Change is in the air…

Part of evolving as a law firm, includes creating a strong team. We are excited to announce  the addition of a power house partner to the firm, Sonia Rodriguez. With the change of our name, we also decided to seize the opportunity for a re-branding. Rodriguez has officially joined our firm as partner. She brings nearly two decades of experience, representing individuals and families who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of others, to the team. A native of San Antonio, Sonia's commitment to serving her community through honest and fair legal representation was inspired by her father, a...

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Question & Answer with Michael Cowen

Founding partner, Michael Cowen, talks about his recent race in Orlando Q: You ran in the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon in Orlando, Florida in January. Tell us about your training. A: Training for the marathon was something I had to work hard to do. As an attorney, a business owner, and a father, sometimes it can be difficult to set aside time to train for a marathon. Thankfully I have a great running coach and a supportive wife who helped encourage me along the way. And knowing I had to be ready by January 2018, I had a deadline which helped...

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Proposed Rule on Speed Limit Devices for Commercial Vehicles

Washington – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have announced a proposed rule that would require the installation of speed-limiting devices on trucks, buses and multipurpose passenger vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds. The proposed rule, announced August 26, suggests that capping speeds at 60, 65 or 68 mph could prevent fatal crashes while saving an estimated $1.1 billion in fuel costs annually. The maximum set travel speed would be adjusted after officials weigh public comment on the proposal. “There are significant safety benefits to this proposed rulemaking,” Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said in...

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Meet the 79-year-old who writes faster than you talk!

The whole team here at CMB was fascinated when we read this story in the Dallas News, and had to share it with out fellow attorneys. Meet Frank Howell, a Dallas County court reporter that is one of the few people who isn’t letting technology dominate his world! For this 79-yearold, pen and paper continues to suit him just fine - as he can actually write faster than you talk! Howell is fluent in shorthand, which he learned in college. He uses this skill to take down verbatim every single word said “on the record” in the courtroom. Getting down every...

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The “Textalyzer” – Safety vs. Privacy

The debate continues over new strides in fighting distracted driving. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t heard of breathalyzers and how they essentially work - which can confirm a driver’s blood alcohol level through a small, portable device. But with distracted driving accident statistics quickly catching up to drunk driving, some are looking at the need to do something similar to confirm drivers’ activities leading up to an accident, specifically regarding their interactions with their mobile device. And that’s exactly what the mobile forensics company, Cellebrite, has set out to do through their latest development the “Textalyzer.” Just as...

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Law Firm Sues Over Anonymous Online Reviews

A small Houston construction law firm has filed a defamation lawsuit against John and Jane Doe, alleging the unknown defendants posted "false and defamatory statements" about the firm on various online websites. The Cromeens Law Firm, based in Houston, seeks up to $100,000 in damages from the defendants in The Cromeens Law Firm v. John Doe. The firm alleges the damages are in the form of loss of business reputation, loss of business opportunities and financial damage. "We are trying to do something about getting irresponsible posts removed," said Rhonda Allen, a senior associate with the firm. "We just want to...

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Happy Anniversary!

Q: Michael, How would you describe yourself in law school? A: I didn’t discuss my grades, and I didn’t do study groups, so most people were shocked to see me on the Chancellor’s List our third year of law school. (The Chancellors are the top 16 students in a class of 500). I would have a lot of fun during the first two months of each semester, and then holed up in my apartment and studied nonstop. I only took breaks to sleep, eat, and go running. Q: What was the class you hated the most in law school? A: Constitutional law wasn’t...

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HIGH STAKES GRAMMAR PEDANTRY, OR …

The Case of the $10M Comma In the legal field, attention to detail has ALWAYS played a role. On occasion, there has certainly been room for interpretation – we’ve all heard the argument between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. But the details of one particular case, worth an estimated $10,000,000, is all coming down to a comma; which takes the old adage “the devil’s in the details” to a whole new level. A nice article detailing all the ins and outs of this 2014 classaction suit that recently went to the United States Court of Appeals...

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“Kaboom” Went The Laptop!

Lithium batteries have gotten a bad rap over the last several years with modern day technology such as hover boards and cellphones catching on fire due to overheated batteries. Unfortunately, that reputation doesn’t seem to be improving based on a recent account of the battery fires now extending to laptops. Although Dell found the battery involved in the recent laptop fire to not be an authentic Dell battery based on their own thorough investigation, the chilling video of the laptop catching fire captured by a home surveillance camera, does continue to raise eyebrows on the issue. Many wonder, and are exploring,...

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CASE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to consider a case management software program for your law firm? Transitioning from paper files to a case management program can be a big undertaking. For some firms, sticking to paper files makes the most sense. And for others, making the leap is one of the best decisions they’ll ever make. Here are a few things to think about when trying to decide if a case management software program is a good idea for your firm. 1.Emails Take a moment and think about how you save emails regarding a case. What happens if an...

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