A complex web of disciplinary rules, court rules, ethics opinions, statutes, and case law from both state and federal courts governs the professional responsibilities of Texas lawyers and judges. Herring & Panzer has tried, or resolved without the necessity of trial, a broad range of cases and matters that have involved those areas of law, including:
We know what it’s like to practice law in today’s changing, competitive, and media-saturated environment. Our combined 50 years of litigation experience gives us real-world perspective when dealing with legal malpractice and legal ethics and disciplinary issues. We have represented both sides of the malpractice and disciplinary dockets, but our goal is always to seek the best possible resolution for our clients, whether through negotiation, settlement, or trial.
Additionally, Chuck and Jason continue to handle a docket of commercial and general civil litigation matters, just as each of them has done for over 50 years combined.
Legal malpractice claims can run the gamut from traditional professional negligence liability claims to breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraud and various other tort claims, and a variety of statutory liability claims.
Lawyer Disqualification can arise when circumstances occur that may require their disqualification as counsel. Both Federal and state courts have the power to disqualify a lawyer or law firm from continuing to represent a client.
Lawyer discipline proceedings typically begin with a complaint (grievance) filed with the State Bar’s Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel against a lawyer. Sanctions can range from a private reprimand through disbarment, and can damage or even terminate a lawyer’s career.
Legal ethics issues can arise at any point before, during, or after an attorney-client relationship—and even when no client is involved. Such issues can arise in advertising and marketing efforts, dealings with prospective clients, evaluating potential conflicts of interest, addressing confidentiality and communication issues, fees, litigation conduct, and on and on, throughout the practice of law and relationships with clients, courts, and third parties.
State bar admission and licensing issues can affect law students seeking a first law license; disbarred lawyers seeking reinstatement; and lawyers from other states and countries seeking admission to practice in Texas through courts or the Texas Board of Law Examiners.
Commercial and general litigation has been a central practice focus for Chuck and Jason since each of them began practicing law more than 30 years ago. From breach of contract claims to fraud and other tort claims, to a variety of antitrust and other statutory claims, we have handled cases in a wide range of factual settings, including general business disputes, internal corporate battles, construction cases, employment claims, personal injury cases, and litigation against state entities and officials.