Recent Success

September 2022:

Summary: Attorneys Tina E. Ohanian, assisted by Joel R. Sprott, obtained a unanimous defense verdict after a week-long trial in the 239th District Court of Brazoria County, Texas. All jurors agreed that the Plaintiff was 100% at-fault in her case against our client, Dr. K, related to a post-operative infection after a breast implant exchange.


September 2022:

Summary: Attorney Tina E. Ohanian successfully defended her client, Dr. T, resulting in all allegations for two patients being dismissed by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.


September 2022:

Summary: Jim Newsom and Denisse Peña won a take nothing verdict in the 412th District Court of Brazoria County on September 14, 2022. In this auto/pedestrian accident, the Plaintiff was crossing a five lane road outside of a crosswalk in Freeport, Texas. Plaintiff sought over $400,000 in damages, but the jury found the Plaintiff was 85% at fault. As a result, Plaintiff’s recovery was barred under the Texas comparative responsibility statute. The plaintiff had a complicated medical history involving drug addiction, mental health problems, and other accidents both before and after the auto/pedestrian accident.


September 2022:

Summary: The legal team of Rob Carpenter and Diana Navarro secured a victory in the 334th District Court of Harris County, TX. After three days in trial, Plaintiff rested their case and the Court granted our Motion for a Directed Verdict in this medical malpractice case where the Plaintiff alleged an anesthesia intubation had damaged her vocal cords.


August 2022:

Summary: Attorneys Joel R. Sprott and Rob Carpenter successfully obtained a dismissal of all claims against our clients, a dental practice, due to Plaintiffs’ failure to provide a statutorily compliant Chapter 74 Expert Report.


July 2022:

Summary: Rob Carpenter successfully convinced the Texas Board of Nursing to close its investigation as to Nurse R. for prescribing Ivermectin to COVID-19 patients.


June 2022:

Summary: Rob Carpenter obtained a Non-Suit of a defendant Periodontist and his practice. Eighteen months after the lawsuit was filed, and months prior to trial, Rob convincing Plaintiff’s attorney to Non-Suit his clients without any payment.


May 2022:

Summary: Michele Quattlebaum obtained a defense verdict after a six day trial in the 236th Judicial District Court of Tarrant County, Texas. The plaintiff, who was seeking approximately $10 million in damages, alleged that a chiropractor’s treatment caused his paralysis (quadriplegia). The jury found in favor of the chiropractor, with no negligence or damages awarded. Lauren Robbins was second trial during the trial.


April 2022:

Summary: Michele Quattlebaum successfully defended a hospitalist and, at the conclusion of his deposition, obtained a dismissal of all claims against him in this case where the plaintiff lost his leg.


April 2022:

Summary: The team of Tina Ohanian and Joel Sprott successfully defended a medical malpractice case that was pending for 7 years following delays caused by appeals to the Supreme Court and the pandemic. After a 4-day trial, an Order of Dismissal was entered in favor of Dr. O and complete exoneration of our client.


April 2022:

Summary: After a hard fought 6-year battle, attorneys Tina E. Ohanian and Joel R. Sprott were victorious in getting all claims dismissed against their client, Dr. C. The court granted their Motion for Summary Judgement, agreeing that the plaintiff had failed to meet his burden of proof to establish his medical malpractice suit against Dr. C via expert testimony.


March 2022:

Summary: The Medical Board opened an investigation into a physician who ordered a full set of allergy tests and a pneumonia vaccine to a patient referred for care, alleging overtreatment. The Board offered a “non-negotiable” remedial plan for 8 hours continuing education and a $500 fine which the doctor rejected. Joel Sprott and Douglas Markham represented the physician at the informal settlement conference, where all charges were fully dismissed.


February 2022:

Summary: Attorney Tina E. Ohanian successfully convinced the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners to dismiss the investigation of our client Dr. S. The board took no actions against our client.


February 2022:

Summary: Attorneys Joel R. Sprott and Tina E. Ohanian successfully obtained attorneys fees and costs and dismissal of all claims against our clients, Dr. B and group, due to Plaintiffs’ failure to provide a statutorily required Chapter 74 Expert Report.


