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"I am thrilled to head up Kelly Hart in Austin, our capital city where law, policy and politics meet. I get to utilize my public-sector experience and work with a talented group of attorneys whose extensive knowledge and creativity ensure exceptional service to our clients. Whether clients have an energy, environmental, or governmental issue (or all three), and whether solutions are negotiated or litigated, we have the depth and breadth to achieve great, cost-effective results."

David Keltner Earns Top 10: 2021 Texas Super Lawyers Honors

David Keltner has been selected Top 10: 2021 Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

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Ruth Hughs Selected to Serve on UTeach Advisory Council

UTeach Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin selected Ruth Hughs to serve on its Advisory Council.

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Thirty Kelly Hart Attorneys Named 2021 Texas Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers named 30 Kelly Hart attorneys to its 2021 Texas Super Lawyers list.

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Clark Rucker and Todd Spake Featured Speakers at Whitley Penn Annual Energy Conference

Clark Rucker and Todd Spake were featured speakers at the Whitley Penn Energy Conference, discussing implied covenants in oil and gas leases and providing a litigation update on energy case law.

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Lanie Bennett Joins Kelly Hart

Lanie N. Bennett joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Labor & Employment section.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Federal Vaccine Testing Mandate for Large Employers

President Biden has directed OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating that all employers with 100 or more employees mandate the Covid vaccine for its employees or mandate weekly Covid testing.

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Jody Sanders Elected to The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Council

The State Bar of Texas Appellate Section recently elected Jody Sanders to serve a 3-year term on the Appellate Section Council.

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Daniel Settle Named 2022 Public Finance 'Lawyer of the Year' by Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers in America® named Dan Settle Jr. its 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" for Public Finance Law in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Kelly Ransom Authors Article in Energy Law Advisor

Kelly Ransom's column—entitled “Fifth Circuit Reverses 2020 Decision on Timeliness of Removal of Louisiana Coastal Zone Lawsuit" addresses the federal appeals court's decision to reverse its 2020 decision affirming orders remanding forty-two lawsuits filed on behalf of numerous Louisiana parishes against various oil and gas companies.

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Forty-four Kelly Hart Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2022

Forty-four Kelly Hart attorneys were included in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© which is published annually in U.S. News & World Reports.

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Fourteen Kelly Hart Attorneys Listed Among The Best Lawyers in America©: Ones to Watch 2022

The Best Lawyers in America© has named 14 Kelly Hart attorneys to its Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch 2022 Edition, published in U.S. News & World Reports.

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Drew Neill Elected to The Net FW Board of Directors

Drew Neill was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for The Net FW.

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Gabriella Garcia Joins Kelly Hart

Gabriella C. Garcia joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Corporate & Securities section.

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Scott Keffer Joins Kelly Hart Midland Office

Scott Keffer joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Oil & Gas/Energy section.

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James "Jake" Larsen Joins Kelly Hart

James "Jake" Larsen joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Corporate & Securities section.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Requiring COVID Vaccination as a Condition of Employment

Employers are overcoming their reluctance to require that employees become vaccinated against the COVD-19 virus as a condition of employment.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on New Texas Law Expanding Liability for Sexual Harassment Claims

Effective September 1, 2021, an employer that employs one or more employees or that acts directly in the interests of an employer in relation to an employee will be considered an employer under Texas law and subject to a heightened level of scrutiny for sexual harassment claims under Texas law.

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Leslie Robnett and Clark Rucker Named 40 Under 40 Honorees

The Fort Worth Business Press selected Leslie Robnett and Clark Rucker as 2021 40 Under 40 award recipients.

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Ray Oujesky Featured Speaker at American Railway Development Association Annual Meeting

Ray Oujesky recently spoke on "Land Use Considerations for Industrial Developments" at the virtual Annual Meeting for the American Railway Development Association (ARDA).

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Employer Options to Raise Workers’ Vaccination Rates

With an increase in infections from Delta COVID variant among the unvaccinated and the anticipated return to in-office work, employers are considering options to increase the percentage of fully vaccinated employees in the workforce.

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Taylor Spalla Featured Speaker at Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association CLE Luncheon

Taylor Spalla recently spoke on "Water Law: Considerations for Water Midstream Agreements" at the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association July CLE Luncheon.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Back Jarratt Watkins

Kelly Hart welcomes Jarratt Watkins back to the Fort Worth office following his service as the Director of Fort Worth Now.

