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C OVER STORY

A CAREER DEFINED BY EXCELLENCE DON GODWIN TAKES ON ONE OF THE LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUITS IN U.S. HISTORY PAGE 25

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Pirkey Barber’s 2014 Lawyers of the Year: Louis T. Pirkey and Shannon T. Vale

A Texas Trial Legend

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Daniel Sciano Steps Up to Fight for the Injured An oil boom gives rise to litigation in South Texas

A Career Defined by Excellence

After years of handling high-stakes cases, Don Godwin takes on one of the largest environmental lawsuits in U.S. History Bickel & Brewer’s pioneering approach to advocacy yields impressive results in both high-stakes litigation and community impact cases Trial legend Frank L. Branson on building a dynamic personal injury and business litigation firm

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ickel & Brewer is devoted exclusively to client advocacy in high-stakes situations. Since its founding in 1984, the firm has assisted clients facing matters that involve substantial financial or business exposure, cutting-edge legal issues, or significant public policy questions. The firm operates at the intersection of law, business, politics, and media. “First and foremost, we are an advocacy firm committed to helping our clients solve the problems that have the greatest impact on their business,” says Bickel & Brewer Partner William A. Brewer III, who has been included in The Best Lawyers in America annually since 2007 and, in 2012, was named Best Lawyers’ Dallas Lawyer of the Year in the area of bet-the-company litigation. Additionally, Bickel & Brewer has been named a Tier 1 firm in Dallas for Commercial Litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2014. “We are organized around the belief that advocacy should extend beyond the courtroom to protect and advance our clients’ interests in every forum imaginable.” The firm’s commitment to advocacy is evidenced in the strategic tools it employs. Bickel & Brewer was a pioneer in the development of an in-house consulting group, investigative unit, and media and public relations department. In 2014, Bickel & Brewer was one of 10 firms in the nation named to the “Litigation Boutiques Hot List” of The National Law Journal. The NLJ wrote that Bickel & Brewer “has a penchant for matters with a lot of money and business at stake, groundbreaking legal issues or big public policy questions.”

The firm’s commitment to client advocacy is equaled only by its commitment to the community. In 2001, the Bickel & Brewer Foundation founded the Future Leaders Program, an academic and leadership development program that benefits more than 250 students from the Dallas Independent School District. This year, the Bickel & Brewer Storefront, the community service affiliate of the law firm, achieved a successful resolution to its challenge of the unconstitutional “immigration ordinance” adopted in Farmers Branch, Texas. For almost eight years, the Storefront led a successful legal and advocacy campaign against multiple versions of the ordinance. “This effort represented a total commitment on the part of our firm, its professionals, and many of our civic partners,” says Bickel & Brewer Storefront Partner James S. Renard, who has been included in The Best Lawyers in America annually since 2007. “Beyond just Farmers Branch, we hope this case provides instruction to communities and courts across the nation that would seek to evaluate the constitutionality of these measures.”

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in T E X A S ADMINISTRATIVE / REGULATORY LAW AUSTIN ANDREWS KURTH Lino Mendiola III, Phillip G. Oldham, Rex D. VanMiddlesworth BAKER BOTTS Molly J. Cagle BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Philip F. Ricketts, John A. Riley COX SMITH Thomas A. Forbes DUGGINS WREN MANN & ROMERO David C. Duggins, Celina Romero, William C. Wren ENOCH KEVER Andrew Kever GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Edward D. Burbach GRAVES, DOUGHERTY, HEARON & MOODY Helen Currie Foster, Robert J. Hearon, Jr., Nancy R. Hudson, Thomas B. Hudson, Jr., Mary A. Keeney, P. M. Schenkkan GREENBERG TRAURIG Thomas J. Bond HUSCH BLACKWELL Marianne Carroll JACKSON WALKER Dudley D. McCalla KEMP SMITH Deborah Clarke Trejo LARRY E. TEMPLE Larry E. Temple LLOYD GOSSELINK ROCHELLE & TOWNSEND Paul G. Gosselink MCGINNIS LOCHRIDGE Lloyd P. Lochridge SMITH TROSTLE & HUERTA J. Kay Trostle STEVEN BARON Steven Baron THOMPSON & KNIGHT James E. Cousar THOMPSON, COE, COUSINS & IRONS Jay A. Thompson VINSON & ELKINS Michael J. Tomsu WINSTEAD Albert R. Axe, Jr., Ron H. Moss

BEAUMONT BENCKENSTEIN & OXFORD Hubert Oxford III

DALLAS KELLY HART & HALLMAN Dee J. Kelly, Jr., Dee J. Kelly, Sr. STRASBURGER & PRICE P. Michael Jung VINSON & ELKINS Richard L. Adams

EL PASO SCOTTHULSE Rosemary Morales Marin

HOUSTON ANDREWS KURTH Jonathan S. Day BAKER BOTTS James A. Baker III MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS Charles A. Moore

ADMIRALTY & MARITIME LAW BEAUMONT BENCKENSTEIN & OXFORD Hubert Oxford III, Hubert Oxford IV, Alan G. Sampson

CORPUS CHRISTI ROYSTON, RAYZOR, VICKERY & WILLIAMS Ralph F. Meyer

HOUSTON BAKER HOSTETLER James C. Winton BROWN & KORNEGAY John R. Pearson CHAFFE MCCALL Harold K. Watson DOYLE RAIZNER Michael P. Doyle EASTHAM, WATSON, DALE & FORNEY William A. Durham, Robert L. Klawetter EUGENE J. SILVA, SR. Eugene J. Silva, Sr. JEFFREY J. PUTNAM, ESQ. Jeffrey J. Putnam KELLEY KRONENBERG John L. Schouest LISKOW & LEWIS William W. Pugh RICHARD GORMAN LAW Richard L. Gorman ROYSTON, RAYZOR, VICKERY & WILLIAMS James P. Cooney, John M. Elsley, John F. Unger, David R. Walker, James R. Watkins SCHECHTER, MCELWEE, SHAFFER & HARRIS Matthew D. Shaffer SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN Steven L. Roberts WHITE MACKILLOP & GALLANT Ronald L. White

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION A Arbitration; M Mediation

AUSTIN BURNS ANDERSON JURY & BRENNER Jeff Jury (A, M) KARL BAYER DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERT Karl Bayer (A, M) LAW OFFICES OF JOE HART Joe Hart (A) MICHAEL J. SCHLESS Michael Schless (M) TOM COLLINS Thomas A. Collins (A, M) WINSTEAD Peter A. Nolan (A)

BEAUMONT MEHAFFYWEBER Robert A. Black (A, M)

DALLAS BURDIN MEDIATIONS J. Michael Amis (M), Mary M. Burdin (M), Suzanne Duvall (M), Paul L. Salzberger (M), Melvin H. Wolovits (A, M) COATS ROSE YALE RYMAN & LEE William B. Short, Jr. (A, M) COX SMITH William Frank Carroll (A, M) EARL F. HALE, JR. Earl F. Hale, Jr. (A, M) EDWIN G. BELL Edwin G. Bell (M) FORD NASSEN & BALDWIN Jeffrey A. Ford (A, M) GILBERT MEDIATION GROUP Courtenay L. Bass (M), Mark W. Gilbert (A, M), Walter E. Parker, Jr. (A, M) GODWIN LEWIS Marilea Lewis (M) 214.939.4400 | page 2

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GREENBERG TRAURIG Hugh E. Hackney (A, M) JAMES W KNOWLES, ATTORNEY MEDIATOR James W. Knowles (M) JAMS Cecilia H. Morgan (M) JOHN W. HUGHES John W. Hughes (A, M) LAW OFFICE OF GAYNELL C. METHVIN Gaynell C. Methvin (M) LAW OFFICES OF CHRISTOPHER NOLLAND Christopher Marc Nolland (M) LAW OFFICES OF SHERRIE R. ABNEY Sherrie R. Abney (M) LAWRENCE R. MAXWELL, JR. Lawrence R. Maxwell, Jr. (A, M) MAXEL SILVERBERG Maxel Silverberg (A, M) PRATT & YUNGBLUT Donald O. Pratt (A, M) ROSS W. STODDARD III Ross W. Stoddard III (M) SHANNON, GRACEY, RATLIFF & MILLER David R. Seidler (A, M) THE LAW OFFICES OF KAY ELKINS ELLIOT Kay Elkins Elliott (A, M) THOMPSON & KNIGHT Frank Finn (A, M) VERNERBRUMLEY Janet P. Brumley (M) WADE H. MCMULLEN Wade H. McMullen (M) WILL PRYOR MEDIATION & ARBITRATION Will Pryor (A, M) WINSTEAD Jay J. Madrid (M) WOODS, MAY & MATLOCK Robert J. Matlock (M) XEROX BUSINESS SERVICES Priscilla Kim Park (A, M)

HOUSTON ALICE OLIVER-PARROTT Alice Oliver-Parrott (M) ANDREWS KURTH William T. Miller (A, M) BAKER BOTTS Michael S. Goldberg (A) BARBARA ANN RADNOFSKY Barbara Ann Radnofsky (A, M) BERGMAN ADR GROUP Edward Bergman III (A, M) BUTLER MEDIATION SERVICES Randall E. Butler (A, M) JOYCE, MCFARLAND + MCFARLAND Jeff Joyce (A, M) KING & SPALDING R. Doak Bishop (A), John P. Bowman (A) LAW OFFICE OF JACK C. GOLDSTEIN Jack C. Goldstein (A, M) MATTHIESEN & ASSOCIATES David G. Matthiesen (A, M) MCGOWAN DISPUTE RESOLUTION Gary A. McGowan (M) PATRICK M. FLYNN Patrick M. Flynn (A) PLATT WALKER DAVIS, III Platt Walker Davis III (A) SCHWARTZ, JUNELL, GREENBERG & OATHOUT Richard A. Schwartz (A, M) THE LEVIN LAW GROUP Alan F. Levin (A, M) VINSON & ELKINS Karl S. Stern (A)

LUBBOCK JACKSON WALKER Donald W. Griffis (A, M)

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LAW OFFICE OF FRANK E. MURCHISON, III Frank E. Murchison III (A, M) SUSAN Z. WRIGHT Susan Z. Wright (M) UNDERWOOD LAW FIRM Mike H. Loftin (M)

PAUL HASTINGS Samuel W. Cooper* SUSMAN GODFREY H. Lee Godfrey*, Neal S. Manne*, Kenneth S. Marks*, Shawn L. Raymond*, Stephen D. Susman* VINSON & ELKINS John L. Carter*, David T. Harvin*, SAN ANTONIO Harry M. Reasoner*, James A. Reeder, Jr.*, Karl S. Stern** DONALD R. PHILBIN, JR. Donald R. Philbin, Jr. (A, M) YETTER COLEMAN R. Paul Yetter* JOHNSON, CHRISTOPHER, JAVORE AND COCHRAN SAN ANTONIO Gary W. Javore (A, M) AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD KUSTOFF & PHIPPS R. Laurence Macon* Daniel O. Kustoff (A, M) COX SMITH LAW OFFICE OF THOMAS J. SMITH A. Michael Ferrill** Thomas Jay Smith (A, M) DAVIS, CEDILLO & MENDOZA Ricardo G. Cedillo* ANTITRUST LAW LANGLEY & BANACK * Litigation Only Emerson Banack, Jr.* ** Litigation & Practice area NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT AUSTIN Robert G. Newman* RATLIFF LAW FIRM STRASBURGER & PRICE Shannon H. Ratliff* Judith R. Blakeway**, Reese L. Harrison, Jr.* DALLAS ANDREWS KURTH TYLER Jerry L. Beane*, Kay Lynn HALTOM & DOAN Brumbaugh** Texarkana, TX GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL James N. Haltom* Mark W. Bayer*, Curtis L. Frisbie, 903.255.1000 | page 5 Jr.*, Joe B. Harrison* GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER Veronica S. Lewis*, Brian E. Robison*, M. Sean Royall**, Robert C. Walters** HAYNES AND BOONE Kathleen M. Beasley**, Stacy L. Brainin*, Ronald W. Breaux**, Robin P. Hartmann*, Barry F. McNeil**, John Turner* JACKSON WALKER Robert M. Cohan**, Kathleen M. LaValle* JONES DAY Thomas R. Jackson* K&L GATES Robert H. Mow, Jr.* LAW OFFICES OF ALAN W. HARRIS Alan W. Harris* NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Rodney Acker* SUSMAN GODFREY Barry C. Barnett*, Ophelia F. Cami単a* THOMPSON & KNIGHT L. James Berglund II*, Gregory S.C. Huffman**, William M. Katz, Jr.**, Timothy R. McCormick VINSON & ELKINS Russell Yager

HOUSTON BAKER BOTTS G. Irvin Terrell* BECK REDDEN David J. Beck*, Murray J. Fogler* BERG & ANDROPHY David H. Berg* DLA PIPER Claudia Wilson Frost* GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Thomas A. Hagemann* GIBBS & BRUNS Robin C. Gibbs* HALL MAINES LUGRIN William P. Maines* JONES WALKER Lauren J. Harrison* MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY Alison L. Smith**, G. Allan Van Fleet** NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Layne E. Kruse, Daniel M. McClure, William R. Pakalka*, Anne M. Rodgers

APPELLATE PRACTICE AUSTIN ALEXANDER DUBOSE JEFFERSON & TOWNSEND Douglas W. Alexander, Marcy Hogan Greer, Dana Livingston, Susan Vance, Amy Warr ANDREWS KURTH Scott A. Brister BAKER BOTTS Joseph R. Knight, Thomas R. Phillips BOTSFORD & ROARK David L. Botsford ENOCH KEVER Craig T. Enoch GORDON & REES Leslie A. Benitez GRAVES, DOUGHERTY, HEARON & MOODY P. M. Schenkkan, Ben F. Vaughan III JACKSON, SJOBERG, MCCARTHY & TOWNSEND Marc O. Knisely KEITH HAMPTON, ATTORNEY AT LAW Keith S. Hampton LAW OFFICE OF SUSAN HAYS Susan Lea Hays LOCKE LORD Michael A. Hatchell, Alan Waldrop, Charles Watson PAMELA STANTON BARON Pamela Stanton Baron SCOTT, DOUGLASS & MCCONNICO Jane M. N. Webre THE LAW OFFICE OF DAVID A. SCHULMAN David A. Schulman THOMPSON & KNIGHT Debora B. Alsup

BEAUMONT MEHAFFYWEBER Robert A. Black

CORPUS CHRISTI ADAMS & GRAHAM Roger W. Hughes

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DALLAS ALEXANDER DUBOSE JEFFERSON & TOWNSEND LaDawn H. Conway, Charles T. Frazier, Jr. BAKER BOTTS Samara L. Kline CANTEY HANGER Stephen Lyle Tatum COOPER & SCULLY R. Brent Cooper COWLES & THOMPSON R. Michael Northrup GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER James C. Ho HANKINSON Deborah G. Hankinson HAWKINS PARNELL THACKSTON & YOUNG Robert Gilbreath HAYNES AND BOONE Nina Cortell, Anne M. Johnson, Karen S. Precella KELLY HART & HALLMAN John H. Cayce, Jr., David Keltner LEVINGER Jeffrey S. Levinger LOCKE LORD Cynthia Timms LYNN TILLOTSON PINKER & COX David Coale MCCURLEY ORSINGER MCCURLEY NELSON & DOWNING Richard R. Orsinger NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Ben Taylor POLSINELLI Leane K. Capps SIDNEY POWELL Sidney K. Powell SORRELS, UDASHEN & ANTON Gary A. Udashen, Robert N. Udashen STRASBURGER & PRICE P. Michael Jung THE RUBACK LAW FIRM Chad M. Ruback THOMPSON & KNIGHT G. Luke Ashley, Scott P. Stolley VINSON & ELKINS Thomas S. Leatherbury WILLIAM V. DORSANEO, III William V. Dorsaneo III

EL PASO KEMP SMITH Ken Slavin MOUNCE, GREEN, MYERS, SAFI, PAXSON & GALATZAN Steven L. Hughes

HOUSTON AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD Murry B. Cohen ALEXANDER DUBOSE JEFFERSON & TOWNSEND Kevin Dubose, Robert Dubose, Roger D. Townsend ALICE OLIVER-PARROTT Alice Oliver-Parrott BAKER BOTTS Macey Reasoner Stokes, Stephen G. Tipps BECK REDDEN David M. Gunn, Russell S. Post BENNETT & SECREST George McCall Secrest, Jr. BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Warren W. Harris, Jeffrrey L. Oldham DLA PIPER Claudia Wilson Frost HAYNES AND BOONE Lynne Liberato HOGAN & HOGAN Jennifer Bruch Hogan, Richard P. Hogan, Jr.


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Left to right: Lawrence J. Webb, Daniel J.T. Sciano, Danielle M. Copes, Aaron Valadez (Law Clerk), Dennis O. Moore, Sharon Savage, Richard Tinsman, Stephen F. Lazor

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ounded in 1970, Tinsman & Sciano, Inc. consistently strives to help clients effect safety changes while also achieving substantive remedies in matters concerning defective and unsafe products, unsafe premises, medical malpractice, trucking and other vehicular collisions, industrial accidents and burn injuries. The firm also litigates matters pertaining to oil and gas royalty disputes, will contests, trusts and estates, as well as claims against the United States government under the Federal Tort Claims Act. “With more than 180 years of combined experience and the economic ability to fund cases through development, trial, and appeal, our dedicated attorneys and staff are equipped with the knowledge, experience and financial resources to successfully handle claims that result in significant damages,” says Daniel J.T. Sciano. Sciano’s practice includes a wide variety of civil and personal injury litigation matters including claims involving serious injury or death as a result of 18-wheeler collisions, oil and gas drilling accidents and claims involving a vast array of unreasonably dangerous and defective commercial and industrial products. Daniel speaks regularly on a wide variety of legal topics for the State Bar of Texas as part of continuing legal education of other lawyers. Along with Richard Tinsman and Stephen Lazor, he has also been recognized for his legal ability and ethical standards, having received the AV®-PreeminentTM rating from MartindaleHubbell.

Tinsman has handled civil trial law for 56 years, focusing his practice on will contests, trust disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, and oil and gas royalty disputes. Like Sciano, Tinsman is board certified in civil trial law and personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Lazor has litigated cases involving medical negligence, industrial accidents, unsafe premises, vehicular collisions, and defective products for 38 years. During that time, he has earned the respect of both the medical and legal communities, serving as chairman for the Medical-Legal Liaison Committee of the San Antonio Bar Association and the Bexar County Medical Society. The firm’s tradition of tireless advocacy continues with fellow attorneys Sharon Savage, Lawrence J. Webb, Dennis O. Moore, and Danielle M. Copes, law clerk Aaron Valadez, and a dedicated support staff. Sciano says, “At this firm, every member of our legal team is committed to obtaining justice for our clients, while working every day to make the world a safer place for the public at large.”

