CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Lawyer magazine has announced that Bob Hilliard of the law firm of Hilliard MuÃ±oz Gonzales LLP is being inducted into the Texas Lawyer Verdicts Hall of Fame for obtaining one of the Top Five verdicts in Texas involving a workplace injury from 2010 through 2013.
Nearly five years after Leonardo Davila, 68, was attacked at a downtown office building in Corpus Christi Texas, a Nueces County jury awarded him $25 million in his civil case.
On September 9, 2008, Davila was working as a security guard at the American Bank Plaza building, 711 N. Caracanchua, when he was attacked by an unknown assailant while he was on duty. According to Mr. Hilliard, Davila's attacker entered the premises through a malfunctioning door.
"The American Bank Plaza building is in an area of the city that is known to have a high crime rate. Our client had repeatedly let building management know that he felt unsafe patrolling the area alone," Hilliard said. "The defendants knew the environment was unsafe, but didn't take appropriate actions, and the jury agreed."
The lawsuit alleged that Premium Assets, Inc., Corpus Partners Management, Inc., Corpus Assets LP, and American Bank Plaza Management and Leasing knowingly failed to repair and/or cure the dangerous and unsafe condition, failed to provide adequate security, and negligently maintained the area in question among other things.
The 7-day trial was held in Nueces County Court at Law 1. The Honorable Robert J. Vargas presided.