Just For Fun

You’ve come a long way, baby, but there is still a way to go!

March 24th, 2024 By Catherine Hanna

A few weeks back, I journeyed to Baton Rouge alongside my partner Sheila Tan for an appellate argument before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. (Although typically held in New Orleans, this particular panel convened at the LSU Law School, offering law students a firsthand glimpse into the proceedings—a departure from the customary New Orleans escapades, albeit an enlightening one.) From there, I made my way to Tucson to participate in a panel discussion at the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation
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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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Thanksgiving 2020: In which we discuss the many reasons we have to be thankful, including but not limited to Dolly Parton!

November 24th, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

As we approach Thanksgiving this year, I know it will be different for many of us. There will be empty chairs at the Thanksgiving table, whether because of friends and loved ones we have lost this past year or because the pandemic has caused so many of us to curtail our traditional holiday gatherings. Still, there are reasons to be thankful and this year it may be more important than ever to count our blessings! When I polled my Hanna
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Happy New Year! High hopes for 2020!

January 15th, 2020 By Catherine Hanna

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” ‘Tis the season. . . for goals and resolutions! Many people scoff at those of us who make New Year’s Resolutions, claiming they don’t work. That attitude may be accurate for many resolutions – even if we do lose those pounds, aren’t they more likely than not to come right back on? In fact, the trend these days, is to come up with goals or
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Happy New Year!

January 6th, 2019 By Catherine Hanna

The champagne is all gone and we have brushed the confetti out of our hair. As we look forward to a prosperous 2019, we look back on the year that’s now past. 2018 was another great year at Hanna & Plaut. We celebrated our 20th anniversary as a firm and David and I continue to celebrate the great team we have assembled! We did have some changes. Though we were sorry to lose Anne-Marie Abarado, who  left us to continue
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Plaut Spouts: Reflections of an Old Guy with a Corner Office

April 27th, 2018 By David L. Plaut

Two days after returning from a visit to Copenhagen to see our son who’s studying there, I tried and won a breach of contract case in a single day.  The case involved a contract dispute between two construction subcontractors about insurance coverage.  My client, a Spanish speaking stone mason, had been sued for failing to secure “completed operations” insurance coverage for another subcontractor.  We tried the case before Judge Eric Shepperd in County Court at Law No. 2 here in
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Plaut Spouts: Reflections of an Old Guy with a Corner Office

March 7th, 2018 By David L. Plaut

One of the great things about practicing law here at Hanna & Plaut is that you’re surrounded by quality people wherever you look.  Besides my savvy, highly accomplished trial lawyer partner Catherine – and yes, I know she needs no introduction – we have terrific lawyers, young and old.   I couldn’t be happier than practicing law here with these people. Last week I had the great pleasure of going to trial with two of our lawyers, Sheila Tan and Sarah
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Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary to Us!

January 14th, 2018 By Catherine Hanna

Happy New Year! Our blog took a little hiatus, but now we’re back and ready to take on 2018! While the new year is a time for reflection on years past and contemplation of goals for the future, this year presents a special oppurtunity for reflection at Hanna & Plaut as we celebrate 20 years as a firm! Many things have changed since 1998. For one thing, the Austin skyline has changed dramatically.   Austin 2018 The legal landscape for
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