February 2022:

Summary: Attorney Diana Navarro successfully convinced the dental panel to dismiss multiple claims as to our client Dr. G, a well-respected prosthodontist. The board took no action and all of the claims were dismissed.


January 2022:

Summary: Attorneys Joel R. Sprott and Rob Carpenter successfully obtained a dismissal of all claims against our clients, a dental practice, after Plaintiff’s expert could not state in his deposition how our client had breached the standard of care. Plaintiff agreed to non-suit our client, with prejudice.


December 2021

Summary: Michele Quattlebaum successfully secured a complete dismissal with no payment of money of a hospitalist in this death case shortly before the case went to trial.


November 2021

Summary: Attorneys Joel R. Sprott and Rob Carpenter successfully obtained a dismissal of all claims against our client, Dr. B., after Plaintiff’s expert agreed in his deposition our client had not breached the standard of care in his treatment of the Plaintiff. Plaintiff agreed to non-suit our client, with prejudice.


October 2021

Summary: The legal team of Joel R. Sprott and Diana M. Navarro secured a victory on behalf of our clients an OBGYN physician and practice before the 190th judicial district of Harris County, Texas. Plaintiff alleged that Defendants were negligent in her treatment and that this negligence resulted in the loss of an ovary. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendants.


October 2021

Summary: Our legal team convinced the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners panel to dismiss the investigation for our client prior to the scheduled Informal Settlement Conference hearing, after review of rebuttal materials.  The original complaint alleged overtreatment, improper billing to Medicaid, improper recordkeeping, and multiple failures to treat within the standard of care regarding five patients.  Attorneys: Joel R. Sprott and Douglas Markham.


September 2021

Summary: Following an Informal Settlement Conference, attorney Tina E. Ohanian successfully convinced the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to drop their proposed disciplinary order to a non-disciplinary order against Dr. G.


September 2021

Summary: Attorneys Joel R. Sprott and Diana M. Navarro obtained a dismissal of a lawsuit against a dental practice after successfully arguing that Plaintiff had inappropriately recast their health care liability claims as contract claims and had failed to provide a Chapter 74 expert report.


September 2021

Summary: The legal team of Joel R. Sprott, Rob Carpenter and Diana Navarro won a victory in Shumate v. Dr. V.; in the 333rd District Court of Harris County, TX. After deliberating for less than two hours, the jury returned a defense verdict in this medical malpractice case where the plaintiff alleged that an extraction of a tooth caused the plaintiff to develop trigeminal neuralgia. This was the firm’s first trial since COVID-19 restrictions began in March 2020 which limited live jury trials.


August 2021

Summary: Attorney Diana Navarro successfully convinced the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to dismiss claims as to Dr. O. The board took no actions against our client.


June 2021

Summary: Rob Carpenter successfully convinced the Texas Board of Dental Examiners to close its investigation of Dr. A., DDS. The board took no action against our client.


February 2021

Summary: Attorney Diana Navarro successfully convinced the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to dismiss all of their claims for 10 different patients against our client (dentist). The board took no actions against our client.


January 2021

Summary: Attorneys Joel Sprott and Diana Navarro successfully defended our client (a physician) against 11 complaints by the Texas Medical Board alleging violations in standard of care and billing violations. All 11 complaints were dismissed in their entirety and the board took no action against our client.


November 2020

Summary: In Garcia v. H R Framing, Inc., Jim Newsom won a motion for summary judgement in Harris County for a commercial home builder involving a serious personal injury. The employee of a subcontractor lost a thumb and claimed the injury was caused by a defective guard on a circular saw. In the absence of actual knowledge, the builder/property owner had no liability as a matter of law under § 95.003 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code.


January 2020

Summary: Attorney Rob Carpenter successfully convinced the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to dismiss claims as to Dr. I. The board took no actions against our client.


September 2019

Summary: Joel R. Sprott secured a defense verdict in Sabbagh v. Dr. A.; in the 189th Judicial District Court of Harris County, TX. Plaintiff alleged failure to remove placenta following delivery.


June 2019

Summary: Sanchez-Dominguez vs Bourmel and Muhizi, a jury in the 113th Judicial District Court returned a defense verdict in favor of our client Mr. Muhizi after a 4 day trial. Plaintiff alleged Mr. Muhizi was negligent in operating his motor vehicle. The jury found that Mr. Muhizi was not negligent. Attorney: Diana M. Navarro.


