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Derrick B. Carson, born El Paso, Texas, June 9, 1971; admitted to bar, 1997, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, New Mexico State University (B.A., with honors, 1994); legal education, Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1997).




Locke Lord LLP is a Law Firm in Houston, TX

Laws of Practice

Admiralty/Maritime • Administrative Law • ADR/Mediation/Arbitration • Affordable Housing • Antitrust • Appellate Law • Banking/Lending and Financial Services • Bankruptcy/Creditor Rights • Corporate/Securities • Energy • Environmental • ERISA/Employee Benefits • Estate Planning/Probate/Trust • Franchise and Distribution • Health Care • Immigration • Insurance • Intellectual Property/High Technology • International • Labor/Employment • Legislative and Administrative • Litigation • Media/Communications • Oil and Gas • Product Liability/Tort • Professional Liability • Public Finance • Public Utility • Real Estate Law • Tax • Technology and Commercial Transactions • Telecommunications • Transportation • Unfair Competition

Address

2800 JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Phone

Telephone: (713) 226-1200
Facsimile: 223-3717

Website

All members and associates of the Houston office are members of the Houston and American Bar Associations and the State Bar of Texas, unless otherwise specified.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:

American General; AMOCO; Baker Hughes; Baxter Healthcare; Camden Property Trust; Cargill Financial Services; JPMorgan Chase Bank; Compass Bancshares; Crown Life Insurance; CRSS, Inc.; Dallas Market Center Company; El Paso Energy Corporation; Eli Lilly & Co.; Friedkin Companies; Garden Ridge Corp.; General Electric Capital Corporation; Guidant; Hartford; Houston Chronicle Publishing Company; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Prudential Life Insurance; Service Corporation International; Shell Oil Company; Trammell Crow Interests; Waste Management, Inc.



LOCKE LORD LLP
Telephone: (713) 226-1200
Facsimile: (713) 223-3717
Website: www.lockelord.com
2800 JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002-3095
Telephone: +852 3465 0600
Facsimile: +852 3014 0991
21/F Bank of China Tower
1 Garden Road, Central
HONG KONG
Telephone: (404) 870-4600
Facsimile: (404) 872-5547
Terminus 200, Suite 1200
3333 Piedmont Road Northeast
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30305-1724
Telephone: (512) 305-4700
Facsimile: (512) 305-4800
600 Congress Avenue, Suite 2200
AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701-3055
Telephone: (312) 443-0700
Facsimile: (312) 443-0336
111 South Wacker Drive
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60606-4302
Telephone: (214) 740-8000
Facsimile: (214) 740-8800
2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 2200
DALLAS, TEXAS 75201-2748
Telephone: +44 20 7861 9000
Facsimile: +44 20 7785 6869
201 Bishopsgate
LONDON, EC2M 3AB ENGLAND
Telephone: (213) 485-1500
Facsimile: (213) 485-1200
300 South Grand Avenue, Suite 2600
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90071-3194
Telephone: (504) 558-5100
Facsimile: (504) 558-5200
601 Poydras Street, Suite 2660
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA 70130-6032
Telephone: (212) 415-8600
Facsimile: (212) 303-2754
Three World Financial Center
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10281-2101
Telephone: (916) 930-2500
Facsimile: (916) 930-2501
500 Capitol Mall, Suite 1800
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 95814-4741
Telephone: (415) 318-8810
Facsimile: (415) 676-5816
44 Montgomery Street, Suite 4100
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94104-4815
Telephone: (202) 220-6900
Facsimile: (202) 220-6945
701 8th Street Northwest, Suite 700
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20001-3854
Admiralty/Maritime • Administrative Law • ADR/Mediation/Arbitration • Affordable Housing •
Antitrust • Appellate Law • Banking/Lending and Financial Services • Bankruptcy/Creditor
Rights • Corporate/Securities • Energy • Environmental • ERISA/Employee Benefits • Estate
Planning/Probate/Trust • Franchise and Distribution • Health Care • Immigration • Insurance •
Intellectual Property/High Technology • International • Labor/Employment • Legislative and
Administrative • Litigation • Media/Communications • Oil and Gas • Product Liability/Tort •
Professional Liability • Public Finance • Public Utility • Real Estate Law • Tax • Technology
and Commercial Transactions • Telecommunications • Transportation • Unfair Competition

(For additional biographical information, please see Austin and Dallas, Texas)
PARTNERS
    Antroy Arreola,
    Scott J. Arrington, admitted to bar, 1996, Texas. Preparatory education, Rice University (B.A., cum laude, 1990); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1995).
    Charles S. Baker, born Houston, Texas, October 22, 1959; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Ninth Circuits; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; U.S. Tax Court. Preparatory education, University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., Accounting, with honors, 1982); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1985). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Honor Society: Beta Alpha Psi. Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center, 1992-95. Editor, Employee NonCompetition Law, West Publishing, 1995. Member: Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; Federal Bar Association. Fellow: Houston Bar Foundation.
    Charlie E. Baumann, born Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, December 8, 1965; admitted to bar, 1991, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, University of Dallas (B.A., magna cum laude, 1988); legal education, University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1991).
    Patrick J. Beaton, born Niagara Falls, New York, March 10, 1967; admitted to bar, 2001, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Rochester (B.A., magna cum laude, 1989); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., summa cum laude, 2001). Order of the Barons; Order of the Coif. Houston Law Review. Member: Houston Bar Association (Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section); State Bar of Texas (Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section); Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
    Steven Boyd, born Houston, Texas, August 19, 1971; admitted to bar, 1997, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; registered before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1994); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1997); University of Houston Law Center (LL.M., 1998). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi.
