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Rima C. Patel

Associate

TX – Houston
T: 713.418.2081 | F: 713.418.2001

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Rima is an experienced litigator who focuses her legal practice in the areas of premises liability, construction liability and general liability. She also handles breach of contract, construction defect, personal injury, products liability and transportation litigation claims on behalf of her clients. Rima has defended an array of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized companies, motor carriers to insurance companies and their insureds.

Rima analyzes a client’s case merits to minimize risks and achieve favorable resolutions of complex legal matters. In addition, Rima conducts detailed investigations and utilizes in-depth analysis and research to achieve case dismissals, summary judgment and settlements for her clients.

Prior to joining Litchfield Cavo LLP, Rima was an associate attorney in Houston at a mid-sized insurance defense firm. After earning her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law, Rima began her legal career in New York City as an associate attorney defending insurance claims. During this time, she defended commercial property owners, construction companies and design professionals, including architects and engineers in premises and construction liability disputes.

Practices

  • Obtained summary judgment with dismissal of all claims against oil industry equipment manufacturer client involving a products liability claim following a construction accident wherein plaintiff claimed negligence and strict products liability theories against client for injuries; court granted summary judgment based on an absence of proof that any product manufactured, designed or supplied by the client caused plaintiff’s injuries
  • Obtained summary judgment with dismissal of all claims against a residential property owner client in a premises liability case involving a trip and fall on a defective sidewalk abutting the property line where plaintiff tripped, causing injury; court granted summary judgment based on land survey establishing sidewalk defect was not on the client’s property
  • Successfully defended client against plaintiff’s appeal of Court’s denial of motion to vacate a stipulation of settlement; plaintiff entered into settlement for claims to recover damages for breach of the implied warranty of habitability