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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."

Dee Kelly Jr. Appointed to Citizens Blue Ribbon Committee

Dee Kelly Jr. was recently appointed to serve on the Tarrant County Citizens Blue Ribbon Committee.

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Kelly Hart Receives Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV) Pro Bono Award

Kelly Hart Receives TLTV 2016 Law Firm Partner of the Year award.

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Chester Grudzinski 2016 Distinguished Alumni Honoree

Chester Grudzinski to receive the Texas Tech School of Law 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Mr. Grudzinski is being recognized for his significant contributions to the legal profession and to the law school.

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Loulan J. Pitre Jr. Earns Top Super Lawyer Honors

Loulan J. Pitre Jr. receives listing as a Top 50 Louisiana Super Lawyer.

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Rick Shelby Named Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star

Rick Shelby has earned selection to the 2017 Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

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Kelly Hart Names New Partners

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP is pleased to announce that David H. Garza, Preston R. Mundt, Clark H. Rucker, Kim D. Uskovich and Jeff Whitfield have been elected partners of the firm, Fort Worth office, effective January 01, 2017.

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Auld to Succeed Kelly as Managing Partner

Marianne Auld has been elected as the new Managing Partner of Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP effective January 1, 2017.  She succeeds Dee Kelly Jr who stepped down from the post at the end of 2016.  Mr. Kelly has served as the firm's Managing Partner since 2006.

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at 34th Annual CLE Conference

Louis Phillips is a featured speaker at the 34th Annual National CLE Conference January 4-6, 2017 in Snowmass, Colorado.

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Clark Rucker Elected President-Elect of CASA Tarrant County Board

Clark Rucker was recently elected to serve as President Elect of the Board of Directors of CASA of Tarrant County for 2017.

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Kelly Hart Represented Fort Worth Transportation Authority in Note Issuance

The Kelly Hart team of Jonathan Cranz, Brandon Hill and Dan Settle represented the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (“the T”) in a $325 million note issuance. 

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Torrie Poehls to the Firm

Torrie T. Poehls is an associate in the Estate Planning, Probate and Non-Profit section of the firm.

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Max Wright Elected to Petroleum Museum's Board of Trustees

Max Wright was recently elected to a three year term to the Petroleum Museum’s Board of Trustees. 

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Kelly Hart Attorneys Named 2016 “Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth Texas Magazine

Fort Worth, Texas magazine recognizes 70 Kelly Hart attorneys as 2016 "Top Attorneys" in their field. 

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Kelly Hart Represented Silverback Exploration LLC in $855 Million O&G Transaction

Centennial Resource Development to Acquire the Upstream Assets of Silverback Exploration in Reeves County for $855 million.

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at Jay Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference

Louis Phillips is a featured speaker at the 35th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference on November 17-18, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Louis will be speaking on Pre-Bankruptcy Planning.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Caroline Brownlie to the Firm

Caroline A. Brownlie joins the firm as an associate in the in the Corporate and Securities practice group.

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Russell Cawyer Posts Blog on Employee Hiring

Russell Cawyer posts article on the on the issue of non competes and restrictive covenants. 

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Russell Cawyer Posts Blog On The Texas Election Code

Russell Cawyer posts article on the Texas Election Code and an employer’s obligation to provide employees time off to vote.

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Kelly Hart Receives National Ranking in U.S. News - “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers released their 2017 “Best Law Firms” list. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism and its integrity.

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Ray Oujesky Inducted into Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District Hall of Fame

Ray Oujesky was recently inducted into the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District Hall of Fame. 

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Phil McCrury

Phillip McCrury joins the firm as Senior Counsel in the Estate Planning & Probate Practice Group, Fort Worth office.

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Bob Stewart Earns Who’s Who Legal Environment Honors

Bob Stewart was selected as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of Environment and is listed among in Who’s Who Legal Environment 2016. 

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Ronak V. Patel Receives Esteemed Patricia D. Struck Award

Ronak Patel selected as first recipient of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Patricia D. Struck Award.

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Louis Phillips Appointed Permanent Chair of LSU Seminar

Louis Phillips was recentlly appointed the permanent chair of the Annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar at LSU Law Center Auditorium.

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Travis Clardy Elected to CLEER Board

Travis Clardy was recently elected to the Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research (CLEER) Board.

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Melinda Barlow Featured Panelist at 2016 IMLA’s 81st Annual Conference

Melinda Barlow was a featured speaker at the International Municipal Lawyers Association 81st Annual Conference, September 28-October 2, 2016.

