Class Notes: Class of 2005

Elizabeth Myers, Class of

The national law firm Thompson Coburn is proud to announce the firm’s new office in Dallas, it's sixth nationwide. Elizabeth Myers is one of four litigators to join the Firm's new office. Elizabeth Myers represents clients in the health care and oil and gas industries in high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts around the country, including commercial disputes and product defects, consumer fraud and securities class actions.

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Dustin O’Quinn, Class of

Shareholder & Immigration Team Chair

Dustin O'Quinn has been honored as an Outstanding Voice of Pride by the Puget Sound Business Journal for his committment to LGBT issues in the business community and pro bono work.

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Russell Parish, Class of

Co-Founding Principal

Having served a general counsel role to a variety of businesses (including a Class 1 Railway company, a forest-products/real-estate conglomerate in TempleInland, and a family co.) as well as having worked in large law firms, I am excited to return to small private practice with my former H&K colleague and Christian brother John T. Wright. Together, I believe our nimble boutique firm is offering partner-level experience at a predictable price point that is below many big-law associates.

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Brett Berly, Class of


Brett T. Berly, a shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka's Houston office, was ranked in the 2019 Chambers USA Guide as a top-tier attorney in High Net Worth Law (Up and Coming) in Texas.

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Dustin J. O’Quinn, Class of

Shareholder & Immigration Team Chair

Lane Powell Shareholder & Immigration Team Chair Dustin J. O'Quinn has been selected to participate in the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity's (LCLD) 2019 Fellows Program, a select group of experienced attorneys from diverse backgrounds who have been recognized for their potential as leaders in their organizations. LCLD is a growing organization of 300+ corporate chief legal officers and law firm leaders who are personally committed to creating a truly diverse legal profession.

Bryan Jones, Class of

Bryan Jones, B.S. ’00, J.D., M.B.A. ’05, was selected for the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award which recognizes Texas Exes age 39 and younger who have made significant achievements in their careers and service to the university. Jones is an entrepreneur and technologist who has started several companies and been issued multiple technology-based patents. He is currently the COO at uStudio. Previously he co-founded Strive and Solve Ventures, GetHealthy, b.well Health, and Collider Media. While at UT, Jones was a 21-time All-American swimmer and captained the 2000 NCAA Championship team.

Kelly Caperton Fischer, Class of

Continuing the legacy of leadership, Goranson Bain Ausley family law attorney Kelly Caperton Fischer has been honored with inclusion in the Super Lawyers 2018 Texas Rising Stars, rating her among the only 2.5 percent of Texas' nearly 97,000 attorneys who receive the annual honor. This is her fifth appearance on the Rising Star list.

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Andrew Weaver, Class of

Polsinelli, an Am Law 100 law firm with a fast-growing presence in Texas, recently named Houston-based shareholder Andrew Weaver vice chair of the Medical Device/Mechanical Engineering Patent Prosecution practice group within the firm’s recently created Intellectual Property department.

Daniel L. Moffett, Class of

Daniel Moffett has been made a Partner of Akin Gump in San Antonio. Mr. Moffett, a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice, works on all aspects of intellectual property procurement and protection, with a focus on complex patent, trade secret and trademark litigation. He has served as lead technical counsel in cases involving claims of patent infringement, antitrust violations and theft of trade secrets, and he has first chair experience representing clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in inter partes review proceedings.

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Micah Prude, Class of

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP congratulates Micah Prude for his inclusion in Texas Rising Stars® 2016 by Thomson Reuters. The list will be published in the April 2016 issue of Texas Monthly.

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Jason G. Cohen, Class of

Bracewell LLP is pleased to announce the election of Jason G. Cohen to the partnership. Cohen represents corporate debtors, as well as junior and senior creditors in corporate debt restructurings. His experience includes negotiating out-of-court workouts and litigating in-court Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases with assets ranging from $20 million to more than $1 billion. Cohen has often advised parties on debt and equity financing, as well as asset sales.

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Brett T. Berly, Class of

Brett T. Berly, shareholder in national law firm Chamberlain Hrdlicka, has been elected Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (TBF). TBF Fellows are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election to this prestigious group is a mark of distinction and recognition of Berly and Cantrell’s contributions to the legal profession.

Kourtney Mueller Merrill, Class of

Kourtney Mueller Merrill, who received a J.D. with honors, Order of the Coif from The University of Texas School of Law in 2005, has been promoted to partner at law firm Perkins Coie. Kourtney is a member of Perkins’s Coie’s is a member of the firm’s Patent Litigation practice in the Denver office. Her work focuses on patent infringement litigation, inter partes review (IPR), and related intellectual property claims.

Cindy Y. Lin, Class of

Andrews Kurth recently announced the election of Cindy Y. Lin to the partnership. She will assume her new position on January 1, 2016.

Isabel Crosby, Class of

Andrews Kurth recently announced the election of Isabel Crosby to the partnership. She will assume her new position on January 1, 2016.

Dana Lipp, Class of

Shipbird COO Dana E. Lipp is one of the youngest female COOs of a start-up in the tech industry. Shipbird, a game-changing package delivery service that allows users to employ proprietary technology, is a cleaner, more environmentally friendly option for businesses and individuals to send packages.

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Shelli Egger, Class of

On October 6, 2015, two Texas Law grads - Shelli Egger ('05) and Jackie Davis ('06) - were among 12 attorneys from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid to become members of the United States Supreme Court. The Honorable Wallace Jefferson ('88), former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, moved for their admittance before the Court. Shelli Egger and Jackie Davis are staff attorneys in TRLA's Austin Office on the Domestic Violence and Family Law team.