R.L. Florance handles cases in all areas of litigation with an emphasis on complex business and commercial matters. R.L. also heavily practices in banking, collection, and bankruptcy matters and represents local governmental entities in condemnation, litigation, and general business matters. In additional to his litigation practice, R.L. handles appeals in courts of appeals across the State of Texas and in the Texas Supreme Court. His appellate practice also includes providing guidance to the firm’s trial lawyers on error preservation and researching and drafting trial motions and briefs.
R.L. was the lead drafter of an amicus curiae brief in the landmark Texas Supreme Court case In re State Farm Lloyds, — S.W.3d —, 2017 WL 2323099 (Tex. May 26, 2017), which provided new guidelines on e-discovery in the State of Texas. He also assisted with a brief to the Texas Supreme Court in In re National Lloyds Insurance Company, — S.W.3d —, 2017 WL 2501107 (Tex. June 9, 2017), which successfully obtained reversal of an adverse court of appeals decision and in which the Texas Supreme Court held that defendant’s attorney fee information is normally not discoverable. Other successful results R.L. has obtained for his clients include:
- Successfully obtained settlement for less than 1% of the original amount demanded on eve of summary judgment hearing in a multi-million dollar contract and warranty dispute between a molecular diagnostic laboratory and supplier.
- Successfully obtained multi-million dollar settlement in favor of bank client in breach of contract and tortious interference lawsuit.
- Successfully obtained take-nothing judgment at trial in favor of client in a car wash warranty dispute.
- Successfully obtained affirmance of a trial court’s dismissal of claims asserted by a plaintiff’s former attorney against the settling defendant based on a lack of standing in Raub v. Gate Guard Services, L.P., No. 13–15–00097–CV, 2017 WL 2570042 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Mar. 30, 2017).
- Successfully obtained Rule 91a dismissal of claims asserted against employer for “cyber-crimes” by a former employee and obtained affirmance of such dismissal in the court of appeals and Texas Supreme Court. Davis v. Motiva Enters., L.L.C., No. 09-14-00434-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 3235 (Tex. App.—Beaumont Apr. 2, 2015) (holding that the federal Communications Decency Act shielded employers from liability for “cyber-crimes” committed by a former employee allegedly using the employer’s servers).
- Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissal of an employment race discrimination case brought against a Fortune 500 company.
- Successfully obtained the affirmance on appeal of a summary judgment dismissal of an employment race and disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.
- Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissal in favor of oil and gas client in oil and gas royalty dispute.
- Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissal based on the doctrine of ferae naturae in favor of business client in a non-subscriber personal injury case.
- Successfully obtained trial verdict in apartment complex client’s favor on eviction case that had lasted four years before being retained.
- Successfully obtained reversal on ERISA appeal of denial of Long-Term Disability and Group Life Waiver of Premiums benefits.
With a 4.0 GPA, R.L graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in 2010 with a degree in sport management. While at A&M, he served as a bullpen catcher and student manager for the Texas A&M baseball team winning three Big 12 championships and graduated as an American Kinesiology Association National Scholar.
R.L. received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2013. While in law school, R.L. served as the Notes Editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law and received a Law & Business Certificate. He was a Chancellor’s Law Scholar and inducted into the Order of the Coif for finishing within the top 10% of his class.
R.L. is happily married to his wife, Elisse, and together they have two children, Cecilia and Audrey.