Why JB Schwartz?
EFFICIENT. COST-EFFECTIVE. QUALITY.
At JB Schwartz PLLC, Jon and his partner Liz handle most aspects of their cases personally, including conducting their own legal research and preparing their own filings and presentations from start to finish. This means that their clients pay lower overhead costs overall because they get the benefit of a senior partner’s judgment (Jon and Liz combined have 45 years of legal experience) and efficiency at every stage of their matter. This commitment to efficiency and the highest-caliber work product extends to Jon’s and Liz’s non-litigation practice as well, so that the work gets done right the first time, which not only saves the client money, but can help to avoid lawsuits later.
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Results matter. For 45 years in total, Jon and Liz have built a track record of achieving positive outcomes for their clients. Here are a few:*
- Jon was part of a two-man team that received a unanimous jury verdict in a five-week trial in Houston federal court. They represented an oil operating company against its insurer for breach of contract and violations of the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act. Jon conducted voir dire, examined witnesses, and drafted multiple trial and post-trial motions and briefs. The oil operating company received $25.4 million in damages and $6.25 million in attorneys’ fees and costs after appeals to the Fifth Circuit were exhausted.
- Jon and Liz represented a private school that had been damaged by severe flooding caused by a utility company’s negligence. After Jon and Liz filed suit, the utility company agreed to pay the school hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.
- Jon was part of a two-man team who tried a divorce case on behalf of the wife, in which the judge ordered that the husband’s company be fully awarded to the wife.
- Jon represented a father arrested while driving for drug possession and driving with an open container of alcohol while one of his children was in the car with the father. After a trial, in which the mother was attempting to severely limit the father’s access to his children, the Court found in the father’s favor and ordered a framework going forward that allowed the father to regain his custody rights.
- Jon represented an ex-wife in a contempt and enforcement action against her ex-husband for failing to pay his portion of their child’s college loans. After a trial, the Court found in the ex-wife’s favor, held the ex-husband in contempt, and ordered the ex-husband to get current on his loan payments and pay the ex-wife’s attorneys’ fees.
- Jon and Liz represented a new business owner who was about to be sued by her former employer for breach of a non-compete and non-solicitation agreement. Jon and Liz filed suit first on her behalf and obtained a temporary restraining order preventing her employer from enforcing the non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. After intensely litigating the case, the employer walked away and agreed that the non-compete and non-solicitation agreements were unenforceable and dismissed all claims for damages.
- Jon obtained a dismissal for a client who had been sued in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding for violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Jon then successfully briefed and argued this case on appeal to the 8th Circuit B.A.P., which ruled in favor of his client.
- Jon litigated a multi-million dollar tort, bankruptcy, and adversary proceeding in the state and federal courts of New York and the Delaware bankruptcy court, saving his client tens of millions of dollars sought in a clawback action.
- Jon defended a restaurateur in a breach of contract lawsuit resulting in all claims against his client being dismissed at no cost.
- Jon obtained a dismissal with prejudice for his client under the Texas Anti-SLAPP law. His client had been wrongly sued for defamation, and this was a total vindication of his client’s rights.
- Jon obtained a termination of a client’s proposed debarment by the Defense Logistics Agency in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
- Jon’s client had been sued in Texas and an injunction taken against him, even though the client lived and conducted business in Tennessee. Jon had the entire case against his client, including the injunction, dismissed with prejudice.
- Jon convinced a Texas federal judge to sanction opposing counsel approximately $9,000 for wrongfully removing a state court case to federal court.
- Jon obtained a six-figure settlement for a woman injured in a slip-and-fall in Dallas County, Texas.
- Jon represented a doctor wrongly sued by a law firm for tortious interference with a contract. Jon was able to get the case against the doctor dismissed with prejudice by virtue of a motion for summary judgment.
- Jon secured a six-figure settlement for a client whose home was constantly and severely flooded by an adjacent apartment complex.
* These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and results will vary depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual matter.
Alternative Fee Arrangements
As a business owner, do you reward your employees for being inefficient? Of course not. Neither do we. In today’s economy, more clients are requesting alternatives to standard hourly rates and are rejecting the standard staffing model of a pile-on of associates and partners. Jon started JB Schwartz PLLC, as a solo practice on the premise that clients deserve better service at a fair and sustainable cost.
JB Schwartz PLLC welcomes alternative fee arrangements such as flat fees, contingency fees, partial contingency fees,* and hybrids in which JB Schwartz PLLC receives a percentage of its hourly rate, with the remainder contingent on the outcome of the matter. In such a hybrid, if there is an unfavorable result, no further fees are paid. Jon will tailor the billing arrangement so that your risk is evenly distributed between you and Jon.
*In all contingency cases, the client will be liable for court costs and expenses.
To every extent possible, JB Schwartz PLLC uses the latest technology to save clients from unnecessary expenses. For example, the state courts of Texas and the United States federal courts are completely paperless and utilize e-filing, to the great advantage of lawyers and clients alike. Such technological conveniences will save on costs associated with travel, postage, and paper. Jon has a Master’s Certificate in Westlaw and broad experience with Lexis so that any legal research that needs to be performed will be done rapidly and at a low cost.