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Adrienne N. Wall

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Adrienne N. Wall has been named to the 2024 Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” List for her excellence in banking law. As a shareholder at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. in Dallas, Wall focuses on commercial finance transactions secured by real estate, business assets or other personal property, notes receivable and other property or assets.

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Andres Contreras

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Andres Contreras, associate at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. in Houston, has been named on the 2024 Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” List for his excellence in complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts.

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Barrett Robin

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Barrett Robin has been selected to the 2024 Texas Rising Stars list of the state’s top young attorneys based on his work in personal injury lawsuits. Robin is an associate at the Dallas plaintiffs’ law firm Hamilton Wingo.

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Mary Kate Raffetto

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Mary Kate Raffetto has been recognized as a 2024 Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers. A partner at Beck Redden LLP, Raffetto is a trial and appellate specialist with significant experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

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Brooke Lierman

The Hon. Brooke Lierman

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The Hon. Brooke Lierman has been inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. Lierman is comptroller of the State of Maryland and is the first woman independently elected to any one of Maryland’s constitutional offices.

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Parth Gejji

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Parth Gejji has been recognized as a 2024 Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers. Gejji is an associate at Beck Redden LLP and focuses his practice on civil appeals and complex commercial litigation.

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Garrett Brawley

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Garrett Brawley has been recognized as a 2024 Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers. Brawley is an associate and trial lawyer at Beck Redden LLP, where he specializes in complex commercial litigation.

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Jackie Furlow

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Jackie Furlow has been named a 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Energy Lawyer and recognized as a 2024 Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers. Furlow is a partner at Beck Redden LLP, where she focuses her practice on commercial, employment, energy and real estate sectors.

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Nicholas Bruno

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Nicholas Bruno has been recognized as a 2024 Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers. He also recently became 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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Mariah Berry

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Mariah Berry has been named to the 2024 Texas Rising Stars List—recognizing the top 2.5 percent of young lawyers in Texas—for her work in labor and employment law. Berry, a senior associate at Muskat Devine who litigates all types of employment-related matters, is board-certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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Colin Watterson

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Colin Watterson has been named to Super Lawyers’ 2024 list of Texas Rising Stars, an honor that represents the 2.5 percent of top young lawyers in the state. Watterson, is partner at Hicks Thomas LLP, handling energy, real estate and technology cases. He was named a Rising Star for a second year for business litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

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Dana Davis Paul

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Dana Davis Paul has been selected for inclusion in the 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers in America directory for her work in real estate law. Paul is the owner of Paul Law Firm, PLLC in Northwest Arkansas  and has been practicing commercial real estate and finance law for more than two decades.

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Stephen Calhoun

Stephen Calhoun

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Stephen Calhoun has been ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide as Texas:  San Antonio & Surrounds – Up and Coming lawyers. Calhoun is a partner at Jackson Walker and litigation attorney who represents companies from a variety of industries.

 

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Leonard Dougal

Leonard Dougal

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Leonard Dougal has been ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide for his environmental law practice. Dougal is a partner at Jackson Walker with particular experience handling Clean Water Act and other water-related issues for mining and energy industry clients.

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Bill Dahlstrom

Bill Dahlstrom

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Bill Dahlstrom has been ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide for his real estate practice. Dahlstrom is a partner at Jackson Walker,  handling the zoning aspects of hotel, mixed-use, and office projects for his developer clients.

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Jeffrey Drummond

Jeff Drummond

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Jeff Drummond has been ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide for his healthcare law practice. Drummond is a partner at Jackson Walker where his areas of focus include representing hospitals, physicians, laboratories, surgery centers, and other healthcare providers in transactional and regulatory matters.

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Alfie Meyerson

Alfie Meyerson

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Alfie Meyerson has been ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide for his real estate practice. Meyerson is a partner at Jackson Walker, where his practice covers the acquisition, development, and financing of a range of commercial real estate transactions.

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Taylor Halcomb

Taylor Halcomb

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Taylor Halcomb has been ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide as an Up and Coming lawyer in environmental law. Halcomb is a partner at Jackson Walker where he regularly assists clients in compliance, development and permitting work relating to energy projects.

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Virginia Alverson Mimmack

Virginia Alverson Mimmack

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Virginia Alverson Mimmack has been ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide for her healthcare practice. Mimmack is a partner at Jackson Walker, advising telemedicine providers, physicians, and hospitals on topics ranging from regulatory compliance to M&A and private offerings.

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David Moran

David Moran

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David Moran has been named in Lawdragon’s 2024 list of top 500 leading litigators in America. Moran, who was awarded for his antitrust practice, his focus during his career that has spanned more than 30 years.

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Leisa Talbert Peschel

Leisa Talbert Peschel

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Leisa Talbert Peschel has been named in Lawdragon’s 2024 list of top 500 leading litigators in America. Peschel was awarded for her IP litigation practice, where she leverages her scientific background to gain an understanding of a client’s technology to better position her client throughout a case.

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Shannon Teicher

Shannon Zmud Teicher

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Shannon Zmud Teicher has been named in Lawdragon’s 2024 list of top 500 leading litigators in America. Teicher was awarded for her IP litigation practice, as an advocate and counselor with deep experience in intellectual property, media and technology.

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Robert L. Soza

Robert Soza

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Robert Soza has been named in Lawdragon’s 2024 list of top 500 leading litigators in America for his product liability practice and has been ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide for his general commercial litigation practice. Soza is a partner at Jackson Walker with a wide range of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants at trial and on appeal in many types of disputes.

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Paul Watler

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Paul Watler has been ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide as one of the top lawyers in the U.S. for First Amendment Litigation and was recognized by The Texas Lawbook for the defense of one of the nine most significant lawsuits handled by Texas attorneys in 2023. A partner at Jackson Walker who specializes in First Amendment, media law, and commercial litigation, Watler also was named in Lawdragon’s 2024 list of top 500 leading litigators in America.

