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Houston Bar Bulletin
A Publication of Houston Bar Association
Vol. 115
Number 5
HBA Fall Drives: Connect, Collect, Contribute!
HBA Fall Book Drive, September 8-18
Help children, teens and adults
HBA Lawyers for
learn the power of reading by particiLiteracy Compating in the annual Fall Book Drive,
mittee members
sponsored by the HBA Lawyers
Shayne Newell,
for Literacy Committee. The drive
Karan Ciotti, Pat
benefits local homeless shelters and
Brown, and Fran
literacy projects by collecting gentlyWatson sort books
used or new books. Books may be
for the HBA Book
dropped off at the HBA office from
Drive in 2014.
September 8-September 18.
The drive collects books for readers
of all ages, with a
particular emphasis on books for young children and young readers. Helene Dang of Foster LLP and
Chris Domingo of Jones Day serve as co-chairs of this year’s Lawyers for Literacy Committee.
Books may be dropped off at the HBA office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. Contact Bonnie Simmons ([email protected]) or Kristine Pagel ([email protected] at 713-759-1133 to confirm your participation, receive delivery instructions, or to request a
pick up if you are unable to deliver.
HBA Clothing and Diaper Drive, October 12-23
Make winter warmer for Houston’s homeless and less fortunate residents by collecting gentlyused clothing and new packages of disposable diapers for the HBA’s Clothing and Diaper Drive,
October 12-October 23. The drive is sponsored by the HBA Campaign for the Homeless Committee,
co-chaired by Yvonne Ho of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and Travis Torrence of Shell Oil Company.
The drive will collect gently-used coats, sweaters and other clothing for adults, teens, infants
and children, as well as unopened packages of disposable diapers. Cash donations also are welcome
to purchase disposable diapers and to support Houston Dress for Success. For every $75 donation,
Dress for Success can purchase one new interview-appropriate suit for low-income women who
are entering the workforce. Checks for diapers or Dress for Success should be made payable to the
Houston Bar Foundation and sent to 1111 Bagby, FLB Suite 200, Houston, TX 77002. Please indicate whether your donation is for diapers or Dress for Success.
Drop off items at the HBA office between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Contact Bonnie Simmons ([email protected]) or Kristine Pagel ([email protected]) at 713-759-1133
to confirm your participation, receive delivery instructions, or to request a pick up if you are unable
to deliver.
September 4 Photo Deadline for 2016 HBA Pictorial Roster
September 4, 2015 is the deadline for HBA members to submit a new or replacement photo for the
2016 HBA Pictorial Roster. No self-submitted photos will be accepted after that date. If you would
like to have a new photo made, watch for information on a photo session that will be scheduled in
October. Only members who have their photo made through this session will be able to submit a new
photo after the September 4 deadline.
Hard copy photos must be at least 2 x 3 inches and must have the attorney’s complete name and
date of submission on the back. No passport photos will be accepted.
Electronic photos must be saved as JPG or TIF files onto a CD or flash drive at a minimum 150
dpi, and the file must be named with the attorney’s first and last name. To submit a new photo, send
it to the membership Department, Houston Bar Association, 1111 Bagby Street, FLB Suite 200,
Houston, TX 77002. Photos cannot be emailed.
For more information, call the Membership Department at 713-759-1133.
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September/October 2015
Celebrate Pro Bono Week!
October 25-31
Join the Houston Bar Association,
Houston Volunteer Lawyers and
Houston Bar Foundation in celebrating National Pro Bono Week, October
25-31, an initiative of the American
Bar Association to focus the nation’s
attention on the increased need for pro
bono services. A full slate of programs
is being planned to help low-income
Houstonians in need, and to recognize
and reward the outstanding work of
Houston’s volunteer attorneys.
probonoweek on a regular basis to keep
up to date on new activities that will be
announced in the coming weeks.
October 21, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. –
Collaborative Law CLE
This program covers a settlement
process that helps families resolve conflict without going to court. Hosted by
Vinson & Elkins. The program was full
at press time, but check the website for
cancellations and other Pro Bono Week
October 28 – Jeans Day
Donate $5 to Houston Volunteer
Lawyers and wear jeans to work! Donate via PayPal or credit card at www. or give $5 to
your firm’s pro bono coordinator. Snap
a selfie and use the hashtags #ABADayofService and #houprobono.
October 30, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
South Texas College of Law – Family
Law Seminar
Join HVL for its 12th Annual Family
Law Seminar and learn the basics of
handling a family law case. Topics will
include collaborative family law and the
effect of the SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling. Registration is $150, but
FREE if you accept a pro bono family
law case through HVL.
