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, and 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 litigation experience gives us real-world perspective for handling legal malpractice, legal ethics, and lawyer discipline issues. We have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in legal malpractice and other professional-liability cases. Our goal is always to seek the best possible resolution for our clients, whether through negotiation, settlement, or trial.
Additionally, Herring & Panzer lawyers continue to handle a docket of commercial and general civil litigation matters. They have successfully tried and resolved cases involving breach of contract, fraud, DTPA, personal injury claims, employment claims, partnership disputes, whistleblower claims, constitutional claims, civil rights, trade secrets, administrative law, the Texas Citizens Participation Act, and the Texas Public Information Act.
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 proceedings most often arise from conflicts of interest. 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. Herring & Panzer has successfully represented complainants seeking discipline against lawyers who have engaged in professional misconduct, and lawyer respondents who need to defend against a grievance.
Legal ethics issues can arise at any point before, during, or after an attorney-client relationship–and even when no client is involved. Issues 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 throughout their law practices. From breach of contract claims to fraud and other tort claims, to a variety of antitrust and other statutory claims, Herring & Panzer has 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.