TINSMAN & SCIANO, INC. Professional, experienced lawyers for the seriously injured. 10107 McAllister Freeway | San Antonio, TX 78216 TOLL FREE: 800.292.9999 | PHONE: 210.225.3121 FAX: 210.225.6235

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BAKER BOTTS Alison C. Boren, Roderick A. Goyne, George C. Lamb III (*), Timothy W. Mountz (*), Calvin R. Phelan II (*, R) BARLOW GARSEK & SIMON Elliott S. Garsek (*) BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Sanford M. Brown (R) CONDON THORNTON SLADEK HARRELL Mark B. Knowles COX SMITH William Frank Carroll GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Steven S. Camp GREENBERG TRAURIG Nan B. Braley, Heather E. Moulder HAYNES AND BOONE Terry W. Conner, Thomas E. Kurth (*), Scott G. Night, F. John Podvin Jr. (R), William D. Ratliff III, Kenneth A. SAN ANTONIO Rogers, Robert E. Wilson COX SMITH HOLLAND & KNIGHT Ellen B. Mitchell James C. Chadwick CROFTS & CALLAWAY HUNTON & WILLIAMS Sharon E. Callaway Daniel C. Garner GOLDSTEIN, GOLDSTEIN & HILLEY IRA D. EINSOHN Cynthia Eva Orr Ira David Einsohn HAYNES AND BOONE JACKSON WALKER Lamont A. Jefferson Gordon M. Shapiro (*) LANGLEY & BANACK JAMESON & POWERS Jo Chris Lopez, Robinson C. Gene Lanier Jameson (R) Ramsey K&L GATES SOULES & WALLACE Craig W. Budner (*), Gary G. Null Luther H. Soules III KESSLER COLLINS STRASBURGER & PRICE Richard D. Pullman (*) Andrew L. Kerr LOCKE LORD THE LAW OFFICE OF TIMOTHY PATTON Robert T. Mowrey (*) Timothy Patton MCKOOL SMITH Gary J. Cruciani (*), Thomas A. BANKING & FINANCE LAW Graves (*), Mike McKool (*) R Financial Service Regulation; MUNSCH HARDT KOPF & HARR * Litigation Jeffrey D. Dunn (*, R), Charles A. Guerin AUSTIN NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT BAKER BOTTS Rodney Acker (*), Theodore William William F. Stutts (R) Daniel (*), Karl G. Dial (*), Brett BRACEWELL & GIULIANI H. Todd W. Stephen Benesh (*) ROBERT F. SEE, JR. & ASSOCIATES COX SMITH Robert F. See, Jr. Mary Schaerdel Dietz (*), Karen M. SIDLEY AUSTIN Neeley (R) Angela L. Fontana DLA PIPER THOMPSON & KNIGHT Royce J. Hailey, Jr. Dorothy H. Bjorck, O. Paul Corley, FENIMORE, KAY, HARRISON & FORD Jr. (R), James A. Donohoe, M. Joseph M. Ford (R) Lawrence Hicks, Jr., Robert B. GRAVES, DOUGHERTY, HEARON & Jackson (*, R), James W. McKellar, MOODY John W. Rain, Stephen C. Rasch Cliff Ernst, Robert Clarke Heidrick, (*), Harry M. Roberts, Jr., Shad E. Jr., Roy C. Snodgrass Sumrow, Ben B. West HOHMANN, TAUBE & SUMMERS VINSON & ELKINS Eric J. Taube (*) James A. Markus, Erec R. Winandy, Valinda Barrett Wolfert, William JACKSON WALKER D. Young James L. Pledger (R) WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES KELLY HART & HALLMAN T. Ray Guy (*), Courtney Solcher David R. Keyes Marcus, Glenn D. West LARRY E. TEMPLE WINSTEAD Larry E. Temple (R) W. Mike Baggett (*), Joe T. Hyde, LAW OFFICE OF A. RICHARD Jennifer D. Knapek, Richard C. HIGHTOWER Leucht II, James R. Littlejohn, John A. Richard Hightower T. Mitchell, Michael K. O’Neal (R), MCGINNIS LOCHRIDGE Melissa Ruman Stewart, Daniel F. William H. Daniel (*, R), Michael Susie, Emeline Yang A. Wren EL PASO RATLIFF LAW FIRM GORDON DAVIS JOHNSON & SHANE Shannon H. Ratliff (*) C. Michael Ginnings BEAUMONT KEMP SMITH ORGAIN, BELL & TUCKER Ken Slavin (*) Gary Neale Reger (*) SCOTTHULSE SNIDER LAW FIRM Bernard D. Felsen, G. Russell Hill Walter D. Snider TAFFY BAGLEY WELLS, PEYTON, GREENBERG & HUNT Taffy D. Bagley (R) Phil Dunlap THE FIELDS LAW FIRM Guy N. Fields III (R) DALLAS LOCKE LORD Chris Dove NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Katherine D. Mackillop, Joy M. Soloway RICHARD L. STANLEY Richard L. Stanley ROACH & NEWTON Robert M. Roach SHIPLEY SNELL MONTGOMERY Amy D. Maddux VINSON & ELKINS Gwendolyn Johnson Samora, Marie R. Yeates WRIGHT & CLOSE Wanda McKee Fowler, Thomas C. Wright YETTER COLEMAN Reagan W. Simpson, Marc S. Tabolsky, Christian J. Ward

ANDREWS KURTH David Barbour

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BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Kate H. Day, Mark C. Evans, Dewey J. Gonsoulin, Jr., William J. Hayes, William T. Luedke IV (R) CADWALADER, WICKERSHAM & TAFT Michael E. Niebruegge DLA PIPER Claudia Wilson Frost (*) GREENBERG TRAURIG Francis R. Bradley III, J. Scott Sheehan (*, R) HAYNES AND BOONE Theresa Einhorn, Robert S. Ladd, Joseph A. Vilardo JACKSON WALKER Glen M. Boudreaux (*) LATHAM & WATKINS M. Catherine Ozdogan LISKOW & LEWIS Marilyn C. Maloney LOCKE LORD Buddy Haas, Lyman R. Paden, Stan Pieringer, Dale D. Smith MAYER BROWN Tristan E. Propst NATHAN SOMMERS JACOBS Ann C. Jacobs PAUL HASTINGS Kevin B. Fisher, Paris A. Theofanidis PORTER HEDGES Nick H. Sorensen SHANNON, MARTIN, FINKELSTEIN & ALVARADO George A. Shannon, Jr. SIDLEY AUSTIN Kenneth M. Anderson SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT Robert René Rabalais T. RANDALL MATTHEWS T. Randall Matthews THE COOK LAW FIRM Grant Cook (*) THOMPSON & KNIGHT Timothy R. Brown, Robert C. Shearer VINSON & ELKINS Craig W. Murray, Stephen C. Tarry, Sanford A. Weiner WELSH LEBLANC H. Ronald Welsh (*) WINSTEAD Nelson R. Block, James W. Doyle, Michael W. Hilliard, Douglas E. Stewart

LUBBOCK ROBERT E. WOOD, JR. Robert Edward Wood, Jr. (*)

SAN ANTONIO BRANSCOMB Rhonda Graff Jolley COX SMITH Kerry T. Benedict, Cary Plotkin Kavy (R), David B. West (*) EDWARD G. VAUGHAN Edward G. Vaughan HORNBERGER SHEEHAN FULLER & BEITER T. Drew Cauthorn NORMAN & OLIVER James C. Norman NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Dean V. Fleming (*), Robert G. Newman (*) STRASBURGER & PRICE John Alex Huddleston (*), Andrew L. Kerr (*), J. David Oppenheimer

BANKRUPTCY & CREDITOR DEBTOR RIGHTS / INSOLVENCY & REORGANIZATION LAW * Litigation Only ** Litigation & Practice area

AUSTIN

BAKER BOTTS William F. Stutts ANDREWS KURTH Martha Smith DeBusk, Douglas J. BARRON & NEWBURGER Dillon, Gail Merel, Thomas J. Perich Stephen W. Sather** FRANK B. LYON Frank B. Lyon

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GRAVES, DOUGHERTY, HEARON & MOODY James V. Hoeffner**, Frank R. Monroe** HOHMANN, TAUBE & SUMMERS Eric J. Taube** JACKSON WALKER C. Wade Cooper** LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL BAUMER Michael Baumer MARTINEC, WINN, VICKERS & MCELROY Joseph D. Martinec**, Rebecca S. McElroy** NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Berry D. Spears STRASBURGER & PRICE Stephen A. Roberts**

KELLY HART & HALLMAN Michael A. McConnell KESSLER COLLINS Richard D. Pullman* LAW OFFICES OF JUDITH ROSS Judith W. Ross** LAW OFFICES OF MIKE ANGLIN Michael W. Anglin** LOCKE LORD Thomas A. Connop* MACDONALD + MACDONALD Mark E. MacDonald** MCGLINCHEY STAFFORD Steven T. Holmes MCGUIRE, CRADDOCK & STROTHER J. Mark Chevallier** MCKOOL SMITH Lewis T. LeClair* BEAUMONT MUNSCH HARDT KOPF & HARR Kevin M. Lippman**, E. Lee JOHN J. DURKAY Morris**, Russell L. Munsch**, John J. Durkay* Joseph J. Wielebinski** ORGAIN, BELL & TUCKER NELIGAN FOLEY Gary Neale Reger* Patrick J. Neligan, Jr. CORPUS CHRISTI NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT COX SMITH Toby L. Gerber**, William R. Diann M. Bartek** Greendyke**, Mark A. Platt, Louis R. Strubeck, Jr. JORDAN, HYDEN, WOMBLE, CULBRETH & HOLZER PERKINS COIE Shelby A. Jordan** John D. Penn** LAW OFFICE OF HARRELL Z. BROWNING PRONSKE & PATEL Harrell Z. Browning Gerrit M. Pronske REED & ELMQUIST DALLAS David W. Elmquist** AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD ROCHELLE MCCULLOUGH Charles R. Gibbs** Michael R. Rochelle** BAKER & MCKENZIE SHANNON, GRACEY, RATLIFF & MILLER Albert G. McGrath, Jr. John Y. Bonds III** BAKER BOTTS Jack L. Kinzie**, Samara L. Kline*, STRASBURGER & PRICE Mark E. Golman George C. Lamb III*, Calvin R. Phelan II*, James Prince II** THOMPSON & KNIGHT David M. Bennett**, James A. BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TURNER Donohoe & ENGEL Brian Engel, Steve P. Turner VINSON & ELKINS Josiah M. Daniel III**, Paul E. BEARD KULTGEN BROPHY BOSTWICK Heath, James J. Lee*, James A. DICKSON & SQUIRES Markus, Tonya Moffat Ramsey, David Dickson, Larry E. Kelly William L. Wallander BRACEWELL & GIULIANI WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES Samuel M. Stricklin Martin A. Sosland, Stephen A. BRYAN CAVE Youngman Keith Miles Aurzada** WICK PHILLIPS GOULD & MARTIN BUSCH RUOTOLO SIMPSON Brant C. Martin*, Bryan J. Wick* N. Henry Simpson* WINSTEAD CAVAZOS, HENDRICKS, POIROT & Eli O. Columbus, R. Michael SMITHAM Farquhar**, Phillip L. Lamberson**, Charles B. Hendricks John T. Mitchell COX SMITH WRIGHT GINSBERG BRUSILOW Mark E. Andrews, George H. Tarpley E. Paul Keiffer**, Frank J. Wright CULHANE MEADOWS EL PASO Lynnette R. Warman GORDON DAVIS JOHNSON & SHANE DIAMOND MCCARTHY Harrel L. Davis III** James D. McCarthy SCOTTHULSE DYKEMA GOSSETT Bernard D. Felsen William Finkelstein FORSHEY PROSTOK HOUSTON Jeff P. Prostok ANDREWS KURTH GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Thomas J. Perich, Robin Russell, Marcus Helt, Stephen A. David A. Zdunkewicz McCartin**, Holland N. O’Neil**, Richard M. Roberson**, Deirdre B. BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Marcy E. Kurtz**, William A. Wood III Ruckman** GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER John P. Melko** Robert B. Krakow* GREENBERG TRAURIG GRAY REED & MCGRAW Shari L. Heyen** Jason S. Brookner HAYNES AND BOONE GREENBERG TRAURIG Charles A. Beckham, Jr., Theresa Clifton R. Jessup, Jr.** Einhorn, Henry Flores**, Patrick L. HAYNES AND BOONE Hughes, Kenric D. Kattner** Robert D. Albergotti, Thomas E. HOOVER SLOVACEK Kurth*, Ian T. Peck**, Stephen M. Edward L. Rothberg Pezanosky**, Robin E. Phelan** HUGHES WATTERS ASKANASE JACKSON WALKER David J. Askanase, Wayne Kitchens Michael S. Held** JACKSON WALKER JONES DAY Bruce J. Ruzinsky** Gregory M. Gordon KING & SPALDING K&L GATES Edward L. Ripley, Myron M. Craig W. Budner* Sheinfeld, Mark W. Wege** KANE RUSSELL COLEMAN & LOGAN LAW OFFICE OF TOM KIRKENDALL Joseph M. Coleman**, Joseph Thomas Kirkendall Friedman

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ogdell Law Firm is a boutique white-collar criminal defense law firm with a simple motto: “Fewer cases and more attention to detail.” Founder Dan Cogdell notes: “By being selective about the cases we take on, we’ve been able to concentrate on complex litigation involving a range of white-collar crimes. We mainly handle federal and challenging state prosecutions, and lately many of our cases have been related to mortgage, financial, and health care fraud.” Cogdell was one of the first lawyers in Texas to successfully defend individuals charged with federal mortgage or bank fraud in the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s. While charges of federal fraud-related offenses often result in guilty pleas and deals, Cogdell has a history of prevailing at trial for clients accused of these crimes. “I hate when my clients plead guilty,” Cogdell says. “My niche and passion is in trying cases, and I’m dedicated to securing acquittals for my clients and obtaining the best possible result.” Cogdell has succeeded in some of Texas’ most challenging cases, representing such high-profile clients as business executives, professional athletes, judges, city council members, mayors, and even governors. His results include verdicts of “not guilty” in the Enron matter and Branch Davidian trial, and he also obtained the acquittal of Judge John Peavy, Jr. on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, bribery, and money laundering in what became known as the Houston City Hall Scandal. These successes have earned Cogdell Law Firm a Tier 1 ranking in Houston for white-collar criminal defense by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2014—a ranking that Cogdell attributes, in part, to the firm’s strategy of getting involved in cases early and always treating clients as members of the legal team. “Charges can frequently be minimized or possibly even avoided if the client is appropriately represented during the investigatory stage,” Cogdell notes. “And in the event cases do go to trial, we continue to rely on our clients’ knowledge, participation, and feedback to provide the most effective representation possible. In short, we work closely with our clients so that we are in the best position possible to make sure the jury members understand the defenses in the case and are also sympathetic to our client. You simply can’t accomplish that without a strong attorney-client relationship.”

Cogdell Law Firm, PLLC

402 Main Street, 4th Floor | Houston, Texas 77002 PHONE 713.426.2244 | FAX 713.426.2255

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t The Gallagher Law Firm, trial attorney Mike Gallagher has earned a reputation for successfully handling major litigation. Over his career, he has attained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for people injured by environmental disasters, aviation and automobile accidents, general negligence, and dangerous products. “We bring a whole new discipline to the manner in which cases are tried,” Gallagher says. “My philosophy has always been that the only way to ensure your clients are fully compensated is to prepare every case as if it will go to trial.” The Gallagher Law Firm has particular experience in pharmaceutical cases involving defective drugs and medical devices; indeed, the firm has obtained sizeable verdicts and substantial settlements in the area of pharmaceutical litigation. But it would be a mistake to label Gallagher solely as a pharmaceutical lawyer. In 2010, he secured a $400 million verdict in a case involving trade secret theft (Cause No.: 06CV29005; Tovah Energy L.L.C., et al v. Southwestern Energy Production Company, et al; Shelby County, Texas); he was also a class counsel negotiator in a $455 million class action settlement against Farmers Group, Inc. (Cause No: BC300142; Fogel v. Farmers Group, Inc., Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles).

For 2014, Gallagher’s firm is ranked Tier 1 nationally for plaintiffs’ product liability litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Gallagher, meanwhile, has been included in The Best Lawyers in America since 1984. He is also a past-President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the International Society of Trial Lawyers. Beyond his practice, Gallagher is a tireless advocate for individual rights, serving on many House, Senate, and Supreme Court committees at both the state and national levels. “As a law firm we recognize that our responsibility to our clients isn’t just in the courtroom, but in every arena where their rights are being debated,” Gallagher says. “And I firmly believe that it’s my responsibility to protect my clients’ rights in the political sphere as well as in the courthouse.”

The Gallagher Law Firm, LLP 2905 Sackett Street | Houston, TX 77098 PHONE 713.238.7705 | TOLL FREE 888.222.7052

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What interested you about going into your particular area of law? After three years in the Air Force, and then five years in business in Houston working with corporate executives, I was

somewhat older and more practice oriented than the average law student. My interest in wills, trusts, and estate planning was piqued by courses in those areas and fiduciary administration. What has been the key to your success? It is no secret that hard work is the single most important aspect. Having a mentor interested in your particular area of law is also important to a young lawyer. That has been aided by many years of volunteering to provide programs, speaking, writing, and networking on the local, state, and national levels with not only lawyers, but other professionals such as CPAs, trust officers, insurance agents, and financial planners. What is one example of a case/

matter you are particularly proud of? The example of a rancher and his wife in a South Texas county with a large ranch, wildlife, and mineral interests, and being able to help them pass on their assets to the intended beneficiaries with no estate tax in either estate of the couple with appropriate estate planning. How has the legal industry in your field changed in the last 30 years? The technological changes have been both exciting and advantageous for lawyers and their clients. What does being included in Best Lawyers for 30 years mean to you? Recognition by your peers is the most meaningful notice you can achieve. I have been blessed

by having great partners and legal assistants, and now have the privilege of working with my son, Bill, in the firm and in the same type of practice. What is one piece of advice you would give to new attorneys? Volunteer at every opportunity (especially for CLE programs) and network whenever you can. What is the biggest obstacle you see for your practice area in the next 30 years? The crossover from other professionals who want to and are providing estate planning and estate administration services though not licensed to practice law. They seem to regard trust and estate lawyers as merely technicians to draft documents rather than counselors who advise clients.

with David T. Harvin of Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas, listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 30 years

What interested you about going into your particular area of law? I became interested in business litigation because I knew and looked up to several great lawyers who did that work—my dad and some of his partners and friends—and their cases sounded

exciting. I stayed with it because the work did turn out to be very interesting and I got pretty good at it. What would you say is the most rewarding aspect of practicing in your area of law? What I have enjoyed most about my business litigation practice is its variety. Over the years I have handled antitrust, securities, M&A, tax, and general commercial disputes. As a result, I am always learning something new—whether it is a new industry, a new aspect of the law, or simply new issues, facts, and witnesses. I have also thoroughly enjoyed meeting the other lawyers who do similar work, as they are among the best in the business. What is one piece of advice you would give to new attorneys? New business litigators need

to be proactive about gaining experience and increasing their levels of responsibility. One way to do that is to master the documents, as business disputes are heavily influenced by the parties’ contemporaneous documents. The lawyer who knows the documents will be invaluable in interviewing witnesses, preparing and defending depositions, and getting a case ready for trial. Another way is to think like a first chair lawyer— that is, instead of waiting for assignments, think about what your side should be doing to prepare its case—e.g., who you need to depose, what experts you need, what motions would be productive—and discuss your ideas with the lead lawyer. Often the lead lawyer’s response will be to make you responsible for some of that work.

