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April 10, 2019

The Texas Workforce Commission is Attempting to Keep Up with the Digital World , Belinda May Arambula

On April 9, 2019, the Texas Workforce Commission adopted Rule 815.134, entitled “Employment Status: Employee or Independent Contractor.” The Rule addresses the factors to consider when evaluating employment status for marketplace platform contrac ...

September 20, 2018

Joe Anderson honored by Bar

The State Bar of Texas Workers' Compensation Law section  awarded the "Barbed Wire Award" at the State Bar's Advanced Worker's Compensati ...

January 18, 2018

Who’s on First? Expert Qualifications in Texas Workers’ Compensation Practice

Whether a witness is qualified to testify as an expert is a frequently-faced question in workers’ compensation cases. In Appeal No. 162270, filed December 22, 2016, the Appeals Panel answered the question of whether a cancer research biologist with ...

August 29, 2017

Courtroom Skills Training Makes for Great Lawyers and Pro Bono Volunteers

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Burns Anderson & Brenner, L.L.P. to offer high quality courtroom skills training to its more than 2,000 VLS volunteer attorneys. Burns Anderson ...

August 21, 2017


In a valiant effort to better myself and do my part to protect our environment, I have committed myself to occasionally riding my bicycle to work.  As I was peddling one morning, my mind began to wander.  As a “comp ...

July 13, 2017

SCOTUS – Round Two, Specific Jurisdiction

Last month, in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the minimum standard necessary for a state court to exercise general jurisdiction over a non-resident, holding that general jurisdiction focuses on the

“paradigm ...

June 21, 2017


Many of us recall a time when communications were in person, by landline telephone or by postal letter. Today our lives cross many communication platforms, often circling the globe without a thought. We text, email, blog, facsimile, post, file share, ...

June 21, 2017

Dying without a will in Texas

Dying without a will in Texas is also called "intestate." When a person dies intestate, Texas laws determine who will receive the individual's property. For property to transfer after death, it usually must go through probate. Probate is the process ...

June 21, 2017

Some Honest Talk About “Lying” At Mediation: An Open Letter

Dear Mediation Attendee/Counsel/Client: I look forward to welcoming you at our upcoming mediation session. As your mediator, it is my responsibility to remain as neutral as can be, conduct the process in a manner that is fair to everyone, and to help ...