Local Houston Family Renovates Church with Asbestos Settlement Funds

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The Juarez Family uses asbestos settlement funds to help renovate El Monte Calvario in northeast Houston

This is one of the most grateful families I've ever met

On a beautiful Sunday morning, the family and friends of Salvador Juarez gathered at El Monte Calvario church in northeast Houston for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the church's newly renovated fellowship hall.

Mr. Juarez was the pastor at El Monte Calvario and a Williams Kherkher client who was stricken with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the lungs caused by asbestos exposure.

Mr. Juarez, who passed away earlier this year, had two wishes: one, that his family be taken care of, and two, that his beloved church be taken care of. In honor of his wishes, the Juarez family used the settlement funds from their asbestos case to redo the church's fellowship hall.

Their settlement, from the companies that exposed Mr. Juarez to asbestos, was negotiated by Williams Kherkher attorneys Troy Chandler and Samantha Flores. Ms. Flores attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new fellowship hall and was both honored and taken aback when she was asked to partake in the festivities, including actually cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

"This is one of the most grateful families I've ever met," Ms. Flores said. "I am honored to represent them and to call them my friends. I love that they are following up on their father's wishes to give back to the church. Mr. Juarez and this church are very important in this community, and for the family to continue his legacy this way is a testament to him."

The Juarez family reciprocated Ms. Flores' sentiments. "Samantha, Troy and all the attorneys and staff of Williams Kherkher have been a blessing to us," said Rosalie Lopez, Salvador's daughter. "Without their dedication and commitment to our family and our father we don't know what we would have done. We are so happy Samantha is here to share this day with us. My father would be so happy."

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