News & Seminars

February 2011

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of Ricardo R. Reyna and Desiree Marrufo and Trial Presentation Specialist Jerry Lopez for successfully representing VIA Metropolitan Transit in a trial in Bexar County. The case involved an accident where the VIA bus driver allegedly drove through a red light and caused the accident. An independent eyewitness testified that the VIA bus driver was speeding and drove through a red light. The investigating SAPD Officer assessed responsibility on the VIA bus driver. The past medical specials were $65,000 and the Plaintiff asked the jury to award $300,000. The pre-trial demand was $100,000 and the pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant and assessed 100% responsibility on the Plaintiff.

January 2011

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of Ricardo R. Reyna and Desiree Marrufo and Trial Presentation Specialist Jerry Lopez for successfully representing VIA Metropolitan Transit in a trial in Bexar County. The case involved an accident where the VIA bus driver turned left in front of the Plaintiff. The investigating SAPD Officer assessed responsibility on the VIA bus driver. The past medical specials were $75,000 and the Plaintiff asked the jury to award $200,000. The pre-trial demand was $100,000 and the pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant and assessed 100% responsibility on the Plaintiff.

November 2010

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of Michael I. Ramirez and Ricardo R. Reyna and Trial Presentation Specialist Jerry Lopez for successfully representing their client in a trial in Bexar County. The case involved an alleged elevator malfunction witnessed by several persons. The medical specials were $50,000 and the lost wages were $25,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $500,000 and the pre-trial demand was $250,000. The pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero verdict for the Defendant and found no negligence.

October 2010

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of Ricardo R. Reyna and Ryan A. Todd and Trial Presentation Specialist Jerry Lopez for successfully representing their client in a trial in Bexar County. The case involved a Plaintiff whose vehicle broke down on IH-10 near Kerrville, Texas. Plaintiff alleged that the decedent was killed when Defendant's 18 wheel tractor-trailer veered onto the shoulder and struck decedent. The lead investigating DPS Trooper testified that the Defendant driver admitted he was fatigued and had only gotten 4 hours of sleep the night before. He reconstructed the accident and determined that it took place on the shoulder. Defendant claimed that the decedent was partly in the lane of travel when he was struck. The lost wages were $600,000. The Plaintiff asked the jury to award $6,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $125,000. The jury returned a zero verdict for the defense, assessing 100% negligence on the Plaintiff.

September 2010

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of Steve Katz and Cameron Cooke for successfully representing their client in a trial in Bexar County. The case involved a rear-end accident caused by the Defendant. The medical specials were $7,000 and the pre-trial demand was $20,000. The jury award was $7,000.

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of Steve Katz and Amber Winer for successfully representing their client in a trial in Travis County. The case involved a rear-end accident caused by the Defendant. The pre-trial demand was $350,000 and the pre-trial offer was $20,000. The jury award was $18,000.

July 2010

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of Ricardo R. Reyna and Michael I. Ramirez and Trial Presentation Specialist Jerry Lopez for successfully representing their client in a trial in Bexar County. The case involved a Plaintiff who was run over by an intoxicated patron who was thrown out of a bar on Defendant's premises. The Plaintiff's leg was amputated when it was crushed. The subject premises had a prior murder and prior armed robbery. An adjacent premises operated by Defendant had 33 aggravated assaults in the year before this incident. The medical specials were $500,000 and the lost wages were $100,000. The pre-trial demand was $5,000,000 and the pre-trial offer was $0. The jury returned a zero defense verdict for the BPGR client and determined the Plaintiff was responsible for his own injuries.

Congratulations to Scott Jones for successfully representing his client in a trial in Maverick County. The case involved a vehicular accident of contested liability. The plaintiff's attorney asked the jury to award $250,000. The jury assessed a damage award against the BPGR client for $13,500.

June 2010

Congratulations to Scott Jones for successfully representing his client in a trial in Bexar County. The case involved a vehicular accident of contested liability. The pre-trial demand was $20,000 and the pre-trial offer was $1,000. The plaintiff's attorney non-suited the case after the plaintiff's case in chief.

Congratulations to Scott Jones for successfully representing his client in a trial in Travis County. The case involved a rear end collision with clear liability and a recommendation of surgery. The plaintiff's attorney asked the jury to award $100,000. The jury award was $11,000.

April 2010

Congratulations to Steve Katz for successfully representing his client in a trial in Webb County. The case involved a vehicular accident caused when the Defendant drove through a stop sign, striking the Plaintiff's vehicle. The medical specials were $4,000 and the pre-trial demand was $10,000. The pre-trial offer was $5,500. The jury award was $3,000.

