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      2010 DALLAS EDITION
          THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO
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     D elta Flight 1141 crashes on takeoff at DFW International Airport, killing 14 and raising serious
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     questions about safety procedures within the U.S aviation industry.

     the catastrophic Failure of a popular State Fair of Texas amusement ride kills one youth and
     seriously injures another.

     a Dallas cowboys practice Facility collapses during a thunderstorm, leaving a special teams
     coach with a broken neck and rendering an assistant scout a paraplegic.

     Major plane crashes, oil anD gas Mishaps, transportation injuries, defective products, commercial
     disputes. Through more than three decades of aggressive representation, Frank L. Branson
     and the legal team at his Dallas-based law offices have emerged as the law firm to call when
     individuals and businesses are seriously injured by negligence or corporate misconduct.

     the law oFFices oF Frank l. branson is one of the preeminent trial litigation firms in the
     Southwest. The firm’s seven seasoned trial litigators are effective problem solvers who combine
     courtroom skill with on-staff investigators, graphic artists, videographers and support staff to
     aggressively pursue justice against some of the world’s biggest and most powerful corporations.
     Branson and his firm have earned significant jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients
     throughout Texas, as well as Florida, Arkansas, New Mexico, South Carolina and Arizona.
     Among them:
     • A unAnimous jury verdict for an elderly widow whose husband died in a crash caused by a
       negligent trucking company was highlighted as one of the Top 100 verdicts of 2007 by
       The National Law Journal.
     • A significAnt, precedent-setting jury verdict on behalf of one of the top U.S. collegiate soccer
       players against Mitsubishi Motors after a federal jury found that the Montero Sport SUV was
       unreasonably dangerous and defective.
     • A significAnt settlement in A gAs pipeline explosion caused when a heavy equipment operator
       struck an underground pipeline.
     • A significAnt recovery for an American Airlines passenger for brain injuries caused in a crash
       landing at the Little Rock National Airport.

     because oF the FirM’s courtrooM successes, such as a recent settlement over a firm’s real estate      Frank L. Branson
     commissions, corporations, business leaders and individuals call on the firm to handle major
     breach of contract cases, intellectual property disputes and a wide variety of business torts.

     Forbes Magazine calls branson a “pioneer,” while D CEO describes him as “the guru of
     Texas personal injury lawyers.” He has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s
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     Top 100 attorneys every year since its inception, and in recent years has been named among the
     list’s Top 10 lawyers in Texas. Meanwhile, The Best Lawyers in America® has honored him 24 years
     straight. Branson has been recognized among the SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished
     Alumni for 2010, and he is a recent recipient of the Belli Award recognizing creativity and
     innovation in the courtroom.




              Highland Park Place, Suite 1800, 4514 Cole Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205
                             Ph: 214.522.0200 • www.flbranson.com
MueLLer-hiLLin Law                                                                             T


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 rial   lawyer Mark Mueller, recently DescribeD in The AusTin AmericAn-sTATesmAn as
a “shape shifting entertainment entrepreneur”, has envisioned, attracted, and construct-
ed a small multidimensional empire in downtown Austin. Mueller-Hillin Law is located
amid a picturesque compound of historic buildings, gardens, verandas, and courtyards               2010 EDITION
that house companies relating to a number of Mueller’s projects and interests — music,
entertainment, art, and law. His production company, Voodoo Cowboy Entertainment,
placed its first two feature films in prestigious film festivals (Sundance 2008, SXSW 2009).
Recently, Sean Conner, a lead member of the creative team at both Voodoo and Mueller
Hillin, was notified that a short he helped write and produce was selected for the 2010
Cannes Film Festival competition. The School of Invention (SOI), also part of the
community, was founded by accomplished inventors and entrepreneurs to transform and
streamline the route from invention/ to patent / to market. The same building also
houses a nonprofit organization working with international musicians, as well as two
PR and marketing firms.

the frequent And eAsy interAction with other creAtive minds hAs become A source
of intellectual property/entertainment law business for Mueller-Hillin. The firm
practices in a variety of fields extending beyond its nationally preeminent birth injury
and personal injury practice, which produced large numbers of epic, high value and
precedent-creating cases.

mueller-hillin’s legAl evolution is spurred by the compound’s spontAneity And
resourcefulness, which is ultimately channeled into innovative legal and courtroom
strategies. “Thirty years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined that I would be developing
visionary art, producing a film, all while being a lawyer. A lot of people have hidden
interests, and the inspiration just keeps coming out. Why live life in black and white all
the time?” asks Mr. Mueller.

it’s harD to iMagine Mueller Doing Much oF anything in black anD white, or coloring
in between the lines. Along with his Harley riding, yoga practicing law partner Hunter
Hillin, as well as reformed ex-nun and eternal optimist (but relentless legal researcher)
Kay McCartan, Mueller-Hillin takes on cases involving birth injury, wrongful death, class          Mark Mueller
action, commercial fraud, oil and gas, trucking and construction accidents, products               with the firm’s mascot
liability and whistleblower claims.

though the firm’s eAsygoing ApproAch is unconventionAl for An industry thAt
buttons the top button, its expertise and experience, as well as the attorneys’ fun loving,
free flowing demeanor, often helps to put clients at ease and shifts the dynamics of the
intense and overwhelming legal process.

up next? mr. mueller intends to sue the cAtholic church to return AlAmo relics
to their rightful owners. Surgical mesh cases and microchip related birth defect cases are
also underway, as are environmental liability cases involving factory farms, hazardous
chemicals and plastic pollution of waterways. Planning is already ramping up for the
annual summer bash the firm throws for friends, family, clients, lawyers, judges, business
associates and general path-crossers—or, as Mr. Mueller puts it, “We have everyone
from bankers and doctors to cab drivers and strippers at our party.” Last year’s tattoo/live
art/body painting might be hard to top, but the firm has already obtained the proper
permits for the explosions and pyrotechnics happening at this year’s fire, drum and
tequila fueled event.

                                                 404 W. 7 t h S t r e e t
                                                 A u S t i n , tX 78701
                                                 P h : 800.324.5879
                                                 www.muellerhillin.com
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                                                                       2010 lawyers oF tHe year 29
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            ThE GuIdE To                                                           Administrative Law 8
                                                                                   Alternative Dispute Resolution 8
                                                                                                                                                   Information Technology Law 20
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    T E X A S ’ T o p AT T o R n E yS                                              Antitrust Law 8                                                 Intellectual Property Law 22




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                                                                                   Appellate Law 8                                                 International Arbitration 22
      t’s inevitable—at some point in your life, you’re go-                        Banking Law 8                                                   International Trade
      ing to need a lawyer, and you won’t always be able                           Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor                                     and Finance Law 22
      to predict when that need will arise. Whether you’re                            Rights Law 10                                                Labor and Employment Law 22
      starting a business or selling one, getting married or                       Bet-the-Company Litigation 10                                   Land Use & Zoning Law 22
      divorced, patenting your invention, litigating a con-                        Biotechnology Law 12                                            Legal Malpractice Law 24
tract, or buying a home—there is a talented and highly                             Collaborative Law: Family Law 12                                Leveraged Buyouts and
competent attorney listed in this guide who can help.                              Commercial Litigation 12                                           Private Equity Law 24
Perhaps you or a family member is involved in an acci-                             Communications Law 14                                           Mass Tort Litigation 24
dent or accused of a crime. These are all serious matters                          Construction Law 14                                             Medical Malpractice Law 24
for which you need first-rate legal representation.                                Corporate Governance                                            Mergers & Acquisitions Law 24
    Texas’ Best Lawyers® helps take the mystery out of                                and Compliance Law 14                                        Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law 24
locating a high-quality advocate to protect you, your                              Corporate Law 14                                                Municipal Law 24
family, your business and all other assets. The exception-                         Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar 14                           Native American Law 24
al attorneys listed in this guide are only those attorneys                         Criminal Defense: White-Collar 16                               Natural Resources Law 24
listed in The Best Lawyers in America®.                                            Derivatives Law 16                                              Non-Profit/Charities Law 24
    These attorneys were nominated by and voted in by                              DUI/DWI Defense 16                                              Oil & Gas Law 24
their peers. Lawyers cannot buy their way into this guide.                         Education Law 16                                                Personal Injury Litigation 24
They must earn a spot through exemplary legal work                                 Elder Law 16                                                    Private Funds Law 27
that attracts the notice of their colleagues. To remain                            Eminent Domain                                                  Product Liability Litigation 27
on the list, they must be at the top of their game, year                              and Condemnation Law 16                                      Professional Malpractice Law 28
after year. Best Lawyers, the leading referral list in the                         Employee Benefits Law 16                                        Project Finance Law 28
legal profession, and ALM, the nation’s leading legal                              Energy Law 16                                                   Public Finance Law 28
journalism and information company, have teamed up                                 Environmental Law 16                                            Railroad Law 28
to provide this invaluable resource for readers, whatever                          Equipment Finance Law 16                                        Real Estate Law 28
your legal needs may be. Lawyers in this guide are                                 Family Law 16                                                   Securities Law 28
arranged by their legal specialty—from Administrative                              Family Law Mediation 18                                         Sports Law 28
Law to Venture Capital Law—which makes it easy to find                             First Amendment Law 20                                          Structured Finance Law 28
the professional advice you need.                                                  Franchise Law 20                                                Tax Law 28
    Keep this comprehensive guide available for those                              Gaming Law 20                                                   Technology Law 29
times when you need a first-rate advocate to assist you.                           Government Relations Law 20                                     Transportation Law 29
The lawyers listed in Texas’ Best Lawyers are eager                                Health Care Law 20                                              Trusts and Estates 29
to help.                                                                           Immigration Law 20                                              Venture Capital Law 34


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     T    his list is excerpted from the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, the preemi-
          nent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Published for more than
     a quarter of a century, Best Lawyers® lists attorneys in 79 specialties, representing all 50
                                                                                                            Voting lawyers were provided this general guideline for determining if a nominee should
                                                                                                       be listed: “If you had a close friend or relative who needed a real estate lawyer (for example),
                                                                                                       and you could not handle the case yourself, to whom would you refer them?” All votes and
     states and the District of Columbia, who have been chosen through an exhaustive survey in         comments were solicited with a guarantee of confidentiality – a critical factor in the viability
     which thousands of the nation’s top lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.     and validity of Best Lawyers surveys. To ensure the rigor of the selection process, lawyers were
     The 2010 edition of Best Lawyers, which was published in November 2009, is based on more          urged to use only their highest standards when voting, and to evaluate each nominee based
     than 2.8 million evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.                                         only on his or her individual merits. The additional comments were used to make more accu-
          The method used to compile Best Lawyers remains unchanged since the first edition was        rate comparisons between voting patterns and weight votes accordingly. Best Lawyers uses
     compiled more than 26 years ago. Lawyers are chosen for inclusion based solely on a vote of       various methodological tools to identify and correct for anomalies in both the nomination and
     their peers. Listings cannot be bought, and no purchase is required to be included. In this       voting process.
     regard, Best Lawyers remains the gold standard of reliability and integrity in lawyer ratings.         Ultimately, of course, a lawyer’s inclusion is based on the subjective judgments of his or
          The nomination pool for the 2010 edition consisted of all lawyers whose names                her fellow attorneys. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibil-
     appeared in the previous edition of Best Lawyers, lawyers who were nominated since the            ity or popularity, the breadth of the survey, the candor of the respondents, and the
     previous survey, and new nominees solicited from listed attorneys. In general, lawyers were       sophistication of the polling methodology largely correct for any biases. For all these reasons,
     asked to vote only on nominees in their own specialty in their own jurisdiction. Lawyers in       Best Lawyers lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate and useful guide to the
     closely related specialties were asked to vote across specialties, as were lawyers in smaller     legal profession in the United States.
     jurisdictions. Where specialties are national or international in nature, lawyers were asked to        Best Lawyers lists are available at www.bestlawyers.com. “Best Lawyers”
     vote nationally as well as locally. Voting lawyers were also given an opportunity to offer more   and “The Best Lawyers in America”are registered trademarks of Woodward/White, Inc.
     detailed comments on nominees.


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Crain Lewis,LLp
C         rain Lewis, LLP is a unique
          firm comprised of two very
          different practices united
by one very important mission: to
help people when life takes an
unexpected turn. For sixteen years
Rob Crain has worked on personal
injury and wrongful death cases
across the country, while Chris
Lewis has logged twelve years
working on the criminal side of
the bar, first as an Assistant District
Attorney, and now as a criminal
defense lawyer. “It might not be the
most traditional pairing, but it
makes perfect sense to us. We are
two people who love to fight—and
win—for the underdog,” says
Mr. Lewis.
    The Dallas firm handles all types
of personal injury and wrongful
death matters, including truck
accidents, car accidents, workplace
accidents, explosions, and medical
malpractice claims, as well as all
types of criminal defense matters,
including both state and federal
charges, drug possession, drug
distribution, DWI, assaults, sexual
assaults, and murder. In accordance
with both partners’ Martindale-
Hubbell AV-Ratings, both Mr. Crain
and Mr. Lewis bring the highest
level of ability and ethics to their
representation of clients. Whether
they are going up against the world’s
largest insurance companies or the
government, the firm levels the
playing field for individuals who
never thought they would need
an attorney.
    Naturally competitive, Mr. Lewis
uses his experience as a former
college football player, sports agent,
large firm civil litigator, and Assistant
District Attorney to his clients’
advantage. He has tried more than
200 cases to verdict, and is currently
on a streak of 28 wins in his past 31                                                                                            SElEcTEd For
trials dating back to last year. In                                                                                              incluSion in
2009, he was named one of the                                                                                                  ThE bEST lAwyErS
“Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas” by                                                                                             in AmEricA®
D Magazine, which has also twice                                                                                                robErT d. crAin
                                          Robert D. Crain, Christopher W. Lewis
recognized him as one of the “Best
Lawyers Under 40.” He has twice
been named a “Top Attorney” in the area of Criminal                involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler. The family
Defense by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.                             was turned down by three previous consulting attorneys.
    Mr. Crain is routinely named as one of the “Best               Despite their lack of faith, Mr. Crain listened to and
Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine; and he has been selected believed in the victims, ultimately collecting a life-
by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America® as pub-        changing recovery for the family. “We employ all the assets
lished by Woodward/ White, Inc. He has also been honored           available to maximize our clients’ chances for a successful
on multiple occasions as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas             outcome,” says Crain. “When clients call us, we know this
Monthly Magazine. Mr. Crain recently represented a family          may be their last chance to get their lives in a better place.”


                                                    Crain Lewis, LLp
                                      3400 Carlisle Stre et, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75204
                                          Ph: 214.522.9404 • www.crainlewis.com
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B ickel  & brewer was FounDeD with a singular goal:                                                                   2010 EDITION
to exclusively handle high-stakes, bet-the-business liti-
gation. Twenty-six years later, the firm’s vision is realized                                                     commErciAl
in its professional track record, pioneering spirit and                                                            liTigATion
unique brand of advocacy.
    “What inspires the professionals here is the
opportunity to practice at the highest level on our
clients’ most important cases,” says Partner William A.
Brewer III, who founded Bickel & Brewer with partners
John W. Bickel II and James S. Renard in 1984. “Our
expertise is advocacy – no matter the forum, venue or
subject matter.”
    Bickel & Brewer prides itself on managing cases
that involve substantial business and financial exposure,
cutting-edge legal issues or significant public policy
questions. The firm is fueled by a commitment to
innovation and driven by the demands of its practice.
    “We represent Fortune 500 corporations, entrepreneurs
and leading firms in a wide array of industries,” Brewer says.
“The most important thing about practicing here is a
willingness to embrace the responsibility that comes with
handling your clients’ most significant matters.”

innovAtive
   A hallmark of Bickel & Brewer is its ability to stay on
the cutting edge. The firm was among the first to
develop an offshore operation, an in-house consulting
group and a public relations practice designed to
represent clients in the court of public opinion. It
maintains a state-of-the-art information management
system that is efficient and cost-effective.
   “We are willing to develop and apply new tools
and processes if we see a benefit to our doing so,”
Brewer says. “The firm lives for the opportunity to take
quantum leaps that change the way law is practiced.”