    W. Steven Bryant, born Houston, Texas, January 11, 1971; admitted to bar, 2000, Texas. Preparatory education, Rice University (B.A., History/Political Science, magna cum laude, 1993); University of Texas at Austin (M.A., Government, 1997); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2000). Christ the King Lutheran Church. Representative, Council of Congregations of SEARCH. Open Table Project. Speaker/Publications: "Bankruptcy Reform and the Law of Preferences," 9 The Journal of Private Equity 2 (Spring 2006); "How Reclamation Claimants Win While Business Debtors Lose," Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review Small-Cap (May 3, 2006). Director, Turnaround Management Association (Houston Chapter); Chair, Next Generation Subcommittee. Member: Houston Bar Association (Bankruptcy Law Section); American Inns of Court (Executive Committee, Hon. Arthur Moller/David B. Foltz, Jr. Inn of Court).
    Greg Burch, born Fort Worth, Texas, August 14, 1957; admitted to bar, 1987, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Preparatory education, University of Washington (B.A., 1979); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1987). Chester Fritz Scholarship. Texas Law Review. Author: "Ethical Considerations in the Patenting of Medical Processes," 65 Texas Law Review 1149 (1987). Member: State Bar of Texas (Computerization of the Profession Committee); Maritime Law Association of the United States. Languages: Mandarin Chinese.
    Donna Burnett, born Houston, Texas, April 6, 1948; admitted to bar, 1980, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., with highest honors, 1975); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 1980). Editor-in-Chief, Houston Law Review, 1979-80. Member: Texas Association of Bank Counsel; National Association of Bond Lawyers.
    William John Bux, born Wadsworth, Ohio, November 10, 1946; admitted to bar, 1977, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, The Ohio State University (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1969; M.S., 1970); legal education, Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1977). Board Certified®, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Order of the Coif. Member: Houston, Dallas and American (Labor and Employment Law Section; Subcommittee on Occupational Safety and Health) Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas (Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, 1992-93); Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.
    Derrick B. Carson, born El Paso, Texas, June 9, 1971; admitted to bar, 1997, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, New Mexico State University (B.A., with honors, 1994); legal education, Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1997).
    Jaremi Chilton, admitted to bar, 2004, Texas; 2005, California. Preparatory education, Brigham Young University (B.S., 1998); legal education, Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 2001); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., Taxation, 2002).
    M. Benjamin Cowan, born Cleveland, Ohio, 1970; admitted to bar, 1997, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Miami (B.A., Marine Affairs, cum laude and General Honors, 1992); University of Virginia (M.A., Marine Affairs, 1995); legal education, Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1997). Associate Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1997. Associate: Porter & Hedges, L.L.P., September 1997-April 1999; Bracewell & Patterson, L.L.P., May 1999-April 2001. Author: Note, "Venue for Offshore Environmental Crimes: The Seaward Limits of the Federal Judicial Districts," 49 Vanderbilt Law Review 825 (1996). Member: Houston Bar Association (Treasurer, Environmental Law Section); State Bar of Texas (Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section); Texas Association of Environmental Professionals; Greater Houston Partnership (Co-Chair, Energy Policy Committee).
    Scott K. Davidson, born Long Beach, California, June 22, 1970; admitted to bar, 1998, California; 2001, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Courts, Central District of California and Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (B.S., Business Administration, magna cum laude, 1993); legal education, New York University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1998). New York University Law Review, 1996-98.
    Stephanie Donaho, born Washington, D.C., May 19, 1956; admitted to bar, 1981, Texas. Preparatory education, Duke University (A.B., summa cum laude, 1978); legal education, University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with high honors, 1981). Board Certified®, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1987. Order of the Coif; Chancellors. Texas Law Review, 1979-81. Member: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
    Chris Dove, born Biloxi, Mississippi, November 1, 1971; admitted to bar, 2001, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Florida (B.A., with high honors, 1993); University of Texas at Austin (M.F.A., 1996); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with highest honors, 2001). Articles Editor, Texas Law Review, 2000-01. Law Clerk to Hon. William Garwood, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2001-02.
    Laura Edrington, born Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 19, 1961; admitted to bar, 1989, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.B.A., 1983); University of Houston (M.B.A., 1988); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1988). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Member: National Association of Bond Lawyers.
    Robert D. Eickenroht, born May 20; admitted to bar, 1986, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., 1983); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1986). Member: Houston Renewable Energy Network; Gulf Coast Power Association; American Wind Energy Association.
    Philip Eisenberg, born Brooklyn, New York, December 22, 1959; admitted to bar, 1984, Louisiana; 1986, New York; 2002, Texas. Preparatory education, Brooklyn College (B.S., Accounting, 1981); legal education, Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University (J.D., 1984). Law Clerk to Hon. Luther F. Cole, Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984-86.
    David M. Gregory, born Austin, Texas, June 8, 1971; admitted to bar, 1998, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., Biology, 1993); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1998). Board Certified®, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Order of the Lytae. South Texas Law Review, 1996-98. Briefing Attorney, Fourteenth Court of Appeals, 1998-99. Member: Houston Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section).
    Buddy Haas, II, born Orange, New Jersey, October 17, 1954; admitted to bar, 1979, Texas. Preparatory education, Princeton University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1976); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1979). Order of the Coif. Texas Law Review, 1977-78. Member: Texas Association of Bank Counsel.
    John B. Hall, born Pasadena, Texas, May 6, 1956; admitted to bar, 1982, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Preparatory education, Stephen F. Austin State University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1979); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1982).
    Brett L. Hamilton, born Lamesa, Texas, April 30, 1955; admitted to bar, 1980, Texas; 1987, New York. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.B.A., summa cum laude, 1977); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1980). Fraternity: Phi Alpha Delta. Member: Association of the Bar of the City of New York; New York State Bar Association; Texas Bar Foundation.
