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Two Provost Umphrey Attorneys Earn ‘Lawyer of the Year’ Honors
Thursday, August 20, 2020

BEAUMONT – Two Provost Umphrey attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year for their respective practice groups as part of the Best Lawyers in America 2021 honors. Equity Partner James E. Payne earned this distinction for his work in product liability litigation on behalf of plaintiffs, with additional honors for plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation. Attorney Keith Hyde earned Lawyer of the Year for his work in mass torts and class actions on behalf of plaintiffs with additional recognition...

July 30th is National Whistleblower Appreciation Day
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Today we recognize those known as “whistleblowers” who are brave enough to report fraudulent government contract claims. The False Claims Act, also known as the “Lincoln Law”, is a whistleblower statute that allows private citizens to bring qui tam lawsuits against entities that defraud the government. This Act empowers whistleblowers, also known as relators, to recover damages and penalties on the government’s behalf. This law also provides whistleblowers a reward of 15-30% of the government’s...

$28M COVID-19 Business Interruption Suit Filed Against Insurance Company
Monday, July 20, 2020

PHILADEPHIA – Altar’d State, a national boutique, was forced to close its doors this spring due to COVID-19 resulting in a significant loss of income for the retailer. The boutique subsequently filed a business interruption claim with Hartford Fire Insurance Company, only to be denied after paying substantial premiums to protect its business. Attorneys on behalf of Altar’d State are suing the insurance company for wrongful denial of coverage. “Altar’d State purchased a comprehensive program of...

Business Interruption Claims Update
Friday, May 8, 2020

Business Interruption Claims Update By Bryan O. Blevins, Jr. The insurance industry responded to the emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic with preemptive press statements that property insurance policies would provide no coverage—even before policyholders submitted any claims. Given this knee-jerk reaction, it is unsurprising that the first claims are being denied quickly, and without so much as a pretense of an investigation. Physical Loss or Damage Insurers are taking an “if you can’t see it,...

Business Interruption in a Pandemic World
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Business Interruption in a Pandemic World By Bryan O. Blevins, Jr.Equity Partner The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a dramatic economic effect throughout the United States, and on industries as diverse as electronics, auto manufacturing, construction, passenger cruises, shipping, travel, transportation, hospitality and healthcare. Supply chains and manufacturing have been disrupted by facility closures worldwide and ultimately there will not be an industry sector or business that will not be...

Provost Umphrey Employees Achieve 2019 Goal of Volunteering for 50 Charities
Thursday, December 12, 2019

BEAUMONT, Texas – Attorneys and staff at Provost Umphrey Law Firm are proud to have accomplished their 2019 goal of volunteering at 50 local charities in honor of the firm’s 50th anniversary. The Beaumont-based trial law firm has a history of giving back to the community, and Provost Umphrey leaders wanted to recognize the firm’s anniversary by encouraging employees to volunteer at a charity of their choosing on the firm’s time. Art Museum of Southeast Texas “We work every day to serve...

Provost Umphrey Attorney Mike Hamilton Named to 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The publishers of Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers magazine have named Provost Umphrey attorney W. Michael Hamilton to the 2019 list of top lawyers in the Mid-South, a designation he has earned annually since 2014. Mr. Hamilton heads the Nashville office of Provost Umphrey L.L.P. and primarily focuses on legal issues related to employee benefits, which earned him the Super Lawyers honors. He also handles plaintiffs’ personal injury and civil litigation. His clients include...

Texas-based Provost Umphrey Among Nation’s Best Law Firms for 12th Year
Friday, November 1, 2019

BEAUMONT, Texas – Provost Umphrey Law Firm has earned a place in the 2020 Best Law Firms guide by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America, marking the 12th year in a row the firm has received such recognition. Provost Umphrey earned top rankings in the Beaumont metro area for representing plaintiffs in mass torts and class actions, personal injury and product liability litigation. The Nashville office earned recognition for labor and employment litigation. To learn about the...

Provost Umphrey Awarded Second Top Verdict for 2018
Monday, July 1, 2019

Provost Umphrey attorneys Edward Fisher and Joe Fisher earned recognition among the Top Texas Verdicts & Settlements of 2018 based on a comprehensive review by VerdictSearch.  The verdict is the fourth-largest product liability award and ranked 33 overall on the Top Verdicts list. Jurors in Denton County returned a $4.8 million verdict against ladder manufacturer Werner Co., after finding the company liable for the faulty design and marketing of an aluminum ladder that collapsed,...