coMMitteD to the coMMunity
    Bickel & Brewer’s professional drive is matched by
its commitment to the community. Under Brewer’s
direction, the firm creates, manages and funds a wide
range of legal and educational programs making a
dramatic impact in Texas – and across the nation. The
Bickel & Brewer Future Leaders Program (FLP) lights a
path to college for more than 170 students from the Dallas
Independent School District. As a testament to the pro-
gram, the FLP’s current nine seniors have already secured
more than $1 million in college scholarship offers.
    “There is no greater privilege than watching these
students broaden their horizons and dreams,” Brewer says.
    The firm champions a number of social and legal
causes. Its community service affiliate, the Bickel &
Brewer Storefront, has successfully prevented the
implementation of the illegal “immigration ordinances”           William A. Brewer III
proposed in the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch,
Texas. The case has become one of the most
controversial and closely-watched public policy
disputes in the nation.
    “We believe this case is an example for communities
everywhere,” Brewer says. “What drives our
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 Shackelford, Melton & McKinley | Dallas, TX             Fulbright & Jaworski | Dallas, TX                       Plunkett & Gibson | San Antonio, TX
 MARK B. KNOWLES                                         MICHAEL W. ANGLIN, TOBY L. GERBER, WILLIAM R.           RONALD HORNBERGER
 Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX                          GREENDYKE, LOUIS R. STRUBECK, JR.                       Rochelle McCullough | Dallas, TX
 DOROTHY H. BJORCK, O. PAUL CORLEY, JR., JAMES A.        Fulbright & Jaworski | San Antonio, TX                  MICHAEL R. ROCHELLE
 DONOHOE, M. LAWRENCE HICKS, JR., ROBERT B.              MICHAEL M. PARKER                                       Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller | Fort Worth, TX
 JACKSON, JAMES W. MCKELLAR, JOHN W. RAIN, HARRY         Gardere Wynne Sewell | Dallas, TX                       JOHN Y. BONDS III
 M. ROBERTS, JR., SHAD E. SUMROW, BEN B. WEST            STEPHEN A. MCCARTIN, HOLLAND N. O’NEIL,                 Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX
 Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX                            RICHARD M. ROBERSON, DEIRDRE B. RUCKMAN                 DAVID M. BENNETT, JAMES A. DONOHOE
 JAMES A. MARKUS, VALINDA BARRETT WOLFERT,               Greenberg Traurig | Dallas, TX                          Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX
 WILLIAM D. YOUNG                                        CLIFTON R. JESSUP, JR., BRUCE H. WHITE                  JOSIAH M. DANIEL III, PAUL E. HEATH, JAMES J. LEE,
 Weil, Gotshal & Manges | Dallas, TX                     Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX                           JAMES A. MARKUS, DANIEL C. STEWART,
 GLENN D. WEST                                           ROBERT D. ALBERGOTTI, ROBIN E. PHELAN                   WILLIAM L. WALLANDER
 Winstead | Dallas, TX                                   Haynes and Boone | Fort Worth, TX                       Weil, Gotshal & Manges | Dallas, TX
 IRA D. EINSOHN, MICHAEL W. HILLIARD, JOE T. HYDE,       JOHN D. PENN, STEPHEN M. PEZANOSKY                      MARTIN A. SOSLAND
 JAMES R. LITTLEJOHN, T. RANDALL MATTHEWS,               Haynes and Boone | San Antonio, TX                      Winstead | Dallas, TX
 MICHAEL K. O’NEAL, MELISSA RUMAN STEWART,               ERIC TERRY                                              R. MICHAEL FARQUHAR, PHILLIP L. LAMBERSON
 DANIEL F. SUSIE
                                                         Hunton & Williams | Dallas, TX                          Wright Ginsberg Brusilow | Dallas, TX
                                                         MICHAEL S. HELD, LYNETTE R. WARMAN                      E. PAUL KEIFFER, FRANK J. WRIGHT
 Bankruptcy and                                          Jackson Walker | San Antonio, TX
 creditor-deBtor rights Law                              CLAIBORNE B. GREGORY, JR., J. SCOTT ROSE                Bet-the-company Litigation
                                                         Jones Day | Dallas, TX
 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld | Dallas, TX             GREGORY M. GORDON                                       Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld | San Antonio, TX
 CHARLES R. GIBBS                                                                                                BARRY A. CHASNOFF, R. LAURENCE MACON
                                                         Kane, Russell, Coleman & Logan | Dallas, TX
 Baker Botts | Dallas, TX                                JOSEPH M. COLEMAN                                       Baker Botts | Dallas, TX
 JACK L. KINZIE, JAMES PRINCE II, JUDITH W. ROSS                                                                 ROD PHELAN
                                                         Kelly Hart & Hallman | Fort Worth, TX
 Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel | Addison, TX    MICHAEL A. MCCONNELL                                    Bayne, Snell & Krause | San Antonio, TX
 STEVE P. TURNER                                                                                                 BARRY SNELL
 Bracewell & Giuliani | Dallas, TX                       Langley & Banack | San Antonio, TX                      Bracewell & Giuliani | San Antonio, TX
 SAMUEL M. STRICKLIN                                                                                             RICHARD C. DANYSH
 Bryan Cave | Dallas, TX
                                                         DAVID S. GRAGG,                                         Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell | Fort
 KEITH MILES AURZADA                                     R. GLEN AYERS                                           Worth, TX
 Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal | Dallas, TX   210.736.6600 | Page 20                                  BEALE DEAN
 STEPHEN A. GOODWIN                                                                                              Cagle Broiles | Fort Worth, TX
 Cavazos, Hendricks, Poirot & Smitham | Dallas, TX       MacDonald + MacDonald | Dallas, TX                      ROWLAND DAVID BROILES
 CHARLES B. HENDRICKS                                    MARK E. MACDONALD                                       Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal | Dallas, TX
 Clemens & Spencer | San Antonio, TX                     McGuire, Craddock & Strother | Dallas, TX               JAMES E. COLEMAN, JR., FLETCHER L. YARBROUGH
 JAMES A. HOFFMAN                                        J. MARK CHEVALLIER                                      Clemens & Spencer | San Antonio, TX
 Cox Smith Matthews | Dallas, TX                         Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr | Dallas, TX                   GEORGE H. SPENCER, JR.
 MARK E. ANDREWS                                         E. LEE MORRIS, RUSSELL L. MUNSCH,                       Cobb Martinez Woodward | Dallas, TX
                                                         JOSEPH J. WIELEBINSKI                                   WILLIAM D. COBB, JR.
 Cox Smith Matthews | San Antonio, TX
 DIANN M. BARTEK, CAROL E. JENDRZEY, DEBORAH D.          Neligan Foley | Dallas, TX                              Cox Smith Matthews | San Antonio, TX
 WILLIAMSON                                              PATRICK J. NELIGAN, JR.                                 HOWARD P. NEWTON
                                                         Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison & Tate | San Antonio, TX   Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza | San Antonio, TX
                                                         RAYMOND W. BATTAGLIA, JOHN H. TATE II                   RICARDO G. CEDILLO




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    Frank Branson
          Continues His Crusade
          For saFer texas HigHways
I
    n the movie Class Action, Gene Hackman plays an attorney suing an               President Nixon about the NHTSA, arguing that they could not make a
    automobile manufacturer over an allegedly defective car. During the trial       profit if they were forced to install seatbelts and safety bumpers. Not much has
    in the movie, it is revealed that the manufacturer weighed the cost of          changed with the car industry, says Branson, who had a $7 million jury verdict
    redesigning the car against the projected number of injuries and deaths         in 2006 against Mitsubishi on behalf of a collegiate soccer star injured in a
    that would be caused by the defect, deciding it was more profitable to          rollover crash.
    leave the car as is. But, Class Action is just a movie, right? Unfortunately,
the fictional movie is based in reality. And no one knows that better than             As for buses, Branson was part of a legal team that represented the families
Dallas attorney Frank Branson.                                                      of residents of a Houston nursing home who had to be evacuated due to
                                                                                    Hurricane Rita. En route to Dallas, their bus burst into flames, killing 23
    Branson has developed a niche for handling tort
cases involving the transportation industry. His inter-
est in this area started in law school when he worked
as an insurance claims adjuster. He found that some
people in accidents were actually victimized twice-
first by the person or company responsible for the
accident and then by the insurers. While the victims
tended to hire lawyers who did not specialize in tort




                                                 A
cases, the insurers were represented by
experienced and well-funded attorneys,
he explains. It was an “uneven match,”
says Branson. So he decided that he
wanted to level the playing field for
                                               “          s long As
                                                          the industry
“regular” people.                                         believes thAt
                                               it is cheAper to mAke
   Branson has handled many cases
involving the trucking industry, which          An unsAfe product
he describes as having “systemic
problems.” He says that some trucking           thAn to mAke A
companies do not properly supervise or
screen their drivers or maintain their
                                                sAfe one, nothing                   residents. According to the complaint filed in the case, the bus had a defect in
trucks. For example, according to the           will chAnge.”                       its hub-and-axle system that made it unreasonably dangerous. A 2007
complaint in one case, a company                                                    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report noted the probable
ignored a truck driver’s repeated requests          – frAnk l. brAnson              cause of the accident was insufficient lubrication of a rear axle, which
to replace a tire or check its alignment.                                           overheated and caused a fire in the wheel-well. The National Transportation
The driver then drove to fast in the rain and caused a wreck that killed three      Safety Board indicated that poor maintenance was a reason why there wasn’t
members of a Texas family. Defense counsel settled during trial. A complaint        proper lubrication. The defendants denied the allegations and the parties
in another case alleges that a company let a worker with a history of drug use      agreed to an $80 million settlement.
and driver’s license suspensions drive a truck containing hazardous waste.The
defense denied the allegations. In this case, the jury found that the driver and      So can the safety issues in the transportation industry be addressed?
his company were each grossly negligent.
                                                                                       As long as the industry believes that it is “cheaper to make an unsafe
   Even after settling one case for $15 million and winning a jury verdict of       product than to make a safe one,” nothing will change, explains Branson. He
over $20 million in the other, Branson expects that the cases will have little      believes that pressure must come from government and civil lawsuits. The
impact on the trucking industry. “It’s a high profit industry with low safety       public must also lean on government to set standards “with the people’s safety
requirements and a powerful lobby,” he explains.                                    in mind—not what’s convenient for the industry.” And the government needs
                                                                                    to step up enforcement of its existing safety standards and impose “criminal
    According to Branson, the powerful car industry fights attempts to              sanctions on the people behind the corporate entities,” he adds. Until such
strengthen safety standards by pressuring the National Highway Traffic Safety       changes are made, we will continue to see “the same horrific injuries caused
Administration (NHTSA). And such pressure dates back to the agency’s                by the same safety problems,” sighs Branson.
creation. Branson recalls hearing a tape of Ford executives complaining to                                                                      –Robin L. Barton
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2010 S u R v E y
 Figari & Davenport | Dallas, TX
                                  R E S u LT S
                                                      Calabrese Huff | Dallas, TX                             Hankinson Levinger | Dallas, TX
 MARK T. DAVENPORT, A. ERIN DWYER,                    CARLA M. CALABRESE                                      JEFFREY S. LEVINGER
 ERNEST E. FIGARI, JR.                                Cox Waters | Dallas, TX                                 Harris, Finley & Bogle | Fort Worth, TX
 Fish & Richardson | Dallas, TX                       GAY G. COX                                              ROLAND K. JOHNSON
 THOMAS M. MELSHEIMER                                 Goranson, Bain, Larsen, Greenwald,                      Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX
 Fulbright & Jaworski | Dallas, TX                    Maultsbey & Murphy | Dallas, TX                         GEORGE W. BRAMBLETT, JR., NINA CORTELL, SHARON
 RODNEY ACKER, KARL G. DIAL, JONATHAN B.              PAULA LARSEN                                            N. FREYTAG, ROBIN P. HARTMANN, NOEL M. B.
 SKIDMORE                                                                                                     HENSLEY, THOMAS E. KURTH, BARRY F. MCNEIL,
 Fulbright & Jaworski | San Antonio, TX               Koons, Fuller, Vanden, Eykel                            DONALD C. TEMPLIN
 JOHN W. WEBER, JR.                                   & Robertson | Dallas, TX                                Haynes and Boone | Fort Worth, TX
 Hankinson Levinger | Dallas, TX                                                                              THOMAS J. WILLIAMS
                                                      KEVIN R. FULLER
 JEFFREY S. LEVINGER                                                                                          Haynes and Boone | San Antonio, TX
                                                      214.871.2727 | Page 21                                  STEPHEN P. ALLISON, LAMONT A. JEFFERSON
 Harris, Finley & Bogle | Fort Worth, TX
 ROLAND K. JOHNSON                                                                                            Hornberger Sheehan Fuller & Beiter | San Antonio, TX
                                                      Verner & Brumley | Dallas, TX                           KEVIN MICHAEL BEITER
 Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX
                                                      JANET P. BRUMLEY
 GEORGE W. BRAMBLETT, JR., NINA CORTELL,
 BARRY F. MCNEIL                                      Woods, May & Matlock | McKinney, TX                     HowryBreen | Austin, TX
                                                      ROBERT J. MATLOCK
 Haynes and Boone | San Antonio, TX                                                                           SEAN E. BREEN,
 STEPHEN P. ALLISON, LAMONT A. JEFFERSON
                                                      cOmmERcIAL LITIGATION                                   TIMOTHY J. HERMAN,
 HowryBreen | Austin, TX
                                                                                                              RANDY R. HOWRY
                                                      Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld | San Antonio, TX        512.474.7300 | Page 35
 TIMOTHY J. HERMAN,                                   BARRY A. CHASNOFF, DANIEL MCNEEL LANE, JR., R.
 RANDY R. HOWRY                                       LAURENCE MACON
                                                                                                              Ireland Carroll & Kelley | Tyler, TX
 512.474.7300 | Page 35                               Andrews Kurth | Dallas, TX                              OTIS W. CARROLL
                                                      JERRY L. BEANE
                                                                                                              Jackson Walker | Dallas, TX
 Ireland Carroll & Kelley | Tyler, TX                 Baker & McKenzie | Dallas, TX                           ROBERT M. COHAN, MARK T. JOSEPHS, KATHLEEN M.
 OTIS W. CARROLL                                      BRIAN J. HURST                                          LAVALLE, SCOTT M. MCELHANEY, GORDON M.
 Jackson Walker | Dallas, TX                          Baker Botts | Dallas, TX                                SHAPIRO, PAUL C. WATLER
 PAUL C. WATLER                                       VAN H. BECKWITH, BRYANT C. BOREN, JR., LARRY D.         Jackson Walker | Fort Worth, TX
                                                      CARLSON, TIMOTHY S. DURST, SAMARA L. KLINE,             ALBON O. HEAD, JR.
 Jackson Walker | Fort Worth, TX
                                                      GEORGE C. LAMB III, TIMOTHY W. MOUNTZ, ROD
 ALBON O. HEAD, JR.                                                                                           Jenkens & Gilchrist | Dallas, TX
                                                      PHELAN, ROBB L. VOYLES
 K&L Gates | Dallas, TX                                                                                       JOHN ANDERSON GILLIAM
                                                      Bayne, Snell & Krause | San Antonio, TX
 ROBERT EDWIN DAVIS, ROBERT H. MOW, JR.                                                                       K&L Gates | Dallas, TX
                                                      BARRY SNELL
 Kelly Hart & Hallman | Fort Worth, TX                                                                        KIM J. ASKEW, ROBERT EDWIN DAVIS, PAUL R.
 DONALD E. HERRMANN, E. GLEN JOHNSON,                                                                         GENENDER, PAUL M. KONING, JOHN H. MCDOWELL,
 DEE J. KELLY, SR., MARSHALL M. SEARCY, JR.
                                                      Bickel & Brewer | Dallas, TX                            JR., ROBERT H. MOW, JR.
                                                      WILLIAM A. BREWER III                                   Kelly Hart & Hallman | Fort Worth, TX
 Langley & Banack | San Antonio, TX                   214.653.4000 | Page 9                                   LARS L. BERG, HUGH G. CONNOR II, DONALD E.
                                                                                                              HERRMANN, E. GLEN JOHNSON, DEE J. KELLY, SR.,
 EMERSON BANACK, JR.                                                                                          DEE J. KELLY, JR., MARSHALL M. SEARCY, JR., BRIAN S.
 210.736.6600 | Page 20                               Bracewell & Giuliani | San Antonio, TX
                                                                                                              STAGNER, WILLIAM N. WARREN
                                                      RICHARD C. DANYSH
                                                      Brock Person Guerra Reyna | San Antonio, TX             Kessler & Collins | Dallas, TX
 Law Offices of Richard C. Mosty | Kerrville, TX
 RICHARD C. MOSTY
                                                      RICARDO R. REYNA                                        GARY S. KESSLER
                                                      Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell | Fort     214.379.0722 | Page 33
 Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell | Dallas, TX
                                                      Worth, TX                                               Kleiman Lawrence Baskind Fitzgerald | Dallas, TX
 GEORGE E. BOWLES, JOHN H. MCELHANEY
                                                      BEALE DEAN                                              PAUL D. SCHOONOVER
 Loewinsohn Flegle Deary | Dallas, TX
                                                      Cagle Broiles | Fort Worth, TX
 ALAN S. LOEWINSOHN
                                                      ROWLAND DAVID BROILES                                   Langley & Banack | San Antonio, TX
 Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox | Dallas, TX
 ERIC PINKER
                                                      Cantey Hanger | Fort Worth, TX                          EMERSON BANACK, JR.,
                                                      STEPHEN LYLE TATUM
 McKool Smith | Dallas, TX                                                                                    RICHARD M. BUTLER,
                                                      Capshaw DeRieux | Longview, TX
 SAMUEL F. BAXTER, LEWIS T. LECLAIR, MIKE MCKOOL,
                                                      S. CALVIN CAPSHAW                                       LINDA S. McDONALD,
 THEODORE STEVENSON III
                                                      Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal | Dallas, TX   JOYCE W. MOORE
 McMahon Surovik Suttle | Abilene, TX
 STEPHEN H. SUTTLE
                                                      JAMES E. COLEMAN, JR., DIANE M. SUMOSKI,                210.736.6600 | Page 20
                                                      FLETCHER L. YARBROUGH
 Morrison & Shelton | Wichita Falls, TX
                                                      Clemens & Spencer | San Antonio, TX                     Law Offices of Alan W. Harris | Dallas, TX
 LONNY D. MORRISON
                                                      GEORGE H. SPENCER, JR.                                  ALAN W. HARRIS
 Munck Carter | Dallas, TX
                                                      Cobb Martinez Woodward | Dallas, TX                     Law Offices of Richard C. Mosty | Kerrville, TX
 E. LEON CARTER
                                                      WILLIAM D. COBB, JR.                                    RICHARD C. MOSTY
 Patton, Tidwell & Schroeder | Texarkana, TX
                                                      Collins Basinger & Pullman | Dallas, TX                 Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell | Dallas, TX
 NICHOLAS H. PATTON
                                                      RICHARD D. PULLMAN                                      GEORGE E. BOWLES, JERRY K. CLEMENTS,
 Pipkin, Oliver & Bradley | San Antonio, TX                                                                   PAUL E. COGGINS, JOHN H. MCELHANEY
                                                      Cowles & Thompson | Dallas, TX
 MARVIN G. PIPKIN
                                                      SIM ISRAELOFF                                           Loewinsohn Flegle Deary | Dallas, TX
 Plunkett & Gibson | San Antonio, TX                                                                          DAVID R. DEARY, JIM L. FLEGLE, JR.,
                                                      Cox Smith Matthews | San Antonio, TX
 ALLEN LEWIN PLUNKETT                                                                                         ALAN S. LOEWINSOHN
                                                      HOWARD P. NEWTON, BRETT W. SCHOUEST,
 Sayles Werbner | Dallas, TX                          JAMES K. SPIVEY, JAMES M. TRUSS                         Looper Reed & McGraw | Dallas, TX
 RICHARD A. SAYLES, MARK S. WERBNER                                                                           CHARLES W. SARTAIN
                                                      Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza | San Antonio, TX
 Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller | Fort Worth, TX   RICARDO G. CEDILLO                                      Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox | Dallas, TX
 KLEBER C. MILLER, R. H. WALLACE, JR.                                                                         TREY COX, ERIC PINKER
                                                      Figari & Davenport | Dallas, TX
 Soules & Wallace | San Antonio, TX                   DONALD COLLELUORI, MARK T. DAVENPORT, A. ERIN           McKool Smith | Dallas, TX
 LUTHER H. SOULES III                                 DWYER, ERNEST E. FIGARI, JR., ANDREW G. JUBINSKY        SAMUEL F. BAXTER, GARY J. CRUCIANI, ROBERT ELKIN,
 Strasburger & Price | Dallas, TX                     Fish & Richardson | Dallas, TX                          THOMAS A. GRAVES, LEWIS T. LECLAIR, MIKE
 P. MICHAEL JUNG, DAVID N. KITNER                     WILLIAM B. MATEJA, THOMAS M. MELSHEIMER                 MCKOOL, THEODORE STEVENSON III
 Susman Godfrey | Dallas, TX                          Fulbright & Jaworski | Dallas, TX                       McMahon Surovik Suttle | Abilene, TX
 BARRY C. BARNETT, TERRELL W. OXFORD                  RODNEY ACKER, THEODORE W. DANIEL, DAN D.                STEPHEN H. SUTTLE
 Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX                       DAVISON, KARL G. DIAL, BRETT C. GOVETT,                 Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson | Dallas, TX
 GEORGE C. CHAPMAN, CRAIG A. HAYNES, GREGORY          JONATHAN B. SKIDMORE, MICHAEL C. STEINDORF,             ROBERT D. ALLEN
 S.C. HUFFMAN, JOHN H. MARTIN, TIMOTHY R.             MICHAEL A. SWARTZENDRUBER                               Monning & Wynne | Dallas, TX
 MCCORMICK                                            Fulbright & Jaworski | San Antonio, TX                  BRUCE MONNING
 Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX                         CHARLES A. DEACON, DEAN V. FLEMING, ROBERT G.           Morrison & Shelton | Wichita Falls, TX
 WILLIAM B. DAWSON, KAREN L. HIRSCHMAN,               NEWMAN, JOHN W. WEBER, JR.                              LONNY D. MORRISON
 THOMAS S. LEATHERBURY, WILLIAM D. SIMS, JR.          Gardere Wynne Sewell | Dallas, TX                       Munck Carter | Dallas, TX
                                                      CURTIS L. FRISBIE, JR., JOE B. HARRISON, CYNTHIA C.     E. LEON CARTER
 BIOTEcHNOLOGy LAw                                    HOLLINGSWORTH                                           Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr | Dallas, TX
                                                      Gardner & Aldrich | Fort Worth, TX                      JAMES D. JORDAN
 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal | Dallas, TX
                                                      TERRY GARDNER                                           Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison & Tate | San Antonio, TX
 ROBERT ELDON HANSON, JR.
                                                      Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail | Dallas, TX                 REESE L. HARRISON, JR.
                                                      MARK A. SHANK
 cOLLABORATIVE LAw: FAmILy LAw                        Haltom & Doan | Texarkana, TX
                                                                                                              Parker, Bunt & Ainsworth | Tyler, TX
                                                                                                              ROBERT C. BUNT
 Allison | Johnson | Plano, TX                        JENNIFER HALTOM DOAN, JAMES N. HALTOM
 JODY L. JOHNSON
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    william Brewer
            on tHe CHallenges oF
            Bet-tHe-Business litigation Cases
y
        ou need look no further than the front page of the business section,                “Almost every case involves millions of bits of information,” adds Brewer.
        to find cautionary tales of companies facing “bet-the-business” or               For example, a case can involve a massive number of records from a multi-year
        “bet-the-company” legal situations in which the businesses are                   period and require real-time access to documents and information. Brewer’s
        literally involved in a fight for their life. Whether it is debt issues,         firm created a document retrieval and archiving system to help manage the
        partnership disputes, breach of contract claims, civil lawsuits                  multitude of data and documents involved in their bet-the-business cases.The
        involving intellectual property rights,Securities                                                                        system allows the lawyers to instanta-
Exchange Commission allegations of financial                                                                                     neously access documents and
fraud—or worse—a federal prosecutor bringing                                                                                     “improved the thoroughness of our
criminal charges, major corporations face possible                                                                               review, and dramatically improved the
extinction if they don’t prevail.                                                                                                efficiency of the process,” he explains.