    David E. Harrell, Jr., born Houston, Texas, September 7, 1970; admitted to bar, 1995, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Preparatory education, University of Houston (B.B.A., Accounting, magna cum laude, 1992); legal education, Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1995). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Order of the Coif. Research Editor, SMU Law Review. Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, 2000. Member: Houston Bar Association (Sections: Litigation; Oil, Gas & Mineral Law); State Bar of Texas (Sections: Litigation, 1995-; Business Law, 1997-; Secretary-Treasurer, 1997-98; Chairman, Information & Technology Committee, 1998-2000; Chairman, Litigation Committee, 2002-05; Chairman, Contract Law Committee, 2005-; Council member, 2001-; Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law, 2004-); Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; Texas Young Lawyers Association.
    Gregory Heath, born Royal Oak, Michigan, April 15, 1981; admitted to bar, 2006, Illinois (not admitted in Texas). Preparatory education, University of Michigan (B.A., Economics/Political Science, 2002); legal education, University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2005).
    Gerald D. "Jerry" Higdon, born Odessa, Texas, November 28, 1962; admitted to bar, 1990, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas Tech University (B.B.A., Finance, magna cum laude, 1985); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1990). Fraternities: Beta Gamma Sigma; Phi Delta Phi. Member: Houston Bar Association (Environmental Law Section).
    Scott Hunsaker, born El Paso, Texas, July 29, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas Tech University (B.A., with high honors, 1974); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1977). Board Certified®, Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2010. Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Honor Society: Phi Kappa Phi.
    Mark Jacob, born St. Louis, Missouri, December 26, 1968; admitted to bar, 1994, Texas. Preparatory education, Westminster College (B.A., summa cum laude, 1991); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1994). Board Certified®, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
    Stephen C. Jacobs, born Houston, Texas, October 27, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, Texas. Preparatory education, Tulane University of Louisiana (B.A., 1978); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1981).
    Eric Johnson, born Houston, Texas, September 2, 1971; admitted to bar, 1998, Texas. Preparatory education, Baylor University (B.B.A., 1993); legal education, Baylor Law School (J.D., 1998).
    Tim Johnson, born Wantagh, New York, October 9, 1952; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; U.S. Tax Court. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., 1977); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1984). U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Texas, 2008-10. Member: Federal Bar Association.
    Paul Kjelsberg, born LaCrosse, Wisconsin, November 21, 1975; admitted to bar, 2005, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at San Antonio (B.B.A., Finance, summa cum laude, 2002); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2005).
    Berne C. Kluber, born Williamsburg, Virginia, July 9, 1958; admitted to bar, 1998, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of International Trade. Preparatory education, Rice University (B.A., 1980); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 1997). Order of the Coif. Editor, Houston Law Review, 1995-97.
    Philip K. Lau, born Dayton, Ohio, March 6, 1963; admitted to bar, 1992, Pennsylvania; 1998, District of Columbia; 2007, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Preparatory education, University of Notre Dame (B.A., with highest honors, 1989); legal education, Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1992). Honor Society: Phi Beta Kappa.
    Brandon Lobb, born Fort Worth, Texas, December 10, 1970; admitted to bar, 1997, Texas. Preparatory education, Boston College (B.A., 1993); The University of Texas at Austin (M.P.Aff., 1997); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1997). President, Undergraduate Government, Boston College. Listed in: The Best Lawyers in America®, Derivatives Law, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
    Jeff B. Love, (P.C.), born Houston, Texas, October 4, 1949; admitted to bar, 1976, Texas. Preparatory education, Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1971); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1976). Co-Honoree, Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston Annual Scholarship Dinner, 2011. Recipient, Distinguished Alumnus Award, Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity, 2009. Honoree, The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), 2008. Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation Board, 2008-. Co-Honoree, Boys & Girls Clubs of America-National Trustees' Dinner, Southwest Region, 2004. President and Trustee, The Kayser Foundation, 2003-. Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Greater Houston Partnership, 2002-09. Co-Honoree, Children's Scholarship Ball, Jewish Community Center Annual Benefit, February, 2002. National Trustee, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 1994-. Senior Board member, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1991-. Regional Board, JPMorgan Chase & Co.-Houston, 1990-2009. National President and Chairman of the Executive Committee, University of Texas Law School Alumni Association, 1986-87. Board of Directors, Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, 1985-; Chairman of the Board, 1987. Honorary Consul General of Sweden, Texas, 1983-89; Swedish Knighthood conferred by King Carl XCI Gustaf, 1989. Listed in: Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in the World; Who's Who in America. (Chairman, Houston, Texas Office).
    Christopher L. Martin, born Abilene, Texas, December 3; admitted to bar, 1992, Texas. Preparatory education, Baylor University (B.A., English Literature, 1989); legal education, Baylor Law School (J.D., 1992). Baylor Alumni Association. Junior Market Barrow Auction Committee, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Ambassadors Program, Texas Children's Hospital; Heart Center Frasier's Friends. Member: American Corporate Counsel Association.
    Janet E. Militello, born New Orleans, Louisiana, May 12, 1953; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth District; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas (B.F.A., with highest honors, 1975); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1985). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Order of the Barons (Recorder, 1984-85). Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation.
    Mark Miller, born Detroit, Michigan, October 11, 1963; admitted to bar, 1991, Texas. Preparatory education, Rice University (B.A., Geology, 1985); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1991). Listed in: The Best Lawyers in America®, Derivatives Law, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
    Robert D. Miller, born Houston, Texas, May 3, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas. Preparatory education, Rice University (B.A., cum laude, 1982); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1985). Fraternity: Phi Alpha Delta. Order of the Coif. Advisory Board Chair, Battleship Texas, 1987-92. Chairman, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, 1998-2002. Listed in: Who's Who in America, 50th Edition; The Best Lawyers in America®, Government Relations Law, 2007.
