Survey Says

For the past four months our office has started hosting Lunch & Learns for our team on Fridays. They were created so our team could learn about the ins and outs of every department at Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock. Whether it is one of our attorneys presenting, or our intake team talking about what they do, we all get together to have lunch and learn more about how every role in our office helps our team be successful. We recently conducted a firm-wide survey to see how everyone felt about the lunches (along with other questions about how our employees...

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The Bubble

A start-up named The Seabubbles has created a solution for contributing less pollution in the city of Paris. The creation is called “The Bubble,” which is a flying taxi powered by electricity. Media around the country have been discussing this new transportation solution, which takes 35 minutes to charge and has a 2-hour battery life. So how does this “flying taxi” work? The Bubble lifts out of the water on wings and makes no noise and no waves. It does not emit CO2, which wins the approval of French transport officials looking to endow the capital with new clean transport options...

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Amazon Next-Day Delivery Dangers

Amazon is the biggest retailer on the planet with customers in 180 countries. It has disrupted numerous industries and dominated the e-commerce market. But it’s a recent news article after a yearlong investigation, that has shed light on how their next-day delivery has created unsafe conditions on the road and how Amazon is able to walk away from any liability. Amazon's next-day delivery has not only encouraged, but catapulted, the wants and needs of individuals who expect instant gratification. You’re out of your favorite cookies, you forgot to buy a birthday gift, your office needs more legal notepads, the list goes...

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Section 18.001 Affidavits and Hospital Liens

On September 1, 2019, a major change to Chapter 18.001 of the Civil Practices and Remedies Code goes into effect with long-lasting ramifications for Texas attorneys and their clients. Chapter 18.001 outlines deadlines for serving affidavits and counter-affidavits concerning reasonableness of charges for and necessity of medical services. For attorneys offering an affidavit, the language of the new statute requires the party serve a copy of the affidavit by the earlier of: 90 days of the date the Defendant files an answer OR, The date the offering party must designate any expert witness pursuant to either a Court issued scheduling order...

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FMCSA Crash Fault in Carrier Scores

As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) program, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is making plans to remove certain types of crashes from a carriers’ score. FMCSA is scheduled to share their plan soon and will then allow comments for 60 days. If the rule is made final it would begin on October 1, 2019. The rule allows carriers, including owner-operators, the ability to dispute 15 types of crashes and have the associated points in the disputed crash removed from their Crash Indicator BASIC percentile ranking (which is essentially their “score”) in this category....

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Open With Empathy: Walking In Your Client’s Shoes

As attorneys, we are surrounded by the legal industry day in and day out. Clients, on the other hand, are new to this world. In order to understand them, attorneys have to step into their shoes, their lives, and their experiences. Understanding a client's wants and needs, as well as developing rapport, are vital steps when taking on a case. In Episode 35 of Trial Lawyer Nation, Michael sits down with R. Rex Parris and discusses cognitive science and the art of juror persuasion. This episode is our #1 most listened to podcast episode for our show with over 2,500 downloads!...

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Uber Freight: Simplifying the Entire Booking Process

Since September of 2018, Uber Technologies has been testing Uber Freight in the Texas Triangle area for van and refrigerator deliveries. In June of 2019 the full truck-load freight brokerage announced their nationwide roll out. Their goal is to help owner-operator shipping carriers book loads more easily. Its purpose is to simplify the entire booking process. All you have to do is log in to your account, enter your pick-up and drop off information, and then you receive an instant quote. If you like the quoted rate, you can book the shipment. This platform matches commercial shippers with truck drivers looking...

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Thank You from Delisi Friday

On June 1st, my Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Woman of the Year campaign came to an end. I am proud to say I was 1 of 16 candidates this year in San Antonio and we raised an outstanding amount of $1,126,107 for blood cancer! My team and I were able to raise $53,927 and more than 50% of my fundraising was thanks to many of the attorneys who read this magazine. Thank YOU! Many of you who donated shared touching stories of how blood cancer has impacted someone you love. Thank you for sharing your personal connection with me and...

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ATAA Teams UP With Trucking School

Michael Cowen Takes the Wheel with a Hands-On Approach to Better Understanding Trucking and Truck Drivers ATAAhas teamed up with a trucking school to offer ATAA (Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys) members a unique trucking program. This program in Montana includes classroom work with instructors experienced in trucking litigation, accident causation, vehicle maintenance and proper vehicle operation combined with real hands-on experience behind the wheel of a big-rig. You may have seen a video on our law firm social media recently, of Michael Cowen taking this course and his experience with the program. As an ATAA member, Cowen took advantage of this...

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We’re Excited to Offer an Associate Attorney Role in Our Firm

Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock is excited to add another Associate Attorney role to our firm. This position will be located in our San Antonio office. The ideal candidate has between 2 and 6 years of experience as an attorney. This position requires considerable travel, as this docket includes cases throughout the state of Texas, and depositions that often require travel to other states. As a firm, we are striving to achieve a work-life balance. Our goal is to allow attorneys the time and the docket to do the detailed work each case deserves. This attorney will work with a team...

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