Class Notes: Honors and Awards

Brett Berly, Class of

Shareholder

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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Peter D. Williamson, Class of

Shareholder

Peter D. Williamson, a shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka's Houston office, was ranked in the 2019 Chambers USA Guide as a top-tier attorney in Immigration (Senior Statesman) in Texas.

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Larry A. Campagna, Class of

Shareholder

Larry A. Campagna, a shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka's Houston office, was listed in the 2019 Chambers USA Guide as a top-tier attorney in Tax Fraud (Band 1) nationwide, and Tax Litigation (Band 1) in Texas.

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Nick Ducoff, Class of

Nick Ducoff '06, CEO of Edmit, was invited to the White House Office of Innovation last week to discuss the challenges and opportunities to better serve the American worker and close the skills and jobs gap. Edmit was also the 2019 SXSW Edu launch competition winner and is partnering with the Dept. of Education, College Coach, and financial institutions nationwide to help more people get access to an affordable college education. He credits much of his success to the education he received at UT Law. Learn more about Edmit at: https://www.edmit.me/

Chris Reynolds, Class of

Litigation Partner

Reynolds Frizzell Partner Chris Reynolds was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) at their 2019 Annual Meeting. Founded in 1954, the Academy is known for an extremely rigorous vetting process and is recognized as the most prestigious organization of trial lawyers in the world. The Academy seeks out Fellows who have achieved a career of excellence as shown by their skills in trial, and as demonstrated by their integrity and professionalism.

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Stuart F. Miller, Class of

Shareholder

Stuart F. Miller, 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.

Daniel Sternthal, Class of

Shareholder

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.

Jim Hill, Class of

Shareholder

Sullivan Hill is pleased to announce that Shareholder Jim Hill ‘78 has been selected as a 2019 Super Lawyer. Each year no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive the honor of being included in the Super Lawyers list. Hill has been selected to the Super Lawyers list for the last 13 years in the areas of Bankruptcy, Business Litigation, and Creditor Debtor Rights.

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Nick Transier, Class of

Partner

Intellectual property and technology law firm Patterson + Sheridan LLP has promoted Nick Transier to partner in the firm’s San Diego office. Transier joined the firm in 2017 as of counsel. He has more than a decade of experience in both prosecution and litigation and currently focuses on building patent portfolios for clients, especially in the area of data science including artificial intelligence, software, telecommunications, automotive technologies and consumer electronics.

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Rodney Koenig, Class of

Rod Koenig is currently serving as President of UT Midshipmans Foundation, serving as President of Monument Hill Chapter of Sons of the Republic of Texas, and serving as President of Black Jack Cemetery Association in Fayette County. He is active as a Trustee on Jackson Foundation, Williams Foundation, Gray Foundation, Orton Foundation and serves on a number of other Boards.

Justin Constant, Class of

Associate, Patent Litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's Houston office

Justin Constant was named a Texas Rising Star for 2019 by Super Lawyers. Texas Rising Stars is an annual list of exceptional lawyers in the state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, and who are either 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less. This distinction is given to only two percent of young attorneys in Texas.

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.

Ben Maddox, Class of

Lieutenant

Ben Maddox (’14) currently serves as a Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) at the Washington Navy Yard. He was recently selected as a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar, which is a leadership development initiative in partnership with the George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon Johnson presidential libraries. As part of the program, Ben’s leadership project will address the large racial disparities in military justice.

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Jay Jackson, Class of

Associate

Attorney Jay Jackson of the Houston personal injury law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list for 2018. This marks Mr. Jackson’s seventh consecutive year of inclusion on this list which is published annually in the Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines. Only the top five percent of attorneys practicing in Texas are recognized each year and selection is based on peer nominations and evaluations and research.

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Erland Modesto, Class of

Partner (Formerly Counsel)

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has elected Erland Modesto as a member of the Firm, effective January 1, 2019. In addition to Erland’s promotion to Partner, he was recognized as a 2018 “Lawyer on the Rise” by Texas Lawyer magazine. Erland advises clients on banking, credit and other corporate matters, with a particular focus on the energy sector.

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Korb Maxwell, Class of

Shareholder

UT Law alumnus Korb Maxwell, in partnership with his Polsinelli colleague Nancy Hawes, has been selected by Missouri Lawyers Media as a 2018 Top Legal Innovation Award winner. 16 honorees from around the state were recognized for their work to drive new practice areas, services and business strategies.

Maxwell was instrumental in launching Polsinelli’s newest practice in October, the Opportunity Zones Practice Group, in response to a sweeping program created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Abraham Kant, Class of

University of Texas School of Law alumnus Abraham Kant is proud to be one of the recipients of the "10 Best Attorneys in Texas" award for outstanding client service in 2017. Awarded by The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, this honor is extended only to the selected family law attorneys who have reached the top of their profession, all while making the client's satisfaction paramount.

