Houston Attorneys Secure Defense Verdict, Client Blown Away

May 14, 2014

Zandra E. Foley, a partner, and Steven M. Augustine, an associate in the firm's Houston office, secured a jury trial verdict on behalf of an accounting firm in a lawsuit filed by a former client in a multi-million dollar divorce case.  Plaintiff sued the Defendant alleging negligence, over billing, breach of fiduciary duty, violations of the DTPA, and gross negligence related to the forensic accounting services provided to the client during her divorce.  In a 10-2 verdict, a Montgomery County jury found that the accounting firm did not violate any duties owed to his client, overbilling, or otherwise cause her damages, rendering a take nothing verdict. Andrew Johnson, an associate in the Houston office, assisted on the case.

The client had this to say of his experience working with these talented attorneys:

"It is very difficult to put in written words the unbelievable experience I had with your firm's successful defense of my firm's professional liability/ negligence case. ... Zandra and Steven are tireless, motivated, infectiously energetic and extremely talented lawyers. They made me feel so at ease at all times throughout this ordeal. Through depositions, mediation, documents, reports, experts, preparation for trial; to selection of jurors and defense at trial, they were rock solid, focused and prepared. They possess great recall for facts, evidence and an uncanny ability of understanding and speaking to a jury."

"Through it all, they maintained the utmost professional appearance and attitude, preparing and concisely delivering their questions of expert's and witness's giving testimony, making opposing counsel work for every input and crafting our points and challenges to Plaintiff's counsel powerfully direct, without waiver and in instances, devastatingly hard hitting. ... Her [Zandra's] close was so on point, concise, direct, compelling and well delivered I began to sense a no fault verdict on all charges, which, as it turned out, was the ultimate jury outcome."

"I don't know how your human resources staff pick people for Thompson Coe, but they know how to pick true winners, with talent, character, honor and fortitude. I can't say enough about Zandra, Steven and Mary. I consider them family and you should be very proud they represent the Thompson Coe firm."