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MH Houston Office Moves to First City Tower

McDowell Hetherington LLP, a national trial litigation boutique law firm focused on meeting the litigation and trial needs of its clients, will relocate its Houston headquarters to the First City Tower, located at 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2700, Houston, Texas 77002. The larger space will accommodate MH’s rapidly expanding footprint. The move is effective June […]

MH California Recognized by Chambers & Partners for Excellence in Insurance Law

The California office of McDowell Hetherington, LLP has been recognized again by Chambers USA for excellence in Insurance Law. This is the second year in a row that the California office of MH has been recognized, in its second year of eligibility. Chambers USA ranks leading firms and lawyers in a range of practice areas. […]

MH Secures Defeat of Class Certification Motion in RICO Case

MH partners David McDowell and Amy Boyea represented a life insurer in a class action alleging RICO violations and fraud based on the putative class members’ adoption or participation in voluntary employees’ beneficiary association plans (VEBA Plans) under IRC 419A(f)(6); plans that allegedly did not provide the promised tax benefits. The case resolved after MH […]

MH Lawyers Named Rising Stars

McDowell Hetherington LLP is proud to announce that three of its lawyers – Kate Easterling, Blaire Bruns Johnson and Jason Richardson — have been named to the 2016 Texas Rising Stars list. The annual list of Texas’ top up-and-coming lawyers is based on a statewide poll of attorneys. Nominees must be age 40 or younger […]

MH Secures Dismissal with Prejudice in Wrongful Lapse Case

MH attorney Jodi Swick represented a life insurer where the policy lapsed, due to non-payment of premium, and insured died thereafter. Plaintiff claimed her husband was incapacitated and was not capable under the California Probate Code to let the policy lapse such that the policy should be reinstated. We brought a motion to dismiss claiming […]

MH Secures Dismissal with Prejudice of Bad Faith Claim

MH attorney Jodi Swick represented a life insurance company who was sued by a plaintiff alleging a massive conspiracy to deny him benefits under his parents’ life insurance policy. We successfully moved to dismiss three iterations of Plaintiff’s complaint and twice successfully avoided attempts to remand the case to California state court. After the third […]

Fifth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Title VII Case

MH attorney Jason Richardson obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on all claims asserted by employee alleging violations of Title VII. The judgment was affirmed on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Case No. 13-40686). The Supreme Court of the United States denied plaintiff’s petition for a writ of […]

MH Secures Dismissal of Delaware RICO Case

MH attorneys Tom Hetherington, David McDowell, Jarrett Ganer, and Kendall Burr represented a life insurer in mass action brought by 60 life insurance trusts seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. MH successfully obtained dismissal of nearly all of the claims in the suit, including RICO and fraud-based claims, and the case was thereafter […]