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The firm is pleased to announce Sydnee Garcia’s re-election to the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for the 2019-2020 term. The Federal Bar Association aims to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of the federal practitioner, judiciary and the public they serve.


Elliott Cappuccio named one of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators for Southern Texas in 2019

Elliott Cappuccio has been named one of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators for Southern Texas in 2019. Candidates for membership are identified through third-party research or peer nominations by other elite attorneys in the community. Once a candidate is identified, they are screened through a broad array of criteria and data including (but not limited to) the attorney’s lifetime legal achievements, professional experience, significant case results and/or defense verdicts, peer reputation, client satisfaction, other notable honors, media notoriety, and community impact, among other factors.


Pulman Cappuccio & Pullen Congratulates Sydnee Garcia, Adrian Coronado, and Matthew McGowan on being recognized by their peers as 2019 Rising Star Attorneys in Scene in San Antonio Magazine

Congratulations to our Rising Star lawyers.


The firm is pleased to announce Sydnee Garcia’s election to the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Federal Bar Association.  The Federal Bar Association aims to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of the federal practitioner, judiciary and the public they serve. 


Elliott Cappuccio SELECTED BY PEERS FOR INCLUSION IN Best Lawyers® in America

December 2018

Pulman, Cappuccio & Pullen is pleased to announce that Elliott S. Cappuccio has been selected by his peers for inclusion among the Best Lawyers by BL Rankings in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers is regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The list of Best Lawyers in America is compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America, over 7 million votes were analyzed. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed. Therefore, inclusion among the Best Lawyers in America is considered a singular honor for the profession, and it has been referred to as the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice today.


Former Career Point College owner settles fraud allegations

October 12, 2018 by Patrick Danner

The owner of now-shuttered Career Point College has settled allegations that he and the school’s parent company pocketed millions in improper payments — some of it to support his lifestyle — from federal student aid programs.


Rising Star Lawyers: SA Scene’s 2018 list

March 20, 2018 by Editor

San Antonio’s senior attorneys (15 years or more experience practicing law), recently nominated junior attorneys with 10 or fewer years in practice for our 2018 Rising Stars feature. We are pleased to list this year’s Rising Stars representing firms and private practices in myriad specializations from across the area.

Congratulations to all our 2018 Rising Stars!


12 Steps to Recovery: Post-Judgment Collection in Texas
By Leslie Hyman, Ryan Reed, and Sarah Donahue

Jan-Feb '18

San Antonio Lawyer

The big day has come, leaving you with overjoyed clients and universal adulation, but the inevitable hangover sets in after your celebration. How do you turn your judgment into cash?  Collecting the spoils of victory can be just as challenging as the underlying litigation, if not more so. After all, the losing party is not likely to suddenly become friendly and cooperative after getting slapped with an unpleasant judgment.

The collection process can be fraught with the aggravation of overlapping code provisions and rules, not to mention an evasive judgment debtor. But once you have a template and a to-do list, it is only a matter of working your way through the twelve steps to recovery. With preparation, diligence, and a bit of luck, you might recover on your judgment.


Leslie Sara Hyman, et al., Antitrust and Consumer Protection, 3 SMU Ann. Tex. Surv. 15 (2017)


Sour grapes? Santikos sues former San Antonio vendor in phone hacking case

By Patrick Danner

June 21, 2016 Updated: June 21, 2016 4:45pm

Santikos Theaters Inc. is suing CBS Telephone & Data after the former vendor allegedly sought revenge for a canceled contract by hacking into the movie house’s computerized phone system and playing a message to callers saying the number was disconnected.


Recent Grad Places in American Planning Association Writing Contest

October 29, 2015

Matthew McGowan ’15 placed second in the American Planning Association’s (APA) Planning and Law Division’s 32nd Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. McGowan was recognized for his paper “Location, Location, Mis-Locations: How Local Land-use Restrictions Are Dulling Halfway Houses’ Criminal Rehabilitation Potential.” He originally wrote the paper for Texas A&M School of Law’s Sentencing Law and Policy seminar this past February. 

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The Statute, the Constitution, the Caselaw, and the Appellate Lawyer as Sleuth

Leslie Hyman, 2015

The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, like the federal employment statutes on which it was modeled, provides for an award of “attorneys’ fees as part of costs” for a successful plaintiff. In Texas, while entitlement to attorneys’ fees is a question for the court, the amount of reasonable and necessary attorneys’ fees is typically a question of fact for a jury to decide.  The dramatic question addressed in this practice note is whether the Texas legislature’s adoption of the phrase “as part of costs” from the federal statute reflects an intention to adopt the federal procedure for determining attorneys’ fees as well.