Litigation

“[Litigation:] A machine which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage.” — Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1906).

Chuck Herring and Jason Panzer bring decades of commercial litigation and general litigation experience to the representation of clients involved in such disputes.

Chuck Herring has been certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1985. Before forming his own firm, Chuck was a partner at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue–then the second-largest law firm in the United States. He became the partner in charge of the litigation group in Austin, and worked on Jones Day high-stakes litigation matters across the country. Before Jones Day, he was partner in charge of the litigation group at Small Craig & Werkenthin–at the time a “large” firm by Austin standards, with some 80 attorneys. Jason also was a shareholder at Knisely Prehoditch & Panzer, PC before joining with Chuck to form Herring & Panzer.

Chuck also is coauthor (with Professor Alex Albright) of Handbook of Texas Discovery Practice, first published in 1999 and since then updated annually.

The combination of practical civil litigation experience and experience handling legal ethics and malpractice issues gives Herring & Panzer a useful and unusual perspective when it comes to handling business-to-business disputes. Commercial litigation often turns on the classic “morality tale”–that is, who the judge or jury believes “did wrong.” Herring & Panzer has handled a wide variety of disputes, including:

  • Breach of contract cases
  • Fraud cases
  • Employment disputes
  • Insurance coverage cases
  • Personal injury claims
  • Construction cases
  • Real estate matters
  • Antitrust claims
  • Whistleblower claims
  • Trade secrets disputes

Our first goal is to try to resolve disputes without the expense and delay of trial. We pride ourselves on our negotiating experience and skill. But when trial and litigation battles are necessary, we have decades of experience—and we do not hesitate to represent our clients zealously and aggressively.