Nathan Adams has been nominated to the First District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Adams is currently a partner at Holland & Knight LLP.
Raymond Clyde “R.C.” Thompson passed away on June 8, 2022. Thompson was formerly a corporate attorney at Temple-Inland Forest Products Corp.
Ima E. Nsien has been named as a principal in Squire Patton Boggs’ healthcare litigation practice group in the Los Angeles office. Nsien previously provided legal aid to some of the largest providers within the sector, including health insurers, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies.
Jim Hill, a shareholder at Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel, has been selected for inclusion in the 29th Edition of Best Lawyers in America®. He has been named to the Best Lawyers list in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law as well as Commercial Litigation.
Christopher Hawkins, a shareholder at Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel, has been selected for inclusion in the 29th Edition of Best Lawyers in America®. He received special recognition as Best Lawyers® 2023 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” in San Diego.
Susan Richardson passed away recently. An expert in oil and gas litigation, Richardson worked many years with the Gulf Oil Corporation, before joining the firm Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe and Dawson, P.C. She was named a Texas Super Lawyer and one of the top 15 Oil and Gas Female Lawyers in Texas.
Michael Dierberg has been named the Board Chairman of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation (TTEF) after eight years of board service. Dierberg serves as Chairman of the parent company of First Bank.
John Younger passed away on August 18, 2022. Described as a “champion of the underdog,” Younger served in the U.S. Marine Corps, then became a trial attorney in San Antonio.
Andrew Newman has joined the Dallas office of Polsinelli PLC’s commercial litigation practice as a shareholder, where he will work in the areas of business litigation, real estate litigation, and class action defense. While at Texas Law, he served as an associate editor of the Texas Law Review.
David Henderson has been appointed to the ACLU Texas Board of Directors. Henderson is a civil rights attorney at Ellwanger Henderson LLLP and managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office.
Evan McCurdy has joined the Dallas office of Winstead PC’s real estate development and investments practice group as a shareholder.
Michael McBride has been named in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America based on his expertise in the areas of intellectual property lawsuits and patent disputes. McBride is currently a partner at Alavi & Anaipakos PLLC in Houston.
Scott Clark has been included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in intellectual property law. Clark is currently a partner at Alavi Anaipakos PLLC in Houston.
Attorney Brad Caldwell of the Dallas firm of Caldwell Cassady & Curry has been named the 2023 Dallas/Fort Worth Lawyer of the Year for Intellectual Property Litigation in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Brandy R. Manning has started her commercial law practice as a partner at Dykema, specializing in oil and gas litigation.
Robert P. “Bobby” Perel passed away on August 14, 2022. A double Longhorn, Perel was an avid worldwide traveler. He practiced law in West Texas for more than 50 years, specializing in criminal justice.
Paul Burka passed away on August 14, 2022, at the age of 80. After graduating from Texas Law, Burka worked as a political writer and editor for Texas Monthly from the magazine’s beginning in 1974 until 2015.
Christopher V. Popov of Vinson & Elkins took office as the 2022-2023 president of the Houston Bar Association in May. Popov serves as co-head of the Complex Commercial Litigation practice and as the Litigation talent lead at Vinson & Elkins, where he has spent his entire legal career.
Steven Jumes has been appointed to the 485th Judicial District Court in Tarrant County by Governor Abbott. Jumes is currently an attorney at his own firm, and was formerly an assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Ben Browder joins national litigation firm Duncan Stubbs where he will focus on legal operations and financing, as well as litigation technologies and partnerships that support jury trials. A former Hunton Andrews Kurth partner, Browder has experience advising a broad spectrum of domestic and global private equity firms on the acquisition, disposition and financing of assets in excess of $10 billion.
LaTisha Tarrant has been promoted to chief human resources officer at PRA Group. Tarrant previously served as senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary for the global financial services company.
Edward Knight has been appointed as interim chairman of U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council’s Global Board of Directors. Knight is currently the executive vice chairman of NASDAQ and serves as a trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation.
Sylvan Stephen “Steve” Lang passed away on August 3, 2022. Lang practiced trial law, working at the firm of Lang, Cross, Ladon, Oppenheimer, and Rosenberg. He served in the U.S. military reserves, earning the distinction of captain. He was a charter member of the Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and a member of the Texas State Bar and American Bar Association.
James Hill has been selected to receive the Business Law Section’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given each year to an attorney who over an extended period has made significant contributions to the Business Law Section or to business law generally in the State of California and who has achieved high status in the legal community. Hill is a founding member of Sullivan Hill, a member of its Executive Committee, and chair of the Insolvency and Commercial Bankruptcy practice group.
Author James Andrew Hearn is a guest contributor for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine’s blog, Trace Evidence. His short story, “When the Dams Break,” will be published in AHMM’s Sept./Oct. issue. James is a Mystery Writers of America 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee for Best Short Story.
Joe Moss passed away on July 4, 2022. A double Longhorn and a Navy veteran, Moss received a business degree and a law degree from UT before serving in the Korean War. Moss had an accomplished legal and corporate career, working in a variety of firms as an oil and gas expert, and presenting to the US Supreme Court several times.
