Litigation Attorney in Texas – Trials and Appeals

Here at Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham, LLP, our civil litigation attorneys have established an esteemed national reputation owing to the strength and depth of their talent. We emphasize defense representations. Our lawyers also know and understand very well the businesses and business concerns of the clients we defend.

Our team includes Bob Craig and Grady Terrill, who are AV-rated attorneys and senior partners with extensive litigation experience. Also included are Bud Grossman and Gary Bellair, both board-certified—Grossman in Personal Injury Trial Law and Bellair in Civil Appellate Law—by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Marcy Erwin is also a talented member of our team.

With our extensive experience in legal practice, we represent a diverse clientele in trials and appeals, ranging from individuals to established companies throughout the state and across the country. Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham, LLP provides practical advice, strong advocacy, and cost-effective results. Our litigation practice focus includes:

Appellate Advocacy

Our appellate lawyers routinely handle civil appeals to the Texas Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. We are committed to the art of appellate advocacy. Our team includes Gary M. Bellair, Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We are actively involved in bar committees related to appellate practice and newsletters addressing issues of interest in Texas law.

Whether the matter underlying an appeal is one that Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham LLP handled or one that another firm took, we coordinate with the original attorneys to identify disputable issues, perfect the appeal, and brief and argue the case. We strive to ensure that each client’s rights are protected and their interests promoted. Matters handled include:

  • Advice on Preservation of Errors for Appeal
  • Preparation of Summary Judgment Motions and Responses
  • Interlocutory Appeals
  • Petitions for Writ of Mandamus
  • Post-Trial Procedural Issues and Briefing

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Aviation Litigation

Our trial lawyers have experience handling technical discovery problems and investigative issues in aviation-related matters. Craig, Terrill, Hale, & Grantham, LLP has represented manufacturers of airplane and aircraft components, fixed-based operators, and pilots in product liability litigation stemming from flight accidents. We also have the expertise necessary to resolve insurance coverage disputes in aviation policies.

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Banking and Finance

Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham, LLP assists depositors, lenders, and borrowers in accordance with intricate state and Federal banking statutes and regulations. Our attorneys have experience in lending and secured transactions, loan workouts, mortgages and foreclosures, and Creditor’s Rights and Bankruptcy. We serve borrowers, commercial banks, credit unions, and holding companies.

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Business & Commercial Litigation

We represent individual and business clients in our business litigation practice forums. Whether the controversy arises in the federal or state courts or an administrative or alternative-dispute-resolution proceeding, we strive to advance our clients’ business goals and objectives while resolving the litigation in the most creative, cost-efficient, and expedient manner. We also guide our clients in avoiding litigation and advice on using negotiation, mediation, and other non-litigation alternatives to resolve business and commercial disputes.

We have experience handling a wide range of business litigation, including:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Construction Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Oil Field Litigation

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If you have other business-related legal concerns, we also have law practitioners specializing in transactions law. Learn more about our areas of expertise in business transactions.

Construction Litigation

The firm has significant experience in construction litigation over commercial and residential construction defects and business-related contractual disputes among contractors, owners, and subcontractors. We also represent several general and subcontractors on an ongoing basis concerning filing mechanic’s and materialman’s liens in residential and commercial construction matters to obtain construction funds for deserving contractors that remain unpaid. In addition to those, we assist various commercial property owners on an ongoing basis with the contesting and removal of wrongfully filed or disputed mechanics’ and materialman’s liens.

The firm has enjoyed success in getting principal amounts due and attorney’s fees for our contractor clients over the years by engaging in the active filing of liens and trapping of construction funds. We have also successfully claimed against construction trust funds and performance and payment bonds on private and government-sponsored construction jobs.

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Consumer Law Litigation

Consumer laws, in general, are intended to protect the average consumer from deceptive business practices, dangerous products, or other problems. Still, they also protect merchants from liability or frivolous actions asserted against them by consumers.

Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham, LLP is experienced in representing both plaintiffs and defendants, including consumers, businesses, creditors, and financing institutions in cases involving allegations under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act, Finance Code, and other consumer-related statutes.

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Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy

We represent financial institutions, wholesalers, manufacturers, and retailers as creditors’ counsel. Our experience includes the application of rights to immediate seizure (foreclosure, detinue and replevin actions, receiverships) and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts. We use these rights to enforce contractual claims, including mechanics liens, rights under security agreements, mortgages, and leases throughout the state.

