Texas Commercial Litigation Lawyers
We have represented clients who prevailed in scores of cases in federal and state courts in Texas and beyond. Diligent preparation, creative problem solving, and skilled execution of sound litigation strategies are the hallmarks of our attorneys’ approach to commercial and business disputes. We are proud that our client roster, which includes individuals as well as Fortune 500 companies, consists largely of clients referred to us by former clients, general counsel who trust us, and even former opponents whose respect we have earned.
Our approach to commercial litigation helps explain our attorneys’ records of success. We prepare every case to go to trial, and our opponents know we will take our cases to verdict and on appeal if necessary. This reality makes good settlements possible.
Repeated “Super Lawyer” and “Best Lawyers” designations, “preeminent” AV rating by Martindale-Hubble, Austin Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer for 2009, and Austin Under 40 Award are a few examples of honors earned by lawyers at Marrs, Ellis & Hodge.
Our Texas civil litigation attorneys have tried and arbitrated a broad range of commercial cases, including disputes about contracts, intellectual property, real estate, wrongful death, personal injury, oil and gas, and business torts, such as fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. We have won cases for our clients in state and federal courts across the country, both at trial and on appeal. Our clients often seek our advice before their business disputes develop into an actual legal case, and we frequently help them avoid litigation altogether. But sometimes litigation is the only viable option. And when that’s the situation, our lawyers know how to present your case forcefully to judges, juries, and arbitrators.
To discuss the specifics of your case and learn more about how we can help you, call Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP at (713) 609-9503 or (512) 215-4078, or contact us online.
[Party Names Confidential by Request] (2019) (Harris County)
Joe Marrs and Vaibhavi Parmar counseled a national financial institution serving as corporate trustee of a trust valued over $250 million in finalizing a negotiated division of assets, preventing unnecessary litigation for the client.
[Party Names Confidential by Request] (2019) (Travis County)
Joe Marrs and Zev Kusin represented business owners of a complex, multi-million dollar lawsuit over an Austin, Texas-area family storage business that settled in a full dismissal of claims and division of assets favorable to the clients.
Wellness Wireless, Inc. v. Infopia America, LLC (2015) (Southern District of Texas, Houston)
In Cause No. 4:12-cv-02856, In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, Joe Marrs and Zev Kusin defended a medical monitoring device company in a complex contractual dispute. After a jury trial, the Court rendered a take-nothing judgment in favor of MEH’s client.
Burks v. XL Specialty Ins. (2015)
No. 14-14-00740, 2015 WL 5436884 (Tex. App. Houston [14th Dist] Sept. 15, 2015, no pet. h.):
Joe Marrs, and Zev Kusin and Leah Lanier represented a former CFO in a successful appeal of a summary judgment denying coverage under a D&O insurance policy. The parties reached a confidential settlement following the appeal. Please find news coverage here.
D.L.B., et al. v. Texora Corp., et al. (2014) (Orange County, California and Mesa County, Colorado)
Case No. 30-2012-00578962-CU-NP-CJC, in the Superior Court of Orange County, California (2014):
Joe Marrs and Zev Kusin represented minority shareholder oppression claims involving property and businesses in two states. Before trial, the recovered $1.2 million in cash and real estate ($800,000 net of attorneys’ fees).
F.L.M., Individually, and d/b/a the Law Office of F.L.M. v. Z.A.I. Co.,
Nos. 2014-08604; 2013-04704, in the 281st Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas (2014):
The firm, with Joe Marrs as lead counsel, represented a fortune 500 corporate defendant in two lawsuits to recover benefits allegedly assigned to plaintiff, an attorney, by his former client. The case was first dismissed on summary judgment, resulting in a take-nothing judgment in favor of MEH’s client. The second suit was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff following the assertion of a res judicata defense.
Estate of S.M.P., Deceased,
No. C-1-PB-13-001037, in the Probate Court No. 1 of Travis County, Texas (2014):
MEH represented a fortune 500 company in claims to recover assets and protect its interests in a significant estate dispute. The case resolved on confidential terms.
Display Graphics, Inc. v. G.I., LLC, G.I., Ltd., H.G., and J.G.,
Cause No. 2008-63296 in the 11th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas July (2013):
MEH represented the former directors of a large manufacturer of industrial printers defending against claims of fraud, violations of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and promissory estoppel. In the course of the lawsuit, MEH’s attorneys learned that the plaintiff had failed to disclose its claims in a past bankruptcy proceeding. MEH’s client obtained a take-nothing final judgment on all claims. (Marrs, Kusin)
Tuley v. Azle Group, Inc.,
Cause No. D-1-GN-07-000143, In the 353rd District Court, Travis County, Texas (2008):
Luke Ellis discovered key facts about a chemical spill, and was lead counsel in prevailing motion for summary judgment.
Manor v. Grady,
No. C-1-PB-07-016035, In Probate Court No. 1 of Travis County, Texas:
On a pro bono basis, Joe Marrs represented the heirs of a deceased victim of a reverse mortgage scam. The heirs sued to set aside a wrongful lien of $70,000 plus attorneys’ fees on their deceased father’s homestead. Mr. Marrs’s clients first obtained summary judgment setting aside the lien on Texas Constitutional grounds and then obtained judgment against the defendants for $50,000, including attorneys’ fees, costs of administration, and punitive damages.