March 2019

Summary: Attorneys Joel R. Sprott and Tina E. Ohanian were victorious before the State Office of Administrative Hearings, which found that our client did not breach the standard of care and that the Board take no action against our client.


December 2018

Summary: Attorneys Joel R. Sprott and Rob Carpenter successfully obtained a dismissal of all claims against our client, Dr. K., after the Court granted our Motion to Dismiss all claims against our client after successfully arguing Plaintiff had inappropriately recast the health care liability claims as contract claims and DTPA violations and failed to provide the required Chapter 74 expert report.


May 2018

Summary: The 12th Court of Appeals upholding the trial court’s ruling granting attorneys, Joel R. Sprott and Tina E. Ohanian traditional and no evidence summary judgments in favor of our client. The Appellate Court agreed that the Plaintiff failed to present sufficient evidence of causation to support her medical malpractice claim, dismissing all claims against our client.


May 2018

Summary: Joel R. Sprott obtained a Non-Suit of a defendant doctor during the second week of trial while the case proceeded against the remaining Defendants. Pavlock v. Dr. W; in the 80th Judicial District Court of Harris County, TX. Plaintiff alleged Plaintiff alleged improper IVC filter placement/management and sought 1 million+ in damages.


January 2018

Summary: In Kelly v. Ford, 543 S.W.3d 383 ( Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 2018, pet. denied), Jim Newsom represented a pharmacist in a malpractice case. The trial court denied the defendants’ motion to strike plaintiff’s expert reports for failure to comply with Chapter 74 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. Jim successfully appealed the trial court decision to 14th Court of Appeals. The appellate court reversed the trial court and found that there was an analytical gap in the expert report which failed to establish causation.


January 2018

Summary: The legal team of Joel R. Sprott and Cha’Mira L. Keener won a 12-0 victory in Bohuslavicky v. Dr. J & Dr. H; in the 334th District Court of Harris County, TX. After deliberating for less than an hour, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in this wrongful death, medical malpractice case where the plaintiffs alleged that the prescription of Xarelto caused the death of a patient who had several co-morbidities.


August 2017

Summary: Attorneys Joel R. Sprott and Tina E. Ohanian won a pivotal appeal establishing that an injury need not be personal or bodily in order to qualify as a healthcare liability claim. The 14th Court of Appeals agreed that the Plaintiff’s lawsuit was actually a health care liability claim, as opposed to a breach of contract, and dismissed the case due to Plaintiff’s failure to provide a statutorily required Chapter 74 Expert Report. All attorneys fees and costs in defending our client ($22,747.44) were awarded against the Plaintiff.


February 2016

Summary: Joel R. Sprott and Diana M. Navarro successfully convinced the Texas Supreme Court to affirm the 14th Court of Appeal’s ruling which found that the Plaintiff’s medical authorization form attached to the patient’s presuit notice to the hospital defendant was insufficient to toll the two-year health care liability limitations period.


November 2015

Summary: Spears v. Dr. I., et. al.; 60th Judicial District Court of Jefferson County, TX. The jury delivered a unanimous defense verdict in favor of the doctor and clinic with a deliberation time of less 30 minutes. Plaintiff claimed medical malpractice with allegations relating to post-operative care following a knee surgery. Attorneys: Joel Randal Sprott (lead) and Diana M. Navarro.


June 2015

Summary: In CenterPoint Electric v. CableTex Communications, a jury in the 55th District Court of Harris County returned a defense verdict in favor of CableTex Communications after a 3 day jury trial.  Plaintiff claimed that CableTex negligently damaged its underground electrical cables in downtown Houston, resulting in $200,000 in property damage.  The jury found that CableTex did not violate Chapter 251 of the Texas Utilities Code and that Centerpoint failed to mark its own underground facilities. Attorney: Jim Newsom

General Litigation

May 2015

Summary: Michele Quattlebaum won a very important pharmacy case in the Texas Supreme Court on April 24, 2015, wherein the unanimous Court reversed the judgment of the 2nd Court of Appeals and held that the Plaintiff had asserted a Health Care Liability Claim which was subject to dismissal for the Plaintiff’s failure to file the required 120-day expert report.

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