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SKV Names New Litigation Partner

SKV is proud to announce the addition of the newest Partner, Samantha Jarvis, effective January 1, 2022. Sam joined SKV as an Associate in 2015 and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and white-collar defense and investigations.

SKV Successful in Pro Bono Representation of Inmate Assaulted on Orders of County Official

In September 2015, pre-trial detainee Darrell Jacoby Mark was assaulted by over 20 inmates at the direction of Harris County detention officer Vanesha Lee in retaliation for filing a grievance against her. At the time Mr. Mark was attacked, Lee was smuggling drugs into the Harris County jail for inmates under her supervision and had been involved in a romantic relationship with at least one of these inmates for months preceding the attack. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office terminated Lee shortly after Mr. Mark was attacked, but she fled the jurisdiction and criminal charges were never brought against her. Following the attack, Mr. Mark, proceeding pro se, filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 prisoner civil rights case against Harris County, Lee, and Lee’s supervising sergeant.