Sutherland Launches Texas openCourts Mobile App

Quick access to court contacts, rules for Texas U.S. judges and county maps

Nov 12, 2015, 11:00 ET from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

AUSTIN, Texas and HOUSTON, Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announced today the launch of its Texas openCourts mobile app, the only free app to provide extensive user-friendly information on Texas courts.

Texas openCourts features detailed information on federal and state district civil courts, and state appellate courts. Easy-to-use functionality allows users to access the information through interactive maps or to search by using the name of a judge, a court or a location.

"Our app provides profiles of Texas' civil court judges, court contact information and local rules for federal judges," said David A. Baay, a partner and co-head of the energy litigation section in Sutherland's Houston office who helped advise the app's designers. "Our goal was to develop an easy-to-navigate smartphone tool for litigators in Texas to use on a daily basis."

The app enables users to collect helpful information, place it into a "Briefcase" folder, and then share that data via email with one click. A "Favorites" section also is available for storing frequently needed content.

Sutherland opened its Houston office in 2002 and has established a powerful presence in Texas with an emphasis on serving energy clients.

"Our experience in Texas courts is deep," said Daniel Johnson, Partner in Charge of the firm's Houston office. "We designed a mobile tool with the information we wanted at our fingertips, and we are excited to share the app with our clients and colleagues. We hope, over time, to develop the app into a platform for delivering alerts on important legal decisions and industry developments."

In addition, Texas openCourts has a Courthouse of the Month feature, which explores the history, character and quirks of the state's distinctive courthouses, and is illustrated with colorful photos.

The Texas openCourts app is available through the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Sutherland is an international legal service provider helping the world's largest companies, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. More than 435 lawyers across seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas. Sutherland is composed of associated legal practices that are separate entities, doing business in the United States as Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, and as Arbis Sutherland LLP in London and Geneva. Arbis Sutherland LLP is a limited liability partnership and is registered in England and Wales with registered number OC348198. Its registered office is at Marble Quay, St. Katharine's Dock, London E1W 1UH. Arbis Sutherland LLP is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales whose regulatory requirements can be accessed at A list of the members of Arbis Sutherland LLP and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at its registered office.


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