Practice Areas

At Petrow Law Group, we have an established reputation for solid ethics, reliability, compassion, professionalism, and the ability to handle difficult and complex cases with an open and flexible approach to the problem at hand.  On behalf of our clients, we are proud of the work we have done and continue to do in the name of fairness and justice.  Regardless of whether you are willing to negotiate a settlement or need a strong, seasoned litigator by your side, we will put the interests of you and your family first.

Relying on our diverse experience, we are proficient and confident in any of the following listed practice areas:

Consumer Law

The main aim of most consumer protection laws is to place consumers, who are average citizens, on even par  with companies or individuals who regularly engage in business deals with such consumers. In Texas, the Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) is the primary consumer protection statute.  The statute prohibits a list of deceptive trade practices deemed to be false, misleading or deceptive and gives consumers the right to sue for damages when they have encountered unfair business transactions, in which they were taking advantage of.  Such transactions include, but are not limited to: someone who is being charged for an unnecessary repair; a homeowner buying a home; someone having a new home constructed; an insured who is fighting his insurance company; a small business purchasing materials; and it can be used in all transactions in between. Because this statute is rather powerful and has a broad application, it requires the consumer to follow procedural safeguards prior to being able to move forward with a claim in either court or arbitration and therefore, consulting with an attorney about the application of the DTPA to your case is advisable and beneficial.

Construction Law

Construction law covers the aspects of law that are closely related to the obligations, which participants in the construction process owe to one another. Such participants include the home owners/ home buyer, contractors, the lender, the engineers, the architects, and the subcontractors. In this definition the law of contract is included, as is the law relating to non-contractual obligations (e.g. tort ). Often included too is both the analysis of existing construction arrangements and any resulting construction defects, as well and the practice of how best to forge those arrangements in the first place (i.e. procurement). Whether fairly or not, the construction process has been considered one where disputes are rife, and hence the law and procedure surrounding the complete range of dispute resolution techniques has come to be encompassed within “construction law”.

Insurance Litigation

Insurance litigation includes claims for breach of the policy of insurance as well as tort claims that an insured person may have against an insurance company for its bad acts. Generally, insurance companies owe a duty of good faith and fair dealing to the insured. If an insurance company violates that covenant, the insured person may sue the company on a tort claim in addition to a standard breach of contract claim. Furthermore, the insured may have claims for violations of the Texas Insurance Code and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The contract-tort distinction is significant because as a matter of public policy, punitive or exemplary damages are unavailable for contract claims, but are available for tort claims. When facing a dispute with an insurance company, it is important to know your rights and duties under the policy and the applicable law.

Commercial and Business Litigation

There are times when the only way to resolve a business dispute and/or change a business arrangement is with help of a lawyer. Business disputes include, but are not limited to the following: Contract Disputes, Tortious Interference, Theft of Trade Secrets, Debt Collection, Misappropriation or Theft, Violations of Noncompete and Confidentiality Agreements, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Real Estate Nondisclosure, and Partnership Disputes. Furthermore, if you decide to change your business structure, you will be in need of a lawyer who can draw up the necessary agreements in order to protect your interest in the transaction. Whether you are looking for representation in a routine business matter or a larger and more complex business dispute, it is important to move forward with the right attorney to get you the desired results.

Equine Law

It will be difficult for anyone to find a definition of equine law-per se. What it essentially encompasses is legal disputes or issues involving horses, horse business, horse-related activities, and/or insurances covering horses. One part of equine law involves drafting of equine-related contracts and/or resolving disagreements over same. As in any field, when seeking an attorney to assist you in an equine-related dispute, it can be beneficial to retain an attorney who has experience in that field itself, since he/she have a better understanding and familiarity of equine-related issues, and will not need to charge for time to simply learn basic horse-related terminology.

Personal Injury Litigation

Although people tend to associate ‘personal injury’ to car accidents, the concept also includes the claims for premise defects, worksite related injury, or other types of accidents.  Injuries through accidents happen every day and all too often the responsible parties and insurance carriers urge to settle claims quickly before the victim has time to fully understand and assess the ramifications of his/her injury. When a settlement is not immediately reached, the importance of finding aggressive and effective representation is pertinent.

Personal Injury claims can include the following:

  • Auto/Truck/Motorcycle Accidents
  • Drunk Driver Accidents
  • Pedestrian/Biking Accidents
  • Uninsured/underinsured Motorists
  • Construction Accidents
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Toxic Exposure
  • Mold/Water Damage
  • Premises Liability
  • Dangerous & Defective Products
  • Boat Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Premises Liability Claims (Such as Injuries Caused by Inadequate or Negligent Security in Parking Lots or Buildings)

Personal injury victims often feel scared, anxious, and alone. When accidents are caused by the negligence of another, there is a remedy – to hire a personal injury attorney who is dedicated to helping victims of negligence recover their damages and their lives.

Arbitrations

Many of today’s consumer contracts have arbitration clauses buried in them since leading companies and contractors prefer arbitration over the more public litigation process. Arbitration is an alternative forum for litigation, in which an unbiased third party arbitrator hears and decides the parties’ disputes.  However, arbitration fees as well as preparation and participation in arbitration can be just as costly as litigation. Having an attorney on your side experienced in the often detailed and rule-driven arbitration process can save you valuable time and resources and will put your mind at ease in this intimidating circumstance, where the only venue is this particular dispute resolution.

International Law

International contract and commercial law concerns the situation where parties from different countries enter into a contract or any other type of agreement. When negotiating international commercial contracts, it is important that the parties carefully consider their choice of law and dispute resolution clauses and that both are expressly defined in the contract. Furthermore, the parties need to consider the “forum” for resolving any disputes, which refers to the country where the dispute resolution process or litigation will take place. If the parties wish to use litigation to resolve any disputes, they most commonly agree to litigation in the country of the governing law of the contract. Arbitration can mitigate this potential limitation since the parties are able to choose essentially any convenient country for the arbitration will be held. Further, the parties can choose the language and particular procedures for use in the arbitration and there is considerable flexibility in choosing lawyers to represent the parties in arbitral hearings. Needless to say, it is important to have knowledgeable representation on your side, not only at the inception of an international business relationship, but also when a dispute arises.