Texas Super Lawyers Articles

Felix Sanchez

Being Mark Lanier

The Houston attorney’s talents include a strong work ethic, natural connection with juries, technological savvy, deep faith, photographic memory—and even acting chops

Featuring Mark Lanier

Jeremy Enlow

Everything Yvette Ostolaza Needed to Know She Learned at Sears

The Dallas litigator says the pathway to relationship-building is through customer service

Featuring Yvette Ostolaza

Class Action Hastens MLB’s Extension of Safety Netting

Texas attorney Bob Hilliard calls suit ‘the crack in the dam’

Featuring Robert C. Hilliard

Houston’s Mark Lanier Wins $4.7 Billion Verdict in Talcum Case

The largest jury award in the U.S. this year went against Johnson & Johnson 

Featuring Mark Lanier

The Dealmaker

Lobbyist Mark Vane shines at persuading lawmakers to change things. Or, sometimes, keep them the same

Featuring Mark Vane

Marathon Man

Larry Macon holds the Guinness World Record for most runs in a single year. That would be 239


Liza Farrow-Gillespie’s Heart Song

The lyrics tell of beating cancer, then sailing ‘round the world

Featuring Liza Farrow-Gillespie

After the Storm

Local law firms pitched in to help Houston recover from Harvey’s wallop

Featuring Lauren E. Waddell, …

Discovery with Sofia Adrogué

Sofia Adrogué says “sí se puede” to life

Featuring Sofia Adrogué

‘You’re Just Ready’

A case of the jitters, a bleeding ankle and a nearly missed entrance couldn’t keep 7 Texas lawyers from their dates with the nation’s highest court

Featuring Jane Webre, …

Jeremy Enlow

‘You Helped Me Change My Life’

These are the words that get Sujata Ajmera out of bed every morning

Featuring Sujata Ajmera

Trey Crawford’s Vintage Venture

How a weekend wine-sipper turned his passion into an excellent cabernet

Featuring Tom Hill "Trey" Crawford, III

A Better Person

Jason Steed on making time to lend a helping hand

Featuring Jason P. Steed

The Deal-Maker

Rodrigo Dominguez’s negotiating skills are helping change the energy game in Latin America

Featuring Rodrigo Dominguez-Sotomayor

Discovery with Angel Berbarie

You won’t read Angel Berbarie’s favorite word here—not her second-favorite, either

Featuring Angel J. Berbarie

Justice Net

Why so many lawyers do pro bono work—and why so many people still slip through the holes

Featuring Lynn Kamin, …

Jeremy Enlow

Doug Alexander and the Art of Persuasion

The appellate attorney helps shape the law—and sometimes ‘translates’ it for judges

Featuring Douglas W. Alexander

Felix Sanchez

Seeing the Big Picture

When a charity needs a little help, four Beaumont attorneys are ready to jump in and get it 'from here to there'

Featuring Sandra F. Clark, …

The Tax ‘Angel’

Elizabeth Copeland spearheaded a program to help low-income taxpayers stand up to the IRS


The Balloon Man

Nick Bettinger spends his free time twisting ‘sculptures’ and delivering smiles

Featuring Nicholas S. Bettinger

Fostering Hope

How Paul Yetter made a federal case out of the state’s foster-care program

Featuring R. Paul Yetter, …

Detail Work

In Robin Russell’s world, practicing law and quilting are both fine arts.

Featuring Robin Russell

Robert Hilliard Cries Foul Against Major League Baseball

The Texas attorney is handling a lawsuit that would force ball clubs to do more to protect fans

Featuring Robert C. Hilliard

Discovery with Kevin R. Lashus

Kevin Lashus’ health tip: Do more pro bono

Featuring Kevin R. Lashus

Jeremy Enlow

Far from Pearsall

How Manuel Berrelez worked his way from his hometown to Yale to Dallas

Featuring Manuel G. Berrelez

Welcome to the Town of Trial

Population: the five lawyers of the Simpson clan

Featuring Mackenzie S. Wallace, …

The Dronemaster

How ‘gadget nerd’ Coyt Johnston became an expert in unmanned vehicles

Featuring Coyt R. Johnston, Jr.

Constructing a Career

How John Warren went from sweeping construction sites to representing builders in court

Featuring John C. Warren

The Other Arnold

Arnold Shokouhi made the journey from revolutionary Iran to Cowboys Stadium

Featuring Arnold Shokouhi

Practical Applications in Texas

Handy technologies fellow attorneys are using

Featuring Robert Edward Booth, …

Turning Lives Around

Jeff Barnes fights for refugees and troubled teens

Featuring Jeff Barnes

Discovery with Emily G. Stroope

Emily Stroope: courtroom dynamo, skydiver and lover of all things sweet

Featuring Emily Stroope

Jeremy Enlow

On Becoming Perry Mason

Rhonda Hunter started out her career as Della Street—but soon realized she could aim much higher

Featuring Rhonda F. Hunter

Jeremy Enlow

‘An Orderly Mind’

Austin litigator Stephen McConnico puts his straightforward style to work for clients ranging from big pharma to a former governor of Texas

Featuring Stephen E. McConnico

Land Lover

Natural resources attorney Tom Paterson wrangles cattle—and government agencies—to manage his ranch and environs

Featuring Thomas W. Paterson

‘Never forget where you came from’

His mother’s words inspire Frank Herrera Jr. to help empower the Latino community

Featuring Frank Herrera, Jr.

