Saturday, April 24, 2004


Yesterday, I won my first jury trial.

I represented the defendant in a case involving breach of an oral agreement. The plaintiff alleged that she agreed to loan my client a welding machine in exchange for labor my client would perform on her property, namely erection of about 500 feet of pipe-fencing. According to my client, the deal was a straight barter where the plaintiff agreed to give him the welding machine in exchange for his labor. Not surprisingly, my client refused to return the welder after he had spent numerous hours erecting the fence.

Alas, this lawsuit.

Plaintiff sued for $4,977.23. Those familiar with the Texas Government Code will note that this places the amount in controversy just under the jurisdictional limit of JP court. Crafty pleading by the plaintiff's attorney.

We countersued, plaintiff amended, etc.

In the end, the jury saw it our way. It was a nice way to end the week.

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Happy Easter, Tex-Mex Style

Easter has finally come. And with it, has arrived uncharacteristically cold, rainy weather. Thankfully, after attending church, my wife and I joined my parents and grandmother (G-ma to her friends) inside the warm, cozy confines of Blue Mesa Grill. Seated comfortably by a window, we enjoyed mimosas, chorizo and egg burritos, huevos rancheros, bean and cheese filled adobe pies, sweet corn cake, carnitas, and some cinnamon coffee. And that was just my first trip to the buffet!

Several hours later, I have just awakened from the requisite 2-hour siesta. My wife still sleeps soundly in the other room. What shall I do?

Sadly, I will post a quick blog and then return to the work I should have done earlier this weekend.

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be lawyers.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

How do you write a screenplay?

Dedman has done it. So tell me... how does one go about drafting a screenplay? What if I know nothing about film, but can put together snappy dialogue in a fantastic plot? Are there programs out there to help me? Am I stuck all alone?

I know I can do it.

Seriously, I know I can.



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