March 2010

Congratulations to Steve Katz for successfully representing his client in a trial in Travis County. The case involved a Defendant who admitted working 17 hours, drinking 6 beers, and then driving (with a suspended license), causing an accident. The medical specials were $6,000 and the pre-trial demand was $20,000. The pre-trial offer was $12,000. The jury verdict was for $8,000.

January 2010

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of John A. Guerra and Mark A. Strandmo and Trial Presentation Specialist Jerry Lopez for reprensenting their client in a trial in Nueces County. The case ffffinvolved a Plaintiff who was a contract coordinator at a chemical plant. Defendant was unloading electrical cabinets at the plant which were 8 feet tall. Plaintiff was supervising the installation of the cabinets when they fell on him, rendering him a ventilator dependent quadriplegic. Plaintiff claimed that Defendant was negligent in handling the cabinets, which caused them to fall. The medical specials were $5,600,000 and the lost wages were $840,000. The pre-trial demand was $16,000,000. The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $4,700,000. The jury assessed 41% responsibility on the Plaintiff, 39% responsibility on Berry Contracting, and the remaining 20% responsibility on settling Defendants.

November 2009

Congratulations to Scott Jones for successfully representing his client in a trial in Bexar County. The case involved a 3 car accident of contested liability. The plaintiff's attorney asked the jury to award $75,000. The pre-trial demand was $20,000 and the pre-trial offer was $5,000. The jury returned a defense verdict for the BPGR client, assessing no liability.

September 2009

BPGR is pleased to announce that Scott P. Jones has joined the firm as of counsel. He grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania and after graduating from law school, he enlisted in the United States Army. While in the Army, he went through the Judge Advocate General's program and practiced with the U.S. Army Physical Evaluation Board, representing the interests of soldiers injured in the line of duty in over 200 cases.

For twenty-three (23) years thereafter, he managed his own law firm, focusing on trying cases in the area of insurance defense, general negligence, construction liability, trucking defense, product liability, bad faith, and coverage issues. Scott is board certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Congratulations to BPGR Partner Ricardo R. Reyna for being named as a Texas Super Lawyer by his peers for the 10th consecutive year.

August 2009

Congratulations to BPGR Partner Ricardo R. Reyna for being named as one of the Best Lawyers in America (Litigation) by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the United States.

July 2009

Congratulations to BPGR Partner Michael Ramirez for becoming a National Football League Players Association certified contract advisor. Michael went to Washington, D.C. to obtain the certification which enables him to represent players in contract negotiations with their respective NFL teams.

June 2009

Congratulations to BPGR Partner Michael Ramirez for being named as one of the San Antonio's Best Lawyers by Scene in San Antonio magazine.

May 2009

BPGR is pleased to announce that they have moved into their new 25,000 square foot hilltop offices located at 17339 Redland Road, San Antonio, Texas, overlooking one of San Antonio's municipal parks.

February 2009

Congratulations to BPGR Partner Ricardo R. Reyna for being named as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyers honorary society where membership is by invitation only based on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and is comprised of less than one half of 1% of all lawyers in the United States.

October 2008

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of Partner Ricardo Reyna, Associate Mark Hernandez, and Trial Presentation Specialist Jerry Lopez for successfully representing VIA Metropolitan Transit in a trial in Bexar County. The case involved a plaintiff who was t-boned by VIA bus, resulting in a left rotator cuff tear and accompanying surgery. The hard specials for the plaintiff were $98,000. The plaintiff asked the jury to award $250,000. The pre-trial demand was $100,000. The jury award to the plaintiff was $23,000.

Congratulations fo the BPGR trial team of Partner Ricardo Reyna, Associate Jorge Tuckler, and Trial Presentation Specialist Jerry Lopez for successfully representing Ford Motor Company in a product liability death case brought in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas--Del Rio Division. The case involved the rollover of a 2006 Ford F-150 and the resulting death of its driver (who plaintiff alleged was belted and partially ejected). The family of the decedent brought a lawsuit alleging that the F-150 was defective because Ford knew for over 20 years that customers get killed in rollover crashes, that Ford knew that there was rollover activated air bag technology available that would reduce the likelihood of rollover fatalities, that Ford introduced rollover activated air bags into many vehicle lines beginning in 2002, that Ford deliberately ceased funding for its supplies to develop rollover activated air bags into the F-150 in 2004, and that Ford deliberately chose to exclude rollover activated air bags from its best selling vehicle. Ford alleged that the decedent was unbelted and fully ejected and that he was the sole cause of his own death, denying that there was anything defective about its F-150. 29 witnesses were called to testify. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Ford Motor Company, determining that there was no vehicle defect and that the decedent was 100% responsible for his own fatal injuries.