October 30, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Veterans Legal Advice Clinic, DeBakey
VA Medical Center
Volunteer attorneys provide free legal
advice and intake for ongoing services
through HVL for low-income veterans
and spouses of deceased veterans. No
appointment necessary.
HBA Members Earn Recognition from State Bar of Texas
The Houston Bar Association and a number of HBA members were
recognized by the State Bar of Texas at the Annual Meeting, held June
18-19 in San Antonio. The HBA’s magazine, The Houston Lawyer,
was named Best Overall Newsletter in the large bar category. HBA nominee Benny Agosto, Jr., who serves
as Second Vice-president, received
the President’s Award for outstanding community and professional
service from the State Bar Board of
Directors and past presidents.
HBA nominee Susan Barrington
Sanchez of Exxon Mobil Corporation received the Pro Bono
Coordinator Award for exceptional
commitment to the delivery of and
access to legal services to the poor.
HBA nominee Robert G. Devlin, a
retired attorney, was selected as the
HBA President Laura Gibson and Benny
recipient of the Frank J. Scurlock
Award for his outstanding pro bono Agosto, Jr. accepting awards from 2014-15
contributions to the HBA’s Veterans State Bar President Trey Apffel.
Legal Initiative.
These HBA members also received honors and awards from the State Bar
• Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod, Chief Justice Jack Pope Professionalism Award, presented by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics
• Mark Lanier, Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award,
presented by the Texas Bar Foundation
• David J. Beck, Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award, presented by the
Texas Bar Foundation
• U.S. District Judge David Hittner, Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer
Award, presented by the Texas Bar Foundation
• Ricky Anderson, Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by the
State Bar of Texas African American Lawyers Section
• Marcy Kurtz, Pro Bono Service Award, presented by the State Bar of
Texas Bankruptcy Law Section
• Carol E. Dinkins, Sarah T. Hughes Award, presented by the State Bar
of Texas Women and the Law Section
• Judy L. Ney, Barbara Culver Clack Award, presented by the State Bar
of Texas Women and the Law Section
• Alex B. Roberts, President’s Award,
presented by the Texas Young Lawyers Association
• Chris Bloom, President’s Award of
Merit, presented by the Texas Young
Lawyers Association
• Olivia Carbajal de Garcia, President’s Award of Merit, presented by
the Texas Young Lawyers Association
• Nicole Soussan, President’s Award
of Merit, presented by the Texas
Young Lawyers Association
Susan Sanchez accepts her award from Trish McAllister and Trey Apffel, while
Bob Devlin accepts his award from Trey Apffel.
Gender Fairness Committee Plans Breakfast
on Leadership, September 2
The HBA Gender Fairness Committee’s first program of the 20152016 bar year is entitled, “Women in
Charge: Leading from the Bench, Bar,
and Boardroom.” A panel of notable
women from the legal, business and
non-profit sectors will discuss successful leadership qualities and strategies.
HBA president Laura Gibson will
serve as moderator. This program is
scheduled for September 2 from 7:309:00 a.m. at the Heritage Plaza
Conference Center, 1111 Bagby, First
Floor. Breakfast is generously being
provided by Winstead PC.
The program is open to HBA
members at no charge who RSVP,
but seating is limited. To ensure your
spot, RSVP to Tara Shockley, [email protected], with “Networking Breakfast”
in the subject line. No RSVPs will
be accepted after August 25, 2015.
Check the HBA website for parking
options and watch the e-Bulletin for
more details.
Senior Lawyers Forum Sets First Luncheon, September 29
Topic Will Focus on Sex, Science, Supreme Court
The HBA Senior Lawyers Forum will hold its first luncheon of
the bar year on Tuesday, September
29 at Brennan’s, 3300 Smith Street,
77006. Ellen Yarrell and Trey Yates
will present “Sex and the Law: How
Science and the Supreme Court Have
Changed Your World.” The program is
approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit,
including .25 hour of ethics credit.
A “meet and greet” begins at 11:30
a.m., followed by the presentation and
lunch from noon until 1:00 p.m. The
September/October 2015 Houston Bar Bulletin
cost is $45 per person. Send checks
payable to HBA to 1111 Bagby, FLB
200, Houston, TX 77002. For information contact Bonnie Simmons, 713759-1133 or [email protected]
Please note: Invitations to Senior
Lawyers Forum events are emailed to
all HBA members 50 and older who
have an active email account with the
HBA. If you are not receiving emails
and would like to be included, contact
Bonnie Simmons.
Join the Celebration, October 1!