What is the biggest obstacle you see for your practice area in the next 30 years? I am not sure anyone can predict what the practice will look like in 30 years. After all, 30 years ago lawyers did not have personal computers and email. But clearly one of the major issues confronting the trial bar in the foreseeable future is managing the explosion of electronic documents and information, which presents at least two challenges. The cost of producing and reviewing electronic information must be brought down, or else it will make litigating all but the biggest dollar disputes economically unfeasible. Second, the task of mining an ever increasing volume of documents for “good” and “bad” documents in a systematic manner is almost overwhelming.

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NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Brian P. Fenske, Frank T. Garcia, Peggy A. Heeg, Laura J. McMahon, David S. Peterman, Charles D. Powell, Arthur H. Rogers III, Fredric A. Weber, Robert E. Wilson PORTER HEDGES Robert G. Reedy, Nick H. Sorensen, William W. Wiggins SHANNON, MARTIN, FINKELSTEIN & ALVARADO George A. Shannon, Jr. SIDLEY AUSTIN Kenneth M. Anderson, J. Mark Metts, James L. Rice III SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT Robert René Rabalais SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER & FLOM Frank E. Bayouth STRASBURGER & PRICE W. Garney Griggs THOMPSON & KNIGHT Michael K. Pierce, Timothy T. Samson VINSON & ELKINS Marcia E. Backus, Alan P. Baden, Douglas S. Bland, Trina Hill Chandler, Fielding B. Cochran III, Christopher S. Collins, John B. Connally IV, Joseph C. Dilg, Jeffery Burton Floyd, C. Michael Harrington, T. Mark Kelly, Kevin Paul Lewis, Douglas E. McWilliams, Craig W. Murray, David Palmer Oelman, James M. Prince, Edward T. Stockbridge, David Harry Stone, Sanford A. Weiner, Scott Neal Wulfe WINSTEAD R. Clyde Parker, Jr. WINSTON & STRAWN Christopher A. Ferazzi

LUBBOCK LYNCH, CHAPPELL & ALSUP James M. Alsup MARJORIE ANN NEWTON M. Ann Newton

SAN ANTONIO COX SMITH J. Patrick Ryan, James B. Smith, Jr., Dan G. Webster III ELDER BRAY & BANKLER Scott B. Bankler, Steven A. Elder, John D. Fisch HORNBERGER SHEEHAN FULLER & BEITER T. Drew Cauthorn, Drew R. Fuller, Jr. JACKSON WALKER Steven R. Jacobs, Patrick B. Tobin NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Daryl L. Lansdale, Jr. STRASBURGER & PRICE Bruce M. Mitchell, J. David Oppenheimer

BEAUMONT DAVID E. GROVE David E. Grove JOSEPH C. HAWTHORN Joseph C. Hawthorn

CORPUS CHRISTI CANALES & SIMONSON Jose A. Canales

DALLAS BAIN, FILES, JARRETT, BAIN & HARRISON F. R. Files, Jr. BURLESON, PATE & GIBSON Michael Paul Gibson, Thomas G. Pappas FITZPATRICK HAGOOD SMITH & UHL Daniel K. Hagood JACKSON & HAGEN Rick Hagen JERRY COBB Gerald Wayne Cobb KEARNEY, WYNN Jeffrey A. Kearney, William Reagan Wynn LAW OFFICES OF JIM BURNHAM James D. Burnham MILLS & WILLIAMS Thomas W. Mills, Jr. MILNER FINN PRICE George R. Milner, Jr. RAVKIND & ASSOCIATES William M. Ravkind ROBERT HINTON & ASSOCIATES Robert C. Hinton, Jr. RONALD L. GORANSON Ronald Leroy Goranson SORRELS, UDASHEN & ANTON Bruce Anton, Barry J. Sorrels, Gary A. Udashen, Robert N. Udashen THE LAW OFFICES OF BOBBY D. MIMS Bobby D. Mims TIM EVANS Tim Evans WILLIAM A. BRATTON III William A. Bratton III

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SAN ANTONIO CHARLES D. BUTTS Charles D. Butts GOLDSTEIN, GOLDSTEIN & HILLEY Gerald Harris Goldstein, Van G. Hilley GROSS & ESPARZA Michael Clark Gross HASDORFF & CONVERY John A. Convery JOHN F. CARROLL John F. Carroll JOHN M. ECONOMIDY John M. Economidy MARK STEVENS Mark Stevens NICHOLAS & BARRERA Roy R. Barrera, Sr. PATRICK L. HANCOCK Patrick L. Hancock STRASBURGER & PRICE John M. Pinckney III

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WHITE-COLLAR AUSTIN ALMANZA, BLACKBURN & DICKIE Martha S. Dickie BECK REDDEN Eric J.R. Nichols BOTSFORD & ROARK David L. Botsford DAVID A. SHEPPARD David A. Sheppard FITZGERALD & MEISSNER Bill Fitzgerald, Wayne D. Meissner GUNTER & BENNETT Christopher M. Gunter JOSEPH A. TURNER Joseph A. Turner MINTON, BURTON, BASSETT AND COLLINS Samuel E. Bassett, Warren L. Collins, Jr., Roy Q. Minton TERRENCE W. KIRK Terrence W. Kirk THE LAW OFFICE OF BILL WHITE William A. White THE LAW OFFICE OF E.G. MORRIS E. G. Morris

DOLPH QUIJANO, JR. Adolfo Quijano, Jr. GARY B. WEISER Gary B. Weiser JIM DARNELL Jim Darnell LAW OFFICE OF LUIS ISLAS BEAUMONT Luis E. Islas DAVID E. GROVE David E. Grove LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL R. GIBSON Michael R. Gibson JOSEPH C. HAWTHORN Joseph C. Hawthorn MARY STILLINGER Mary Stillinger ORGAIN, BELL & TUCKER THE LAW OFFICE OF JOSEPH ABRAHAM, Gilbert I. Low JR. CORPUS CHRISTI Joseph Abraham, Jr. CANALES & SIMONSON HOUSTON Jose A. Canales CRIMINAL DEFENSE: BENNETT & SECREST HARRIS & GREENWELL NON-WHITE-COLLAR George McCall Secrest, Jr. Andrew M. Greenwell AUSTIN BERG & ANDROPHY DALLAS Joel M. Androphy BOTSFORD & ROARK BAIN, FILES, JARRETT, BAIN & David L. Botsford BIRES SCHAFFER & DEBORDE HARRISON David R. Bires DAVID A. SHEPPARD F. R. Files, Jr. David A. Sheppard DEGUERIN, DICKSON, HENNESSY BURLESON, PATE & GIBSON FITZGERALD & MEISSNER & WARD Michael Paul Gibson Bill Fitzgerald, Wayne D. Meissner Dick DeGuerin CHARLES W. BLAU 713.223.5959 | page 37 GUNTER & BENNETT Charles W. Blau Christopher M. Gunter FOREMAN, DEGEURIN & DEGEURIN FISH & RICHARDSON JOSEPH A. TURNER Michael DeGeurin Thomas M. Melsheimer Joseph A. Turner LAW OFFICE OF JAMES ALSTON FITZPATRICK HAGOOD SMITH & UHL MINTON, BURTON, BASSETT AND James R. Alston Daniel K. Hagood COLLINS SAPER, BERG HAYNES AND BOONE Samuel E. Bassett, Warren L. Collins, MALLETT, Edward A. Mallett Ronald W. Breaux, Barry F. McNeil Jr., Roy Q. Minton R. TODD BENNETT JACKSON & HAGEN TERRENCE W. KIRK R. Todd Bennett Rick Hagen Terrence W. Kirk SCHNEIDER & MCKINNEY JONES DAY THE LAW OFFICE OF BILL WHITE W. Troy McKinney, Stanley G. Matthew D. Orwig William A. White Schneider K&L GATES THE LAW OFFICE OF E.G. MORRIS THE SCHAFFER FIRM Danny S. Ashby E. G. Morris Randolph Lee Schaffer, Jr.

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KEARNEY, WYNN Jeffrey A. Kearney, William Reagan Wynn LAW OFFICES OF SHIRLEY BACCUSLOBEL Shirley Baccus-Lobel LOCKE LORD Paul E. Coggins MEADOWS, COLLIER, REED, COUSINS, CROUCH & UNGERMAN Charles M. Meadows, Jr. MILLS & WILLIAMS Thomas W. Mills, Jr. MILNER FINN PRICE George R. Milner, Jr. RAVKIND & ASSOCIATES William M. Ravkind ROBERT HINTON & ASSOCIATES Robert C. Hinton, Jr. RONALD L. GORANSON Ronald Leroy Goranson SAYLES WERBNER Mark S. Werbner SORRELS, UDASHEN & ANTON Barry J. Sorrels, Gary A. Udashen, Robert N. Udashen THOMPSON & KNIGHT Richard B. Roper TIM EVANS Tim Evans

EL PASO BECK HALL E. Link Beck DOLPH QUIJANO, JR. Adolfo Quijano, Jr. GARY B. WEISER Gary B. Weiser JIM DARNELL Jim Darnell LAW OFFICE OF LUIS ISLAS Luis E. Islas THE LAW OFFICE OF JOSEPH ABRAHAM, JR. Joseph Abraham, Jr.

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Pirkey Barber THE AUSTIN-BASED TRADEMARK FIRM WITH A GLOBAL REACH

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or the past three years, when an Austin attorney has been recognized as a Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in trademark law, that lawyer has been a member of Pirkey Barber, one of the nation’s leading trademark specialty firms. After Bill Barber received the award in 2012, he was followed by fellow founding partners Steve Meleen and Louis Pirkey, who were named in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Moreover, Shannon Vale was recognized as Best Lawyers’ 2014 Austin Lawyer of the Year in copyright law; and Barber and Pirkey have both been previously named as lawyers of the year for intellectual property litigation (Barber in 2013 and Pirkey in 2012 and 2010). “With Shannon and Lou honored this year as Lawyers of the Year, we’re extremely proud to have once again earned the respect of our peers as one of the few U.S. firms focusing exclusively on trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law,” Barber says. Indeed, Pirkey Barber as a whole was ranked Tier 1 in Austin for intellectual property litigation and trademark law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2014. And while the firm is based in Austin, its influence is not just limited to the local area. “We’re very much rooted in Texas, but our client base and our work extend around the world,” Vale notes. For example, this year the global publication Managing Intellectual Property selected Pirkey Barber as the U.S. Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year for the South Region, after previously naming it the 2013 U.S. Trademark

Contentious Firm of the Year for the South Region. Pirkey Barber was also named one of the top trademark law firms in the country in the 2014 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000, which singled Left to right: Steve Meleen, William G. Barber, Louis T. Pirkey, and Shannon T. Vale out seven of the firm’s sophisticated level of services at world-class services based on attorneys as among the best in rates that were considerably less their particular needs. For their practice areas. than large firms.” example, with some clients, Over the past eight years, we’ll work with their inWE’VE REPRESENTED SO the firm has grown to 18 lawyers house trademark lawyers on MANY SUBSTANTIAL BRANDS who collectively have more difficult litigation matters or BECAUSE WE CAN OFFER than 250 years of experience in transactions. And then with CLIENTS WORLD-CLASS trademark law. Together, they other clients, we’ll handle SERVICES BASED ON THEIR provide comprehensive services all of their global trademark PARTICULAR NEEDS. that are tailored to the individual registrations, lawsuits, and Additionally, Pirkey Barber’s needs of their clients, who transactions.” national influence is reflected include Fortune 500 companies, Pirkey Barber’s well-known in the notable appointments as well as universities and small clients include 3M, ExxonMobil, its attorneys have received: businesses. Dell, Whole Foods Market, Barber was recently appointed “Our philosophy has always HEB Grocery, TGI Fridays, and to serve on the U.S. Patent and been to add good people when H.J. Heinz Company. The firm Trademark Office (USPTO) we can, because the work will has also handled a significant Trademark Public Advisory follow,” Meleen says. “The first amount of work for the South Committee. And in 2012, attorney we hired, Wendy By Southwest Festivals and former Pirkey Barber partner Larson, is a good example of Conferences, most recently Susan Hightower was appointed that—she was recently named serving as intellectual property Administrative Trademark one of the top 250 women in counsel in both a deal to bring Judge at the Trademark Trial and intellectual property law by the show Jimmy Kimmel Live to Appeal Board of the USPTO. Managing Intellectual Property, a major venue at SXSW 2014 “Even though much of our and she has received special and an agreement with Apple competition is in cities like New praise for her expertise in regarding the U.S. debut of York and Washington, we’ve emerging issues involving the Apple’s iTunes Festival during been consistently ranked as internet and new technologies. SXSW 2014. a top firm nationally for our It’s because of attorneys like “We have a phenomenal expertise in trademark and her that we continue to attract group of clients based here in copyright issues,” Pirkey notes. clients with such well-known Texas,” Pirkey observes, “and “That’s very satisfying, because trademarks.” it’s because of our international when we founded this firm as Vale adds: “We’ve represented reach that we’ve been able to help a four-lawyer group in 2006, so many substantial brands so many of them successfully our goal was to offer the most because we can offer clients defend their brands.” www.bestlawyers.com | 19


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THE SCHAFFER FIRM Randolph Lee Schaffer, Jr.

SAN ANTONIO CHARLES D. BUTTS Charles D. Butts GOLDSTEIN, GOLDSTEIN & HILLEY Gerald Harris Goldstein, Van G. Hilley, Cynthia Eva Orr HASDORFF & CONVERY John A. Convery JOHN F. CARROLL John F. Carroll MARK STEVENS Mark Stevens NICHOLAS & BARRERA Roy R. Barrera, Jr., Roy R. Barrera, Sr. STRASBURGER & PRICE Reese L. Harrison, Jr.

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DERIVATIVES & FUTURES LAW AUSTIN BAKER BOTTS William F. Stutts

DALLAS BAKER BOTTS George C. Lamb III, Timothy W. Mountz JACKSON WALKER Paul E. Vrana JONES DAY Patricia J. Villareal

HOUSTON LOCKE LORD Brandon Lobb, Mark W. Miller MAYER BROWN Bill Hart, Jr. PAUL HASTINGS Paris A. Theofanidis REED SMITH Craig R. Enochs, Paul B. Turner SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT Robert René Rabalais SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN Chad E. Mills THOMPSON & KNIGHT Rhett G. Campbell

DALLAS ADAMS, LYNCH & LOFTIN Neal W. Adams BRACKETT & ELLIS Lynn Rossi Scott

EL PASO MOUNCE, GREEN, MYERS, SAFI, PAXSON & GALATZAN S. Anthony Safi SCOTTHULSE Rosemary Morales Marin

HOUSTON BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Leon Kelly Frels THOMPSON & HORTON J. David Thompson III

ELDER LAW AUSTIN COX SMITH Kathy L. Poppitt FARRELL & PAK Harry Clyde Farrell III LAW OFFICES OF DEBORAH GREEN Deborah A. Green MARILYN G. MILLER Marilyn G. Miller THE LOVELACE LAW FIRM Renée Colwill Lovelace THOMPSON & TIEMANN G. Gaye Thompson

BEAUMONT RANDY E. DREWETT Randy Drewett

DALLAS CHARLES KENNEDY Charles Kennedy

EL PASO HOBSON, STRIBLING & CARSON Stancy Stribling

HOUSTON LAW OFFICE OF CHRISTINA LESHER Christina Lesher MOORMAN TATE HALEY UPCHURCH & YATES Laura Upchurch SHARON B. GARDNER Sharon Brand Gardner

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HOUSTON ANDREWS KURTH J. Mark Breeding, Frederick D. Junkin JOYCE, MCFARLAND + MCFARLAND Charles B. McFarland LAW OFFICE OF THOMAS E. SHEFFIELD Thomas E. Sheffield NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Stephen K. Carroll PATTERSON & EDQUIST Joseph Patterson VINSON & ELKINS Billy Coe Dyer, H. Dixon Montague

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AUSTIN BARTON LAW OFFICE Lydia Wommack Barton BRADSHAW & BICKERTON Maria Elena Bickerton, Ronald F. Bradshaw DUGGINS WREN MANN & ROMERO C. Joseph Cain JACKSON WALKER Charles H. Campbell KUPERMAN, ORR & ALBERS David I. Kuperman VINSON & ELKINS Miriam M. Burke**

BEAUMONT CREIGHTON, FOX, JOHNSON & MILLS John Creighton III

CORPUS CHRISTI GARY, THOMASSON, HALL & MARKS Gerald W. Ostarch

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CANTEY HANGER Harry Edward Bartel, Noel C. Ice, J. David Tracy CARRINGTON, COLEMAN, SLOMAN & BLUMENTHAL Jim A. Watson CECIL A. RAY, JR. Cecil A. Ray, Jr.** DUI/DWI DEFENSE WRIGHT CONNER & WINTERS ABSHIRE, HOUSTON Sarah E. Fry, Robert J. Stokes ATTORNEYS SCHEINER LAW GROUP DENTONS Grant M. Scheiner T. David Cowart Bellaire, TX 713.783.8998 | page 33 Molly Dear Abshire, FIGARI & DAVENPORT Andrew G. Jubinsky* Wesley E. Wright SCHNEIDER & MCKINNEY 713.660.9595 W. Troy McKinney GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL T. Mark Edwards TRICHTER & MURPHY Doug Murphy, J. Gary Trichter HAYNES AND BOONE LUBBOCK George W. Bramblett, Jr.*, John M. PI-YI G. MAYO SAN ANTONIO Collins, Charles F. Plenge, Susan Pi-Yi G. Mayo A. Wetzel JOHN F. CARROLL John F. Carroll HUNTON & WILLIAMS SAN ANTONIO L. Scott Austin LAW OFFICES OF GEORGE A. K.T. WHITEHEAD SCHARMEN Kathleen T. Whitehead JACKSON WALKER George A. Scharmen James Robert Griffin, Scott M. SCHOENBAUM, CURPHY & SCANLAN McElhaney* MARK STEVENS Patricia F. Sitchler Mark Stevens JAMES M. KLANCNIK James M. Klancnik** EMINENT DOMAIN & EDUCATION LAW CONDEMNATION LAW JONES DAY Alan S. Miller, Gary G. Short AUSTIN AUSTIN K&L GATES BRIM, ARNETT, ROBINETT, CONNERS & BARRON & ADLER Erin Turley MCCORMICK Stephen I. Adler, Michael M. Barron KAREN K. SUHRE Richard L. Arnett, Jefferson K. JACKSON WALKER Karen K. Suhre Brim III Robert B. Neblett III LAW OFFICES OF ALAN W. HARRIS LAW OFFICE OF TIGER HANNER Alan W. Harris* Karl Tiger Hanner DALLAS THE FOWLER LAW FIRM BROWN, DEAN, WISEMAN, PROCTOR, LOCKE LORD Stuart M. Bumpas, E. Philip Bush, Laura Fowler HART & HOWELL Raymond E. LaDriere II*, Stefan Richard W. Wiseman WALSH, ANDERSON, GALLEGOS, P. Smith GREEN & TREVIÑO LAW OFFICE OF JOSEPH H. STALEY MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS James R. Walsh Joseph Hardin Staley, Jr. John A. Kober BEAUMONT NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT WELLS, PEYTON, GREENBERG & HUNT Barry W. Cowan Tanner T. Hunt, Jr.

