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  • Four Standly Hamilton Attorneys Selected to 2015 Rising Stars List

    Standly | Hamilton, LLP, is pleased to announce that four attorneys from the firm’s litigation section have been named 2015 Texas Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. Attorneys Anne Langdon Hamilton, Jodie Slater Hastings, Meagan Martin, and Angela Pacheco were all selected as Texas Rising Stars. Jodie Slater Hastings was selected for the eighth year in a row for her work in Business Litigation, Meagan Martin was selected for the third year in a row for her work in Business Litigation, Angela Pacheco was selected for the second year in a row for her work in Business Litigation, and Anne Langdon Hamilton was selected for the second year in a row for her work in Plaintiff’s Civil Litigation. The Rising Star designation is awarded to the top up-and-coming Texas lawyers who are under 40 years old or who have been in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5% of lawyers in Texas are selected each year.

    The 2015 list of Texas Rising Stars is available in the May issues of Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers Magazine.


    March 06, 2015


  • Chris Hamilton of Dallas’ Standly Hamilton Elected to Fellows of Texas Bar Foundation

    Trial attorney Chris Hamilton of Dallas’ Standly Hamilton, LLP, has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation based on his professional achievements, contributions to the legal profession, and commitment to improving the Texas justice system.

    Fellows of the Foundation are limited to State Bar of Texas members, and only one-third of 1 percent of State Bar members are selected for invitation each year. Fellows must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. The group is the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country.

    “It is an honor to be a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and I am very proud to be included,” says Mr. Hamilton. “This group is dedicated to improving the profession of the law by assisting the public and lawyers alike, which are noble goals that every attorney should aspire to achieve.”

    Last summer, Mr. Hamilton won a $27 million verdict against fast food giant McDonald’s in a premises liability case filed by the families of two teenagers who died after being attacked at one of the restaurant chain’s locations in College Station. The six-day trial included testimony that McDonald’s failed to hire security guards or install security cameras despite police being called to the same location more than 20 times during the previous year to break up fights and other violent confrontations.

    Currently, Mr. Hamilton represents the family of a young mother who suffered severe brain damage after negligent treatment at Medical Center Arlington. The woman, an employee of the hospital, was admitted for a non-life-threatening illness, but was permanently injured when her breathing tube was dislodged, depriving her of oxygen for more than 30 minutes.

    Standly Hamilton, LLP, is home to trial lawyers who handle high-stakes contingency fee litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants, and transactional attorneys who represent real estate and corporate clients in a wide spectrum of business transactions. For more information, visit http://www.standlyhamilton.com.


    January 13, 2015


  • Texas Family Sues Medical Center Arlington Over Young Mother’s Brain Damage

    Woman deprived of oxygen for more than 30 minutes at hospital where she worked

    DALLAS – The family of a 29-year-old mother of two from Burleson, Texas, has filed a medical negligence lawsuit against Medical Center Arlington, the same hospital where the woman had worked as a surgical technician for eight years. The lawsuit says the victim was deprived of oxygen for more than a half-hour and suffered permanent brain damage when her breathing tube was dislodged.

    The lawsuit filed by Caden Clark on behalf of his wife, Katina, and their two young children includes claims against Medical Center Arlington and staff members who were responsible for Ms. Clark’s care. Currently, Ms. Clark is in a permanent, near-comatose state, requiring constant medical assistance and monitoring. The Clark family is represented by noted trial attorney Chris Hamilton of Dallas’ Standly Hamilton, LLP.

    “This is one of the worst cases of medical malpractice you’ll ever see in a Texas hospital,” says Mr. Hamilton. “Ms. Clark was a happy mother with her whole life ahead of her, but all that vanished in an instant because Medical Center Arlington and its employees stood by while she was suffocating before their very eyes. It is simply unbelievable that she was a trusted employee of the same hospital where this happened.”

    Ms. Clark was admitted last summer after experiencing numbness in her legs. She was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a rare condition affecting the nervous system that causes muscle weakness and sometimes requires temporary mechanical assistance with breathing. Most GBS patients recover completely once their symptoms have passed.

    Hospital staff fitted Ms. Clark with a breathing tube through her mouth before changing it to a tracheostomy tube through a neck incision. Although the procedure prevented Ms. Clark from speaking, she was awake and mentally alert.

    According to the lawsuit, there were problems from the start when the trachea tube was improperly inserted. Medical records show Ms. Clark received much less air than she needed, and the leak continued unattended even though doctors and hospital staff should have known that Ms. Clark was receiving only approximately half the oxygen required. The next morning, a nurse improperly turned Ms. Clark, and her breathing tube became dislodged, the lawsuit says. After 35 minutes, hospital staff finally re-established ventilation, leaving Ms. Clark with severe brain damage.