Andrew B. Sommerman Wants You to Vote

Why the Dallas attorney tackled Texas’ tough election-ID law

Featuring Andrew B. Sommerman

On to the Next One

Jeff Blackburn is freeing one wrongly convicted Texan after another

Featuring Jeff Blackburn

The Patriot

Wesley E. Wright tells how he ended up riding a horse and bringing our 1st president to life

Featuring Wesley E. Wright

Discovery with Marshall M. Searcy

Marshall Searcy’s clients range from oil companies to big law firms. Just don’t ask him to give up the coffee and cigarettes.

Featuring Marshall M. Searcy

Practical Applications in Texas

Handy legal apps fellow Texas lawyers are using

Featuring Patrick W. Powers, …

Local Counsel with Ashley McDowell

Dallas attorney Ashley McDowell tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Featuring Ashley McDowell

A Little More Than Luck

An oral history with a half-dozen attorneys who got their start back when a lawyer could cut his or (occasionally) her teeth on trials

Featuring Stephen D. Susman, …

Local Counsel with Trey Peacock III

The Houston attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Featuring J. Hoke "Trey" Peacock, III

Discovery with Joan Foote Jenkins

The Houston family lawyer knows secrets, imitations and the accordion

Featuring Joan Foote Jenkins

Felix Sanchez

From DJ to J.D.

Former reporter, campaign manager and disc jockey Adam Milasincic holds one other title: No. 1 on his Bar exam

Featuring Adam Milasincic

Jeremy Enlow

Jessica Janicek’s Game Plan

The Southlake family attorney has already tackled 2 national headline-grabbing cases

Featuring Jessica Hall Janicek

Jeremy Enlow

Not Playing the Safe Card

For health care lawyer Richard Cheng, that’s the one to avoid

Featuring Richard Y. Cheng

The Border Patrol's Loss

Things haven’t always gone the way Michael Gavito wanted—usually, they’ve turned out better

Featuring Michael Manuel Gavito

Keeping Up with Jones

How a major in Spanish led Erin Jones to a career handling multimillion-dollar bankruptcy suits

Featuring Erin E. Jones

Future Lawyer of America

Jessica Palvino has come a long way from walking her cows every morning to walking the halls of the courthouse.

Featuring Jessica Palvino

Jeremy Enlow

Judicial Merit

Former judge Deborah Hankinson on access to justice, bringing appeals, and the battle over Prop 12

Featuring Deborah Hankinson

Felix Sanchez

Coming to America

Gordon J. Quan helps shopkeepers, laborers and cooks step out of the shadows

Featuring Gordon J. Quan

Jeremy Enlow

Sweet Deals

Jane Snoddy Smith handles complex, high-stakes real estate transactions—without the high anxiety

Featuring Jane Snoddy Smith

Felix Sanchez

Shannon Schmoyer Finds Her Groove

Once an aspiring drummer, the San Antonio attorney discovered a new love in labor law

Featuring Shannon B. Schmoyer

Jeremy Enlow

If it quacks like a duck …

… It’s probably Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, working its magic on a jury

Featuring Trey Cox, …

Embracing the Ugly Baby

Dick DeGuerin doesn’t sidestep reality when he represents clients like accused murderer/millionaire Robert Durst

Featuring Dick DeGuerin

The Lawyer Who Unfriended Facebook

Conor Civins negotiated a settlement for Lamebook, which parodies the social-media giant

Featuring Conor M. Civins

A Forensic Revolution

Gary Udashen leads the way to help Texas’ wrongfully imprisoned

Featuring Gary A. Udashen

The Accidental Lawyer

Carl Roth has racked up $2.4 billion worth of patent cases—and championed a heroic burn victim along the way

Featuring Carl R. Roth

Jeremy Enlow

Hopeless Romantic

Natalie Gregg is a lover of fairytale endings ‘trapped in a divorce lawyer’s body’

Featuring Natalie Gregg

Jeremy Enlow

Tran’s Way

As a kid, Tai C. Tran mapped buildings; now he puts buildings on maps

Featuring Tai C. Tran

Felix Sanchez

Moving Walls

The hard hats in personal injury lawyer Matt Matheny’s office are not for decoration

Featuring Matthew C. Matheny

This Land Was Claimed for You and Me

Mary Hazlewood Barkley takes on eminent domain cases for landowners and public authorities

Featuring Mary Hazlewood Barkley

Cheaper to Call a Cab

Brent de la Paz on the new wave of DWI forensic law

Featuring Brent K. de la Paz

The No-Comfort Zone

McCathern business lawyer Jesse Hoffman likes to tackle questions that haven’t already been answered

