Recent Developments

Calvin Cowan elected President of Bell County Bar Association

On April 30, 2019, Calvin Cowan was elected to a one year term as President of the Bell County Bar Association. Mr. Cowan's service to the bar will begin May 2, 2019.


Calvin Cowan obtains favorable jury verdict for Subcontractor

January 2019-following a week long jury trial, Calvin Cowan secured a favorable verdict for an asphalt paving subcontractor against a general contractor. The general contractor originally sued the subcontractor for breach of contract alleging defective work. The subcontractor defended and pursued counterclaims for breach of contract, quantum meruit and attorney's fees against the general contractor. The jury awarded the subcontractor 100% of the money damages sought and denied all of the general contractor's claims.


Steve Burton speaks to Construction Financial Management Association

Steve Burton served as the featured speaker at the Construction Financial Management Association - Central Texas Chapter April 2019 meeting. Mr. Burton's presentation, (Statutes of Limitation & Repose in Construction - When can the contractor stop worrying about liability arising out of completed projects and affected people?) covered important topics including statutes of limitations for tort, contract and breach of warranty claim. His presentation also covered the discovery rule and special time limitations important to contractors and subcontractors.


Calvin Cowan Earns Board Certification in Construction Law

On January 22, 2019, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization awarded board certification to Calvin Cowan. Sanderford & Carroll, P.C. is proud to be the only Texas firm outside of the major metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin to be home to three Board Certified construction attorneys.


Allen Wilson serves as instructor at 2018 Basic Course in Texas Constructio

Allen Wilson presented a one hour ethics lecture at the 2018 Texas Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Basic Course in Texas Construction Law. His presentation introduced the perils encountered by practitioners, key strategies and day-to-day law practice management tips.


Allen Wilson & Brian Carroll address the American Council of Independen

Allen Wilson & Brian Carroll will address the American Council of Independent Laboratories Annual Meeting on October 5, 2018. The primary topic of Mr. Wilson's and Mr. Carroll's address will be "Killer Contract Clauses."


Paul Sanderford & Brian Carroll Named 2018 "Super Lawyers"

Paul Sanderford and Brian Carroll were honored as 2018 Construction Litigation Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers are named each year by the Super Lawyer's Magazine using a process that includes peer nomination, independent research, peer evaluation and final selection. Only 5% of attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers.


Paul Sanderford Earns Board Certification in Construction Law

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization awarded board certification upon Paul Sanderford. Sanderford & Carroll, P.C. is proud to be the only Texas firm outside of the major metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin to be home to three Board Certified construction attorneys.


Calvin Cowan wins Interlocutory Appeal Reversing Denial of Arbitration

The Texas Tenth Court of Appeals (Waco) reversed and remanded a trial court's order denying a general contractor's motion to compel arbitration. The appellate court unanimously agreed that the general contractor did not waive its right to arbitrate by sending a pre-suit demand requesting a subcontractor withdraw its statutory lien and bond claims.


Paul Sanderford & Brian Carroll named Super Lawyers by Texas Monthly

Paul Sanderford and Brian Carroll were named Super Lawyers for 2017 by Texas Monthly. Mr. Sanderford has previously earned this recognition. Mr. Carroll was previously listed as a Rising Star in construction litigation.


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Brian Carroll Earns Board Certification in Construction Law

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization recognized Brian Carroll as part of the first class of Board Certified Construction Lawyers in Texas. Currently in Texas, less than one lawyer in one-thousand holds this certification. Additionally the firm is proud to be the only Texas firm outside of the major metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio to have a Board Certified Construction Lawyer as part of its practice.


Steve Burton joins firm as Senior Counsel

Sanderford & Carroll, P.C. is pleased to announce Steve Burton joining our firm as Senior Counsel. Steve's practice will continue his long history of representing construction and banking clients across Texas. Additionally, Steve routinely handles a wide range of civil/commercial cases as a certified mediator.


