An Innovative Approach

Our focus is on your litigation success. We combine our background, training, and experience with technology to provide big firm ability and boutique firm personal attention. We can take on the most complex and serious of cases. Our capabilities and creativity allow us to offer alternative fee arrangements, including contingency fees, flat fees, and blended rates.

Our Process

Starting with our initial meeting, we listen and learn to gain a full understanding of your problem and your litigation goals. We will then craft a strategy designed to achieve your objectives. We will provide you with high-quality representation designed to get you bottom line results.

Our Values

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    Seek bottom line results - tailored to our clients' goals.

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    Serve with excellence - our clients, our community, our profession, and each other.

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    Do the right thing.

Business Litigation

When a dispute arises that threatens your business interests, it is important to find an attorney with the experience and skill necessary to protect what you have, and get what you deserve. At Curnutt & Hafer, our attorneys have the experience and skill necessary to handle all types of business disputes. Indeed, our firm has represented plaintiffs and defendants, ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies, in state and federal courts for over 20 years. Our opponents know us as attorneys who still try cases – a reputation that impacts the way our opponents approach our cases and settlement.

We handle all aspects of commercial litigation, including:

  • Breach of contract claims
  • Fraud claims
  • Deceptive trade practices claims
  • Breach of warranty claims
  • Theft of trade secrets claims
  • Collection actions
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Tortious interference claims
  • Adverse possession claims
  • Civil theft claims
  • Conversion claims
  • Non-compete and employment agreements
  • Insurance coverage and bad faith
  • Real Estate transactions

Business Transactions & Formations

Are you about to be, or are you in the middle of a business negotiation, management question, or proceeding? Do you need to document or answer questions related to selling, leasing, borrowing, mortgaging or lending property? Do you need a contract of some kind or wonder what a contract means?

Attorneys at Curnutt & Hafer are available to help you with business transactions and contracts of all kinds. We have negotiated terms in multi-million dollar business transactions, financing and security agreements, and business sale agreements (stock purchase and asset purchase agreements) for numerous commercial entities and individuals.

We have drafted and negotiated commercial contracts, including but not limited to, owner / contractor / subcontractor / architect agreements, commercial and residential leases, employment agreements, consulting agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-competition agreements, release and indemnity agreements, computer software licensing and distribution agreements, buy-sell agreements, stock purchase agreements, mergers and reorganizations, and inter-local agreements. We have helped establish and maintain business entities (corporations, partnerships, L.P.’s, L.L.C.’s).

Common documents we prepare:

  • Stock purchase and asset purchase agreements
  • Financing and security agreements
  • Contracts of all types
  • Leases
  • Corporate documents for your full business life cycle
  • Real Estate transaction documents
  • Please contact Curnutt & Hafer if we can be of assistance with your business and contract needs today.

Inheritance Disputes, Wills & Probate

As in most states, Texas requires that written wills be “probated”, which means they must be filed and approved by a court in order to be effective. Unfortunately, disputes frequently arise regarding the contents or validity of a loved one’s will, trust or other probate documents. “Probate litigation” can refer to a broad array of different types of disputes.

The attorneys at Curnutt & Hafer have skill and experience probating wills and resolving these types of disputes, among others:

  • Challenges to the validity of a will or trust
  • Suits regarding the construction or interpretation of wills
  • Trust modification or reformation lawsuits
  • Suits to terminate a trust
  • Suits by or against beneficiaries, executors and trustees regarding legal and fiduciary duties

Attorneys at Curnutt & Hafer are also here to assist you with your estate planning and probate needs. We prepare many estate planning documents. We have helped hundreds of clients through the probate process. Don’t wait until it is too late to prepare your estate plan. But, don’t be afraid to call Curnutt & Hafer when someone passes without a plan in place.

Common documents we prepare:

  • Last Wills
  • Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Directives to Physicians
  • Trusts
  • Probate filings

If you have questions in any of these areas, give the attorneys of Curnutt & Hafer a call today.

Family Law

Vicki Hafer and her team have the experience and skill necessary to help people navigate through impactful and life-changing times and begin rebuilding their lives.

Vicki and her team take pride in helping clients deal with the emotional issues at the heart of every custody suit, and in sifting through and simplifying frequently complicated property issues.

If you are dealing with any of these issues or other family law matters, you need a lawyer you know will take care of you.

Let Vicki and her team guide you through this difficult process.

The team primarily handles:

  • Divorce
  • Custody Disputes
  • Modifications
  • Paternity suits
  • Grandparent access cases
  • Child-support disputes
  • Enforcement suits
  • Protective Order cases
  • Adoptions

If you have any questions in any of these areas, give us a call at (817) 548-1000 and ask for Yvette Harper.

Oil & Gas

At Curnutt & Hafer, we are positioned in the heart of the noted Barnett Shale, a large hydrocarbon-producing geologic formation covering nearly 5,000 square miles and at least 18 counties. According to the Texas Railroad Commission, this formation may be the largest onshore natural gas field in the United States. Whether you own the minerals, or are exploring or producing within the Barnett Shale, the Eagle Ford, Permian Basin, Cotton Valley, Haynesville or others, we can help you. We have over 30 years of experience handling oil and gas cases. Not only do we understand your rights under Texas law, but we have the skills and experience necessary to protect them. We also understand that obtaining a favorable outcome is often critical to accomplishing your business objectives.

We have experience in a wide array of oil and gas litigation matters, including:

  • Condemnation
  • Claims involving lease, royalty and mineral rights
  • Pipeline construction, placement and easement disputes
  • Surface owner disputes
  • Claims of injury, death or property damage
  • Insurance claims stemming from well, pipeline and drilling rig accidents
  • Seismic and geophysical testing
  • Breaches of operator duties
  • Pooling disputes
  • Compliance with local and government ordinances

If you require an oil and gas attorney in the field or in the courthouse, we have the experience and ability to help you. We have obtained favorable results for a number of clients including:

  • Devon Energy Production Company, L.P.
  • Chevron USA, Inc.
  • XTO
  • Hillwood International Energy
  • Linn Energy
  • Mitchell Energy Company, L.P.
  • Ram Energy, Inc.
  • Richey Oilfield Construction, Inc.
  • TimeSlice Technology, Inc.
  • Upham Oil and Gas Company
  • Black Forest Energy, LLC

Injury & Death

When we take on a case involving serious injury or death, we know that the stakes are high. We have the skill and experience necessary to evaluate and injury or death claim. Both Kelly Curnutt and Doug Hafer are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We aggressively pursue compensation to help injured people and their families have what they need to rebuild their lives. We work with our client and the family to create a long-term plan for that person’s care. In order to get an accurate picture, we work with medical and accounting experts to help us evaluate a client’s needs, both immediately and in the long term. We negotiate health care liens, and right from the very beginning, we educate and inform our clients. We diligently update our clients as their case moves through the court system.

We handle catastrophic injury and wrongful death lawsuits that involve:

  • Auto and truck wrecks
  • Oil field injuries
  • Closed head injury
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Paralysis
  • Burn injuries
  • Amputation
  • Broken bones
  • Scarring or disfigurement

If you or a member of your family has suffered from a serious injury or death, contact Curnutt & Hafer today.

Your advocates in the courtroom,
the boardroom, and the field.

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