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Stephen McKethan, 35 Local attorney, husband and father By Michael Ross

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riginally from China Spring, local attorney Stephen McKethan – partner at the law firm of McKethan Espinoza PLLC — completed his undergrad at Texas Tech University, then went on to earn his law degree at Baylor. So what brought him to Stephenville? “My best friend played basketball here and I would come to watch him play, so I got pretty familiar with Stephenville and really liked it,” Stephen said. “When I graduated from Baylor Law School I didn’t want to stay in Waco – my girlfriend at the time who’s now my wife, Stephanie, was living in the Dallas area. So I started looking for a job up there but didn’t find anything. However, there was an opening here at the Allen Firm. I applied and was hired and was happy to be here. “When Stephanie and I got married, she moved down here and even though she was a big city girl, adjusted well and

Attorney Stephen McKethan is active in several local causes like Erath County Habitat for Humanity and the Evening Lions Club. liked it here, too, so we stayed. She is an escrow officer at Cross Timbers Title.” The couple has two sons, Mason and Maddox. In terms of the type of law he practices, Stephen explains, “I do mostly business and real estate. I do a lot of real estate for Cross Timbers Title, and then I represent mainly companies doing business law for them. Litigation and contracts primarily. I also do estate planning.” Stephen said he loves to play golf and co-ed SPARD leagues. “I’m pretty competitive, so I keep pretty active doing sports,” he said. “We have a pool, so we hang out there a lot as a family and our son Mason is very athletic so we spend a lot of our time doing that – Little League and soccer. My

wife coaches his soccer team, in fact. She played soccer in college.” Stephen is also involved in other community causes: He was Erath County Bar Association president in 2012. He’s also active with Erath County Habitat for Humanity, sitting on its board of directors from 2008–2013; as its president 2009–2011, and as vice president 2011-2013 and as a volunteer there from 2013 to present

He’s also a member of the Stephenville Evening Lions Club and involved in Leadership Stephenville and the Stephenville Economic Development Corporation.

Jeremy Derington, 38 A man of family, faith and community service By Michael Ross

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eremy Derington practices law at the Allen Firm and loves helping people find solutions to various challenges in

their businesses. When he’s not at work, Jeremy is largely occupied on bike rides and walks in local parks with his wife of 16 years, Janice, and their four kids: Hanna, 9,

Makenna, 7, Cora, 4, and Carter, who recently turned one. “I graduated from high school in Plainview. But my wife grew up in Gorman, so that’s how we ended up here,” he said. Derington earned his undergrad and law school degrees at Texas Tech University. “Between undergrad and law school, I taught school for one year. My dad was a teacher, my wife was a teacher, my brother was a teacher and my sister is a teacher. Obviously it runs in the family, so after getting my degree, I thought I’d give it a try,” he said. “I taught ag for one year and enjoyed it, but ultimately decided I wanted to go to law school and

Local attorney Jeremy Derington spreads out his efforts between family, business law, church and community service. that turned out to be the right choice for me. I really like what I do and enjoy the feeling of helping people get to where they want to go in their businesses.” The family attends First Baptist Stephenville where he is a deacon, serves on the Finance Committee and teaches Sunday School. He’s also a member the Optimist Club and on the board of directors of Choices Clinic and served as president of the Erath County Bar Association in 2015. 11

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