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MORE THAN THREE DECADES OF LEGAL PRACTICE AND NEARLY 300 TRIALS HAVE MADE DAN COGDELL A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH IN THE COURTROOM Dan Cogdell is a criminal defense attorney who loves a good fight. As his 32 years of legal practice have amply demonstrated, Cogdell prides himself on his willingness to try cases. And his success in a multitude of courtrooms across the country has been well documented. “I’ve always believed I could get a better result from trying a case than I can from pleading a client guilty in a case,” Cogdell says. “Generally, people hire me because they want their cases tried; and by now, I’ve tried as many federal cases and complex cases as just about anybody else in the state, if not the country.” Cogdell has personally handled nearly 300 trials over his career, trying cases to verdict in more than 16 states and 50 different venues. He has successfully represented doctors, police officers, lawyers, mayors, judges, and politicians in cases involving white-collar crime, grand jury investigations, health care fraud, environmental crime, and banking and securities fraud. “Over the years, my focus has become somewhat narrower, where I now do more white-collar work with a focus on federal cases,” Cogdell says. “We look for cases that involve complex prosecutions but with a central or direct defense—simply put, I’m handling a lot more federal fraud matters, such as mortgage fraud, bank fraud, and Medicare and Medicaid fraud cases.” After founding his boutique practice, the Cogdell Law Firm, in 1988, Cogdell became particularly well known for defending clients accused of bank or mortgage fraud. For example, as the lead lawyer in the Oxford Funding trial, he

represented the CEO of Oxford Funding, who was indicted for conspiracy, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, wire fraud, and false statements. After nearly a month in trial, the United States District Judge dismissed all the charges, ruling that the prosecution not only failed to sustain their burden of proof but had also engaged in prosecutorial misconduct. Cogdell’s other highprofile successes include Dan Codgell representing Enron accountant Sheila Kahanek in the Enron-Merrill Lynch people,” Cogdell notes. Trial, for which he obtained the At 57 years old, Cogdell sole acquittal of that or any other continues to handle some Enron trial. He also secured of the most compelling and an acquittal for Dr. Stanislaw difficult cases in the region. His Burzynski, an alternative cancer passionate closing arguments physician who was charged are renowned throughout the with 41 counts of contempt as legal community, and he credits well as fraud. More recently, he his enduring courtroom success successfully resolved one of the to an emphasis on clarity and largest economic fraud cases of credibility over legal rhetoric. the past few years, representing THERE’S NO BETTER FEELING Laura Pendergest-Holt, the chief THAN BEING ABLE TO MAKE investment officer at Stanford A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN Financial Group and the first THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO executive charged in the major TRULY DESERVE IT. SEC investigation of fraudulence at R. Allen Stanford’s financial “What has helped me get companies. consistent results is an emphasis A watershed moment in on explaining complex defenses Cogdell’s career came in the to jurors in a way where they can mid-1990s, when he achieved understand and accept those an acquittal for a client in the defenses,” Cogdell says. “Too murder trial for one of 11 Branch many lawyers try to ‘persuade Davidians following the siege and convince’ as opposed to of their compound near Waco, offering proper explanation, and Texas, in 1993. “Through the it is a lot easier to get the results Branch Davidian trials I saw you’re looking for if a jury is firsthand how vital competent both empathetic to your client’s criminal defense counsel is to position and it makes basic sense the legal system—that case to them.” really represented the specter of Given his expertise, Cogdell an out-of-control government has earned a reputation as unleashing its fury on innocent an authority in the criminal

defense field. A fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, he frequently lectures on trial tactics for a variety of organizations and institutions, including the State Bar of Texas and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as for seminars across the country, including speaking last year at Harvard Law School. His peers also selected him as Best Lawyers’ Houston Lawyer of the Year for white-collar criminal defense in 2011. In 2014, he was named the “Impact Alumni of the Year” by his alma mater, the South Texas College of Law. “In looking back on my career, I know that through my firm’s work we have been able to help many clients who were absolutely innocent of the charges against them,” Cogdell says. “And ultimately, there’s no better feeling than being able to make a positive difference in the lives of people who truly deserve it. The practice of criminal defense is often difficult, but helping deserving people through what is probably the most challenging period in their life makes it all worth it.” www.bestlawyers.com | 21


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Daniel Sciano Steps Up to Fight for the Injured AN OIL BOOM GIVES RISE TO LITIGATION IN SOUTH TEXAS

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ith the development of the Eagle Ford Shale—a 400-mile-long, 50-mile-wide oil and gas geological formation just south of San Antonio—a burst of economic activity is changing the face of South Texas. For years, the Eagle Ford Shale wasn’t considered a viable oil territory. But advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking—where a pressurized mixture of water, sand, and chemicals is injected into the underground rock layer to release fossil fuels—made the previously unattainable oil and gas accessible while unleashing a host of environmental and safety concerns. “This discovery has been a game changer in the region. It’s a phenomenal job creator and it has allowed the U.S. government to claim that we’re on the path to energy independence,” says Daniel J.T. Sciano, director of the personal injury law firm Tinsman & Sciano, Inc. “But the downside to this drilling activity is that the Wild West has returned to the oil and gas business. “Commercial vehicle transport associated with drilling and well site service activities, coupled with the construction of a vast array of oil and gas pipelines, has Daniel J.T. Sciano put tremendous stress on local communities, turning handled product safety issues, automobile wrecks, and probate their roads, which were not designed for such a high volume of large commercial vehicles, into washboards,” Sciano matters throughout his career. He has a national reputation for his work on behalf of small children and elderly adults who have observes. “The rush to get wells spudded before an oil and gas lease been catastrophically injured or killed as a result of stove tip-over expires has resulted in horrendous violations at well sites and accidents. Tinsman & Sciano’s proximity to military bases has also on county highways; and as a result, we’ve seen a staggering increase in the number of claims provided Daniel with particular experience in Federal Tort Claims OUR OVERARCHING GOAL IS involving trucking and drilling Act cases—lawsuits against the federal government for injuries caused by government agencies. Recently, Sciano settled a case operations.” TO CONFRONT INSTANCES with the federal government on behalf of a man who sustained A litigator for more than WHERE, BECAUSE THERE’S MONEY TO BE MADE, SAFETY 30 years, Sciano has dedicated catastrophic burns during a military recruitment exercise when a significant portion of his the recruiters’ portable climbing wall hit an overhead power line. TAKES A BACKSEAT. “The kind of work we do may depend on the day of the week, practice to issues stemming from oil field servicing and drilling operations. Many of his cases but our overarching goal is to confront instances where, because involve truck wrecks that occur during the transport of persons, there’s money to be made, safety takes a backseat,” Sciano says. equipment, or products to or from drill sites. He also advocates With his diverse practice, Sciano describes his philosophy as, for oil drilling and oil refinery workers who have suffered work- “Have lawsuit? Will travel.” Where defendants have caused harm, he is tenacious about persuading them to acknowledge their related injuries. In addition to injury cases, Tinsman & Sciano works jointly responsibility. Sciano has been named by Woodward/White, Inc. as one of The with other firms in handling oil and gas mineral rights disputes involving commercial trustees charged with prudently managing Best Lawyers in America every year since 1995 and named as a Best trust estates. “Tremendous losses can be sustained by beneficiaries Lawyers’ San Antonio Lawyer of the Year for plaintiffs’ personal of trust estates as a result of conflicts of interest, as well as the injury litigation in both 2010 and 2012. Sciano has also been failure to follow duties of loyalty or to use due diligence in the recognized in Super Lawyers, as published by Thomson Reuters in Texas Monthly, as one of the 2013 Top 100 Super Lawyers in handling of those trust estates,” Sciano says. Sciano, who is board certified in both civil trial law and personal the state of Texas and as one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in the injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, has Central & West Texas Regions in 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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ver more than four decades of practicing law, noted trial lawyer Donald E. Godwin has represented countless clients in high-stakes, complex litigation involving oil and gas matters, environmental issues, fiduciary duties, will contests, business torts, and major family law issues. Today, the firm he founded in 1980, Godwin Lewis PC, has a national reputation for its thorough preparation, tireless dedication, and successful trial and appellate work on behalf of Fortune 500 and middle-market industry leaders. And Godwin shows no sign of slowing down. “As the lead trial lawyer for Halliburton in all civil litigation concerning BP’s Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, I’m handling one of the most significant litigation battles of my career,” Godwin says. “For the past four years, my time has been almost exclusively devoted to defending Halliburton in that litigation. This litigation has brought some of the finest trial lawyers in the United States together to litigate in New Orleans over the responsibility for this disaster which has resulted in the largest environmental litigation ever filed in the United States.” Godwin and his firm are currently awaiting a ruling from U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier over the first two phases of the consolidated trial against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and other companies. Depending upon that ruling, Godwin and his firm could find themselves in court in New Orleans and possibly other venues for quite some time. “I continue to be excited each and every day about leading a firm where the principal objective is helping our clients

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find solutions to their legal problems,” Godwin says. “And with the Halliburton case, I find that I’m as energized now in my practice as I’ve ever been.” Previously, Godwin has represented such high-profile clients as Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys, Ross Perot Sr., Exxon Mobil Corp., Texaco Inc., Texas Capital Bank, Bank of America, and Mary Kay Cosmetics. He has served as a trial lawyer for Halliburton and its affiliates on major Donald E. Godwin litigation across the United States for about “If we didn’t have as many two decades. Indeed, talented and experienced he represented Halliburton in lawyers in our firm, it would be its historic asbestos and silica litigation, for which he negotiated very difficult for me to serve as the lead lawyer for Halliburton the global settlement of in the BP litigation,” Godwin approximately 382,000 asbestos says. “In litigation of this claims in just under a year. complexity, magnitude and “We’ve always had a strong importance, you simply need and valued relationship with many outstanding lawyers to Halliburton, and the company combat the excellent lawyers has historically called upon our representing the plaintiffs, BP firm when it has very serious and Transocean, all of whom are litigation needs,” Godwin says. at odds with one another.” Godwin adds: “There are I CONTINUE TO BE EXCITED EACH AND EVERY DAY ABOUT larger law firms that are full service, but the trial and appellate LEADING A FIRM WHERE THE departments at most of the large PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVE IS firms in the country don’t have as HELPING OUR CLIENTS FIND many lawyers as we do.” SOLUTIONS TO THEIR LEGAL In 2011, Godwin Lewis PROBLEMS. joined forces with respected family law Judge Marilea Lewis, Godwin Lewis is the sole who had recently returned to firm representing Halliburton private practice. Lewis, who is in the BP oil-spill civil litigation. board certified in family law Godwin notes that Godwin by the Texas Board of Legal Lewis has been able to meet the Specialization, has in just two challenges presented by this years significantly developed unique case because of the firm’s the firm’s family law section, considerable size—it currently becoming a named shareholder consists of about 70 trial and at the firm. In 2013, she was also appellate lawyers.

named managing shareholder and chief operating officer of Godwin Lewis. “To my knowledge, there are no other law firms in Texas with 70-plus lawyers that have a woman’s name on the letterhead,” Godwin says. “And Marilea has brought to this firm her reputation and expertise as one of the most highly regarded, sought-after family lawyers in the state.” Godwin and Judge Lewis have both been included in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, along with attorneys Carolyn R. Raines and George R. Carlton, Jr. For several years, Godwin has been recognized in Who’s Who in Energy by the American City Business Journals; and in 2003 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, SMU Dedman School of Law. He is also board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a member of the invitationonly American Board of Trial Advocates. www.bestlawyers.com | 25


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Advocacy in All Forums Thirty years after the founding of powerhouse litigation boutique Bickel & Brewer, the firm has become as well known for its track record as it has for its unique advocacy model. The firm has developed a practice that operates in the forums of law, business, politics, and media. The results of that unique advocacy model were evident earlier this year. In March, the firm’s community service affiliate, the Bickel & Brewer Storefront, achieved a decisive victory in a closely watched immigration case, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a lower-court ruling in City of Farmers Branch v. Villas at Parkside Partners. The decision left in place a decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which declared unconstitutional a 2008 rental ordinance passed by the City of Farmers Branch that would have allowed local authorities to screen renters based on their immigration status. “We believed the city was demonstrating hostility toward the Latino community through an unconstitutional ordinance,” says Brewer of the controversy, which attracted the attention of legal scholars, civil rights leaders, and media outlets nationwide. “One of the things we are most proud of is that this ordinance was never in effect— not even for a single day.” The outcome is testament to Bickel & Brewer’s practice philosophy. The firm challenged the ordinance in court, coordinated opposition from a grassroots coalition, and engineered a public relations campaign to inform the public about the unlawful and harmful effects of the proposed ordinance. Newspaper editorial boards

BICKEL & BREWER’S PIONEERING APPROACH TO ADVOCACY YIELDS IMPRESSIVE RESULTS IN BOTH HIGH-STAKES LITIGATION AND COMMUNITY IMPACT CASES across the nation endorsed the firm’s position. “We challenged this measure in every forum imaginable,” Brewer says. “Whether it was in the courtroom or in the court of public opinion, we never stopped advocating on behalf of our clients and those who joined us in opposing this pernicious measure.” Partner James Renard helped lead the firm’s opposition to the ordinance. As a long-time partner in the firm, Renard has a unique perspective James S. Renard and William A. Brewer III on the case and its business to Sweden’s Meda AB. impacts on the legal Meda AB sought damages in and political landscape. excess of $200 million. Following “We hope the lessons a bench trial, Manhattan U.S. learned in Farmers Branch will District Judge Alison Nathan make clear to lawmakers and ruled in 3M’s favor, finding that politicians across the nation that 3M did not breach its implied immigration is the province of covenant of good faith and fair the federal government,” says dealing or any of the warranties Renard. “What happened in this of a 2006 sales agreement. community is a lesson for others that may be considering similar AT THE END OF THE DAY, unconstitutional measures.” THE JOY OF THIS JOB IS The Farmers Branch HAVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO litigation is just one of many ADVOCATE FOR THE CLIENTS notable cases that Bickel & AND ISSUES IN WHICH YOU Brewer successfully resolved TRULY BELIEVE. last year. With its reputation as Also in 2013, Bickel & a “go-to firm” for companies in Brewer successfully represented high-stakes situations, Bickel insurance executive Larry Anders & Brewer has developed one of and Summit Alliance Financial the country’s most successful in an insurance dispute brought practices in the area of bet-theby T. Boone Pickens and Cowboy business litigation, representing Athletics over claims that they Fortune 500 companies and had been defrauded out of leading entrepreneurs. millions of dollars in connection For example, in 2013, the with the Gift of a Lifetime firm successfully defended 3M insurance program. With Company against claims of millions of dollars of insurance breach of contract and fraud coverage in controversy, a threearising from 3M’s sale of its judge panel of the 5th Circuit European pharmaceutical

Court of Appeals agreed with the position advanced by Bickel & Brewer and dismissed the claims. Bickel & Brewer continues to utilize its unique advocacy model in a wide range of corporate and communityimpact cases. Recently, the Storefront undertook pro bono representation of Jim’s Shoe Repair in New York City. Jim’s is a fourth-generation family-owned business entangled in a real estate dispute that may force it from the iconic location it has called home since 1940. The local community has rallied to save Jim’s, and the dispute has captured headlines across New York. “This store is a treasure to the community and all of New York City,” says Brewer, a long-time Jim’s patron. “We want to represent the interests of the business and family in every forum that is available to them. At the end of the day, the joy of this job is having an opportunity to advocate for the clients and issues in which you truly believe.” www.bestlawyers.com | 27


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MIZE MINCES Katherine T. Mize (EM, LE*) MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS EL PASO A. John Harper II (EM, LE*, LM), KEMP SMITH Nancy L. Patterson (EM, LE*, LM) Clara Burns (EM, LE*, LM), Charles NEEL INTERESTS C. High, Jr. (EM, LE*, LM), Michael D. James M. Neel (EM, LE*, LM) McQueen (EM, LE*, LM) NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT KERN LAW FIRM Shauna Johnson Clark (EM, LM), David L. Kern (EI, LE*) Lawrence H. Clore (EM, LM), M. LAW OFFICES OF ENRIQUE MORENO Carter Crow (EM, LM), T.J. Wray Enrique Moreno (LE*) (EM, LE*, LM) MOUNCE, GREEN, MYERS, SAFI, OGDEN, GIBSON, BROOCKS, LONGORIA PAXSON & GALATZAN & HALL Mark D. Dore (LE*), Bruce A. Koehler Laura Gibson (EM, LE*) (EM, LE*) OGLETREE, DEAKINS, NASH, SMOAK SCOTTHULSE & STEWART Rosemary Morales Marin (EM, LM) Jeffrey C. Londa (EM, LE*, LM), Michael D. Mitchell (EM, LM) THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN A. WENKE John A. Wenke (EI) PATRICK M. FLYNN Patrick M. Flynn (EI, EM, LE*, LU) HOUSTON ROSENBERG & SPROVACH AHMAD, ZAVITSANOS, ANAIPAKOS, Gregg M. Rosenberg (EI) ALAVI & MENSING SCHWARTZ, JUNELL, GREENBERG & Joseph Y. Ahmad (LE*) OATHOUT BAKER HOSTETLER Richard A. Schwartz (LE*) Hurlie H. Collier (EM), Dennis SHADOW SLOAN ATTORNEY AT LAW P. Duffy (EM, LE*, LM), Edward Shadow Sloan (EM, LM) L. Friedman (EM, LM), Lisa H. Pennington (EM, LM) SHELLIST LAZARZ SLOBIN J. Alfred Southerland (EM, LM) BARBARA J. GARDNER Barbara J. Gardner (EI) SHOOK, HARDY & BACON Ethel J. Johnson (EM, LM) BECK REDDEN Thomas Ganucheau (LE*) STRONG PIPKIN BISSELL & LEDYARD Michael Hendryx (LE*) BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Jay R. Aldis (EM, LM), Amy Karff THE SCHARFMAN LAW FIRM Halevy (EM, LE*) Ian Scharfman (LE*) BRUCKNER BURCH TUCKER, BARNES, GARCIA & DE William H. Bruckner (EI, EM, LM), LA GARZA Richard J. Burch (EI, EM, LE*, LM) Eliot P. Tucker (EI, LE*) BUTLER & HARRIS VINSON & ELKINS Katherine L. Butler (EI), Margaret A. Douglas E. Hamel (EM, LM), W. Carl Harris (EI, LE*) Jordan (EM, LE*, LM), Thomas H. Wilson (EM, LE*, LM) CARTER & BACHYNSKY Darryl Kent Carter (EI) WARE, JACKSON, LEE & CHAMBERS Don Jackson (LE*) COZEN O’CONNOR A. Martin Wickliff, Jr. (EM, LM) YOUNGDAHL & CITTI Jay Thomas Youngdahl (LE*, LU) CRAIN, CATON & JAMES Juliann H. Panagos (EM, LE*) ZIMMERMAN, AXELRAD, MEYER, ELIZABETH PRATT STERN & WISE Elizabeth Pratt (EM, LE*) Brian Zimmerman (EM) 713.552.1234 | page 37 ERIC H. NELSON Eric H. Nelson (LE*, LU) LUBBOCK GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL JACKSON WALKER Neil Martin (EM) Donald W. Griffis (LE*) HAYNES AND BOONE Dean J. Schaner (EM) SAN ANTONIO HOOVER KERNELL BARTON, EAST & CALDWELL Diana L. Hoover (EM) Dawn B. Finlayson (EM, LE*, LM) HUGHES ROCH BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Kenneth D. Hughes (EI), Carolyn D. Leslie Selig Byrd (EM, LM), John A. Roch (EM) Ferguson, Jr. (EM, LE*, LM), James HUNTON & WILLIAMS H. Kizziar, Jr. (EM, LE*, LM, LU), J. Holly H. Williamson (EM, LE*) Tullos Wells (EM, LM) JACKSON LEWIS COX SMITH Joseph G. Galagaza (EM, LE*, LM), Ramon D. Bissmeyer (EM, LE*, LM), Teresa S. Valderrama (EM, LE*, Donna K. McElroy (EM, LM), Daniel LM), Ruthie N. White (EM) R. Stern (EI, EM, LE*, LM, LU) JACKSON WALKER FORTE & PITTARD Scott R. McLaughlin (EM, LE*, LM) R. Chris Pittard (EI) LAW OFFICE OF A.L. DENT III GAUL AND DUMONT A. L. Dent III (EM, LE*, LM) Kala Scott Dumont (EI, LE*), Malinda A. Gaul (EI) LAW OFFICE OF DENNIS HERLONG Dennis G. Herlong (EI) GLEN D. MANGUM Glen D. Mangum (EI, LE*) LAW OFFICE OF R. MICHAEL MOORE Robert Michael Moore (EM, LE*, LM) GRAVELY & PEARSON Matthew R. Pearson (EI) LITTLER MENDELSON Katherine E. Flanagan (EM), Linda HARKINS, LATIMER AND DAHL O. Headley (EM, LE*), G. Mark Thad Harkins (EI, EM, LM) Jodon (EM, LM), David B. Jordan HAYNES AND BOONE (EM, LE*), Kerry E. Notestine Laura E. O’Donnell (LE*) (EM, LE*, LM), Victoria Martin JEFFREY A. GOLDBERG (THE LAW Phipps (LE*) OFFICE OF) LOCKE LORD Jeffrey A. Goldberg (EI) William John Bux (EM, LE*, LM), KATZMAN & KATZMAN Hanna Fister Norvell (EM) Alex L. Katzman (EI, LE*) MARTIN, DISIERE, JEFFERSON & LANG LAW FIRM WISDOM Sylvan S. Lang, Jr. (EI) Elizabeth M. Kroger (EM, LM), W. Jackson Wisdom (EM, LM) MEYER MOSER LANG Theodore D. Meyer (EM, LE*)

