William Pieratt Demond ’06 to be honored in Texas
Demond was also named a 2016 "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers Magazine
William Pieratt Demond ’06 and his law firm, Demond & Hassan, PLLC in Houston, are among the honorees at the 25th Anniversary Bill of Rights Dinner sponsored by the Texas Civil Rights Project. Founded in 1990, the organization seeks to ensure justice for Texans of limited means and income.
The dinner will take place on November 14 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum and will recognize “individuals striving for human rights,” while also raising funds to support low-income Texans.
Demond, his partner, Meagan Hassan, and a fellow attorney assisted a Texas family in the case of Holden v. Tarrant. As the Texas Civil Rights Project describes,
Despite receiving notice of a young man’s mental disability and need for protection, Tarrant County Jail officials knowingly placed Jonathan William Holden within access of a violent, high-risk, unmedicated inmate who was allowed to roam unsupervised outside of his cell as her performed janitorial duties. When the inmate killed Mr. Holden, Tarrant County did not notify his family and buried him in an unmarked grave. These attorneys stepped in and not only helped the family achieve some measure of justice, but ensured Mr. Holden would be buried near his family so they could properly honor his life.
Demond was also named a 2016 “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers Magazine. In 2012, Seton Hall Law chronicled a cyber-defamation case in which Demond secured a $13.78 million award from a Texas jury on behalf of his client. "The experience was grueling, and that it wasn’t until the jury requested two calculators on the second day that he came to realize they had won," the article recounts.