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Lisitsa v. Flit

Court of Appeals of Texas, Fourteenth District, Houston

December 10, 2013

Y. GINA LISITSA AND LISITSA LAW CORPORATION, Appellants
v.
FLORINA FLIT, Appellee

Petition for review filed by, 02/24/2014

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On Appeal from the 333rd District Court, Harris County, Texas. Trial Court Cause No. 2011-51599.

For Appellant: Nissa M. Dunn, Richard William Espey, SAN ANTONIO, TX.

For Appellee: Michael A. Pullara, HOUSTON, TX.

Panel consists of Chief Justice Frost and Justices Boyce and Jamison.

OPINION

Martha Hill Jamison, Justice

Page 675

In this dispute with a client over settlement proceeds, the trial court denied the special appearance of a California lawyer and her law firm, appellants Y. Gina Lisitsa and Lisitsa Law Corporation. In five issues, appellants complain that the trial court erred in denying the special appearance because it lacks specific jurisdiction over appellants. We reverse and remand for proceedings consistent with this opinion.

Background

Lisitsa is a California resident and a partner of Lisitsa Law Corporation, a law firm in Los Angeles, California. Lisitsa represented appellee Florina Flit, then a California resident, in a landlord-tenant dispute in California. The case settled in 2006, and the proceeds were deposited into Lisitsa's client trust account. According to Flit, Lisitsa represented ...


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