Class Notes: Class of 1988

Daniel “Neel” M. Lane, Jr., Class of

The San Antonio Bar Foundation (SABF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel "Neel" M. Lane, Jr. to the SABF Fellows Program newly-elected 2020 class.

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Jeffrey J. Zissa, Class of


Jeffrey J. Zissa has joined the Dallas office of national law firm Polsinelli as a shareholder in its thriving Real Estate Finance practice. With a broad range of experience over almost three decades, Zissa has advised on all aspects of complex commercial real estate and mortgage transactions on a national scale, involving virtually every product line. He is board certified in Commercial Real Estate Law and Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Karen Turner, Class of

Family Law

Karen Turner and Ashley McDowell join to form Turner McDowell, PLLC, in Dallas.

Patrick E. Gaas, Class of

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today that it has opened an office in Houston. With the firm successfully expanding into Dallas in 2015, Kilpatrick Townsend now has two offices in the Lone Star State. A team of 13 deep-rooted Texas attorneys – led by partners Patrick Gaas and Daniel Shank – bring well-recognized practices to Kilpatrick Townsend.

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Edward Mark Barcus, Class of

Edward Mark Barcus has been appointed as an Immigration Judge with the Executive Office of Immigration Review of the United States Department of Justice. Prior to his appointment by Attorney General Loretta Lynch in January of this year, Judge Barcus served as an trial judge for over 14 years in the Oklahoma state court system, including as a District Court Judge for Tulsa County. He will hear Immigration cases at the Imperial Immigration Court in Imperial, California.