What should I expect to happen after I contact your office?

After you call in, you will speak with one of our attorneys. We'll ask you some basic questions about your job and your employer.  That may trigger a more detailed investigation using our access to various legal and corporate databases. It turns out that some companies violate the law over and over again and we like to know their history.

If we believe you have a valid claim, then we invite you in to talk about your case in person.  If you don't live in the Houston area, we will either travel to meet you or we can often handle much of the paper work through email or regular mail.  We'll review the "no recovery, no fee" agreement with you and answer all of your questions before you become our client.

Once you hire us, we then make a decision to either file your claim in court, or make an effort to resolve the claim without litigation. We've concluded over the years that our clients are better served if we file a lawsuit from the start because the defendant employer knows we mean business.   The company typically hires an attorney to defend them and then we set up a schedule to exchange documents and, sometimes, agree to dates to ask each other's clients questions under oath at an office meeting called a "deposition."

Once we've reviewed all of the record available on each side and discussed all of the relevant questions with fact witnesses, we are usually able to reach a settlement agreement that is fair to our clients. Of course, all decisions to accept or reject an offer belong to the client.  We will give you are professional opinion naturally.  In the event the matter cannot be settled, we often will request that the judge rule in your favor as a matter of law.  In other words, we believe the law and facts are so clear that there is no need to go to a jury.  If that does not work, then we can proceed to trial where a jury will make the final decision.

Galvin B. Kennedy
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Galvin Kennedy is a founding partner of Kennedy Hodges. He focuses his practice to overtime and wage claims.