Law Firm Adds Drone to Arsenal of Resources Available to Win Cases

Elevation map created using the firm drone
Elevation map created using the firm drone

Local law firm Glasheen, Valles & Inderman has added a new piece of technology to its tool chest: a drone. The firm plans on using the drone to photograph accident scenes and sites where workplace injuries have occurred. The drone is capable of taking 12 MP photos and 4K UHD video, both of which offer plenty of resolution to give the viewer—and potentially juries—a new perspective.

The firm has an FAA-licensed remote pilot on staff, so it does not have to rely on outside contractors to obtain these images. This allows the firm to respond quickly and preserve evidence.

In the past, law firms were forced to rely on Google Earth images or something similar. These images are lower resolution and could be out of date. With the new technology, Glasheen, Valles & Inderman can photograph an intersection where a crash occurred the day of or the day after it happened, ensuring an accurate depiction of the scene at the time of the crash. Kevin Glasheen, Senior Partner, elaborated on the advantage of drones over satellite images. “We no longer have to hope that the aerial images match the scene as it was when the crash happened. Now we know it matches.”

And the quality of the images are much better. With the high-res images, the drone is capable of taking dozens of overlapping photos of a scene and stitching them together, creating a single, ultra high-res image. It is also capable of analyzing the parallax in the numerous images to create an accurate elevation map.

“We are always looking for ways to better represent our clients.” Glasheen said. “The drone gives yet another advantage.”

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Resolution comparison between satellite footage (left) and drone footage (right).

Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Obtains a $644,830.16 Jury Verdict at Trial

Jason Medina, partner at Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, obtained a $644,830.16 verdict from a jury at trial on Thursday. Medina’s client was rear ended while on the access ramp headed southbound on I-27 in Lubbock, Tex. Calling it a just verdict, Medina said this will go a long way to helping his client recover. “This verdict shows that our jury system works, and we appreciate the attentiveness and hard work of the jury. This verdict will secure my client’s future and provide for all of the care he will need. Our work is not done, and our firm will continue to fight for those who have been injured.”

Before trial, the defendant’s highest offer was $75,000, and Medina’s last demand was significantly less than what they jury ended up giving his client.

Glasheen, Valles & Inderman is a personal injury law firm with offices in Lubbock, Austin, El Paso, Odessa, and Albuquerque. With more than 25 years of experience, Glasheen, Valles & Inderman has the skill and resources required to maximize the value of a case.

 

GVI’s Planned International Expansion to Iceland

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We are excited to announce our firm’s planned international expansion into Iceland. This has been in the works for many years, and we are happy to finally share our plans and ambitions with the public. When we first started looking to becoming an international firm, we spent a lot of time considering where would be the best first step. “After looking at several countries like Australia, England, Germany, and Mexico, it only made since to go with Iceland,” Senior Partner Kevin Glasheen said. “It’s a country of a population about the size of Lubbock County, where our firm began.”

Calling the move logical, Senior Partner Noe Valles said he excited about the opportunities Iceland offers. “They’ve got a lot of volcanoes.” Senior Partner Chad Inderman was also enthusiastic. “We have a history of helping people who have been injured in a variety of different circumstances. It only makes sense to extend that service to Iceland.”

Glasheen took some time to explain the intricacies and complications of moving into a country so far away and whose language is so unfamiliar to those in Texas and New Mexico. “There were so many things to consider, like salaries of employees. Do you know the exchange rate for an Icelandic króna to the U.S. Dollar? Neither did I, but now I do.” Speaking about marketing efforts, Glasheen said “We had to completely re-think every aspect of our business to cater to this new market. We had an English logo and a Spanish logo. Well now we’ve got an Icelandic logo.”

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Glasheen also said that the office will have a different look than the five current offices. Rather than going with a traditional, wood-grained furniture like you’d see in the Texas and New Mexico offices, the Reykjavík office will be adorned with IKEA furniture. “But not the cheap stuff; the really good stuff,” Inderman said. “Look, we all know IKEA is Swedish, not Icelandic. But it’s the closest we could find for now.”

Glasheen elaborated on the types of cases the firm is hoping to sign up. “Slip-and-falls are an obvious choice, but we’re also looking into sledding dog bites, and volcano ash trespass claims.”

The firm plans on opening its first Icelandic office in Reykjavik, the country’s capital. We’ve tentatively selected Bergstaðastræti 9a, 101, as our office location, but because we have not finalized a lease, this location could change. Please check our web site and blog posts for further updates as they become available.