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Bill Shirer, Class of

Dallas Injury Attorney

Bill Shirer is proud to be one of only 2% of Texas attorneys who is board-certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Shirer represents individuals in all areas of personal injury including car collisions, cycling accidents, product defects, and other tort claims. He is a proud partner of Mcgillberry & Shirer in Dallas and has over 28 years of trial law experience. Bill is a proud alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin.

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Yvonne Puig, Class of

Yvonne Puig '78 received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the Health Law Council of the State Bar of Texas. The Distinguished Service Award is presented biannually to a Texas health lawyer who has encouraged the practice of health law, mentored lawyers new to the practice, fostered health law through participation in professional organizations or provided service to the Section or the community in matters related to health law.

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Lauren Fitte, Class of

Lauren Fitte, an international tax and estate planning associate at the Austin firm of Giordani, Swanger, Ripp, & Jetel, LLP, has been named a Rising Star for 2018 by Texas Super Lawyers. Texas Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars recognizes up-and-coming attorneys who are either 40-years old and younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2 percent of lawyers in the state are named rising stars.

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Charles McFarland, Class of

Charles McFarland has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 Best Lawyers in America® (25th Edition) in the practice areas of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law. Charles has been recognized annually in Best Lawyers lists in the fields of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law since 2011. His condemnation boutique law firm, McFarland PLLC, is also included in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

James C. “Jim” Milton, Class of

Jim Milton was elected as the President-Elect of the Tulsa County Bar Association (TCBA). He will serve for one year as President-Elect before becoming President of the TCBA on September 1, 2019.

Steve Stodghill, Class of

Partner

Steve Stodghill, Class of 1987, is being honored with two prestigious awards, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) 2018 Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award and, with his wife Anne, the Business Council for the Arts 2018 Obelisk Juror's Award. The Schoenbrun Award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership, exemplary contributions to the community, and a commitment to the ideals of the ADL. The Obelisk Awards recognize contributions and achievements in the arts.

Daniel L. Butcher, Class of

Partner

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has honored Daniel L. Butcher and Clark Hill Strasburger with a 2018 “Compass Award” in recognition of their support for and provision of career advancement opportunities for diverse attorneys. Butcher, formerly managing partner of Strasburger & Price, which combined with Clark Hill in April, is now a member of Clark Hill’s Executive Committee. The Compass Award recognizes LCLD members who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to the Council’s goal of creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession.

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Sam Denton, Class of

Mr. Sam Denton with Denton & Fahring, PLLC has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas.

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Pete Broderick, Class of

In honor of his contributions to the legal profession and the local community, San Antonio Business Journal has named Jackson Walker partner Peter R. Broderick one of 12 honorees for the 2018 Outstanding Lawyers Awards. The ceremony takes place on the evening of October 10, 2018.

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Donald Gaffney, Class of

Partner

The Phoenix based law firm of Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that partner Donald L. Gaffney was recognized by the State Bar of Arizona as the 2018 recipient of the Bankruptcy Section Pro Bono Superhero Award. Gaffney accepted the award at the Bankruptcy Section breakfast held at the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona in Phoenix on October 4.

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Byron Egan, Class of

This year has been rewarding for Jackson Walker partner Byron Egan, who was recently honored with the Texas Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award for impacting the legal profession in Texas. In addition to this honor, Byron also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Highland Park Independent School District.

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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.

Danielle (formerly David) Healey, Class of

Senior Principal

Danielle Healey, a senior principal at Fish & Richardson, was selected as a 2018 “Women Who Mean Business” by Houston Business Journal in recognition of her career achievements, leadership and community involvement. Healey is an accomplished patent trial lawyer who has held various leadership roles over the past 24 years, including opening and growing Fish’s Houston office.

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Patrick Keel, Class of

Patrick Keel received the Professionalism Award from the Austin Bar Association and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. The award is given annually to a lawyer “who best exemplifies, by conduct and character, truly professional traits, who others in the bar seek to emulate, and who all in the bar admire.”

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Reid C. Wilson, Class of

Chairman

Reid C. Wilson, chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, a leading, boutique real estate law firm in Houston, has been selected to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor.

Patrick Keel, Class of

Patrick Keel received the Professionalism Award from the Austin Bar Association and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. The award is given annually to a lawyer “who best exemplifies, by conduct and character, truly professional traits, who others in the bar seek to emulate, and who all in the bar admire.”

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James P. Hill, Class of

James Hill was selected as one of The Daily Transcript’s “50 Influential Leaders” in the San Diego business community for 2018. Every year, the Daily Transcript bestows the “Top Influential” title on 50 leaders in the community who have made an impact on the industry sectors that keep San Diego’s economic engine running. Mr. Hill, is a founding member of Sullivan Hill, member of its Executive Committee and chair of its Insolvency and Commercial Bankruptcy practice group.

