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Former Judge Marilea Lewis: A Proven Leader With 24 Years on the Bench, Godwin Lewis’ New Name Partner Was an Easy Choice page 13

Debbie Dudley Branson: Practicing The Value of Good Works For Noted Trial Lawyer, Leaving Comfort Zone Brings Rewards

Who are the 2014 Lawyers of the Year? page 8

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DEBBIE DUDLEY BRANSON LITIGATION Lady. Lawyer. Leader. A graduate degree in psychology, coupled with substantial trial experience, brings a sharp analytic focus to Debbie Dudley Branson’s intuitive skills in the courtroom. She is an important member of the trial team at The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, one of the leading trial litigation firms in the Southwest.

Outside her busy practice, Branson holds leadership roles in professional trial lawyer associations and maintains active positions with philanthropic and political organizations. A fourth-generation lawyer in practice for more than 30 years, Debbie Dudley Branson continues to take pride in being a lawyer.


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MARILEA LEWIS A portrait of excellence.


ays start early and run late for the only woman to have her name on the door of a Top 25 law firm in the state of Texas. Godwin Lewis PC is a trial and appellate firm with offices in Dallas, Houston and Plano. The firm represents Fortune 500 and middle-market industry leaders in Mission Critical Litigation® throughout the United States and prides itself in promoting gender diversity and overall opportunity for its attorneys.

and law school education. Shortly after law school, Marilea began a 25 year career journey which included serving multiple terms on the bench as both an Associate and District Family Law Judge. Her insight, strength and passion for fairness and the rights of children has helped establish her reputation as a leader in the field of Family Law.

“Family Law is an area that touches all of our lives. It gives me a chance to seek the best outcome for my clients and their children.”

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Introduction & Methodology Texas Women Lawyers of the Year Debbie Dudley Branson: Practicing Value of Good Works For Noted Trial Lawyer, Leaving Comfort Zone Brings Rewards

Former Judge Marilea Lewis: A Proven Leader

With 24 Years on the Bench, Godwin Lewis’ New Name Partner Was an Easy Choice

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Margaret J. Sampson

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges

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Bankruptcy and   Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency International   Arbitration  & Reorganization Ann Ryan Robertson Law  Sylvia A. Mayer

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After spending the first half of her 27-year legal career handling defense work, Charla Aldous began trying plaintiffs’ cases in the late 1990s and quickly realized that she had found her calling. “Switching to plaintiffs’ work and founding my own firm has been a real blessing because I can choose cases that I truly believe in,” she says. “I often tell clients that we’re in a battle together.” Aldous handles a broad spectrum of plaintiffs’ civil trial work, including cases involving everything from minority shareholder oppression to racial discrimination. She has also developed a reputation for her work in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. In 2013, Aldous’ peers named her as the Best Lawyers’ Dallas Lawyer of the Year for plaintiffs’ medical malpractice law, after recognizing her with the award in 2009 for personal injury litigation. A veteran of more than 100 trials, she was the fourth woman invited to join The Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to 100 plaintiffs’ lawyers nationwide. “What’s unique about our practice is that we bring a personal touch,” Aldous says. “I really try to understand the pain my clients have gone through, and I’ve formed many lifelong relationships over the years.” Aldous credits this philosophy to one of her first plaintiffs’ cases—a well water contamination case against Conoco, in which she represented more than 100 trailer park residents. “I realized then that I could be a voice for people who otherwise wouldn’t have one,” she says.