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LANGLEY & BANACK David M. Evans (LE*) LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL R. LATIMER Michael R. Latimer (EI, EM, LE*, LM, LU) LAW OFFICES OF ARTHUR NICHOLSON Arthur C. Nicholson III (EI, EM, LE*) NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Mario A. Barrera (EM, LE*, LM), Philip J. Pfeiffer (EM, LM) OGLETREE, DEAKINS, NASH, SMOAK & STEWART Robert E. Bettac (EM, LE*, LM), E. Burke Huber (EM), Lawrence D. Smith (EM, LM) SCHMOYER REINHARD Judy K. Jetelina (EM, LE*, LM), Christine E. Reinhard (EM, LE*, LM), Shannon Schmoyer (EM, LM) THE GALO LAW FIRM Michael V. Galo, Jr. (EM, LE*) THE RAPP LAW FIRM Robert A. Rapp, Jr. (EM, LM)

TYLER CAPSHAW DERIEUX S. Calvin Capshaw (LE*) STUCKEY, GARRIGAN & CASTETTER Timothy B. Garrigan (EI)

LAND USE & ZONING LAW * Litigation Only ** Litigation & Practice area

AUSTIN ARMBRUST & BROWN David B. Armbrust, Richard T. Suttle, Jr. MCLEAN & HOWARD Jeffrey S. Howard

DALLAS JACKSON WALKER William S. Dahlstrom**, Susan Mead** SHUPE VENTURA LINDELOW & OLSON Dwight Ike A. Shupe** WINSTEAD Arthur J. Anderson, Barry R. Knight, Kirk R. Williams**

HOUSTON ANDREWS KURTH Robert J. Collins** BLANK ROME Barry Abrams* VINSON & ELKINS Larry W. Nettles

LEGAL MALPRACTICE LAW D Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; P Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs

AUSTIN BYRD DAVIS FURMAN & ALDEN Don L. Davis (P) FISH & RICHARDSON William Jacks (D, P) GEORGE BROTHERS KINCAID & HORTON D. Douglas Brothers (P) SCOTT, DOUGLASS & MCCONNICO Stephen E. McConnico (D) SPIVEY & GRIGG Broadus A. Spivey (D, P)

JACKSON WALKER Mark T. Josephs (D), Robert F. Ruckman (D) JOHNSTON TOBEY Coyt Randal Johnston Sr. (D), Robert Tobey (D) K&L GATES Robert H. Mow, Jr. (D) KEITH LAW FIRM Darrell Lee Keith (P) KONING RUBARTS Paul M. Koning (D) SHANNON, GRACEY, RATLIFF & MILLER Kleber C. Miller (D) SHUFORD LAW FIRM David W. Shuford (P) VINSON & ELKINS George M. Kryder (D)

HOUSTON BECK REDDEN David J. Beck (D), Michael Richardson (D) GIBBS & BRUNS Robin C. Gibbs (D), Barrett H. Reasoner (D) NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Reagan M. Brown (D), Robert S. Harrell (D) TEKELL, BOOK, ALLEN & MORRIS Kenneth Tekell, Sr. (D)

LUBBOCK RINEY & MAYFIELD Thomas C. Riney (D)

SAN ANTONIO CLEMENS & SPENCER George H. Spencer, Jr. (D) MARK LOUIS GREENWALD Mark L. Greenwald (P) PLUNKETT & GIBSON Allen Lewin Plunkett (D) THORNTON, BIECHLIN, SEGRATO, REYNOLDS & GUERRA Robert R. Biechlin, Jr. (D), Richard J. Reynolds III (D)

LEISURE & HOSPITALITY LAW DALLAS GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Kevin L. Kelley, Clifford J. Risman

LEVERAGED BUYOUTS & PRIVATE EQUITY LAW AUSTIN WINSTEAD J. Rowland Cook

DALLAS BAKER & MCKENZIE Ted S. Schweinfurth BAKER BOTTS Geoffrey L. Newton GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Larry L. Schoenbrun GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER R. Jay Tabor WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES Glenn D. West

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BAKER BOTTS Andrew M. Baker, Theodore W. Paris, Felix P. Phillips, Jr. DALLAS BRACEWELL & GIULIANI BAKER BOTTS Thomas D. Manford III Timothy W. Mountz (D), Calvin R. MAYER BROWN Phelan II (D) Robert F. Gray, Jr. BURFORD & RYBURN NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Robert F. Begert (D) Charles D. Powell, Edward E. CARRINGTON, COLEMAN, SLOMAN & Rhyne Jr. BLUMENTHAL James E. Coleman, Jr. (D, P), Fletcher WINSTEAD R. Clyde Parker, Jr. L. Yarbrough (D) COBB MARTINEZ WOODWARD William D. Cobb, Jr. (D) COWLES & THOMPSON James E. Cowles (D) HAYNES AND BOONE George W. Bramblett, Jr. (D)

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GERMER GERTZ Missy K. Atwood (D), Mark T. Beaman (D) NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Yvonne K. Puig (D), Terry O. Tottenham (D) WHITEHURST, HARKNESS, BREES & CHENG William O. Whitehurst (P)

BENCKENSTEIN & OXFORD Hubert Oxford III (P) ORGAIN, BELL & TUCKER S. Donean Surratt (D) CORPUS CHRISTI STRONG PIPKIN BISSELL & LEDYARD THE EDWARDS LAW FIRM Michael L. Baker (D), Michael T. William R. Edwards (P) Bridwell (D), Greg M. Dykeman (D), DALLAS David W. Ledyard (D) ALDOUS LAW FIRM CORPUS CHRISTI Charla G. Aldous (P) BRANSCOMB BRYAN CAVE James H. Robichaux (D) Walter A. Herring (D) DALLAS HALL & HEYGOOD Thomas G. Hall, Jr. (P) BARON & BUDD Paul Scott Summy (P) KEITH LAW FIRM Darrell Lee Keith (P) DEHAY & ELLISTON Gary D. Elliston (D) LAW OFFICES OF FRANK L. BRANSON Frank L. Branson (P) K&L GATES James A. Lowery (D) MCMAHON SUROVIK SUTTLE Stephen H. Suttle (D) PETROFF & ASSOCIATES Kip A. Petroff (P) MILLER WEISBROD ROSE WALKER Max E. Freeman (P), Les Weisbrod Martin E. Rose (P) (P) 214.987.0005 | page 16 THE SCHMIDT FIRM C. L. Mike Schmidt (P), Michael E. SLACK & DAVIS Schmidt (P) Paula Fisette Sweeney (P) HOUSTON STINNETT & MASTERS Mark A. Stinnett (D) AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD James Wetwiska (D) STINNETT THIEBAUD & REMINGTON Stan Thiebaud (D) BAKER BOTTS Richard L. Josephson (D) THE SCHMIDT FIRM FERNELIUS ALVAREZ Michael E. Schmidt (P) Stephen M. Fernelius (D) EL PASO GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL ALFONSO L. MELENDEZ J. Palmer Hutcheson (D) Alfonso Melendez (P) KING & SPALDING EVELINA ORTEGA LAW OFFICE Robert E. Meadows (D) Evelina Ortega (P) LAMINACK PIRTLE & MARTINES MICHAEL D. VOLK Richard N. Laminack (P) Michael D. Volk (P) LISKOW & LEWIS MIRANDA & BOYAKI Michael P. Cash (D) Walter Louis Boyaki (P) NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Otway B. Denny, Jr. (D), Stephen C. MOUNCE, GREEN, MYERS, SAFI, PAXSON & GALATZAN Dillard (D), Gerry Lowry (D), William H. Keith Myers (D) D. Wood (D) SCHICK & COPELAND RAY, MCCHRISTIAN & JEANS Morgan Lee Copeland, Jr. (D) David S. Jeans (D) STRONG PIPKIN BISSELL & LEDYARD WINDLE, HOOD, ALLEY, NORTON, John G. Bissell (D) BRITTAIN & JAY Gary A. Norton (D) TEKELL, BOOK, ALLEN & MORRIS Kenneth Tekell, Sr. (D) HOUSTON THE BOUDREAUX LAW FIRM ABRAHAM, WATKINS, NICHOLS, Olan J. Boudreaux (P) SORRELS, AGOSTO & FRIEND THE LANIER LAW FIRM Randall Sorrels (P) W. Mark Lanier (P) BARBARA ANN RADNOFSKY THOMPSON & KNIGHT Barbara Ann Radnofsky (D, P) Ricky A. Raven (D) BEIRNE, MAYNARD & PARSONS VINSON & ELKINS Thomas P. Sartwelle (D) Robert M. Schick (D) BOSTON & HUGHES VORYS, SATER, SEYMOUR AND PEASE James R. Boston, Jr. (D) David A. Oliver (D) CARDWELL & CHANG WARE, JACKSON, LEE & CHAMBERS Suzan K. Cardwell (D) Don Jackson (D, P) COOKSEY & MARCIN WILLIAMS KHERKHER HART BOUNDAS Curry L. Cooksey (D) John Eddie Williams, Jr. (P) FISHER, BOYD, BROWN & HUGUENARD WINSTON & STRAWN Larry P. Boyd (P), Wayne Fisher (P) Paula W. Hinton (D) HARTLEY HAMPTON Hartley Hampton (P) SAN ANTONIO NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT HENKE LAW FIRM Robert G. Newman (D, P) Marion Woodrow Kruse Jr. (D) JOHNSON, TRENT, WEST & TAYLOR MEDIA LAW Brian P. Johnson (D) LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL Y. SAUNDERS AUSTIN Michael Y. Saunders (P) JACKSON WALKER LEYH PAYNE & MALLIA Lawrence A. Waks Michael P. Mallia (P) MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW MCGEHEE CHANG, BARNES Jack E. McGehee (P) D Medical Malpractice – Defendants; P Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs MITHOFF LAW FIRM Richard Warren Mithoff (P) AUSTIN NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT FISH & RICHARDSON Charles W. Hurd (D), David R. Iler William Jacks (P) (D), Robert J. Swift (D)

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or trial attorney Frank L. Branson, the past two years have been marked by a number of milestones in what is already a storied legal career. In 2013, he received the Texas Lawyer VerdictSearch Lifetime Achievement Honor after obtaining two of the top Texas recoveries for 2012. And in 2014, his peers selected him as Best Lawyers’ Dallas Lawyer of the Year for plaintiffs’ medical malpractice law (he was previously named a Dallas Lawyer of the Year in 2012 for plaintiffs’ product liability litigation). In many ways, these recognitions prove the efficacy of Branson’s law firm model, which has evolved over the past decade to meet the challenges of a posttort reform court system. “I’ve represented individual tort victims since the beginning of my career, and my approach has always been to provide discerning, flexible, and responsive service for our clients,” says Branson, who founded his firm in 1978. While Branson’s focus remains on representing people who have been seriously injured, he has also built a thriving business litigation practice, which he notes was in part a response to the Texas Legislature capping damages in the state’s medical malpractice lawsuits. “For years I had considered taking on some contingent fee commercial cases, and when tort reform came along in 2003, we decided to branch out into that area using the courtroom skills and experience gained by our law firm in high-profile personal injury matters,” Branson explains. Since then, Branson has continued to serve victims of dangerous products, commercial airplane crashes, gas explosions, electrical burns, medical

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negligence, major trucking accidents, and industrial catastrophes. But he has also become known for his dynamic representation of companies and corporate representatives in highstakes business disputes. “No matter who our clients are, we make a point of treating them fairly and putting as much elbow grease into our work as they do into their jobs, and so far that has been successful for us,” Branson says. “For more than four decades now we have represented the rights of victims in torts, and though we have been doing this for many years, we’re still passionate about representing our clients and ensuring that they are fairly compensated for their injuries.” Indeed, Branson has consistently distinguished himself with many sevenand eight-figure verdicts and settlements over the years. And in 2012, he was singled out by VerdictSearch for having two of the largest outcomes in very different practice areas: not only did Branson obtain the largest product liability settlement in Texas for 2012, but that year he also achieved the largest verdict for a case involving business law in Texas. In the product liability case, Branson secured a $34 million settlement on behalf of two members of the Dallas Cowboys’ coaching staff, who were seriously injured when the team’s practice facility collapsed during a thunderstorm in 2009. In the business case, Branson and his trial team obtained a $10.6 million verdict for a North Dallas neurologist in a contract and fiduciary breach dispute over revenue stemming from the ownership of several medical imaging facilities. Currently, Branson is handling a number of high-

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profile cases, including representing the family of a Dallas grandmother who was killed when she was thrown from her seat on the Texas Giant rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Texas. He is also representing the family of an elderly woman who died and four others who were seriously injured after the bus taking them to the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla., crashed on an Irving highway.

WE’RE STILL PASSIONATE ABOUT REPRESENTING OUR CLIENTS AND ENSURING THAT THEY ARE FAIRLY COMPENSATED FOR THEIR INJURIES. Joining Branson in these cases is a staff that comprises an investigator, nurse, medical illustrator, computer-generated graphics professional, and a videographer. The firm’s experienced team of trial lawyers, meanwhile, includes Branson’s wife, Debbie Dudley Branson,

who focuses on building litigation strategies through the use of focus groups, jury consulting, and witness preparation. Given this expertise, Branson’s firm has been ranked Tier 1 in Dallas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2014 for commercial litigation and plaintiffs’ medical malpractice law, plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, plaintiffs’ product liability litigation, and plaintiffs’ professional malpractice law. “We’ve been fortunate to receive a significant amount of peer recognition for the work we’ve done; but more importantly, we’ve been able to help a lot of people, not to mention companies that have been wronged and substantially damaged,” Branson observes. “And while you can’t replace loved ones, it’s rewarding to help clients recover sufficient damages to put their lives back together and plan for the future.” www.bestlawyers.com | 29


TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE / REGULATORY LAW Molly J. Cagle Dee J. Kelly, Jr.

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION Paul F. Ferguson, Jr. James N. Haltom

ADMIRALTY & MARITIME LAW James R. Watkins

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HOUSTON You could say that Susan Bickley is an expert in how local laws work. She’d have to be, given her specialty as a litigator for municipalities throughout Texas. For the past three decades, Bickley, a partner at Blank Rome LLP, has successfully defended cities and their public officials facing unique legal challenges, from employment and discrimination matters to whistleblower claims. “Cities by and large face the same challenges that businesses face,” says Bickley, the 2010 and 2011 recipient of the President’s Award from the Houston Bar Association. “But their obligation to their citizens and the public at large requires a level of sensitivity in how you defend them. There are also always constitutional issues lurking in the background so those need to be taken into account as well.” It’s this ability to integrate legal acumen with a dose of common sense and sensitivity that is perhaps the most important tool that Bickley—who knew she would become an attorney after a business-law class during undergrad at UT—utilizes on a day-to-day basis. “In absolutely everything I do, I have to be aware that I’m taking a position on behalf of a public entity that has to answer to its citizens,” says Bickley, a seasoned trial lawyer whose first experience in the courtroom was to win a directed verdict. “You have to bring a special ability to perceive how the public at large would respond to the litigation.”

S A N A N T O NI O You could say that Strasburger & Price partner Cynthia Day Grimes got into medical malpractice defense for somewhat personal reasons. “My father was a health care provider and my first husband was a medical doctor,” says Grimes, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers who has tried some 70 jury trials over the course of her career. “It was my ‘in’.” But there weren’t a huge number of attorneys in the San Antonio area practicing in the field when she started out, so Grimes—a political science major who knew she wanted to become a litigator as soon as she entered law school—plunged into the practice headfirst, defending doctors and hospitals in a range of malpractice and other claims. “Over the years, I’ve tried cases and handled litigation for all kinds of health care providers, pharmacies, surgical centers, device manufacturers, dialysis centers, nursing homes, and so on,” says Grimes, who started trying courtroom cases practically out of the gate. “It’s quite a broad range.” But regardless of the type of case, Grimes does the same thing each and every time— and that’s to trust her gut feeling about it from the outset. “I always ask myself what 12 jurors would think,” she notes. “Is this something I can take in front of a jury?” It’s a strategy that has served Grimes— and the clients she represents—well. “My clients come to me really very upset about the circumstances that have brought them into my office,” she says. “It’s the worst thing, professionally, that could possibly happen to them. It’s a real challenge and a real reward to help them through the process—whether we settle or go in front of a jury.”

