Firm Partner Chad Baruch Selected Chair-Elect of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors

Johnston Tobey Baruch partner Chad Baruch was selected chair-elect of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors during the board’s quarterly meeting on April 29, 2022, in El Paso. Chad, the firm’s managing shareholder, will take office in June and will serve as chair until June 2023. Chad was elected in 2020 to serve […]

Thanks D Magazine for calling my name…

D Magazine sings Randy Johnston’s praises and Randy sings right back after being named to the D Best Lawyers in Dallas Hall of Fame. “D Best Ballad” Inside every older lawyer there’s a young girl or boy, Asking what the hell happened, how’d I get to this point? I been doing this a while and […]

Johnston Tobey Baruch Attorneys Earn 2021 Texas Super Lawyers Honors

DALLAS – All lawyers with trial and appellate firm Johnston Tobey Baruch have been selected to the 2021 Texas Super Lawyers list, with shareholders Chad Baruch and Randy Johnston earning special honors by the peer-review guide to leading lawyers. Mr. Baruch, an appellate specialist, made the Super Lawyers list of Top 100 attorneys in the […]

SCOTX Wades Into The Political-Question Doctrine

Few lawyers remember much about the political-question doctrine beyond what they learned during their first year of law school. On the rare occasions that the doctrine is litigated, it usually occurs in a federal court rather than the state-court system. But in a rare exception to the mine run of cases involving the political-question doctrine, […]

Firm Achieves Reversal For Plaintiff In Fifth Circuit

JTB appellate partner, Chad Baruch, won a reversal of a defendant’s summary judgment in the Fifth Circuit last week. The case involved the widow of the Dallas physician. In a federal lawsuit, the widow alleges that her deceased husband’s practice-management company failed to pay the invoice on a life-insurance policy, resulting in its lapse. She […]

Texas Supreme Court Resolves Issues Concerning Medical-Expense Affidavits

Section 18.001 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code allows a claimant to submit to the jury the issue of the reasonableness of medical expenses without the need for an expert by filing a statutorily compliant affidavit. The defendant may avoid this abbreviated procedure by filing a statutorily compliant counter-affidavit. Three questions arose under […]

Three Johnston Tobey Baruch Lawyers Named to D Magazine’s List of the Best Lawyers in Dallas for 2021

Randy Johnston, Robert Tobey and Chad Baruch Receive Honor DALLAS – All three name partners at Dallas law firm Johnston Tobey Baruch – Randy Johnston, Robert Tobey and Chad Baruch – have been named to the list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas 2021 by D Magazine. Mr. Johnston and Mr. Tobey are honored in […]

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Rules Governing Designation of Responsible Third Parties in Texas

The first decision is in re Dawson, 550 S.W.3d 625 (Tex. 2018) (orig. proceeding). The plaintiff sued a restaurant when one of its televisions fell off the wall and landed on her. In its interrogatory answers, the restaurant identified the person who installed the television. But in its initial disclosures, the restaurant did not identify […]

Judicial Interview of Children in Texas Conservatorship Proceedings: Can the Trial Court Seal the Record from the Parents?

The Texas Family Code requires a trial court to interview a child who is 12 years of age or older upon request of any party to determine the child’s wishes concerning conservatorship. Tex. Fam. Code § 153.009(a). And on the motion of any party, “the court shall cause a record of the interview to be […]

It’s All About the Bucks: The Collectibility Requirement in Texas Legal-Malpractice Cases

In a previous post, I wrote about the elements of a claim for legal malpractice in Texas: the existence of a duty; the lawyer’s breach of that duty; and proximate cause of damages as a result. Actually, though, many legal-malpractice cases engender the additional requirement to prove what is known as collectibility (and, yes, it […]