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Jody Sanders Featured Speaker at Texas Bar Association CLE

Jody Sanders recently spoke at the Texas Bar Association Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course 2016.  His presentation was titled, THE TEXAS CITIZENS PARTICIPATION ACT: How to Avoid (or Give) an Anti-SLAPP.

Mary Baker Featured in Midland Magazine

Mary W. Baker was selected by Midland Reporter-Telegram as one of Midland’s "20 Under 40" showcasing young, dynamic leaders living or working in Midland County and who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community.

Kelly Hart Welcomes New Associates

Caitlyn E. Hubbard and Nirav N. Patel join the firm as associates in our Fort Worth office.

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Ronak V. Patel Joins Kelly Hart

Ronak V. Patel joins the firm as a partner in the in the litigation section and handles a variety of civil litigation matters for businesses and individuals.

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Jody Sanders Featured Speaker at 39th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course

Jody Sanders was a featured speaker at the State Bar of Texas 39th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, August 17-19th, in Dallas, TX.

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Beth Thurman Appointed TCBA Real Estate Section Chair

Beth Thurman has been elected chair of the Tarrant County Bar Association Real Estate Section for a one year term. The Real Estate Section provides a forum for attorneys practicing in real estate law to hear topics of interest as well as opportunities to meet and network with other real estate attorneys. 

 

Four Kelly Hart Attorneys Earn 2016 Top Super Lawyers Listings

John Cayce Jr., David Keltner, Sharon Millians and Marshall Searcy earn special recognition in Texas Super Lawyers 2016 Top Lists. 

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Thirty-Five Kelly Hart Attorneys Named 2016 Texas Super Lawyers

Thirty-five Kelly Hart attorneys have been selected 2016 Texas Super Lawyers.

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Chester Grudzinski Appointed Co-Chair of State Bar of Texas Tax Section Committee

Chester Grudzinski has been recently appointed Co-Chair of the Partnership and Real Estate Tax Committee for the Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes New Associate to Baton Rouge Office

Amelia L. Bueche joins the firm as an associate in the Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Practice group, Baton Rouge office.

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Thirty-Six Kelly Hart Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

Thirty-Six Kelly Hart attorneys are listed among The Best Lawyers in America® 2017.

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Louis Phillips Named Best Lawyers® 2017 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Louis M. Phillips was chosen Best Lawyers® 2017 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year" for Baton Rouge.

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C. Andrew Weber Appointed to Greater Austin Performing Arts Center Board

C. Andrew Weber was recently appointed to the Long Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees,  in Austin, Texas.

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Benton Cantey Appointed to Bullock Texas State History Museum Board

Benton Cantey was named a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas for a 3-year term beginning August, 2016.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes New Associate to Fort Worth Office

Jennifer S. McDaniel joins the firm as an associate in the Corporate and Securities practice group in our Fort Worth office.

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Kelly Hart #4 in Vault’s 2017 Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For

Associates across the United States ranked the Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For

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Aimee Hebert and Bill Kerr Featured Speakers at Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute

Aimee Hebert and Bill Kerr were amongst the featured speakers at the 62nd Annual Institute of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

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Katherine Hopkins Elected Chair of TCBA Bankruptcy Section

Katherine Hopkins was elected Chair of the Tarrant County Bar Association's Bankruptcy Section for the 2016-2017 year. 

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James C. Scott Joins Kelly Hart

Kelly Hart & Hallman is pleased to announce that James C. Scott joins the firm as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group, Fort Worth office. Mr. Scott practice centers upon civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels in a broad range of commercial matters including oil and gas litigation, and financial and real estate litigation.

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Katherine Hopkins Receives Romina L. Mulloy-Bossio Achievement Award

Katherine Hopkins is the 2016 recipient of the Romina L. Mulloy-Bossio Achievement Award.  This award was created in memory of Ms. Mulloy-Bossio to honor her service as an outstanding young bankruptcy lawyer who exemplifies the highest degree of professional proficiency, service to her profession, and service to her community.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Article on Overtime Exemptions

Russell Cawyer pens article on the recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Labor on changes to the regulations regarding overtime exemptions.  The article, "New rules impact employers, workers" was published in the June 6, 2016 edition of Fort Worth Business.

David Keltner Appointed to State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education Committee

David Keltner was recently appointed to the State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education committee.  David’s term to run June 2016-June 2019.

Russell Cawyer Comments On Recent DOL Ruling

Russell Cawyer publishes an article on a final ruling from the Department of Labor raising the minimum salary an exempt employee must be paid to qualify under an overtime exemption.  The blog post, "DOL Announces Details of Final Rule Changing Regulations on the Overtime Exemptions" is published on the Texas Employment Law Update.