E L PA S O Attorney Michael McQueen recalls the exact moment he wanted to become a labor and employment lawyer representing management. His mother had credited his early interest in the law to hours spent in front of the television watching Perry Mason flay courtroom opponents, and while he was in law school, he took a course by a professor who was unabashedly pro-labor. “It infuriated me,” recalls McQueen with a laugh. “I would do the outside reading just so I could argue with him in class.” At one point, McQueen—a partner with the vaunted El Paso firm of Kemp Smith LLP— went to the professor, who eventually ended up on the Fifth Circuit, and asked if a stint with the National Labor Relations Board would be a good way to kick off his legal career. “He said, ‘Mr. McQueen, the Board is there to protect the worker; you are ready for corporate America,’” says McQueen, a prolific speaker and former chair of the State Bar of Texas’ Labor and Employment Law Section. “So that’s the direction I went in.” Today, McQueen solely represents employers (with most of his clients falling in the mid-sized range, with somewhere between 50 and 300 employees) on virtually any matter pertaining to labor and employment. And while he might be a seasoned litigator with serious courtroom chops, McQueen’s practice is about a lot more than just handling cases that end up at trial. “I do a lot of counseling and advising of folks who don’t want to get sued,” says McQueen. “It’s about talking things out on the front end rather than the back end. That kind of partnering with clients and learning their businesses makes it a fascinating practice.” www.bestlawyers.com | 31


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THORNTON, BIECHLIN, SEGRATO, REYNOLDS & GUERRA Robert L. Guerra (D) TONY PLETCHER Anthony E. Pletcher (D, P)

SHANNON, GRACEY, RATLIFF & MILLER Randall E. Betty (D), Kleber C. Miller (D) SLACK & DAVIS John S. Jose (P), Ladd C. Sanger (P), Paula Fisette Sweeney (P) SOMMERMAN & QUESADA Alfred W. Ellis (D, P), George A. Quesada (P) STRADLEY & WRIGHT Edwin E. Wright III (D) THE DENT LAW FIRM Dwain Dent (P) THE SCHMIDT FIRM C. L. Mike Schmidt (P) THOMPSON & KNIGHT G. Luke Ashley (D), Frank Finn (D), John H. Martin (D) THOMPSON, COE, COUSINS & IRONS Randy Nelson (D) TOUCHSTONE BERNAYS Ronald W. Johnson (D) TURLEY LAW FIRM Linda Turley (P), Windle Turley (P) WATSON, CARAWAY, MIDKIFF & LUNINGHAM James W. Watson (D) WILSON ELSER MOSKOWITZ EDELMAN & DICKER John R. Henderson (D)

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ROBLES, BRACKEN, & HUGHES Ruben S. Robles (D) SCHERRLEGATE J. Roberto Oaxaca (P) WINDLE, HOOD, ALLEY, NORTON, BRITTAIN & JAY Jeffrey S. Alley (D), Eric M. Brittain (D)

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DOYLE RAIZNER Michael P. Doyle (P), Jeffrey L. Raizner (P) FISHER, BOYD, BROWN & HUGUENARD Larry P. Boyd (D, P), Wayne Fisher (P) GERMER GERTZ Barbara L. Hachenburg (D) GRAHAM HILL J. Graham Hill (D, P) GRAY REED & MCGRAW Kenneth D. Rhodes (D) HAYS, MCCONN, RICE & PICKERING Michael S. Hays (D) HUGHES WATTERS ASKANASE Carolyn A. Taylor (D) JAMAIL & KOLIUS Joseph D. Jamail (P) JOHANSON & FAIRLESS Randy L. Fairless (D), Geary Todd Taylor (D) KING & SPALDING Robert E. Meadows (D) LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL Y. SAUNDERS Michael Y. Saunders (P) LEYH PAYNE & MALLIA Michael P. Mallia (P) LOCKE LORD James R. Leahy (D, P) MCCORMICK, LANZA & MCNEEL Nicholas J. Lanza (D) MCGUIREWOODS Ronald G. Franklin (D, P) MCLEOD, ALEXANDER, POWEL & APFFEL James B. Galbraith (D) MICHAEL W. PERRIN Michael W. Perrin (P) MITHOFF LAW FIRM Sherie Potts Beckman (D, P), David H. Burrow (P), Richard Warren Mithoff (P) NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Otway B. Denny, Jr. (D), Stephen C. Dillard (D), Charles W. Hurd (D), Gerry Lowry (D) PERDUE & KIDD Jim M. Perdue, Sr. (P) PHILLIPS AKERS WOMAC Brock C. Akers (D), Michael Phillips (D, P), Terry M. Womac (D, P) PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN Samuel E. Stubbs (D) SCHICK & COPELAND Morgan Lee Copeland, Jr. (D) SHOOK, HARDY & BACON Gene M. Williams (D) SMITH ADAMS LAW FEEHAN R. Larry Adams (D) STRONG PIPKIN BISSELL & LEDYARD John G. Bissell (D), John W. Bridger (D), Michael Hendryx (D, P) SUSMAN GODFREY H. Lee Godfrey (P), Neal S. Manne (P), Harry P. Susman (D, P) SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN Steven L. Roberts (D) TEKELL, BOOK, ALLEN & MORRIS Bill Book, Jr. (D), Michael P. Morris (D), Kenneth Tekell, Sr. (D) THE AMMONS LAW FIRM Robert E. Ammons (P) THE BOUDREAUX LAW FIRM Olan J. Boudreaux (P) THE BROWN LAW FIRM Thomas K. Brown (P) THE GALLAGHER LAW FIRM Michael T. Gallagher (P) 713.238.7705 | page 13 THE KRIST LAW FIRM Ronald D. Krist (P), Scott C. Krist (P) THE LAW FIRM OF ALTON C. TODD Alton C. Todd (P) 281.992.8633 | page 37 THE LAW OFFICE OF KEVIN KRIST Kevin D. Krist (P)

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THE LAW OFFICES OF CRAIG EILAND A. Craig Eiland (P) THE VICKERY LAW FIRM Jim M. Perdue, Jr. (P) THE RIDDLE LAW FIRM Don R. Riddle (P) THOMPSON & KNIGHT J. Michael Bell (D), Jonathan B. Shoebotham (D) UZICK & ONCKEN Jeffrey H. Uzick (D) VINSON & ELKINS Robert M. Schick (D) WATT BECKWORTH THOMPSON HENNEMAN & SULLIVAN John B. Beckworth (D, P) WEINSTEIN TIPPETTS & LITTLE David R. Tippetts (D), David B. Weinstein (D) WRIGHT & CLOSE Howard L. Close (D) YETTER COLEMAN Charles Parker (D), Reagan W. Simpson (D)

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SAN ANTONIO BRANTON HALL RODRIGUEZ CRUZ James L. Branton (P) BRIN & BRIN George G. Brin (D) BROCK PERSON GUERRA REYNA John A. Guerra (D), Ricardo R. Reyna (D) DAVIS, CEDILLO & MENDOZA Ronald E. Mendoza (D) EVANS & ROWE Brett B. Rowe (D) GOODE CASSEB JONES RIKLIN CHOATE & WATSON Fred Riley Jones (D), Kyle C. Watson (D) HERRERA LAW FIRM Leo D. Figueroa (P) KETTERMAN ROWLAND & WESTLUND Phillip G. Bernal (P), Douglas D. Ketterman (P) LANG LAW FIRM Sylvan S. Lang, Jr. (P) LANGLEY & BANACK Steven D. Browne (D) LAW OFFICE OF CLEM LYONS Clarence V. Lyons (P), Mary I. Wilson (P) LAW OFFICES OF FIDEL RODRIGUEZ, JR. Fidel Rodriguez, Jr. (P) LAW OFFICES OF KELLY O’CONNOR Kellogg L. O’Connor (D) NAMAN, HOWELL, SMITH & LEE J. Michael Myers (D) NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Charles A. Deacon (D), John W. Weber, Jr. (D) PLUNKETT & GIBSON Allen Lewin Plunkett (D) PRICHARD HAWKINS MCFARLAND & YOUNG Grant T. McFarland (D), David M. Prichard (D) ROYSTON, RAYZOR, VICKERY & WILLIAMS William W. Pierson (D) STRASBURGER & PRICE Cynthia Day Grimes (D), Andrew L. Kerr (D), Edward F. Valdespino (D) THE TOM RHODES LAW FIRM Tom Rhodes (P)

THORNTON, BIECHLIN, SEGRATO, REYNOLDS & GUERRA Robert R. Biechlin, Jr. (D), Richard J. Reynolds III (D), Gerald R. Zwernemann (D) TINSMAN & SCIANO Daniel J. T. Sciano (P) 210.225.3121 | page 9 WATTS GUERRA Francisco Guerra IV (P), Mikal C. Watts (P)

TYLER PATTON, TIDWELL & SCHROEDER Nicholas H. Patton (P) SLOAN, BAGLEY, HATCHER & PERRY Glenn A. Perry (P) THE ROTH LAW FIRM Carl R. Roth (P)

PRIVATE FUNDS / HEDGE FUNDS LAW DALLAS BAKER & MCKENZIE Ted S. Schweinfurth BAKER BOTTS Don J. McDermett, Jr., Geoffrey L. Newton NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT D. Forrest Brumbaugh

HOUSTON JACKSON WALKER Jeffrey R. Harder WINSTEAD R. Clyde Parker, Jr.

PRODUCT LIABILITY LITIGATION D Product Liability – Defendants; P Product Liability – Plaintiffs

AUSTIN GERMER GERTZ Thomas M. Bullion III (D), Richard H. Grafton (D) GORDON & REES Kenneth J. Ferguson (D), Michael R. Klatt (D) HAWKINS PARNELL THACKSTON & YOUNG Kay Andrews (D) NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Terry O. Tottenham (D), Lana K. Varney (D) SPIVEY & GRIGG Broadus A. Spivey (P) THOMPSON, COE, COUSINS & IRONS Jeffrey D. Otto (D), Ronald D. Wamsted (D)

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AUSTIN KNISELY, PREHODITCH & PANZER Paul Emil Knisely (P) SCOTT, DOUGLASS & MCCONNICO Sam Johnson (D), Stephen E. McConnico (D) SPIVEY & GRIGG Broadus A. Spivey (P)

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PUBLIC FINANCE LAW AUSTIN ANDREWS KURTH Jerry E. Turner BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Elizabeth Rippy Bowes, W. Glenn Opel MCCALL, PARKHURST & HORTON Carol Polumbo

DALLAS BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Ben A. Brooks III, Robert R. Collins III, Jonathan C. Leatherberry, George G. Rodriguez GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER Harlan P. Cohen KELLY HART & HALLMAN R. Daniel Settle, Jr. MCCALL, PARKHURST & HORTON L.E. Brizzolara, Dan S. Culver, Joseph E. Eckert, Harold T. Flanagan, Leroy Grawunder, Jr., Jeffrey A. Leuschel, Richard C. Porter, Alan H. Raynor, Greg Schaecher NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Robert D. Dransfield PETRUSKA & ASSOCIATES David C. Petruska RICHARD M. KOBDISH Richard M. Kobdish

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Weller HOHMANN, TAUBE & SUMMERS Paul E. Comeaux, Greg W. Curry*, DYKEMA GOSSETT Eric J. Taube* Gregg C. Davis, Martha Harris, Brian R. Forbes M. Lawrence Hicks, Jr., Andrew HOWRY, BREEN, & HERMAN A. Ingrum, Ray T. Khirallah, Laura FIGARI & DAVENPORT Randy R. Howry* Donald Colleluori*, A. Erin Dwyer*, L. McClellan, Stephen C. Rasch*, 512.474.7300 | page 39 Harry M. Roberts, Jr., Mark M. Andrew G. Jubinsky* Sloan, Mark A. Weibel**, Ben HURST SAVAGE & VANDERBURG GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Susan J. Savage, Ann E. Vanderburg W. Robert Dyer, Jr., Kevin L. Kelley, B. West Cynthia Nelson, Clifford J. Risman VINSON & ELKINS HUSCH BLACKWELL Michael R. Boulden, Randy R. Robert L. Davis, Robert Werner GLAST, PHILLIPS & MURRAY Jurgensmeyer, Paul A. Martin, Mark V. Murray, James H. JACKSON WALKER Joel L. Ross Wallenstein James M. Alsup, Steven R. Martens, WINSTEAD Timothy C. Taylor, Gerald Scott GREENBERG TRAURIG Michael F Alessio, Arthur J. Webberman Tina M. Ross, Ralph G. Santos Anderson**, W. 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Johnson JACKSON WALKER RATLIFF LAW FIRM Bryan C. Birkeland, William S. KEMP SMITH Shannon H. Ratliff* Dahlstrom, Michael P. Haggerty, Terry L. Johnson SNEED, VINE & PERRY Susan A. Halsey, Steven R. Jenkins, MOUNCE, GREEN, MYERS, SAFI, William D. Brown L. Suzan Kedron, Susan Mead PAXSON & GALATZAN STAHL BERNAL & DAVIES K&L GATES John Steven Birkelbach Thomas I. Davies, Brent G. Stahl Zammurad H. Feroze SCOTTHULSE STRASBURGER & PRICE KANE RUSSELL COLEMAN & LOGAN W. David Bernard, Bernard D. Felsen James T. Cameron Raymond J. Kane TAFFY BAGLEY WEISBART SPRINGER HAYES KELLY HART & HALLMAN Taffy D. Bagley Geoffrey D. Weisbart* Donald E. Herrmann*, Chad A. THE GILBERT LAW FIRM Key, Patricia F. Meadows, Sharon WINSTEAD Risher Smith Gilbert S. Millians Robert Burton HOUSTON KESSLER COLLINS BEAUMONT AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD Gary S. Kessler* CREIGHTON, FOX, JOHNSON & MILLS Thomas J. McCaffrey 214.379.0722 | page 37 John W. Johnson** ANDREWS KURTH KESSLER COLLINS GERMER GERTZ Mark B. Arnold, Michael A. Boyd, Richard D. Pullman* C. Cohron Crutchfield, Jr., C. Scott Jack E. Fields, Mark C. Hodges, Mann, Jr. KONING RUBARTS Daniel E. McCormick Paul M. Koning* ORGAIN, BELL & TUCKER AUGUST EDWARD SHOUSE J. Hoke Peacock II*, Gary Neale LAW OFFICE OF CLINT SHOUSE August Edward Shouse Reger* Clinton B. Shouse BAKER BOTTS STRONG PIPKIN BISSELL & LEDYARD LAW, SNAKARD & GAMBILL Fred H. Dunlop**, Consuella Greg M. Dykeman* Jay S. Garrett Simmons Taylor, Robert P. Wright THOMAS J. SIBLEY LAWRENCE J. BRANNIAN BERG & ANDROPHY Thomas J. Sibley** Lawrence J. Brannian David H. Berg* WELLS, PEYTON, GREENBERG & HUNT LOCKE LORD BOYARMILLER Phil Dunlap J. Mitchell Bell, Janis Loegering, Cassie Stinson Robb P. Stewart BRACEWELL & GIULIANI LONNY D. MORRISON Thomas O. Moore III, Aaron P. Lonny D. Morrison* Roffwarg

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BUCK KEENAN E. F. Mano DeAyala* CAMPBELL & RIGGS Robert C. Walker CHARLES J. JACOBUS Charles J. Jacobus COATS ROSE YALE RYMAN & LEE John G. Cannon, Barry J. Palmer, Richard L. Rose DOW GOLUB REMELS & BEVERLY Sanford L. Dow, Richard L. Spencer FIZER BECK WEBSTER BENTLEY & SCROGGINS Barton R. Bentley GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Robert W. Bramlette GREENBERG TRAURIG Jonathan Kent Newsome HAYNES AND BOONE Robert S. Ladd, Bruce W. Merwin HOOVER SLOVACEK Joseph O. Slovacek** JACKSON WALKER Michael K. Kuhn, Kurt D. Nondorf, Vytas Petrulis LEBARRON LAW Barbara J. LeBarron LISKOW & LEWIS Marilyn C. Maloney, Gary Rachlin LOCKE LORD Stephen C. Jacobs, James W. Robertson, Doug Yeager MAYER BROWN M. Marvin Katz, Ronald M. Shoss, Neil A. Wasserstrom MOODY LAW GROUP Justin V. Switzer MOORMAN TATE HALEY UPCHURCH & YATES Steven C. Haley** NATHAN SOMMERS JACOBS Marvin D. Nathan

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT William B. Sing PORTER HEDGES George S. Craft, W. David Tidholm RICHARD MELAMED Richard Melamed SCHLANGER, SILVER, BARG & PAINE Lee D. Schlanger, Louis E. Silver SEYFARTH SHAW Peter M. Oxman SHANNON, MARTIN, FINKELSTEIN & ALVARADO George A. Shannon, Jr. STEPTOE & JOHNSON Andrew S. Graham STRASBURGER & PRICE Mary Axelrad, Jonathan A. Peckham THE COOK LAW FIRM Grant Cook* THOMPSON & KNIGHT Stephen M. Block, Timothy R. Brown, Jerry L. Metcalf, Alfred M. Meyerson, David M. Robins VINSON & ELKINS E. Scot Dixon, H. Dixon Montague, Sanford A. Weiner VORYS, SATER, SEYMOUR AND PEASE Stephen D. Browning WILSON, CRIBBS & GOREN Reid C. Wilson WINSTEAD Nelson R. Block, Denis Clive Braham, K. Gregory Erwin, Vincent L. Marino, Barry E. Putterman, Douglas E. Stewart

SAN ANTONIO BARTON, EAST & CALDWELL J. Cary Barton BAYNE, SNELL & KRAUSE Barry Snell*

BRANSCOMB Grady B. Jolley, Rhonda Graff Jolley COX SMITH Kerry T. Benedict, Peter R. Broderick, James M. McDonough, Howard P. Newton*, John B. Stewart, James M. Truss* DAVIS, CEDILLO & MENDOZA J. Russell Davis FARRIMOND CASTILLO & BRESNAHAN Scott A. Farrimond GOLDEN STEVES COHEN & GORDON Stephen Lloyd Golden HAYNES AND BOONE Frank Z. Ruttenberg HORNBERGER SHEEHAN FULLER & BEITER John D. Wittenberg, Jr. JOSEPH W. TAYLOR Joseph W. Taylor KERR & JAECKLE Richard L. Kerr LANGLEY & BANACK Steven R. Brook, August Linnartz, Jr.*, Marc J. Schnall LAW OFFICE OF THOMAS J. SMITH Thomas Jay Smith LAW OFFICES OF JAMES H. BARROW James H. Barrow** LAW OFFICES OF MICHAEL A. MORELL Michael A. Morell NORMAN & OLIVER James C. Norman NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT James M. Summers RICHARD F. HALTER Richard F. Halter SARA E. DYSART Sara E. Dysart

KENNETH A. WRIGHT EMINENT DOMAIN AND CONDEMNATION LAW

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ince 1981, Kenneth A. Wright has maintained his commitment to providing qualitative legal services to those landowners who have been subjected to the oftentimes harsh consequences of the exercise of eminent domain by various condemning entities such as the federal, state, and local governments, as well as private entities who also wield the power of eminent domain, including power and pipeline companies. Virtually all types of improved and unimproved properties have been represented by him. In his 31 years of landowner representation, he has represented properties throughout the state of Texas, ranging from individual property owners to Fortune 500 companies. Almost always, Mr. Wright is charged with the task of obtaining the maximum just compensation available in the particular condemnation case. Consequently, most often his firm is engaged on a contingency fee arrangement. Ken has been board certified in civil trial law since 1990 and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America continuously since 2008. He is a published author and frequent lecturer regarding eminent domain issues.

