Dallas Trial Lawyer Steve Stodghill to Receive Pair of Honors

Texas litigator Steve Stodghill, partner in the Dallas office of Winston & Strawn, is being honored with two awards this month.

On Nov. 15 he will be presented with the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) 2018 Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award.

The Schoenbrun Award has been presented annually since 1989 to a member of the North Texas legal community in recognition of outstanding leadership, exemplary contributions to the community, and a commitment to the ideals of the ADL. Founded in 1913, the ADL is a leading civil rights and human rights organization devoted to fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry and discrimination.

“At the heart of the mission of the ADL is the fight against injustice and intolerance,” said Stodghill. “The use of bully tactics, whether it be on a personal or professional level, is something I abhor. I am thankful I am able to use my legal skills to help in that fight. Our current social climate has made it even more imperative that we stand up for what is right and for those who are being intimidated.”

Stodghill and his wife, Anne, will be honored on Nov. 16 by the Business Council for the Arts as 2018 Obelisk Award honorees. They will be presented with the Juror’s Award for their lifetime advancement of the arts.

The Obelisk Awards recognize companies and individuals whose contributions and achievements in the arts have made a profound impact in North Texas. Instrumental in promoting the growth of the Dallas Film Society, the organization presented its inaugural Stodghill Award earlier this year to recognize individuals for their long-term efforts on behalf of the art of film.

“While these are two very different honors, one thing that they share is a recognition of Steve’s unwavering dedication to the community. When he believes in a cause he is nothing short of a force of nature,” said Tom Melsheimer, managing partner of the Dallas office of Winston & Strawn. Along with Todd Wagner, co-founder of Broadcast.com and founder and CEO of The Charity Network, Tom is co-chair of the 2018 Schoenbrun Award luncheon.



West Mermis Named to National Best Law Firms for 2019

Houston-based construction and business litigation firm West Mermis, PLLC, has earned national recognition among the Best Law Firms in the country by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.

The firm was selected to the 2019 list of construction litigation firms recognized nationally, and in the Houston metro area, West Mermis is ranked in the top tier of such law firms.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers selection process involves a lawyer survey and feedback from clients on a firm’s expertise, responsiveness and cost-effectiveness along with other questions.

Read details about the award.






Dallas-Based Bailey Brauer Recognized Among Best Law Firms in America

Dallas-based litigation boutique Bailey Brauer PLLC has earned recognition among the Best Law Firms in the country for 2019 by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America. The firm was singled out for its appellate work.

Selection is based on extensive client and attorney evaluations, practice-specific peer review and editorial review. To be eligible for consideration, a firm must have a lawyer listed in the annual Best Lawyers in America guide. Firm co-founders Clayton Bailey and Alex Brauer are each recognized in the 2019 edition – Bailey for his appellate work and Brauer for commercial litigation.

“This firm works to provide our clients exceptional legal advice start to finish, from negotiating disputes and preparing for litigation to trying a case and following through on appeal,” said Brauer. “To be considered among the top firms is validation of our dedication to our clients.”

In October, Bailey was named a Litigation Star in commercial litigation for the fifth year in a row by the Benchmark Litigation legal guide. He was also recognized by Benchmark for his competition-based litigation practice, as well as his international arbitration work.

Bailey and Brauer were each selected to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers listing for their business litigation work. The guide to Texas’ top lawyers is published annually by Thomson Reuters in Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines.

Earlier this year, Brauer was recognized for a third consecutive time among D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas.



Texas Lawyer Names Miranda Jones Top Woman in IP Law

Texas Lawyer has singled out Heim, Payne & Chorush partner Miranda Jones as its “Top Woman in IP” for the publication’s 2018 Professional Excellence honors.

The statewide recognition is based on Jones’ intellectual property law experience and numerous successes and professional accomplishments, which include trial counsel leadership roles in multimillion-dollar patent infringement litigation and significant appellate work at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jones is a partner in the firm’s national patent litigation practice group, representing patent holders as trial and appellate counsel in infringement litigation involving new technology in cutting-edge areas.

Read more about the honor.