Join the Harris County Law Library for a celebration of the
library’s 100th year of service to attorneys and citizens on
October 1, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Texas Supreme Court Justice
Nathan Hecht will be the keynote speaker, with additional
speakers including Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee, and HBA President
Laura Gibson.
A Centennial Exhibit will feature artifacts and anecdotes
from the Law Library’s 100-year history, as well as rare
books and historic materials from the library’s collection,
including a 1763 print of the Magna Carta. Visit www., where the Law Library will
continue to add content about the centennial.
The library is located downtown at 1019 Congress Avenue.
Light refreshments will be provided while they last, and
RSVP is not required.
Pro Bono in Houston…
Rebuilds Families…Helps Veterans . . .Provides Peace of Mind for Seniors
Equal Access Champions
The firms and corporations listed below have agreed to assume a leadership role in providing equal access to justice for all Harris County citizens.
Each has made a commitment to provide representation in a certain number of cases through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers.
For more information contact Kay Sim at (713) 759-1133.
Large Firm Champions
Andrews Kurth LLP
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Locke Lord LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Corporate Champions
Baker Hughes Incorporated
BP America Inc.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
ConocoPhillips, Inc.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Marathon Oil Company
Shell Oil Company
Mid-Size Firm Champions
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
BakerHostetler LLP
Beck | Redden LLP
Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P.
Burleson LLP
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams
& Aughtry
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Haynes and Boone, L.L.P.
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Jones Day
King & Spalding LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Porter Hedges LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Strasburger & Price, L.L.P.
Susman Godfrey LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Winstead PC
Winston & Strawn LLP
Boutique Firm Champions
Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto
& Friend
Blank Rome LLP
Dentons US LLP
Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP
Fullenweider Wilhite PC
Hicks Thomas LLP
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Hughes Watters Askanase LLP
Jenkins & Kamin, L.L.P.
Johnson DeLuca Kurisky & Gould, P.C.
McGuireWoods LLP
Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall,
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
ReedSmith LLP
Sutton McAughan Deaver LLP
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C.
Wilson, Cribbs & Goren, P.C.
Yetter Coleman LLP
Small Firm Champions
Coane & Associates
Flowers & Frankfort
Frye, Steidley, Oaks & Benavidez, PLLC
Funderburk Funderburk & Courtois LLP
Fuqua & Associates, P.C.
Hunton & Williams LLP
Katine & Nechman L.L.P.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
KimLy Law Firm PLLC
KoonsFuller, P.C.
Kroger | Burrus
Law Office of James and Stagg, PLLC
Patel Ervin Dinn PLLC
The Law Office of Scardino & Fazel
Shortt & Nguyen, P.C.
Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P.
Tindall & England, P.C.
Individual Champions
Alejandro Macias
Angela Solice
Brian Albrecht
Clinton Yu
Damani Law Firm
Danielle H. Maya
David Hsu
Diane C. Treich
Hasley Scarano L.L.P.
Helene Dang
Karla J. LaFitte
Law Office of Bertrand C. Moser
Law Office of Brent C. Perry, P.C.
Law Office of Cindi L. Robinson
Law Office of Gregory S. Lindley
Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C.
Law Office of Jeff Skarda
Law Office of Maria S. Lowry
Law Office of Papa M. Dieye
Law Office of Peter J. Bennett
Law Office of Robbie Gail Charette
Martin R.G. Marasigan Law Offices
Pilgrim Law Office
Robert E. Price
The Ericksen Law Firm
The Jurek Law Group, PLLC
Law Office of Evangeline Mitchell, PLLC
The Law Office of Norma Levine Trusch
Travis Torrence
September/October 2015 Houston Bar Bulletin
HBA/CIS Summer Legal Internship Empowers Teens to Achieve
The Houston Bar Association/
Communities In Schools Summer Legal
Internship program wrapped up its 6th
year of empowering academicallygifted students from at-risk family or
school situations to stay in school and
achieve success in life. CIS works with
the school systems on over 100 campuses to provide direct social services
to at-risk students and connect them
with community resources. The HBA/
CIS partnership places students in
eight-week paid internships in profes- CIS students participated in a mock trial in Judge Robert
sional law office environments, as well Schaffer’s 152nd District Courtroom.
as provides enrichment and mentoring.
This summer, 17 students were placed in 16 law firms and corpoAndrews Kurth LLP
rate legal departments. In addition to work experience, students had the
Blank Rome LLP
opportunity to hear speakers and participate in a mock trial program. Izzy Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Anderson, Colin Pogge and Nicole Soussan co-chaired the HBA’s CIS
Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Gray Reed & McGraw PC
Hogan & Lovells US LLP
The HBA would like to thank the following offices that hired CIS stu- Jackson Walker LLP
dents in 2015:
Jones Day
Be Part of Next Year’s Legal
Internship Program!