Paul Sanderford speaks to Construction Financial Management Association

Paul Sanderford served as the featured speaker at the Construction Financial Management Association, Austin - Central Texas Chapter March 2014 meeting. Mr. Sanderford's presentation, "Subcontract Clauses: The Best of Both Worlds" covered important topics including liquidated damages, venue selection, change orders, dispute resolution and the standard of care. He provided practical advise for negotiating balanced subcontracts that fairly allocate risk to both the general contractor and subcontractor.


Brian Carroll Appointed to Construction Law Exam Commission

On February 15, 2017, the directors of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization appointed Brian Carroll to the Construction Law Exam Commission. Mr. Carroll's term will last until January 2020.


Calvin Cowan Wins Restricted Appeal Reversing Default Judgment

March 2014 – The Texas Sixth Court of Appeals (Texarkana) reversed and remanded a no-answer default judgment granted by a District Court in Tyler, Texas against a general contractor. The appellate court unanimously agreed that the subcontractor claimant failed to exercise reasonable diligence in serving the lawsuit upon the general contractor's registered agent before resorting to substitute service upon the Texas Secretary of State.


Brian Carroll elected National Chairman for American Subcontractors Associa

The American Subcontractor Association's Attorneys Council elected Brian K. Carroll to serve as the council's National Chairman for 2015-2016. The council is comprised of construction lawyers from across the United States whose practices include representation of subcontractors and specialty contractors.


Brian Carroll named "Rising Star in Construction Litigation" for 2015

Sanderford & Carroll, P.C. is proud to share that Super Lawyers has recognized shareholder Brian Carroll as a 2015 "Rising Star in Construction Litigation." This is a noteworthy achievement as only 2.5% of all attorneys nationwide are recognized as a Rising Star. Super Lawyers is a rating service published by Thompson-Reuters identifying those who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.


Paul Sanderford addresses Insurance Law Section Meeting

Paul Sanderford served on a select panel of noted Insurance and Construction attorneys at the Insurance Law Section meeting on June 26 during the Annual State Bar of Texas Convention. The panel presented a variety of topics concerning the intersection of commercial insurance issues in complex construction litigation cases.


Calvin Cowan presents to National Association of Women in Contracting

In June 2013, Calvin Cowan served as the featured speaker for the National Association of Women in Contracting. His presentation covered several forms of indemnity, scenarios involving indemnity, how the Anti-Indemnity Act affected construction contract and what exceptions and exclusions exist. He also shared strategies and considerations for negotiating and drafting indemnity clauses.


Calvin Cowan presents to Construction Financial Management Association

In June 2013, Calvin Cowan served as the featured speaker for the Construction Financial Management Association. His presentation covered several forms of indemnity, scenarios involving indemnity, how the Anti-Indemnity Act affected construction contract and what exceptions and exclusions exist. He also shared strategies and considerations for negotiating and drafting indemnity clauses.


Calvin Cowan obtains favorable judgment for General Contractor

In July 2012 Calvin Cowan obtained a favorable judgment for a general contractor against an owner following a week long non-jury trial where the owner refused payment under a cost-plus agreement. The owner contended that payment was excused because the contract price exceeded the project budget.


Brian Carroll presents Ethics to Roof Consultants Institute

October 2012-Brian Carroll made a presentation to the Austin/San Antonio Roof Consultants Institute concerning ethics in construction and design. His presentation included suggested best-practices as well as practical advice to assist participants avoid committing ethical rule violations.


Calvin Cowan Wins Summary Judgment defending General Contractor

September 2012-Calvin Cowan obtained summary judgment in defense of a general contractor against a banking institution seeking more than $150,000.00 in economic damages. The bank alleged the client "converted" property belonging to a subcontractor that the bank claimed as collateral. In its order granting summary judgment, the court agreed that the bank had not produced a scintilla of evidence to support its damage claim.


Paul Sanderford selected Adjunct Professor-Baylor University School of Law

November 2012-Sanderford and Carroll proudly announces that Paul Sanderford has been selected to serve as an adjunct professor at Baylor Law School where he will teach the inaugural Construction Law course.


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