September 2008

BPGR is pleased to announce the addition of Yvonne Hernandez to the firm.
Yvonne graduated from St. Mary's University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1999. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the St. Mary's University School of Law in 2003. Yvonne has been married to her husband, Chris for 2 years and they are the proud parents of a 5 month old daugther, Giselle. In her spare time, Yvonne enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and baking.

July 2008

Congratulations to BPGR Partner John Guerra for becoming a National Football League Players Association certified contract advisor. John went to Washington, D.C. to obtain the certification which enables him to represent NFL players in contract negotiations with their respective NFL teams.

June 2008

BPGR is pleased to announce the addition of Don Doyle to the firm. Don graduated from St. Mary's University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History in 1997. He was awarded his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California in 2000. Don has been married to his wife, Rachel, for 12 years and enjoys playing golf and sailing.

April 2008

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of Partner John Guerra, Associate Jason West, and Trial Presentation Specialist Jerry Lopez for successfully representing a San Antonio based truck center in a Webb County lawsuit. The case involved a fatality accident with an 18 wheel tractor trailer. The estate and survivors of the decedent sued Rush Truck Centers alleging that they failed to properly inspect and repair the subject tractor trailer prior to the fatality accident and that it was the primary cause of the occurrence. The Plaintiffs asked the jury to award $3,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $1,000,000. The pre-trial offer was $200,000. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the Defendant.

February 2008

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of Partner Audrey A. Haake and Trial Presentation Specialist Jerry Lopez for successfully defended a local restaurant chain in a premises liability case tried in Bexar County. The plaintiff slipped and fell as he was exiting the men's restroom. To support his claim of premises liability, he presented a document signed by the restaurant manager indicating that the restaurant was aware of the slippery conditions but that upper management denied the repair request. The plaintiff underwent knee surgery after the accident. The plaintiff had $47,000 in past medical bills. The plaintiff asked the jury to award $100,000. The pre-trial demand was $55,000. The pre-trial offer was $6,500. The jury returned a zero verdict in favor of the defense (assessing 100% negligence against the plaintiff).

January 2008

BPGR is pleased to announce that construction has begun on its new 24,000 square foot office building. The firm expects the project to be completed by December 2008 and to move in by January 2009.

Congratulations to the BPGR trial team of Partner Ricardo R. Reyna, Associate Greg Hokenson, and Trial Presentation Specialist Jerry Lopez for successfully representing a nationwide furniture rental company in a 2 1/2 week trial in Bexar County. The case involved an employee/debt collector, trying to collect a delinquent account, who allegedly harassed the plaintiff and her 3 young children over a period of months (making up to 15 calls per day, banging on doors late at night, and leaving obscene/profane messages in writing). The employee/debt collector was hired in violation of company policy shortly after serving time in a federal prison for possessing with intent to distribute 500 pounds of marijuana. Once the employee admitted to calls, visits, and obscene/profane messages, liability became clear. The plaintiffs also called a former company manager who indicated that the company wanted "bulldogs" hired and that the company policy was "collect or be fired." BPGR was hired approximately one month before trial to lead the trial presentation and keep damages down. The plaintiffs asked the jury to award $6,000,000. The pre-trial demand was $2,600,000. The pre-trial offer was $300,000. The jury award to the lead plaintiff (mother) was $490,000. The jury award to the 3 children was $0.

BPGR is pleased to announce Ford Motor Company as a new firm client. Partners Ricardo R. Reyna and Michael I. Ramirez as well as Associates Jorge A. Tuckler and Gregory R. Hokenson will be part of the product liability defense team working with Ford.

August 2007

BPGR will be hosting a continuing education seminar in Dallas for our clients and others in the industry who may be interested. The seminar will be held Thursday, August 23, 2007 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Westin Park Central Hotel, 12720 Merit Drive (Highway 635 and Coit Road), Dallas, Texas. Hors D'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. The following topics will be covered: Texas Supreme Court Update, Texas Court of Appeals Update, Indemnity and Contribution, Proportionate Responsibility and Third Party Practice, and Subrogation. The State Board of Insurance has approved three (3) hours of credit for the seminar, including one (1) hour of ethics credit. Please use the Contact Us link to register.

July 2007

BPGR is proud to announce that Michael Ramirez has become a shareholder of the firm. Michael started with the firm shortly after finishing law school and has been dedicated to our clients ever since. The firm welcomes him and the experience he brings for the benefit of our clients.

