Class Notes: Class of 2001

Daniel Sternthal, Class of


Daniel Sternthal, a shareholder in the Houston office of Baker Donelson, has been ranked as a leading practitioner in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA in the area of Health Care.

Jonathan K. Frels, Class of


Bracewell LLP Partner Jonathan K. Frels, UT Law Class of 2001, was recently appointed chair of the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare Board of Directors. This vital 501(c)3 non-profit has been providing healthcare and social services to underserved communities of all faiths, ages and cultures in the Greater Houston/Galveston areas since 1966. It also serves as a safety net to the underinsured and uninsured through community clinics, school-based clinics, mobile clinics and homeless outreach.

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Robert A. Wilkins, Class of

Robert A. Wilkins has joined Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC as a partner in the firm's Houston office. Wilkins represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts as well as before arbitral tribunals. He has a particular focus on commercial litigation involving the oil and gas industry, including business divorce cases, fiduciary duty issues, breach of contract claims, securities disputes and related matters.

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Phyllis Y. Young, Class of

Phyllis Young '01, an accomplished transactional lawyer who advises public and private companies, commercial banks and investment funds in financing transactions and has extensive energy industry experience, has joined McGuireWoods’ debt finance practice as a partner in the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices. Young advises lenders and borrowers in debt financings and counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and other corporate matters. She has served as outside general counsel to clients in the oil refining and drilling sectors and the steel distribution industry. She joins McGuireWoods from Akin Gump.

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Daniel Sternthal, Class of


Daniel Sternthal, a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Houston office, has been ranked in Band 4 in the area of healthcare in Texas by the 2019 edition of Chambers USA.

Jeff Hearne, Class of

Director of Litigation

Jeffrey Hearne, Director of Litigation at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., was honored with the 2018 Florida Bar Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year Award for his advocacy and commitment to tenants’ rights, mentoring young attorneys, and working on projects to benefit consumers across Florida. The award was presented June 15 at the Annual Convention of The Florida Bar in Orlando by state Sen. José Javier Rodriguez, a member of the Consumer Protection Law Committee.

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Adam Schramek, Class of

Adam Schramek is president of the Austin Bar Association for 2018-19. A commercial litigation partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, Schramek plans to focus his term on increasing participation by Austin lawyers in pro bono cases, such as working to reunite immigrant families separated at the Texas border.

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James W. Larimore, Class of


James W. Larimore was honored in the Chambers & Partners 2018 USA Directory in the corporate/commercial area of legal practice. Larimore is an attorney in Crowe & Dunlevy's Oklahoma City office.

Daniel Sternthal, Class of


Daniel Sternthal, a shareholder in the Baker Donelson's Houston office, will be ranked in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in the area of healthcare.

Michelle Schulz, Class of


Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, continued its Texas expansion with a team of five international trade lawyers and business professionals, led by partners Michelle Schulz and Elsa Manzanares in Dallas. The group joins Akerman's Government Affairs and Public Policy Practice Group from a regional law firm, where Schulz and Manzanares served as co-chairs of the International Trade Group. Schulz also served as chair of the International Practice.

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Dana Davis Paul, Class of

Dana Paul, owner of Paul Law Firm, PLLC, has been appointed to the school board for Life Way Christian School in Centerton, Arkansas, a K-12th grade private school with over 500 students.

Andrew Keller, Class of

Andrew Keller recently joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in the international trade and investment group. His practice focuses on economic sanctions, export controls and other national security and international legal matters. Immediately prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Andrew served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterthreat Finance and Sanctions at the U.S. Department of State. He has also served in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department and as chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Daniel Sternthal, Class of

Daniel Sternthal, a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Houston office, has been ranked as a leading practitioner in the recently released 2017 edition of Chambers USA in the "Up and Coming" category in the area of health care in Texas.

Daniel Sternthal, Class of

Daniel Sternthal, a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Houston office, will be ranked in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA, a highly regarded directory of America's leading lawyers for business, as a leading practitioner in the area of healthcare.

Evan Pritchard, Class of

Venable LLP recently announced that Evan Pritchard has joined the firm's Real Estate practice as counsel in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Mr. Pritchard's practice focuses on securing zoning and land use approvals for developers and landowners in jurisdictions throughout Northern Virginia, particularly in Arlington, Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church, among others. He advises clients on state and federal legislation and regulations affecting real estate development and important changes to local jurisdictions' comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances. His clients include mixed-use project developers, large corporate clients and some work for nonprofits and churches.

Andrew Baumgardner, Class of

Andrew Baumgardner has been selected to join Leadership San Antonio, a program jointly sponsored by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Baumgardner is a partner in the Real Estate and Family Office practices at Jackson Walker LLP.

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Aryn Self, Class of

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. (Munsch Hardt) is proud to announce the promotion of Aryn Self to shareholder, effective May 1. Self works in the Dallas office and is an active members of the Real Estate practice group.

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Bryce Benson, Class of

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, has further expanded its Dallas office with securities and commercial litigation partner Bryce Benson in the Litigation Practice Group. He joins Akerman's national bench of trial lawyers and enhances the firm's core strengths in the financial services sector.

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Mollie Bell, Class of

The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) today announced that Mollie Bell, who has served as the association's Chief Transformation Officer since September, will be leading CUNA's engagement team. The role combines what had previously been separate engagement and transformation roles. Bell will lead CUNA's engagement team and broader cross-functional and collaborative member development and engagement work as CUNA begins operating under the new bylaws overwhelmingly approved recently by its member credit unions. Bell will continue to serve on CUNA's Leadership Team.

James T. Thompson, Class of

Porter Hedges announced today that James T. Thompson has joined the firm as a partner in the energy section in Houston. Mr. Thompson represents a wide spectrum of energy companies, including majors, independents, oilfield service providers and royalty owners in the purchase and sale of energy assets and in connection with their exploration and development activities. His practice also includes the negotiation, preparation and implementation of all types of oil and gas-related agreements, along with litigation support on disputes involving upstream and midstream energy issues.