   Losing is not an option in the largest cases because                                                                               Finally, both the clients and their
when the business loses, thousands of jobs and                                                                                    lawyers must be prepared to face the
hundreds of millions of dollars in client equity can be                                                                           court of public opinion that inevita-
lost, says William A. Brewer III, a co-founder of                                                                                 bly scrutinizes high stakes cases—
Bickel & Brewer, a law firm with offices in Dallas                                                                                which requires the expertise of public
and New York, specializing in bet-the-business,                                                                                   relations professionals. “So many of
high stakes litigation.                                                                                                           these cases are playing out in the busi-




                                                    A
                                                                                                                                  ness and mainstream press because of
   “Bet-the-business cases are unlike any
other type of litigation,” notes Brewer.
“Cases that may be tried in two to three
days in court are a different animal from
                                                  “         lmost every
                                                            cAse involves
                                                                                                                                  the impact they have—directly for
                                                                                                                                  employees, owners and lenders and,
                                                                                                                                  indirectly, as precedent for others,” says
                                                                                                                                  Brewer. Companies need to address
the multi-week, mega-cases that are
                                                            millions of                                                           that public forum, he advises, because
typical of our docket.” Bet-the-business         bits of informAtion.”                                                            “companies are dependent on the
cases are also more likely to go to trial                                                                                         faith and confidence their customers,
than other business disputes because              – williAm A. brewer iii                                                         investors and employees place in
“clients may have more to gain—and                                                                                                them.” Brewer’s firm relies on
more to protect,” he explains. Such high                                                 in-house public relations expertise to help the lawyers and the clients respond
stakes situations arise outside the courtroom as well. A growing part of his             to intense media attention.
practice, Brewer notes, is representing clients in congressional hearings, before
government entities and in arbitrations.                                                 early legal adviCe Provides Best strategy
                                                                                         Clients who seek help early while a problem is developing have a better
Clients and lawyers FaCe UniqUe Challenges                                               chance of success. The current economic environment provides examples of
When confronting such high stakes predicaments, “You need a firm that, at a              companies facing financial distress and the perils of delay in getting legal advice.
minimum, can absorb problems quickly, understand the law and navigate all                Explains Brewer: “Many businessmen hope against hope that everything will
of the tactical and strategic issues that will determine the outcome,” says              work out without analyzing the steps that can be taken to protect the assets of
Brewer.That often requires not only legal expertise but significant non-lawyer           the entity—until it is too late.”
resources as well because of the subject matter involved.
                                                                                             Proactively seeking legal advice before a situation becomes a bet-the-
   “The most important cases are typically complex, involving diverse                    business scenario is the best strategy. Brewer notes that the clients who have
businesses (e.g. financial services, real estate, intellectual property), legal issues   been with the firm for years are there not because they have a bet-the-business
(e.g. antitrust, securities, patents, contract, common law) and impacts (e.g.            lawsuit every year but because they respect the judgment of the firm’s lawyers
damages and financial consequences),” explains Brewer. Therefore, having                 and ask their advice on how to avoid problems. One of the best preventive
in-house technical and financial resources available has provided his firm               practices for any company, advises Brewer, “is to understand the legal
an advantage in evaluating cases and making early tactical decisions—and                 opportunities, challenges and threats being faced in your industry. Another is
makes the process more efficient and cost-effective, he says. Bickel & Brewer            to seek the counsel of lawyers who will share a straight-forward and honest
utilizes a team of in-house investigators and consultants such as MBAs,                  point of view—not necessarily what the client wants to hear but what the
accountants, tax and finance professionals, engineers and forensic experts to            client needs to hear.”
help analyze all the issues.                                                                                                                          –Kelly A. Briganti
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 Patton Boggs | Dallas, TX
                                   R E S u LT S
                                                                                                                     Hornberger Sheehan Fuller & Beiter | San Antonio, TX
 JOSEPH M. COX                                                                                                       T. DREW CAUTHORN
 Patton, Tidwell & Schroeder | Texarkana, TX                Fulbright & Jaworski | Dallas, TX                        Hunton & Williams | Dallas, TX
 NICHOLAS H. PATTON                                         THEODORE W. DANIEL                                       HENRY GILCHRIST, LARRY STEVEN LESHIN, DARYL
 Pipkin, Oliver & Bradley | San Antonio, TX                 Fulbright & Jaworski | San Antonio, TX                   BRUCE ROBERTSON
 MARVIN G. PIPKIN                                           JOHN W. WEBER, JR.                                       J. Scott Chase | Dallas, TX
 Plunkett & Gibson | San Antonio, TX                        Goins, Underkofler, Crawford & Langdon | Dallas, TX      J. SCOTT CHASE
 ALLEN LEWIN PLUNKETT                                       PAUL B. UNDERKOFLER                                      Jackson Walker | Dallas, TX
 Prichard, Hawkins, McFarland and Young | San Antonio, TX   Hunton & Williams | Dallas, TX                           BYRON F. EGAN, JAMES S. RYAN III
 DAVID M. PRICHARD                                          MICHAEL F. ALBERS                                        Jackson Walker | San Antonio, TX
 Sayles Werbner | Dallas, TX                                Matthews, Stein, Shiels, Pearce, Knott, Eden & Davis |   STEVEN R. JACOBS, PATRICK B. TOBIN
 RICHARD A. SAYLES, MARK S. WERBNER                         Dallas, TX                                               K&L Gates | Dallas, TX
                                                            THOMAS ALAN SHIELS                                       WILSON CHU, DAVID G. LUTHER, JR.
 Shackelford, Melton & McKinley | Dallas, TX
 BRIAN D. MELTON                                            Plunkett & Gibson | San Antonio, TX                      Kelly Hart & Hallman | Fort Worth, TX
                                                            ALLEN LEWIN PLUNKETT                                     F. RICHARD BERNASEK, WILLIAM P. HALLMAN, JR.,
 Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller | Fort Worth, TX
 VICTOR ANDERSON, JR., KLEBER C. MILLER, R. H.              Pratt & Yungblut | Arlington, TX                         MARK L. HART, JR., DEE J. KELLY, SR.
 WALLACE, JR.                                               DONALD O. PRATT, STEPHEN K. YUNGBLUT                     Law Offices of James M. Doyle, Jr. | San Antonio, TX
 Simpson Woolley | Dallas, TX                               Strasburger & Price | San Antonio, TX                    JAMES M. DOYLE, JR.
 N. HENRY SIMPSON                                           JOHN ALEX HUDDLESTON, EDWARD F. VALDESPINO               Lidji & Dorey | Dallas, TX
 Soules & Wallace | San Antonio, TX                         The Gardner Law Firm | San Antonio, TX                   BRIAN M. LIDJI
 LUTHER H. SOULES III                                       WILLIAM W. SOMMERS                                       Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell | Dallas, TX
 Strasburger & Price | Dallas, TX                           The Miller Law Firm | Dallas, TX                         BRYAN E. BISHOP, DON M. GLENDENNING, JOHN B.
 P. MICHAEL JUNG, DAVID N. KITNER                           MICHAEL A. MILLER                                        MCKNIGHT
 Strasburger & Price | San Antonio, TX                      Thomas, Feldman & Wilshusen | Dallas, TX                 Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr | Dallas, TX
 MERRITT M. CLEMENTS, JOHN ALEX HUDDLESTON,                 FRED D. WILSHUSEN                                        SALLY A. SCHREIBER
 ANDREW L. KERR, JOHN M. PINCKNEY III                       Winstead | Dallas, TX                                    Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison & Tate | San Antonio, TX
 Susman Godfrey | Dallas, TX                                MICHELLE I. RIEGER                                       BRUCE M. MITCHELL, J. DAVID OPPENHEIMER
 BARRY C. BARNETT, OPHELIA F. CAMIÑA,                                                                                Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller | Fort Worth, TX
 TERRELL W. OXFORD                                                                                                   SAM ROSEN
 The Schmidt Firm | Dallas, TX
                                                            cORPORATE GOVERNANcE                                     Strasburger & Price | Dallas, TX
 JAMES HOLMES                                               AND cOmPLIANcE LAw                                       CAROL GLENDENNING
 Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX                                                                                      Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX
 WILLIAM L. BANOWSKY, GEORGE C. CHAPMAN,                    Baker Botts | Dallas, TX                                 SAM P. BURFORD, JR., STEVEN K. COCHRAN, ANN
 GREG W. CURRY, CRAIG A. HAYNES, GREGORY S.C.               ANDREW M. BAKER, JOHN W. MARTIN                          MARIE COWDREY, JOE DANNENMAIER, FRED W.
 HUFFMAN, WILLIAM M. KATZ, JR., JOHN A.                     Bracewell & Giuliani | Dallas, TX                        FULTON, LAWRENCE HALL, JAMES L. IRISH III, PETER
 MACKINTOSH, JOHN H. MARTIN, TIMOTHY R.                     BRUCE A. CHEATHAM                                        ALAN LODWICK, JEFFREY A. ZLOTKY
 MCCORMICK, DAVID R. NOTEWARE,                              Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal | Dallas, TX    Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX
 STEPHEN C. RASCH                                           JIM A. WATSON, FLETCHER L. YARBROUGH                     ALAN J. BOGDANOW, JEFFREY A. CHAPMAN, MARK
 Thompson & Knight | Fort Worth, TX                         Ellis & Tierney | Dallas, TX                             EARLY, ROBERT L. KIMBALL, RODNEY L. MOORE, A.
 E. MICHAEL SHEEHAN                                         PETER TIERNEY                                            WINSTON OXLEY, MICHAEL D. WORTLEY
 Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX                               Fulbright & Jaworski | Dallas, TX                        Weil, Gotshal & Manges | Dallas, TX
 WILLIAM B. DAWSON, KAREN L. HIRSCHMAN,                     JAMES R. GRIFFIN                                         R. SCOTT COHEN, ANGELA FONTANA, D. GILBERT
 GEORGE M. KRYDER, THOMAS S. LEATHERBURY,                   Gardere Wynne Sewell | Dallas, TX                        FRIEDLANDER, JEFFREY B. HITT, MARY R. KORBY,
 CAROL C. PAYNE, WILLIAM D. SIMS, JR.,                      LARRY L. SCHOENBRUN                                      MICHAEL A. SASLAW, R. JAY TABOR, GLENN D. WEST
 RUSSELL YAGER
                                                            Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX
 Weil, Gotshal & Manges | Dallas, TX                        MICHAEL M. BOONE                                         cRImINAL DEFENSE: NON-wHITE-cOLLAR
 T. RAY GUY
                                                            Haynes and Boone | Fort Worth, TX                        Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison | Tyler, TX
 Whitaker | Dallas, TX                                      BRIAN D. BARNARD
 ELIZABETH B. WHITAKER                                                                                               F. R. FILES, JR.
                                                            Jackson Walker | Dallas, TX                              Burleson, Pate & Gibson | Dallas, TX
 Winstead | Dallas, TX                                      BYRON F. EGAN
 W. MIKE BAGGETT, JAMES DAVID BROWN,                                                                                 MICHAEL PAUL GIBSON, TOM PAPPAS
                                                            Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX                           Charles D. Butts | San Antonio, TX
 JAY J. MADRID
                                                            STEVEN K. COCHRAN, PETER ALAN LODWICK                    CHARLES D. BUTTS
                                                            Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX
 Wright Brown & Close | Houston, TX                                                                                  DeGuerin & Dickson | Houston, TX
                                                            MICHAEL D. WORTLEY
 HARVEY G. BROWN, JR.                                       Weil, Gotshal & Manges | Dallas, TX                      DICK DEGUERIN
 713.572.4321 | Back Cover                                  MICHAEL A. SASLAW                                        713.223.5959 | Page 32
                                                                                                                     Evans, Gandy, Daniel & Moore | Fort Worth, TX
 Young, Pickett & Lee | Texarkana, TX                       cORPORATE LAw                                            TIM EVANS
 DAMON YOUNG                                                                                                         Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl | Dallas, TX
                                                            Baker & McKenzie | Dallas, TX                            DANIEL K. HAGOOD
 cOmmUNIcATIONS LAw                                         ALAN G. HARVEY                                           Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley | San Antonio, TX
                                                            Baker Botts | Dallas, TX                                 GERALD HARRIS GOLDSTEIN, VAN G. HILLEY
 Baker Botts | Dallas, TX                                   CRAIG ADAMS, ANDREW M. BAKER, NEEL LEMON,                Hasdorff & Convery | San Antonio, TX
 VAN H. BECKWITH, BRYANT C. BOREN, JR., DON J.              JOHN W. MARTIN, DON J. MCDERMETT, JR.,                   JOHN A. CONVERY
 MCDERMETT, JR.                                             GEOFFREY L. NEWTON, DOUGLASS M. RAYBURN
                                                                                                                     Jackson & Hagen | Denton, TX
 Gardere Wynne Sewell | Dallas, TX                          Bracewell & Giuliani | Dallas, TX                        RICK HAGEN
 PETER VOGEL                                                BRUCE A. CHEATHAM, JANICE Z. DAVIS
                                                                                                                     James B. Parks | San Antonio, TX
 Construction Law                                           Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal | Dallas, TX    JAMES B. PARKS
                                                            JIM A. WATSON, FLETCHER L. YARBROUGH
                                                                                                                     Jerry Cobb | Denton, TX
 cONSTRUcTION LAw                                           Cox Smith Matthews | San Antonio, TX                     JERRY W. COBB
                                                            JOHN D. FISCH, RICHARD E. GOLDSMITH, CECIL
 Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell | Fort                                                                 John F. Carroll | San Antonio, TX
                                                            SCHENKER, JAMES B. SMITH, JR., DAN G. WEBSTER III
 Worth, TX                                                                                                           JOHN F. CARROLL
                                                            Fulbright & Jaworski | Dallas, TX
 RICHARD W. WISEMAN                                                                                                  John M. Economidy | San Antonio, TX
                                                            THOMAS G. ADLER, GLEN JAMES HETTINGER,
 Butler Law Firm | Flower Mound, TX                                                                                  JOHN M. ECONOMIDY
                                                            THOMAS WILLIAM HUGHES, KENNETH L. STEWART
 DALE E. BUTLER                                                                                                      Kearney | Wynn | Fort Worth, TX
                                                            Fulbright & Jaworski | San Antonio, TX
 Canterbury, Elder, Gooch, Surratt, Shapiro & Stein |                                                                JEFFREY A. KEARNEY, WILLIAM REAGAN WYNN
                                                            DARYL L. LANSDALE, JR.
 Dallas, TX                                                                                                          Law Office of Jim Burnham | Dallas, TX
                                                            Gardere Wynne Sewell | Dallas, TX
 JOSEPH F. CANTERBURY, JR., W. KYLE GOOCH,                                                                           JAMES D. BURNHAM
                                                            LAWRENCE E. GLASGOW, LAWRENCE B. GOLDSTEIN,
 DAVID G. SURRATT                                           ALAN J. PERKINS, ROBERT SARFATIS, LARRY L.               Law Offices of Jack V. Strickland | Fort Worth, TX
 Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman & Lee | Dallas, TX                SCHOENBRUN, RICHARD A. TULLI                             JACK VERNON STRICKLAND, JR.
 WILLIAM B. SHORT, JR.                                      George W. Coleman | Dallas, TX                           Mark Stevens | San Antonio, TX
 Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman & Lee | San Antonio, TX           GEORGE W. COLEMAN                                        MARK STEVENS
 RICHARD L. REED                                            Gibson Dunn | Dallas, TX                                 Michael Clark Gross | San Antonio, TX
 Cokinos, Bosien & Young | Arlington, TX                    HARLAN P. COHEN, IRWIN F. SENTILLES III                  MICHAEL CLARK GROSS
 PATRICK J. WIELINSKI                                       Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX                            Mills & Williams | Dallas, TX
 Fisk & Fielder | Dallas, TX                                MICHAEL M. BOONE, ROBIN P. HARTMANN, WILLIAM             THOMAS W. MILLS, JR.
 HOLLYE C. FISK                                             R. HAYS III, DARREL A. RICE, GREGORY R. SAMUEL,          Milner & Finn | Dallas, TX
 Ford Nassen & Baldwin | Dallas, TX                         JANICE V. SHARRY                                         GEORGE R. MILNER, JR.
 JEFFREY A. FORD, ROBERT L. MEYERS III                      Haynes and Boone | Fort Worth, TX                        Nicholas & Barrera | San Antonio, TX
                                                            BRIAN D. BARNARD, WILLIAM D. RATLIFF III                 ROY R. BARRERA, SR.