Would your office like to give an at-risk
student an opportunity to learn about the
legal field in a professional environment?
The HBA/CIS Summer Legal Internship
Program is now signing up law firms and
corporate legal departments for the
Summer 2016 program. Please contact
Bonnie Simmons at [email protected] for
more information.
King & Spalding LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Nathan Sommers Jacobs
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Vinson & Elkins Continues Tradition of Supporting Blood Drives
The law firm of Vinson & Elkins has been a staunch supporter of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for many years. The firm’s commitment
was recognized when the HBA established its annual blood drive and later named it after a Vinson & Elkins partner and Blood Center supporter,
the late Paul E. Stallings. Stallings’ legacy is continued as the firm sponsors five blood drives each year, according to Vinson &
Elkins partner Chris Popov. Since the HBA’s Stallings Blood Drive began, the law firm has collected 2,348 donations, which has
saved as many as 7,000 lives in the community.
Please consider joining this crucial effort by hosting a blood drive as part of the HBA’s Paul E. Stallings Blood Drive, or by
donating through one of the upcoming legal community drives listed here. The HBA has set a goal of collecting 5,000 units of
blood for The Blood Center during this bar year. For more information, please visit or call the HBA Office.
Paul E. Stallings
5 Houston Center Management
The Williams Companies, Inc.
JPMorgan Chase - Downtown
South Texas College of Law
Chamberlain Hrdlicka Law Firm
Marathon Oil Tower
Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
1001 McKinney
COH: Municipal Courts
Chase - Fannin
Houston Center - 909 Fannin
Baker Hughes (Navigation)
Baker Hughes (Grogans Mill)
Baker Hughes (West Airport)
Baker Hughes (Yorktown Plaza)
Baker Hughes (2001 Rankin)
Baker Hughes (Emmott Road)
Baker Hughes (Tomball)
919 Milam
CenterPoint Energy: CNP Tower
Volunteer Opportunities
Special Olympics – Live the volunteer oath of Special Olympics I promise to give of the time in my life, so that Special Olympics athletes
can have the time of their lives – by assisting the HBA Special Olympics
Committee with fall sporting events for special athletes. To volunteer for
an event, visit
Sept. 26 – Softball Tournament, Collins Park in Spring
Sept. 28 – Golf Tournament, Cypress Lakes Golf Club
Oct. 3 – Aquatics Meet, CyFair Natatorium
Nov. 14 – Volleyball Tournament, Willowbrook Sports Complex
Dec. 4-5 – Bowling Tournament, Copperfield Bowl, Cypress
AIDS Outreach Adopt a Family Program – The HBA AIDS Outreach
Committee is seeking law firms, corporations and individuals to
make holiday dreams come true for families touched by HIV/AIDS.
Participants receive a “wish list” from the family, then purchase and
deliver the gifts in time for the holidays. To participate, please sign up by
October 1 by contacting Bonnie Simmons, [email protected] or
September/October 2015 Houston Bar Bulletin
IDEA Program – Be part of an attorney/medical professional team
that teaches 5th graders about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco
on growing minds and bodies. The HBA’s Interprofessional Drug
Education Alliance (IDEA) makes presentations to 5th grade classes in
schools throughout Houston, with materials and an orientation session
provided. This year’s IDEA dates are October 27, 2015 and February 23,
2016. Teams usually make two class-length presentations at each school,
at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. If you are an attorney who would like to
volunteer, or if you know a physician or other medical professional who
would like to participate, contact Ashley Steininger at
[email protected] or 713-759-1133.
Constitution Day – Members of the HBA will read to over 8000
elementary students across 20+ districts in Harris County in honor of
Constitution Day on Thursday, September 17th. The HBA Lawyers for
Literacy Committee has selected the book So You Want to Be President?,
which the HBA provides to each volunteer to read, discuss, and donate to
each of the 100 participating schools. If you are interested in reading to a
school on Constitution Day, contact Bonnie Simmons at 713-759-1133 or
[email protected]
66th Harvest Celebration
Sowing Seeds of Hope through Pro Bono Service
Join your colleagues on November 16 to celebrate
the legal profession’s spirit of giving. The 66th Harvest
Celebration is set for 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at
River Oaks Country Club.
