(Houston, TX/January 23, 2012) Jeffrey W. Hastings, an attorney in the Houston office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has been recognized by Texas Lawyer as its "Litigator of the Week."
Mr. Hastings earned this distinction as a result of his successful representation of the plaintiffs in Holloway, et al. v. Flutobo Inc., et al. The plaintiffs brought breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, professional negligence, negligent misrepresentation and Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims, among other things, against Flutobo Inc., which was doing business as Keller Williams Realty Northeast. The litigation resulted from one of Keller Williams' agents selling the Holloways a home that was not listed publicly, with Keller Williams acting as the broker. The property allegedly had "massive and insidious termite damage" making it "unfit for human habitation." In November 2011, Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan signed a final judgment awarding $315,000 in damages and $467,000 in attorneys' fees to the plaintiff homebuyers and ordered that the Holloways recover up to $57,500 in attorneys' fees for future appeals.
Mr. Hastings is a member of Baker Donelson's Transportation Group. He is experienced in personal injury, employment and commercial litigation, and has tried cases in both state and federal courts. He concentrates his practice on railroad, admiralty and maritime, product liability and commercial litigation. Mr. Hastings is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and has received an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible recognition for legal ability and ethical standards. He is a graduate of the South Texas College of Law and is a member of the Houston, Texas and Colorado Bar Associations.