    Brit Nelson, born Houston, Texas, July 10, 1956; admitted to bar, 1992, Texas; 1996, Colorado; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas and District of Colorado. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1979); legal education, Baylor Law School (J.D., 1992). Fraternity: Phi Alpha Delta. Barrister. Notes and Comments Editor, Baylor Law Review, 1992; Research and Topics Editor, 1992. Member: Federal Bar Association; Texas Aggie Bar Association (Director, 2001-03; President, 2004); Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (Director, 2002-04).
    Hanna Fister Norvell, born Brunswick, Maine, March 16, 1971; admitted to bar, 1996, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, Transylvania University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1993); legal education, Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1996). Honor Society: Omicron Delta Kappa. Holleian Society. Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review.
    David Patton, born Fort Worth, Texas, November 5, 1949; admitted to bar, 1977, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1973); legal education, Bates College of Law, University of Houston (J.D., 1977). Director and Trustee, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Named in, America's Leading Business Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, USA. Board of Advisors, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law. Member: State Bar of Texas (Treasurer, Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section; Council member).
    Gerald J. Pels, born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 30, 1958; admitted to bar, 1983, Texas. Preparatory education, St. Joseph's University (A.B., summa cum laude, 1980); legal education, Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1983). Order of the Coif. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 1981-83; Executive Authorities Editor, 1982-83. Adjunct Professor, Hazardous Waste Seminar, South Texas College of Law, 1991-97. Listed in: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Environmental, Chambers USA; The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law. Languages: German.
    Joe Perillo, born Buffalo, New York, September 2, 1968; admitted to bar, 1997, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Houston (B.S., magna cum laude, 1991); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1997).
    Kevin Peter, born New Orleans, Louisiana, September 5, 1967; admitted to bar, 1995, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.B.A., cum laude, 1989); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 1995). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Honor Societies: Beta Gamma Sigma; Beta Alpha Psi; Phi Eta Sigma; Order of the Barons; Order of the Coif. Articles Editor, Houston Law Review. Certified Public Accountant, Texas, 1991. Member: Houston (Mergers and Acquisitions Section) and American (Business Law Section) Bar Associations.
    Mike Peters, born Houston, Texas, November 10, 1964; admitted to bar, 1991, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., with high honors, 1987); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1991). Certified Public Accountant, Texas, 1991. Member: Houston Bar Association (Council member, Mergers and Acquisitions Section; Past Chair).
    Steve Peterson, born Houston, Texas, May 7, 1970; admitted to bar, 1999, Texas. Preparatory education, United States Military Academy, West Point (B.S., Economics, 1992); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1999).
    Paul M. Pruett, born Houston, Texas, December 6, 1971; admitted to bar, 2000, Texas. Preparatory education, Harding University (B.A., English, magna cum laude, 1994); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2000); Università di Siena, Facolta di Giunsprudenza, Siena, Italy (Semester Study). Texas International Law Journal. President's Council, Harding University. Member: State Bar of Texas (Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section). Languages: Italian.
    Terry Radney, born Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 3, 1959; admitted to bar, 1989, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1981); legal education, Baylor Law School (J.D., 1989). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Member: Houston Bar Association (Sections: Past Chair, Real Estate Law; Past Chair, Oil, Gas & Mineral Law); Energy Bar Association; Houston Bar Foundation; Texas Bar Foundation; Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
    Edward A. Razim, III, born Berwyn, Illinois, June 20, 1967; admitted to bar, 1992, Texas. Preparatory education, Miami University (B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 1989; B.A., International Studies, cum laude, 1989); legal education, Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1992). Honor Society: Phi Beta Kappa. Member: State Bar of Texas (Employee Benefits Committee); American Bar Association (Taxation Law Section); Southwest Benefits Association.
    Matt Reeves, born Los Angeles, California, April 9, 1962; admitted to bar, 1994, Texas; also registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Preparatory education, Texas Tech University (B.S., 1985); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1994). Order of the Lytae. Member: Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.
    Brandon Renken, born Sioux Falls, South Dakota, October 9, 1980; admitted to bar, 2006, Texas. Preparatory education, Harvard University (B.A., Government, cum laude, 2003); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2006).
    Jamie Robertson, born Fort Sam Houston, Texas, August 6, 1942; admitted to bar, 1967, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., 1966); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1967). Board Certified®, Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Listed in: The Best Lawyers in America®; Chambers USA. Member: Houston Real Estate Lawyers Council.
    J. Michael Rose, born Omaha, Nebraska, December 18, 1975; admitted to bar, 2003, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.B.A., Finance, 1999); legal education, Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 2003).
    Mike Rutledge, born Terrell, Texas, December 26, 1948; admitted to bar, 1979, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1971; M.P.A., Taxation, 1977); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1979). Honor Society: Phi Beta Kappa. Certified Public Accountant, Texas, 1975. Member: State Bar of Texas (Taxation Law Section); Houston Society of Certified Public Accountants; Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
    Buddy Sanders, born Phoenix, Arizona, July 22, 1967; admitted to bar, 1995, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; U.S. Tax Court. Preparatory education, Arizona State University (1985-86); Brigham Young University (B.S., Accounting, 1992; M.Acc., with distinction, 1992); legal education, Baylor Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1995). Honor Societies: Phi Kappa Phi; Beta Gamma Sigma. Notes and Comments Editor, Baylor Law Review, 1993-95. Office of Chief Counsel, North Texas District Counsel, Internal Revenue Service. Certified Public Accountant, Arizona, 1998. Co-author: "Avoiding the Tax Bite in Converting to an LLC," 57 Taxation for Accountants (1996); "Electing Limited Liability Status May Have Tax Cost," 25 Taxation for Lawyers 81 (1996); "Assessing LLC's versus LLP's," 28 Texas Tech Law Review 1005 (1997). Reported Cases: Laidlaw Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo., 1998-232; Rinehart v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo., 1998-205. Member: State Bar of Texas (Taxation Law Section).