The Harvest Celebration benefits the Houston Bar
Foundation, which supports the crucial pro bono efforts
of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers. HVL sows seeds
of hope by helping the poor and “working poor,” those
who have jobs and are raising families, but who cannot afford help for legal problems that could arise in
anyone’s life, at any time. HVL handles civil, non-fee
generating cases including child custody, consumer
problems, probate, foreclosure, and legal problems for
veterans, utilizing volunteer attorneys supported by
HBA treasurer, Alistair Dawson of Beck Redden
LLP, and Houston Bar Foundation chair, Bill Buck of
Exxon Mobil Corporation, serve as co-chairs. Please
consider joining the law firms, corporations, businesses,
bar groups and individuals listed below in supporting
the Houston Bar Foundation and Houston Volunteer
The 66th Annual Harvest Celebration
Monday, November 16, 2015 • 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. • River Oaks Country Club • 1600 River Oaks Blvd.
Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry
Dentons US LLP
Family Law Section
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Hicks Thomas LLP
Jones Day
Katten Muchin Rosenman, Exxon Mobil Corporation
King & Spalding LLP
McGinnis, Lochridge & LyondellBasell Industries
Kilgore, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & $10,000
Sullivan, LLP
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
Feld LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan BakerHostetler
DLA Piper (US)
Thompson & Knight LLP
Hess Corporation
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Juvenile Law Section
Winstead PC
KoonsFuller, P.C.
Litigation Section
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Mergers & Acquisitions
Phillips 66
Sidley Austin LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP
Benny & Nikki Agosto
Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Beck Redden LLP
Kay Sim
Anadarko Petroleum
Abraham Watkins Nichols Baker & McKenzie LLP
Sorrels Agosto & Friend
Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, Ahmad, Zavitsanos,
Anaipakos, Alavi & Blank Rome LLP
Mensing P.C.
Burleson LLP
Amegy Bank
Andrews Kurth LLP
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Locke Lord LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas, LLP
Help veterans get the
justice they earned.
Arnold Knobloch & Saunders, Siegmyer, Oshman &
Kelly, Durham & Pittard, LLP
Bissinger, LLP
Kennard Blankenship &
Burford Perry, LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher Robinson P.C.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
& Flom LLP
Law Practice Management Christian, Smith & Jewell LLP Strasburger & Price, LLP
Coats | Rose
The Buck Family Fund
Liskow & Lewis
Cokinos, Bosien & Young, The Lanier Law Firm
MacIntyre McCulloch
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Stanfield & Young LLP
Construction Law Section
Pease LLP
Nathan Sommers Jacobs, PC
EOG Resources, Inc.
Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Federal Practice Section
Longoria & Hall, LLP
Fisher, Boyd, Johnson & Alternative Dispute
Porter Hedges LLP
Huguenard LLP
Resolution Section
Shepherd, Scott, Clawater & Frost Bank
Reynolds, Frizzell, Black, Houston, L.L.P.
FTI Consulting
Doyle, Allen & Oldham Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, Germer Gertz, L.L.P.
Goldman Sachs
Tom & Debbie Godbold
South Texas College of Law
Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Sprott Newsom Quattlebaum Hagans Burdine Montgomery $1,000
Messenger, P.C.
Rustay, P.C.
Adame & Garza, LLP
Sturm Law PLLC
Hewlett-Packard Co.
Appellate Practice Section
Tekell, Book, Allen & Morris, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Berg & Androphy
Holmes, Diggs & Eames, BoyarMiller
The Law Office of Daniel D. PLLC
Baker•Wotring LLP
Horowitz, III, PC
Hunton & Williams LLP
Campbell Harrison & Dagley Ware, Jackson, Lee &
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Chambers, L.L.P.
Jim Adler & Associates, P.C. Corporate Counsel Section
Wright & Close L.L.P.
Labor & Employment Section Dobrowski Larkin & Johnson Yetter Coleman LLP
Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & L.L.P.
Zimmerman, Axelrad, Meyer, Wisdom, L.L.P.
DTI Knowledge Solutions
Stern & Wise, P.C.
McDermott Will & Emery Energy Transfer Partners L.P.
Foster LLP
McGuireWoods LLP
Frank, Elmore, Lievens, Animal Law Section
Plains All American Pipeline, Chesney & Turet, L.L.P.
Health Law Section
Godwin Lewis PC
Securities Litigation &
Porter Hedges LLP
Hasley Scarano, L.L.P.
Arbitration Section
Real Estate Law Section
Hirsch & Westheimer
Rusty Hardin & Associates, International Law Section
Jenkins & Kamin, L.L.P.
* as of press date
Service Corporation
John & Denise Scofield
Johnson, Trent, West & Taylor, L.L.P.
Provide hope to families.
Give seniors peace of
mind and dignity.