Carrington Coleman’s Cathy Altman Named to Trinity River Authority Board

Cathy Altman, a partner in the Dallas office of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, has been appointed to the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Altman, who chairs Carrington Coleman’s construction group, is one of five new directors appointed to the 25-member board that oversees the development and conservation of surface water resources of the Trinity River, according to a release from the firm. Three additional members were reappointed to new six-year terms.

“The Trinity is one of this state’s most vital resources,” said Altman. The river flows 710 miles from North Texas to Galveston Bay, making it the largest river basin with a watershed entirely within the borders of Texas.

“It is a privilege to be among this select group of individuals entrusted with the responsibility of not only being good stewards of the environmental resources of the river, but also guiding development across the Trinity basin.”

The board is composed of directors representing each of the counties in the Trinity River Basin and three at-large directors. Altman, a resident of Midlothian, replaces longtime board member Harold Barnard, who represented Ellis County for 17 years. The appointment was applauded by State Sen. Brian Birdwell, who called Altman an “exceptional choice. Ellis County and the state of Texas will be well served by her.”

Altman is a member of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Construction Law and serves on the Construction Industry specialty panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators. She is chair of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a board member of the North Texas Commission, a public-private partnership.



Dallas Firm Named Tops in U.S. Law for Business Disputes

Loewinsohn Flegle Deary SimonDallas business trial law firm Loewinsohn Flegle Deary Simon won the No. 1 spot for the Elite Trial Lawyers award, based on research by VerdictSearch, The National Law Journal and Law.com.

Three of the firm’s co-founders, Alan Loewinsohn, Craig Simon, and Matt Ray, accepted the award during a reception at the Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel on October 5.

The firm’s recent litigation includes a trial victory that resulted in a $6 billion verdict – the largest verdict of 2017 and one of the Top 10 verdicts in U.S. history.

Read details about the honor.



5 Estes Thorne & Carr Partners Win Recognition

Five Estes Thorne & Carr partners have been named to the 2019 listing of The Best Lawyers in America and the 2018 listing of Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

In commercial  law, Dawn Estes was recognized by Best Lawyers, and she won Top 100 recognition from Super Lawyers.

In family law, Jessica Thorne won recognition from both awards lists, and Lori Carr won dual recognition in labor law.

In commercial litigation, Carol Payne won dual recognition, and Linda Moore was honored by Super Lawyers.

Read about the honors.




Muse Communications LLC Named One of Dallas’ Best Legal Public Relations Firms

The readers of Texas Lawyer have selected Muse Communications LLC as one of Dallas’ best legal public relations agencies. The recognition came as part of the publication’s “Best of 2018” survey, in which readers selected the state’s best legal vendors.

Founded in 2016, Muse Communications provides content marketing and public relations for lawyers and law firms.

“We’re excited to make this list after only two years in business, and it’s wonderful to be in such great company,” says Amy Boardman Hunt, the firm’s founder.

Read more about the honor.



Five Rusty Hardin Lawyers Recognized for Civil, Criminal, and Appellate Work

Five lawyers with with Houston-based Rusty Hardin & Associates have earned recognition in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a U.S. peer-review guide to attorneys.

Firm founder Rusty Hardin, who has won some of the nation’s most high-profile trials and earned some of the legal profession’s most prestigious honors, is featured for both commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense work. He was also rated Lawyer of the Year for 2019 in the Houston area for white-collar criminal defense.

Firm partners Andy Drumheller and Derek Hollingsworth, both former prosecutors, are recognized for their white-collar criminal defense expertise. Of counsel Cathy Cochran and firm partner Joe Roden are listed for their appellate work. All of the five lawyers have been recognized in previous editions of the Best Lawyers list.

Read details about the honors.



Dallas Attorney Deborah Hankinson Honored as One of State’s Top 3 Lawyers

Alternative dispute resolution attorney and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson has earned recognition as one of the Top Three attorneys in the state by Texas Super Lawyers.

It is the fourth time since 2012 that she has been selected among the Top Three attorneys in the state by the peer-review rating service. She also has ranked consistently among Texas’ Top 10 lawyers over the past eight years and has been selected among the state’s Top 50 Women attorneys every year since the inaugural Texas Super Lawyers listing was released in 2003.