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     dan Cogdell
           motorCyCles and mentors
           Have Helped sHaped Him

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             hen high-profile people in Texas                                                                    explains. Now, he looks for cases in
             face criminal charges, they often                                                                   which “I can make a difference, where
             turn to Dan Cogdell for help.                                                                       I can help somebody.”
             As a skilled criminal defense
             attorney, Cogdell has represented                                                                      Cogdell’s recent defense of a
             clients as varied as an Enron                                                                       former Marine against murder charges
executive, a Branch Davidian and a cancer                                                                        is a good example of such a case. The
doctor. They come to Cogdell not for the                                                                         Marine was accused of stabbing a
best plea deal - but to fight the charges.                                                                       Rice University basketball player to
After all, Cogdell believes that “nothing’s                                                                      death after a fight in a bar. Cogdell
more important than the right to a jury trial.”                                                                  believed that the Marine, who was
                                                                                                                 just home from Iraq, deserved a
    Cogdell’s path to becoming a lawyer is as                                                                    chance. So he took the case at a much
unique as he is. Practicing law was not his                                                                      reduced fee and won.
lifelong childhood dream. Instead, his love of
motorcycles inadvertently led him to a                                                                              Cogdell’s approach to trials has also
career in law. While racing motorcycles in                                                                       changed over the course of his career.
high school, Cogdell encountered an “old                                                                         “The longer I’m a lawyer, the more I
guy who always had new bikes and the best                                                                        try to look at a case through the eyes
equipment.” Cogdell had no idea that this                                                                        of a juror, not as a lawyer.”




                                                                              “t
fellow racing enthusiast was Richard
“Racehorse” Haynes, the iconic Texas                                                        he longer                 In addition, TV shows have
criminal defense attorney - until he saw TV                                                                        influenced jurors’ expectations.
                                                                                            i’m A
coverage of one of his famous trials. Cogdell                                                                      According to Cogdell, CSI has been
proceeded to read everything that Haynes                                                    lAwyer, the            one of the most influential. Jurors
had written and instantly felt compelled to not only go to law school                                              really expect to see, “that missing
but to also one day work for Haynes.                                          more i try to look At A              fingernail clipping,” says Cogdell.
                                                                                                                   And jurors’ raised expectations apply
   Cogdell says that working with Haynes, who he describes as gracious
                                                                              cAse through the eyes                to both the prosecution and defense.
and decent, was a great experience. He even tried to “be” Haynes, going       of A juror, not As A                 As a result, technical and scientific
so far as to wear half-glasses and smoke a pipe until a friend told him                                            evidence are more important
that he looked ridiculous. She was right, he says. Cogdell realized that      lAwyer.” – dAn cogdell               now than they were even five years
“you have to be who you are.” Otherwise, jurors will see right through                                             ago, explains Cogdell.
you, he explains.
                                                                                 The way things are done in the courtroom may have changed
   But this passion takes a toll on Cogdell and his family. Cogdell notes     through the years-but Cogdell’s personal philosophy remains the same:
that it is hard to invest so much emotionally. “I give up a piece of myself   “There is no such thing as a case that’s unimportant.”
with every case - and there aren’t that many pieces left,” he says. As a
result, he is more selective now about the cases that he takes. The fact        All this, and he still races motorcycles.
that “a client can write a big check” is not enough for him anymore, he                                                                –Robin L. Barton

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 Patrick L. Hancock | San Antonio, TX
                                     R E S u LT S
                                                         Young, Pickett & Lee | Texarkana, TX
 PATRICK L. HANCOCK                                      DAMON YOUNG                                              Langley & Banack | San Antonio, TX
 Ravkind & Associates | Dallas, TX                                                                                ROBERT B. WERNER
 WILLIAM M. RAVKIND                                      DERIVATIVES LAw                                          210.736.6600 | Page 20
 Robert Hinton & Associates | Dallas, TX
 ROBERT C. HINTON, JR.                                   Baker Botts | Dallas, TX
                                                         GEORGE C. LAMB III, TIMOTHY W. MOUNTZ                    Law Offices of Linda A. Wilkins | Dallas, TX
 Ronald L. Goranson | Dallas, TX                                                                                  LINDA A. WILKINS
 RONALD L. GORANSON                                      Jones Day | Dallas, TX
                                                         PATRICIA J. VILLAREAL                                    Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell | Dallas, TX
 Sorrels, Udashen & Anton | Dallas, TX                                                                            STUART M. BUMPAS, EDWARD PHILIP BUSH
 BRUCE ANTON, BARRY SORRELS, ROBERT UDASHEN,
 GARY A. UDASHEN                                         DUI/DwI DEFENSE                                          Morgan, Lewis & Bockius | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                  RIVA T. JOHNSON, HEATH A. MILLER, ERIN TURLEY
 Strasburger & Price | San Antonio, TX                   John F. Carroll | San Antonio, TX                        Robert M. Herman | Dallas, TX
 JOHN M. PINCKNEY III                                    JOHN F. CARROLL                                          ROBERT M. HERMAN
 Thompson & Knight | San Antonio, TX                     Law Offices of George A. Scharmen | San Antonio, TX      Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal | Dallas, TX
 MICHAEL W. MCCRUM                                       GEORGE SCHARMEN                                          T. DAVID COWART
 William A. Bratton | Dallas, TX                         Mark Stevens | San Antonio, TX                           Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX
 WILLIAM A. BRATTON III                                  MARK STEVENS                                             SHARON M. FOUNTAIN, J. MIKE HOLT, SHELLY A.
 Young, Pickett & Lee | Texarkana, TX                                                                             YOUREE
 DAMON YOUNG
                                                         EDUcATION LAw                                            Thompson & Knight | Fort Worth, TX
                                                                                                                  R. GORDON APPLEMAN
 cRImINAL DEFENSE: wHITE-cOLLAR                          Adams, Lynch & Loftin | Grapevine, TX                    Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX
                                                         NEAL W. ADAMS                                            DAVID C. D’ALESSANDRO, SHANE M. TUCKER
 Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison | Tyler, TX       Brackett & Ellis | Fort Worth, TX
 F. R. FILES, JR.
 Burleson, Pate & Gibson | Dallas, TX
                                                         LYNN ROSSI SCOTT                                         ENERGy LAw
 MICHAEL PAUL GIBSON
                                                         ELDER LAw                                                Baker Botts | Dallas, TX
 Charles D. Butts | San Antonio, TX                                                                               ROD PHELAN
 CHARLES D. BUTTS                                        K.T. Whitehead | San Antonio, TX                         Cox Smith Matthews | San Antonio, TX
 Evans, Gandy, Daniel & Moore | Fort Worth, TX           KATHLEEN T. WHITEHEAD                                    W. ROGER WILSON, JON C. WOOD
 TIM EVANS                                               Law Offices of Charles Kennedy, C.P.A. | Arlington, TX   Haynes and Boone | San Antonio, TX
                                                         CHARLES KENNEDY                                          DIANA LIEBMANN
 Cogdell & Ardoin | Houston, TX                          Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan | San Antonio, TX           Jackson Walker | Dallas, TX
 DAN L. COGDELL                                          PATRICIA F. SITCHLER                                     JOHN B. HOLDEN, JR., FRANK P. MCEACHERN
 713.426.2244 | Page 19                                                                                           Looper Reed & McGraw | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                  CHARLES W. SARTAIN
                                                         EmINENT DOmAIN AND                                       McClure & Cross | Dallas, TX
 DeGuerin & Dickson | Houston, TX                        cONDEmNATION LAw                                         TERRY I. CROSS
 DICK DEGUERIN                                                                                                    Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller | Fort Worth, TX
 713.223.5959 | Page 32                                  Barron & Adler | Austin, TX                              KLEBER C. MILLER
 Fish & Richardson | Dallas, TX
 THOMAS M. MELSHEIMER
                                                         STEPHEN I. ADLER,                                        Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX
 Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley | San Antonio, TX         MICHAEL M. BARRON                                        ANDREW B. DERMAN, JOHN W. RAIN
                                                         512.478.4995 | Page 32                                   Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX
 GERALD HARRIS GOLDSTEIN, VAN G. HILLEY,
                                                         Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart                      RICHARD L. ADAMS, JO ANN BIGGS, DAVID S. PECK
 CYNTHIA EVA ORR
                                                         & Howell | Fort Worth, TX                                Winstead | Dallas, TX
 Hasdorff & Convery | San Antonio, TX
                                                         RICHARD W. WISEMAN                                       STANLEY G. HARVEY
 JOHN A. CONVERY
 Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX                           Kenneth A. Wright | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                  ENVIRONmENTAL LAw
 BARRY F. MCNEIL                                         KENNETH A. WRIGHT
 Jackson & Hagen | Denton, TX                            972.484.1800 | Page 33                                   Andrews Kurth | Dallas, TX
 RICK HAGEN                                              Law Office Joseph H. Staley | Dallas, TX                 JOHN DUGDALE
 James B. Parks | San Antonio, TX                        JOSEPH H. STALEY, JR.                                    Cantey Hanger | Fort Worth, TX
 JAMES B. PARKS                                                                                                   SARAH WALLS
 John F. Carroll | San Antonio, TX                       EmPLOyEE BENEFITS LAw                                    Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal | Dallas, TX
 JOHN F. CARROLL                                                                                                  CHARLES C. JORDAN, SALLY A. LONGROY
 Kearney | Wynn | Fort Worth, TX                         Baker Botts | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                  Cox Smith Matthews | Dallas, TX
 JEFFREY A. KEARNEY, WILLIAM REAGAN WYNN                 FELICIA A. FINSTON, BRUCE D. PINGREE
                                                                                                                  THOMAS B. ALLEMAN
 Law Offices of Jack Paul Leon | San Antonio, TX         Cantey Hanger | Fort Worth, TX
                                                                                                                  Curran Tomko Tarski | Dallas, TX
 JACK PAUL LEON                                          HARRY EDWARD BARTEL, NOEL C. ICE,
                                                                                                                  ALLISON K. EXALL
 Law Offices of Jack V. Strickland | Fort Worth, TX      J. DAVID TRACY
                                                                                                                  Gardere Wynne Sewell | Dallas, TX
 JACK VERNON STRICKLAND, JR.                             Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                  CYNTHIA J. BISHOP, JEFFREY M. GABA, FRANCES E.
 Law Offices of Shirley Baccus-Lobel | Dallas, TX        JIM A. WATSON
                                                                                                                  PHILLIPS
 SHIRLEY BACCUS-LOBEL                                    Cecil A. Ray, Jr. | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                  Guida, Slavich & Flores | Dallas, TX
 Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell | Dallas, TX               CECIL A. RAY, JR.
                                                                                                                  GREG ROGERS, JOHN SLAVICH
 PAUL E. COGGINS                                         Conner & Winters | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                  Jackson Walker | Dallas, TX
 Mark Stevens | San Antonio, TX                          ROBERT J. STOKES
                                                                                                                  PATRICK R. COWLISHAW
 MARK STEVENS                                            Cox Smith Matthews | San Antonio, TX
                                                                                                                  Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr | Dallas, TX
 Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins & Blau | Dallas, TX     WILLIAM M. FISHER, R. BRADLEY OXFORD, MARY M.
                                                                                                                  FREDERICK W. ADDISON III
 CHARLES W. BLAU, CHARLES M. MEADOWS, JR.                POTTER, JOSHUA A. SUTIN
                                                                                                                  Strasburger & Price | Dallas, TX
 Mills & Williams | Dallas, TX                           Escamilla & Poneck, Inc | San Antonio, TX
                                                                                                                  PATRICK LARKIN
 THOMAS W. MILLS, JR.                                    JOHN S. RICE
                                                                                                                  Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX
 Milner & Finn | Dallas, TX                              Fulbright & Jaworski | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                  SCOTT D. DEATHERAGE, JAMES B. HARRIS, A. KAY
 GEORGE R. MILNER, JR.                                   BARRY W. COWAN
                                                                                                                  ROSKA
 Nicholas & Barrera | San Antonio, TX                    Fulbright & Jaworski | San Antonio, TX
                                                                                                                  Walter D. James III | Grapevine, TX
 ROY R. BARRERA, SR.                                     JOSEPH B. FRIEDMAN, JR.
                                                                                                                  WALTER D. JAMES III
 Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison & Tate | San Antonio, TX   Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX
 REESE L. HARRISON, JR.                                  JOHN M. COLLINS, GRETA E. COWART,
                                                         CHARLES F. PLENGE, SUSAN A. WETZEL
                                                                                                                  EqUIPmENT FINANcE LAw
 Ravkind & Associates | Dallas, TX
 WILLIAM M. RAVKIND                                      Hunton & Williams | Dallas, TX                           Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell | Fort
                                                         L. SCOTT AUSTIN, HENRY TALAVERA                          Worth, TX
 Robert Hinton & Associates | Dallas, TX
 ROBERT C. HINTON, JR.                                   Jackson Walker | Dallas, TX                              STEPHEN C. HOWELL
                                                         JAMES ROBERT GRIFFIN                                     Patton Boggs | Dallas, TX
 Sayles Werbner | Dallas, TX
 MARK S. WERBNER                                         James M. Klancnik | Dallas, TX                           LARRY A. MAKEL
                                                         JAMES M. KLANCNIK                                        Family Law
 Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller | Fort Worth, TX
 R. H. WALLACE, JR.                                      Jones Day | Dallas, TX
 Sorrels, Udashen & Anton | Dallas, TX
                                                         GARY G. SHORT                                            FAmILy LAw
 BARRY SORRELS, ROBERT UDASHEN, GARY A.                  Karen K. Suhre | Dallas, TX
                                                         KAREN K. SUHRE                                           Allison | Johnson | Plano, TX
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                                                         Lang Law Firm | San Antonio, TX                          JODY L. JOHNSON
 The Law Offices of Samuel Bayless | San Antonio, TX
                                                         SYLVAN S. LANG, JR.                                      Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison | Tyler, TX
 SAMUEL H. BAYLESS
                                                                                                                  JERRY E. BAIN, BRUCE D. BAIN, MICHAEL E. JARRETT
 Thompson & Knight | San Antonio, TX
 MICHAEL W. MCCRUM
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       ove to reconnect with old friends on Facebook?
       Enjoy documenting your life and posting it on
       YouTube? Then Rick Robertson has some
       valuable advice for you—particularly if you’re
       thinking about getting a divorce.

   “When it comes to social media, just shut it down
prior to getting a divorce,” he says. “Shut it down
because it can be used in court.”

    Robertson is co-managing partner of Koons,
Fuller, Vanden Eykel & Robertson PC, a boutique
law firm in North Texas whose practice is




                                                b
limited to family law. In the 31 years he’s
been practicing, Robertson has seen some                 e AwAre thAt
major changes in Texas family law due to                 Anything you
the growth of the Internet and the
increasing popularity of social networking               do online—
sites.And he’s not the only one.According
to the American Academy of Matrimonial          e-mAil, text, fAcebook,           YouTube or LinkedIn—can come back to haunt you. Even if you delete an
                                                                                  e-mail, it may still reside on your hard drive and may be discoverable by an
Lawyers, a whopping 81 percent of the
nation’s top divorce attorneys say they
                                                myspAce, youtube or               expert. “Don’t fall into the trap of Tiger Woods, with his sexting,” Robertson
                                                                                  says. “Any text messages, e-mails or information on your cell phone can be
have seen an increase in the number of          linkedin—cAn come                 retrieved electronically and used in court.”
cases using social networking evidence
during the past five years. Facebook holds      bAck to hAunt you.                ➤ Avoid online references to money or spending.That innocent mention of
the distinction of being the unrivaled                                            your upcoming vacation to Europe may belie your claims that you don’t have
leader for online divorce evidence, with 66 percent of those surveyed citing it   enough money to pay alimony or child support.
as the primary source.                                                            ➤ Supervise your children’s use of cell phones, e-mail and the like. Anything
                                                                                  children do can reflect on you as the parent in a divorce proceeding.
   So the next time you’re tempted to Tweet about expensive gifts of jewelry      ➤ Create a new, web-based e-mail address to ensure that no one but you has
or your plans to party on the weekend, think twice. Everything you say may        access. Stop using your current e-mail address, if possible.
be used against you in a divorce proceeding, Robertson warns.                     ➤ Password-protect your files, but realize that an expert may be able to get
                                                                                  around those passwords anyway.
   One example: Last year, Robertson was representing the husband in a child      ➤ If you share a computer with your spouse, and you believe that the hard
custody case.The ex-wife was claiming that the husband should have limited        drive may contain information that would be relevant to your divorce case, let
contact with his child because he was an alcoholic and had exposed the child      your attorney know. He or she can have the hard drive imaged to preserve the
to unhealthy relationships. When Robertson cross-examined the wife, he            evidence.
asked her for details about her Facebook page—created the day after she left      ➤ Consider that your spouse may have installed spyware on your computer
her husband. That page contained photographs of the wife and her fiancé           to keep track of what you’re doing online. Do not, however, install spyware on
holding up beer mugs in various bars as well as other information that led the    your spouse’s computer—that may run afoul of the law.
Court to conclude she had affairs.
                                                                                  ➤ Stop posting to your MySpace or Facebook accounts. If you maintain a
                                                                                  blog, avoid posting anything personal or about your divorce.Anything you post
  “The bottom line is that Facebook was the critical piece of evidence that
                                                                                  may become evidence in your case.
got my client 50/50 possession of his child,” Robertson says.