    Jill A. Schaar, born Cincinnati, Ohio, September 4, 1961; admitted to bar, 1986, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, DePauw University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1983); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1986). Research Editor, Houston Law Review. Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center, 1989-90. Member: State Bar of Texas (Sections: Litigation; Insurance Law); Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor); Houston Grand Opera (Board of Trustees).
    Jason A. Schumacher, born Nashville, Tennessee, November 4, 1977; admitted to bar, 2004, Texas. Preparatory education, Abilene Christian University (B.B.A., Finance, summa cum laude, 2000); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2004).
    Ken Simon, born Washington, D.C., November 7, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., with highest honors, 1982); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with high honors, 1984). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Honor Societies: Phi Kappa Phi; Beta Gamma Sigma. Certified Public Accountant, Texas, 1986. Member: State Bar of Texas (Taxation Law Section; Past Chair, Partnership and Real Estate Taxation Committee); Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants; American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
    Dale D. Smith, born New Orleans, Louisiana, November 4, 1961; admitted to bar, 1998, Louisiana; 2000, Florida; 2001, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana. Preparatory education, University of New Orleans (B.S., 1983; M.B.A., 1987); legal education, Loyola University School of Law (J.D., 1998). Member: Louisiana State Bar Association; The Florida Bar.
    Jeff Smith, born Wichita Falls, Texas, May 19, 1975; admitted to bar, 2003, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Notre Dame (B.A., magna cum laude, 1997); legal education, University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2003). Order of the Coif. Symposium Editor, University of Illinois Law Review. Recipient, Rickert Awards.
    Richard W. Staff, born Alice, Texas, April 26, 1955; admitted to bar, 1988, Texas; 2009, New Mexico; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Courts, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and District of Colorado. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.J., cum laude, 1977); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1988). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Order of the Coif; Order of the Barons. Board of Advocates.
    Bill Swanstrom, born Ogden, Utah, March 18, 1963; admitted to bar, 1988, Texas. Preparatory education, Southern Methodist University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1984); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with high honors, 1988). Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Eta Sigma; Order of the Coif; Chancellors. Associate Editor, Texas Law Review, 1987-88. Member: State Bar of Texas (Sections: Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law; Business Law); American Bar Association (Negotiated Acquisitions Committee; Business Law Section); Energy Bar Association; Greater Houston Energy Collaborative (Executive Committee); Global Energy Management Institute (Executive Committee).
    David Taylor, born Houston, Texas, January 10, 1964; admitted to bar, 1989, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., 1985); legal education, University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1988).
    Mitch Tiras, born Houston, Texas, April 16, 1967; admitted to bar, 1992, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., 1989); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1992); New York University School of Law (LL.M., Taxation, 1993). Member: Houston Bar Association (Chair, Taxation Law Section); State Bar of Texas (Former Chair, Partnership and Real Estate Tax Committee).
    Chris Verducci, born Houston, Texas, August 18, 1980; admitted to bar, 2005, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.A., Finance, 2002); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 2005).
    Doug Yeager, born Fort Worth, Texas, December 27, 1967; admitted to bar, 1993, Texas. Preparatory education, Southern Methodist University (B.B.A., summa cum laude, 1990); legal education, Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1993). Order of the Coif. Vice-President, Student Bar Association, 1992-93. Board of Editors, SMU Law Review Association, 1992-93.
OF COUNSEL
    Rick Bays, born Freer, Texas, December 23, 1958; admitted to bar, 1985, Texas. Preparatory education, Schreiner College (A.A., with honors, 1980); The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1981); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with high honors, 1984). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Chancellors. Texas Law Review, 1983-84.
    Kimberly M. Bonnen, born Longview, Texas, December 21; admitted to bar, 2002, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.S., Child Development/Family Relationships, 1998); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 2002). Board member: Big Love Cancer Care Services; Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School.
    R. Bruce LaBoon, born St. Louis, Missouri, June 14, 1941; admitted to bar, 1965, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas Christian University (B.S.C., 1963); legal education, Southern Methodist University School of Law (LL.B., cum laude, 1965). Fraternity: Phi Alpha Delta. Honor Societies: Beta Gamma Sigma; Order of Barristers; Order of the Woolsack. Recent Decisions Editor, Southwestern Law Journal, 1964-65. Member: Texas Association of Bank Counsel (Chairman, Lender Liability Committee, 1987-89); American Law Institute. Fellow: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
    John Whitmire, born Hillsboro, Texas, August 13, 1949; admitted to bar, 1980, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Preparatory education, University of Houston (B.S., 1976); legal education, Bates College of Law, University of Houston (LL.B., 1980). State Representative, Texas, 1972-82. State Senator, Texas, 1983-.
    Walter Zivley, born Mineral Wells, Texas, August 5, 1931; admitted to bar, 1955, Texas. Preparatory education, Southern Methodist University (B.B.A., 1953); legal education, Southern Methodist University School of Law (LL.B., 1955). Board Certified®, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Fraternity: Phi Alpha Delta. Director, State Junior Bar of Texas (now Texas Young Lawyers Association), 1961-64; Chairman of the Board, 1962-63. Member: Houston Bar Association (Director, 1966-68; Chair, Tax Section, 1998-99); State Bar of Texas (Chairman, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, 1975-76). Fellow: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
INTERNATIONAL PARTNER
    Ann Ryan Robertson, born Huntsville, Texas, November 21; admitted to bar, 1977, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, University of Houston (B.A., English, 1972); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1977; LL.M., 2005). NAFTA 2022 Committee, 2008-. Member: College of the State Bar of Texas; ICC Commission on Arbitration. Fellow: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Chair, North American Branch, 2008-).
