Four Alumni Join Lawdragon’s ‘Hall of Fame’

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The Texas Law alumni elected to Lawdragon’s 2024 Hall of Fame: Rodney L. Brown ’81, Neal S. Manne ’80, Tom Melsheimer ’86, and Rob Walters ’83

Lawdragon, one of the nation’s leading guides on lawyers and the legal profession, has announced its 2024 Hall of Fame inductees, and four Texas Law alumni have made the selective list. They are:

  • Rodney L. Brown, Jr. ’81, an environmental lawyer and the founder of the Cascadia Law Group in Seattle. His practice focuses on environmental and land use issues relating to pollution control, energy, and other large project permitting, hazardous waste, and climate change.
  • Neal S. Manne ’80, the former managing partner of Susman Godfrey. Based in Houston, Manne has a diverse and broad litigation practice, and his specialties include antitrust, energy, tort law, class actions, and complex insurance coverage disputes, among many others.
  • Tom Melsheimer ’86, a litigator and the Dallas managing partner of Winston & Strawn, where he is one of the most sought-after trial attorneys in the country. He has tried civil cases involving patents, securities fraud, product liability, and breach of fiduciary duty, and criminal cases involving health care fraud, bank fraud, public corruption, and kidnapping.
  • Rob Walters ’83, a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Dallas and Washington offices, and an antitrust and trial specialist. Walters has served as lead trial counsel in a wide array of trials and adversarial proceedings ad his list of current and past clients includes AT&T, Aetna, Intel, Liberty Mutual, and the City of Dallas, to name but a few. 

“I am never surprised to see Texas Law lawyers on any ‘best of’ listing,” says Dean Bobby Chesney. “But I am especially pleased to see these four titans honored this way. It is richly deserved.”

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