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Jonathan P. Harmon

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Jonathan P. Harmon has been featured in “The Power 50,” Virginia Business’s ranking of the top 50 most powerful executives in the state. Harmon is the current Chairman of McGuireWoods, the oldest law firm in Virginia.

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Richard Pena

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Richard Pena has received the National Conference of Bar Presidents’ 2024 Fellows Award. Pena, who is only the second bar president from Texas to receive the award, is a past president of the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Bar Association. He is president and CEO at the Richard Pena law firm in Austin.

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Christy Lea

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Christy Lea has been appointed co-chair of the Medical Device Litigation Group at Intellectual Property law firm Knobbe Martens. Lea has represented clients in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries for nearly two decades and is an accomplished PTAB trial litigator.

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John Beckworth

John Beckworth

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John Beckworth received the 2024 Ernest Smith Lifetime Achievement Award at the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (TJOGEL) Symposium. Beckworth has more than four decades of experience, demonstrating expertise in energy, litigation, and arbitration.

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David J. Beck

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David J. Beck has been named a 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Energy Lawyer. Beck is a trial lawyer and founding partner at Beck Redden LLP.

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Fields Alexander

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Fields Alexander has been named a 2024 Lawdragon 500 Leading Energy Lawyer. Alexander is a partner at Beck Redden LLP, where he specializes in trial law involving commercial transactions, business torts, professional malpractice, and energy litigation.

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Rose E. Jenkins

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Rose E. Jenkins has been nominated by President Biden to be a judge on the United States Tax Court. Jenkins has more than 15 years of experience as a tax lawyer and currently is an attorney in the Office of Associate Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service.

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Byron L. LeFlore Jr.

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Byron L. LeFlore Jr. has been selected as a Foundation Fellow by the San Antonio Bar Foundation. LeFlore is a partner at Pulman, Cappuccio & Pullen LLP and has more than 30 years of practice in corporate law and business litigation.

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Elizabeth H. Fry

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Elizabeth H. Fry has been selected as a Foundation Fellow by the San Antonio Bar Foundation. Fry practices trust and estate planning at Hornberger Fuller & Garza Incorporated and is board certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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Demetrio Duarte Jr.

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Demetrio Duarte Jr. has been selected as a Foundation Fellow by the San Antonio Bar Foundation. Duarte has more than 35 years of experience as a trial attorney at Duarte & Molina, PC and is board certified in criminal law.

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Jesse Pierce

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Jesse Pierce has been listed among the nation’s top attorneys by the 2024 edition of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America for excellence in commercial litigation.

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Jack O’Neill

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Jack O’Neill has been listed among the nation’s top attorneys by the 2024 edition of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America for commercial litigation excellence.

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Kayvon Rashidi

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Kayvon Rashidi is now Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) after passing the 2023 board exam. Rashidi is with Powers and Kerr, PLLC.

Alistair Dawson

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Alistair Dawson has been appointed to Texas’ Supreme Court Advisory Committee. An attorney at Beck Redden, Dawson serves as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates and a commissioner on the Texas Equal Access to Justice Commission.

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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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Samuel E. Bassett

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Samuel E. Bassett has been named one of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Austin by Forbes Advisor. Bassett is a trial lawyer at Minton Bassett Flores & Carsey and has been a Texas Super Lawyer for more than 17 years.

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William B. Mange

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William B. Mange has been named one of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Austin by Forbes Advisor. Mange is a former assistant district attorney for Travis County who currently is an attorney at Dunham & Jones.

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E.G. Morris

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E. G. Morris has been named one of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Austin by Forbes Advisor. Morris has been a criminal defense attorney since 1977 and is board certified as a criminal specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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Sandra C. Ritz

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Sandra C. Ritz has been named one of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Austin by Forbes Advisor. Ritz opened her own law office in 2001 and has tried cases in both federal and state courts.

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Joseph A. Turner

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Joseph A. Turner has been named one of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Austin by Forbes Advisor. Turner specializes in federal criminal defense cases and has tried more than 100 jury trials in his 30-plus-year legal career.

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Hilda Galvan

Hilda Galvan

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Hilda Galvan has been named in the Top 50 Diverse Board Candidate List, a recognition by Equilar and the Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence that seeks to advance opportunities for underrepresented groups. Galvan is a partner in charge at the Dallas office of Jones Day, specializing in intellectual property, with a background in technology and artificial intelligence.

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Richard R. Orsinger

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Richard R. Orsinger has been named a Best Divorce Lawyer in San Antonio for 2023 by Forbes. Orsinger has more than 40 years of experience in family and appellate law and has been previously honored in the State Bar of Texas Family Law Hall of Legends.

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Arthur J. Rossi, Jr.

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Arthur J. Rossi, Jr. has been named a 2023 Best Divorce Lawyer in San Antonio by Forbes. Rossi has more than 40 years of experience helping clients with property division, child custody, spousal support, and other family law-related issues.

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Mysti Murphy

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Mysti Murphy has been named a Best Divorce Lawyer in San Antonio by Forbes for 2023. As a consultant for the City of Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force and a former Dallas County assistant district attorney, Murphy specializes in domestic violence and other family law cases.

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Floyd S. Contreras

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Floyd S. Contreras has been named a 2023 Best Divorce Lawyer in San Antonio by Forbes. Contreras practices all types of family law, with experience in business and probate law that allows him to help clients with divorces involving family businesses.

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Keith Y. Cohan

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Keith Y. Cohan has been named a Rising Star by Texas Lawyer. Cohan is a partner in the Austin office of Reid Collins & Tsai and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation.

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