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The employees of the firm were just as excited as the partners. “Is it upside down?” Sherry said as she posed for a photo with the Icelandic flag. “When do we get to take a firm-wide trip there for the open house?” attorney Nick Pena asked. “What type of drinks will be in the fridge there?” Gilbert wondered aloud. Surely this will be a eye-opening experience for many.

 

 

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Chad Inderman and Jason Medina Make the 2016 Rising Stars List

Chad Inderman and Jason Medina, partners at Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, have earned the exclusive distinction of Rising Stars again this year. This honor is awarded to less than 2.5% of Texas lawyers. This marks the fifth year in a row that both lawyers have been named to the list.

The selection process for Rising Stars is the same as that of Super Lawyers with one exception: lawyers named to Rising Stars must be either under 40 years old or have practiced for less than 10 years. The four-step process involves a formal nomination, informal nominations, research, and peer review phases.

The full profile from the magazine is below.

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Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Files Lawsuit Against Trinity Fellowship Church After Molestation of a Minor by a Volunteer Pastor

The law firm of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman has been retained to file a lawsuit against Trinity Fellowship Church and a former volunteer youth pastor after the volunteer sexually mollested a minor church member. More information can be found in our press release, or at any of the news articles below.

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PRESS RELEASE — Lawsuit Filed Against Trinity Fellowship Church After Molestation of a Minor by a Volunteer Pastor

AMARILLO, Texas – The law firm of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a minor child after the minor child was subjected to sexual abuse by a volunteer youth group leader at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas. To protect the identity of the minor child and her parent, their names are withheld, and pseudonyms are used in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges:

Randy Castillo held a volunteer position at Trinity Fellowship Church and was referred to as “Pastor Randy.” Castillo is a resident of Winkler County, Texas but would travel to Amarillo to work as a volunteer pastor. Over an extended period of time, Castillo utilized his position in the church to interact with multiple young female attendees of Trinity Fellowship Church. Castillo not only made inappropriate communication with the minor child but sexually molested the minor on numerous occasions. Trinity Church was informed of Castillo’s inappropriate relationships with children he met through the church including information about Castillo’s requests for pornographic materials from young girls. Trinity Church never alerted authorities or parents, which allowed the abuse to continue.

The attorney for the case, Kevin Glasheen, said, “We sued Trinity Church because we have learned that the church had information about Pastor Randy asking junior-high-aged girls for nude pictures. The church failed to report that fact to any authorities or the parents of these children. The church instead allowed Pastor Randy to continue to participate in church activities. As a direct result of the church’s neglect, Pastor Randy was able to continue sexually assaulting my minor female client for months. The abuse didn’t stop until the victim’s mom found suspicious texts on her daughter’s phone and confronted her. We believe this conduct was not isolated to our client and ask that anyone with additional information including other victims please come forward and contact us.”

A PDF of this press release is available here. The petition that was filed is below, or you can download it here:

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Family Injured When Drunk Driver Crashed into Home Files Lawsuit

 Lubbock, TX, June 24, 2015 — Wednesday morning, the Reyna and Castro families, through their attorney Chad Inderman of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, filed a lawsuit against Michael McKay after he crashed his pickup truck into their family home.

On June 17, 2015, at 10:50 p.m. in Lubbock, TX, McKay was driving southbound on the 9200 block of University Avenue while intoxicated and collided with another vehicle before veering off the road and crashing into the front of the house. The Reyna family—including Michael, Celeste, Michael Jr., and Marcello—were in the front bedroom at the time of the crash. The force of the impact launched Michael Jr. into the adjacent room. Michael, Celeste, and Michael Jr. were taken to University Medical Center with severe injuries. McKay was arrested and charged with intoxication assault.

In the lawsuit, the Reynas are seeking money damages for the injuries they suffered, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and impairment as well as punitive damages. The home involved was owned by Celeste Reyna’s parents, Ricky and Patsy Castro, and they have filed suit against McKay for the property damage to the home.

“My clients are hoping this lawsuit helps restore them to some small degree of normalcy and pay for the damage caused to their family,” Inderman said. “Families should feel secure in their own home, but right now the Castros have a truck-size hole in the front of their house, and Michael and Celeste are still in the hospital. It’s not fair, and they deserve to be compensated for what this drunk driver did to them.”

The plaintiffs’ petition was filed in Lubbock County District Court.

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For further information, please contact Chad Inderman of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, LLP at (806) 776-1331 or at inderman@gvilaw.com/2015redesign