BPGR will be hosting a continuing education seminar in Houston for our clients and others in the industry who may be interested. The seminar will be held Friday, July 20, 2007 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 5353 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas. Hors D'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. The following topics will be covered: Texas Supreme Court Update, Texas Court of Appeals Update, Indemnity and Contribution, Proportionate Responsibility and Third Party Practice, and Subrogation. The State Board of Insurance has approved three (3) hours of credit for the seminar, including one (1) hour of ethics credit. Please use the Contact Us link to register.

June 2007

BPGR will be hosting a continuing education seminar in San Antonio for our clients and others in the industry who may be interested. The seminar will be held Thursday, June 7, 2007 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 37 N.E. Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas. Hors D'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. The following topics will be covered: Texas Supreme Court Update, Texas Court of Appeals Update, Indemnity and Contribution, Proportionate Responsibility and Third Party Practice, and Subrogation. The State Board of Insurance has approved three (3) hours of credit for the seminar, including one (1) hour of ethics credit. Please use the Contact Us link to register.

April 2007

BPGR is proud to announce that Associate Josephine Ramirez has been honored as a Texas Rising Star by her peers in the Super Lawyers 2007 publication. This will appear in the Texas Monthly magazine later this year. This is the third year in which Josie has been named a Texas Rising Star.

Congratulations to BPGR Partner Ricardo Reyna and Associate Mark Hernandez who successfully defended VIA Metropolitan Transit in a vehicle/pedestrian accident case tried in Bexar County. The plaintiff, a 12 year old girl at the time of the accident, alleged that the VIA bus driver was negligent in dropping her off at an unmarked bus stop and waving her across the street where she was struck by an oncoming car. The plaintiff further alleged that VIA was negligent because they failed to have their driver certified to operate school buses in violation of state law. The defense countered that the minor child was solely responsible irrespective of any actions of the VIA bus driver. The plaintiff had $26,000 in past medical bills and was permanently disfigured. The plaintiff asked the jury to award $178,000. The offer at trial was $0. The jury returned a $0 verdict in favor of the defense (assessing 100% negligence on the plaintiff/minor child).

March 2007

Congratulations to BPGR Partner Ricardo Reyna who was featured in an article in the March 2007 issue of the Texas Bar Journal. The Texas Bar Journal commended Rick for contributing $100,000 and starting three scholarships in San Antonio and San Marcos. The scholarships were set up to honor Rick's parents and his relatives, many of whom were teachers who devoted their entire professional careers to teaching in the public schools.

BPGR is proud to announce the promotion of Jerry Lopez to Trial Presentation Specialist. Jerry is originally from Edinburg, Texas, and has been with the firm since 2005. He assists with all aspects of trial presentation, as well as providing litigation support in mediations, seminars, and other areas where technology is involved.

February 2007

BPGR is proud to announce that firm partners John Guerra and Ricardo Reyna have been added to the Zurich Insurance Liability Catastrophic Injury Counsel panel. This is a highly specialized panel of attorneys who have been selected to represent the interests of Zurich insureds in high profile litigation involving significant exposure.

January 2007

Congratulations to BPGR Associate Michael Ramirez who has been invited to become a shareholder in the firm. Michael has been with the firm since 1999 and has successfully tried a number of cases to jury verdict on behalf of the firm's clients. Michael previously served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years and was part of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

Congratulations to BPGR Partner John Guerra and Associate Josephine Ramirez who successfully defended a trucking company in a rear end accident case in federal court (U.S. District Court--Western District of Texas). The investigating officer cited the defendant's driver as a cause of the accident. The past specials were $325,000. The plaintiff asked the jury to award $1,300,000. The pre-trial offer was $325,000. The jury returned a $0 verdict in favor of the defense (assessing 100% negligence on the plaintiff).

Congratulations to BPGR Partner Ricardo Reyna who was elevated to the rank of Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. This is an invitation-only organization of the nation's premier litigators and the rank is held by only 29 of 77,000 attorneys in Texas. He is the youngest member in Texas with this distinction and the only Hispanic.

December 2006

Congratulations to BPGR Partner Mark Strandmo who successfully defended Home Depot in a premises liability case tried in federal court (U.S. District Court--Southern District of Texas). The plaintiff alleged that 10 foot long gutters were improperly secured and fell 5 feet onto him as he was attempting to remove one. The plaintiff had $47,000 in past medical bills and asked the jury to award $145,000. The pre-trial offer was $25,000. The jury returned a $0 verdict in favor of the defense.

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