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Since 1946, the attorneys at MehaffyWeber have dedicated themselves to serving both local and national professional associations. From Texas organizations like the State Bar of Texas and Texas Association of Defense Counsel to nationally and internationally-recognized groups like the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, leadership roles have come naturally to many of the attorneys at MehaffyWeber. Its lawyers have served in a wide variety of leadership roles, including positions on local, regional, national, and international boards and committees. From the Jefferson County Bar Association to the State Bar of Texas to the…
Texas law takes a restrictive view of what duties an insurance agent owes to policy purchasers, and claims for breach of fiduciary duty against an agent are not typically successful. In Texas, there is no formal fiduciary duty between an insurance agent and an insured. There is also no legal duty imposed upon an insurance agent to extend policy protection of their insured simply because the agent knows the customer may need additional insurance. A recent Texas court case reaffirmed the legal premise that insurers do not owe fiduciary duties to insureds. In Ec & Sm Guerra v. Phila. Indem.
In late February of 2021, Winter Storm Uri caused record-breaking low temperatures throughout the state of Texas.   The resulted in an overwhelming demand on the electrical grid that lead to failures and outages at power generation facilities. Over 2.7 million Texas households were left without power, people died, and 254 counties experienced property damage as an unprecedented winter storm caused rolling blackouts across much of the state. State leaders were divided on placing blame for the outages, with some immediately naming wind and solar energy as the culprits and others putting the blame on the state’s electricity grid not being…
As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches the one-year mark in Texas, the effects of the pandemic on the construction industry are still being felt. Construction companies continue to face challenges in keeping job sites active, productive, and safe for contractors and employees. Texas may be recovering slowly as vaccine distribution has been delayed and new, more contagious virus strains are appearing; however, construction projects are moving forward, and construction companies must take preventative action to keep their projects and assets safe from coronavirus-related litigation. COVD-19 related lawsuits have been filed across the country and range in subject matter, from personal injury
This year, MehaffyWeber celebrates its 75th anniversary. Founded in 1946, the firm has grown from a local Beaumont, Texas firm to a regional powerhouse with offices in four cities across the state of Texas and a team of 40 attorneys, receiving national recognition year after year for its exceptional legal work. The firm has spent the last 75 years cultivating a legacy of leadership. Dozens of attorneys have served in leadership positions across a variety of legal industry organizations – including as President of the State Bar of Texas – as well as dedicated themselves to serving their communities. In…
MehaffyWeber is pleased to announce Managing Shareholder Robert “Bob” Black received the Texas Bar Foundation Lola Wright Foundation Award for 2021. Founded in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the country and Fellow membership is by invitation only, with only 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys invited to participate. Election to the Fellows is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas. Nomination is based on outstanding contributions to the legal profession as well as a commitment to the community. Mr. Black served as…
From shutdowns to curfews, capacity restrictions to required outdoor dining, bar and restaurant owners across the nation are jumping through hoops to try to keep their businesses open and viable. The entire service industry has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many bar and restaurant owners have become increasingly frustrated with the back-and-forth actions of local governments and feel their adherence to COVID-19 recommended health and safety protocols should be sufficient to allow them to stay open. While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused death and pain to millions and will continue to do so, it has also created an…
Texas has been known as a business-friendly state for decades, and many entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley are now choosing to move their startups south to the Lone Star State. With wide open spaces and an absence of personal income and corporate income taxes, Texas has become the latest hot spot for tech companies looking to relocate their operations. Texas Representative Roger Williams told FOX Business, “We’re seeing a lot of job growth and a lot of startup companies and it’s being fueled in many cases by energy but also by the opportunity of no personal income tax. [It’s] a…