Earlier this year, Hankinson was named the Dallas Arbitration Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America. In 2016, she was selected to The National Law Journal’s inaugural ADR Champions list recognizing alternative dispute resolution trailblazers from across the nation. She also has garnered wide-ranging recognition from legal guides and business publications, including Chambers USA, Benchmark Appellate, Texas Lawyer, Dallas Business Journal, D Magazine, the Dallas Bar Association and Lawdragon.

Texas Super Lawyers selections are based on peer nominations and evaluations, as well as independent editorial research. No more than 5 percent of eligible Texas attorneys are chosen each year for practice-specific recognition. The attorneys with the highest rankings regardless of practice focus are chosen for additional recognition. The full 2018 listing appears in the October edition of Texas Monthly and in the Texas edition of Super Lawyers magazine. The list also is available online at http://www.superlawyers.com.



West Mermis Co-Founders Earn National Recognition

Lawrence J. West and Joshua W. Mermis, co-founders of the Houston-based litigation boutique West Mermis PLLC, have both been named to the 2019 listing of The Best Lawyers in America as well as the 2018 listing of Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

West and Mermis have been recognized for two consecutive years by Best Lawyers for their work in construction litigation.

In addition to this year’s Super Lawyers recognition, West has been named to the Texas Super Lawyers list each year since 2014.

Mermis was first recognized in 2017, after earning appearances on the companion Texas Rising Stars list from 2010-2011 and again from 2014-2016.

Read about the awards.



Deans & Lyons Co-Founder Named Among DFW’s Top 100 Attorneys

Attorney Michael Lyons, co-founder of the Texas-based trial firm Deans & Lyons, has been selected among Dallas-Fort Worth’s Top 100 attorneys in the 2018 edition of the Texas Super Lawyers legal guide.

The Top 100 list recognizes the DFW region’s leading attorneys regardless of practice focus. In addition to this distinction, Lyons earned selection among The Best Lawyers in America for 2019. He has also been recognized among the top “high stakes” trial lawyers in the state as a member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, as well as a member of America’s Top 100 Attorneys for Texas Lifetime Achievement. In 2017, he was named among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for North Texas.

Also earning 2018 Texas Super Lawyers honors were firm co-founder Greg Deans for his products liability and mass tort work and partner Katie Stepp for her general litigation practice.

Earlier this year, three of the firm’s lawyers were selected to the companion Rising Stars list of the top young attorneys in the state. Partners Chris Simmons and Courtney Bowline were recognized along with associate Lana Beverly for their outstanding work on both personal injury and commercial litigation matters.

Read details about the honors.



Houston Trial Lawyer David Bissinger Earns Texas Super Lawyers Recognition

Trial lawyer David Bissinger, a founder of Houston-based Bissinger, Oshman & Williams LLP, has been selected for a 12th consecutive year to the Texas Super Lawyers list.

Bissinger was recognized in the annual legal guide for his work involving complex commercial disputes. The honor is particularly significant, he said, given the number of exceptional litigators practicing in Texas. “The scope, complexity, and magnitude of business in Texas attracts the best lawyers in the world. To continue to be chosen among this elite group of advocates is a true honor.”

In a news release, the firm said Bissinger’s practice focuses on representing clients involved in securities and commercial fiduciary litigation, energy and technology matters, and executive compensation, banking, and real estate. He has first-chair jury trial and complex commercial arbitration experience for both plaintiffs and defendants. He also routinely represents businesses and individuals in internal and government investigations. He has served as an arbitrator in disputes before the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA).

A frequent writer and speaker on legal issues, he has written extensively on commercial trial advocacy in a world of digital evidence and vanishing jury trials. Most recently, he has written on courtroom psychology, trial tactics, and controlling trial costs. For example, he shared his tips for keeping jurors engaged during trial in an Aug. 8, 2018, Texas Lawyer commentary, “Want to Improve Your Trial Skills? Be Cognizant of the Clock.”