   For anyone active on social networking sites—or who merely texts or              Perhaps the most important thing you can do to protect yourself if you’re
e-mails friends and colleagues—Robertson has some advice if they’re even          considering a divorce is to meet with a qualified attorney to plan ahead of time
thinking about divorce.                                                           and learn how your social networking may affect the outcome of your case,
                                                                                  Robertson advises. Look for someone who specializes in family law and has
➤ Be aware that anything you do online—e-mail, text, Facebook, MySpace,           been board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
                                                                                                                                             –Robyn A. Friedman
For more info go to www.law.com/texasbest                                                                                                     teXAS’ BeSt LAWyerS 17
      2010 S u R v E y
        Barbara K. Runge | Houston, TX
                                         R E S u LT S
        BARBARA K. RUNGE                                     Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel                                         Raggio & Raggio | Dallas, TX
        713.523.5363 | Page 33                               & Robertson | Plano, TX                                             KENNETH G. RAGGIO,
        Boyd Veigel | McKinney, TX                           JULIE CRAWFORD,                                                     THOMAS LOUIS RAGGIO
        WILLIAM M. BOYD                                      RICK ROBERTSON                                                      214.880.7500 | Page 18
        Calabrese Huff | Dallas, TX                          972.769.2727 | Page 21
        CARLA M. CALABRESE
                                                                                                                                 Sam C. Bashara | San Antonio, TX
        Collins Basinger & Pullman | Dallas, TX                                                                                  SAM C. BASHARA
        MICHAEL J. COLLINS
                                                             Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel                                         The Andersons, Attorneys and Counselors at Law | Dallas, TX
        Diana S. Friedman | Dallas, TX                                                                                           JEFFREY O. ANDERSON
        DIANA S. FRIEDMAN
                                                             & Robertson | Southlake, TX
                                                             HEATHER L. KING                                                     The King Law Firm | Fort Worth, TX
        Gardere Wynne Sewell | Dallas, TX                                                                                        J. STEVEN KING
        DOUGLAS A. HARRISON                                  817.481.2710 | Page 21
                                                                                                                                 Verner & Brumley | Dallas, TX
        Geary Porter & Donovan | Addison, TX                                                                                     JANET P. BRUMLEY
        MICHAEL P. GEARY, LARRY L. MARTIN
                                                             Langley & Banack | San Antonio, TX                                  Vick, Carney & Smith | Weatherford, TX
        Georganna L. Simpson | Dallas, TX                                                                                        G. THOMAS VICK, JR.
        GEORGANNA L. SIMPSON                                 JO CHRIS LOPEZ
        Goranson, Bain, Larsen, Greenwald, Maultsbey         210.736.6600 | Page 20                                              Webb Family Law Firm | Dallas, TX
        & Murphy | Dallas, TX                                                                                                    BRIAN L. WEBB
        ANGELINE L. BAIN, THOMAS P. GORANSON, PAULA          Law Office of Gary Nickelson | Fort Worth, TX                       214.871.2730 | Page 33
        LARSEN, BETH E. MAULTSBY                             GARY LYNDON NICKELSON                                               Wilson & Pennypacker | San Antonio, TX
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        & Murphy | Plano, TX                                 RONALD E. MASSINGILL
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                                                             JAMES E. MONNIG                                                     ALVIN L. ZIMMERMAN
                                                             Leota H. Alexander | Dallas, TX                                     713.552.1234 | Page 33
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        John V. McShane | Dallas, TX
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                                                             Loveless & Loveless | Denton, TX
                                                             CURTIS M. LOVELESS
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        Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel                          JAMES M. LOVELESS                                                   BENJAMIN R. CHAPPELL
        & Robertson | Dallas, TX                             McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing | Dallas, TX            Casseb & Pearl | San Antonio, TX
        MICHAEL R. DeBRUIN,                                  SCOTT DOWNING, MIKE MCCURLEY, MARY JOHANNA                          SOLOMON J. CASSEB III
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        KEVIN R. FULLER,                                                                                                         Cox Waters | Dallas, TX
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        IKE VANDEN EYKEL                                     EDWIN W. DAVIS                                                      GAY G. COX
        214.871.2727 | Page 21                               Parker & Montgomery | McKinney, TX                                  Goranson, Bain, Larsen, Greenwald, Maultsbey
                                                             GEORGE PARKER                                                       & Murphy | Dallas, TX
                                                             R. L. Whitehead, Jr. | Longview, TX                                 BETH E. MAULTSBY
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                                                                                                                                                                                     FA M I Ly L Aw
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          hen someone needs a divorce or
family lawyer, it is different. It is
personal, and involves your entire life.                                                                                             Julie Krenek
   The attorneys at Raggio & Raggio
have over 125 years of experience, and
have been recognized by their peers for
inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®                                                                                                                  Barbara VanDuyne
and as Texas Super Lawyers, as shown.                                                                                                                      Texas Super Lawyers 2009
   Building on the tradition of the firm’s
founders Grier Raggio (deceased) and
the legendary Louise Raggio over 50
years ago, the firm strives to provide            Grier Raggio Jr.
sensitive, appropriate advice and effective       Texas Super
representation to those in a divorce, child       Lawyers 2009
custody, or other family law matter.
   The firm’s web site www.raggiolaw.com
contains a wealth of relevant information
about Texas divorce and family law. Many
clients hire us after reviewing the web site.
Feel free to peruse. Call us if we can help.                                                                                   Tom Raggio
   Tom and Ken Raggio are certified                         Ken Raggio                                                         Best Lawyers in America®, 2010
                                                            Best Lawyers in America®, 2010                                     Best Lawyers in Dallas, 2009
specialists in family law by the Texas
                                                            Texas Super Lawyers 2009                                           Texas Super Lawyers, 2009
Board of Legal Specialization.                                                                                                                                          Bet-the-Company Litigation – Columbus, OH


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Additionally, as true courtroom law-
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During the last 25 years, Dan Cogdell
has been among the most sought-af-
ter criminal defense lawyers in the
nation. From financial scandals to city
hall corruption to the Branch                “Our job is to get
Davidians, he has built a reputation          justice for clients in
for defending clients in, and winning,
the tough cases.                              a system that doesn’t
                                              always seem just.”
The highlights of Cogdell’s career
include the only acquittal of any
Enron defendant in their original
trial, the sole acquittal among the
mortgage fraud trials involving a for-
mer Houston mayoral candidate, and
a not-guilty verdict in one of the                                                                              SElEcTEd For
                                                                   Dan L. Cogdell and James M. Ardoin III
nation’s first medical “psychiatric                                                                             incluSion in
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     ROBERT J. MATLOCK                                                                                     PETER H. WICKERSHAM
                                                           Graydon, Gibson & Brown | Austin, TX
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      range of legal services to Central and South Texas by
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While establishing itself as a respected and enduring Texas
law firm, the firm’s 50 lawyers remain committed to their
local, homegrown foundation. Even as the firm has logged
successes in areas spanning the profession, it stays true to
its core principles of client service. All members structure
their work around their clients’ specific needs, and are
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the most cost-effective and efficient manner. Beyond
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committed to bettering their community through service,
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   Langley & Banack is proud to have thirteen attorneys
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Creditor-Debtor Rights Law); Emerson Banack, Jr. (Bet-
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(Personal Injury Litigation); Richard M. Butler (Commercial
Litigation); David S. Gragg (Bankruptcy and Creditor- Standing From Left: Steven D. Browne, Robert B. Werner, David S. Gragg, Linda S. McDonald, Richard
Debtor Rights Law); Jo Chris Lopez (Family Law); Linda S. M. Butler, Jo Chris Lopez, Thomas H. Veitch, Marc J. Schnall, Robinson C. Ramsey. Seated From Left:,
McDonald (Commercial Litigation); Joyce W. Moore Steven R. Brook, Emerson Banack, Jr., Joyce W. Moore, R. Glen Ayers
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 “T is getting your client through the
     he best result in any FaMily law                                                                             2010 EDITION
 dispute
 process as confidentially as possible with
                                                                                                                  KEvIn FuLLER
 their personal and financial dignity intact,”
 says Kevin Fuller, who was featured in
 Texas’ Best Lawyers last year as the Family
 Lawyer of the Year. A partner in the Dallas
 office of Koons, Fuller, Vanden Eykel &                                                                           F A M I Ly L Aw
 Robertson, he is a leading advocate for a                                                                              dALLAS
 more intelligent approach to divorce.

 “it’s harD to Maintain your Dignity
 when you’re in the middle of a mudslinging
 contest and many times you see courtroom
 battles where warring families destroy the
 very wealth they are trying to divide,” Fuller
 says. “In the long run a warring couple may
 look back and regret all the personal and
 financial resources that were damaged or
 destroyed by scorched earth litigation.”

 koons Fuller is one oF the nation’s
 oldest, largest and most revered family law
 boutiques with 27 attorneys in four North
 Texas locations. They offer the widest
 choice of attorney personalities, levels
 of strategic thinking and budget to
 clients needing high quality family law
 legal services.

 “most cAses involve one Attorney
 working directly with a client,” Fuller says,
 “but the advantage of our firm is that for
 the more complex cases that need it, we
 can field a team that can find solutions for
 every aspect of the case. The smaller firms
 don’t have the resources to offer that.”

 koons Fuller is rateD the #1 FaMily law
 firm in Texas by Bestlawyers.com. Six KF
                                                                                                     Bet-the-Company Litigation – Columbus, OH
 attorneys are listed in Texas’ Best Lawyers
 including Julie Crawford, Mike DeBruin,
 Heather King, Rick Robertson, Ike Vanden
 Eykel and Fuller.

 vAnden eykel, cAlled the “reigning king”
 of Texas divorce by The Dallas Morning
 News, is president of the Dallas Bar
 Association. King is immediate past presi-
 dent of the Tarrant County Bar Association.
 Fuller is the immediate past president of
 the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas.
 Like many Koons Fuller attorneys, his prac-
 tice is split between collaborative law (a
 form of alternate dispute resolution) and
 traditional litigation.

 “we cAn be effective in whAtever
 process the client needs,” he says. “No mat-
 ter what the process, mediation, collabora-      U p t o w n D a l l a s : 214.871.2727
 tion or litigation, divorcing is difficult. We   w e s t p l a n o : 972.769.2727
 work with our clients to give them peace of      s o U t h l a k e t o w n s q U a r e : 817.481.2710
 mind no matter what family law challenge is      D e n t o n : 940.442.6677
 facing them – that’s what we do. “               www.koonsfuller.com
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 ANDREW G. JUBINSKY                                                                                               SWITZER STEINFIELD
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T rial attorney     Mark lanier has been                                                          2010 EDITION
hard at work in 2010. He began the year
with an attention-grabbing verdict against
Caterpillar Inc. in a vehicle defect case, and
followed that victory by taking a lead role in
the national litigation against Toyota.
Currently, he and the other attorneys at
The Lanier Law Firm represent more than
1,000 Toyota owners with claims of physical
injuries and financial damage caused by
vehicle defects.

when he wasn’t busy in the courtrooM,
Mr. Lanier became the only plaintiff’s injury
attorney in the United States to earn selection
as one of “The Decade’s Most Influential
Lawyers” in a list compiled by the editors of
The National Law Journal.

calling hiM a “superstar aMong plaintiFFs’
lawyers,” the newspaper’s editors noted
Mr. Lanier’s role as lead counsel in some of
the most significant product liability trials in
U.S. history, including the nation’s first trial
over the popular pain medication Vioxx.
The verdict in that case became the turning
point for all Vioxx cases, leading to a nation-
wide settlement for all users of the drug.

“every cAse our firm hAs won, And every bit
of personal recognition we receive, is the result
of the great care we take to help solve clients’
legal problems,” says Mr. Lanier. “The men
and women we represent know that a trial-
tested lawyer is working on their case and
pursuing their interests every step of the way.”

Mr. lanier has been repeateDly
recognized as one of the top trial lawyers
in the country. In addition to multiple
appearances in The Best Lawyers in
America®, he has earned selection in the Texas
Super Lawyers list as one of the top lawyers in
Texas, and in Texas Lawyer newspaper as the
state’s top personal injury lawyer.

a Frequent guest coMMentator For national
cable networks like CNBC, MSNBC and Fox
News, Mr. Lanier also serves as an expert legal     Mark Lanier
source for The New York Times, The Wall
Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and
many others.

the lanier law FirM Maintains a national
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New York. In addition to work in record-setting
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     mark mueller
          on wHy He oFten Finds HimselF
          deFending tHe legal rigHts oF women

m
             ark Mueller is an Austin attorney who primarily handles
             medical malpractice cases. And within this specialty, he often        Even when Mueller takes cases outside of his specialty, he often ends
             takes cases that involve issues of particular interest to women.   up dealing with women’s issues. A good example is what he refers to as
             For example, Mueller has successfully handled numerous             the “condom rape case.” A man broke into a young woman’s apartment
             complex birth injury cases and is well-versed on topics such       through a sliding glass door and raped her at knifepoint. The woman
             as uterine hyperstimulation.                                                                insisted that the rapist wear a condom, which
                                                                                                         he did. But when the prosecutor presented the
   In keeping with this theme, Mueller is                                                                case to the grand jury, Mueller says it refused
currently representing several female clients                                                            to indict the man for rape, believing that the
who suffered from urinary incontinence,                                                                  woman’s insistence that he wear a condom
which is the uncontrollable leakage of urine.                                                            was tantamount to consent.
Doctors may try to address the condition by
inserting surgical mesh internally to “shore                                                                 Mueller, who volunteered at a rape crisis
up the sagging organs,” he explains.                                                                      center, represented the young woman in her
                                                                                                          attempt to get her attacker indicted. He
   Mueller criticizes surgical mesh as a                                                                  pressured the district attorney’s office to re-
typical medical device developed by male                                                                  present the rape case, but they were reluctant,
doctors for their female patients, noting that                                                            offering to indict the rapist for burglary instead.
“the solution is often worse than the                                                                     But that was unacceptable, said Mueller. The
problem.” After having surgical mesh                                                                      rapist’s story was absurd—he testified that after
inserted, many women experience severe                                                                    he broke into the woman’s apartment, “they
pain      and      develop                                                                                decided to make love,” says Mueller.




                                            m
infections; some can even
no longer have sex. Mueller
                                               ueller believes                                               Mueller and his client appeared on several
notes that removing the                                                                                   talk shows. In addition, The New York Times
mesh can be problematic,                       they hAve A                                                covered the case. As a result of the substantial
too. These problems are                                                                                   media coverage, the district attorney’s office
made even worse when                           “substAntiAl                                               bowed to public pressure and presented the
counterfeit mesh is used,                                                       rape charges again, Mueller says. The man was charged with and
he adds. (The FDA has, in        product cAse” AgAinst                          ultimately convicted of rape. But just as important, he notes that the case
fact, issued a safety alert                                                     led to changes in the grand jury system to permit the use of professional
on surgical mesh and             the surgicAl mesh                              rape counselors to educate grand jurors. Mueller observes that the law
a warning about counter-                                                        moves slowly when it comes to change, but this case is an example of how
feit mesh.)                      mAnufActurers.                                 public pressure and publicity can speed up that process.

   Mueller points out that “most people have never heard of surgical              Why is Mueller drawn to cases such as these?
mesh” and the problems associated with it. He believes that one reason
for this lack of public awareness is people’s reluctance to discuss                Part of the attraction is personal. He is sometimes attracted to a case
personal problems such as incontinence because they are embarrassing.           because he has had friends who were in similar situations, he explains.
                                                                                For example, Mueller knows people who were impacted by sexual
   Mueller is currently uncertain as to exactly how these cases will            abuse. But in a larger sense, many of his cases involve an inequality of
proceed but a class action lawsuit or mass tort case is possible. Who the       power. For instance, in the condom rape case, the criminal justice system
defendants will be in the resulting lawsuits will depend on the jurisdic-       protected the offender, not the victim. And underlying the surgical mesh
tion, he explains. For example, Mueller believes they have a “substantial       cases is an “old way of thinking”—that is, women do not question their
product case” against the surgical mesh manufacturers. In addition, there       doctors, he says. In the end, Mueller says that he ultimately aspires to
could be claims against the doctors who inserted the mesh. In any event,        helping create “a more open and equal society in which abuses of power
Mueller expects lawsuits to be filed by the end of the year.                    don’t happen.”
                                                                                                                                         –Robin L. Barton
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  CLARENCE V. LYONS, MARY I. WILSON                            713.572.4321 | Back Cover                               DALE G. MARKLAND
  Law Office of John P Camp | Fort Worth, TX                                                                           469.341.3633 | Page 33
  JOHN P. CAMP
  Law Office of Jonathan D.F. Nelson | Arlington, TX
  JONATHAN D. F. NELSON
  Law Offices of Arlen Dean Bynum | Dallas, TX
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  Fidel Rodriguez, Jr. | San Antonio TX
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  FIDEL RODRIGUEZ, JR.
  210.224.1057 | Page 31                                          The                          A. CRAIG EILAND
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  Law Offices of Frank L. Branson | Dallas, TX
                                                                          raig Eiland specializes in Commercial,
  FRANK L. BRANSON
  214.522.0200 | Pages 2,3                                                Pharmaceutical, Personal Injury and
                                                                    Maritime Litigation. While Eiland has handled
  McMahon Surovik Suttle | Abilene, TX                              cases involving exotic places like Turkmenistan,
  STEPHEN H. SUTTLE
                                                                    Nigeria, Greece and St. Lucia, his focus is the
  Mueller Hillin | Austin, TX                                       Texas Gulf Coast. From the litigation
  MARK R. MUELLER
                                                                    that resulted after the Texas City BP plant
  512.478.1236 | Pages 4,5
                                                                    exploded killing 15 people and injured
  Mitchell, Goff & Mitchell | Dallas, TX                            hundreds of others, to litigating cases for
  CARMEN S. MITCHELL
  Patton, Tidwell & Schroeder | Texarkana, TX
                                                                    homeowners, businesses and school districts
  NICHOLAS H. PATTON                                                against insurance companies for damage
  Payne Mitchell Law Group | Dallas, TX                             caused by Hurricane Ike, Eiland is involved in
  ANDREW PAYNE
  Plunkett & Gibson | San Antonio, TX                               most major litigation along the Gulf Coast.
  JERRY A. GIBSON, ALLEN LEWIN PLUNKETT
  Prichard, Hawkins, McFarland and Young | San Antonio, TX          In addition to his active law practice, Eiland
  GRANT T. MCFARLAND, DAVID M. PRICHARD                             has also been a Texas State Representative
  Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller | Fort Worth, TX
  RANDALL E. BETTY, KLEBER C. MILLER                                since 1995 and currently represents Galveston
                                                                                                                       old gAlvESTon SquArE
  Slack & Davis | Dallas, TX                                        and Chambers Counties. He was recently
  LADD C. SANGER
                                                                    named Speaker Pro Tempore for the Texas            2211 ThE STrAnd SuiTE 201, gAlvESTon, TEXAS 77550
  Sloan, Bagley Hatcher & Perry | Longview, TX
  GLENN A. PERRY                                                    House of Representatives.                          phonE: 409.763.3260 E-FAX: 713.513.5211
  Sommerman & Quesada | Dallas, TX
  ALFRED W. ELLIS, GEORGE A. QUESADA
                                                                                                                       www.eilandlaw.com • ceiland@eilandlaw.com
  Stradley & Wright | Dallas, TX
  EDWIN E. WRIGHT III
  Strasburger & Price | San Antonio, TX
  ANDREW L. KERR, EDWARD F. VALDESPINO
                                                                                   When you need a lawyer . . . not when you want one.