Featuring Jesse Hoffman

Felix Sanchez

Ricardo G. Cedillo’s Shining Armor

The business litigator has suited up for clients ranging from Blockbuster to Playboy

Featuring Ricardo G. Cedillo

Jeremy Enlow

Essentially Allyson Ho

A harp performance at Sandra Day O’Connor’s request came early in a legal career that is hitting all the right notes

Featuring Allyson N. Ho

Felix Sanchez

‘The Biggest, Baddest, Meanest Dog in the Yard’

If you ask Tony Buzbee, only losers are OK with losing

Featuring Tony Buzbee

Jeremy Enlow

Mission: Control

Aviation attorney Michael L. Slack, a former NASA engineer, shoots for industry reform as well as client compensation

Featuring Michael L. Slack

Jeremy Enlow

She’s Got You Covered

Amy Elizabeth Stewart’s favorite things include digging into complex insurance policies, serving as head rainmaker and helping women move out of ‘second chair’

Featuring Amy Elizabeth Stewart

Revisiting Warren Jeffs

Former prosecutors Eric Nichols and Fields Alexander and defense attorney Deric King Walpole revisit the mayhem surrounding the polygamist’s trial

Featuring Eric J.R. Nichols, …

Partners for Life

Husband-and-wife duo Caddell & Chapman commit to their clients and their family

Featuring Michael A. Caddell, …

The Real Lyon

Mesquite personal injury lawyer Ted Lyon has set his sights on the Koch brothers, the Texas prison system and, lately, on marauding packs of wolves

Featuring Ted Lyon

Jeremy Enlow

At Your Service

Lessons learned as an Air Force captain have inspired Jeff Whitfield’s litigation practice—and his commitment to helping veterans

Featuring Jeff E. Whitfield

Felix Sanchez

The Closer

How Suzette E. Selden quietly eviscerates witnesses

Featuring Suzette E. Selden

Felix Sanchez

The Judge, the Prosecutor and the Criminal Defense Attorney

They’re all Kerrisa Chelkowski, whose anxious parents bought her a black cowboy hat when she switched from prosecuting accused criminals to defending them

Featuring Kerrisa Chelkowski

Shared Vision

How the courtroom duo of Dustin and Dennis Burrows overcome the latter’s failing eyesight

Featuring Dustin R. Burrows

Sarah E.W. McGahee’s Pet Project

The employment attorney defends the ‘puppy mill’ law

Featuring Sarah E.W. McGahee

How Taj Clayton Got Book-Smart and Street-Smart

The Fish & Richardson partner reflects on humble pie, hard work and comparisons to President Obama

Featuring Taj Jamar Clayton

Jeremy Enlow

How Hilda Galvan Beat the Odds

The intellectual property litigator didn’t let neighborhood gangs or a naysaying teacher derail her dreams

Featuring Hilda C. Galvan

Felix Sanchez

The Man Who Said No to LBJ

Shannon Ratliff chose politics over ranching, then law over politics

Featuring Shannon H. Ratliff

Felix Sanchez

‘Coach Benny’ Fights Injustice

Microbiologist-turned-lawyer Benny Agosto Jr. is devoted to kids, soccer and underdogs

Featuring Benny Agosto, Jr.

Felix Sanchez

AJ: The Whole Person

The Houston employment lawyer would rather keep the peace than go to trial

Featuring Andrea M. Johnson

Jeremy Enlow

Military Man

Former Marine Patrick J. McLain has 10 kids and a strong sense of right and wrong

Featuring Patrick J. McLain

Master of Disaster

Thad Dameris’ phone started to ring after the Costa Concordia ran aground in Italy

Featuring Thad T. Dameris

The Case Against Do-It-Yourself Divorce

Diana Friedman and Sherri Evans are recruiting their colleagues to guide low-income couples through breakups

Featuring Diana S. Friedman, …

Saving Mao’s Last Dancer

Charles C. Foster marshaled the force of the entire U.S. government to help a Chinese ballet artist who wanted to stay in Houston

Featuring Charles C. Foster

Felix Sanchez

Austin Energy

Leslie Ritchie Robnett carries on a proud legal legacy in her oil-and-gas regulation practice  

Featuring Leslie Ritchie Robnett

Felix Sanchez

Raising the Bar

Trial lawyer Ryan Zehl has a rare combination of tenacity and people skills  

Featuring Ryan Zehl

Jeremy Enlow

How Christian Dennie Stayed in the Game

When life threw him a curve, the sports attorney found a new way to play ball

Featuring Christian S. Dennie

Charlie's Angel

Appellate lawyer Ryan Clinton helped make Austin one of the country’s most animal-friendly cities

Featuring Ryan Clinton

Firm Commitment

At Arnold & Itkin in Houston, friendship is the main ingredient for success

Featuring Jason A. Itkin, …

The Organizational Genius of Dara Hegar

The young Houston lawyer’s trial-prep proficiency landed her the role of managing attorney for the firm’s national asbestos practice

Featuring Dara Hegar

Felix Sanchez

The Trailblazer

Lynn Kamin entered family law and made it her own

Featuring Lynn Kamin

Felix Sanchez

Texas Two-Step

Veteran trial lawyer A. Martin Wickliff Jr. follows in his father’s pioneering footsteps by starting the largest minority-owned law firm in Texas

Featuring A. Martin Wickliff, Jr.