When collaborative law was introduced to Texas in 2000, Kris Algert had already been practicing family law for nearly a decade. During that time, she witnessed firsthand the damage that litigation sometimes inflicts on families, and with the advent of the collaborative process, she saw a logical solution to that problem. “It never made sense to me that the legal system lumps family law cases with all other kinds of civil lawsuits, because divorce is ultimately about a family that’s going through a traumatic time,” Algert says. “With the collaborative process, parties decide up front that they are going to avoid the conflict of trial, and instead focus their energy and resources on reaching an agreement that best suits the family.” Algert, who is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, was one of the first lawyers trained in collaborative law. In 2004, her enthusiasm for the process led her to focus exclusively on collaborative cases, “I’m more comfortable, and I believe more effective, in the role of a conflictresolution specialist,” she explains. “I think that for those who can do it, the collaborative process is so much better for their family.” This year, Algert was selected by her peers as 2013 Best Lawyers’ Austin Lawyer of the Year for collaborative family law, after being named in 2011 as the Austin family law Lawyer of the Year. Beyond her practice, she serves on the board of directors for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas.

HOUSTOn Since 1985—when she was board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization—Wendy Burgower has been consistently recognized by her peers for her skilled advocacy. In 2013, she was selected as Best Lawyers’ Houston Lawyer of the Year for family law, and she was previously named in Texas Lawyer’s “Go-To Guide.” Burgower has also chaired the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and is the current president-elect of the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. But the recognition she has received goes beyond accolades and leadership positions—what truly distinguishes Burgower is that when attorneys need a divorce, they call her. “I’ve represented many attorneys in family law matters,” she notes, “and I think that’s because I have a long history of doing family law and therefore a good sense of the field’s dynamics.” Over her career, Burgower has developed particular experience in common law marriage and custody cases. In 2002, she obtained the largest family law tort judgment in Texas history at the time—$3 million in damages—when she represented Darlina Brown against the hand surgeon Dr. Michael Brown. While Burgower says she loves a good jury trial, she notes: “I work hard to tailor-make settlements that fulfill my clients’ needs, and nine times out of ten I can get my clients’ cases settled; so clients are comfortable knowing that if I go to a courtroom I can win, but I won’t make them go to court.”

SAN ANTONIO In the field of natural resources law, there is little attorney Laura Burney hasn’t done. During her 29-year career, she has worked as an advocate, expert, mediator, and arbitrator in oil and gas disputes, while also writing and speaking on related legal issues. In 2010, Burney returned to the faculty of her alma mater, St. Mary’s University School of Law (SMU), after having taught natural resources law there from 1985 to 2004. “I started off in academia, and that really created the opportunity in my private practice to work in many different capacities,” says Burney, who served as the Albert and Helen Herrmann Professor of Natural Resources Law while a tenured professor at the school. Burney had only been teaching at SMU for two years when she published the article that would launch her into the oil and gas practice. The piece involved an oil and gas title issue known as the “other minerals” problem, and she soon followed it with another article on an infamous Texas title issue—the two-grant doctrine. Because of that article, Concord Oil hired Burney to brief and argue a case before the Texas Supreme Court, where the company ultimately prevailed. “Focusing in this area has allowed me to work with, for, and against, some of the best lawyers in the country,” says Burney, Best Lawyers’ 2013 San Antonio Lawyer of the Year for natural resources law. “So understandably, there’s something of a mutual admiration society among oil and gas law practitioners.” | 9

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Marcia E. Backus, Trina Hill Chandler

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Dallas Law Offices of Shirley Baccus-Lobel

Hughes Vanderburg Williams & Bartoletti

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or 15 years, Patricia Nellenbach Carter has focused solely in the area of family law, building one of the state’s most respected divorce practices: Not only is she board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and included in The Best Lawyers in America, but her firm, Short Carter Morris, LLP, has been ranked Tier 1 in Houston for family law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” “I’m just a zealous advocate,” Carter says of the recognition she has received. “I work hard to resolve cases amicably, but I am comfortable in the courtroom and am always preparing for the possibility that some cases have to be litigated, and I think that’s essential, especially when you’re fighting for clients whose issues are a little out of the norm.” Over her career, Carter has developed a particular focus on child-related issues, handling high-conflict custody cases and cases involving children with special needs, as well as representing parties other than parents—such as grandparents, siblings, and other family members—in contested child custody matters. “Those cases can be extremely challenging because they require you to work outside of the standard provisions in the family code,” Carter notes, “but as a mother of three, I feel very strongly about advocating for the child’s best interest.” Carter also credits her success to the mentorship she has received during her career and her work and membership in several family law-related organizations, particularly as a board member and officer of the Houston Bar Association Family Law Section and as a member and past-chair of the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists; she also holds a fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a longtime member of the Burta Rhodes Raborn Family Law Inns of Court.

