Alumni Class Notes

Kay U. Brooks 1982

Kay U. Brooks, Class of

Kay U. Brooks was included in Sacramento Magazine’s 2020 Top Lawyers List for her work in Estate Planning & Probate. She was also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021.

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Michael A. Swartzendruber, Class of

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced Michael A. Swartzendruber as Partner-in-Charge of its Dallas office. Swartzendruber, who joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 1996, currently leads its litigation practice in Dallas. His litigation practice involves complex, high-stakes business disputes with a significant emphasis on securities, antitrust, and class action matters, including the successful representation of a number of the nation's largest theater companies.

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Kirby D. Hopkins, Class of

Managing Member

Kirby D. Hopkins, managing member of Drucker Hopkins, has founded a new law firm, Hopkins, Centrich, Winkelman & Drucker, with fellow Longhorns Joe Centrich (UT '02, Texas Law '06) and Lee Winkelman (UT '99). Located in The Woodlands, the firm serves as business counsel in the Greater Houston Area and litigates across Texas.

Gregory Sapire, Class of

Partner

Gregory Sapire '94 has co-founded Soltero Sapire Murrell PLLC after roughly 20 years with K&L Gates LLP as a partner in the trial practice section. He continues to practice complex commercial litigation, with a focus on commercial and construction issues including breach of contract and fiduciary obligations, securities fraud, noncompetition obligations, warranty disputes, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, products liability, and professional negligence.

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John Browning '89

John Browning, Class of

Justice John Browning was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeals by Governor Greg Abbott on Aug. 24, 2020. Before joining the Court, he was a trial and appellate lawyer for 31 years as a partner with large national law firms and his own small law firm.

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Devon Asphall, Class of

Devon Asphall received the 2020 Wittliff Cutter Fellowship, as the firm's first Fellow. Wittliff Cutter started the Fellowship to demonstrate the firm's commitment to the local legal community and to diversity as it provides training, development and work experience in a law firm environment to an outstanding Texas law school graduate.

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David N. Gray '63

David N. Gray, Class of

David Nathan Gray, age 81, died on Aug. 25, 2020, as a result of old age. David was a sixth-generation Texan. Born and educated in Beaumont, David graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 1963 and was a member of Phi Delta Phi. David was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army, where he served for three years with the Judge Advocate General Corp. In 1967, David started his law practice with Minter & Mahon, which later made him a named partner. In 1984, David became partners with Roy W. Moore, practicing under the name of Gray & Moore until he retired in 2007. He spent his spare time as a youth league and high school baseball umpire.

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Rogge Dunn, Class of

The nationally prestigious legal guide Best Lawyers in America has recognized four attorneys from the Rogge Dunn Group in its 2021 edition, including firm founder R. Rogge Dunn, JD '83. Dunn has earned selection to the list since 2016. Dunn is being recognized for his commercial litigation and employment law management practice.

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Bryan C. Collins, Class of

The nationally prestigious legal guide Best Lawyers in America has recognized four attorneys from the Rogge Dunn Group in its 2021 edition, including partner Bryan Collins, JD '84. Collins had earned honors for the first time this year, for his work in labor and employment litigation.

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David A. Gross, Class of

The nationally prestigious legal guide Best Lawyers in America has recognized four attorneys from the Rogge Dunn Group in its 2021 edition, including attorney David Gross, JD '88. Gross has earned honors for the first time this year, for his work in labor and employment litigation.

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Angela L. Fair, Class of

Angela Fair, a Ward, Smith, & Hill Partner, was selected for the inaugural listing of Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch,” honoring attorneys early in their careers who exemplify professional excellence.

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John Wells Fainter, Class of

Austin native John W. Fainter passed away at 81 on August 29, 2020. Fainter was a double longhorn, receiving his B.A. in 1962 and graduated from Texas Law in 1963. His career of service to the State of Texas lasted over 50 years. Fainter has served the state as First Assistant Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Chief of Staff to Governor Ann Richards. He has been Chairman to numerous state committees and worked closely with the University of Texas through serving on various university boards and councils.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the John W. Fainter, Jr. Plan II Scholarship, The University of Texas, PO Box 7458, Austin, TX 78713.

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Chris Hawkins, Class of

Shareholder

Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel is pleased to announce that shareholder Chris Hawkins '93 has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of Best Lawyers in America® fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Hawkins is the former managing partner and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He practices in the Insolvency and Commercial Bankruptcy, Business Transactions, and Commercial and Business Litigation practice groups.

