Roberts & Roberts Opens New Longview Office Location
Roberts & Roberts recently moved office locations within Longview. Though the firm has maintained a presence in Longview for years, the new location will allow us to better accommodate our clients in Longview and Marshall, as well as in the surrounding areas.
Our new Longview new office is located in the Judson Plaza building at 1125 Judson Road, Suite 105. The Judson Plaza building is situated near the heart of downtown Longview and is just minutes from the Gregg County Courthouse. To schedule an appointment at our Longview office, please call (903) 757-6000.
We look forward to the additional convenience this new location will offer our clients. We also continue to recognize that not everyone is able to meet with us at our offices. With that in mind, we continue to abide by our long-standing commitment to meet clients at the place that is most convenient for them, whether at their home or the hospital.
Attorney Nick Pesina Selected for UT Tyler's "30 in their 30's" List
Roberts & Roberts is proud to announce that Nicanor (Nick) Pesina, Jr. has been selected for inclusion on the University of Texas at Tyler "30 in their 30's" list, which aims to "recognize exceptional individuals and organizations devoted to improving our communities and driving this region forward."
Karen Roberts Achieves Board Certification
Karen Roberts recently became Board Certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In becoming Board Certified, Karen is now among a select group of attorneys allowed by the State Bar of Texas to publicly represent themselves as specialists in personal injury trial law.
Of the over 100,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas, only 1.5% are Board Certified in personal injury trial law. To become Board Certified, an attorney must demonstrate substantial trial experience, take 60 hours of continuing legal education in personal injury trial law, provide a list of attorneys and judges who can attest to competence in personal injury trial law, and complete a difficult six-hour examination. After achieving Board Certification, an attorney must continue to adhere to certain requirements to maintain the Certification.
Karen’s achievement means that Roberts & Roberts now has four attorneys who are Board Certified in personal injury trial law, including Randy Roberts, Bruce Roberts, and Michael Ace. Notably, Michael Ace has also achieved Board Certification in Civil Trial Law and Frank Weedon is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation Law.
Roberts & Roberts Announces Free Taxi Ride Campaign
Roberts & Roberts Law Firm has teamed up with Taxi Cab Company of Tyler for its annual “Grab a Cab on Us” campaign, which is aimed at preventing drunk driving during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. For this year’s campaign, Roberts & Roberts will provide residents of Tyler and Longview free taxi rides home from local bars and restaurants. This community service will run from December 11, 2017, through January 1, 2018. If you need a ride, the cab fare is on us! See the video above for more details or call the Taxi Cab Company directly for a ride in Tyler or Longview at 903-592-3232.
Attorney Justin Roberts Joins the Firm
Early this fall, attorney Justin Roberts officially joined the Tyler-based personal injury law firm of Roberts & Roberts. Justin focuses his practice on mass tort litigation, where he specializes in helping individuals who are harmed by recalled or unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. Prior to joining Roberts & Roberts, Justin practiced at Parsley Coffin Renner LLP in Austin, Texas, where he represented electric and natural gas utilities in complex regulatory proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Railroad Commission of Texas.
Justin has experience in all three branches of Texas’s state government. Early in his career, Justin served as a law clerk for Justice Paul W. Green of the Texas Supreme Court. He subsequently served as General Counsel of the Texas House Republican Caucus during the 83rd Legislative Session, after which he enjoyed a stint as the General Counsel of the House Select Committee on Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility. Justin also worked as an attorney for the Office of the Texas Secretary of State, where he advised state, county, and municipal officials, as well as candidates and state and local political parties, on election-related issues.
In joining Roberts & Roberts, Justin proudly joins his father, Randy Roberts, as well as his uncle, Bruce Roberts, and aunt, Karen Roberts.
Clear the Shelters is here again on August 19th!
Roberts & Roberts is teaming up with NBC to support the Clear the Shelters campaign, a nation wide pet adoption drive.#cleartheshelters Tweets
Last year, over 50,000 pets found their forever home. This year we're hoping to beat that record with nearly 700 shelters across the nation coming together. For one day only, pet adoption fees will be waived! Find out more about Clear the Shelters here or find your nearest shelter below.