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Debbie Dudley Branson: Practicing The Value of Good Works

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espite the often-intense workload that comes with being a key member of one of the state’s most respected plaintiffs’ law firms, Debbie Dudley Branson has always made time in her busy schedule for work on behalf of community, political, and civic causes, including mentoring young leaders. Raised in a family of lawyers starting with her great-grandfather, Ms. Branson strongly believes that working with worthwhile community groups and serving as a mentor should go hand-in-hand with the privilege of being a lawyer. When Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins sought out Ms. Branson to fill a spot on the Parkland Health and Hospital System Board of Managers, she agreed. Since beginning her role with Parkland, she has been elected chair of the high-profile board, where her volunteer position has become one of the most challenging and rewarding assignments in an already distinctive career. “The judge called and said, ‘I really need you to do this,’” she says. “Nobody had any idea what the role would eventually involve, but I accepted the job, and I intend to do my part in seeing it through.” Ms. Branson maintains her role as chair of the Parkland board as Dallas County’s taxpayer-funded public hospital faces critically important challenges. Many days, she finds herself representing the public face of Parkland while the hospital

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system navigates regulatory and oversight challenges, political and budgetary issues, and a nationwide search for a new CEO. Meanwhile, the federal Affordable Care Act’s overhaul of health care delivery in the U.S. is creating seismic changes for how all of the nation’s hospitals do business. As the only public hospital in Dallas County, Parkland’s long-term future will affect millions of North Texas residents and provide an enormous economic impact on the region. As a veteran trial attorney, Ms. Branson is comfortable with high-stakes cases and taking on the related problem-solving challenges. “It’s been a big learning curve in some respects, but my training and background have been extremely useful,” she says.

GOOD LAWYERING SHOULD ALWAYS MAKE YOU FEEL PROUD. The challenges amount to a full-time volunteer job, which Ms. Branson maintains in addition to her work as a lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, one of the state’s premier trial litigation firms. The Dallas-based firm is widely known for representing serious injury victims in cases involving dangerous products, oil field accidents, and truck crashes. The firm is also recognized for its work in high-stakes commercial litigation. In her role at The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson,

Debbie Dudley Branson

Ms. Branson utilizes a graduate degree in psychology to develop trial strategy and courtroom communication themes. Together, Ms. Branson and her fellow firm attorneys have earned record verdicts and settlements for many injured clients while working to ensure the safety of consumer products

and corporate practices. Ms. Branson handles all of her work based on her strong belief that attorneys share an obligation to make a difference in people’s lives. “It doesn’t have to be a big thing—just a good thing,” she says. “Good lawyering should always make you feel proud.” | 11

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Former Judge Marilea Lewis: A Proven Leader

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ormer Judge Marilea Lewis has much to be proud of: a well-respected judicial career spanning 24 years, a 30year marriage, two children who are both practicing attorneys in Dallas, and, on top of that, a Texas heritage that goes back five generations. Lewis notes that it was her deep pride in her Texas roots that, in part, shaped her decision to join the bench in 1986. “One of the reasons I really enjoyed my time on the bench was because I was able to provide a very necessary public service to the litigants, attorneys, and the State of Texas,” she says. Prior to becoming a judge, Lewis—who earned both her undergraduate and law degrees at Baylor University—entered the practice of law, working for two years at a small plaintiffs’ firm. She then joined the attorney general’s office for six months before opening her own practice in Dallas. Still, at the time, Lewis felt the best use of her talents would be on the bench, and in 1986 she became the master referee for the 305th District Court, which has jurisdiction of juvenile law matters. “I found that being on the bench was better suited for my ability to see issues from a variety of different angles,” Lewis explains. “I very much enjoyed being an advocate when I was first in private practice, but as my practice progressed, I decided that I could be the most effective as a judge.” Lewis served as an Associate Judge in the 305th District Court for six years, and in 1992, she became an Associate Judge for the 330th Family District