For information on underwriting, visit
September/October 2015 Houston Bar Bulletin
HBA People
AIDS Foundation Houston to
Honor HBA with Vision Award
Chastiti Horne, majority shareholder of
Horne Rota Moos LLP, was named one of
Houston’s 2014 Women on the Move by
Texas Executive Women, an organization
of women executives from many different
professions and industries that focuses on
the advancement of young women through
mentoring and scholarships.
Jack Emmott of Gray Reed & McGraw
was honored by the State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Section for outstanding service and leadership as chair of the Pro Bono
Collaborative Law Committee and for his
dedication to the advancement of the practice
of collaborative law.
Al Odom, founding partner of Schiffer
Odom Hicks & Johnson, PLLC, has been
reappointed by the Texas Supreme Court to
serve a second term on the Texas Board of
Law Examiners. He was also appointed by
Mayor Annise Parker to serve a second term
as a director of Midtown Redevelopment
Authority/TIRZ #2.
Angelica M. Hernandez, partner at Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, received the State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues
Section President’s Award. In addition, the
University of Iowa College of Law has named
her an outstanding alumni and trailblazer, as
part of its sesquicentennial celebration.
Jay Jackson of Abraham, Watkins,
Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend received
the Franklin Jones Best CLE Article Award
from the College of the State Bar at its 17th
Annual Summer School Course in Galveston.
He was recognized for “Texas Supreme Court
Update,” presented at the Advanced Personal
Injury Law Course in 2014.
Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm
was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Association of
Justice. The award recognizes a member of at
least 20 years whose courtroom advocacy has
advanced the rights of the wrongfully injured
and who has furthered the cause of justice and
mission of the Association.
The HBA Appellate Practice Section
conducted a friendly competition in “Ethics
Jeopardy” at its recent monthly program.
The winning team, from left: Nick Dambrosio, Mark Little, Ben Geslison, Travis
Canova, Lynne Liberato, and Polly Fohn.
Friday, September 11, 2015
“Alternatives to Guardianship”
Presented by: Gus Tamborello, Gus G.
Tamborello, P.C.
1.5 hours MCLE credit, including .25 hours
ethics credit.
Friday, September 18, 2015
“Dude Where’s My Car?”
Presented by: Hon. Hilary Green, Justice
of the Peace, Precinct 7, Place 1 & Howard
Bookstaff, Hoover Slovacek LLP
1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.
Friday, September 25, 2015
“Law Office Management/Tips for Opening
Your Own Law Practice”
Presented by: Ruby Powers, Law Office of
Ruby L. Powers, P.C. & Karleana Farias,
AIDS Foundation Houston will honor the
Houston Bar Association’s AIDS Outreach
Committee with the 2015 Shelby Hodge
Vision Award at a luncheon commemorating
World AIDS Day on December 1 at the Post
Oak Hilton. AFH is the only community-based
organization in Houston solely dedicated to
ending HIV/AIDS in a quest to reach zero -zero new infections, zero AIDs-related deaths,
zero stigma.
The HBA’s AIDS Outreach Committee was
created in 1996 to provide legal services and
education to people living with HIV/AIDS and
their families. The committee was chaired in
2014-2015 by Maine Goodfellow of Bracewell
& Giuliani LLP and Travis Torrence of Shell
Oil Company, and is chaired this year by Jesus
Castillón of BakerHostetler and Jenny Nguyen
of Burleson LLP.
If you would like to support this outstanding
HBA program and the vision of AFH to reach
an AIDS-free generation, consider underwriting this year’s luncheon. Underwriters who
reply by September 25th will be included in
the luncheon invitation. For more information,
contact Margarita Perez, 713-623-6796, ext.
230 or [email protected] You may also
visit, or see the link on the
HBA homepage,
Upcoming HBA/CLE Seminars
Farias Law Firm
1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
“A Primer and Legal Update on Employment Claims and Strategy for General
Presented by: Nitin Sud, Sud Law P.C. &
Steve Shardonofsky, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
1.5 hours MCLE credit, including .25 hours
ethics credit.
Friday, October 23, 2015
“Update on E-Filing and Court Decorum”
Presented by: Hon. Alexandra Smoots-Hogan, Judge - 164th District Court
1.5 hours MCLE credit, including .5 hours
ethics credit.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
“Your Practice and Immigration: Anticipating Potential Immigration Issues and the
Impact on Your Clients”
Presented by: Andrea Penedo, Fragomen,
Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.
Friday, October 30, 2015
“Reasonable Doubt: Challenging the Criminal Investigation”
Presented by: Neal Davis III, Odom & Davis
& Brian Hobson, Odom & Davis
1.5 hours MCLE credit, no ethics credit.