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James “Jim” Hill, Class of

Shareholder

Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel is pleased to announce that shareholder James “Jim” Hill, JD '78 has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law as well as Commercial Litigation. Hill is a founding member of Sullivan Hill, member of its Executive Committee and chair of the firm’s Insolvency and Commercial Bankruptcy practice group.

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Miguel Garza, Class of

A health problem led one Mexican-American family to get creative with the food on their table—and take an entire industry by storm. Texas Law alumnus Miguel Garza, JD ’12, co-founder and CEO of Siete Family Foods, is one of the seven Garza family members—all of whom attended UT Austin—behind the brand.

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Robert Manley Parker, Class of

Robert Parker passed away at 82 on August 27, 2020, surrounded by his family. Parker is a double longhorn, receiving a BBA in 1961 and graduating from Texas Law in 1964. After law school, Parker started his illustrious career as a trial lawyer and judge, serving as Chief Judge the Eastern District of Texas and eventually being appointed by President Bill Clinton as Circuit Judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He received numerous accolades in his lifetime, particularly meaningful among these were the Judge Robert M. Parker Endowed Presidential Scholarship and the Judge Robert M. Parker Endowed Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas School of Law Alumni Association.

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James M. Bettis Jr., Class of

James M. Bettis Jr. was recently named to the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Angela Hunt, Class of

Angela Hunt was recently named to the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Jay Zweig, Class of

Jay Zweig has joined Ballard Spahr LLP as a partner. He was previously a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, and has 25 years of experience practicing employment law and commercial litigation.

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Mason P. Hester, Class of

Mason P. Hester was recently named to the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Jaime Vasquez, Class of

Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Jaime Vasquez Recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Tax Litigation and Controversy by US News’ Best Lawyers in America. San Antonio-based Vasquez was one of three Chamberlain Hrdlicka attorneys nominated by their peers to be recognized for the award. Vasquez, a shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s San Antonio firm, was recently named Lawyer of the Year for the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

D. Ronald Reneker, Class of

D. Ronald Reneker was recently named to the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Jacqueline Furlow, Class of

Jacqueline Furlow was recently named to the inaugural edition of "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch," which recognizes attorneys earlier in their legal careers.

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Jana M. Lambro, Class of

Jana M. Lambro was recently named to the inaugural edition of "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch," which recognizes attorneys earlier in their legal careers.

Marcus R. Tucker, Class of

Marcus R. Tucker made the "Best Lawyer" list of the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Marcus G. Matthews, Class of

Marcus G. Matthews made the "Best Lawyer" list of the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Frederick D. Junkin, Class of

Frederick D. Junkin made the "Lawyer of the Year" list in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Joe W. Redden, Jr., Class of

Joe W. Redden, Jr. was named in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America. He specializes in Personal Injury Litigation.

Geoff Gannaway, Class of

Geoff Gannaway was named in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America. He specializes in Commercial Litigation.

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Alistair B. Dawson, Class of

Alistair B. Dawson was named in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America. He specializes in Commercial Litigation.

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David Beck, Class of

David Beck was recognized in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America. He specializes in: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Natural Resources Law.

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Fields Alexander, Class of

Fields Alexander was named in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America. He specializes in Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation.

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Frederick W. Addison lll, Class of

Frederick W. Addison lll was recently named to the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Brad Caldwell, Class of

Brad Caldwell, JD '03 has earned selection in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Caldwell, a principal in Dallas' Caldwell Cassady & Curry, is named in the annual guide to the nation's top attorneys based on his work in intellectual property litigation and patent litigation.

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Scott C. Krist, Class of

Scott Krist, of the Krist Law Firm, P.C., has been included in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers, one of the oldest and well respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. He was recognized in the Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiff section and has been included every year since 2008.

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Reid C. Wilson, Class of

Chairman

Reid C. Wilson has been named to the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

Derrik Juarez, Class of

Derrick Juarez passed away this weekend at age 43, after fighting a long battle of COVID-19. Juarez was a hard-working lawyer in Brownsville, Texas who practiced criminal, family, and juvenile law. Juarez was among only a handful of UTB/TSC students to be accepted and graduate from Texas Law. He attended law school while his wife and children stayed in the Valley, which pushed him to have a greater determination to pursue his goal of having a career in law. Juarez helped influence students who came to Texas Law after him from Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley.

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Jonathan Newton, Class of

Partner

King & Spalding has added Jonathan Newton, a corporate and securities partner, to its Corporate, Finance and Investments (CFI) Practice Group in Houston.