Paul Wiley passed away on May 20, 2022. A double Longhorn, Wiley received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration before attending Texas Law. Wiley later opened his own private practice where he specialized in real estate and family law.
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.
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.
Alex Toney has joined Bain & Company as counsel for employment law, managing employment litigation and counseling Bain on emerging issues in employment law. Toney was previously an associate at McGuireWoods LLP, where he represented employers and business owners on employment law matters.
Steve Peterson has co-founded a new Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP office in Houston. Peterson is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group. He previously worked at Locke Lord LLP .
Hannah Roblyer has joined the Houston office of appellate firm Alexander Dubose and Jefferson LLP. Roblyer will collaborate with trial teams pre- and post-verdict and continue her state and federal appellate practice.
Rae Guyse has begun her practice in commercial litigation at Carrington Coleman as an associate attorney. Guyse previously served as an associate and intern at Haynes and Boone, where she focused on insurance recovery.
Ethan Glenn has joined the Commercial Litigation group at the international law firm Butler Snow LLP. Glenn previously served as a judicial law clerk under Hon. Alia Moses and Hon. Renee Harris Toliver, and as an assistant attorney general.
Jerry Lewis passed away on July 9, 2022. Following graduation from Texas Law, Lewis served in the U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General Corp. Lewis also worked as first assistant district attorney and head prosecutor during his time at the Collin County District Attorney’s Office.
Austin Whitmore has joined McGuire, Craddock & Strother as a senior associate, specializing in real estate law. He previously served in the same position at Reed Smith LLP.
Hilda Galvan has been selected as a 2023 Dallas Business Hall of Fame inductee by Junior Achievement (JA) of Dallas. Galvan currently serves as the partner-in-charge at Jones Day, specializing in intellectual property litigation. She is a trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation.
Kevin Robnett has been appointed to the Texas Mutual Insurance Company Board of Directors by Governor Abbott. A Navy veteran and double Longhorn, Robnett is the co-founder and co-CEO of Lithos, a critical materials exploration and production company.
Nelson R. Block has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Fellows are historians elected to the Society in recognition of a “contribution to historical scholarship.” A retired shareholder from Winstead PC, Block is active in community service and also serves as chairman of the “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Foundation.
The Hon. Francis “Frank” Maloney Jr. passed away on July 5, 2022. Maloney served in the U.S. Army, where he earned a Purple Heart, a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars. A long-time professor at Texas Law, he served as a prosecutor in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, assistant attorney general of Texas, and worked in private practice before being elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1990. Maloney also was a visiting trial and appellate judge from 1997 to 2017.
Reid Phillips was included in the 2022 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, as one of North Carolina’s top attorneys in the category Litigation: General Commercial. He is a managing partner at Reid Phillips.
Rebekah Prince has joined Blank Rome LLP’s Corporate, M&A, and Securities practice group as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Her diverse corporate practice includes representing public and private companies as well as clients in the sports, media and entertainment, and franchising industries. Previously she worked at Barnes & Thornburg LLP.
Darren Walker has been named Commander of France’s Order of Arts and Letters – France’s highest cultural honor – in recognition of his support of the arts and artists. Darren Walker currently is the president of the Ford Foundation, a position in which he has served since 2013.
Michael Dierberg has been named the new chairman of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation (TTEF) Board of Directors. Dierberg is the current Chairman of First Bank, and has been with the company since 2010. Previously, Dierberg served as an attorney at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Marty Green has been appointed to the Finance Commission of Texas by Governor Abbott. Green has served as principal and attorney in charge for Polunsky Beitel Green, LLP, since 2011, specializing in financial services and consumer credit arenas.
John A. Bonnet III has been named a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Bonnet specializes in M&A transactions, debt and equity financings, investment funds, general business transactions, contracts, corporate governance, and other business law matters. While at Texas Law, he was associate editor of the Texas Law Review.
Ray Mitchell Moore passed away on June 24, 2022. Moore served as a corporate lawyer and in 1966, he joined with his father to establish the law firm that is now Moore Landry LLP. A major investor and consultant in multiple businesses, he owned the Idylwild Golf Course in Pinewood and held positions on the Board of Directors of several businesses and non-profits.
Carol Stoner Vance Jr. passed away on June 24, 2022. Vance was a double Longhorn, receiving both his bachelor’s and law degrees from UT. An Army veteran, Vance served as district attorney in Harris County for four terms after starting his career as an assistant DA. Later in his career, he become a partner with the law firm of Bracewell and Patterson, now Bracewell.
John Charles Brooke passed away on June 19, 2022. Brooke worked at the Kleberg Law firm for nearly 40 years, specializing in real estate and related oil and gas issues before retiring as a managing partner. Brooke also was active in his church and community, and served as president of the Board of Realtors.
Carlos Javier “Jav” Salazar passed away on June 16, 2022. After graduating from Texas Law, Salazar served in the oil and gas industry for Anadarko Petroleum Corp until he retired in 2007.