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Recent News:

  • March 2017:  Siegel publishes Op-Ed in Houston Chronicle on gay marriage benefits case in Texas Supreme Court, "Challenging Houston's Same-Sex Benefits is a Pointless Legal Battle."  Read the piece here.


  • March 2017:  Siegel quoted in The Daily Report (Atlanta's affiliate of the National Law Journal) on Young v. Borders, 850 F.3d 1274 (11th Cir. 2017), a police shooting case involving the plaintiff's Second Amendment right to self-protection.  Read the article here.


  • February 2017:  Siegel wins appeal in 11th Cir. in $20 million Foreign Sovereign Immunites Act case, setting precedent on application of American vs. foreign law in FSIA cases, and waiver of immunity through ratification.  Read the opinion here.


  • November 2016: Siegel publishes Op-Ed in The Daily Journal, California's legal newspaper, on cross-border police shooting case in which Siegel filed U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.  Read the piece here.


  • June 2016: Siegel wins medical malpracice appeal.  To read the decision, see Kindred Healthcare, Inc. v. Morales, 499 S.W.3d 475 (Tex. App. -- Houston [1st Dist.] 2016).


  • May 2016:  Siegel is quoted in Houston Chronicle story about appeal involving City of Houston pension system.  Read the article here.


  • May 2016:  Siegel files second amicus brief in Fifth Circuit, sitting en banc, in Texas voter ID appeal arguing that recent studies show that voter ID laws depress voter turnout.  Read the brief here


  • May 2016:  Siegel publishes article in Litigation arguing that appellate rules should be revamped and updated to save clients money and increase efficiency.  Read the article here.


  • April 2016:  Siegel achieves reversal of nearly $1 million in lost profits damages for property owners appealing jury award, upheld by the trial judge, to real estate development company.  Read the opinion in Holmes v. Jetall Co. here.


  • January 2016:  Siegel is quoted in story, "How a Texas Court Battle Could Undermine Obama's New Gun Rules."  Read the story here.


  • September 2015:  Siegel files amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of several Texas state senators in Evenwel v. Abbott, a Voting Rights Act case that asks whether people ineligible to vote, such as children and ineligible immigrants, should be counted when equalizing the populations of voting districts.  The brief emphasizes the wide-ranging constituent services provided by elected officials and argues that such service will be far less effective if ineligible voters are packed into larger, lopsided urban districts -- a likely result of a decision favoring petitioners.  Read the brief here. 


  • August 2015:  Siegel files amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Dean Erwin Chemerinsky supporting petition for certiorari filed by family of fifteen year-old boy shot by U.S. Border patrol agent feet from the border with Mexico.  The brief argues that the Fourth Amendment applies extraterritorially to excessive force used by a law enforcement agent standing on U.S. soil, though the subject was a foregn citizen.  The brief is covered by Law360 and The Houston Press; read the Law360 article here.


  • August 2015:  The Houston Press quotes Siegel and discusses Tolan case in cover story about police shootings and the doctrine of qualified immunity.  Read the Houston Press story here.


  • May 2015: Siegel wins significant RICO appeal in Fifth Circuit as co-counsel for company allegedly excluded from Houston Independent School District contracts for refusing to bribe HISD trustee.  The decision is covered by The Houston Chronicle, The Houston Press, and Law360.  Read Law360's article here.


  • March 2015:  Siegel files amicus brief on behalf of former Texas Governor Mark White and several current Texas election officers arguing that Texas' Voter ID law imposes an unconstitutional poll tax.  Read the brief here.


  • December 2014National Law Journal Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro writes that the Tolan decision could give an "unexpected boost" to other high profile civil rights cases involving police shootings.  Read the National Law Journal Story here.


  • September 2014:  Siegel wins Kinney case in Texas Supreme Court, establishing right for people who are defamed online to obtain removal of false information.  Read the Texas Lawyer story here.


  • May 2014: Siegel wins Tolan case in U.S. Supreme Court, as Court unanimously reverses Fith Circuit and revives Tolan's civil rights-excessive force suit based on Siegel's petition for writ of certiorari. The decision is covered by all local television stations in Houston as well as The Houston Chronicle and the Associated Press.  Read the AP story here.


  • April 2014: Siegel's win in the 11th Circuit, reviving GDG Acquisitions LLC's $14m claim against the Government of Belize, is covered by Bloomberg BNA's US Law Week and Law360Read Bloomberg's article here.


  • January 2014: Siegel's argument in Kinney v. Barnes in the Texas Supreme Court -- which concerns whether courts can constitutionally order a website to remove a defamatory post -- is covered in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Houston Chronicle, The Texas Tribune, Law 360, and Austin television stations.


  • August 21, 2013:  Texas Third Court of Appeals rules in favor of Siegel's client and reverses denial of motion to dismiss under Texas's new SLAPP law.  Read the decision here.


  • July 24, 2012:  Fifth Circuit reverses $6.3 million damages award against Siegel clients United Polychem, Inc. and Lynne Van Der Wall and orders retrial against United Polychem only using more favorable measure of damages.  Read the decision here.
  • April 12, 2012:  Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals reverses directed verdict against Siegel clients TC3 Inc. and Gus Comiskey and remands their seven-figure breach of contract claim against lender for trial. Read the decision here.
  • March 29, 2011:  Siegel comments for Law360 on U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Connick v. Thompson, 131 S.Ct. 1350 (2011), in which Siegel authored amicus brief for law school ethics and criminal law programs, and the decision's potential effect on white collar cases.  Read the article here:  Evan Weinberger, White Collar Reach of High Court Brady Ruling Limited, Law360, March 29, 2011.
  • January 25, 2011:  Siegel comments on new Texas Voter I.D. law on Houston ABC affiliate Channel 13. 





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