Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC Successfully Defends National Retail, Hospitality and Manufacturing Clients in Four Recent Texas Jury Trials

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Zach Mayer, a director at Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC, and the litigation team at KRCL have successfully defended national retail, hospitality and manufacturing clients in four heavily contested jury trials over the past six months throughout Texas.

Zach Mayer

A win for the client is always the ultimate goal, whether that’s a jury verdict or a good settlement during trial. Success is a well-prepared defense that gets the right outcome for the client.

A team of litigators at Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC have defended four catastrophic loss, personal injury jury trials over the past six months, obtaining successful outcomes for the firm’s national clients in each case. All four of these cases were tried in courts across Texas, including Dallas County, Harris County, Nacogdoches County and Fort Bend District. The litigation team was led by Zach Mayer, a director at the firm.

In the first case, Zach Mayer, Kevin Riley and Jack Luckett represented a hotel management company in a high-profile trial that received extensive national media coverage. According to the suit filed in Harris County, Texas, 151st District Court, two hotel guests suffered catastrophic injuries and another passed away after being electrocuted in the hotel swimming pool. The plaintiffs alleged the national hotel chain and management company were negligent in repairs of the pool and did not provide a safe environment for the guests. Mr. Mayer and the trial team balanced an aggressive legal strategy with the client’s public relations concerns to effectively establish that the hotel management met and exceeded the applicable industry standards. At trial, the defense focused on the criminally negligent acts of the electrical company that performed the work and stressed the diligence of the hotel employees. The team’s effective trial strategy eventually led to a successful resolution of the case and a positive outcome for their national client.

In the second case, the KRCL trial team, including Zach Mayer and Jack Luckett, defended another national hotel chain in a highly emotional case involving a fire caused by a faulty air conditioning unit that resulted in the death of a hotel guest. The trial lasted nine days in Dallas County District Court #1 under the Honorable Demetria Benson. According to the trial transcripts, the defense was focused on a products liability claim against the air conditioning manufacturer and stressed the reasonable actions of the hotel employees. Shortly before closing arguments, Mr. Mayer negotiated a favorable settlement for the firm’s client, bringing the trial to an immediate end.

The trial group's third trial involved the defense of a national meat processing manufacturer in an East Texas lawsuit. According to the suit filed in Nacogdoches County District Court, the plaintiff was employed by a contracted vendor and received significant injuries while working at a feed mill. The plaintiff’s case focused on the alleged significant future injuries that would result from the incident. Opposing counsel’s witness list included the plaintiff's treating physician, a retained economist and the plaintiff himself. The defense was able to exclude a major portion of the plaintiff’s damages, including the treating doctor’s opinions as to future medical needs. After the court’s rulings on the admissibility of the medical expenses, the plaintiff accepted the pre-trial settlement previously offered by the defense, a very positive outcome for the client and the KRCL trial team, which included Zach Mayer and Brian Fisher.

In the fourth and most recent case, KRCL attorneys Kevin Riley and Robin Gant secured a verdict in favor of the defense on behalf of a national casino client in an assault and false imprisonment case. According to Fort Bend District Court documents, casino management asked the plaintiff to leave the casino for intoxicated behavior and harassing other patrons. Ultimately, casino security removed the plaintiff from the premises and contacted local police, who arrested the plaintiff on charges of public intoxication and trespassing. During the three day trial, the trial team presented witnesses who corroborated the defense's account of the incident. They also presented expert witness testimony from a casino security professional who stated that casino employees were acting within industry standards and used appropriate force during the incident. After less than three hours of deliberation, the jury came back with a verdict for the defense.

"The sheer number of jury trials Zach and his team have handled this year is impressive, but it’s the success rate they have achieved for our clients that really sets them apart,” says Mike Logan, one of the founding directors of the firm. “KRCL has become the go to firm for these types of cases because our clients know our litigators have the experience and the drive to present the strongest possible defense at trial.”

“With four trials in these past few months, the team has worked tirelessly to defend our clients and the results have been very gratifying,” says Zach Mayer. “A win for the client is always the ultimate goal, whether that’s a jury verdict or a good settlement during trial. Success is a well-prepared defense that gets the right outcome for the client.”

Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC is a full service law firm with offices in Dallas and Houston. Formed in 1992 with five lawyers, today KRCL has more than 90 attorneys. The Firm provides professional services for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to medium-sized public and private companies to entrepreneurs. KRCL handles transactional, litigation and bankruptcy matters in Texas and throughout the country.

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CAUSE/CASE NO: 2013-58753
COURT: Harris County, TX, 151st District
JUDGE: Mike Engelhart

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CAUSE/CASE NO: CC-13-04759-A
COURT: Dallas County Court #1
JUDGE: Demetria Benson

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COURT: 145th Judicial District Court of Nacogdoches County, TX
JUDGE: Campbell Cox, II

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CAUSE/CASE NO: 13/DCV-205979
COURT: Fort Bend County District Court, 268th, TX
JUDGE: Brady G. Elliot

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