Court. After a decade in that role, she was elected as the judge of the 330th District Court in 2002. Lewis held that position for two fouryear terms before returning to private practice in January 2012. “Going from the bench to private practice, I’ve found it very rewarding to be able to assist individuals with such emotionally charged issues,” Lewis says of her transition. “It certainly helps that I understand what judges are listening for—what evidence needs to be presented to the court to get the point across without belaboring irrelevant or ancillary issues.” In returning to private practice, Lewis decided on the trial and appellate firm of Godwin Ronquillo, a midsized firm based in Dallas with a national practice. She says that joining the firm was an easy decision, given its diverse client base and supportive environment: “I was extremely impressed by how active the firm was in helping each attorney

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Marilea Lewis

for the new name shareholder position. Not to mention, she is highly esteemed in the legal community: This year, Lewis was both AV®-Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell and included in The Best Lawyers in America. She is also a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the Texas Family Law Foundation, a

Going from the bench to private practice, I’ve found it very rewarding to be able to assist individuals with such emotionally charged issues. reach his or her full potential. It’s an approach that’s very conducive to creating a firm where all of the attorneys are representing their clients to the best of their ability.” When Marcos Ronquillo left the firm to pursue other opportunities in the fall of 2012, Lewis’ leadership— she chairs the Family Law Litigation and ADR practice groups—made her a perfect fit

past chair of the curriculum committee for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, and a past president of the Annette Stewart American Inn of Court. “Marilea is a proven leader who has shown time and again to be the ideal person for this role,” says Donald Godwin, who is currently lead trial attorney for Halliburton in all civil litigation concerning BP’s Macondo well blowout in the

Gulf of Mexico. “The insight, strength, and passion she has gained over multiple terms on the bench bring a new level of service to our clients, and we are very pleased to have her with us.” Indeed, in just two years at the newly renamed Godwin Lewis, Lewis has significantly developed the firm’s family law section: whereas before the firm just had attorneys who occasionally handled family law matters, it now has a group of five attorneys who are dedicated to the practice. In addition, these lawyers have access to attorneys who focus in areas such as probate, tax, bankruptcy, health care, and environmental law. Still, Lewis emphasizes that the firm’s goal isn’t simply to expand: “We primarily want to focus on providing the highest quality representation to our clients, and with our wealth of experience and variety of backgrounds, we believe that’s what we’re doing right now.” | 13

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Austin Beckett Tackett & Jetel Amy P. Jetel Bennett Flaherty Frances H. Bennett DuBois, Bryant & Campbell Michele A. Mobley Eccles & McIntosh Beth Ann Eccles** Giordani Swanger Ripp & Phillips Leslie C. Giordani Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody Patricia A. Campbell

Hopper Mikeska D’Ana Mikeska Law Offices of Deborah Green Deborah A. Green Law Offices of Rhonda H. Brink Rhonda H. Brink Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Deleery Elizabeth G. Deleery Richards Rodriguez & Skeith Kathleen Ford Bay** Dallas Benenati Law Firm Shannon G. Guthrie Calloway, Norris, Burdette & Weber Mary Clariday Burdette* K&L Gates Kathryn G. Henkel Law Office of Barbara McComas Anderson Barbara McComas Anderson Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller Lisa H. Jamieson Smith & Stephens Marjorie J. Stephens Thompson & Knight Barbara B. Ferguson El Paso Hobson, Stribling & Carson Stancy Stribling**, Karin Armen Carson, Leila Safi Hobson Kemp Smith Amy S. Sanders Houston Andrews Kurth Terri Lacy** Anne Hardiman Anne Hardiman Baker Botts Paige K. Ben-Yaacov Baker Williams & Matthiesen Lynne H. Williams Betty B. Moser Betty B. Moser Crain, Caton & James Sarah Patel Pacheco** Davis & Willms Melissa Willms Dinkins Kelly Lenox Lamb & Walker Linda Kelly Farner & Perrin Wendy M. Farner Fizer Beck Webster Bentley & Scroggins Stefnee D. Ashlock, Kristi N. Elsom Locke Lord Stephanie Donaho Marjorie S. Schultz & Associates Marjorie S. Schultz Sharon B. Gardner Sharon Brand Gardner names in red indicate lawyers selected for 30 years