    The case filed in Judge Sally Montgomery’s Dallas County Court-at-Law No. 3 is Caden Clark, et al. v. Columbia Medical Center of Arlington Subsidiary, et al., No. CC-14-06294-C.

    Standly Hamilton, LLP, is home to trial lawyers who handle high-stakes contingency fee litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants, and transactional attorneys who represent real estate and corporate clients in a wide spectrum of business transactions. For more information, visit http://www.standlyhamilton.com.

    For more information on the lawsuit, please contact Bruce Vincent at 800-559-4534 or bruce@androvett.com.


    December 18, 2014


  • Chris Hamilton of Standly Hamilton Named Texas Super Lawyer

    Trial lawyer Chris Hamilton of Dallas’ Standly Hamilton, LLP, has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for 2014 based on his work in business litigation for individuals and companies of all sizes. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

    Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

    In addition to representing individuals and businesses in high-profile commercial cases against some of the world’s largest corporations, Mr. Hamilton also represents individuals in qui tam litigation, catastrophic personal injury claims and select matters involving important social issues. Further demonstrating his considerable legal abilities, he also defends business clients in high-stakes cases.

    Mr. Hamilton recently received a $27 million dollar compensatory damages jury verdict in a wrongful death case alleging premises liability for inadequate security against The McDonald’s Corporation. He is a repeat honoree in the annual Texas Rising Stars list in Texas Monthly magazine, honoring the state’s top young lawyers. He also is a member of the Leader’s Forum for the American Association for Justice, and serves as an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

    Standly | Hamilton, LLP, is home to trial lawyers who handle high-stakes contingency fee litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants, and transactional attorneys who represent real estate and corporate clients in a wide spectrum of business transactions. For more information, visit http://www.standlyhamilton.com.


    September 19, 2014


  • Texas Jury Awards $27 Million Verdict against McDonald’s Following Teens’ Deaths

    BRYAN, Texas – A Texas jury today awarded a $27 million verdict against fast food giant McDonald’s after finding that lax security at one of the chain’s restaurants contributed to the deaths of two Texas teenagers in 2012.

    Blinn College students Denton James Ward, 18, of Flower Mound, and Lauren Bailey Crisp, 19, of Dripping Springs, died in the early morning hours of Feb. 18, 2012, after stopping with another couple at a McDonald’s location in College Station where police repeatedly had been called to break up fights.

    While walking through the McDonald’s parking lot near the Texas A&M University campus, Mr. Ward and a friend were viciously attacked by a mob. They then were loaded into Mr. Ward’s SUV by their girlfriends. As they raced toward a nearby hospital, Ms. Crisp’s friend ran a red light and collided with a pickup truck in a crash that resulted in Ms. Crisp’s death.

    The teens’ families claimed McDonald’s should have provided better security at the restaurant, where police were called more than 20 times to break up fights in the year leading up to the deaths, according to trial evidence. Despite the location’s history of late-night violence, McDonald’s never hired any security personnel and never installed security cameras to help protect customers.

    “We hope this verdict sends a powerful message to McDonald’s and other companies that protecting customers is more important than late-night revenue,” says attorney Chris Hamilton of Dallas’ Standly Hamilton, LLP, lead trial counsel for the teens’ families. “The night these two kids died, this was a dangerous location, and McDonald’s knew it. Yet they did nothing to prevent their senseless deaths.”

    During the six-day trial, witnesses testified that Mr. Ward died in the parking lot after being kicked and stomped by 15 to 20 attackers. McDonald’s maintained that Mr. Ward died in the car wreck that followed, and that the company wasn’t responsible for the teens’ safety.

    One of the attackers, Marcus Jones, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for assaulting Mr. Ward’s friend. No other arrests were made. College Station Police officers testified they regularly were called to the location to break up fights and disperse unsupervised crowds numbering in the hundreds between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on weekends. Despite that testimony, two former managers who were working at the same McDonald’s that night testified they were unaware of any problems.

    The $27 million verdict handed down in the 361st District Court of Judge Steve Smith is for actual damages.

    Standly Hamilton, LLP, is home to trial lawyers who handle high-stakes contingency fee litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants, and transactional attorneys who represent real estate and corporate clients in a wide spectrum of business transactions. For more information, visit http://www.standlyhamilton.com.

    For more information on today’s verdict, please contact Bruce Vincent at 800-559-4534 or bruce@androvett.com.


    July 30, 2014


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