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Bill Wood MVP Award Created by Denton County Bar Association

Wood, Thacker & Weatherly is pleased to announce that on April 1, 2016, Bill Wood was the first recipient of the Denton County Bar Association “Bill Wood MVP Award,” named for its first honoree. Wood, who first served as president of the Denton County Bar Association in 1979, has continued to serve as board member, as chair of the Transitions to Practice program, on Bench-Bar committees, and in countless other ways. In accepting the award, Bill noted that it was presented on the 20th anniversary of the founding of Wood, Thacker & Weatherly. Congratulations, Bill!

Wood and Weatherly Score Big in Low Damage Case

A Denton County jury awarded $538,845 to Mary Jo Gaustand in a December, 2015 trial in which the 70-year old claimed that her vehicle was rear-ended, whichcaused her to incur $20,000 in medical expenses, and forced her into an early retirement. Michael Beene, of Dallas’ Taylor and Anderson, counsel for Travelers’ Insurance, offered $35,000 to settle the case.

Age Discrimination Trial in Longview Draws Media Attention for Weatherly

A Gregg County, Texas jury trial resulted in a $195,871 judgment for a construction worker allegoing that Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd fired him because he mentioned to a company manager that he was nearly 60 years old. Days after the conversation, an offer to transfer Jimmie Jackson to avoid a lay-off was withdrawn. Brian Bunt and Zachary Austin, counsel for defendant, made no settlement offer prior to the 1-week trial, parts of which appeared on local television news stations.

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Weatherly Has Seat at the American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable

The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys named board member Grace Weatherly as its representative for the American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia. The roundtable is comprised of representatives from the 16 top civil trial bar organizations across the country. The American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys is the only American Bar Association-recognized entity offering national board certification in medical malpractice that is approved by the State Bar of Texas. Weatherly has served on its board of directors since 2013.

ABOTA Foundation Spreads the Word on Preservation of the Seventh Amendment

The Foundation for the American Board of Trial Advocates released a new video summarizing its many programs to educate the children on the importance of the Seventh Amendment, protecting our right to trial by jury in a civil case. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was the keynote speaker at their recent Youth Education Forum. Wood is a Diplomate of ABOTA, a designation for those who have tried more than 100 jury trials to verdict in a civil case. Weatherly has been national board representative for the Dallas chapter since 2008, is the president-elect of the Dallas chapter, and was elected in 2014 to be one of 12 trustees of the Foundation. Check out the 5-minute video: ABOTA Foundation