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                                                            Bracewell & Giuliani | Dallas, TX                      Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan | San Antonio, TX
 MICHAEL F. PEZZULLI                                        ALFRED G. KYLE                                         BANKS M. SMITH
 Plunkett & Gibson | San Antonio, TX                        Brown McCarroll | Dallas, TX                           Stumpf Farrimond | San Antonio, TX
 ALLEN LEWIN PLUNKETT                                       ROBERT W. DUPUY, CHARLES W. MORRIS                     SCOTT A. FARRIMOND
 Prichard, Hawkins, McFarland and Young | San Antonio, TX   Carrie, Cramer & Weatherbie | Dallas, TX               Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka | Dallas, TX
 GRANT T. MCFARLAND, DAVID M. PRICHARD                      DAVID A. WEATHERBIE                                    KENNETH F. PLIFKA
 The Schmidt Firm | Dallas, TX                              Cox Smith Matthews | San Antonio, TX                   The Bush Firm | Arlington, TX
 MICHAEL E. SCHMIDT                                         KERRY T. BENEDICT, PETER R. BRODERICK,                 ROBERT L. RUSSELL BUSH
 Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX                             JAMES M. MCDONOUGH, JOHN B. STEWART,                   Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX
 JOSEPH S. PEVSNER                                          LEWIS T. TARVER, JR.                                   PAUL E. COMEAUX, MARTHA HARRIS, M. LAWRENCE
                                                            Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza | San Antonio, TX             HICKS, JR., RAY T. KHIRALLAH, HARRY M. ROBERTS, JR.,
 PROFESSIONAL mALPRAcTIcE LAw                               J. RUSSELL DAVIS                                       MARK M. SLOAN, BEN B. WEST
                                                            DLA Piper | Dallas, TX                                 Thompson & Knight | Fort Worth, TX
 Baker Botts | Dallas, TX                                   PHILIP D. WELLER                                       SUSAN E. COLEMAN
 TIMOTHY W. MOUNTZ, ROD PHELAN                              Drenner & Golden Stuart Wolff | San Antonio, TX        Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX
 Keith Law Firm | Fort Worth, TX                            STEPHEN LLOYD GOLDEN                                   MICHAEL R. BOULDEN, RANDY R. JURGENSMEYER,
 DARRELL L. KEITH                                           Fulbright & Jaworski | Dallas, TX                      PAUL A. MARTIN, JOEL L. ROSS
                                                            WINSTON WILLARD WALP II, MARK A. WEIBEL                Wilson & Wilson Law | San Antonio, TX
 Law Offices of Frank L. Branson | Dallas, TX               Fulbright & Jaworski | San Antonio, TX                 JAMIE M. WILSON
 FRANK L. BRANSON                                           JAMES M. SUMMERS                                       Winstead | Dallas, TX
 214.522.0200 | Pages 2,3                                   Glast, Phillips & Murray | Dallas, TX                  ARTHUR J. ANDERSON, T. ANDREW DOW, J. KENNETH
                                                            MARK V. MURRAY                                         KOPF, JOHN M. NOLAN, EDWARD A. PETERSON,
                                                            Greenberg Traurig | Dallas, TX                         KEVIN A. SULLIVAN, JAMES RICHARD WHITE, KIRK R.
 Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller | Fort Worth, TX                                                                WILLIAMS
 KLEBER C. MILLER                                           TINA M. ROSS, RALPH G. SANTOS
                                                            Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX                          Winstead | San Antonio, TX
 Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX                                                                                      FRANK Z. RUTTENBERG
 KAREN L. HIRSCHMAN                                         STEVEN R. JENKINS, ROBERT E. WILSON
                                                            Haynes and Boone | Fort Worth, TX
 PROjEcT FINANcE LAw                                        WILLIAM D. RATLIFF III                                 SEcURITIES LAw
                                                            Haynes and Boone | Richardson, TX                      Baker Botts | Dallas, TX
 Baker Botts | Dallas, TX                                   RICHARD K. MARTIN, ANN M. SAEGERT                      CRAIG ADAMS, ANDREW M. BAKER, TIMOTHY S.
 LUKE A. WEEDON                                             Haynes and Boone | San Antonio, TX                     DURST, GEORGE C. LAMB III, JOHN W. MARTIN, DON
 Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX                              STEVEN A. WATERS                                       J. MCDERMETT, JR., TIMOTHY W. MOUNTZ, GEOFFREY
 ROBERT D. ALBERGOTTI                                       Hornberger Sheehan Fuller & Beiter | San Antonio, TX   L. NEWTON, DOUGLASS M. RAYBURN, ROBB L.
 Haynes and Boone | Fort Worth, TX                          JOHN D. WITTENBERG, JR.                                VOYLES
 WILLIAM D. GREENHILL                                       Hunton & Williams | Dallas, TX                         Figari & Davenport | Dallas, TX
 Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX                               JAMES H. WALLENSTEIN                                   ERNEST E. FIGARI, JR.
 ROBERT L. KIMBALL                                          Jackson Walker | Dallas, TX                            Fulbright & Jaworski | Dallas, TX
 Winstead | Dallas, TX                                      BRYAN C. BIRKELAND, WILLIAM S. DAHLSTROM,              GLEN JAMES HETTINGER, THOMAS WILLIAM HUGHES
 KEITH H. MULLEN                                            MICHAEL P. HAGGERTY, SUSAN MEAD                        Gardere Wynne Sewell | Dallas, TX
                                                            James H. Barrow | San Antonio, TX                      LARRY L. SCHOENBRUN
 PUBLIc FINANcE LAw                                         JAMES H. BARROW                                        Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX
                                                            Kelly Hart & Hallman | Fort Worth, TX                  GEORGE W. BRAMBLETT, JR., NOEL M. B. HENSLEY,
 Andrews Kurth | Dallas, TX                                 CHAD A. KEY, PATRICIA F. MEADOWS,                      TAYLOR H. WILSON
 BOB C. GRIFFO                                              SHARON S. MILLIANS                                     Haynes and Boone | Fort Worth, TX
 David C. Petruska | Dallas, TX                             Kenneth M. Gindy | San Antonio, TX                     BRIAN D. BARNARD
 DAVID C. PETRUSKA                                          KENNETH M. GINDY                                       Hornberger Sheehan Fuller & Beiter | San Antonio, TX
 Fulbright & Jaworski | Dallas, TX                          Kerr Negron | San Antonio, TX                          T. DREW CAUTHORN
 ROBERT D. DRANSFIELD                                       RICHARD L. KERR                                        Hunton & Williams | Dallas, TX
 Fulbright & Jaworski | San Antonio, TX                                                                            LARRY STEVEN LESHIN
 CLAYTON SCOTT BINFORD, W. JEFFREY KUHN,                    Langley & Banack | San Antonio, TX                     Jones Day | Dallas, TX
 MICHAEL L. SPAIN
 Gibson Dunn | Dallas, TX
                                                            STEVEN R. BROOK,                                       PATRICIA J. VILLAREAL
                                                            MARC J. SCHNALL                                        Kelly Hart & Hallman | Fort Worth, TX
 HARLAN P. COHEN
                                                                                                                   F. RICHARD BERNASEK
 Kelly Hart & Hallman | Fort Worth, TX                      210.736.6600 | Page 20
                                                                                                                   Law Offices of James M. Doyle, Jr. | San Antonio, TX
 R. DANIEL SETTLE, JR.
                                                                                                                   JAMES M. DOYLE, JR.
 McCall, Parkhurst & Horton | Dallas, TX                    Law Office of Charles W. Spencer | Dallas, TX
                                                            CHARLES W. SPENCER                                     Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller | Fort Worth, TX
 JOSEPH E. ECKERT, HAROLD T. FLANAGAN, JEFFREY
                                                                                                                   KLEBER C. MILLER
 A. LEUSCHEL, RICHARD C. PORTER, ALAN H. RAYNOR             Law Office of Clinton Shouse | Dallas, TX
                                                            CLINTON B. SHOUSE                                      Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX
 Richard M. Kobdish, Attorney at Law | Addison, TX
                                                                                                                   PETER ALAN LODWICK, TIMOTHY R. MCCORMICK
 RICHARD M. KOBDISH                                         Law Office of Thomas J. Smith | San Antonio, TX
                                                            THOMAS J. SMITH                                        Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX
 Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                   JEFFREY A. CHAPMAN, WILLIAM B. DAWSON
 BEN A. BROOKS III, ROBERT R. COLLINS III, RAY              Law, Snakard & Gambill | Fort Worth, TX
 HUTCHISON, GEORGE G. RODRIGUEZ                             JAY S. GARRETT                                         Weil, Gotshal & Manges | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                   MARY R. KORBY
 Winstead | San Antonio, TX                                 Lawrence J. Brannian | Dallas, TX
 M. PAUL MARTIN                                             LAWRENCE J. BRANNIAN
                                                            Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                   SPORTS LAw
 RAILROAD LAw                                               ROBERT J. BANTA, ROBB P. STEWART                       Jackson Walker | Dallas, TX
                                                            McGlinchey Stafford | Dallas, TX                       ROBERT P. LATHAM
 Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell | Fort        LARRY VAN SMITH, ELDON LEE YOUNGBLOOD
 Worth, TX                                                                                                         Kleiman Lawrence Baskind Fitzgerald | Dallas, TX
                                                            Michael A. Morell | San Antonio, TX                    PAUL D. SCHOONOVER
 JOHN W. PROCTOR
                                                            MICHAEL A. MORELL
 Greenberg Traurig | Dallas, TX
 MARK A. CALHOUN
                                                            Miller, Egan, Molter & Nelson | Dallas, TX             STRUcTURED FINANcE LAw
                                                            WALTER D. MILLER
 Jackson Walker | Fort Worth, TX                                                                                   Andrews Kurth | Dallas, TX
                                                            Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr | Dallas, TX
 ALBON O. HEAD, JR.                                                                                                DAVID BARBOUR, PATRICK C. SARGENT
                                                            WILLIAM T. CAVANAUGH, JR., RICHARD O. KOPF,
 Jackson Walker | San Antonio, TX                           RICHARD W. WILHELM                                     Fulbright & Jaworski | Dallas, TX
 JAMES L. WALKER                                                                                                   MARK A. WEIBEL
                                                            Norman & Oliver | San Antonio, TX
                                                            JAMES C. NORMAN                                        Greenberg Traurig | Dallas, TX
 REAL ESTATE LAw                                            Nunley Davis Jolley Cluck Aelvoet | Boerne, TX         MICHAEL B. THIMMIG
 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld | Dallas, TX                GRADY B. JOLLEY                                        Winstead | Dallas, TX
 CARL BENNETT LEE, RANDALL M. RATNER                        Powell Coleman & Arnold | Dallas, TX                   KEVIN A. SULLIVAN
 Andrews Kurth | Dallas, TX                                 PATRICK M. ARNOLD, LESTER V. BAUM, BRUCE R.
 ANDREW L. CAMPBELL                                         COLEMAN, MICHAEL A. DEAHL, WILLIAM D. POWELL           TAX LAw
 Baker Botts | Dallas, TX                                   Robert F. See, Jr. & Associates | Dallas, TX
                                                            ROBERT F. SEE, JR.                                     Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld | Dallas, TX
 JONATHAN W. DUNLAY                                                                                                DANIEL J. MICCICHE
 Barton, East & Caldwell | San Antonio, TX                  Sara E. Dysart | San Antonio, TX                       Andrews Kurth | Dallas, TX
 J. CARY BARTON                                             SARA E. DYSART                                         THOMAS R. POPPLEWELL
 Bobbitt, Halter & Watson | San Antonio, TX                 210.224.7111 | Page 32                                 Baker & McKenzie | Dallas, TX
 RICHARD F. HALTER                                                                                                 DAVID G. GLICKMAN


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                      2010 laWyers of the year
                                   BeSt LAWyerS    hAS nAMeD inDiviDuALS AS LAWyerS oF the yeAr in DALLAS,
                                            baSEd on thEir PartiCularly high lEvEl oF PEEr rECognition.


Jeffrey A. Kearney                                                                                                        DALLAS LAwyERS OF THE yEAR
Kearney | Wynn                                                                                                        alternative Dispute resolution laWyer of the year:
Criminal Defense: White-Collar                                                                                                        ross W. stoDDarD iii
                                                                                                                     antitrust laWyer of the year: GreGory s.C. huffman
                                                                                                                          appellate laWyer of the year: nina Cortell


                               A
                              fter beginning his career as a prosecutor, Jeffrey A. Kearney moved
                              across the aisle to the defense counsel table and now enjoys the
                         complexity and sophistication of federal white collar criminal defense
                                                                                                                        BankinG laWyer of the year: kenneth a. roGers
                                                                                                                           BankruptCy anD CreDitor-DeBtor riGhts
                                                                                                                             laWyer of the year: Daniel C. steWart
                                                                                                                            Bet-the-Company litiGator of the year:
                         work. It’s the thrill of competition that attracted Kearney to the specialty:                                James e. Coleman, Jr.
                         “You have to be highly competitive and driven to win.” Good judgment                     ConstruCtion laWyer of the year: Joseph f. CanterBury, Jr.
                         and instincts are also critical. “In the court room you have to rely on your                    Corporate laWyer of the year: Glenn D. West
                                                                                                                              non-White-Collar Criminal Defense
                         instincts and judgment and make split second decisions.”                                                laWyer of the year: tim evans
                             Kearney’s favorite aspect of his practice is the variety. “No two cases                 White-Collar Criminal Defense laWyer of the year:
                         are alike. I am constantly interested in the new things I see, hear and                                       Jeffrey a. kearney
                         learn. And I really enjoy dealing with the clients.” Kearney says that he                 employee Benefits laWyer of the year: Charles f. plenGe
                                                                                                                  environmental laWyer of the year: sCott D. DeatheraGe
                     and his colleagues “thrive on championing other people’s causes and standing
                                                                                                                    family laWyer of the year: r. lauGhton WhiteheaD, Jr.
                     up against our government when we see an abuse of power.” Of all his cases,                        immiGration laWyer of the year: CraiG e. miley
his work on the Branch Davidian case in 1994 had the greatest impact on him and his career. For                           intelleCtual property laWyer of the year:
that case, he volunteered his time and took months away from his private practice because: “It was                                   v. Bryan meDloCk, Jr.
a situation where we believed the government had overreached.”                                                             laBor & employment laWyer of the year:
                                                                                                                                        John v. Jansonius
    With decades of litigation experience, and a board certification in criminal law, Kearney has                         merGers & aCquisitions laWyer of the year:
frequently lectured and written about what he considers two of the most important aspects of                                          miChael D. Wortley
criminal defense work: jury selection and opening statements. “You need to be a great listener to                    personal inJury litiGator of the year: John h. martin
be good at jury selection.” And if you don’t grab the jurors’ attention early with your opening                        real estate laWyer of the year: philip D. Weller
statement, “you may never get a second chance,” he cautions.                                                                tax laWyer of the year: emily a. parker
                                                                                                                  trusts & estates laWyer of the year: thomas h. Cantrill


