Congratulations to KD&P Partner, Kirk Pittard, who won a significant victory in the Texas Supreme Court. In a funeral home negligence case, the supreme court rejected the argument that a contract is required to impose a duty on a funeral home to not mishandle the body of a deceased person. Instead, the court concluded that there exists a common law duty to the deceased’s next of kin. Chief Justice Hecht wrote the opinion for a unanimous court. You can read the opinion in SCI Texas Funeral Services, Inc. v. Nelson here.
KD&P is pleased to announce that Justin Kaufman and Rosalind Bienvenu have joined KD&P’s Santa Fe office, effective February 12, 2018. Justin, formerly a partner with Robins Cloud, joins KD&P as partner and will manage KD&P’s New Mexico practice from the Santa Fe office. Rosalind, formerly an associate with Robins Cloud, joins KD&P as an associate where she will continue to handle civil appeals and strategic litigation support in both state and federal courts.
Congratulations to KD&P Partner, Kirk Pittard, who was part of a trial team including Reid Martin, Jack Walker and Marisa Schouten of Martin Walker, P.C., that obtained a $43 million verdict against East Texas Medical Center in a medical malpractice case in Smith County. You can see the jury verdict here.