Our attorneys are experienced in handling substantial bankruptcies. We also regularly manage the protection of debtors and creditors on secured transactions in cases involving department stores, retail shopping malls, textile mills, and single asset real estate matters. Commercial and consumer claims are handled by our law professionals in all courts throughout Texas.

Besides those mentioned, we also defend creditors on issues involving bad faith, slander of credit, wrongful repossession, warranty actions, actions seeking equipment recovery, and claims involving deficiencies and money due under contracts. We offer review and advice on complex lender relationships to determine workout documentation and risk assessment. In addition to those, our attorneys represent financial institutions in lender liability cases involving interference with corporate governance, fraud, duress, misrepresentation, negligence, and breach of good faith.

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Employment Law

We work closely with employers, especially small businesses, to address employment issues from start to finish, assist them in customizing employee handbooks, and define and draft their policies and procedures. In addition, we are experienced with state workforce commission responses and appeals, state and federal agency investigations and mediations (EEOC, Texas Commission on Human Rights), state and federal employment litigation defense (including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, civil rights claims, unfair wage and hour pay practices, and workers’ compensation), and state and federal appeals of these issues. Combined with our business litigation experience, our attorneys strive to provide timely, needed employment law advice and help to our business clients.

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Insurance Coverage Opinions & Bad Faith

The firm serves as counsel to several major commercial insurers to assist, guide, and advise them regarding coverage issues and opinions on various types of general commercial liability, professional liability, and errors and omissions insurance policies. The firm also advises, represents, and defends insurers in first-party claims when insureds allege bad faith and breaches of various duties by the insurer.

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Insurance Defense

Our attorneys understand the issues inherent in insurance litigation. Our years of experience and defense-directed practice allow us to quickly and correctly analyze issues, risks, and exposures for insurance-based litigation. Insurance industry clients rely on our abilities to assess, anticipate and vigorously defend claims for damages. Whether in discovery, deposition, or trial, we aggressively protect our clients’ interests by putting in the necessary preparation, asking hard questions, and revealing the weaknesses in our opponent’s position. We also assist insurance companies in litigating questions of specific coverage responsibility under issued insurance policies.

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Medical Malpractice Defense

We are experienced in defending physicians and other healthcare providers and practitioners against medical malpractice claims. Claims of medical negligence are complicated and often emotion-filled. While doctors and other healthcare providers must follow certain standards when curing patients, a simple mistake is not enough to constitute negligence. Our attorneys understand the standards of care required to meet the thresholds medical negligence claims. They use a network of resources to aggressively defend clients facing claims arising from practicing the healthcare profession.

Oilfield Accidents / Industrial Claims

The firm has an extensive civil litigation practice defending serious oilfield and industrial injury claims and wrongful death actions, including claims involving heavy industrial equipment. Since its inception, our lawyers have successfully represented insurers, their insureds, and companies in oilfield explosion cases, equipment failures, and serious industrial injury claims in early mediations, at trial, and on appeal.

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Product Liability Defense

Our law practitioners at Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham, LLP have represented insurance companies, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in cases pertaining to a broad array of products, including consumer goods, chemicals, power tools, manufacturing equipment, lawn mowers, ladders, cranes, scaffolds, bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, and handguns. We also have experience in defending mass tort and toxic exposure cases.

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Professional Liability Defense

We represent professionals like lawyers, accountants, engineers, architects, chiropractors, and podiatrists in claims alleging professional negligence or breach of a heightened duty of care. Our litigation team has taken the time to develop expertise in the various substantive issues specific to these professions. We also have invested in the technology necessary to enable us to provide the best possible defense through the use of computerized research and access to relevant data.

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Real Estate and Oil & Gas Litigation

Our firm maintains an active litigation practice in the traditional real estate arena concerning title disputes. These include actions to quiet title and remove title clouds for commercial, rural and residential properties, as well as water diversion and water pollution matters in Lubbock and regional West Texas. We also advise various title companies, real estate agencies, individual agents and mortgage companies in Lubbock and the surrounding region.

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Will Contests & Fiduciary Litigation

We assist clients in all aspects of will probation and estate and trust administration. Our lawyers are experienced in disputes relating to the probate of wills, administration of estates, breaches of fiduciary duty, trust modification, and trust and will construction.

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At Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham LLP, our accomplished and experienced lawyers will firmly defend and support you in your trials and appeals. Contact us now if you are looking for a civil litigation attorney in Lubbock, TX.