Friday seminars are 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Harris County Jury Assembly Plaza; Thursday seminars are 8:00-9:30 a.m. at the Junior League of
Houston. Seminars are free to HBA members only; members may purchase written materials for $5-$15. Seminars are $50 for nonmembers, including materials. Registration at the door only. For more information, see the Fall/Winter Seminar brochure at
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Join the HBA 100 Club!
The Houston Bar Association 100 Club is a special
category of membership that indicates a commitment to
the advancement of the legal profession and the betterment of the community. The following law firms, governFirms of 5-24 Attorneys
Abraham Watkins Nichols Sorrels
Agosto and Friend
Adair & Myers PLLC
Ajamie LLP
Andrews Myers, P.C.
Bair Hilty, P.C.
Baker Williams Matthiesen LLP
Baker • Wotring LLP
The Bale Law Firm, PLLC
Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner
& Engel, LLP
Bateman | Pugh | Chambers, PLLC
Berg & Androphy
Bingham, Mann, & House
Blank Rome LLP
Brewer & Pritchard PC
Buck Keenan LLP
Bush & Ramirez PC
Caddell & Chapman
Cage Hill & Niehaus LLP
Campbell & Riggs, P.C.
Chernosky Smith Ressling
& Smith PLLC
Christian Smith & Jewell LLP
Cozen O’Connor
Crinion Davis & Richardson LLP
De Lange Hudspeth McConnell & Tibbets LLP
Dentons US LLP
Dinkins Kelly Lenox Lamb &
Walker LLP
Dobrowski, Larkin & Johnson LLP
Dow Golub Remels & Beverly LLP
Doyle Restrepo Harvin & Robbins LLP
Ebanks Horne Rota Moos LLP
Edison, McDowell & Hetherington LLP
Ellis Carstarphen Dougherty & Griggs PC
Ewing & Jones, PLLC
Faubus Keller & Burford LLP
Fernelius Alvarez PLLC
Fibich Leebron Briggs Josephson, LLP
Fisher, Boyd & Huguenard, LLP
Fisher & Phillips LLP
Fizer Beck Webster Bentley
& Scroggins PC
Fleming, Nolen & Jez, L.L.P.
Frank, Elmore, Lievens, Chesney & Turet, L.L.P.
Fullenweider Wilhite PC
Funderburk Funderburk Courtois, LLP
Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr
& Smith PC
Germer PLLC
Givens & Johnston PLLC
Godwin Lewis, P.C.
Goldstein Law PLLC
Gordon & Rees LLP
Greer, Herz & Adams, L.L.P.
Hagans Burdine Montgomery &
Rustay PC
Harris, Hilburn & Sherer
Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP
Henke Law Firm, LLP
Hicks Thomas LLP
Hirsch & Westheimer PC
Holm I Bambace LLP
Hunton & Williams LLP
Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs PC
Jackson Lewis LLP
Jenkins Kamin PC
Johnson DeLuca Kurisky & Gould, P.C.
Johnson Trent West & Taylor LLP
Jones Walker LLP
Joyce + McFarland LLP
Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC
Kelly, Sutter & Kendrick, P.C.
KoonsFuller, PC
Kroger I Burrus
Lapidus Knudsen PC
LeBlanc Bland P.L.L.C.
Legge Farrow Kimmitt McGrath
& Brown, L.L.P.
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP
Liskow & Lewis
Lorance & Thompson PC
MacIntyre, McCulloch, Stanfield & Young, LLP
McGinnis Lochridge
McGuireWoods LLP
McLeod Alexander Powel & Apffel PC
MehaffyWeber PC
Miller Scamardi & Carrabba
Mills Shirley LLP
Morris Lendais Hollrah & Snowden
Murray I Lobb PLLC
Nathan Sommers Jacobs PC
Ogden Gibson Broocks Longoria & Hall, LLP
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Pagel Davis & Hill PC
Parrott Sims & McInnis, PLLC
Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott
Perdue & Kidd L.L.P.
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Phillips , Akers & Womac, PC
Radcliffe Bobbitt Adams Polley PLLC
Ramey, Chandler, Quinn & Zito, P.C.
Reynolds Frizzell LLP
Roach & Newton, L.L.P.
Ross Banks May Cron & Cavin PC
Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P.
Rusty Hardin & Associates, P.C.
Rymer Moore Jackson & Echols, P.C.
Schiffer Odom Hicks & Johnson PLLC
Schirrmeister Diaz-Arrastia Brem LLP
Schwartz Page & Harding LLP
Shannon Martin Finkelstein &
Alvarado, P.C.