  Baker Botts | Dallas, TX                               HERSCHELL GENE EMERY
  STEPHEN D. MARCUS, RENN G. NEILSON                     Looper Reed & McGrawLitigation – Columbus, OH
                                                              Bet-the-Company | Dallas, TX                         TRANSPORTATION LAw
                                                                                                                 Commercial Litigation – Columbus, OH
  Brusniak Blackwell | Dallas, TX                        G. THOMAS RHODUS
  JOHN BRUSNIAK, JR.                                     McShane & Davis | Dallas, TX                              Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell | Fort
  Cantey Hanger | Fort Worth, TX                         EDWIN W. DAVIS                                            Worth, TX
  NOEL C. ICE, J. DAVID TRACY                                                                                      STEPHEN C. HOWELL
                                                         Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins & Blau | Dallas, TX
  Cox Smith Matthews | San Antonio, TX                   ROBERT D. COLLIER, TREY COUSINS                           Carstens & Cahoon | Dallas, TX
  RICHARD E. GOLDSMITH, WILLIAM H. LESTER, JR.,                                                                    FRED J. MEIER
                                                         Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison & Tate | San Antonio, TX
  ROBERT W. NELSON                                       STANLEY L. BLEND, ELIZABETH A. COPELAND                   Jackson Walker | Dallas, TX
  Ernst & Young | Dallas, TX                                                                                       ROBERT F. RUCKMAN
                                                         Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan | San Antonio, TX
  MICHAEL G. FRANKEL                                     R. JAMES CURPHY, DARIN N. DIGBY, STANLEY                  Smith & Moore | Dallas, TX
  Fulbright & Jaworski | San Antonio, TX                 SCHOENBAUM                                                CHARLES H. SMITH
  GEORGE W. SCOFIELD                                     Strasburger & Price | Dallas, TX                          Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX
  Gardere Wynne Sewell | Dallas, TX                      DANIEL L. BUTCHER, JACK R. DUGAN                          JOHN H. MARTIN
  VAL J. ALBRIGHT, MICHAEL J. DONOHUE, CYM H.            Strasburger & Price | San Antonio, TX
  LOWELL                                                 FARLEY P. KATZ, CHARLES J. MULLER                         TRUSTS AND ESTATES
  Gibson Dunn | Dallas, TX                               Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX                            Allen - Lottmann | Tyler, TX
  DAVID SINAK                                            BUFORD P. BERRY, JOHN R. COHN, P. MIKE                    MICHAEL D. ALLEN, RICHARD H. LOTTMAN
  Greenberg Traurig | Dallas, TX                         MCCULLOUGH, MARY A. MCNULTY, EMILY A. PARKER,
                                                                                                                   Bakutis, McCully & Sawyer | Fort Worth, TX
  DANIEL P. NOVAKOV                                      JOE A. RUDBERG, KEVIN THOMASON, R. DAVID WHEAT
                                                                                                                   DAVID C. BAKUTIS
  Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX                          Thompson & Knight | Fort Worth, TX
                                                                                                                   Bayern & Aycock | San Antonio, TX
  RICHARD M. FIJOLEK                                     R. GORDON APPLEMAN
                                                                                                                   JAMES J. AYCOCK, ARTHUR H. BAYERN
  Hornberger Sheehan Fuller & Beiter | San Antonio, TX   Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                   Bisignano & Harrison | Dallas, TX
  CHARLES M. HORNBERGER                                  THOMAS CRICHTON IV, JAMES S. MEYER
                                                                                                                   SANTO BISIGNANO, JR., BOB D. HARRISON
  Jackson Walker | Dallas, TX                            Winstead | Dallas, TX
                                                                                                                   Bourland, Wall & Wenzel | Fort Worth, TX
  WILLIAM H. HORNBERGER                                  THOMAS R. HELFAND
                                                                                                                   MICHAEL V. BOURLAND
  Johnson, Jordan, Nipper & Monk | Dallas, TX            Winstead | Fort Worth, TX
                                                                                                                   Calloway, Norris, Burdette & Weber | Dallas, TX
  WILLIAM D. JORDAN                                      WILLIAM W. BELL
                                                                                                                   MARY CLARIDAY BURDETTE, R. W. CALLOWAY, JOHN
  Jones Day | Dallas, TX                                                                                           R. NORRIS III, SCOTT D. WEBER
  DAVID E. COWLING, DENNIS B. DRAPKIN, RICHARD A.        TEcHNOLOGy LAw                                            Cantey Hanger | Fort Worth, TX
  FRELING, TODD WALLACE
                                                         Baker Botts | Dallas, TX                                  MICHAEL G. APPLEMAN, HARRY EDWARD BARTEL,
  K&L Gates | Dallas, TX                                                                                           THOMAS ALLAN HOWETH, NOEL C. ICE,
  ROBERT EDWIN DAVIS, KATHRYN G. HENKEL, VESTER          JOHN W. MARTIN
                                                                                                                   J. DAVID TRACY
  T. HUGHES, JR., RONALD D. KERRIDGE, CYNTHIA            Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX
                                                         JEFFREY M. BECKER, DAVID L. MCCOMBS                       Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal | Dallas, TX
  MORGAN OHLENFORST
                                                                                                                   ROBERT H. BOTTS, JR.
  Kroney Morse Lan | Dallas, TX                          Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX
                                                         BRUCE S. SOSTEK                                           Cox Smith Matthews | San Antonio, TX
  DONALD PAUL LAN, JR.
                                                                                                                   RICHARD E. GOLDSMITH, ALLAN G. PATERSON, JR.,
  Law Offices of William D. Elliott | Dallas, TX         Vinson & Elkins | Dallas, TX                              HARRY W. WOLFF, JR.
  WILLIAM D. ELLIOTT                                     DEAN WILLIAM HARVEY
                                                                                                                   D. Woodward Glenn | Dallas, TX
  Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell | Dallas, TX                                                                        NATHAN K. GRIFFIN
  CHRISTOPHER F. ALLISON, R. BRENT CLIFTON,

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       M I C h A E L F. h E I M
                                I n T E L L E C T u A L p R o p E R T y L Aw
                                  Michael Heim specializes exclusively in
                                  intellectual property litigation and antitrust
                                  lawsuits involving intellectual property. Mr. Heim
                                  represents plaintiffs and defendants throughout
                                  the United States in patent litigation in a wide
                                  range of technologies including microprocessors,
                                  computer architecture, memory control systems,
                                  cellular telephone systems, data transmission
      systems, on-line gaming systems, database caching software, logging-
      while drilling systems, and a host of other high-tech technologies. He has
      expertise in evaluating patent portfolios and developing strategies to
      enforce and license those portfolios. He also is a skilled courtroom
      litigator, able to understand and explain highly complex technical and
      legal issues to both judges and jurors. Mr. Heim has a Bachelor of Science
      degree in Electrical Engineering received from the University of Missouri
      with numerous academic honors. His ability to understand complex tech-
      nical issues in the electrical arts is unparalleled. He received his J.D.
      degree from The George Washington University Law School, also with
      Honors. While in law school, he served three years as a Patent Examiner
      at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, specializing in electrical
      communications and computer software and hardware. Mr. Heim and his
      law firm often represent their clients on some form of contingency basis,
      thereby sharing in the client’s risks and rewards. The willingness to align his
      interests with that of his clients typically results in a more synergistic
      relationship, without the sometimes bitter fee disputes that result from
      more traditional hourly fee engagements. Mr. Heim has received recogni-
      tion throughout the patent community in the United States for his abilities
      and for the significant results he has achieved on behalf of his clients.

       H eim , P ayne & C HorusH , LLP
      600 trAviS, Suite 6710, houSton, tX 77002
      Ph: 713.221.2000 Fax: 713.221.2021 • mheim@hpcllp.com • www.hpcllp.com




       john R. pITTS                                                                    BARBARA Ann RAdnoFSKy
                                n AT I v E A M E R I C A n L Aw                                                   A LT E R n AT I v E d I S p u T E R E S o L u T I o n ,
                                Government Relations Law                                                          h E A LT h C A R E L Aw,
                                Legislative & Administrative Law                                                  M E d I C A L M A L p R A C T I C E L Aw,
                                                                                                                  p E R S o n A L I n j u Ry L I T I G AT I o n
                            John R. Pitts offers lobbying and
                            government relations services that                                                Barbara Ann Radnofsky has appeared
                            assists clients before executive,                                                 for the past 17 years in The Best
                            legislative, administrative and regulatory                                        Lawyers in America® and is currently
                            bodies in Texas and Washington, D.C.                                              listed in four areas: dispute resolution,
                            Through his relationships with Texas’                                             medical malpractice, personal injury,
      and Washington policy makers, Mr. Pitts brings together                           and health care law. A wife, mother, teacher, and mediator,
      stakeholders with decision makers to develop public policy                        she was the first woman at Vinson & Elkins to have children
      benefiting his clients. He provides his clients with winning,                     as an associate and attain partnership. In 1999, she success-
      issue oriented efforts addressing business, tax, education,                       fully petitioned the Consumer Product Safety Commission
      natural resources, gaming, Native American, housing, health,                      to prohibit defective barbecue lighters with estimated annu-
      utility, and renewable energy challenges. Mr. Pitts gives back                    al savings of millions of dollars and hundreds of lives. The
      to the community as: founder of LIFE/Houston, Lobby for                           1988 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas, Barbara Ann
      Hope and Give Back!! Houston; board member of Big                                 served as a volunteer peer mediation teacher for more than
      Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston, Park Plaza Hospital                      15 years. She is a co-founder of Houston Urban Debate
      and Texas Affiliate of Affordable Housing Providers; and                          League, a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, and Board
      selected for membership in the Texas Bar Foundation.                              Member of the FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association.
      He received his BBA, MBA & JD degrees from Southern                               She and her husband actively support the Dead Sea Scrolls
      Methodist University, and his MDiv from the Virginia                              Foundation, enabling museum displays of the scrolls and
      Theological Seminary.                                                             commissioning publication of a scrolls volume. They are
                                                                                        co-owners of the Brazos Bookstore, an independent
                                                                                        bookseller and a Houston institution. She is the 2010
                                                                                        Democratic nominee for Texas Attorney General.
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       FIdEL RodRIGuEz, jR.                                                        MARTIn R. SAdLER
                                  p E R S o n A L I n j u R y L I T I G AT I o n                          I n S u R A n C E L Aw, A LT E R n AT I v E
                                                                                                          dISpuTE RESoLuTIon
                             Fidel Rodriguez, Jr. has tried personal
                             injury, construction, and product liability                                   Selected as a Texas Best Lawyer since
                             cases throughout South Texas for a                                            2008, Martin R. Sadler has recently joined
                             quarter of a century. He takes particular                                     the New Orleans firm of Lugenbuhl,
                             pride in representing the working                                             Wheaton, Peck, Rankin and Hubbard and
                             person against the big companies                                              was instrumental in the opening of its
                             and feels that our system of justice                                          Houston branch office. Mr. Sadler has
                             guarantees equal rights to all citizens,                                      worked in conjunction with the Lugenbuhl
      regardless of race, religion, age, or social standing. “Clients              firm for nearly five years providing first party insurance coverage
      and their families are treated with respect and the utmost                   and litigation legal services to insurance companies in the
      dignity at this firm,” he professes. He attended Texas A&M                   aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Mr. Sadler and the firm
      University, was a member of the Corps of Cadets and the                      represent multiple carriers in dozens of litigated matters arising
      Ross Volunteers, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science                    from Hurricane Ike in Harris County and across the Texas Gulf
      degree in Civil Engineering (summa cum laude, 1973). While                   Coast. Through the new Houston office, the Lugenbuhl firm is
      serving in the United States Air Force in San Antonio, he                    now positioned to extend to Texas its well developed insurance
      received a Master of Business Administration from the                        coverage services concerning general liability claims, errors and
      University of Texas at San Antonio in 1977. He graduated                     omissions claims, directors and officers claims, commercial and
      from the University of Texas Law School in 1980. He is a                     residential property claims, and business interruption claims. In
      past-President of the San Antonio Bar Association and is a                   the near future the Houston Lugenbuhl office will add non-insur-
      member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, The                           ance coverage practice groups compatible with the other
      American Board of Trial Advocates, and the American                          practice areas that have been a foundation for the New
      College of Trial Lawyers.                                                    Orleans office for many years. Those practice groups include
                                                                                   maritime and admiralty, commercial, corporate litigation,
                                                                                   and bankruptcy.
       L aw o ffiCes            of    f ideL r odriguez , J r .                    L ugenBuHL , w Heaton , P eCk , r ankin
      111 SoLeDAD, Suite 1300                                                      and H uBBard
      SAn Antonio, tX 78205
      toLL Free: 800.644.0080 Ph: 210.224.1057                                     815 WALker Street, Suite 1447, houSton, tX 77002
      www.frlawfirm.net                                                            Ph: 713.222.1990
                                                                                   www.lawla.com • msadler@lawla.com


       A LT o n C . T o d d                                                        wIndLE TuRLEy
                                  p E R S o n A L I n j u R y L I T I G AT I o n                          p E R S o n A L I n j u R y L I T I G AT I o n
                               Among fewer than two percent of Texas
                                                                                                         For more than 35 years, the Turley Law
                               attorneys are Board Certified in both
                                                                                                         Firm has stood with those who were
                               Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law. Alton
                                                                                                         injured by the neglect or wrongful
                               Todd is a Fellow in the International
                                                                                                         conduct of others. In 2004, Windle
                               Academy of Trial Lawyers and American
                                                                                                         Turley was one of only two attorneys
                               College of Trial Lawyers and also a
                                                                                                         included in the Dallas All Time Tough
                               Diplomate in the American Board of Trial
                                                                                                         Guys by D Magazine. Board certified in
                               Advocates. He is admitted to practice
                                                                                                         personal injury litigation, he achieved
      before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the Fifth Circuit of the
                                                                                   one of the top 10 largest damage verdicts in the nation in
      U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Northern
                                                                                   1992 and again in 1997. With more than 40 years of trial
      and Southern Districts of Texas and the Western District of
                                                                                   experience, Turley has pioneered innovative settlement and
      Arkansas. Admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1971 after
                                                                                   trial techniques. This expertise has led to being named
      earning his law degree at Southern Methodist University, Mr.
                                                                                   among the top 10 Air Crash Lawyers in the nation and
      Todd first practiced with a revered Galveston insurance defense
                                                                                   selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®
      firm, later joining the law firm of Wellborn, Britt and Brown in
                                                                                   annually for 25 years and Texas Super Lawyers. From among
      Alvin, Texas. After 25-years of personal injury practice in Alvin,
                                                                                   his areas of practice, he particularly is proud of his work on
      Texas, The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd was formed and moved to
                                                                                   behalf of injured children. Whenever negligence and
      Friendswood in 2000. While building a highly successful legal
                                                                                   carelessness have caused pain and suffering, the Turley Law
      practice, which includes general civil and trial law, wrongful
                                                                                   Firm stands ready to help achieve a safer community by
      death, personal injury, negligence, product liability, medical
                                                                                   holding wrongdoers accountable to their victims.
      malpractice and employment law, Alton Todd has remained true
      to his desire to assist those who are in need by being the voice
      of the voiceless throughout the legal process. The values and
      good judgment that were forged during his upbringing in
      Hamilton, Texas, have truly given him unique and special skills to
                                                                                   t urLey L aw f irm
      achieve justice for his clients.                                             6440 north CEntral ExPrESSway
                                                                                   1000 turlEy law CEntEr
                                                                                   DALLAS, tX 75206
       t He L aw f irm            of    a Lton C. t odd                            Ph: 214.691.4025 FAX: 214.361.5802
      312 South FrienDSWooD Drive, FrienDSWooD, tX 77546                           www.wturley.com
      Ph: 281.992.8633 Fax: 281.648.8633 • www.altontodd.com                       turley@wturley.com

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                STEPHEN I. ADLER                                                   MICHAEL M. BARRON                                                  DAVID BROWN
                         EMInEnT doMAIn And                                                 EMInEnT doMAIn And                                            InSuRAnCE LAw,
                         CondEMnATIon LAw                                                   CondEMnATIon LAw                                              pERSonAL InjuRy LITIGATIon
                       Property Rights are among our most                                     Property Rights are among our most                            David Brown represents policyhold-
                       basic freedoms. For almost thirty                                      basic freedoms. For over thirty years,                        ers in insurance coverage and loss
                       years, Stephen Adler and Barron &                                      Michael Barron and Barron & Adler,                            quantification disputes. His practice
                       Adler, LLP, have been engaged by                                       LLP, have been engaged by property                            includes claims under liability,
                       property owners in eminent domain                                      owners in eminent domain and con-                             property, environmental, and
                       and condemnation cases throughout                                      demnation cases throughout Texas                              directors & officers policies.
    Texas protecting those rights. A Texas Super Lawyer,                 protecting those rights. A graduate of the University of      Mr. Brown’s clients include energy, manufacturing,
    graduate of the University of Texas Law School and                   Texas Law School, Mr. Barron is a frequent lecturer on        transportation, and service companies, governmental
    Princeton University, Mr. Adler is a frequent “takings”              the subject of “takings” teaching other attorneys and         and not-for-profit entities, and healthcare providers.
    lecturer and the immediate past chair of the Eminent                 real estate professionals. Barron & Adler LLP, is hired by    He handles matters at the claim preparation stage, as
    Domain Committee of the Real Property Section of the                 clients that usually do not pay an attorneys fee unless       well as litigation and appeals, arbitrations, mediations,
    American Bar Association. Barron & Adler, LLP, is hired              the firm has helped them receive greater compensation         and appraisal proceedings. Mr. Brown has represented
    by clients that usually do not pay an attorneys fee                  than that offered by the condemning entity. The firm          the Port of Houston Authority in litigation matters for
    unless the firm has helped them receive greater com-                 website is barronadler.com.                                   the past 15 years. His practice includes the defense of
    pensation than that offered by the condemning entity.                                                                              commercial and personal injury litigation, and the
    The firm website is barronadler.com.                                                                                               defense of tort and professional liability claims.


    BARRon & ADLER LLp                                                   BARRon & ADLER LLp                                            BRown & koRnEGAy LLp
    808 Nueces Street                                                    808 Nueces Street                                             2777 Allen Parkway, Suite 977
    Austin, TX 78701                                                     Austin, TX 78701                                              Houston, TX 77019
    ph: 512.478.4995 fax: 512.478.6022                                   ph: 512.478.4995 fax: 512.478.6022                            ph: 713.528.3703 fax: 713.528.3701
    www.barronadler.com                                                  www.barronadler.com                                           www.bkllp.com
                                                                                                                                       dbrown@bkllp.com



               KENT A. CAPERTON                                                      R. BRENT COOPER                                                 DICK DEGUERIN
                         GovERnMEnT RELATIonS LAw                                           InSuRAnCE LAw                                                 non-whITE-CoLLAR CRIMInAL
                                                                                                                                                          dEFEnSE, whITE-CoLLAR
                         Kent Caperton is a member of the                                    R. Brent Cooper, named shareholder                           CRIMInAL dEFEnSE
                         Ben Barnes Group and works on                                       of Cooper & Scully, focuses his
                         national and state issues for a variety                             practice on appellate law, insurance,
                                                                                                                                                            Dick DeGuerin specializes in criminal
                         of clients with needs in government                                 and commercial litigation. For
                                                                                                                                                            defense and enjoys a widely varied
                         relations and public policy matters.                                over 35 years, he has been at the
                                                                                                                                                            practice in both state and federal
                         Additionally, he is teaming with law                                forefront of Texas law, particularly in
                                                                                                                                                            trials and appeals. In practice for
                         firms on matters of complex litiga-                                 the area of bad faith. He earned his
                                                                                                                                                            forty-four years, he was associated
    tion. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law. Caperton             Bachelor of Business Administration, summa cum
                                                                                                                                       with famed defense attorney Percy Foreman during the
    was formerly a Managing Director at Public Strategies,               laude With Distinction, from Texas A&M University in
                                                                                                                                       seventies and has successfully defended a wide variety
    focusing primarily on legislative, regulatory and political          1974, and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Southern
                                                                                                                                       of clients in State and Federal Court, including doctors,
    policy for that firm’s national telecommunications client.           Methodist University in 1977. He is Board Certified in
                                                                                                                                       lawyers, judges, a United States Senator; and persons
    He managed a large team of professionals embedded                    Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal
                                                                                                                                       accused of murder, smuggling, money laundering and
    with the client. Caperton was previously a shareholder               Specialization.
                                                                                                                                       white collar crime. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at
    in the Austin office of the law firm of Winstead Sechrest
                                                                                                                                       the University Of Texas School Of Law.
    & Minick in the Litigation and Government Relations
    Section. From 1981-1991, Mr. Caperton served as State
    Senator for District Five in the Texas Senate.