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LOCKE LORD Christopher F. Allison**, H.l Gene Emery MCKOOL SMITH Gary J. Cruciani*, Thomas A. Graves* MEADOWS, COLLIER, REED, COUSINS, CROUCH & UNGERMAN Robert Don Collier**, William R. Cousins III*, Charles M. Meadows, Jr.* NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT William Paul Bowers, Joy R. Ellis RYAN LAW John Brusniak, Jr.* STRASBURGER & PRICE Daniel L. Butcher, Jack R. Dugan, John K. Round THOMPSON & KNIGHT R. Gordon Appleman, Buford P. Berry, John R. Cohn, Barbara B. Ferguson, Sharon M. Fountain, P. Mike McCullough, Mary A. McNulty**, Emily A. Parker*, Joe A. Rudberg, R. David Wheat, Shelly A. Youree VINSON & ELKINS Thomas Crichton IV, James S. Meyer WINSTEAD R. Brent Clifton, Thomas R. Helfand

AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD Daniel J. Micciche DALLAS * Litigation Only ANDREWS KURTH ** Litigation & Practice area ANDREWS KURTH Thomas R. Popplewell David Barbour, Patrick C. Sargent BAKER & MCKENZIE AUSTIN PERKINS COIE David G. Glickman ANDREWS KURTH Michael B. Thimmig BAKER BOTTS J. Matthew Lyons THOMPSON & KNIGHT Stephen D. Marcus** BAKER BOTTS James W. McKellar, Mark A. Weibel BELL NUNNALLY & MARTIN Michael L. Bengtson WINSTEAD James A. Skochdopole COX SMITH EL PASO Kevin A. Sullivan CANTEY HANGER Phillip M. Slinkard AINSA HUTSON Noel C. Ice, J. David Tracy SECURITIES REGULATION DLA PIPER HOUSTON W. Dean Hester DENTONS John J. Gilluly III, Paul E. Hurdlow * Litigation Only MAYER BROWN ** Litigation & Practice area HOUSTON Todd M. Welty** Bill Hart, Jr. GEORGE & BROTHERS ANDREWS KURTH EDWIN W. DAVIS B. Russell Horton* AUSTIN VINSON & ELKINS James Edward Maloney* Edwin W. Davis** Mark R. Spradling GRAVES, DOUGHERTY, HEARON & GRAVES, DOUGHERTY, HEARON & BAKER BOTTS ELLIOTT & THOMASON MOODY MOODY Maria Wyckoff Boyce*, Tull R. William D. Elliott**, Kevin J. Cliff Ernst SPORTS LAW Robert J. Hearon, Jr.* Florey, Richard L. Josephson*, J. Thomason HOHMANN, TAUBE & SUMMERS David Kirkland, Jr., Stephen A. DALLAS HOWRY, BREEN, & HERMAN GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Eric J. Taube* Massad, Gene J. Oshman, Joe S. Randy R. Howry* Val J. Albright**, Michael J. JACKSON WALKER KING & SPALDING Poff, David D. Sterling*, Timothy S. 512.474.7300 | page 39 EL PASO Donohue**, Stephen D. Good Robert P. Latham Paul R. Bessette* Taylor, G. Irvin Terrell* GORDON DAVIS JOHNSON & SHANE GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER KLEIMAN LAWRENCE BASKIND JACKSON WALKER RATLIFF LAW FIRM BAKER HOSTETLER Patrick R. Gordon David L. Sinak FITZGERALD Thomas T. Rogers* Shannon H. Ratliff* Donald White Brodsky Paul D. Schoonover KEMP SMITH GRAY REED & MCGRAW WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI VINSON & ELKINS BERG & ANDROPHY Gene Wolf G. Thomas Rhodus** Paul R. Tobias William R. Volk HOUSTON David H. Berg* SCOTTHULSE GREENBERG TRAURIG WINSTEAD HAYNES AND BOONE WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI BLANK ROME Jeffrey C. Brown Daniel P. Novakov J. Rowland Cook, Kathryn K. Ricardo Garcia-Moreno Brian K. Beard, Paul R. Tobias Barry Abrams* Lindauer THE FIELDS LAW FIRM HAMILTON VOPELAK WINSTEAD WINSTEAD BOYARMILLER Guy N. Fields III Shane T. Hamilton Denis Clive Braham J. Rowland Cook, Kathryn K. DALLAS J. William Boyar HAYNES AND BOONE Lindauer HOUSTON AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Richard M. Fijolek, Vicki L. MartinTAX LAW Orrin L. Harrison III* Charles H. Still, Jr. AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD DALLAS Odette W. Thomas Weir * Litigation Only BAKER BOTTS DLA PIPER AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD JACKSON WALKER ** Litigation & Practice area George C. Lamb III, Don J. Claudia Wilson Frost* ANDREWS KURTH Orrin L. Harrison III* Brian L. Dethrow, William H. McDermett, Jr., Timothy W. Thomas W. Ford, Jr., Gregg H. AUSTIN GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Hornberger, Ronald D. Kerridge** BAKER BOTTS Mountz*, Geoffrey L. Newton, Jones, Allison D. Mantor, Robert J. Thomas A. Hagemann* Timothy S. Durst*, Samara L. ALMANZA, BLACKBURN & DICKIE JOHNSON JORDAN CRESSWELL MONK Douglass M. Rayburn McNamara Kline*, George C. Lamb III**, John GIBBS & BRUNS Martha S. Dickie* William D. Jordan CARRINGTON, COLEMAN, SLOMAN & BAKER & MCKENZIE W. Martin, Don J. McDermett, Jr., Robin C. Gibbs*, Kathy D. Patrick*, ARMBRUST & BROWN JONES DAY BLUMENTHAL Melinda R. Phelan, N. Susan Stone Timothy W. Mountz*, Geoffrey L. Barrett H. Reasoner* Frank B. Brown David E. Cowling**, Todd Wallace Bruce W. Collins* Newton**, Douglass M. Rayburn** H. BRUCE GOLDEN BAKER BOTTS BECKETT TACKETT & JETEL K&L GATES FISH & RICHARDSON Michael P. Bresson, Richard A. CARRINGTON, COLEMAN, SLOMAN & H. Bruce Golden* Carolyn M. Beckett Robert Edwin Davis*, Kathryn William B. Mateja* Husseini**, Renn G. Neilson**, BLUMENTHAL HALL MAINES LUGRIN G. Henkel, Vester T. Hughes, Jr., BRACEWELL & GIULIANI John W. Porter* HAYNES AND BOONE Bruce W. Collins*, Diane M. William P. Maines* Cynthia Morgan Ohlenforst R. Joe Hull Brian D. Barnard, George W. Sumoski* BRACEWELL & GIULIANI JONES DAY KELLY HART & HALLMAN Bramblett, Jr., Barry F. McNeil* BRORBY, CROZIER & DOBIE Charles L. Almond, Gregory M. Bopp, FIGARI & DAVENPORT N. Scott Fletcher* Brian S. Stagner* Thomas J. Brorby, Brian W. Crozier Steven H. Gerdes, R. Todd Greenwalt HUNTON & WILLIAMS Ernest E. Figari, Jr.* K&L GATES KRONEY MORSE LAN L. Steven Leshin COOK BROOKS JOHNSON FISH & RICHARDSON Charles L. Strauss Donald Paul Lan, Jr.** Michael L. Cook** JACKSON WALKER William B. Mateja* LATHAM & WATKINS Kathleen M. LaValle* DUBOIS, BRYANT & CAMPBELL GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Ryan Maierson, Sean T. Wheeler Bryan W. Lee, Ira A. Lipstet JONES DAY Joe B. Harrison*, Larry L. MAYER BROWN Patricia J. Villareal* Schoenbrun DUGGINS WREN MANN & ROMERO Marc H. Folladori, Dallas Robert C. Joseph Cain K&L GATES GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER Parker Mary R. Korby Jeffrey A. Chapman, William B. GIORDANI SWANGER RIPP & MCGUIREWOODS Dawson PHILLIPS KESSLER COLLINS Richard P. Keeton*, Jacks C. Nickens Stephen L. Phillips HAYNES AND BOONE PERSONAL INJURY – Gary S. Kessler* NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Brian D. Barnard, George W. HUGHES VANDERBURG WILLIAMS & PLAINTIFFS AND 214.379.0722 | page 37 Brian P. Fenske, Gerard G. Pecht, Bramblett, Jr.*, Robin P. Hartmann*, BARTOLETTI DEFENDANTS Fredric A. Weber Barry F. McNeil* LOCKE LORD Terry Lee Vanderburg Paul E. Coggins* PAUL HASTINGS David E. Chamberlain was HUNTON & WILLIAMS KUPERMAN, ORR & ALBERS Samuel W. Cooper** named Outstanding Defense L. Steven Leshin NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT David I. Kuperman Bar Leader in the nation in 2006 Glen J. Hettinger PORTER HEDGES JACKSON WALKER MARTENS, TODD & LEONARD by DRI, the largest association Nick D. Nicholas, Robert G. Reedy Mark T. Josephs*, Gordon M. THOMPSON & KNIGHT James F. Martens of defense trial lawyers in the Shapiro* William L. Banowsky*, Timothy R. MCGINNIS LOCHRIDGE REYNOLDS, FRIZZELL, BLACK, DOYLE, country. He currently serves McCormick* ALLEN & OLDHAM JONES DAY Robert E. Reetz, Jr. as president-elect of the Texas Jean C. Frizzell*, Chris Reynolds* James E. O’Bannon, Patricia J. Chapters of the American Board MONDRIK & ASSOCIATES EL PASO Villareal* SIDLEY AUSTIN of Trial Advocates, on the Board Christina A. Mondrik* AINSA HUTSON Mark K. Glasser* K&L GATES of Directors of the State Bar NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT W. Dean Hester Robert Edwin Davis*, Mary R. of Texas, and chair, State Bar SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER Patrick L. O’Daniel Korby Insurance Trust. He recently served as president of the Texas & FLOM HOUSTON RYAN LAW Association of Defense Counsel, Austin Bar Association, and Noelle M. Reed*, Charles W. KELLY HART & HALLMAN ANDREWS KURTH Mark W. Eidman* the Board of DRI. He was named course director, 2014 State Schwartz* F. Richard Bernasek James Edward Maloney* Bar Advanced Civil Trial Course; 2007 Advanced Personal Injury SELMAN MUNSON & LERNER SUSMAN GODFREY BAKER BOTTS KESSLER COLLINS Kenneth David Lerner Law Course; and 2013-2014 Business Disputes Institute. He has Kenneth S. Marks* Andrew M. Baker, James A. Baker Gary S. Kessler* been listed in Texas Super Lawyers for the past 9 years. Mr. THE COOK LAW FIRM III, Gene J. Oshman, Joe S. Poff, G. VINSON & ELKINS 214.379.0722 | page 37 Chamberlain is the founding partner of Chamberlain◆McHaney Donald F. Wood Grant Cook* Irvin Terrell* and is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas KRAGE & JANVEY WILLIAM C. POLLARD Board of Legal Specialization. THOMPSON & KNIGHT BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Ralph S. Janvey* William C. Pollard W. Christopher Schaeper Charles H. Still, Jr. LOEWINSOHN FLEGLE DEARY WINSTEAD CHAMBERLAIN ◆ MCHANEY VINSON & ELKINS K&L GATES Jim L. Flegle* William W. Bell 301 Congress Avenue | Suite 2100 | Austin, TX 78701 John L. Carter*, Jeffery Burton Charles L. Strauss PHONE 512.474.9124 | FAX 512.474.8582 Floyd, C. Michael Harrington, David NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT BEAUMONT EMAIL dchamberlain@chamberlainmchaney.com T. Harvin*, T. Mark Kelly, Karl Brian P. Fenske CREIGHTON, FOX, JOHNSON & MILLS S. Stern* www.chmc-law.com John Creighton III AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD Daniel McNeel Lane, Jr.*, R. Laurence Macon* COX SMITH Wilhelm E. Liebmann HORNBERGER SHEEHAN FULLER & BEITER T. Drew Cauthorn LAW OFFICES OF JAMES M. DOYLE, JR. James M. Doyle, Jr.

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GARY S. KESSLER

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WHITE-COLLAR

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: NON-WHITE-COLLAR

Doug Elliott dedicates his practice to intellectual property litigation. For over 25 years, Mr. Elliott has successfully litigated patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret cases. Mr. Elliott works side by side with general and commercial trial lawyers to prepare cases for trial. His cases have involved a wide range of technologies, including oil and gas well products, software, leak detection, e-commerce, GPS tracking, microprocessors, hospital patient boards, and welding enclosures. As a registered patent attorney, Mr. Elliott has also represented parties involved in inter partes reviews (IPRs) and covered business method (CBM) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The Elliott Law Firm, PLLC, focuses on representing individuals and small to medium sized companies, both as plaintiffs and defendants.

Gary S. Kessler is board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America for 20 years for his work in business litigation. He and his litigation team regularly appear in state and federal courts across the country in a wide variety of business and corporate matters. He has extensive experience handling many types of corporate and securities litigation including regulatory matters. He is a member of many industry organizations, including the Securities Industry, Financial Markets Association, the Defense Research Institute, and is a regular instructor for the National institute for Trial Advocacy.

DEGUERIN, DICKSON, HENNESSY & WARD

THE ELLIOTT LAW FIRM, PLLC

KESSLER & COLLINS, P.C.

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Dick DeGuerin specializes in criminal defense and has a widely varied practice in both state and federal trials and appeals. In practice for forty-nine years, he was associated with famed defense attorney Percy Foreman during the seventies and has successfully defended a variety of clients, including doctors, lawyers, judges, a United States Senator, and persons accused of murder, smuggling, money laundering, and white-collar crime. He is an adjunct professor of law at The University of Texas School of Law.

1018 Preston Ave., 7th Floor | Houston, TX 77002 PHONE 713.223.5959 | FAX 713.223.9231 | EMAIL dick@deguerin.com

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DALE G. MARKLAND

BARBARA K. RUNGE

KAT TIDD

PRODUCT LIABILITY

FAMILY LAW

FRANCHISE LAW

Dale has tried more than 200 cases to verdict and has served clients as national and regional counsel. His practice focuses on litigation in which engineering, medical and scientific issues are of significance, including product liability and toxic tort actions. Dale has been selected by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of products liability, as one of Texas’ Best Lawyers in the field of product liability litigation, as a Texas Super Lawyer, and as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas.” In 2012, he was selected as Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year in Dallas for Product Liability Litigation. Dale was in the initial group of outside counsel invited by the Products Liability Advisory Council, Inc. to become a Sustaining Member.

Exceptionally active in the Houston legal community, Barbara Runge has practiced law since 1974. Barbara has experienced an extremely successful career in family law. “Every day in my life, I have been given the opportunity to help people who are experiencing the most traumatic time of their lives,” she professes. This desire for helping clients in need led Barbara to be named one of Texas’ Best Lawyers. Board certified in family law, Barbara handles divorce and custody cases, modifications, and premarital and marital agreements. Additionally, Barbara represents clients using the collaborative method or litigation as determined by case and the client’s desires. She is also a mediator and arbitrator. Barbara has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas Tech School of Law and the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists’ Award for Professionalism and Excellence in Family Law.

Kat Tidd represents clients in all aspects of the highly regulated field of franchise and business opportunity law. She also assists other attorneys regarding franchise related matters. Kat is committed to adding value to her clients’ businesses. With over 25 years of experience both in private practice and as general counsel to franchisors and franchisees, she advises clients in almost every area of franchise, distribution and business opportunity law, emphasizing start-up franchising, regulatory compliance and franchise document drafting, operations, dispute evaluation, and resolution. She works with clients to understand the dynamics of their business and situation and the options for achieving their objectives in the simplest, most efficient way. A long-standing member of the ABA Forum on Franchising, she frequently speaks and writes on franchise related issues in national and local bar associations and for other publications.

MARKLAND HANLEY, LLP

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ALTON C. TODD

ALVIN I. ZIMMERMAN

BRIAN ZIMMERMAN

PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION

FAMILY LAW

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Alvin L. Zimmerman, JD-UH is Chairman of Zimmerman, Axelrad, Meyer, Stern & Wise, PC, which emphasizes civil trial, wills, estates, probate, corporate and business transactions, banking, real estate, and family law. He was formerly a state district judge, 269th Civil District Court and 309th Family District Court; a briefing clerk for a United States District Judge and Asst. TX Attorney General, and is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal SpecializationFamily Law. He serves as a panelist for American Arbitration Association for complex cases; recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct Professor of Law - South Texas College of Law; Frank Evans Outstanding Mediator Award—Center of Legal Responsibility; The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyer in Texas; and UH Distinguished Alumni Award; former chair, Family Law Section-Houston Bar Association; fellow and past president of the International Academy of Mediators; recipient of the Family Law Professionalism Award; chair of the ADR Sections of the Houston and Texas Bar.

