Appellate Attorneys in Houston, Texas
STRATEGIC AND SMART APPELLATE ADVOCACY FOR BUSINESS CLIENTS IN STATE AND FEDERAL APPEALS COURTS
Hoover Slovacek possesses the experience and unwavering tenacity that is necessary to protect clients’ rights and pursue remedies in the courts of appeals of all levels.
Hoover Slovacek’s attorneys are experienced and accomplished in state and federal appellate courts. One of Hoover Slovacek’s partners, Dylan B. Russell, is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate Law, being one of only 426 attorneys with that board certification out of almost 100,000 attorneys licensed in Texas.
Although appellate courts are traditionally designed to handle appeals of final judgments, the appellate courts in Texas, and in some respects the federal appellate courts, are handling more pre-trial and pre-judgment matters. The Texas Legislature, for example, has established of number of different pre-trial orders and rulings that can be appealed before a trial is reached and a final judgment is rendered. These appeals are known as interlocutory appeals, and they include appeals of temporary injunction orders, orders compelling arbitration, class certification orders, orders denying anti-SLAPP motions, and pleas to the jurisdiction involving governmental entities, among others. Additionally, Texas law permits some trial court orders and rulings, and sometimes even mid-level appellate court rulings and orders, to be taken directly to the appellate court above, which are known as original proceedings, including the most common form, a petition for writ of mandamus. A petition for writ of mandamus can be brought to address orders compelling the production of attorney-client communications, overly broad discovery orders, and many others. Additionally, appellate attorneys can help preserve appellate rights and form strategies on appeal in certain trial court proceedings that are known for having notorious legal pitfalls, such as jury charge conferences, anti-SLAPP hearings, temporary injunction hearings, and class-action hearings, among other pre-trial matters.
- Hoover Slovacek’s appellate attorneys have presented oral arguments in the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, as well both of the Houston Courts of Appeals and the appellate courts in Corpus Christi and Waco. They have also filed briefs and petitions in those courts as well as in the Texas courts of appeals in Dallas and Beaumont. Examples of recent cases that Hoover Slovacek has handled at the Supreme Court of Texas include the following:
- In 2019, Mr. Russell successfully argued to the Supreme Court of Texas that the statute of limitations on civil conspiracy claims should be the period that applies to the underlying tort, not the blanket two-year period that the lower courts of appeals haddecades applied to all torts: Agar Corp. v. Electro Circuits Int’l, LLC, ___ S.W.3d ___, 62 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 716 (Tex. Apr. 5, 2019). Video of Mr. Russell’s argument to the Court can be viewed here: http://www.texasbarcle.com/CLE/SCPlayer5.asp?sCaseNo=17-0630&bLive=&k=&T=
- In 2017, Mr. Russell successfully argued to the Supreme Court of Texas where the Court reversed the lower court rulings on a commercial eviction in favor of the landlord’s right to possession, after clarifying the law on the effect of non-waiver clauses in leases: Shields Limited P’ship v. Bradberry, 526 S.W.3d 471 (Tex. 2017). Video of Mr. Russell’s argument to the Court can be viewed here: http://www.texasbarcle.com/CLE/SCPLAYER.ASP?sCaseNo=15-0803
The subjects areas that Hoover Slovacek’s appellate attorneys have been involved with on appeal include the following:
- Anti-SLAPP actions
- Business torts
- Class actions
- Election contests
- Non-complete agreements
- Premises liability
- Real estate disputes