    BEn BARnES GRoup                                                     CoopER & SCuLLy, pC
    98 San Jacinto Blvd., Suite 1400                                     900 Jackson Street, Suite 100
    Austin, TX 78701                                                     Dallas, TX 75202
                                                                                                                                       DEGuERin & DiCkSon
                                                                                                                                       1018 Preston, 7th Floor
    ph: 512.322.0128                                                     ph: 214.712.9500 fax: 214.712.9540
                                                                                                                                       Houston, TX 77002
    www.benbarnesgroup.com                                               www.cooperscully.com
                                                                                                                                       ph: 713.223.5959 fax: 713.223.9231
    kcaperton@benbarnesgroup.com


                   SARA E. DYSART                                                      GALT GRAYDON                                                 CLINT HACKNEY
                         REAL ESTATE LAw                                                    GovERnMEnT RELATIonS LAw                                      GovERnMEnT RELATIonS LAw
                        Sara E. Dysart is a graduate of St.                                  Galt Graydon’s distinguished legal                           Clint Hackney provides government
                        Mary’s University, BA 1974 magna                                     career spans more than four decades                          relations services before legislative,
                        cum laude, University of Texas at San                                in Texas. He has spent over 30 years                         executive and regulatory bodies in
                        Antonio, MA 1978, and St. Mary’s                                     representing corporations, trade                             Texas and Washington, DC. With
                        University School of Law, JD 1981                                    associations, governmental entities                          more than 30 years of work in the
                        with distinction. She is past-President                              and individuals before all branches                          public policy arena, Mr. Hackney
                        of the St. Mary’s Law Alumni                                         of Texas state government. A                                 provides recognized expertise and
     Association and past-Chair of the San Antonio Bar                   graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the         experienced service in policy analysis and legislative
     Foundation. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas               University of Texas School of Law (1969), Mr. Graydon is      strategy. His commitment to ensure timely access to
     Real Estate Forms Committee. She has written and                    a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a               policy decision makers and to provide persuasive
     presented numerous articles on Texas real estate law                member of the Board of Directors of the Texas                 presentations of client issues has resulted in many
     for continuing legal education seminars. She has an                 Taxpayers and Research Association. Graydon, Gibson           successes for those he represents. Mr. Hackney served
     AV-rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.                  & Brown, LLP was founded in 2002 by Graydon,                  4 terms in the Texas House of Representatives where
                                                                         Machree Gibson (UT Law 1991) and Jay P. Brown (UT             he chaired the House Energy Committee and authored
                                                                         Law 1996). With over 60 years combined experience,            major legislation. He received a degree in political
                                                                         the firm along with its affiliate public affairs consulting   science from Texas A&M, studied Comparative Laws at
                                                                         firm, the Graydon Group, LLC, is a unique combination         Oxford University, and earned his law degree at The
                                                                         of legal, public policy, and political specialists assem-     University of Houston.
                                                                         bled to provide a comprehensive, effective approach
     SARA E. DySARt, AttoRnEy At LAw                                     to advocacy.
     112 E. Pecan Street, Suite 3050                                                                                                   CLint HACknEy GovERnmEnt AffAiRS
     San Antonio, TX 78205                                               GRAyDon, GiBSon & BRown, LLp                                  816 Congress Ave., Suite 1125
     ph: 210.224.7111 fax: 210.224.1733                                  1001 Congress Avenue, Suite 400, Austin, TX 78701             Austin, TX 78701
     sara@dysartlaw.com                                                  ph: 512.225.1001                                              In Austin: 512.472.9022 ph: 512.751.3636 fax: 512.478.0608
                                                                         www.thegraydongroup.com • galt@thegraydongroup.com            cphackney@yahoo.com


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                 GARY S. KESSLER                                              DALE MARKLAND                                                             SYDNEY MCDOLE
                       CoMMERCIAL LITIGATIon                                          pRoduCT LIABILITy LITIGATIon                                           pRoduCT LIABILITy LITIGATIon
                                                                                      technical Litigation
                        Gary S. Kessler board certified in                                                                                                  Sydney McDole has won victories in
                        Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of                            Dale has tried more than 200 cases to                              product liability, insurance coverage,
                        Legal Specialization and has been                                a verdict. Dale has served clients as                              oil & gas and high-stakes business
                        listed in the Business Litigation                                national consulting counsel and                                    litigation. She practices in courts and
                        Section of Best Lawyers in America®                              regional counsel, as well as Texas                                 heads arbitrations across the country.
                        for over 10 years. He and his                                    counsel. His practice focuses on                                   She obtained a record verdict in
                        litigation team regularly appear in                              litigation in which engineering, medical,                          Pittsburgh in a coverage case
    state and federal courts across the country in a wide        scientific and other technical issues are of particular signifi-        against Lloyd’s and successfully handled another cover-
    variety of business and corporate matters. He has            cance, including the defense of product liability and toxic             age case against dozens of insurers related to Love
    extensive experience handling many types of corporate        tort actions. Dale has been selected by his peers as one of             Canal. She won a defense verdict in Colorado in a
    and securities litigation including regulatory matters.      The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of products                   products case involving chronic beryllium disease,
    He is a member of many industry organizations                liability, and is listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent              which The National Law Journal named as one of the
    including the Securities Industry and Financial Markets      Lawyers in the Field of Products Liability. He has been                 Top Defense Verdicts of the year. She headed an ICC
    Association, Defense Research Institute and is a regular     AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory every year               arbitration for Occidental involving oil rights in Yemen
    instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.    since 1980. Dale was in the initial group of outside counsel            in which the panel ruled unanimously in her client’s
                                                                 invited by the Products Liability Advisory Council, Inc. to             favor. She has recently focused on a number of dis-
                                                                 become a Sustaining Member of that organization. Dale                   tressed real estate cases. Sydney is a Fellow of the
                                                                 has represented clients in the pharmaceutical, semiconduc-              American College of Trial Lawyers.
                                                                 tor, electronics, heavy truck, automobile, cosmetics,
    kESSLER & CoLLinS, pC                                        medical device, chemical and petrochemical industries.                  JonES DAy
    2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 750                                                                                                          2727 N. Harwood
    Dallas, TX 75201                                             mARkLAnD HAnLEy                                                         Dallas, TX 75201
    ph: 214.379.0722 fax: 214.373.4714                           2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 4100W, Dallas, TX 75201                         ph: 214.969.3785
    gsk@kesslercollins.com                                       ph: 469.341.3633                                                        www.jonesday.com
    www.kesslercollins.com                                       www.marklandhanley.com • dmarkland@marklandhanley.com                   sbmcdole@jonesday.com




               JAYME PARTRIDGE                                                BARBARA K. RUNGE                                                           BRIAN L. WEBB
                       InTELLECTuAL pRopERTy LAw                                        FAMILy LAw                                                           FAMILy LAw
                                                                                          Exceptionally active in the Houston
                       Slusser Wilson and Partridge LLP has                                                                                                 The Webb Family Law Firm, PC, a
                                                                                          legal community, Barbara Runge has
                       distinguished itself in jury trials of                                                                                               nationally recognized law firm led by
                                                                                          practiced law since 1974. After graduat-
                       complex cases. Ms. Partridge’s                                                                                                       attorney Brian L. Webb, serves
                                                                                          ing from Texas Tech School of Law,
                       practice is focused on all aspects of                                                                                                clients in all areas of family law. Brian
                                                                                          Barbara opened her own practice a
                       intellectual property litigation. Ms.                                                                                                L. Webb has been board certified in
                                                                                          year later, and has since experienced
                       Partridge is admitted to practice in                                                                                                 family law by the Texas Board of
                                                                                          an extremely successful career focused
                       state and federal district courts in                                                                                                 Legal Specialization since 1980.
                                                                  on what she enjoys most–family law. “Every day in my life,
    Texas, the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court.                                                                                   He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
                                                                  I have been given the opportunity to help people who are
    She is also licensed to practice before the PTO. Ms.                                                                                 since 1989 and is recipient of both the Judge Sam
                                                                  experiencing the most traumatic time of their lives,” she
    Partridge received her JD from The University of Texas                                                                               Emison Award and the Dan R. Price Award, the two
                                                                  professes. It is this love for helping clients in their times of
    in 1991, with high honors, and is a member of Order of                                                                               most prestigious awards in Texas Family Law. He has
                                                                  need that led Barbara to be selected by her peers as one
    the Coif. She received her BS in Mechanical                                                                                          been a popular author and speaker on family law topics
                                                                  of Texas’ Best Lawyers® by her clients and professional
    Engineering, cum laude, from Texas A&M University in          colleagues. Board certified in family law since 1981, Barbara          for many years.
    1982 and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma.         handles complex divorce and property cases, custody
    She worked as an engineer before receiving her law            cases, modifications, premarital and marital agreements.
    degree and was a registered Petroleum Engineer from           She is also a mediator and arbitrator. Additionally, Barbara
    1986-1992.                                                    represents clients using the collaborative method or
                                                                  litigation as determined by the case and the client’s desires.
    SLuSSER wiLSon & pARtRiDGE LLp                                Barbara has received numerous awards, including the Gulf
    4720 Three Allen Center                                       Coast Family Law Specialists’ David Gibson Award for                   tHE wEBB fAmiLy LAw fiRm, pC
    333 Clay Street                                               Professionalism and Excellence in Family Law.                          325 North St. Paul Street, Suite 4450
    Houston, TX 77002                                                                                                                    Dallas, TX 75201
    ph: 713.860.3306 fax: 713.860.3333                            BARBARA k. RunGE, AttoRnEy At LAw                                      ph: 214.871.2730 fax: 214.871.9339
    www.slusser-law.com                                           5615 Kirby Drive, Ste. 920, Houston, TX 77005                          www.webbfamilylaw.com
    partridge@slusser-law.com                                     ph: 713.523.5363 • www.barbarakrunge.com



             KENNETH A. WRIGHT                                              ALVIN L. ZIMMERMAN
                                                                                                                                                                           BESt LAwyERS
                       EMInEnT doMAIn And                                               FAMILy LAw                                   LEGAL GRoup                           founders and publishers:
                       CondEMnATIon LAw                                                Alvin L. Zimmerman, JD-UH, Chairman           Director,                             Steven Naifeh
                                                                                       of Zimmerman, Axelrad, Meyer, Stern &         Custom projects:                      Gregory White Smith
                         Since 1981, Kenneth A. Wright has                             Wise, PC, which firm emphasizes civil         Jason L. Leder                        Chief operating officer:
                         maintained his commitment to                                  trial, wills, estates, probate, corporate     Sales manager,                        Stephen Geddes
                         provide qualitative legal services to                         and business transactions, banking, real      Custom projects:
                         those landowners who have been                                estate and family law. He was formerly                                              Software Engineers:
                                                                                                                                     Brad S. Silberberg                    Andrew Duke
                         subjected to the oftentimes harsh                             a State District Judge, 269th Civil
                         consequences of the exercise of                                                                             Account Executives:                   Philip Greer
                                                                                       District Court and 309th Family District
    eminent domain by various condemning entities such                                                                               Kelly Brown,
                                                                  Court; a briefing clerk for a United States District Judge                                               Senior Editors:
    as the federal, state and local governments, as well as                                                                          Christopher Knapp
                                                                  and Asst. TX Attorney General, and is Board certified by                                                 Erin Brooks
    private entities who also wield the power of eminent          the Texas Board of Legal Specialization-Family Law. He             Creative Direction                    Carl Dawson
    domain, including power and pipeline companies.               serves as a panelist for American Arbitration Association          & Design:                             Daniel Lutz
    Virtually all types of improved and unimproved                for complex cases; recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct            Lester Goodman                        Kristen Greer
    properties have been represented by him. Almost               Professor of Law - South Texas College of Law; Frank               Sales Assistant:                      Catherine Shaw
    always, Mr. Wright is charged with the task of obtaining      Evans Outstanding Mediator Award—Center of Legal                   Milagros Pelaez                       Jeremy Wilson
    the maximum just compensation available in the                Responsibility; Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyer
    particular condemnation case. Consequently, most                                                                                 Copy Editor:
                                                                  in Texas; and UH Distinguished Alumni Award; former chair,
    often Mr. Wright is engaged on a contingency fee                                                                                 Christine LaRubio
                                                                  Family Law Section-Houston Bar Association; fellow and
    arrangement.                                                  past president of the International Academy of Mediators           profiles writer:
                                                                  and fellow of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.             Jen Adams
                                                                                                                                     Articles writer:
    LAw offiCES of kEnnEtH A. wRiGHt                              ZimmERmAn, AxELRAD, mEyER,                                         Ashley Cisneros
    Warren P. Wright, Associate                                   StERn & wiSE, pC
                                                                                                                                     portrait photgraphy:
    2711 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1032                                  3040 Post Oak Boulevard, #1300, Houston, TX 77056
                                                                                                                                     Jesse Hornbuckle
    Dallas, TX 75234                                              ph: 713.552.1234 fax: 713.963.0859
    ph: 972.484.1800 fax: 972.484.1840                            www.zimmerlaw.com • azimmerman@zimmerlaw.com                       Senior vice president:
                                                                                                                                     Kevin Vermeulen
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 Duncan, Weakley & Bressler | San Antonio, TX           Law Office of Barkley T. Miller | Dallas, TX            The Hartnett Law Firm | Dallas, TX
 EDGAR M. DUNCAN                                        BARKLEY T. MILLER                                       JAMES J. HARTNETT, SR., JAMES J. HARTNETT, JR.,
 Fisher & Holmes | Dallas, TX                           Law Offices of Davidson & Troilo | San Antonio, TX      WILL FORD HARTNETT
 T. WESLEY HOLMES                                       JAMES C. WOO                                            Thompson & Knight | Dallas, TX
 Fulbright & Jaworski | San Antonio, TX                 Law Offices of William D. Elliott | Dallas, TX          BARBARA B. FERGUSON, P. MIKE MCCULLOUGH,
 NANCY NOWLIN KERR                                      WILLIAM D. ELLIOTT                                      WILLIAM R. MUREIKO, RUST E. REID, ERIC G. REIS,
 Gardere Wynne Sewell | Dallas, TX                      Little Pedersen Fankhauser | Dallas, TX                 TERRY L. SIMMONS
 JACK W. HAWKINS, KEITH V. NOVICK                       MARK A. FANKHAUSER                                      Thompson & Knight | Fort Worth, TX
 Haynes and Boone | Dallas, TX                          Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell | Dallas, TX               R. GORDON APPLEMAN
 JOHN M. COLLINS                                        STUART M. BUMPAS, RONALD ROY CRESSWELL,                 Winstead | Dallas, TX
 Haynes and Boone | Fort Worth, TX                      HERSCHELL GENE EMERY                                    JOHN F. BERGNER, DEREK L. FLETCHER
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                                                                                  Tim J. Herman, Sean E. Breen, Randy R. Howry


  S  uccessful jury triAl experience, cutting edge             experience. Unlike many litigation firms, HowryBreen’s
  trial science, relentless lawyers with a talented team,      attorneys have actually tried hundreds of cases and
  deep resources, and winning results: these qualities         know how to prepare a case efficiently for trial, which
  make HowryBreen the trial attorneys for a wide               makes for a proven recipe and competitive edge that
  group of clients with differing legal needs that share       puts the client in the position to evaluate the case
  one common characteristic–they have no option                accurately and get the best result possible. It is this
  other than winning. Clients ranging from individuals         aggressive and devoted representation that satisfies
  who have suffered devastating losses or injuries to          clients and makes opponents sit up and take notice.
  Fortune 500 companies like Wells Fargo, Mack
  Trucks, and Fed Ex Freight, to smaller businesses,           the experience forged And results won by leAd
  entrepreneurs, and high profile individuals such as          attorneys Randy Howry, Sean Breen and Tim Herman
  Lance Armstrong, all come to HowryBreen when their           have earned clients success and the firm recognition
  reputation or future are on the line and they cannot         well outside the home base of Austin. In addition to
  afford to lose. The firm takes high stakes cases and         being selected by their peers for inclusion in The
  never waivers from the goal to obtain the best               Best Lawyers in America®, Mr. Howry, Mr. Breen and
  possible result for the client.                              Mr. Herman have all been recognized by their peers
                                                               as Texas Super Lawyers for four years in a row, as
  a preMier trial FirM, howrybreen tries all Manner            well as being selected as the Best of the Bar in
  of civil cases across the country from both sides            Commercial Litigation by The Austin Business
  of the courtroom, representing plaintiffs and                Journal. All likewise contribute to the community:
  defendants. Progressive and innovative, the firm             Mr. Howry is a past president of the Austin Bar
  offers creative fee arrangements and is routinely            Association and Mr. Herman received the
  hired directly by clients or through referrals from law      Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Austin
  firms and attorneys tapping the firm’s rich trial            Bar Foundation.


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         The firm was recently involved in three simultaneous trials,   says partner Thomas C. Wright.
         and hardly a week goes by without some WBC lawyers
         appearing in hearings, trials, or arguing in appellate         the firm’s diversity of experience provides the depth
         courts. The seventeen-attorney firm handles complex trial      required for its wide range of successes. Six of the firm’s
         and appellate work for clients across the state, calling       members have Board Certifications from the Texas Board
         upon their extensive expertise to achieve favorable            of Legal Specialization, and three have been selected by
         resolutions in cases involving catastrophic personal injury,   their peers among The Best Lawyers in America®: Harvey
         insurance coverage, intellectual property, oil and gas,        G. Brown, Jr., Howard L. Close, and Thomas C. Wright.
         product defects, commercial disputes, arbitration and          Mr. Brown served as a district court judge in Harris
         mediation, and trade secrets, among others. The firm           County for six years before coming to the firm, and
         also assists other firms and attorneys in matters such as      Wanda Fowler was a Justice on the Fourteenth Court of
         pre-trial motions, research on special evidence problems,      Appeals for almost 14 years before joining WBC as a
         challenges to expert witnesses, and the critical work on       partner. Howard Close has tried complex cases all over
         the court’s charge to the jury.                                the State of Texas for nearly 30 years. The combined
                                                                        experience from both sides of the bench gives Wright
         wright brown & close’s breAdth of experience hAs               Brown & Close, and ultimately the firm’s clients, an
         given it the ability to understand which paths are             advantage in trials and appeals.
         important to pursue and which are unlikely to be fruitful,
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