Travis Brown Elected Chair of Austin Bar Association’s Construction Law Section

Allensworth & Porter is pleased to announce that Travis W. Brown has been elected Chairman of the Austin Bar Association’s Construction Law Section for the 2012-13 term. Mr. Brown was also appointed sub-committee chair of the Austin Bar Association’s Breakfast with the Judiciary Committee. The Austin Bar Association is a non-profit professional association for attorneys … Continued

Allensworth & Porter Named to Super Lawyers Business 2012 Top Five List

This is a distinctive honor for Allensworth & Porter, as the Super Lawyers rating is based on peer recognition and professional achievement, and the firm is one of only five to make the final list. Allensworth & Porter is pleased to announce that their firm has been named to the list of top Texas law … Continued

Matthew C. Ryan Voted Chair-Elect of State Bar Construction Law Section

We’re pleased to announce that Matthew Ryan has been voted Chair-Elect for the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas has over 2,200 members consisting of legal professionals from public and private sectors involved in the practice of construction law. The Section strives to … Continued

Joe Basham Appointed to Rollingwood City Council

Allensworth & Porter, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that Joe Basham, a partner in the firm, has been appointed to the City Council of Rollingwood, Texas, and was sworn in as Alderman on June 20th in the Council’s monthly meeting.  Mr. Basham served as Treasurer and Director of the Rollingwood Community Development Corporation from 2007–2011, … Continued

Is the “Accepted Work Doctrine” Alive in Texas?

What is the “Accepted Work Doctrine”? The “accepted work doctrine,” at least in jurisdictions which have adopted it, generally insulates a contractor from liabilities for injuries resulting from the negligent construction of a condition that has been accepted by a premises owner.  In simpler terms, under the doctrine once the owner of a construction project … Continued

Differing or Unexpected Site Conditions Clauses at Issue in El Paso Field Services v. Mastec North America, Inc.

In January, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in MasTec N. Am., Inc. v. El Paso Field Servs., L.P., 317 S.W.3d 431 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] July 6, 2010, pet. granted), and may soon resolve an important risk-allocation issue applicable to construction projects throughout Texas. The case concerns the enforceability of what is typically … Continued

Texas Supreme Court Briefing, Black + Vernooy Architects v. Smith

The Texas Supreme Court recently refused to hear a further appeal in the case of Black + Vernooy Architects v. Smith, 346 S.W.3d 877 (Tex. App.—Austin 2011, pet. filed). The case concerned whether and to what extent architects performing contract or construction administration are responsible to third-party house guests injured by purely construction defects. The … Continued

Changes to Indemnity Law

Effective January 1, 2012, the Texas legislature passed a new Texas Anti-Indemnity Statute, H.B. 2093, prohibiting broad-form indemnity agreements on construction contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2012. Under the old statute, construction project participants could agree to indemnify each other even for those damages arising solely out of the negligence of the … Continued

Updated Responsible Third Party Statute

Effective for all lawsuits filed on or after September 1, 2011, the legislature amended the responsible third-party statute, located at Chapter 33 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. The amendment removed a controversial provision which permitted plaintiffs to join defendants to law suits even after the applicable statute of limitations had expired. The new … Continued


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