Kudos and Congratulations to Us!

October 18th, 2023 By Catherine Hanna

It’s hard to keep up with David Plaut’s accomplishments. He has recently been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates. ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA membership consists of more than 7,300 lawyers—equally balanced between plaintiff and defense—and judges spread among 96 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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Honors and Speaking Engagements

October 1st, 2023 By Catherine Hanna

We’re pleased to announce that David Plaut has been named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society that recognizes highly qualified lawyers to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. David will be presenting a paper titled Did She Just Say That? Rehabilitation of
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Texas Supreme Court Victory

May 2nd, 2023 By Catherine Hanna

Congratulations to Eric Peabody and David Plaut on their recent 7-1 win in the Texas Supreme Court in Cause No. 21-0513, Ferrer v. Almanza.  In an Opinion by Justice Huddle, the Court held the Texas tolling state – Civil Practice & Remedies Code § 16.063 – did not toll the running of the statute of limitations in a car wreck/personal injury case against a Texas resident who was away at college for a significant part of the applicable limitations period. 
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Alex Sheppard is on the rise!

March 27th, 2023 By Catherine Hanna

We’re very proud that Alex Sheppard has been selected to the 2023 Texas Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. We agree with Thomson Reuters that Alex is an exceptional attorney who embodies excellence in the practice of law. He’s also a really great guy. Congrats to Alex!


Trial Victory

March 12th, 2023 By Catherine Hanna

Congratulations to Sheila Tan and David Plaut for their recent win at trial in a wrongful death case styled Cause No. 20-002074, Mandy Menasco, on Behalf of All Wrongful Death Beneficiaries of Seana Mitchell, Deceased v. Colten Mushinski, 361st District Court, Brazos County, Texas. Plaintiff’s decedent was a 19-year-old girl dragged to her death beneath the pickup truck of her boyfriend (the insured). The tragic facts of this case presented some real challenges for the defense. However, in a 10-2
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Friday Fun – To Infinity and Beyond!

March 3rd, 2023 By Catherine Hanna

David Plaut has been approved as a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors.  David has had a life-long interest in astronomy, which he began exploring in college at Johns Hopkins during the construction of the Hubble Space Telescope.  As a Longhorn and long-time fan of the Big Bend country and West Texas, David is thrilled with this honor and looks forward to working with
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Happy Birthday to Us!!

February 20th, 2023 By Catherine Hanna

Hanna & Plaut is now old enough to rent a car! Twenty-five years ago, David and I sublet some space in that lovely black box Bank of America building on 6th & Congress, put Eric Peabody in a little cubbyhole called the snack closet, and crossed our fingers in the hope that the work would come in. And it did! We’ve had our challenges over the years – don’t ever try to sell printer toner to either one of us-
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Future So Bright!

January 17th, 2023 By Catherine Hanna

Happy New Year! I love the new year feeling. I enjoy looking back on the year that was, but I especially love thinking about what the future brings. 2022 was a banner year for Hanna & Plaut and for me. For many years, I’ve had the honor of practicing law with some of the smartest insurance coverage lawyers in the business who also happen to be good friends. More recently, I’ve also had the pleasure of practicing with young lawyers
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Surprise! David Plaut is good at arguing!

October 6th, 2022 By Catherine Hanna

We took a little cheering section over to the Texas Supreme Court (conveniently located right next door to our beautiful Texas Capitol) to hear David‘s oral argument this morning. Sadly they made us leave our noisemakers and foam fingers outside, but we provided silent support and he did a great job!


Two Appellate Victories to Announce!

July 21st, 2022 By Catherine Hanna

Congrats to Hanna & Plaut’s David Plaut and Jeff Glass who posted two appellate wins this week:  Denny v. Reinemund in the Amarillo Court of Appeals and Arellano v. Villegas in the Houston Court of Appeals.  Denny involved a no-evidence motion for summary judgment in a premises liability case and addressed the duty of an owner/operator to business invitees.  Arellano arose from the denial of a motion for new trial in a motor vehicle case with the trial court improperly
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