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Ross Angus Williams, Class of

Partner

Bell Nunnally Partner Ross Angus Williams has been named among the “40 Under 40” in 2020 by the Dallas Business Journal.

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Omar J. Alaniz, Class of

Partner

Omar J. Alaniz, highly distinguished restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer, has joined Reed Smith as a partner in its Financial Industry Group in Dallas, after previously serving as a partner at Baker Botts.

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William Blanks Hilgers, Class of

William Hilgers passed peacefully at 95 on July 17, 2020. Hilgers served as a bombardier navigator in the Army Air Corp in Belgium at only 18 years old. Hilgers returned to the University of Texas to study accounting and law. After opening up an accounting firm with his father Harry, he began a sixty-five-year career as a lawyer with an emphasis on corporate, tax, and estate planning. In 1977, Hilgers founded the law firm, Hilgers & Watkins. Hilgers served as chair of both the Travis County and the Texas Bar Association. He was a founding director of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism. Recently, the Austin Bar Association named their new building, “Hilgers House”.

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Gary Bushell, Class of

Gary Bushell passed away at 78 on July 15, 2020, as a result of complications from a spinal cord injury, which occurred in a fall in December. He graduated from Texas Law in 1967. After law school, Gary chose to join the Marine Corps, where he was trained as an infantry officer and judge advocate general. He served in Viet Nam (1969-70) as a defense attorney, prosecuting attorney, and military judge. Gary first worked as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, then as Senator Bentsen's chief of staff, overseeing both the Washington and Texas offices. After 8 years in Washington, Gary and his wife Linda moved to Corpus Cristi, where he practiced oil and gas law and was actively involved in the community's economic development.

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Michael Patrick Finn, Class of

Michael Patrick Finn (Mike), 66, of Belton, Texas, passed away on July 5, 2020 surrounded by family after a short battle with a rare and aggressive cancer. Finn earned his juris doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. At Texas Law, he met his wife Amy Finn through the luck of alphabetical seating in one of their classes. After graduating law school, he became a member of the State Bar of Texas and was commissioned a captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps and assigned to Fort Hood. Finn was committed to military service, serving for more than 40 years after retiring in 2014 as a colonel.

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Daniel F. Collins, Class of

Daniel F. Collins (J.D. '12) is governmental affairs manager for the County of El Paso, Texas. He returned to El Paso in 2020 after working as a senior legislative counsel at the New York City Council. He previously served as a policy counsel at the Texas Senate.

Stephen E. Walraven, Class of

Shareholder

Langley & Banack, Inc. attorney Stephen E. Walraven, 1975 graduate of UT School of Law, has been elected Fellow to the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC) by vote of the ACCC Board of Regents. The College is comprised of more than 300 highly experienced and recognized U.S. and Canadian lawyers involved in representing the interests of both insurers and policyholders.

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Brian Michel, Class of

Allen Matkins, a California-based full-service real estate and business law firm, announced that Brian Michel has been elected to the firm partnership, effective July 1, 2020. Michel, a 2007 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, helps businesses grow and stay protected through his work on real estate transactional matters, particularly related to office, retail, and industry leasing, representing both landlords and tenants, and property acquisitions and dispositions.

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Stephen Walraven, Class of

Langley & Banack, Inc. attorney Stephen Walraven was recently named Fellow to the American College of Coverage Counsel. The College is comprised of more than 300 highly experienced and recognized U.S. and Canadian lawyers involved in representing the interests of both insurers and policyholders.

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Connie Pfeiffer, Class of

Connie Pfeiffer, a widely respected appellate specialist with a practice in state and federal courts, has joined Yetter Coleman as the new leader of its appellate team. Her practice focuses on business disputes, legal malpractice and fiduciary claims, and statutory and procedural issues. She joins Yetter Coleman from a leading trial boutique, Beck Redden LLP, where she was a partner.

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Vincent E. Morgan, Class of

Partner

Vincent E. Morgan, one of the nation’s most prominent corporate policyholder litigators, has joined Bracewell LLP’s Houston office as a partner in the litigation group. Morgan most recently was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he spent almost 18 years and was the former managing partner of the Houston office. He graduated with honors from The University of Texas Law School with a J.D. in 2000.

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Britney E. Harrison, Class of

A passionate servant leader, GoransonBain Ausley’s Britney E. Harrison, is taking on the role of President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). She will work to mentor and empower the next generation of legal professionals. The family law firm associate was sworn into office in a virtual ceremony on June 26.

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