Author: Brooksie Bonvillain Boutet

  Three Proceedings in Three Months: a Jury Trial, a Bench Trial, and an Arbitration   Being an effective advocate is as much about knowing your audience as it is about knowing the law. In a span of three months, I tried a civil jury trial, presented a bench trial, and submitted a case to […]

The Grave Danger of Golf Carts

In many neighborhoods of Greater Houston, it’s commonplace to see golf carts combing the streets alongside the standard array of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Some municipalities have laws on the books to regulate golf carts, but these laws don’t really help when someone gets hurt. Golf carts pose a unique danger. They are open-sided vehicles—many […]

Distracted Driving

As of September 1, 2017, Texas motorists are now subject to a new set of rules on texting and driving. The Offense Texas House Bill 62 created consequences for drivers who read, write, or send an electronic message from a portable wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle. The Defense There are many defenses […]

Oil Rig

The Texas coast is lined with ports that help the local economy thrive. Texans have made a living working in the ports and on the water since first settling the state. Now, many years later, Texans continue to earn their livelihood on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, crew boats in inland waters, and […]