Provost Umphrey Earns Spot in 2016 Top 100 Verdicts in Texas

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Trial win against apartment property owners is the fifth-largest premises liability verdict

BEAUMONT, Texas – Texas Lawyer has recognized Beaumont-based Provost Umphrey’s 2016 premises liability verdict win for a Port Arthur couple injured when the roof of their apartment collapsed as one of the top verdicts of the year.

The jury award of $496,398 to Tyrone and Debra Phillips is listed as the fifth-largest in the premises liability category. Following a brief trial before Judge Donald Floyd in the 172nd District Court in Jefferson County, the jury found that property owners Now Paradise Group LLC had failed to maintain and inspect the apartment roof, which broke apart, injuring the couple.

“Our firm is dedicated to giving a voice to those who have been harmed by the actions, or in a case such as this, the inactions of others,” said Provost Umphrey attorney Ronnie Turner Jr., who served as lead counsel in the trial. “I’m grateful the jury agreed with our argument in that case, and I’m also honored to be recognized for our hard work.”

Mr. Turner is Board Certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In addition to personal injury and premises liability, he focuses on product liability cases. He is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Southeast Texas. To learn more about him and the firm, visit:

The annual Texas Top 100 Verdicts list is based upon research compiled by VerdictSearch, the recognized leader in U.S. verdict information. The full list will be published in the September 2017 edition of Texas Lawyer.

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