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Lisa K. Falcone Joins Kelly Hart

Lisa K. Falcone joins the firm as an associate in the Corporate & Securities section.  

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Eight Kelly Hart Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers 2021 "Women in the Law" Business Edition

Best Lawyers in America© 2021 "Women in the Law" Business Edition, features eight Kelly Hart attorneys recognized in their respective practice areas.

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Former Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs Joins Kelly Hart

Kelly Hart & Hallman today announces that former Texas Secretary of State Ruth Ruggero Hughs joins the firm's Austin office as a partner in its Public Law practice.

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Chambers USA 2021 Recognizes Four Kelly Hart Attorneys

The 2021 edition of Chambers USA has ranked four Kelly Hart attorneys for legal excellence in their respective fields.

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Heidi Angel Serves as Member of REPTL Guardianship Committee of the State Bar of Texas

The Real Estate Probate and Trust Law Section (REPTL) of the State Bar of Texas selected Heidi Angel to serve on the Guardianship Committee.

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Joseph Austin Featured Speaker at State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference

Joseph Austin recently spoke at the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in City of Chicago, Illinois v. Fulton.

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Austin Franklin Guest Speaker at TCU Neeley School of Business

Austin Franklin recently spoke on "Legal Disputes: What to Expect" at the TCU Neeley School of Business, Legal Environment of Business course.

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Cheryl Leb Elected to Tarrant County Bar Association Board of Directors

Cheryl Leb was recently elected to serve on the Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) Board of Directors.

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Joseph D. Austin Joins Kelly Hart

Joseph D. Austin joins the firm as an associate in the Fort Worth office’s Litigation section.

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Clark H. Rucker Earns Top Texas Rising Stars Honors

Texas Super Lawyers has named Clark Rucker to its 2021 Top 100 Rising Stars List.

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Eighteen Kelly Hart Attorneys Named Texas Rising Stars

Eighteen Kelly Hart attorneys have been selected as 2021 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

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Sean Bryan Authors Column on the American Rescue Plan Act Expanding PPP Eligibility

Sean Bryan's column—entitled "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Extends PPP Loan Relief and Adds Grants for Restaurants"—addresses the expansion of PPP eligibility, loan forgiveness modifications, and additional funding for online publishers, restaurants and shuttered venues.

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Lesli Harris Featured Panelist at American Bar Association Virtual CLE Program

Lesli D. Harris recently spoke on cost-effective strategies for resolving intellectual property disputes at the American Bar Association (ABA) Virtual CLE Webinar

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Jennifer McDaniel Featured Panelist at Bloomsburg University Professional Development Speaker Series

Jennifer McDaniel recently participated in a panel discussion at Bloomsburg University to discuss what a career in law is like with current BU students.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on New PPP Rules for Sole Proprietors, Contractors, and Self-Employed

Sean Bryan's column—entitled "New Rules for PPP Loans for Sole Proprietors and Persons with Non-Financial Felonies"—addresses the new rule allowing sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to calculate their loan eligibility using gross income rather than net income, making the loans more substantial.

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Austin Franklin Guest Lecturer at TCU Neeley School of Business

Austin Franklin recently spoke on the "Fundamentals of Negotiation" at the TCU Neeley School of Business, Essentials of Negotiation online course.

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Monica Jacobs Featured Panelist at Permian Basin Produced Water Management Council Webinar

Monica Jacobs recently spoke on water issues in the current New Mexico and Texas legislative sessions.

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McClane P. Thompson Joins Kelly Hart

McClane P. Thompson joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Corporate & Securities section..

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Amelia Hurt Joins Kelly Hart

Amelia L. Hurt joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization section.

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Tiffany Means Featured Speaker at Texas Young Lawyers Association West Texas Roadshow

Tiffany P. Means recently spoke on "Maintaining Privilege in Mineral Disputes" at the West Texas Roadshow presented by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) and the State Bar of Texas.

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Lindsey B. Harmon Joins Kelly Hart

Lindsey B. Harmon joins the firm as an associate in the Fort Worth office’s Labor & Employment section.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on Extended Opportunity Zone Deadlines

Sean Bryan's column—entitled "IRS Again Extends Qualified Opportunity Zone Periods"—addresses the automatic extension through March 31 of a 180-day window for investing gains to qualify for the tax benefits of the program.