Shepherd, Scott, Clawater & Houston, L.L.P.
Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP
Short Carter Morris
Singleton Cooksey LLP
Smith Adams Law Feehan LLP
ment agencies, law schools, and corporate legal
departments with five or more attorneys have become
members of the 100 Club by enrolling 100 percent of their
attorneys as members of the HBA.
Smith Murdaugh Little & Bonham LLP
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP
Sprott Newsom Quattlebaum
Messenger, P.C.
Stevenson & Murray
Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard LLP
Stuart & Associates P.C.
Sutton McAughan Deaver, PLLC
Tekell Book Matthews & Limmer LLP
Thompson & Horton LLP
Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP
Taunton, Snyder & Slade, P.C.
The Ward Law Firm
Ware Jackson Lee & Chambers LLP
Watt Beckworth Thompson & Henneman LLP
Weinstein Tippetts & Little LLP
Weycer Kaplan Pulaski & Zuber PC
Williams Birnberg & Andersen LLP
Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas, LLP
Williams Morgan, P.C.
Willingham, Fultz & Cougill, LLP
Wilson Cribbs & Goren PC
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker
Wright Abshire, Attorneys, PC
Wright & Close LLP
Yetter Coleman LLP
Ytterberg Deery Knull LLP
Zimmerman Axelrad Meyer Stern & Wise PC
Zimmerman, Lavine & Zimmermann P.C.
Zukowski Bresenhan, Sinex & Petry LLP
Firms of 25-49 Attorneys
Adams and Reese LLP
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Beck Redden LLP
Beirne Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P.
Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams
& Aughtry
Coats | Rose
Cokinos Bosien & Young
Gibbs & Bruns LLP
Greenberg Traurig
Jones Day
Littler Mendelson PC
Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler
Hailey PC
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Firms of 100+ Attorneys
Andrews Kurth LLP
Baker Botts LLP
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Haynes and Boone LLP
Locke Lord LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Corporate Legal Departments
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
AT&T Texas
CenterPoint Energy
El Paso Corporation
Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc.
Newfield Exploration Company
Petrobras America Inc.
Plains All American Pipeline L.P.
Rice University
S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd.
Sysco Corporation
Texas Children’s Hospital
Total E&P USA, Inc.
University of Houston System
Law School Faculty
South Texas College of Law
Thurgood Marshall School of Law
University of Houston Law Center
Government Agencies
City of Houston Legal Department
Harris County Attorney’s Office
Harris County District Attorney’s Office
Harris County Domestic Relations Office
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County Texas
Port of Houston Authority of Harris County,
Firms of 50-100 Attorneys
Baker Hostetler LLP
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Jackson Walker LLP
Martin Disiere Jefferson & Wisdom LLP
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Porter Hedges LLP
Thompson & Knight LLP
Winstead PC
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TMCP Annual Conference – The Texas Minority Counsel Program
will hold its 2015 Annual Conference in Houston, October 14-16, at
the Westin Memorial City Hotel. The conference is a client development, networking and CLE event. For registration Information, visit
Right to Photograph, Record – The Houston/Galveston Regional
Public Information Officers Network, the Society of Professional
Journalists Houston Professional Chapter and the National Press
Photographers Association will co-sponsor a two-session program
on “The Right to Photograph and Record in Public” on September 16
at San Jacinto College in Pasadena. Session 1, set for 1:00-5:00 p.m.
covers the rights of the media and public to access, photograph and
record cell phone or news videos at crime scenes, disaster sites and
other emergencies. Session 2, 7:00-9:00 p.m., is free and will be a
panel discussion that includes a photographer, news director, attorney
and law enforcement representative. For more information, contact
Chuck Wolf at [email protected] or visit
11th Annual TMCA Symposium – The Texas Mediators Credentialing Association will present its 11th Annual Symposium, “Bridging
Troubled Waters: Emotion-full Negotiations,” on October 17, 8:30
a.m-5:00 p.m., at the Thompson Center, University of Texas Austin.
The program has applied for 6.25 hours MCLE credit, including 2.75
hours ethics. Cost is $130 for TMCA members; $150 for non-members. For information contact Shelly Hudson, 713-529-7100.
Red Mass – The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will hold its
annual celebration of the Red Mass at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred
Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, on September 29. The Red Mass
is an annual celebration coinciding with the opening of each U.S.
Supreme Court term and is open to anyone associated with the study
and administration of justice. The mass will be followed by a dinner,
with Gov. Greg Abbott as keynote speaker. For information on dinner
tickets, contact Kelly Brant at [email protected]
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