Texas Lease by Walmart Violates Texas Optometry Act

The Fifth Circuit recently reviewed a Texas commercial lease between Walmart and an optometrist. The lease required the optometrist to project the number of hours the optometry office would remain open. The Court affirmed the jury’s finding that requiring a representation of an amount of hours the office would be open was a violation of the Texas Optometry Act. Read the opinion here http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/12/12-40854-CV0.pdf.


Supreme Court Rules on Affordable Care Act

Recently the Supreme Court ruled, the Affordable Care Act’s “contraceptive mandate, as applied to closely held corporations, violates RFRA [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993]”. The holding was limited to the ACA’s contraceptive mandate and to closely held corporations with a “sincere” religious belief which the objecting companies argued was violated by the mandate. Find the opinion here.

Forum on Aviation Claims & Litigation May 19-20, 2014

This year’s Chicago event provides attendees with up-to-the-minute insights and strategies necessary to defend against the newest aviation claims and enforcement. Our unparalleled faculty of federal government officials, judges, expert in-house counsel, and leading outside counsel will provides strategic advice, critical insights, and comprehensive updates. More here…

Brown Dean Attorneys Named To Texas Bar Foundation

Brown Dean is pleased to announce the election of Robert Piwetz, Sterling Elza, and Sheryl Norman as Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. The Texas Bar Foundation is the premier organization of attorneys in Texas. The Foundation has contributed more than $15 million to worthy projects focusing on access to justice for the needy and law-related education. 


Robert Piwetz







Sterling Elza







Sheryl Norman

2014 SMU Air Law Symposium

The 48th Annual SMU Air Law Symposium, the oldest and largest annual aviation law symposium in the world, takes place April 3-4, 2014, at the Omni Mandalay Hotel, Las Colinas, Texas.  Learn more…

Texas A&M Law School For Fort Worth, Texas

Texas A&M Law School comes to Fort Worth, Texas, with purchase of Texas Wesleyan Law School.  Learn more…