J.K. Ivey, J.D.
Court Room Litigation Attorney
Accident, Injury, and Inheritance Litigation
A native Texan, J. K. Ivey earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his education at the University of Texas School of Law in 1985, where he was named to the Board of Advocates and Phi Delta Phi honor fraternity. J. K. has devoted his career to representing the victims of negligence and their families with several prominent Texas firms. He has recovered millions for his clients, including verdicts and settlements against some of the largest corporations in America. In 1994, J. K. was Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
A published author, and frequent lecturer, J. K. served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association and the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation. In 2001, he was given the DTLA's highest honor, the Atticus Finch Award, for "preserving justice for all." J. K. has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, for legal skills and ethics. He is rated "10" or superb by the online lawyer service Avvo.
J. K. is active in the San Antonio, Dallas, Texas, and American Trial Lawyers Associations. He chaired a Dallas Bar Association subcommittee. He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. J. K. leads a general negligence injury team, devoted to personal injury, wrongful death, and social security claimants’ representation.
Mr. Ivey leads our litigation section. He is board certified in personal injury, but he has the heart of a general practitioner. If you, a friend, or family member is the victim of accident, injury, or inheritance, call us right now at 210-530-4278 for a free consultation with our court room litigation attorney in San Antonio, Texas and Georgetown, Texas.
LA VERNIA HAZING FEDERAL LAWSUIT
Family of John Doe rape victim seeks injunctive relief and monetary damages
The parents of a La Vernia High School football player filed a complaint in the Southern District of Texas, San Antonio Division, on Thursday, seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages arising from their son’s sodomization as part of a team “initiation” ritual, allegedly known about by administrators and coaches in the La Vernia Independent School District.
Attorney J. K. Ivey of the Marquardt Law Firm says that the complaint is but “the first step in an effort to peel back the covers on a long and sordid history of neglect, misconduct, and abuse at La Vernia High School involving dozens of children over a decade or more. The national news attention on this story is causing former students and athletes to come forward with their own accounts of what’s gone on at La Vernia High School. We believe the evidence will show a pattern of deliberate neglect covering many years.”
The family of CHILD DOE is appealing to anyone with knowledge concerning the hazing rituals at La Vernia High School to contact their attorneys.
Attorney Ivey states that the Defendants in the suit will be served with a Summons to answer and appear in Federal court.
The complaint, also names La Vernia ISD Superintendent Jose H. Moreno, La Vernia High School Principal Kristen Martin, La Vernia High School Athletic Directors Brandon Layne, Richard Hinojosa, and coaches Chris Taber, Scott Grub, and Keith Barnes.
The lawsuit seeks damages for civil rights violations under Federal law, as well as the 4th and 14th Amendments of the United States Constitution. Specific factual allegations include:
The subject hazing rituals and traditions are a form of bullying and have been part of the culture of the School’s football team for at least a decade, according to news accounts, and possibly longer. The teams’ coaches have sanctioned these rituals, while other school officials, including La Vernia ISD and the School’s principal, athletic director, and coaches, turned a blind eye toward the abuse, even after the abuse was reported to them. Indeed, the Plaintiffs are but a fraction of the students who have been physically and sexually assaulted pursuant to these sadistic hazing rituals which include rape, sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration, and sexual abuse. In addition to seeking damages to compensate Plaintiffs for their psychological injuries, CHILD DOE, who still attends the School, also seek injunctive relief that will put an end to the hazing rituals, so that neither they nor future members of the School’s football team will be subjected to the same abuses Plaintiffs have suffered.
The lawsuit is based on alleged violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 1988, and the “deprivation under color of state law and through state law claims of willful and wanton violation of CHILD DOE’s rights, as secured by the United States Constitution, including the 5th and 14th Amendments, to recover damages resulting from the Defendants’ mistreatment and neglect of CHILD DOE” including “deliberate indifference to peer based sexual harassment, pursuant to Title VI, 42 U.S.C. §1681(a).”