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Governing Ground Water along the Texas-Mexico Border: Legal Mechanisms & Their Transboundary Implications

Jessica Foster, Associate
World Water Congress, Cancun, Mexico (May 31, 2017)

Submission of Pain and Suffering and Mental Anguish in the Jury Charge

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
The Advocate (State Bar Litigation Section Report-Vol. 77, Winter 2016)

The Court's Charge from the Plaintiff's Perspective

Peter Kelly, Partner
The Advocate (State Bar Litigation Section Report-Vol. 76, Fall 2016)

Preservation of Error

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
TTLA Trial Advocacy College of Texas (April 15, 2016)

Water Acquisition and Management for Oil & Gas Development: Legal and Regulatory Requirements

Jessica Foster, Associate and Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Texas A&M School of Law
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (CAIL-IEL 2016)

Car Wreck Case Law Update: Seatbelts, Tow Trucks, & Cows in the Road

Morgan A. McPheeters, Associate
TTLA Car Wrecks Seminar, Houston, Texas (March 3, 2016)

The Review of New Trial Orders on Appeal

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner, Thad D. Spalding, Partner
Vol. 40, No. 5, Dallas Bar Association: Headnotes (May 2015)

Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
State Bar of Texas CLE, 22nd Annual Advanced Medical Torts Course, San Antonio (March 12-13, 2015)

Emerging Appellate Issues

Thad D. Spalding, Partner with Justices Ada Brown, David Evans, and Jim Moseley (Ret.)
Dallas Bar Association's Bench Bar Conference, Horseshoe Bay, Texas (October 23, 2014)

Preparing, Presenting & Preserving Error in the Jury Charge

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
TTLA Car Wrecks CLE (October 9, 2014)

Common Mistakes Even the Best Lawyers Make

Leighton Durham, Partner
Houston Trial Lawyers Association Lunch CLE (September 10, 2014)

Exemplary Damages

Peter Kelly, Partner, Thad D. Spalding, Partner
State Bar of Texas CLE, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course 2014, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston (July-August, 2014)

Minority Report: Appellate Pre-Update

Peter Kelly, Partner
State Bar of Texas, Advanced Medical Torts Course, Santa Fe, New Mexico (March 13-14, 2014)

Court's Charge on Damages Issues

Leighton Durham, Partner
State Bar of Texas CLE, Damages in Civil Litigation 2014 (February 6-7, 2014)

Recovering Medical Expenses in Personal Injury Cases

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner with Michael Yanof and Cassie Dallas
State Bar of Texas CLE, Damages in Civil Litigation 2014 (February 6-7, 2014)

Default Judgments: Texas Supreme Court Decisions to Consider

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
Vol. 39, No. 2 Dallas Bar Association: Headnotes (February 1, 2014)

Ring in 2014 with a New Subrogation World Order

Thad D. Spalding, Partner and Ben K. DuBose
Vol. 38, No. 11 Dallas Bar Association: Headnotes (November 1, 2013)

Panel Discussion Regarding the Jury Charge and Charge Conference

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner with Judge Tonya Parker and Jody Rudman
Dallas Bar Association Trial Academy, Dallas, Texas (July 26, 2013)

Preservation of Error for Appeal

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner with Judge Mark Greenberg, Steve Gibson and Scott Stolley
Dallas Bar Association Tort & Insurance Practice Section, Dallas, Texas (July 9, 2013)

Tips for Making Deposition Testimony Look as Good as it Sounds


Vol. 38, No. 5 Dallas Bar Association: Headnotes (May 1, 2013)

Chapter 74 Pleadings and Motions...Not as Simple as You Might Think

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner Jennifer King
State Bar of Texas, 20th Annual Advanced Medical Torts, San Antonio, Texas (March 14, 2013)

Escabedo Decision: Navigating the Recovery of Medical Damages in a Personal Injury Case

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
University of Texas School of Law, Insurance Law Institute, Austin, Texas (October 18, 2012)

Escabedo Decision: Navigating the Recovery of Medical Damages in a Personal Injury Case

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Fort Bend County Bar Association, Sugarland, Texas (August, 30, 2012)

Evidence and Case Law Update

Peter Kelly, Partner
State Bar College Summer School, State Bar of Texas CLE (July 1, 2012)

Escabedo Decision: Navigating the Recovery of Medical Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner, Peter Kelly, Partner
Soaking Up Some CLE, State Bar of Texas CLE (May 17-18, 2012)

Trends in Rulings by the Texas Courts of Appeals

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Section (May 17, 2012)

Escabedo Decision: Navigating the Recovery of Medical Damages in a Personal Injury Case

