Insurance Defense Litigation
Our firm handles first-party claims, third-party claims, and subrogation in Texas. We also defend insurers in litigation, such as in breach of contract, DTPA, bad faith, and ERISA lawsuits. We have extensive experience litigating claims under automobile liability, commercial general liability, long and short-term disability (ERISA), title, and life and annuity policies. Alicia Matsushima has been representing the interests of various insurance companies since 1998 and has an exemplary track record.
Real Estate Litigation including Title Matters
Our attorneys have extensive experience in real estate matters and have achieved favorable decisions and settlements for our clients. We often handle lawsuits for various real estate professionals, developers, mortgage lenders, and buyers and sellers of real estate. Ms. Matsushima represents a national title company and regularly litigates complex title claims to real property. We have litigated claims regarding liens and encumbrances against real property, real estate fraud under Tex. Bus. & Com. Code § 27.01, fraudulent transfers of real property, adverse possession and trespass to try title, claims for breach of contract, and other business torts in connection with the sale and transfer of real property. We are aware that our clients may have significant amounts of money invested in a real estate project, and that litigation can cause substantial delay of those projects. Because real estate projects often have a strict timeline and budget, with significant sums of money at stake, you need an experienced real estate litigation attorney to handle your case efficiently and effectively.
Business Torts and Contracts
We litigate complex commercial lawsuits involving claims of breach of contract and various business torts. Our experience includes lawsuits involving deceptive trade practices (DTPA), breach of fiduciary duty, conversion and misappropriation, fraud, tortious interference, and defamation. We also handle “business divorce” cases and represent clients in the dissolution of their businesses.
Collections and Creditors’ Rights
We protect the rights of creditors inside and outside of the courtroom. The creditors we represent range from individuals that hold a judgment lien, to mortgage lenders whose debts are secured by a lien against the debtor’s real estate or business assets. We also work with creditors that have an out-of-state judgment against a Texas debtor to domesticate that judgment in Texas. We handle post-judgment discovery, garnishments, and applications for turnover relief to locate and liquidate the debtor’s nonexempt assets. Famose Garner serves as a court-appointed receiver in Texas courts and assists in the collection of judgments.
We have extensive experience in bankruptcy and can provide the critical advice and guidance that you need to get your claim paid after the debtor files a bankruptcy petition. Mr. Garner’s experience in bankruptcy is a critical asset to the financial health of our clients’ businesses. We assist creditors through chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy proceedings. We also file motions to lift the bankruptcy stay so that our client can proceed with foreclosure. We handle adversary proceedings, including fraudulent transfer and preference litigation.