“Lawyers today come to court with evidence in dozens of boxes or gigabytes of hard drive space. They often forget that their audience – whether judges, jurors, or even seasoned commercial arbitrators – need to see the big picture before they can absorb the details that the lawyers have spent months or years collecting. A major aspect of what I do for my clients involves eliminating unnecessary details from a case whenever possible and to lay bare the core decisions that the judges, jurors, or arbitrators must make.”

A former chairman of the Houston Bar Association’s Securities Litigation and Arbitration Section, Bissinger is AV-rated “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the organization’s highest peer rating for legal skills and ethics. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa.

Texas Super Lawyers is published annually by Thomson Reuters in Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines. Selection is based on a statewide survey of lawyers and extensive editorial review. For more information, visit http://www.superlawyers.com.



Bradley Partner Edward Sledge IV Appointed to IADC Foundation Board

Edward S. Sledge IV, a partner in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Birmingham office, has been appointed to the board of directors of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Foundation. His term runs until February 2020.

“We are proud of Ed’s ongoing service to the legal industry and community, and we congratulate him on his appointment to the board of the International Association of Defense Counsel Foundation,” said Bradley Birmingham Office Managing Partner Dawn Helms Sharff.

A member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group, Sledge represents businesses, including private equity groups, product manufacturers and financial services institutions, in high-exposure civil disputes in a variety of industries, the firm said in a release. His national practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation in courts across the country. In addition, he routinely represents businesses in consumer finance disputes and in personal injury and wrongful death matters.

Sledge received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy.

Founded in 1920, the IADC is the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. The mission of the IADC’s Foundation is to support the rule of law and access for all to a fair and just legal system through education and research, strategic partnerships, and relevant projects.



Chamblee Ryan Observes 20 Years of Litigation Practice

Texas law firm Chamblee Ryan is observing its 20 years of litigation by compiling a long list of victories.

The firm has offices in Dallas and Tyler. Name partners are Bill Chamblee and Jeff Ryan.

“Some firms say they focus on effective client representation,” the firm says on its website. “But our record and reputation in trial litigation compares favorably to any other firm in North Texas, large or small. Since 1998 our attorneys have tried hundreds of cases in the court room, as well as secured favorable results through effective negotiation involving many industries and in many areas of the law.”

See the list of victories.




Five Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson Partners Among Texas’ Top 100 Attorneys

The publishers of Texas Super Lawyers have selected five partners with the family law boutique Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP, among the state’s Top 100 attorneys.

Partners Richard Orsinger, Keith Nelson, Scott Downing, Brad LaMorgese and Lon Loveless were selected to the Top 100 list from the nearly 90,000 eligible attorneys in Texas. The Top 100 recognizes the state’s elite attorneys, regardless of their primary area of practice. No other family law firm in the state has so many attorneys named to the Top 100 for 2018, the firm said in a release.

A total of 11 lawyers were selected among the state’s leading family law attorneys, with several earning additional 2018 accolades.

Six firm attorneys were selected among the Top 100 attorneys in Dallas-Fort Worth: Nelson, Downing, LaMorgese and Loveless, along with partner Jeffrey Anderson and of counsel Marilea Lewis. Lewis also was named to the list of the Top 50 female attorneys in Texas. Orsinger was selected among the Top 50 attorneys in Central/West Texas.

Orsinger, Nelson and Downing have been selected among the state’s top Family Law attorneys every year since 2003. The 2018 recognition is LaMorgese’s 15th time to make the list.

Partners Amber Liddell Alwais and Paul Hewett each earned their sixth selection, while William Reppeto and Loveless were honored for a fifth year. Lewis was selected for a seventh year and associate Hunter Lewis earned recognition for a sixth year.

Super Lawyers selections are based on a combination of peer nominations, evaluations and independent editorial research. No more than 5 percent of Texas attorneys are chosen each year. The full 2018 listing appears in the October editions of Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers, and is available online at http://www.superlawyers.com.



Weisbart Springer Hayes Partner Julie Springer Earns ABOTA Membership

Julie A. Springer, a founding partner of the Austin-based commercial litigation firm Weisbart Springer Hayes, LLP, has been accepted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

ABOTA dedicates itself to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment, which guarantees the right to civil jury trials. Members in this prestigious invitation-only group must have tried a minimum of 10 civil jury trials to conclusion. More than 7,600 lawyers and judges are involved in ABOTA chapters in all 50 states.

