Martin Walker Law Hosts Habitat for Humanity's Women's Build 2016 Reception

Martin Walker Law Hosts Habitat for Humanity's Women's Build 2016 Reception

Martin Walker Law is proud to host a wine and dessert reception for Habitat for Humanity of Smith County’s “Women’s Build 2016” event. Women’s Build 2016 will represent the first Habitat home fully funded by women. Come by Martin Walker Law’s office located at the Arcadia Theater on 121 N. Spring between 5:30pm and 7:00pm on November 12th to discover how you can change a life forever by being a part of Women’s Build 2016.

Martin Walker Law's Office Wins Award For Best Commercial Interior in Texas

Martin Walker Law's Office Wins Award For Best Commercial Interior in Texas

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Martin Walker Law is thrilled to have had its offices located in Downtown Tyler’s historic Arcadia Theater be recognized by the Texas Downtown Association as 2015’s Best Commercial Interior in Texas.
The award focused on how downtown businesses in Texas used their interiors to improve their customers’ or clients’ experiences, on the innovations downtown business owners employed to address unique design challenges posed by being located in a downtown area, and on the impact nominated businesses had on their surrounding downtowns and business districts.
First opened back in 1925, the Arcadia Theater has been a Tyler landmark for over 90 years. It served Tyler’s downtown area as a 585 seat theater, then later as a coffee house. It was purchased and renovated by Martin Walker Law in early 2013 who preserved  and integrated several aspects of the theater’s historic charm while converting it into a stylish, welcoming office space.
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Be sure to check out this 2014 article by the Tyler Moring Telegraph for more on Martin Walker Law’s purchase and renovation of the Arcadia Theater.

Marisa Schouten Successfully Defends Client at Texas Supreme Court

Marisa Schouten Successfully defends client at Texas Supreme Court

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Are all accidents that happen on a hospital’s property subject to the strict laws meant to protect hospitals and doctors from frivolous healthcare liability lawsuits? That was the question decided by the Texas Supreme Court last Friday. The case before the high court involved hospital visitor Louisa Reddic who was represented by Martin Walker Law’s Marisa Schouten. Reddic was injured when she slipped on a floor mat located in an East Texas hospital’s front entryway.
Previously, in the lower Twelfth Court of Appeals, the hospital had successfully argued that Reddic would need to file an expert report, claiming that her injury represented a healthcare liability suit. The Texas Supreme Court disagreed. In a per curiam opinion, the high court ruled that Reddic’s suit should not be subject to the stricter laws, noting that Reddic was not injured in an area of the hospital where patients sought or received medical treatment.
Before this important reversal, trial lawyers and judges “were assuming the worst, that any action occurring on a hospital premises was de facto a medial malpractice case,” Schouten noted, explaining that many similar cases had been dismissed since a previous 2012 Texas Supreme Court Ruling.
“We are pleased with the court’s opinion,” Schouten said. “I’m glad to see the Supreme Court is drawing some clear lines for practitioners.”
For a more in-depth look at this case see Law 360’s coverage of the issues.