SENIOR COUNSEL
    Elizabeth Guffy, born Kirbyville, Texas; admitted to bar, 1987, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, Rice University (B.A., Biology, 1980); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., with honors, 1987). Order of the Barons; Order of the Coif. Articles Editor, Houston Law Review, 1986-87. Member: Austin Bar Association; State Bar of Texas (Bankruptcy Law Section); American Bankruptcy Institute. Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation.
    Daniel G. Nguyen, born Saigon, Vietnam, 1967; admitted to bar, 2000, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.S., 1992); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1999). Member: Houston Intellectual Property Law Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association.
    Tammi S. Niven, born November 25; admitted to bar, 2002, Nebraska; 2007, North Carolina; 2009, Texas. Preparatory education, Grand Valley State University (B.S., Psychology & Sociology, magna cum laude, 1999); legal education, University of Nebraska College of Law (J.D., with highest distinction, 2002). Order of the Coif. Member: Nebraska State Bar Association; North Carolina State Bar.
    Pamela Pappas, born Chicago, Illinois, December 15, 1963; admitted to bar, 1988, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Texas at Austin (B.A., high honors, 1985); legal education, Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1988). Honor Society: Phi Beta Kappa. Journal of International Law and Business, Northwestern University. Author: "The United States Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: A Critical Perspective," 8 Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business 503 (1987).
    K. Mechelle Smith, born Houston, Texas, March 22, 1972; admitted to bar, 2005, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1994); legal education, University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2005). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Order of the Coif.
    Jeffrey D. Wallace, born Garden City, Kansas, August 18, 1967; admitted to bar, 1993, New Mexico; 1995, Colorado; 1997, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Courts, District of New Mexico and District of Colorado. Preparatory education, Fort Hays State University (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1990); legal education, University of Arizona College of Law (J.D., 1993); Southern Methodist University School of Law (LL.M., 1997). Member: Dallas (Taxation Law Section) and Colorado Bar Associations; State Bar of New Mexico; State Bar of Texas (Section: Business Law; Taxation).
    Lawrence M. Whalen, born Flint, Michigan, June 14, 1957; admitted to bar, 1992, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Michigan (B.A., 1980); legal education, University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1992). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi.
    Ann Oshiro Williams, born Phoenix, Arizona, February 22, 1975; admitted to bar, 2004, Texas. Preparatory education, Trinity University (B.A., Economics/International Studies, 1997); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., summa cum laude, 2004). Order of the Coif; Order of the Barons. Notes and Comments Editor, Houston Law Review.
STAFF COUNSEL
    Brooke Bornick Chadeayne, born Orlando, Florida; admitted to bar, 2006, Florida; 2010, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. District Courts, Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, University of Florida (B.A., Political Science/Russian, 2002); legal education, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, University of Florida (J.D., 2005). Executive Articles Editor and Senior Research Editor, Florida Journal of International Law, 2004-05. Judicial Extern to: Hon. Karen S. Jennemann and Hon. Arthur B. Briskman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida. Volunteer/Co-Director, University of Florida Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, 2004-05. Public Service Fellow, Florida Bar Foundation, 2004-05. Co-author: (with Howard J. Finkelstein) "From 27 Bucks to US$50 Billion: The remarkable growth of microfinance," Latin Lawyer Magazine (May 1, 2008). Author: "Bounty Hunters and Pirates: Filling in the Gaps of the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea," 17 Fla. J. Intl. Law 1. Member: Houston Bar Association (Bankruptcy Law Section); The Florida Bar; Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association; Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers.
ASSOCIATES
    Michael R. Abrams, admitted to bar, 2013, Texas. Preparatory education, Emory University (B.A., 2009); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2013). Order of the Coif. Associate Editor, Texas Law Review.
    Delilah Y. Banks, born Angleton, Texas, July 19, 1984; admitted to bar, 2009, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.S.W., 2006); legal education, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University (J.D., cum laude, 2009). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Dean's List.
    M. Vincent Cangolosi, born Las Vegas, Nevada, September 4; admitted to bar, 2006, California; 2013, Texas. Preparatory education, United States Military Academy at West Point (B.S., International Relations/Computer Science, 1996); Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University (M.B.A., Finance, 2002); legal education, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (J.D., 2006). (Capt., U.S. Army).
    Alicia F. Castro, born December 17; admitted to bar, 2009, Texas. Preparatory education, Amherst College (B.A., Political Science/Economics, 2006); legal education, University of Chicago Law School (J.D., with honors, 2009).
    Walker Clarke, born Houston, Texas, December 27, 1981; admitted to bar, 2007, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Colorado (B.A., Economics/Business, 2004); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., 2007). Dean's List.
    Lauren Corbeil, born Brownsville, Texas, April 29, 1986; admitted to bar, 2011, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., English/Government, with highest honors, 2008); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2011). Honor Societies: Order of the Coif; Phi Beta Kappa. Associate Editor, University of Texas Law Review, 2009-11.
    Gregory C. Cox, admitted to bar, 2008, Texas; 2010, North Dakota; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University, (B.S., Economics, distinguished student, 2004); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2007). Dean's Honor List. Order of the Lytae. Recipient: Fred Parks Scholarship, South Texas College of Law; Academic Merit Scholarship, 2005-07.
    John G. Crisp, admitted to bar, 2011, California; 2015, Texas (pending). Preparatory education, Brigham Young University (B.A., History, 2008); legal education, Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2011); New York University School of Law (LL.M., Taxation, 2012). Order of the Coif. Literary Citation Editor, Pepperdine Law Review.
    Andrew Davitt, admitted to bar, 2014, Texas. Preparatory education, Trinity University (B.S., Biology, magna cum laude, 2007); Rice University (M.A., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2010); legal education, Washington University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2014). Order of the Coif. Washington University Law Review.