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Denton County Bench Bar Conference, Pottsboro, Texas (May 01, 2012)

Escabedo Decision: Navigating the Recovery of Medical Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner, Peter Kelly, Partner
Advanced Evidence and Discovery, State Bar of Texas CLE (April 26-27, 2012)

The Long, Long Road of Paid or Incurred

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner , Dan Worthington, and Milton C. Colia
Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Inc., 2012 Spring Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico (April 25, 2012)

Paid or Incurred after Escabedo

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Permian Basin Trial Lawyers Association, Odessa, Texas (03/15/12)

The Escabedo Decision

Peter Kelly, Partner
Damages in Civil Litigation, State Bar of Texas CLE (February 1, 2012)

Guest commentator, KTSA 550AM, regarding the Texas Supreme Court's opinion in Haygood v. Escabedo concerning recovery of past medical expenses in civil cases

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Justice for All – The Wyatt Wright Show (January 22, 2012)

Paid or Incurred after Escabedo

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas (12/15/11)

What Every Young Lawyer Needs to Know About...Mandamus Practice

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Dallas, Texas (December 14, 2011)

Paid or Incurred After Escabedo

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner, Peter Kelly, Partner and Andy Payne
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, Houston, Texas (December 1, 2011)

Legal Symposium for the Dallas Judiciary Regarding Paid or Incurred after Escabedo

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner with Andy Payne, Dan Worthington and Ken Riney
Dallas, Texas (October 13, 2011)

Escabedo/Paid vs Incurred

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Road Rules Dallas: A Crash Course Car Wrecks Seminar, Dallas, Texas (October 6, 2011)

Legislative Update and the Escabedo Case

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner with Paula Sweeney, Tex Quesada, Brian Lauten, Dick Sayles, Mary Margaret Black and William Toles
Dallas Bar Association, Tort & Insurance Practice Section, Dallas, Texas (October 4, 2011)

Legislative Update

Peter Kelly, Partner
Business Torts Institute, State Bar of Texas CLE (October 1, 2011)

Paid or Incurred after Escabedo

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
East Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Longview, Texas (September 21, 2011)

Escabedo Rapid Response

Peter Kelly, Partner
Texas Trial Lawyers Association Webinar (July 1, 2011)

Proving Up Medicals in the Post-Escabedo World

Peter Kelly, Partner
Houston Trial Lawyers Association CLE (July 1, 2011)

Common Mistakes Even the Best Lawyers Make

Leighton Durham, Partner
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas Advocates Lunch CLE (06/25/11)

The Economics of Appeals: Fee Arrangements (including Alternative Arrangements) for Appellate Counsel

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner with Jeff Levinger, Oscar Rey Rodriguez, John Torres
State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section, Dallas, Texas (June 17, 2011)

Limitations and Repose: Molinet, Rankin, Walters & Offenbach

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Texas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Medical Malpractice Seminar, Austin, Texas (June 2, 2011)

Preservation of Error

Peter Kelly, Partner
Advanced Civil Trial Law Seminar, Corpus Christi Bar Association (April 1, 2011)

Liability for Health Care Providers Under the Emergency Medical Care Statute

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
State Bar of Texas, Santa Fe, New Mexico (March 17, 2011)

Ten Things Every Trial Lawyer Should Know About Appeals

Peter Kelly, Partner
Houston Trial Lawyers Association Luncheon (October 1, 2010)

How Appellate Counsel Can Add Value to Your Case Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Mississippi Association for Justice, New Orleans (June 11, 2010)

Paid or Incurred: What's Happened, and What's on the Horizon

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
El Paso Trial Lawyers Association, El Paso, Texas (March 18, 2010)

Liability for Health Care Providers Under the Emergency Medical Care Statute

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
State Bar of Texas, Santa Fe, New Mexico (March 17, 2010)

What Every Young Lawyer Should Know About Legal Writing

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner, Thad D. Spalding, Partner with Justice Mary Murphy and Talmage Boston
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (March 10, 2010)

The Rogue Ice Cube: What Texas Supreme Court Legal Sufficiency Review Means for Your Practice

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Las Vegas, Nevada (February 26, 2010)

Expanding Mandamus Jurisprudence: Navigating an Increasingly Indefinite Standard of Review

Leighton Durham, Partner
State Bar of Texas, 32nd Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, San Antonio (July 29-31, 2009)

Texas Summary Judgment Practice

Peter Kelly, Partner
Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas CLE (Summer 2009)

FAA Airman Enforcement Actions 101

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
RFC Dallas Flying Club, Addison, Texas (April 21, 2009)

The Fallibility of Eyewitness Testimony and the Texas Innocence Project

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner , et. al.
Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Dallas, Texas (April 15, 2009)