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Whitney Beckworth Named Tarrant County Bar Foundation 2020 Pro Bono Award Recipient

The Tarrant County Bar Foundation (TCBF) selected Whitney Beckworth as the TVAS 2020 Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer Award recipient.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on Second-Draw PPP Loans and Details

Sean Bryan's column—entitled "New Rules for New PPP Loans"—addresses new Interim Final Rules (IFR) and guidance issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, COVID-19 Relief Bill

Sean Bryan's column—entitled "New Law Expands PPP Loans and Provides Grants for Shuttered Entertainment Venues" —addresses key PPP issues.

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Sean Bryan Authors Column on PPP Loans For Mergers and Acquisitions

Sean Bryan's column—entitled "The SBA’s Stealthy Rule-Making For Mergers and Acquisitions" —addresses rules and documents affecting PPP loan borrowers.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on PPP Loan Necessity Questionnaires

Sean Bryan's column—entitled "PPP Loan Necessity Questionnaires" —addresses supplemental information and updates on loan necessity questionnaires provided by the Treasury and the SBA.

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Passing of William P. Hallman, Jr., Co-Founding Partner of Kelly Hart & Hallman

William P. Hallman, co-founder of Kelly Hart & Hallman, passed away on November 30, 2020.  

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on Non-Deductibility of PPP Covered Expenses

Sean Bryan’s column—entitled "IRS Doubles Down on Non-Deductibility of PPP Covered Expenses"—provides clarification on the non-deductibility of certain expenses paid with forgivable PPP loans.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Erin Arnold to New Orleans Office

Erin Arnold joins Kelly Hart as a senior associate in the Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization section.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Austin Franklin to Fort Worth Office

Austin Franklin joins the firm as an associate in the Litigation section.

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Kelly Hart Receives National Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" 2021

Kelly Hart receives top tier rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" 2021 survey, including four national rankings and 27 tier 1 metropolitan rankings.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on SBA Loan Necessity Questionnaires

Sean Bryan's article—entitled "Proposed SBA Questionnaires Regarding "Necessity" of PPP Loan"—addresses questionnaires requiring borrowers that received PPP loans of $2 million or more to provide additional information to support the certification that economic uncertainty made the loan necessary.

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Leslie Robnett Featured Speaker at Tarrant County Bar Association Brown Bag Webinar

Leslie Robnett recently spoke on "Growing the Texas Cannabis Market: State and Federal Cannabis Legislation Now and Tomorrow" at the TCBA Virtual Brown Bag 'Pot-Pourri' Seminar.

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Thirty Kelly Hart Attorneys Named 2020 Texas Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers named 30 Kelly Hart attorneys to its 2020 Texas Super Lawyers list.

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Six Kelly Hart Attorneys Earn Top 2020 Texas Super Lawyers Honors

Super Lawyers has named six Kelly Hart attorneys to its 2020 top honors lists.

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Pati Meadows and Sharon Millians Named Top 50 Texas Women Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers has named Pati Meadows and Sharon Millians to its 2020 Top 50 Texas Women Super Lawyers list.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on New Interim Final Rule for PPP Loan Forgiveness for Owner-Employees and Non-Payroll Items

Sean Bryan’s column—entitled “Paycheck Protection Program Simplifies Forgiveness for Small Borrowers and Confirms Certain Lender Review Responsibilities”—addresses supplemental PPP information and clarity on loan forgiveness documentation.

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Hannah Parks Featured Speaker at Nonprofit Leaders Virtual Luncheon Series

Hannah Parks recently spoke on "Addressing COVID-19 Employment Challenges" at the Virtual Lunch and Learn for Nonprofit Leaders.

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Kelly Ransom Authors Column in Energy Law Advisor

Kelly Ransom's column—entitled “Fifth Circuit Affirms Remand Orders in Louisiana Coastal Zone Lawsuits” and published in the Energy Law Advisor—addresses the federal appeals court's decision to prevent oil companies from moving Louisiana coastal wetlands lawsuits to federal court. 

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Jody Sanders Featured Speaker at Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys Meeting

Jody Sanders recently spoke on "Supersedeas Issues in the Appellate Courts" at the Texas Association of Appellate Court Attorneys (TAACA) virtual meeting.

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Kelly Ransom Serves as Managing Editor of Energy Law Advisor 2020

Kelly Ransom serves as managing editor of IEL's Energy Law Advisor, an online newsletter produced by the Institute for Energy Law.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on New Guidance for PPP Loan Forgiveness for Owner-Employees and Non-Payroll Items

Sean Bryan’s article—entitled "New Guidance for PPP Loan Forgiveness for Owner-Employees and Non-Payroll Items”—addresses supplemental information on PPP loan forgiveness and clarity on certain issues.

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Henry Robinson Named 2021 Labor Law-Union "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers in America® selected Henry Robinson as the 2021 Dallas/Fort Worth Labor Law - Union “Lawyer of the Year.”

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Lars Berg Named 2021 Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers in America® selected Lars Berg as the 2021 Dallas/Fort Worth Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”

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Forty-three Kelly Hart Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2021

Forty-three Kelly Hart attorneys were included in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© which is published annually in U.S. News & World Reports.

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Sean Bryan Authors Column on Guidance on Appeal of SBA’s PPP Loan Decisions

Sean Bryan’s column—entitled “"New Guidance on Appeal of SBA’s PPP Loans”—addresses additional information regarding Paycheck Protection Program loans and procedures to appeal SBA loan review decisions.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on New FAQs to the Payroll Protection Program Interim Final Rules

Sean Bryan’s column—entitled "New FAQs for PPP Loan Forgiveness”—addresses supplemental information and detail on PPP loan forgiveness.

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Michael McConnell Named to Lawdragon's 500

Lawdragon has named Michael McConnell to The 500—its 2020 list of the leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers.

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Jody Sanders Featured Speaker at Texas Bar CLE Webinar


Jody Sanders
recently spoke on "Fiduciary Duties" at the Texas Bar CLE Advanced Civil Trial Course webinar. 

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Nine Kelly Hart Attorneys Listed Among The Best Lawyers in America© "Ones to Watch" 2021

The Best Lawyers in America© has named nine Kelly Hart attorneys to its inaugural 2021 Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch list, which is published in U.S. News & World Reports.

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Loulan Pitre Authors Column in Biz New Orleans


Loulan J. Pitre Jr authored an article—entitled “Where We Go From Here" and published in the July issue of Biz New Orleans.

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Katherine Hopkins Moderates CLE Webinar on Business Reorganization

Katherine Hopkins recently moderated a CLE webinar on the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, sharing practical, fact-based information about business bankruptcy during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on Revisions to PPP Loan Rules for Loan Forgiveness

Sean Bryan's article—entitled "Revisions to PPP Loan Rules for Loan Forgiveness”—addresses changes in the law, as well as the announcement of a simplified PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form.

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Loulan Pitre Leads Effort in $500M Highway Project

Loulan J. Pitre leads in innovative finance and construction of $500+ million elevated highway project to Port Fourchon.

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Sean Bryan Authors Column on New Updates to Payroll Protection Program Interim Rules

Sean Bryan’s column—entitled "Update to PPP Interim Rules for Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act”—addresses rule changes and clarity on certain matters.

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Sean Bryan Authors Column on Extensions on Qualified Opportunity Zone Time Periods

Sean Bryan’s article—entitled “Treasury Extends Qualified Opportunity Zone Time Periods”—addresses extensions of time periods for investment in or by a qualified opportunity fund (QOF) as a result of the declaration of disaster due to COVID-19.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on New Extensions for Payroll Protection Program Loans

Sean Bryan column—entitled “New Extensions for PPP Loans ”—addresses extensions for both the application deadline and the cap on highly paid employees.

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Jane Jackson Authors Column in IEL's Energy Law Advisor

Jane Jackson authored an article in the May issue of IEL's Energy Law Advisor, an online newsletter produced by the Institute for Energy Law.

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Kelly Ransom Serves as Managing Editor of Energy Law Advisor

Kelly Ransom serves as managing editor of IEL's Energy Law Advisor, an online newsletter produced by the Institute for Energy Law.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on New Interim Final Rules on Payroll Protection Program Loans

Sean Bryan’s column—entitled “SBA Issues General PPP Forgiveness Rules”—addresses loan forgiveness requirements and guidance, legitimizing the provisions of the loan forgiveness application.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on Second Interim Final Rule on Payroll Protection Program Loans

Sean Bryan’s column—entitled “SBA Issues PPP Forgiveness Rules for Loans under Review”—addresses forgiveness of loans under review by the SBA.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on Payroll Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Sean Bryan’s column—entitled “Application Posted for Payroll Protection Program Loan Forgiveness”—addresses the U.S. Treasury Department's guidance on the loan forgiveness application.

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Fifty-seven Kelly Hart Lawyers Named 2019 Top Attorneys
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