    Nicholas J. Demeropolis, born Cincinnati, Ohio, July 30, 1982; admitted to bar, 2009, Texas. Preparatory education, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (B.A., 2004); legal education, Washington University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2009). Executive Editor, Washington University Law Review.
    Nicholas P. Dickerson, born Fort Worth, Texas, November 9, 1983; admitted to bar, 2009, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.A., Political Science/Spanish, magna cum laude, with honors, 2006); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 2009). Order of the Coif. National Order of Scribes. Order of the Barons. Senior Articles Editor, Houston Law Review.
    Jeannie T. Diep, born Houston, Texas, April 18, 1985; admitted to bar, 2010, Texas. Preparatory education, Rice University (B.A., Political Science/Economics, cum laude, 2007); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2010). Member: Asian American Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association.
    Emma T. Doineau, admitted to bar, 2014, Texas. Preparatory education, Millsaps College (B.A., English Literature, magna cum laude, 2007); legal education, Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 2014). Honor Society: Phi Beta Kappa. Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review, Vanderbilt University Law School; Student Writing Editor, Journal of Transnational Law.
    Lauren Doughty, born Houston, Texas, November 17, 1980; admitted to bar, 2006, Texas. Preparatory education, Rice University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2003); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2006).
    John H. Eichelberger III, born June 17; admitted to bar, 2013, Texas. Preparatory education, George Mason University (B.A., Government/International Politics, Honors College, cum laude, 2010); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2013). Executive Editor, Texas Review of Law and Politics, Vol. 17. Staff Assistant, Office of White House Management, The White House, April, 2008-January, 2009.
    Kimberly Y. Englebert, born Houston, Texas; admitted to bar, 2013, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.B.A., Business Marketing/Business Finance, cum laude, 2010); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2013). Dean's Honors List, 2010-13. Recipient: Dean's Scholar, 2010-13; Dean's Merit Scholarship, 2010-13. Order of the Lytae, 2011.
    Alexander S. Fader, born Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 21, 1986; admitted to bar, 2012, Texas. Preparatory education, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., 2008); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2012). Executive Editor, Texas International Law Journal. Member: Houston Young Lawyers Association.
    Laura L. Ferguson, born Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, January 3, 1980; admitted to bar, 2009, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Alberta (B.Comm, 2002); legal education, Boston University School of Law (J.D., 2009).
    Rachel Fitzgerald, born June 26; admitted to bar, 2013, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., Finance, University Honors, 2010); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2013).
    Scott L. Friedman, born May 25; admitted to bar, 2013, Texas. Preparatory education, Washington University (B.A., French/Political Science, College Honors, Dean's List, 2010); legal education, Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., Dean's List, 2013). Articles Selection Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. Recipient: John B. Ervin Scholar. Publication: "First Amendment & 'Foreign-Controlled' U.S. Corporations: Why Congress Ought To Affirm Domestic Subsidiaries' Corporate Political Speech Rights," Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (2013). Member: American Bar Association (Vice-Chair, Outreach Committee, International Law Section). Languages: French.
    Elizabeth Genter, born August 29; admitted to bar, 2013, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., Finance, with honors, 2010); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2013).
    Michelle J. Gutierrez-Begin, born Houston, Texas, July 30, 1981; admitted to bar, 2006, Texas. Preparatory education, University of St. Thomas (B.B.A., summa cum laude, 2003); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2006). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Managing Editor, Texas Journal of Women and the Law, 2004-06. Member: Hispanic Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association; Association of Women Attorneys.
    Thomas M. Hillebrand, admitted to bar, 2014, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Michigan (B.A., Classical Civilzations/Political Science, 2011); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2014). Managing Editor, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law.
    Megan E. Hodapp, born Jefferson City, Missouri, December 20, 1982; admitted to bar, 2008, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Preparatory education, University of Missouri-Columbia (B.J., 2005); legal education, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary (J.D., 2008). Managing Editor, William & Mary Law Review, 2007-08.
    Ryan Homeyer, admitted to bar, 2014, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, summa cum laude, 2011); legal education, Washington University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2014). Senior Editor, Washington University Law Review.
    Iliana Ivanova, admitted to bar, 2014, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Virginia (B.A., Foreign Affairs, 2009); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 2014). Order of the Coif; Order of the Barons. Symposium Editor, Houston Law Review.
    Scott Kendall, admitted to bar, 2014, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.S., Sports Management, 2009); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 2014). Order of the Coif; Order of the Barons. Senior Articles Editor, Houston Law Review.
    Kurt Krolikowski, born Odessa, Texas, February 20, 1984; admitted to bar, 2010, Texas. Preparatory education, Louisiana State University (B.S., Accounting, summa cum laude, 2005); legal education, Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 2010). Dean's List. Barristers' Council.
    Anna R. Kuperstein, born Odessa, Ukraine, December 21, 1983; admitted to bar, 2008, Maryland; 2010, District of Columbia; 2012, Texas. Preparatory education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., Writing/Humanistic Studies/Mathematics, 2005); legal education, University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., cum laude, Certificates of Concentration, Environmental Law/Health Law, 2008). Judge, Stetson Law International Environmental Moot Court Competition. Executive Committee member, MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas. Editor/Author: The Journal of Health Care Law and Policy. Member: Maryland State Bar Association; American Bar Association (Environment, Energy and Resources Section) Languages: Russian.
    Eric Larson, born Lincoln, Nebraska, February 2, 1979; admitted to bar, 2007, Texas. Preparatory education, Rice University (B.A., 2001); The University of Texas at Austin (M.P.Aff., 2007); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2007).
    Sara Longtain, born Houston, Texas, February 12, 1981; admitted to bar, 2007, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., Sociology, with honors, 2004); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 2007).
    Cole Mackey, born Shreveport, Louisiana, October 23, 1980; admitted to bar, 2008, Texas. Preparatory education, Texas A&M University (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2003); legal education, South Texas College of Law (J.D., with honors, 2007). Order of the Lytae. Dean's List. Registered Patent Attorney.
