Posted on Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 11:26 am
Jim Hart, partner at Williams Kherkher, has been named Litigator of the Week by Texas Lawyer for his work in achieving an $11 million dollar verdict for the family of a man killed in an accident involving a tanker truck carrying explosive materials. Hart and his partner Steve Kherkher, who also served as counsel on the case, brought a claim against X-Chem and NCH Corp. for gross negligence in causing the death of Daniel Rhodes.
Jim and Steve chose to pursue compensation from these companies, and not the driver of the vehicle, because of serious failures in the driver’s training which caused him to mistakenly attempt to return to the road after he was allegedly forced off by another truck. The jury agreed with the arguments set forth and delivered a verdict of $11 million in favor of the family, assessing 25% liability to X-Chem and 75% to NCH Corp.