Lehtola & Cannatti is a litigation boutique with a reputation for remarkable results while simultaneously keeping our sight on our client's bottom line. Our partners and staff make your matter our priority, providing you with personalized and efficient service. Our attorneys are experienced litigators representing clients in all areas of commercial litigation, with a focus on financial services, premises and personal injury defense, labor and employment, real estate, and health law and medical malpractice defense matters. We are skilled at obtaining quick, cost-effective resolution of civil disputes, and we work hard to help you avoid litigation whenever possible. But if litigation is unavoidable or advantageous for our clients, we have the ability and experience to effectively prosecute or defend every matter, however complex it might be. We serve businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals nationwide, from start-ups to large publicly traded firms. Below is a representative list of organizations that turn to Lehtola & Cannatti for legal services: •Fannie Mae •Aurora Loan Services, LLC •Nationstar, Inc. •PSI Fund II, Ltd. •H2O Supply, Inc. •RJ Meridian Care Management Company, LLC •RGL Empire Group, LLC
CERTIFICATIONS Lehtola & Cannatti is certified as a Minority Business Enterprise by the Dallas/Fort Worth Supplier Development Council, Inc. and is a member of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).
PATRICIA BEAUJEAN LEHTOLA, PARTNER Patricia Beaujean Lehtola, managing partner and founder, left a firm partnership in 1995 to start Lehtola & Cannatti, PLLC. She is best known for her sophisticated understanding of the laws and regulations in the world of credit and finance, having represented financial institutions for nearly three decades across a broad spectrum of transactional and consumer disputes. Patricia is equally comfortable in the world of insurance with experience in both first and third party claims and labor & employment. Her energy, innovative thinking and calm demeanor have helped her build a loyal financial-industry and business clientele. Successfully guiding her clients through complex litigation, Patricia anticipates and executes effective resolutions tailored to each case's unique facts. As lead counsel for her clients, she has tried over 30 jury cases and multiple bench trials, and has resolved thousands of cases prior to trial. She is comfortable in state, federal or appellate courts. Patricia is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, its highest rating level measuring both legal ability and ethical standards. She holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law. She has been licensed to practice in California since 1984 and in Texas since 1985, and is fluent in Spanish. Patricia has devoted significant volunteer time to her alma maters by serving on the Hispanic Alumni of Notre Dame (HAND) Board of Directors, assisting in organizing and running a silent auction benefiting the Latino Institute at the University of Notre Dame, hosting various events for local Notre Dame current and future students, writing for the HAND Newsletter and supporting the local Notre Dame Club of Dallas. Patricia has also served on the Duke Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors, is a regular panelist for the law school's Business Law Society's Career & Professional Development Center Symposium, a participant in the law school's Bridge to Practice Program and a local supporter of the Duke Club of North Texas. Patricia has also served on the Boards of Directors of the Family Compass (formerly known as the Child Abuse Protection Center) and CampFire Boys and Girls.
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Defense of bank director accused of violating fiduciary duties A bank director was accused of violating his fiduciary duties, and various professional liability claims were asserted against him after six banks on whose boards he served failed. Patricial Beaujean Lehtola successfully defended him and obtained a judgement in his favor before the case was turned over to the jury. The presiding federal judge determined that the evidence negated any wrongdoing by the director. Defense of a commercial roofing company for alleged racial discrimination
A commercial roofing company was accused of racial discrimination by a former employee. The plaintiff claimed that he was discriminated against by the project foreman because of his race and that the company fired him after he reported the foreman's actions. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the roofing company after Patricial Beaujean Lehtola showed that the company had taken prompt remedial measures to avoid and cure any past or future potential for discrimination as soon as it became aware of the reported incident. Defense of an insurance carrier sued for failure to pay under a life insurance policy
After a young man had been missing for several years, one of his creditor-beneficiaries sued an insurance carrier for failure to pay under a life insurance policy. The insurance company had denied the claim because the insured had not been declared dead by a court nor had his body been found. The jury agreed with Patricial Beaujean Lehtola's presentation of evidence confirming that the evidence did not confirm the man had died but that it was just as likely that he ran away from a gang that had threatened his life and that the insurance company actions were proper. Defense of a restaurant sued by a customer claiming to have swallowed glass
A restaurant was sued by a customer who claimed that she had suffered severe stomach pains after swallowing glass from a broken mug in the restaurant. The forensic evidence established, and the jury agreed, that while the mug in question did have a crack, no glass was missing. Further, Patricial Beaujean Lehtola persuaded the jury with the medical evidence that showed that the customer's medical symptoms were not consistent with those of a person who had swallowed glass. Defense of a nursing facility sued by a family after patient died at facility
The family of a nursing home patient sued the facility, alleging that the nursing staff allowed the patient condition to deteriorate until she was hospitalized and died. Phillip Cannatti convinced the jury that the nursing staff's treatment met the requisite standard of care. The jury found that the facility had not been negligent. Defense of nursing homes cited with several 'Immediate Jeopardy' level deficiencies
The Department of Aging & Disability Services conducted full-book surveys and cited a facility for numerous deficiencies, including several 'Immediate Jeopardy' level tags. Phillip Cannatti prepared an informal decision review (IDR) challenging the state surveys and successfully reduced the cited deficiencies, including all 'Immediate Jeopardy' level tags. The facility's survey rating is improved and CMPs are dramatically reduced. Property management enjoins competitor that was interfering with leasing development
A commercial property owner hired Phillip Cannatti to stop a competitor from interfering with leasing efforts. Phillip was able to obtain an injunction that allowed the property owner to lease the property and thereafter sell it at fair market value. Collateral for lender's non-performing loan is protected
A lender faced with a non-performing secured loan retained Phillip Cannatti to help preserve its collateral. Phillip forced the borrower into bankruptcy and ensured that the debtor's operations were changed but continued, which in turn, preserved the lender's valuable security.
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