    Deanna Markowitz, admitted to bar, 2014, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Virginia (B.A., Government/History, summa cum laude, Dean's List, 2009); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with high honors, 2014). Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Order of the Coif. Echols Scholar, University of Virginia College of Arts & Sciences. Recipient: Dean's Achievement Awards, Oil and Gas, The University of Texas School of Law, 2013; Advocacy, 2013.
    Jeffrey M. McPhaul, born Palo Alto, California, May 15, 1985; admitted to bar, 2010, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., English, with honors, 2006); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 2010).
    Sarah C. Menendez, born Houston, Texas, February 28, 1984; admitted to bar, 2010, Texas. Preparatory education, University of St. Thomas (B.A., Communication/International Studies, summa cum laude, 2007); legal education, Harvard Law School (J.D., 2010).
    Ryan Morgan, born New Haven, Connecticut, June 5, 1982; admitted to bar, 2009, Texas. Preparatory education, Rice University (B.A., Sports Management/Managerial Studies, 2004); legal education, Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 2009). Order of the Coif. Dean's List.
    Chelsea H. Overhuls, born April 21; admitted to bar, 2012, Texas. Preparatory education, Baylor University (B.B.A., Accounting, summa cum laude, 2009); legal education, Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, Top 3%, 2012). Dean's List. Selected, Outstanding Undergraduate Accounting Student, Spring, 2009. The Tax Lawyer. Publication: "West Covina Motors, Inc. v. Commissioner: The Limits of Section 1060's Fair Market Value Limitations," The Tax Lawyer (2011).
    Julia Rinne Pabon, born Hanover Park, Illinois, September 11, 1979; admitted to bar, 2006, New Jersey; 2007, New York; 2010, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., Geography, 2001); legal education, Pace University School of Law (J.D., Certificate of Environmental Law, cum laude, 2006). Research and Writing Editor, Pace International Law Review. Pace Environmental Law Society. University Honors. University of Texas Geographical Society. University of Texas Gymnastics Team. Member: Houston (Environmental Law Section) and American (Environment, Energy and Resources Section) Bar Associations.
    Ellen Miers Peeples, born Dallas, Texas, March 9, 1984; admitted to bar, 2009, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.A., Government, University Honors, 2006); legal education, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University (J.D., 2009). Honor Society: Phi Beta Kappa. Order of the Coif; Order of Barristers. Associate Managing Editor, SMU Law Review Association. Former Law Clerk to Hon. Dale Wainwright, Supreme Court of Texas.
    M. Jonathan Pelayo, born Guadalajara, Mexico, March 6, 1981; admitted to bar, 2007, Texas. Preparatory education, The University of Texas at Austin (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2003); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2007). Associate Editor, The Review of Litigation.
    Dan Pettit, born Poughkeepsie, New York, February 25, 1976; admitted to bar, 2004, Texas. Preparatory education, State University of New York at Oswego (B.A., 1999); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2004).
    Jenelle M. Simmons, born Houston, Texas, November 15, 1984; admitted to bar, 2012, Texas. Preparatory education, Davidson College (B.A., History, cum laude, 2007); legal education, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona (J.D., 2012). Dean's List. Recipient: Dean's Achievement Scholarship. Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.
    Beniamin D. Smolij, born February 22; admitted to bar, 2013, Texas. Preparatory education, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (Semester Abroad, 2005); HEC School of Management, Paris, France (Semester Abroad, 2007); Babson College (B.S., Business Management, magna cum laude, 2008); legal education, University of Houston Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 2013). Order of the Barons. Notes and Comments Editor, Houston Law Review.
    Derek Speck, born Houston, Texas, March 1, 1984; admitted to bar, 2011, Texas. Preparatory education, Tulane University (B.S., Management, 2006); University of Tulsa (M.B.A., 2010); legal education University of Tulsa College of Law (J.D., with highest honors, 2010). Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Dean's List, every semester, 2007-10. Tulsa Law Review, 2008-10. Recipient, CALI Award of Excellence, Water Law, 2010.
    J. Hunter Summerford, born Jackson, Mississippi, February 24; admitted to bar, 2008, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Mississippi (B.Acy., summa cum laude, 2002); E.H. Paterson School of Accountancy, University of Mississippi (M.Tax, magna cum laude, 2003); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2008). Editor-in-Chief, Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law, 2007-08. Recipient, Marcus Elvis Taylor Medalist, University of Mississippi.
    Harry Holmes Thompson, born January 22; admitted to bar, 2013, Texas. Preparatory education, Vanderbilt University (B.A., English/History, magna cum laude, 2010); legal education, The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2013). Dean's List.
    Andrea Verney, born Rochester, New York, January 15; admitted to bar, 2012, Texas. Preparatory education, University of Notre Dame (B.B.A., Finance, magna cum laude, 2007; B.A., Philosophy, 2007); legal education, Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 2012). Dean's List. Mock Trial. Moot Court. Senior Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology. Vice-President, Career Development, Women Law Students Association.
All members and associates of the Houston office are members of the Houston and American Bar Associations and the State Bar of Texas, unless otherwise specified.
REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: American General; AMOCO; Baker Hughes; Baxter Healthcare; Camden Property Trust; Cargill Financial Services; JPMorgan Chase Bank; Compass Bancshares; Crown Life Insurance; CRSS, Inc.; Dallas Market Center Company; El Paso Energy Corporation; Eli Lilly & Co.; Friedkin Companies; Garden Ridge Corp.; General Electric Capital Corporation; Guidant; Hartford; Houston Chronicle Publishing Company; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Prudential Life Insurance; Service Corporation International; Shell Oil Company; Trammell Crow Interests; Waste Management, Inc.

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