Jeremy Enlow

The Peaceful Warrior

Windle Turley fights for gun control

Featuring Windle Turley

Felix Sanchez

The Whistleblowers’ Advocate

Philip H. Hilder helps whistleblowers like Sherron Watkins do what’s right

Featuring Philip H. Hilder

Jeremy Enlow

The Puzzle Solver

How tax attorney Emily Parker became the first female managing partner in 125 years at Thompson & Knight

Featuring Emily A. Parker

Jeremy Enlow

The Aviator

Jon Kettles is the guy to call when something happens in the sky

Featuring Jon C. Kettles

Tom Melsheimer’s Absolutely Irrational Level of Dedication

There’s a reason he’s the lawyer other attorneys don’t want to face in court

Featuring Thomas M. Melsheimer

Family Business

Michael Jung’s love of law seems to be genetic

Featuring P. Michael Jung

Jeremy Enlow

The $100 Million Closer

Joel W. Heydenburk brings commercial deals across the finish line

Featuring Joel William Heydenburk

Felix Sanchez

Persuading in a Raw, Simple Way

Toby Cole advocates for personal injury clients by being himself in the courtroom

Featuring Tobias A. Cole

Jeremy Enlow

Shelly T. Greco Keeps Her Cool in Court

The Dallas trial lawyer excels at handling heated situations

Featuring Shelly T. Greco

Felix Sanchez

Helping the Defrauded

Nobody fights harder to recapture lost savings for his clients than Jason Braun


When a Click Is More Than Just a Click

In the world of click-fraud investigations, Dean Gresham’s name is at the top of any search engine

Featuring R. Dean Gresham

Emmanuel E. Ubiñas Is Headed to the Airport

The Jones Day attorney has carved out a niche in representing international corporations that are dealing with fraud matters, which has him doing a lot of traveling to Mexico and Central America. We caught up with him in his Dallas office and found out why he’s discovered it’s sometimes best to stay near the hotel

Featuring Emmanuel E. Ubinas

Jeremy Enlow

Family Law in the Age of Facebook

Be careful what you post—Plano family law attorney Rick Robertson has seen e-communications come back to haunt

Featuring Rick Robertson

Jeremy Enlow

The Accidental Lawyer

Ophelia Camiña entered law school on a lark, but her success has been far from a fluke

Featuring Ophelia F. Camina

Felix Sanchez

The Bulldog

Bob Hilliard takes on the cases other lawyers won’t touch—and wins

Featuring Robert C. Hilliard

Jeremy Enlow

Ahead of the Game

Kathleen Wu advocates for diversity in the boardroom and on the tennis court

Featuring Kathleen J. Wu

Felix Sanchez

The Polunsky Unit

Allan Polunsky has a Texas death row facility named after him and doesn’t mind

Featuring Allan B. Polunsky

Fred Streck and Dwain Dent’s Mission

The Fort Worth attorneys win a 25-year case to prove that vitamin E supplement E-Ferol can be harmful to babies

Featuring Frederick L. Streck, III

Is This a Deposition Which I See Before Me?

How Michael P. Maslanka applies Shakespeare to his practice

Featuring Michael P. Maslanka

Seduced by Trial Law

Robin Gibbs on the opportunity that he saw 40 years ago for small firms in commercial litigation

Featuring Robin C. Gibbs

Jeremy Enlow

Catching up with Kathleen Wu

What hasn’t kept Kathleen Wu busy since her feature story in 2011?

Featuring Kathleen J. Wu

Evin Thayer

On the Job

Daniel N. Ramirez helps employers comply with immigration and employment laws regarding employee documentation

Featuring Daniel N. Ramirez

Craig Washburn

Power Broker

Diana M. Liebmann has quietly become one of the top wind energy lawyers in Texas

Featuring Diana M. Liebmann

Evin Thayer

Travis Crabtree’s Second Dream Job

He’s already had his first one, as a sports reporter. Now he has his second, as a media lawyer

Featuring Travis S. Crabtree

Evin Thayer

The Life Aquatic

James Bailey enjoys maritime law

Featuring James T. Bailey

Jeremy Enlow

Joshua Skinner and the Candy Cane Case

When can a Texas school ban religious proselytizing on its grounds?

Featuring Joshua A. Skinner

Jeremy Enlow

The Critic

When Anthony Lowenberg isn’t handling products liability claims, he’s reviewing restaurants

Featuring Anthony H. Lowenberg

Word for Word

What was the best advice you ever received?

Featuring Michelle Hartmann, …

The Minimalist

No one knows how to get to the essence of an appeal like Greg Coleman


Can Paxil Cause Birth Defects?