Appellate Tips for Trial Attorneys

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Vol. 33, No. 4 Dallas Bar Association: Headnotes (April 1, 2009)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
East Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Jefferson, Texas (March 26, 2009)

Jury Charge - New Developments in the Texas Pattern Jury Charges

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
In-House CLE, Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP (January 14, 2009)

Amicus Practice in Texas

Peter Kelly, Partner
San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Practice Section Luncheon (November 1, 2008)

Jury Selection - Commitment Questions, Rehabilitation and Allocation of Peremptory Strikes

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
In-House CLE, Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP (October 23, 2008)

Amicus Briefs from the Judicial and Practical Perspectives

Peter Kelly, Partner
Advanced Civil Appellate Course, State Bar of Texas CLE (September 1, 2008)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
The University of Texas School of Law, 2008 The Car Crash Seminar, Austin, Texas (August 15, 2008)

How Appellate Counsel Can Add Value to Your Case Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Houston TTLA Advocates (May 28, 2008)

Removal and Remand

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Texas Association of Legal Professional 53rd Annual Board Meeting and Education Conference (May 3, 2008)

Substantial Foreclosure in Antitrust: Can It Ever Be Proved in Texas?

Peter Kelly, Partner , Co-Author
South Texas College of Law Review, vol. 49, No. 3, (Spring 2008)

Supreme Court Update

Peter Kelly, Partner
Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas CLE (April 1, 2008)

Chapter 74 Expert Reports

Peter Kelly, Partner
Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, State Bar of Texas CLE (March 1, 2008)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Car Wrecks Seminar, 2007 Annual Conference, Austin Texas (November 29, 2007)

Legal and Factual Sufficiency Review After City of Keller

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and O. Rey Rodriguez
Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section (October 18, 2007)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas (October 18, 2007)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association, Ft. Worth, Texas (October 10, 2007)

Removal and Remand

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner & Joshua Bernstein
Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, Dallas, Texas (October 4, 2007)

The Meaning and Application of HB 4's "Paid or Incurred"

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and Mike Huddleston
Dallas Bar Association, Torts and Insurance Practice Litigation Section (September 27, 2007)

Airmen Enforcement Actions 101 for Trial Attorneys.

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
American Association for Justice, Section Connection-Aviation Law, Vol. 15, No. 1 (Fall 2007)

Paid or Incurred Damages Issues

Peter Kelly, Partner
Personal Injury/Automobile Injury Conference, South Texas College of Law (August 1, 2007)

How Appellate Counsel Can Add Value to Your Case Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
American Association for Justice 2007 Annual Convention (July 18, 2007)

Products Liability in Texas

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
America First Insurance Company (June 30, 2007)

How Can Appellate Counsel Add Value to Your Case Throughout Litigation?

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
American Association for Justice Annual Convention (June 29, 2007)

How Appellate Counsel Can Add Value to Your Case Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
El Paso County Trial Lawyers Association (June 28, 2007)

Removal and Remand

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, Austin, Texas (May 31, 2007)

Preparing the Jury Charge

Peter Kelly, Partner
Advanced Personal Injury Course, Texas Trial Lawyers Association CLE (May 1, 2007)

How Appellate Counsel Can Add Value to Your Case Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Collin County Bench Bar Conference (April 20, 2007)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Collin County Bench Bar Conference (April 20, 2007)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Dallas Trial Lawyers Association and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association (January 25, 2007)

Dead or Alive: The Collateral Source Rule After HB4.

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Vol. 37 The Advocate, Texas State Bar litigation Section (Winter 2006)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Texas Trial Lawyers Association Car Wrecks Seminar (November 30, 2006)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association (October 25, 2006)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and Andrew L. Payne
Mesquite Bar Association (October 18, 2006)

Removal and Remand

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Dallas Area Paralegal Association (October 3, 2006)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and Andrew L. Payne
South Plains Trial Lawyers Association (September 20, 2006)

30 Winning Appeals

Peter Kelly, Partner
Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas CLE (September 1, 2006)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and Andrew L. Payne
Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association (July 11, 2006)

Removal and Remand

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner & James E. Girards
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, Houston, Texas (May 11-12, 2006)

Preparing the Jury Charge

Peter Kelly, Partner
Advanced Personal Injury Course, Texas Trial Lawyers Association CLE (May 1, 2006)

The Benefits of Retaining Appellate Counsel Throughout Litigation

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
South Plains Trial Lawyers Association (April 19, 2006)

Preserving Error in the Court's Charge

Peter Kelly, Partner
Maximizing Your Case Recovery, Texas Trial Lawyers Association CLE (April 1, 2006)

