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Class of 2015

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Shelisa Brock

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Shelisa Brock has been elected to partnership at Jackson Walker LLP. A double Longhorn, Brock specializes in labor and employment law and has been named among the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch and as a Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers.

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Nicholas Bruno

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Nicholas Bruno has become board-certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Bruno is an associate at the Houston office at Beck Redden LLP.

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Mary Kate Raffetto

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Mary Kate Raffetto is joining the partnership at Beck Redden LLP. Raffetto is a trial and appellate specialist with significant experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

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Alex Robertson

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Alex Robertson has been elected to partnership at Vinson & Elkins’ Dallas office. Robertson focuses his practice on M&A and capital markets and serves as president of the Mergers and Acquisitions Section of the Dallas Bar Association.

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Daniel Williams

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Daniel Williams has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in New York. A member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice and Corporate Department, he advises private equity sponsors, their portfolio companies, and strategic investors in M&A, dispositions, and asset sales transactions.

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Daniel Williams

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Daniel Williams has been elected to partnership at Latham & Watkins LLP. Williams is a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice and Corporate Department.

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Stephen K. Moulton

Stephen K. Moulton

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Stephen K. Moulton has been joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Dallas office as a senior attorney. A former federal prosecutor and assistant United States attorney, Moulton is a member of the firm’s Government Enforcement & Investigations Practice Group.

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Obadele Thompson

Obadele Thompson

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Obadele Thompson has been elected to the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) Board of Directors. Not only is he a skilled litigator, Thompson is also a three-time Olympian and the only Olympic medalist from Barbados.

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Andres Contreras

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Andres Contreras, an associate at Munsch Hardt, is featured in the 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” directory in the Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation–Defendants categories. Contreras focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts.

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Connor D. Best

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Connor Best (’15), an associate at Munsch Hardt, has been featured in the 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” directory in the Construction Law category.
Connor’s practice focuses on a wide range of complex business litigation matters, including commercial disputes, construction matters and labor and employment litigation.

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Mary Kate Raffetto

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Mary Kate Raffetto has been named to the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation. Raffetto is an associate at Beck Redden LLP and was previously included in the 2023 Lawdragon 500 X – The Next Generation guide.

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Nicholas Bruno

Nicholas Bruno

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Nicholas Bruno was named in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for his work in Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation. Bruno is an associate at Beck Redden LLP and is a member of the Houston Bar Association’s Appellate Section Committee.

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Mary Kate Raffetto

Mary Kate Raffetto

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Mary Kate Raffetto has been named to the 2023 Lawdragon 500 X – The Next Generation guide. Raffetto is an associate at Beck Redden and focuses her practice on appellate and commercial litigation.

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Kelsi Stayart White

Kelsi Stayart White

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Kelsi Stayart White has been named to the 2023 Lawdragon 500 X – The Next Generation guide. White is an associate at Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing and focuses her practice on commercial litigation.

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Amy Farish

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Amy Farish has been promoted to partnership at the litigation boutique Yetter Coleman, LLP. Farish was recognized in the 2022 Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” list in Commercial Litigation and serves on the Houston Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors.

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Alexandra Harrison Gaiser

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Alexandra Harrison Gaiser has been appointed to the board of trustees at The King’s College. She currently works as the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Bitcoin company River Financial, Inc. and previously served as the Executive Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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Mary Kate Raffetto

Mary Kate Raffetto

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Mary Kate Raffetto has been recognized as a 2023 Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers. Raffetto was an educator prior to beginning her legal career, where she specializes in appellate matters and commercial litigation.

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Nicholas Bruno

Nicholas Bruno

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Nicholas Bruno has been recognized as a 2023 Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers. Bruno regularly practices in all levels of the Texas appellate system, representing clients in a wide range of litigation.

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Max Africk

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Max Africk has been named General Counsel at Legacy Housing Corporation. Africk most recently served as an attorney at King & Spalding LLP, where he focused on complex commercial litigation.

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Brittany Dadon

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Brittany Dadon has become a partner at Stahl, Davies, Sewell, Chavarria & Friend. She specializes in real estate, regulatory, and permitting aspects of utility scale wind, solar, and battery storage projects in Texas. While at the firm, Dadon has worked on wind, solar, battery storage, and natural gas energy projects at various stages.

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Samoneh (Sammy) Schickel

Samoneh “Sammy” Schickel

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Samoneh “Sammy” Schickel has joined McDermott Will & Emery as a partner specializing in patent litigation. Schickel previously served as a senior associate at Baker Botts LLP.