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Houston Vinson & Elkins Sharon M. Mattox

Angela Pence England FAMILY LAW Angela Pence England, a founding shareholder of Tindall & England, P.C. was named one of Super Lawyer’s Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas for the past two years. She assists clients with finding efficient and amicable solutions to their family law disputes with the goals of preserving economic resources and protecting family harmony. Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2000, Angela has experience in complex property disputes, custody matters, and premarital and marital property agreements. She litigates, collaborates, mediates, and arbitrates cases in all areas of family law. She is actively involved in local and statewide bar organizations and is a co-author of Sampson & Tindall’s Texas Family Code Annotated.

Tindall & England, P.C.

1300 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 1550 | Houston, Texas 77056 phone 713.622.8733 | fax 713.622.8744 email

Kat Tidd FRANCHISE 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, and 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.

Law Offices - Kat Tidd, P.C.

Two Lincoln Centre | 5420 LBJ Freeway, Suite 300 Dallas, TX 75240 phone 972.247.6934 | fax 972.247.7535 | email | 15

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Left to right: Charla Bradshaw, Heather King, Sherri Evans, and Julie Crawford. Not pictured: Kristy Piazza Blanchard.

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s one of the largest family law firms in the Southwest, KoonsFuller has the resources and experience to handle any family law case. Founded in 1978, the firm has grown to five offices, including 13 attorneys who are board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and seven attorneys who are included in The Best Lawyers in America. “What makes KoonsFuller unique is that we operate as one firm, where every attorney has the firm’s entire resources available to them,” says Sherri Evans, who, along with Charla H. Bradshaw, Julie Crawford, Heather King, and Kristy Piazza Blanchard, is one of the five women Best Lawyers at the firm. Evans is the managing shareholder for the firm’s Houston office and the current chair of the State Bar of Texas’ Family Law Section. With 20 years of family law experience, she is uniquely qualified to litigate complex property cases and has represented many oil executives throughout her career. Bradshaw, the managing shareholder for the firm’s Denton office, also has more than 20 years of experience. As the owner of a cattle and equine

KoonsFuller, P.C. Uptown Dallas

1717 McKinney Avenue Suite 1500 | Dallas, TX 75202 phone 214.871.2727


320 West Eagle Drive Suite 200 | Denton, TX76201 phone 940.442.6677


KoonsFuller, P.C.

ranch in Denton, Texas, she has extensive knowledge of the complexities that arise in farm and ranch divorces and often handles cases involving rural property issues. Crawford is also a shareholder at the firm and works out of the Plano office. She has 15 years of experience and frequently represents high-networth clients in complex cases involving businesses and land. Additionally, she has a particular focus on child custody and other child-related matters. King joined KoonsFuller in 2007 as a managing attorney for the firm’s Southlake office. She has 18 years of experience in family law and is known throughout the legal community as a top appellate attorney, though her practice is evenly divided between appellate and trial work. “At a firm our size, we’ve encountered every issue no matter how unusual,” King notes. “Our clients include many wealthy, high-profile individuals, so being able to call upon the firm’s broad resources in those complex, high-asset cases can make all the difference in the world.”

109 North Post Oak Lane Suite 425 | Houston, TX 77024 phone 713.789.5112

West Plano

5700 West Plano Parkway Suite 2200 | Plano, TX 75093 phone 972.769.2727

Southlake Town Square 181 Grand Avenue Suite 225 | Southlake, TX 76092 phone 817.481.2710

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