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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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James P. Hill, Class of

James Hill was given special recognition as Best Lawyers® 2019 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year" in San Diego. A founding member of Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel, member of its Executive Committee and chair of the firm’s Insolvency and Commercial Bankruptcy practice group, Hill practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency and commercial law. He is also the inaugural Chair of the California Lawyers Association.

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Christopher V. Hawkins, Class of

Christopher Hawkins was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization law. Hawkins is a shareholder at Sullivan Hill Rez & Engel and represents a variety of corporate debtors, bankruptcy trustees, receivers, banks, trade creditors, asset purchasers and other parties in interest in all aspects of commercial insolvency.

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Robin L. Miskell, Class of

Member Partner, Dickinson Wright

Chambers 2018 High Net Worth (HNW) Guide has named Robin Miskell a leader in her field. Ms. Miskell is a certified estate and trust law specialist by the State Bar of Arizona. She practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, taxation and exempt organizations.

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Reid C. Wilson, Class of

Chairman

Reid Wilson, chair of the Wilson Cribbs + Goren law firm in Houston, has been elected treasurer of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for 2018–2019.

Karra Porter, Class of

Karra Porter has received the Utah State Bar Lawyer of the Year Award. The award is presented to a Utah State Bar member who, over a long and distinguished legal career, has by their ethical and personal conduct, commitment and activities, exemplified for their fellow attorneys the epitome of professionalism; who has also rendered extraordinary contributions to the programs and activities of the Utah State Bar in the prior year. Karra Porter has been President or Managing Director of Christensen & Jensen for 19 years. She is co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Crisis Management practice groups, and is one of the most experienced and successful commercial and appellate lawyers in Utah.

F. Daniel Knight, Class of

Texas Lawyer named Daniel as one of 23 "Lawyers on the Rise" in the State of Texas for 2018. Daniel practices in the areas of Admiralty and Maritime law, as well as general and commercial litigation.

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Emerson “Buddy” Banack Jr., Class of

Shareholder

University of Texas School of Law Alumnus Emerson “Buddy” Banack Jr. has been recognized by Texas Lawyer for his significant contributions to the legal profession. Banack, co-founder and shareholder of Langley & Banack, one of San Antonio's largest and locally owned law firms, was awarded Lifetime Achievement. Banack, a distinguished trial lawyer, graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1965.

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Becky Diffen, Class of

Becky Diffen has been recognized by Renewable Energy World on its inaugural "Solar 40 Under 40" list of solar industry professionals with unparalleled accomplishments. Diffen previously worked as a utility-scale wind developer before graduating from The University of Texas School of Law, where she now teaches a seminar on electric power and renewable energy law. She also co-founded the Texas Energy Law Association alumni organization at her alma mater and co-chairs the Austin chapter of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE).

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Katie Coleman, Class of

Katie Coleman has been recognized as one of Texas Lawyer’s 2018 Lawyers on the Rise. The award recognizes 23 lawyers under the age of 40 who have made their mark on the legal profession in the Lone Star State. She is a Partner in Thompson & Knight LLP's Austin office, where she practices regulatory and administrative law with a focus on state and federal energy regulations, energy markets, energy litigation and appeals, and government affairs.

Chari Kelly, Class of

Assistant District Attorney, Travis County

Chari Kelly has been selected to receive the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year Award for Travis County. The award recognizes a prosecutor who has gone above and beyond in prosecuting DWI cases and ensuring that those who drink and drive face the appropriate consequences of their actions. Kelly is the Democratic nominee for Place 3 on the Third Court of Appeals.

Jenny Carroll, Class of

Wiggins, Childs, Quinn and Pantazis Prof. of Law

Jenny Carroll was appointed the Chair of the Alabama State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Jenny is the Wiggins, Childs, Quinn and Pantazis Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, juvenile justice and counter terrorism courses.

Eva Sikes, Class of

Eva Sikes is a recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, one of the most prestigious and competitive post-graduate fellowships in the country. Eva is sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. She will be hosted at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., where she will combat displacement and housing instability of low-income homeowners in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas through legal advocacy and outreach.

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Reema Ali, Class of

Equal Justice Works has selected Texas Law alum Reema Ali for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, one of the most prestigious and competitive post-graduate fellowships in the country. Reema will be hosted at the Equal Justice Center, where she will build a new model of integrated employment-and-immigration legal services for vulnerable immigrant working families by combining employment law expertise with immigration law expertise. She is sponsored by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.

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Danielle (formerly David) Healey, Class of

Senior Principal

Danielle Healey, a senior principal at Fish & Richardson, the largest intellectual property law firm in the country, was named a top “Band 1” IP attorney in Texas in the 2018 edition of "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business."

Ryan Chargois, Class of

Partner at Foster LLP

Ryan Chargois was honored in Who's Who Legal 2018 as a leading corporate immigration attorney. Ryan is a partner at Foster LLP and leads the global immigration practice out of the Austin office.