Brian is a shareholder and director of Zimmerman, Axelrad, Meyer, Stern & Wise, PC. After graduating from the University of Houston Law Center and prior to joining the firm, he worked as a law clerk for a federal judge. Since he began working at the firm, he has successfully handled numerous complex litigation matters in federal and state courts through jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations. He has represented major corporations, other entities, and individuals in a large variety of disputes including: oil and gas, personal injury, employment, lender liability, securities, products liability, covenants not to compete, intellectual property matters including misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair business practices, etc. He is board certified in civil trial by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has been selected in Texas Super Lawyers, Houston’s Top Lawyers and is AV®-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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ZIMMERMAN, AXELRAD, MEYER, STERN & WISE, PC

ZIMMERMAN, AXELRAD, MEYER, STERN & WISE, PC

www.altontodd.com

www.zimmerlaw.com

www.zimmerlaw.com

While building a solid practice in general civil and trial law, personal injury, negligence, products liability, medical malpractice, and employment law, Alton Todd has remained actively involved in numerous professional organizations that allow him to contribute to his profession while continuing his legal education in order to serve clients to the best of his ability. Alton is board certified in both personal injury and civil trial law. He is a fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and is a member and diplomat of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is also admitted to practice in Texas and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas, the Eastern District of Louisiana, and Georgia. 312 South Friendswood Drive | Friendswood, TX 77546 PHONE 281.992.8633 | FAX 281.648.8633 EMAIL alton@actlaw.com

3040 Post Oak Boulevard, #1300 | Houston, TX 77056 PHONE 713.552.1234 | FAX 713.963.0859 EMAIL azimmerman@zimmerlaw.com

3040 Post Oak Boulevard, #1300 | Houston, TX 77056 PHONE 713.552.1234 | FAX 713.963.0859 EMAIL bzimmerman@zimmerlaw.com

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CHAMBERLAIN, HRDLICKA, WHITE, WILLIAMS & AUGHTRY Larry A. Campagna*, George W. Connelly, Jr.*, Jack P. Eckels, George A. Hrdlicka**, Lawrence W. Sherlock*, Juan F. Vasquez, Jr.* CRAIN, CATON & JAMES Larry George GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Allen B. Craig III, James Howard HAYNES AND BOONE Arthur M. Nathan, Chris E. Wolfe LATHAM & WATKINS Charles Timothy Fenn LOCKE LORD Ken Simon, Mitch Tiras, Walter P. Zivley MAYER BROWN Edward C. Osterberg, Jr. MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY Cym H. Lowell, Mark R. Martin* NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT John R. Allender, William H. Caudill**, Charles W. Hall**, Andrius R. Kontrimas, Stephen A. Kuntz, William S. Lee, Robert W. Phillpott, Jasper G. Taylor III PAUL HASTINGS Gregory V. Nelson** PORTER HEDGES John M. Ransom SIDLEY AUSTIN Timothy J. Devetski THOMPSON & KNIGHT Roger D. Aksamit, Marc E. Grossberg** TOWNSEND & JONES John A. Townsend* VINSON & ELKINS Judith M. Blissard, George Matthew Gerachis**, John Edward Lynch, Glen A. Rosenbaum** VORYS, SATER, SEYMOUR AND PEASE Robert A. Seale, Jr. WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES Paul H. Asofsky WINSTEAD Frederick J. Tuthill**

SAN ANTONIO CHAMBERLAIN, HRDLICKA, WHITE, WILLIAMS & AUGHTRY Charles J. Muller COX SMITH William H. Lester, Jr., Robert W. Nelson HORNBERGER SHEEHAN FULLER & BEITER Charles M. Hornberger** NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT George W. Scofield SCHOENBAUM, CURPHY & SCANLAN R. James Curphy, Darin N. Digby, Stanley Schoenbaum STRASBURGER & PRICE Stanley L. Blend**, Elizabeth A. Copeland**, Farley P. Katz**

TYLER HALTOM & DOAN Texarkana, TX James N. Haltom* 903.255.1000 | page 5

TECHNOLOGY LAW AUSTIN BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Edward A. Cavazos WILLIAM A. BROUSSARD William A. Broussard, Sr.

HOUSTON BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Jeffrey B. Andrews GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Chris P. Perque HAYNES AND BOONE Bradley J. Richards NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Brian P. Fenske, Charles D. Powell

LUBBOCK MARJORIE ANN NEWTON M. Ann Newton UNDERWOOD LAW FIRM James Wester

TRANSPORTATION LAW DALLAS BROWN, DEAN, WISEMAN, PROCTOR, HART & HOWELL Stephen C. Howell HELMS & GREENE Fred J. Meier JACKSON WALKER Robert F. Ruckman SMITH & MOORE Charles H. Smith THOMPSON & KNIGHT John H. Martin

HOUSTON ARNOLD & PORTER Thad Thano Dameris DOYLE RAIZNER Michael P. Doyle MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS Winstol D. Carter, Jr. SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN Rachel Giesber Clingman

TRUSTS & ESTATES * Litigation Only ** Litigation & Practice area

AUSTIN BAIRD, CREWS, SCHILLER & WHITAKER Thomas C. Baird BARNES LIPSCOMB STEWART & OTT John R. Ott** BECKETT TACKETT & JETEL Amy P. Jetel, Steven J. Tackett BENNETT FLAHERTY Frances H. Bennett BLAZIER, CHRISTENSEN, BIGELOW & VIRR Thomas F. Virr DUBOIS, BRYANT & CAMPBELL Michele A. Mobley ECCLES & MCINTOSH Beth Ann Eccles** GIORDANI SWANGER RIPP & PHILLIPS Leslie C. Giordani, Michael H. Ripp, Jr., Derry W. Swanger GRAVES, DOUGHERTY, HEARON & MOODY Patricia A. Campbell, Kevin Holcomb, E. Clark Lutz HILL, DUCLOUX, CARNES & DE LA GARZA Donald F. Carnes HOPPER MIKESKA J. Craig Hopper, D’Ana Mikeska HOWRY, BREEN, & HERMAN Randy R. Howry* 512.474.7300 | page 39

HUGHES VANDERBURG WILLIAMS & BARTOLETTI H. David Hughes, Terry Lee Vanderburg, James A. Williams DALLAS IKARD GOLDEN JONES BAKER BOTTS Alvin J. Golden, Frank N. Ikard, Jr.**, John W. Martin Jerry Frank Jones** HAYNES AND BOONE JACKSON WALKER Jeffrey M. Becker, Randall E. Colson, Samuel K. Hildebrand** David L. McCombs KUPERMAN, ORR & ALBERS K&L GATES David I. Kuperman Chad W. King LAW OFFICE OF DAVID H. GOODMAN THOMPSON & KNIGHT David H. Goodman Bruce S. Sostek LAW OFFICES OF DEBORAH GREEN Deborah A. Green

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LAW OFFICES OF RHONDA H. BRINK Rhonda H. Brink MCGINNIS LOCHRIDGE Thomas Orr Barton OSBORNE, HELMAN, KNEBEL & DELEERY Elizabeth G. Deleery, Stephen Jody Helman**, Duncan E. Osborne** RICHARDS RODRIGUEZ & SKEITH Kathleen Ford Bay** SAUNDERS NORVAL NICHOLS & ATKINS William D. Pargaman** THE KARISCH LAW FIRM Glenn M. Karisch**

KRONEY MORSE LAN Robert H. Kroney, Donald Paul Lan, Jr. LAW OFFICE OF BARBARA MCCOMAS ANDERSON Barbara McComas Anderson LAW OFFICE OF BARKLEY T. MILLER Barkley T. Miller** LITTLE PEDERSEN FANKHAUSER Mark A. Fankhauser** LOCKE LORD Stuart M. Bumpas, H.l Gene Emery, Raymond E. LaDriere II* LONNY D. MORRISON Lonny D. Morrison* BEAUMONT LYNN TILLOTSON PINKER & COX CREIGHTON, FOX, JOHNSON & MILLS Eric W. Pinker* John Creighton III MALOUF LYNCH JACKSON & SWINSON H. BANKER PHARES Alex E. Nakos H. Banker Phares MINCEY-CARTER MEHAFFYWEBER James M. Mincey, Jr. Joseph E. Broussard IV SHANNON, GRACEY, RATLIFF & MILLER THE YOES LAW FIRM Lisa H. Jamieson, Kleber C. Miller* William H. Yoes SILVERMAN GOODWIN WELLS, PEYTON, GREENBERG & HUNT Ira W. Silverman S. L. Greenberg, John B. Quigley SMITH & STEPHENS Shannon G. Guthrie, Edward V. Smith CORPUS CHRISTI III**, Marjorie J. Stephens BRANSCOMB STRASBURGER & PRICE Omar Leal, Scott L. Sherman**, Jack M. Kinnebrew, John K. Michael W. Stukenberg Round**, Robert Hyer Thomas DAVIS, HUTCHINSON & WILKERSON THE GRAHAM LAW FIRM Martin C. Davis Michael L. Graham HUSEMAN & STEWART THE HARTNETT LAW FIRM F. Van Huseman* James J. Hartnett, Jr.*, James J. WELDER LESHIN Hartnett, Sr., Will Ford Hartnett** Richard L. Leshin THE HOLMES LAW FIRM DALLAS T. Wesley Holmes** AKIN GUMP STRAUSS HAUER & FELD THOMPSON & KNIGHT Timothy P. Tehan R. Gordon Appleman, Barbara B. Ferguson, P. Mike McCullough, ALLEN, LOTTMANN William R. Mureiko, Rust E. Reid, Michael D. Allen, Richard H. Lottman Eric G. Reis, Terry L. Simmons BAKUTIS, MCCULLY & SAWYER WINSTEAD David C. Bakutis W. Mike Baggett*, John F. Bergner BELL NUNNALLY & MARTIN WOLFISH & NEWMAN W. Bennett Cullum Lawrence M. Wolfish BISIGNANO & HARRISON Santo Bisignano, Jr., Bob D. Harrison EL PASO BOURLAND, WALL & WENZEL BECK HALL Michael V. Bourland, Jeffrey N. Myers E. Link Beck* CALLOWAY, NORRIS, BURDETTE & GLUTH LAW WEBER Alan D. Gluth Mary Clariday Burdette*, John R. HOBSON, STRIBLING & CARSON Norris III*, Scott D. Weber* Karin Armen Carson, Leila Safi CANTEY HANGER Hobson, Stancy Stribling** Michael G. Appleman**, SMITH HarryEdward Bartel, T. Allan Howeth, KEMP Allan M. Goldfarb**, Carl E. Ryan, Noel C. Ice**, J. David Tracy Gene Wolf CARRINGTON, COLEMAN, SLOMAN & NEILL, STRELITZ, AND ASSOCIATES BLUMENTHAL Robert G. Neill, Jr. Robert H. Botts, Jr. SCOTTHULSE D. WOODARD GLENN Richard H. Feuille, David P. Hassler Nathan K. Griffin** HOUSTON DIAMOND MCCARTHY Mark K. Sales* ANDREASON LAW FIRM Kurt M. Andreason ELLIOTT & THOMASON William D. Elliott ANDREWS KURTH Terri Lacy**, William T. Miller* FIGARI & DAVENPORT A. Erin Dwyer* ANNE HARDIMAN Anne Hardiman GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Jack W. Hawkins, Keith V. Novick BAKER BOTTS Paige K. Ben-Yaacov, Stephen T. GRAY REED & MCGRAW Dyer, Ronald W. Kesterson**, John Norman A. Lofgren W. Porter* HAYNES AND BOONE BAKER WILLIAMS & MATTHIESEN George W. Bramblett, Jr.*, John M. Lynne H. Williams Collins, J. Mitchell Miller, Rice M. Tilley, Jr. BERNARD E. JONES Bernard E. Jones HUNTON & WILLIAMS Thomas H. Cantrill BETTY B. MOSER Betty B. Moser JACKSON WALKER Mark T. Josephs* BRACEWELL & GIULIANI Glen T. Eichelberger JOHNSON JORDAN CRESSWELL MONK Ronald Roy Cresswell**, William D. C. BOONE SCHWARTZEL Jordan, Roy J. Monk, Paul T. Nipper, C. Boone Schwartzel Donald A. Swanson, Jr. CENATIEMPO & DITTA K&L GATES Michael J. Cenatiempo**, Louis Kathryn G. Henkel, Philip M. M. Ditta** Lindquist** CHAMBERLAIN, HRDLICKA, WHITE, KELLY HART & HALLMAN WILLIAMS & AUGHTRY Dulaney G. Steer Lawrence M. Bass

names in red indicate lawyers selected for 30 years

CRAIN, CATON & JAMES Sarah Patel Pacheco** DAVIS & WILLMS Mickey R. Davis, Melissa Willms DINKINS KELLY LENOX LAMB & WALKER Linda Kelly FARNER & PERRIN Wendy M. Farner FISHER, BOYD, BROWN & HUGUENARD Wayne Fisher* FIZER BECK WEBSTER BENTLEY & SCROGGINS Stefnee D. Ashlock, Roger Q. Beck, Kristi N. Elsom, Scott A. Schepps, Jerry M. Scroggins GARDERE WYNNE SEWELL Lawrence J. Pirtle GRAY REED & MCGRAW Joseph W. Royce** HAYNES AND BOONE Jeffrey E. Raley JAMES E. BRILL James E. Brill LAW OFFICES OF W. ALVIN EARLY W. Alvin Early LAWTER & LAWTER Jack W. Lawter, Jr. LOCKE LORD Stephanie Donaho, Mark A. Jacob, Walter P. Zivley MACINTYRE & MCCULLOCH Robert S. MacIntyre, Jr.* MARJORIE S. SCHULTZ & ASSOCIATES Marjorie S. Schultz MOORMAN TATE HALEY UPCHURCH & YATES R. Hal Moorman** NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Joseph C. Sleeth, Jr. OAKS, HARTLINE & DALY Charles W. Giraud III** PORTER HEDGES John O. Brentin RICHARD LEE JUKES Richard L. Jukes SHARON B. GARDNER Sharon Brand Gardner VORYS, SATER, SEYMOUR AND PEASE Robert A. Seale, Jr. WARE, JACKSON, LEE & CHAMBERS Don Jackson* WINSTEAD Cheryl Cain Crabbe, Stephanie Loomis-Price**

LAW OFFICES OF DAVIDSON & TROILO James C. Woo NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT Nancy Nowlin Kerr, Robert G. Newman* NUNLEY FIRM J. Ken Nunley* SCHOENBAUM, CURPHY & SCANLAN Darin N. Digby, William Scanlan, Jr., Stanley Schoenbaum, Patricia F. Sitchler, Banks M. Smith SOULES & WALLACE Luther H. Soules III* STRASBURGER & PRICE Taylor S. Boone, James M. McNeel**, David P. Stanush YALE LAW FIRM Glen A. Yale**

TYLER CAPSHAW GREEN Tina R. Green

VENTURE CAPITAL LAW AUSTIN DLA PIPER Paul E. Hurdlow VINSON & ELKINS J. Wesley Jones, William R. Volk WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI Paul R. Tobias

DALLAS HAYNES AND BOONE Darrel A. Rice VINSON & ELKINS Michael D. Wortley

HOUSTON BAKER BOTTS Felix P. Phillips, Jr. JACKSON WALKER Jeffrey R. Harder MAYER BROWN Robert F. Gray, Jr., Dallas Robert Parker NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT David S. Peterman, Charles D. Powell VINSON & ELKINS Scott Neal Wulfe

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BAKER BOTTS Molly J. Cagle BICKERSTAFF, HEATH, DELGADO & ACOSTA Douglas G. Caroom COX SMITH Keith A. Shuley Bellaire, TX GRAVES, DOUGHERTY, HEARON & Molly Dear Abshire MOODY 713.660.9595 Robin A. Melvin YTTERBERG DEERY KNULL HAYNES AND BOONE G. Edward Deery**, Randall K. Jeff Civins Glover, Yolanda Chavez Knull, R. Eric JACKSON WALKER Viehman, Alan V. Ytterberg Leonard H. Dougal KATTEN MUCHIN ROSENMAN LUBBOCK Sara Marquis Burgin AMY S. SANDERS KG STRATEGIES Amy S. Sanders R. Kinnan Golemon SPROUSE SHRADER SMITH LAW OFFICES OF KEN RAMIREZ Charles E. King Kenneth R. Ramirez SAN ANTONIO LAW OFFICES OF ROGER P. NEVOLA COX SMITH Roger P. Nevola Howard P. Newton*, David B. West*, LLOYD GOSSELINK ROCHELLE & Harry W. Wolff, Jr. TOWNSEND DAVIS, CEDILLO & MENDOZA Michael A. Gershon Ricardo G. Cedillo* R. WALTON SHELTON, ATTORNEY DUNCAN, BRESSLER & LIU AT LAW Edgar M. Duncan R. Walton Shelton HAYNES AND BOONE SAHS & ASSOCIATES Lamont A. Jefferson* Mary K. Sahs HORNBERGER SHEEHAN FULLER & SMILEY LAW FIRM BEITER Cynthia C. Smiley Charles M. Hornberger**, Patrick VINSON & ELKINS K. Sheehan* David P. Blanke KEVIN PHILIP KENNEDY WEISBART SPRINGER HAYES Kevin Philip Kennedy P. Bane Phillippi LANGLEY & BANACK James J. Aycock, Arthur H. HOUSTON Bayern**, Joyce W. Moore* VINSON & ELKINS Sharon M. Mattox names in blue indicate

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Randy Howry, Sean Breen, Tim Herman

Howry, Breen & Herman, LLP

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premier trial firm, Howry, Breen & Herman won Texas’s largest premises liability verdict in 2011—a jury verdict in Central Texas of more than $12 million. And this significant result is just one example of the firm’s notable track record: in 2013, the firm successfully represented a Boy Scout council in a sexual molestation case involving the abuse of three scouts by a scout leader, and in 2014, the firm successfully represented the plaintiff in a multi-million dollar construction defect case. The firm’s success in these cases and many others reflects its extensive jury trial experience, cutting-edge trial science, deep resources, and determination. Because of these qualities, attorneys at the firm serve a diverse group of clients that shares one common characteristic—no option but winning. Howry, Breen & Herman tries all manner of civil cases across the country, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. The firm takes high-stakes cases and aggressively pursues the best possible result for clients, who range from individuals and businesses that have suffered devastating losses or injuries; to Fortune 500 companies like Wells Fargo, Mack Trucks, and Fed Ex Freight; to smaller businesses, entrepreneurs, and high-profile individuals. All rely on the firm when their reputation or future is on the line and they cannot afford to lose. Efficient and innovative, Howry, Breen & Herman offers creative

fee arrangements and is routinely hired directly by clients or through referrals from law firms and attorneys who require the firm’s rich trial experience. Indeed, the firm’s attorneys have tried hundreds of cases and know how to prepare a case efficiently for trial. It is this aggressive and devoted representation that satisfies clients and makes opponents take notice. The experience forged and results won by lead attorneys Randy Howry, Sean Breen, and Tim Herman have earned clients success and the firm recognition well outside their home base of Austin. In addition to being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Howry, Breen, and Herman have all been recognized by their peers in Texas Super Lawyers since 2004 and have been selected as the Best of the Bar in Commercial Litigation by The Austin Business Journal. The firm has also been ranked Tier 1 in Austin for multiple practice areas by U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2014.

Howry, Breen & Herman, LLP 1900 Pearl Street | Austin, TX 78705 4411 South IH-35 | Georgetown, TX 78626 PHONE 512.474.7300 | FAX 512.474.8557

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PayneMitchell Law Group, LLP

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stablished nearly a decade ago, PayneMitchell Law Group has become known for taking an individualized approach to every case. Indeed, founding partner Andy Payne notes that the firm limits its docket to a handful of significant wrongful death and personal injury cases so that it can fully commit its resources to each client. “What differentiates us is that we take a very small number of significant cases and then aggressively work those cases up,” he notes. Payne routinely handles complex litigation across the country, focusing on personal injury, wrongful death, aviation, and product defect cases against some of the world’s largest manufacturers. While his goal is to maximize his clients’ results, he also helps clients to effect safety changes. “What interested me in doing plaintiffs’ personal injury work was the fact that you’re actually making a difference within an industry as well as in the lives of your individual clients,” he says. During his career, Payne has received significant recognition from his peers for his legal ability and professional ethics. In addition to being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Payne has been AV®PreeminentTM rated by Martindale-Hubbell, named in D Magazine’s list of the best lawyers in Dallas for the past seven years, listed in Texas Super Lawyers since 2003, and was a Top 100 Lawyer in Texas & Dallas/Fort Worth in 2012 and 2013. As an authority in the personal injury field, Payne has attained leadership positions in a number of legal organizations. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Dallas Bar Association. He also lectures on products liability law as an adjunct professor at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Still, Payne says that the most rewarding part of his job remains serving his clients. “It’s nice to have success from a legal standpoint, but when you can help a family or change someone’s life, that really brings you the greatest satisfaction.”

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PayneMitchell Law Group, LLP

2911 Turtle Creek Blvd. | Suite 1400 Dallas, Texas 75219 PHONE 214.252.1888 | FAX 214.252.1889 EMAIL andy@paynemitchell.com

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