Sean Tracey looks for the answer

Featuring Sean Patrick Tracey

Dallas Maverick

Gayla Crain wanted to work at a new kind of law firm, so she went and helped build it

Featuring Gayla C. Crain

Defending Big Oil

Environmental litigator Rick Faulk sticks to the facts


Tough as Nails

That’s Linda L. Addison, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and current leader at Fulbright & Jaworski

Featuring Linda L. Addison

When a Case Cries Out for Justice

Kevin Glasheen takes on Cargill, railroads and the Lone Star State

Featuring Kevin T. Glasheen

Getting Around the Normal Armor Involved in Litigation

Mark Mueller adds Eastern thinking to the Western practice of law

Featuring Mark R. Mueller

The Social Worker in Angeline Lindley Bain

Bringing collaboration and reasonableness to divorce law

Featuring Angeline Lindley Bain

Five Days in Thailand

What Mike Gruber learned about life and law from volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

Featuring G. Michael Gruber

Family Guy

Richard Orsinger of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing talks about designing CLE presentations, the genius of Bruce Bowen and just how long it takes for a divorce to stop hurting

Featuring Richard R. Orsinger

The Lawyer Who transformed Texas Schools

How Mark Trachtenberg parlayed a great law school paper into billions for education

Featuring Mark Trachtenberg

Demographics and the Fight for Equality

How Wendy Wang discovered civil rights law is more complex than it used to be

Featuring Wendy C. Wang

They must be guilty—they can barely speak English!

After seven years and about $2.5 million, Sarah Teachout helps to free two innocent men

Featuring Sarah R. Teachout

The Trials of Brian Robison

How one little girl taught a good lawyer to be a great man

Featuring Brian E. Robison

From the Produce Aisle to the Courthouse

Juan Garcia started out in supermarkets and ended up in Super Lawyers

Featuring Juan C. Garcia

The Man Who Made Driving Safer

Jeff Embry spotted a flaw in airbags and pushed for their redesign

Featuring Jeffrey T. Embry

How The Soviet Union Helped Make a Great Family Law Attorney

After Marjan Shansab’s harrowing escape from Afghanistan, nothing seemed impossible

Featuring Marjan Shansab

Play It Again, Joe

Stallone inspires children to turn to music

Featuring Joseph A. Stallone

Watch Great Ones, Become a Great One

How Tony Taft unlocked the secrets of the courtroom

Featuring Tony R. Taft

A Believer in Second Chances

Nicole DeBorde knows the other side—she was on it for almost a decade

Featuring Nicole DeBorde

The Busiest Septuagenarian in Texas

By day, a few million-dollar cases; by night, Wayne Fisher smokes six briskets at once

Featuring Wayne Fisher

A Poet, A Museum Director and A Lawyer Who Refuses To Lose

Frank Branson does just what he wants, and that includes winning cases

Featuring Frank L. Branson

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Like Abraham, Craig Watkins asks if we want to destroy the righteous with the wicked

Featuring Craig M. Watkins

The Crusaders of Death Row

Houston neighbors Scott Atlas and Stanley Schneider run their own personal innocence project

Featuring Stanley G. Schneider

Just a Closer Walk

After more than $250 million in wins, Ray Thomas found he was missing something—and it wasn’t success

Featuring Raymond L. Thomas, Jr.

Being Buffalo Bill

J. Gary Trichter channels a Western hero

Featuring J. Gary Trichter

Searching for Sodom

Jeff Kobs is digging in Jordan for a biblical hotspot

Featuring Jeff Kobs

A Lawyer in Love With Two Blind Disciplines: Justice and Wine-Tasting

Both Randy Roach and his wines have depth and good character

Featuring Robert M. (Randy) Roach, Jr.

Q&A: Racehorse Haynes

How Richard Haynes kicked a spittoon and launched a legendary career


Yearning to Return to Zion

Aubrey Connatser and Ramsey Patton took on one of the largest custody cases—over 400 children—in Texas history

Featuring Aubrey M. Connatser

A Family Affair

What's it like to work every day with the person you wake up next to each morning? Or to settle payroll disputes with the man who paid your first allowance?

Featuring Jamal K. Alsaffar, …

Three Kings and a $25,000 Pot

Rick Daly found a novel way to finalize the deal—poker

Featuring Richard D. Daly

The Republican from Harvard

Don't try to pigeonhole Chris Ward; you're sure to get him wrong

Featuring Christian J. Ward

Reign Man

Chris Smith takes on Ike and Rita       

Featuring Christopher S. Smith

A Young Man in an Old Boys’ Club

Raul Leal gets to play J. Beresford Tipton to Texas landowners

Featuring Raul Leal

Defeating Public Enemy No. 1

John Boundas wins the most important fight of his life

Featuring John T. Boundas

How a Mysterious Stranger Changed Yolanda Garcia’s Life

A classroom visitor supplied the key to a college education

Featuring Yolanda C. Garcia

From CIA to TBA

Brad Caldwell meets the most convincing law school recruiter ever

Featuring Brad Caldwell

The King of Dallas’ Homeless People

Jennifer King enlists the homeless in community service

Featuring Jennifer A. King

A Song for Justice O’Connor

Brett Busby clerked—and played violin—for the Supreme Court


An Emmy for Jennifer

Jennifer Morris tells tales of unsung heroes


Growing Up in the Navy

Amy Jetel puts the skills she learned while in uniform to good use

Featuring Amy P. Jetel

Riding Passenger, For Fun and Profit

Chris Collins liked being a rock star, but he loves being a lawyer

Featuring Christopher D. Collins

The Energy of Charles Matthews

ExxonMobil's GC discusses Valdez, the merging of two oil giants and more

Featuring Charles W. Matthews

Bend ’em Like Beck Can

Clients in trouble—and the Supreme Court—beckon Dave Beck

Featuring David J. Beck

The Singer and His Fallen Friends

Greg Westfall sings the stories—and saves the lives—of society's rabble        

Featuring Greg Westfall

56 Years of Civility in Texas Law

You can overuse the Atticus Finch comparison—few people really deserve it. Jim Coleman does

Featuring James E. Coleman, Jr.

The Rise and Fall of Enrique Moreno

The El Paso lawyer refuses to let a political derailment make him bitter        

Featuring Enrique Moreno

West Texas Hammurabi

David Keltner expands the law to new frontiers        

Featuring David E. Keltner

The Crusader

Paula Sweeney works (and works and works) for her clients        

Featuring Paula Fisette Sweeney

Come, Let Us Reasoner Together

Harry Reasoner has been injecting the law with his good sense for almost half a century

Featuring Harry M. Reasoner

The Barrier Breaker of Baker Botts

Jim Cannon fires a shot heard 'round Texas        


The Perfect Match

K. Marshall Dye found her place at Match.com  


Mississippi Learning

Shawn Raymond is poised to revolutionize public service in America

Featuring Shawn L. Raymond

What Nikkee Wants, Nikkee Gets

Nikkee Espree — Mehaffy Weber        

Featuring Nikkee E. Espree

The Tahoka Kid

Jeremy Brandon brought a little bit of West Texas to Harvard  


Sen. Cornyn’s Adviser

Jim Ho plays well on both sides of the aisle


The Prosecutor Gonna Knock You Out

Amy Dinn fights hard, on skates and in the courtroom

Featuring Amy Catherine Dinn

The Glass Ceiling Shatters

A new class of younger female attorneys is upending the Texas legal world

Featuring Lou Thompson Black, …

Sergio Garza and the American Dream

Sometimes marching to your own beat is just what’s called for


International Woman, International Law

Karla Pascarella interfaces cultures

Featuring Karla R. Pascarella

Strom's Right-Hand Man

Trey Branham gets a senator’s job done

Featuring Charles W. (Trey) Branham, III

The Postmaster’s Daughter

Toto, we’re not in Wright City anymore

Featuring Amy M. Carter

The Day I Swam to the White House

Visiting Harriet Miers, on (and under) cloud nine


A Small Town's Big Fish

Craig Brown plays in the big leagues but lives in the small ones

Featuring Craig W. Brown

How Mike McKool Keeps His Cool

He’s an uber-boy scout, ultra-prepared

Featuring Mike McKool

Sarah Weddington and the Supreme Court Case of the Century

The woman behind Roe is still fighting for women's rights, almost 40 years after revolutionizing the United States


Van Fleet's Grand Feats

A billion-dollar win? He's got lots of those

Featuring G. Allan Van Fleet

Marin-ating the Law

Michael Marin fights for fairness, whether his client is a huge corporation or the average Texas juror

Featuring Michael D. Marin

Alchemist of the Courtroom

Dick DeGuerin magically transforms losers to winners

Featuring Dick DeGuerin

A Man for All Religions

Kelly Shackelford fights for people of faith


The Minister, the Lawyer, and a Quarter Billion Dollars in Wins

In Ben Hall’s world, only the bad guys get caught in the web

Featuring Benjamin L. Hall, III

Reflections of a Radio Minister Turned Employment Lawyer

John Allen Chalk likes to tell his clients that he was happy with his first career 

Featuring John A. Chalk, Sr.

How to See the Softer Side of 300-Pound College Linemen

E. Michelle Bohreer spends much of her off-time each year watching and learning about the top college football linemen

Featuring E. Michelle Bohreer

The Weekend Cowboy

Kinnan Golemon invests much of his time on his 600-acre cattle ranch

Featuring Kinnan Golemon

The Second Coming of Mickey Washington

A star trades the end zone for a courtroom

Featuring Mickey L. Washington

The Cheerleader’s Mom Murder Case and other Tales

Terri Zimmermann learned her chops in the Military

Featuring Terri R. Zimmermann

We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Angela Zambrano out-Algers Horatio Alger

Featuring Angela C. Zambrano

Great Scott

Iowa’s son Matt Scott loves Texas—and Texas reciprocates

Featuring Matthew R. Scott

Being No. 1

Does being at the top of the class make any difference in life and law?

Featuring Caroline Blitzer Phillips, …

To Baghdad and Back

Where the military is, there is Stephen Karns

Featuring Stephen P. Karns

Simon Says

At Mary Kay, what Julia Simon says, goes


The Perfect Match

K. Marshall Dye found her place at Match.com


Queen of the Thinking Kids’ Olympics

Donate hundreds of hours? Tammy Wood would—and did

Featuring Tammy S. Wood

Fighting With All His Might

Trek Doyle put everything into his wife’s fight against leukemia

Featuring Trek C. Doyle

The Documentary Maker

Hilaree Casada’s five years of making movies gave her invaluable legal skills


It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll, But He Likes It

Daryl Lansdale and the Green Elephant

Featuring Daryl L. Lansdale, Jr.

Squeezing Terrorists' Bankbooks

Mark Werbner finds a novel way to fight terrorism

Featuring Mark S. Werbner

Straight Up and Unshaken

Richard Mithoff “just goes down to the courthouse and does it”

Featuring Richard Warren Mithoff

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John Browning sticks up for the average guy against the recording industry

Featuring John G. Browning

Baptism By Fire in the Governor's Mansion

How could Bill Jones prepare for space shuttle debris and executions?


Watching Over the Champs

Tullos Wells is the off-court MVP for the San Antonio Spurs

Featuring J. Tullos Wells

The Romance of Baron and Blue

For Texas’ No. 1 power couple, it’s just an old-fashioned love song

Featuring Lisa Blue Ph.D.

The Sex Therapist Who Upended the Law

Lisa Blue is revolutionizing how lawyers see juries

Featuring Lisa Blue Ph.D.

Doing Well--Very Well--By Doing Very Good

Fred Baron became a big guy by never forsaking the little guy


An Attorney Who Admits That His Head is (Often) in the Clouds

Steven K. DeWolf and his 1943 PT-17 open-cockpit biplane

Featuring Steven K. Dewolf

A Double Brush With Greatness

Rufus Cormier has run into Nelson Mandela and the Clintons


Life’s Too Precious to Be a Bystander

Linda Addison in the daughter of two Holocaust survivors

Featuring Linda L. Addison

Roger Sanders' Peacemaking Experience

He proves something to himself in Iraq

Featuring Roger D. Sanders

Fear and Loathing on Aspen's Alps

Off the slopes, Gerry Goldstein palled around with Aspen neighbor Hunter S. Thompson

Featuring Gerald H. Goldstein

Paying It Forward with Black Dollars

James Payne's effort to promote black-operated businesses

Featuring James E. Payne

Back in the Saddle Again

That Herman Miller chair was just too confining for Jay Mac Rust


Bridge Across the Rio Grande

Schooled in London,Mexico City and Austin, Adolfo Campero is multiculturalism incarnate

Featuring Adolfo Campero, Jr.

When is it Right to Let a Baby Die?

Grappling with the right to life

Featuring Earnest W. Wotring

Keeping Austin Green

In her spare time, Nikelle Meade is helping preserve 50,000 acres of land in Austin

Featuring Nikelle Susanne Meade

The Ballad of the Stolen Lyrics

Janice Leverett learned early on the value of intellectual property,when a song she wrote as a teenager was stolen from her


Dealing With the Home-Wrecker from Hell

Jason Ryan spent 17-hour days helping hurricane victims — then he became one of them

Featuring William K. Kroger

Picking His Place

Geronimo Rodriguez left the picking fields to go to high school; by age 22 he was working for the Clinton White House


The Lawyer Who Walks Death Row

Morris Moon tracks all 400-plus death row inmates in Texas.


Flying With the Hawk

Cheryl Leb protects the legacy of Ben Hogan

Featuring Cheryl P. Leb

Lady Justice Holds a Paintbrush

Mary Ellis Lagarde’s secret weapon

Featuring Mary Ellis Lagarde

The Lawyer with Solid Gold Intuition

Charla Aldous finds her way to big-money cases by listening to her heart

Featuring Charla G. Aldous

"Screw You, Rusty"

Anna Nicole Smith made Rusty Hardin a Texas legend when she spewed those three words while on the stand

Featuring Rusty Hardin

How to Lose Friends and Influence First Amendment Freedoms

At peril to his own popularity,Anthony Griffin slugs it out for free speech and civil rights


Free Speech Rocks!

When Babcock got Oprah off the hook in her notorious $11 million defamation suit, she was so grateful that she loaned him her 160-foot cruise boat

Featuring Charles L. Babcock

The Laundryman Cleans Up

Stephen Susman keeps winning and winning and winning

Featuring Stephen D. Susman

The Techno-Criminal’s Public Enemy Number One

Matt Yarbrough goes after the crooks that attack the rest of us with bits and bytes

Featuring Matthew E. Yarbrough

The Beautiful Bounty of Bubba Burns

Want his athletic expertise? His coaching abilities? His gym? They’re yours

Featuring George C. "Bubba" Burns

Out to the Ballgame

Talmage Boston’s new book explores baseball’s most important year

Featuring Talmage Boston

Steve Stodghill, Master Thespian

Steve Stodghill steals the show from Luke Wilson as his lawyer in The Wendell Baker Story

Featuring Steven H. Stodghill

Most Eligible Lawyer

D Magazine named Peggy Facklis one of the 12 Most Eligible Bachelorettes in Dallas


Breaking the Code of Bureaucracy

George Parker Jr. (left) helped World War II veteran Teddy Draper Sr. finally get the benefits — and the Purple Heart — that he’d been denied for 60 years


The Life Aquatic

Since Fanning and his wife Carolyn made their yacht a permanent home in 2001, they have traveled more than 10,000 ocean miles


The Pill Mill Killer

Erin Nealy Cox is leading the fight against Internet drug dealers

Featuring Erin Nealy Cox

Working for a Great Society

Catherine Robb brings her famous family's spirit to a new generation

Featuring Catherine L. Robb

From La Traviata to Torts

The man who shook Europe’s opera scene now shakes its legal scene


Growing Up Nebraskan

How you gonna keep them down on the farm …?

Featuring Stephanie L. Chandler

A Perfect Storm

Bill Jackson had to make a tough decision: stick by his client or stick up for his bankbook

Featuring William J. Jackson

The Suicide Lawyer

To be or not to be. That is the question

Featuring Michael D. Stacy

Rendering Unto Caesar

Bob Bragalone serves God by serving his clients well

Featuring Robert A. Bragalone

Bock in the Saddle Again

In court or the arena, Bock takes challenges in stride


Oh, Oh, It's Magic

Beckman can turn a Barbie doll into a living, breathing human being


The Pen is Mightier

Panatier likes making trouble across party lines

Featuring Christopher J. Panatier

The King of Pro Bono

Pro bono work gives Blum the chance to get out of the office and into the courtroom

Featuring Jonathan S. Blum

It's Good to Be the King

He may be the richest lawyer in America, but even at 78 Joe Jamail shows no signs of slowing down


The Accidental Trail Blazer

When that (other) rich and famous Texan decided to run for president, he chose Kim J. Askew to lead the charge

Featuring Kim J. Askew

The Poster Child for ... Posters

Rogge Dunn sees art where others see only advertising

Featuring Rogge Dunn

You'll Not See Nothing Like the Mighty O'Quinn

The man The Wall Street Journal calls the “second richest lawyer” in America says when it comes to winning cases, he’s number one


Political Lawyers

Patrick Oxford and Boe Martin

Featuring Patrick C. Oxford

Everyone Likes Ike

Rumors of his client's death have been greatly exaggerated

Featuring Ike Vanden Eykel

Is the GOP’s Big Tent Too Small?

Mark Lanier, founder of the Christian Trial Lawyers Association, is no one's liberal

Featuring Mark Lanier

Life (and Law) Begins at 40

Mary Alice McLarty took the long way to becoming a lawyer. But she’s made up for lost time.


Les is More

The Mystery of the Week is “How does Les Weisbrod find time for everything he does?”

Featuring Les Weisbrod

The Lawyer and the Ultra-Terrible Headache

Maybe a brain tumor slows other people down, but not Scott Schwind


Practicing Law From a Hospital Bed

Beth Sufian doesn’t let her battle with cystic fibrosis stop her from crusading for the rights of the disabled

Featuring Beth S. Sufian

Warrior Attorneys

Through two wars men and women from across Texas have helped reshape Iraq. From the front lines to the courtrooms, with bullets and ballpoint pens, Texas attorneys have taken great risks to restore some measure of freedom to that country. Below we profile three such heroes, Bill Gameros, Brad Clark and Brian Farlow

Featuring Bill Gameros

Horatio Alger, Meet Bryan Brown

In a cynical era, the American Dream is reaffirmed in Bryan Brown. From the ROTC to the SEC, he has made a habit out of exceeding expectations

Featuring Bryan K. Brown

Kent Rutter's Very Lonely Book Club

No time for The Da Vinci Code — Kent Rutter spent thousands of hours examining the records of the Texas Court of Appeals

Featuring Kent Rutter

In Godwin They Trust

Take the most daunting of legal challenges, such as the asbestos litigation that Halliburton was facing, and Don Godwin will find a solution. He always does.

Featuring Donald E. Godwin

The Dark Knight

Holy transactions and litigation! Steve Stodghill comes to the rescue for all his famous clients

Featuring Steven H. Stodghill

Bliss on Life

For former POW Ronald Bliss, every moment matters


The Hall of Fame at Diamond McCarthy

At this Houston firm, expert legal work goes hand in glove with epochal sports moments

Featuring Allan B. Diamond

Lock ‘Um Up, Lock ‘Um Up, Throw Away the Key

The men of Death by Injection can argue your case during the day, and rock your socks off at night.


Law School: The Movie

At the University of Texas, watching is learning


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