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Aashish Kapadia

Aashish Kapadia

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Aashish Kapadia has joined McDermott Will & Emery as a partner specializing in intellectual property litigation, post-grant trials and patent prosecution. Kapadia previously served as a senior associate at Baker Botts LLP.

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Mary Kate Raffetto

Mary Kate Raffetto

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Mary Kate Raffetto has been named a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Raffetto is an associate in the Houston office of Beck Redden LLP and specializes in appellate law and commercial litigation.

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Nicholas Bruno

Nicholas Bruno

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Nicholas Bruno has been recognized as a 2022 Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers. Bruno is an associate at Beck Redden LLP, where he  practices in all levels of the Texas appellate system.

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Aimee Vidaurri

Aimee Vidaurri

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Aimee Vidaurri has been selected as a Foundation Fellow for the San Antonio Bar Foundation. Vidaurri is a senior associate at the San Antonio office of Norton Rose Fulbright and a member of the dispute resolution and litigation group.

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Marianne Nitsch

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Marianne Nitsch has been elected shareholder with Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, PC in Austin, Texas.

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Mary Kate Raffetto

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Mary Kate Raffetto has been recognized in the 2022 The Best Lawyers in America ranking of the nation’s top legal talent. She is an associate with Beck Redden who specializes in Commercial Litigation.

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Grant O’Hickey

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Grant O’Hickey joined Gunster in Jacksonville, FL, where his practice focuses on commercial litigation and e-discovery.

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Andrea Meza

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Andrea Meza has joined the Board of Directors at Mabel Center for Immigrant Justice.  Meza is the Director of Family Detention Services at RAICES, which offers free universal representation to families held in ICE custody at the Karnes family prison in Karnes City, Texas.

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Michael Hurta

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Wright Close & Barger welcomes the University of Texas School of Law alumnus Michael Hurta, who will bolster the firm’s trial and appellate practice.

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Kent McKinley

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Kent McKinley has joined the Boston firm Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing as a litigation associate. Kent counsels clients across a range of industries including corporate defense, product manufacturing, heavy machinery and automotive.

Shana McGirl

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On February 1, 2018, Shana McGirl joined McGinnis Lochridge—a legal fixture in Austin for 90 years—as Associate. McGinnis Lochridge has a strong presence in Austin and Houston, providing legal counsel on business and financial matters, and advocating for clients before administrative agencies, at the state capitol, and in courthouses across Texas and throughout the Southwest.

Kelsi Stayart White, Cameron Byrd

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In October, Cameron Byrd and Kelsi Stayart White won a secured lending federal jury verdict in the Southern District of Texas. Cameron Byrd was first chair, and Kelsi White was second chair. They both practice at AZA in Houston, Texas.

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Theanna Sedlock

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Theanna M. Sedlock has joined Polsinelli’s Dallas office as a new associate in the Labor and Employment practice. Sedlock has experience representing employers in state and federal court litigation, arbitrations, and mediations involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, unpaid wages and breaches of contract, and draws on her valuable pre-practice experience in the Human Resources department of a national insurance company.

Connor D. Best

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Connor Best has joined Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Austin under the litigation practice group. Prior to joining Munsch Hardt, Connor served as a clerk under Justice Jeffrey S. Boyd of the Supreme Court of Texas. During his clerkship, Connor researched and drafted study memos on issues briefed for the court, drafted orders, and contributed to opinions published by the Court. In addition, Connor interned for Justice Eva Guzman of the Supreme Court of Texas, the Honorable Lee Yeakel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, and the Office of the Solicitor General of Texas where he researched and drafted memoranda on tax law, federal habeas corpus law, arbitration and insurance law.

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Allison Cunningham

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Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals presented the new Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court with its Charter at the Federal Courthouse in Austin on April 14. Accepting the Charter from Chief Judge Stewart were Frank A. King (BA ’78, JD ’95), Assistant Attorney General, co-founder and President of the Barbara Jordan Inn of Court; Presiding Judge of the Austin Municipal Court Sherry Statman, President-elect of the Jordan Inn of Court; Treasurer and co-founder, JoAnn Dalrymple (BA ’91, JD ’94)(in absentia); Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd, Counselor of Jordan Inn of Court; and Administrator, Allison Cunningham (BA ‘11, JD ‘15).

Sarah Scott

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Sarah Scott was just hired by Coats Rose, P.C. as an Associate in the Affordable Housing practice group in the Austin office.

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