach of contract, violations of the Texas Insurance Code, violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing.

We handle all phases of property related cases from the pre-suit investigation stage through mediation or trial, including appeals to the Texas Supreme Court.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE:

  • Handle first party property claims and lawsuits arising out of large scale weather events such as hail storms and other adverse weather for Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London. Familiar with the London market and the underwriting/brokerage process at Lloyd’s.
  • Successfully represented Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London in first party property lawsuit in which Lloyd’s was sued for violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Texas Insurance Code, Breach of Contract, Bad Faith, and Negligence.
  • Obtained early resolution settlement for Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London in first party property lawsuit involving commercial real estate.
  • Successfully represented Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London in first party property lawsuit involving residential real estate.
  • Worked closely with team of experts to provide immediate response to time sensitive matters. Work included determining cause and origin of alleged claim, whether alleged claim is covered under policy, and successfully negotiated early resolution whenever possible.

Appellate Law

When the outcome of a case is challenged, either by you or by a plaintiff, experienced counsel and representation is critical in the appeal process.

We offer a variety of appellate services at the state and federal levels. Even if Hermes Law, P.C. was not involved at trial, our appellate counsel is available to research appellate issues, review the trial record and give you an honest opinion regarding the likelihood of success on appeal. Our appellate counsel is available to partner with trial counsel at any stage of the litigation to handle interlocutory appeals and original proceedings reviewing key trial-court rulings, prepare dispositive motions and draft and argue jury charges. After trial we will prepare and respond to post-verdict motions, judgment formation issues and handle briefing and the presentation of oral argument in your case on appeal. Hermes Law, P.C. is also ready to advise you on protection of assets and how to suspend execution of judgment while your case is pending an appeal.

Our appellate counsel works closely with our trial lawyers at every phase of your case to improve the likelihood of success at trial and on appeal and reduce legal costs over the life of the dispute.