After a $50 million lawsuit was filed against a Victoria, Texas, funeral home for a mistaken cremation, a Houston Chronicle opinion column featured insights from trial and arbitration attorney Luke J. Gilman on how attorneys determine damage amounts.
“A $50 million claim is hard to tie to any particular treatment or specific injury that the family suffered.”
“The amount of damages a lawyer seeks when filing a lawsuit could as easily be $5 million as $500 million. In many cases, it is a number that is calculated to make headlines,” Luke said. “A $50 million claim is hard to tie to any particular treatment or specific injury that the family suffered.”
To view the full article, read Houston Chronicle’s article “The penalty for wrongfully cremating grandma can be severe, but one attorney takes it to a new level.”
Trial and appellate attorney Luke J. Gilman’s practice concentrates on litigation and arbitration with an emphasis on technology- and media-related disputes and internal investigations. Luke has developed particular areas of experience in First Amendment and defamation litigation, international and domestic arbitration, and technology-related disputes and investigations, in addition to a general commercial and contract litigation practice. Luke received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where he remains active as an alumnus, serving as faculty for NITA Deposition Training Courses and coaching moot court teams in national competitions. Prior to law school, Luke worked for eight years working in the field of information technology. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and serves on the Board of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBA).