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Harvey’s Unfortunate Timing: Unfriendly consumer law takes effect on Sept. 1

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE KARNES COUNTYWIDE ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2017. Business and homeowners across Coastal and South Texas are reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Despite their weekend condition, a new law that takes effect on Sept. 1 will make it harder for ..Read More

Powell Law Firm Featured on News 4 San Antonio

News 4 WOAI Investigative reporter, April Molina, recently highlighted one of our cases in her story about the inadequacy of many safety bollards and the research being done to ensure that all safety bollards will, in fact, protect the pedestrians that rely on them. Storefront and parking lot ..Read More

How Lawyers Can Help Fight Terrorism

[caption id="attachment_466" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Israeli Supreme Court building at night.[/caption] I am an injury lawyer. I file lawsuits for three reasons: (1) to get just compensation for my clients; (2) to get answers about what caused the injury or death to the clients; and ..Read More

Taking on the VA – A $1 Million settlement against all odds

[embed][/embed] You can’t normally sue Uncle Sam and win. Everybody knows that. And you can’t normally sue the Veteran’s Administration (“VA”) and expect to win either, that’s’ pretty much common sense. In addition, there are laws that prev ..Read More

John Smelik Prevails Against Goliath Humana

Landmark case: Attorney Jon Powell, Plaintiff John Smelik prevail against Goliath Humana HMO in Wrongful Death Case after 19 law firms refused to take the case. “A four week trial was just about over. The jury was on its ways into the courtroom to deliver its verdict. All of a sudden the lawye ..Read More


Stay at the scene and check on the safety of all involved. Contact the police, and, if necessary, call for an ambulance. Call your insurance company and honestly relate the incident. Do not discuss the accident with anyone other than your insurance company, police and your lawyer. Exchange only l ..Read More

Getting Your Invoices Paid: Form of an Affidavit of Lien

Your company is having a problem getting its invoices paid on a project. An attorney may be able to provide your company assistance in getting these invoices paid. The first advice I give to all of my clients is – do not try this at home! Talk with an attorney early on in the collection process to ..Read More

Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure in the Oil and Gas Industry

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is responsible for many injuries and deaths due to toxic exposure in the oil and gas industry. H2S is a colorless gas with a characteristic odor of rotten eggs. However, persistent exposure to air concentrations above 100 ppm produces odor fatigue, which impairs the ability to ..Read More

The Texas Residential Construction Commission Act: How This New Law Affects Homebuilders

In 2003, as part of HB730, the Texas legislature passed the Texas Residential Construction Commission Act ("TRCCA") with an effective date of September 1, 2003. This legislation created the Texas Residential Construction Commission ("TRCC"). The TRCC has met several times and created new rules in ar ..Read More

Top Ten List for When a Lawyer Can Help You in Your Construction Business

By Jon Powell Part of running a good business and being a good businessperson is recognizing when you need the assistance of lawyers, accountants, financial consultants or other professionals. Advice from these professionals can help you to start-up and maintain successful companies in the most a ..Read More