Texas State Jury Awards Over $8.4 Million To Truck Driver For Injuries Sustained In Fall From Hopper Car In Railyard Owned By Defendant Railroad
Charles Knighton filed an action against The Blacklands Railroad in the 62nd District Court; Hopkins Co., TX. Knighton alleged that the railroad was negligent because its conductor had told him that he could go to work on top of the hopper car, and then the conductor instructed the locomotive engineer to engage in a coupling movement without making sure that Knighton was clear of all of the connected railcars. The Blacklands Railroad denied that its conductor had given Knighton permission to go to work on top of any railcars. The defendant also contended that the coupling movement was too gentle to have moved the hopper car on which the plaintiff was working approximately six railcars away. Moreover, the defendant suggested that the plaintiff fell because he probably lost his footing on top of the hopper car.
Knighton did not file suit against his employer, Mountain View Hauling (who was covered by workers' compensation insurance) or Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (the owner of the feed and the hopper car). Defendant, however, designated both of those companies as "Responsible Third Parties." Pilgrim's Pride Corporation had contracted to have Mountain View Hauling transport the feed to the railyard and load it into the hopper cars and Pilgrim's Pride Corporation had contracted to have defendant transport the loaded hopper cars to customers of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation. Pilgrim's Pride Corporation and Mountain View Hauling were designated as responsible third parties because they did not provide plaintiff with any fall protection to perform his work at a height of 15 feet on top of the railcars. More specifically, defendant contended that Pilgrim's Pride Corporation and Mountain View Hauling should have provided plaintiff with a man lift as well as a safety harness and lanyard, or similar fall protection equipment, which Pilgrim's Pride Corporation and Mountain View Hauling did provide to other truck drivers after Knighton's injury. Pilgrim's Pride Corporation eventually paid Knighton $ 125,000.00 to be released from the litigation prior to trial. This settlement of $ 125,000.00 would be credited against any judgment entered against defendant.
The matter proceeded to a four and a half day jury trial held before Judge Will Biard. On May 23, 2017, the jury reached a verdict in Knighton's favor, finding Blacklands Railroad to be 100% liable for his injuries and Mountain View Hauling and Pilgrim's Pride Corporation both having no liability. The amount of the award totaled $ 8,480,880.53 (including prejudgment interest of $ 194,987.53 and taxable court costs of $ 17,158.00).
Plaintiff was represented by Randy Roberts and Michael Ace of Roberts & Roberts in Tyler, Texas, as well as John Ginn of Smith, McDowell, Ginn in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Defendant was represented by Wayne (Lyn) Robbins and Susan Travis of Robbins Travis in Southlake, Texas.
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Workers’ Compensation Attorney Frank D. Weedon Joins Roberts & Roberts
Texas workers’ compensation attorney Frank D. Weedon has joined the Tyler-based personal injury law firm of Roberts & Roberts. Frank is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation Law, a distinction held by less than 100 attorneys in the state of Texas.
A native Texan, Frank received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas-Arlington and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law. He is licensed to practice in all Texas courts, as well as in the United States District Court’s Eastern and Southern Districts.
Frank began his career working in the insurance claims industry, starting as a file room clerk and advancing to a catastrophic workers’ compensation adjuster, investigating complex industrial injury claims. Upon graduation from law school in 1998, he started his practice as an insurance defense attorney representing large corporations and many major Texas insurers. In 2002, he transitioned his practice to representing plaintiffs and victims of injury in East Texas.
Frank has special competence in industrial and work-related injuries and has handled thousands of such claims as an adjuster and attorney. He is OSHA certified and SafeLand Drilling certified by the Petroleum Education Council.
Frank is widely recognized as an expert in insurance claims-handling tactics and has testified as an expert witness approximately 90 times in federal and state courts in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arizona. In addition, he has instructed insurance adjusters on how to handle claims as an approved provider through the Texas Department of Insurance. Frank is a frequent lecturer at State Bar Of Texas events and has twice testified at the Texas Legislature on behalf of injured workers.
Frank is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He is active in his church, serving on various boards and committees. He and his wife have three daughters and one granddaughter.