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We help our clients understand the twists and turns of each and every case. Because of our focus on representing public schools, your case will be handled by seasoned, experienced attorneys who will serve as strong advocates on your behalf. In addition to our concentration in all areas of education law, some of our attorneys also practice in the area of general insurance defense litigation. These knowledgeable attorneys handle a wide variety of litigation, including (but not limited to) personal injury, professional liability and premises liability.

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Litigation

Many conflicts and disputes are best settled amicably, through creative problem solving and alternative dispute resolution processes like mediation. However, when remedial efforts are unsuccessful, or when litigation is inevitable and important legal issues are at stake, Walsh Gallegos has an entire team of seasoned trial and appellate lawyers ready to assist our clients. 

For over 30 years, Walsh Gallegos has represented school districts and governmental entities at all levels of litigation in areas including employment matters, a construction defects, special education issues, discrimination allegations, and civil rights matters.  We provide peace of mind in dealing with:

 

 

  • Hearings before local school boards
  • Hearings before certified independent hearing examiners
  • Hearings before the State's special education hearing officers
  • Contested cases and administrative proceedings at the Texas Education Agency
  • Proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Civil Rights and the Texas Commission on Human Rights
  • Litigation in state and federal courts
  • Appeals in state and federal courts of appeal

 

Walsh Gallegos attorneys in the firm also have significant experience in the area of general insurance defense litigation and are successful in working within the litigation guidelines required by risk pools and insurance companies. 

 

 

CASE WINS

Administrator Immunity

Deaver v. Bridges, 47 S.W.3d 549 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2000, no pet.)

 

Civil Rights/Free Speech

Chavez v. Brownsville Indep. Sch. Dist., 135 F. App'x. 664 (5th Cir. 2005)

 

Contract Nonrenewal

Temple Indep. Sch. Dist. v. English, 896 S.W.2d 167 (Tex. 1995)

 

Employee Grievance

Grigsby v. Moses, 31 S.W.3d 747 (Tex. App.—Austin 2000, no pet.)

 

Employee Termination

Reyes v. Weslaco Indep. Sch. Dist. , 354 F.App'x 904 (5th Cir. 2009).

Van Indep. Sch. Dist. v. McCarty, 165 S.W.3d 351 (Tex. 2005)

Wilmer-Hutchins Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Sullivan, 51 S.W.3d 293 (Tex. 2001)

Montez v. South San Antonio Indep. Sch. Dist., 817 F.2d 1124 (5th Cir. 1987)

 

Employment

Adams v. Groesbeck Independent School District, 475 F.3d 688 (5th Cir. 2007)

 

Federal False Claims Act

U.S. ex rel. Fried v. West Independent School Dist., 527 F.3d 439 (5th Cir. 2008)

 

Real Estate Purchase

Bandera Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Hamilton, 2 S.W.3d 367 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 1999, pet. denied)

 

Sovereign Immunity

Judson Indep. Sch. Dist. v. ABC/Associated Benefit Consultants, Inc., 244 S.W.3d 617 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2008, no pet.)

Columbus Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Five Oaks Achievement Center, 197 S.W.3d 384 (Tex. 2006)

 

Student Discipline

Stafford Mun. Sch. Dist. v. L.P., 64 S.W.3d 559 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2001, no pet.)

Moore v. Willis Indep. Sch. Dist., 233 F.3d 871 (5th Cir. 2000)

Nevares v. San Marcos Consol. Indep. Sch. Dist., 111 F.3d 25 (5th Cir. 1997)

 

Special Education

S.H. ex rel. A.H. v. Plano Indep. Sch. Dist., 487 Fed. Appx. 850 (5th Cir. 2012)

M.L. v. Frisco Indep. Sch. Dist., 451 F. App'x 424 (5th Cir. 2011) 

Ruben A. v. El Paso Indep. Sch. Dist., 414 Fed. Appx. 704 (5th Cir. 2011) 

Gary G. v. El Paso Indep. Sch. Dist., 632 F.3d 201 (5th Cir. 2011)

R.H. v. Plano Indep. Sch. Dist., 607 F.3d 1003 (5th Cir. 2010)

M.L. v. El Paso Indep. Sch. Dist. 369 F. App'x 573 (5th Cir. 2010)

El Paso Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Mark Berry, 400 F. App'x 947 (5th Cir. 2010)

El Paso Indep. Sch. Dist. v. R.R., 591 F.3d 417 (5th Cir. 2009)

Richardson Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Michael Z., a/n/f of Leah Z., 580 F.3d 286 (5th Cir. 2009)

K.C. ex rel. M.C. v. Mansfield Indep. Sch. Dist., 618 F. Supp. 2d 568 (N.D. Tex. 2009)

Adam J. ex rel. Robert J. v. Keller Indep. Sch. Dist., 328     F.3d       804 (5th Cir. 2003)

Socorro Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Angelic Y., 107 F.Supp.2d 761 (W.D. Tex. 2000)

Sylvie M. v. Dripping Springs Indep. Sch. Dist., 48 F.Supp.2d 681 (W.D. Tex. 1999)

 

Student Rights

Bastrop Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Toungate, 958 S.W.2d 365 (Tex. 1997)

 

Student Testing

Hubbard v. Buffalo Indep. Sch. Dist., 20 F.Supp.2d 1012 (W.D. Tex. 1998)

Title VII Retaliation

Adams v. Groesbeck Indep. Sch. Dist., 475 F.3d 688 (5th Cir. 2007)

 

Tort Liability

Morales v. Barnett, 219 S.W.3d 477 (Tex. App.—Austin 2007)

 

Voting Rights

Brewer v. Ham, 876 F.2d 448 (5th Cir. 1989)

 

Whistleblower

Conroy v. Nacogdoches Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 09-05-362 CV, 2007 WL 1627649

Anders v. Weslaco Indep. Sch. Dist., 960 S.W.2d 289 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi 1997, no pet.)

 

Workplace Environment

Foster v. Denton Indep. Sch. Dist., 73 S.W.3d 454 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2002, no pet.)

Proctor v. Wackenhut Corrections Corp., 232 F. Supp. 2d 709 (N.D. Tex. 2002)

Litigation
ATTORNEYS
Jameson Baker
Barry J Berenberg
Jim Byrom  ◊
Stacy Tuer Castillo
Jennifer Childress
Leland Churan
Todd Clark
Joe A. De Los Santos
Robb D. Decker
Rodney Gabaldon
Ann Greenberg
Blake Henshaw
Kelley Kalchthaler
Laura Rodriguez McLean
Elizabeth Neally
Katie Payne
Bridget R. Robinson  †
Eric G. Rodriguez
Miguel A. Saldaña
Charlotte Salter
Karla Schultz
Sandi Tarski
Oscar G. Treviño
Meredith Prykryl Walker
D. Craig Wood
Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
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For further information about the law firm: contact Diana Stangl at 512-454-6864 at the firm's principal office in Austin, Texas