Paid or Incurred: Recovery of Medical Expenses

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and Andrew L. Payne
Dallas Trial Lawyers Association (March 16, 2006)

The Benefits of Retaining Appellate Counsel Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner, Thad D. Spalding, Partner
Denton Trial Lawyers Association (February 16, 2006)

Preliminary Discovery: Plaintiffs' Perspective

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner & Keith Patton
Harris Martin Benzene 101 Litigation Conference, San Antonio, Texas (February 2-3, 2006)

The Benefits of Retaining Appellate Counsel Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and William Richard Thompson
Dallas Bar Associationâ Trial Skills Section (December 9, 2005)

The Benefits of Retaining Appellate Counsel Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner, Thad D. Spalding, Partner
San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (November 17, 2005)

The Benefits of Retaining Appellate Counsel Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and William Richard Thompson
Dallas Bar Associationâ Friday Clinic (September 2, 2005)

Etie, OCIPs, and Preserving Third Party Liability

Peter Kelly, Partner
Houston Trial Lawyers Association (July 1, 2005)

The Benefits of Retaining Appellate Counsel Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and William Richard Thompson
Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association (May 10, 2005)

The Benefits of Retaining Appellate Counsel Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and William Richard Thompson
Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association (April 27, 2005)

The Benefits of Retaining Appellate Counsel Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and William Richard Thompson
Solo & Small Firm Section of the Dallas Bar Association (April 6, 2005)

What Good Is Appellate Counsel?

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner, Leighton Durham, Partner
Vol. 1, Issue 4, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association: The Front Line (March 1, 2005)

The Benefits of Retaining Appellate Counsel Throughout Litigation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner and The Honorable Deborah Hankinson
Texas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting (November 17, 2004)

Court of Appeals Appellate Procedure Update

Peter Kelly, Partner
Appellate Advocate, published quarterly by the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Texas (Fall 1999-2004)

Lawyer Referral Fees and Advertising: A Final Report From the State Bar

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Vol. 28, No. 7 Dallas Bar Association Headnotes (July 1, 2004)

Case Law Update

Peter Kelly, Partner
South Texas College of Law Personal Injury Conference (March 1, 2004)

A View from the Bench-Differences Between State and Federal Court Practice

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Vol. 28, No. 2 Dallas Bar Association: Headnotes (February 1, 2004)

Multidistrict Litigation: Texas Style

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Vol. 28, No. 2 Dallas Bar Association: Headnotes (February 1, 2004)

The End of Meaningful Supersedeas: HB 4 and Postjudgment Practice

Peter Kelly, Partner
Navigating HB 4: A Brave New World, Texas Trial Lawyers Association CLE (December 1, 2003)

2003 Texas Legislative Update

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP (Fall 2003)

Vicarious Liability of Securities Firms for Employee Misconduct in Texas: Millan v. Dean Witter Reynolds

Peter Kelly, Partner
Houston Bar Association Securities Litigation Section (August 1, 2003)

Homeland Security: Plan Ahead Before Heading to Court

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
Vol. 27, No. 7 Dallas Bar Association: Headnotes (July 1, 2003)

Contribution and Responsible Third Party Practice:Before and After July 1, 2003

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
In-House CLE, Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP (June 25, 2003)

Ten Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Appeals

Peter Kelly, Partner
Houston Trial Lawyers Association (May 1, 2003)

Preservation of Error (State) Pre-Trial and Trial

Peter Kelly, Partner
Hidalgo County Bar Association Advanced Civil Trial Seminar (November 1, 2002)

Ten Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Appeals

Peter Kelly, Partner
Hidalgo County Bar Association Monthly Meeting (October 1, 2002)

Enforcement Procedures For the State Board For Education Certification and the Texas Educators' Code of Ethics

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner , Neal W. Adams and Jon McCormick
Vol. 17, No. 9, Texas School Administrators' Legal Digest (October 1, 2001)

Preservation of Error (State) Pre-Trial and Trial

Peter Kelly, Partner
Nuts & Bolts of Appellate Practice, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (September 1, 2001)

Handling the Jury Charge & Jury Charge Objections

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
Appellate Section Luncheon Seminar, San Antonio Bar Association (May 1, 2001)

Post-Trial Motions

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
Appellate Law in the New Millennium Seminar, San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Practice Section and St. Mary's Law Journal (March 1, 1999)

Withstanding Batson Muster: What Constitutes a Neutral Explanation

Kirk L. Pittard, Partner
50 Baylor L. Rev. 985 (Fall 1998)

Annual Survey of Tort and Insurance Law

Thad D. Spalding, Partner
American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Law Journal (1996-1997)