“ABOTA is one of the nation’s most effective organizations in championing the ethics, professionalism and principles of the legal profession, and I’m honored to be part of this select group,” Springer said.

In her practice, Springer represents clients in all types of employment and business-related disputes in federal and state courts and before regulatory agencies throughout Texas and the United States. Springer’s litigation experience includes claims of discrimination, harassment and other traditional employment claims; defense of national wage and hour collective and class actions under federal and state law; and business disputes involving breach of contract, breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and misappropriation of trade secret claims.

In addition, Springer has experience in issues involving higher education, such as Title IX litigation, as well as other issues affecting colleges and universities throughout the country. Springer also regularly counsels corporate and individual clients on all facets of the employer-employee relationship, including the negotiation of executive compensation and separation agreements.

A graduate of Baylor Law School who also earned her undergraduate degree from Baylor University, Springer is one of the few lawyers in Texas who is Board Certified in both Labor & Employment Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has earned recognition on the Texas Super Lawyers list each year since 2011, and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.



Deborah Hankinson Named Dallas Arbitration Lawyer of the Year

Texas lawyer Deborah Hankinson has been selected Arbitration Lawyer of the Year for Dallas in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The former Texas Supreme Court justice specializes in conflict resolution, including arbitrations and mediations.

In 2016, Hankinson was selected to The National Law Journal’s inaugural ADR Champions list recognizing trailblazers from across the nation. She also has been recognized by Chambers USA, the Benchmark Appellate guide, Texas Super Lawyers, The National Law Journal, Texas Lawyer, Dallas Business Journal, D Magazine, the Dallas Bar Association and Lawdragon.

Hankinson serves on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association. She is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.



Sayles Werbner Attorneys Once Again Named to Best Lawyers in America

Trial law firm Sayles Werbner is home to seven attorneys selected once again to the annual Best Lawyers in America listing.

Co-founders Richard A. “Dick” Sayles and Mark S. Werbner are included in the list, having earned recognition for more than a decade. Both men are on the 2019 list for their commercial litigation work and bet-the-company prowess; Werbner also is recognized for his white-collar criminal defense work.

Board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law, Sayles’ record includes 150 cases tried to verdict, more than a dozen multimillion-dollar jury verdicts and significant defense wins, the firm said.

Werbner, who is board certified in Civil Trial Law and Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, also has tried more than 150 jury cases.

The 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America includes the following Sayles Werbner shareholders:

· Shawn C. Long: Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants

· Darren P. Nicholson: Litigation – Intellectual Property

· Robert L. Sayles: Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

· William S. Snyder: Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Securities

· Mark E. Torian: White-Collar Criminal Defense

The Best Lawyers in America guide is compiled annually from independent nominations. Prior nominees who handle similar cases review the nominations. Editors make the final selections, recognizing the top attorneys in the country based on their practice areas.



Insurance Attorney Meloney Perry Selected to Best Lawyers in America for 2019

Dallas insurance coverage and litigation attorney Meloney Perry, founder of Perry Law P.C. has been named to the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in recognition of her work in insurance law.

Perry has more than 20 years of experience defending insurance companies in coverage disputes, bad faith and class-action litigation. She serves as the primary regional counsel for a major national insurance firm. She also represents business owners across the country in insurance and business disputes in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

“I’m honored to be included among such a talented group of lawyers,” said Perry. “Our team works very hard for our clients, and being recognized by our peers is confirmation of this hard work.”

Perry was recently named Vice Chair of the Council of Chairs Committee for the State Bar of Texas after holding a position as the 2017-18 Chair of the Insurance Law Section. She is an author and presenter, frequently conducting seminars that focus on insurance coverage issues and the law.

This is the first selection to the respected peer-review listing for Perry. Recognizing the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the country based on their practice areas, The Best Lawyers in America is compiled through a process of independent nominations, followed by a review by prior nominees who handle similar cases. Editors make the final selections.