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Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP v. Nat'l Dev. & Research Corp., 07-0818

In plaintiff's legal malpractice case, court of appeals' judgment in favor of plaintiff is reversed where: 1) there is legally insufficient evidence to support a finding that damages in the underlying suit would have been collectible; and 2) the defendant attorneys' negligence did not proximately cause the entire amount the jury awarded as damages for attorney's fees and expenses. Because there is some evidence that the attorneys' negligence caused some amount of attorney's fees and expenses in the underlying suit, the case is remanded.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 12/09/2008
  • Decided 10/30/2009
  • Published 10/30/2009

Judges

  • Justice JOHNSON delivered the opinion of the Court.

Court

  • Supreme Court of Texas

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Thomas Fenton Allen Jr., Christopher John Scanlan, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P., Jeffrey S. Levinger, Hankinson Levinger LLP, Dallas, and Corbet F. Bryant Jr., Richardson, for petitioner., Mark C. Harwell, Cotham Harwell & Evans, P.C., Houston, Luther H. Soules III, Soules & Wallace, San Antonio, for amicus curiae.

  • For Appellees:
  • David W. Shuford, Law Office of David W. Shuford, and Michael L. Jones, Henry & Jones LLP, Dallas, for respondent.
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