Bill B. Caraway Elected to ABOTA Membership

Bill B. Caraway, partner in the Midland office, has been elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a nationwide organization of trial lawyers devoted to the rule of law and the preservation of the civil and criminal justice systems.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes New Attorney

Nathan E McCune joins the firm as an associate in the Corporate & Securities practice group in Fort Worth.

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Marshall Searcy Receives Blackstone Award

Marshall Searcy received Tarrant County Bar Association’s most prestigious award, The Blackstone Award, given in recognition of a career that exemplifies professional aptitude, integrity and courage.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes New Associate

Greg J. Feeney joins the firm as an associate in the Oil & Gas/Energy and Environmental Law practice groups in our New Orleans office.

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Former Assistant City Attorney Joins Kelly Hart

Melinda H. Barlow joins the firm as senior counsel in the Litigation and Public Law Practice Groups.

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Seventeen Kelly Hart Attorneys Named Texas Rising Stars

Seventeen Kelly Hart attorneys have earned selection to the 2016 Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. 

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Marshall Searcy Receives Prestigious Blackstone Award

Marshall Searcy to receive the Tarrant County Bar Association’s most prestigious award, The Blackstone Award, given in recognition of a career that exemplifies professional aptitude, integrity and courage.

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Kelly Hart Represents W. T. Waggoner Estate in Historic Real Estate Transaction

The Kelly Hart team, representing the largest shareholder of the W.T. Waggoner Estate, made history with the closing sale of the largest ranch deal ever in the state of Texas.

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Former General Counsel to Texas Governor Joins Kelly Hart

David S. Morales has joined the firm as a partner in the Litigation, Administrative  Law and Public Law practice groups, Austin office.

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Kelly Hart Receives Tarrant County Volunteer Services (TVAS) Pro Bono Award

Kelly Hart Receives TVAS Pro Bono Law Firm Partner of the Year.

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Katherine Hopkins, Preston Mundt and Clark Rucker Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

Katherine Hopkins, Preston Mundt and Clark Rucker elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at 5th Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference

Louis Phillips will be discussing Oil and Gas Issues and Recent Cases during the 5th Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, January 24-26th in New Orleans. 

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Alan Hegi Featured Speaker at ARDA Executive Forum

Alan Hegi will make a presentation to the American Railway Development Association entitled ‘Scratching the Surface:  Railroads and Mineral Interests’ on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at ARDA's Executive Forum in Miami, Florida. 


KELLY HART & PITRE EXPANDS PRESENCE IN LOUISIANA

Kelly Hart & Pitre announces the opening of its second Louisiana location in the capital city of Baton Rouge.

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Mark L. Hart, Jr., Co-Founding Partner of Kelly Hart Dies.

Mark L. Hart, Jr., longtime managing partner and co-founder of Kelly Hart & Hallman, passed away on December 24, 2015.

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Travis Clardy Featured in the Cherokeean Herald

Travis Clardy provides his year in review as state representative for Cherokee, Nacogdoches and Rusk counties.

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Gary Carter authors article, "DRI Launches Public Utility Task Force" published in DRI monthly, December 2015

Gary Carter, Founder and Chair of the DRI Public Utility Task Force, authors article, "DRI Launches Public Utility Task Force" published in DRI monthly, December 2015.
DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, the magazine for defense, insurance and corporate counsel.

Clark Rucker Re-Elected to Board Position

Clark Rucker was recently re-elected to another 3 year term and chosen to serve as Treasurer of the CASA of Tarrant County board of directors for 2016.

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Kelly Hart Attorneys Recognized as “Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine

Fort Worth, Texas magazine recognizes seventy-seven Kelly Hart Attorneys as 2015 "Top Attorneys."   In its 15th annual listing, Fort Worth, Texas magazine features Tarrant County’s “Top Attorneys” in selected fields who were nominated by their peers.

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Loulan J. Pitre, Jr. Speaks at LSU Law School CLE

Loulan J. Pitre was a featured speaker at an LSU Law School CLE on Insurance Coverage in Legacy Litigation. The speaking engagement was held on October 30, 2015.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Happy Veteran’s Day!  Remember to honor the sacrifices and service of armed forces veterans this Veteran's Day.

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Travis Clardy Receives Champion of Access Award

Travis Clardy recently received the Friend of the First Amendment Award by the Texas Press Association (TPA). 

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Travis Clardy Featured Speaker at 2015 TRHA Annual Conference

Travis Clardy to discuss Policymakers and Perspectives at the 2015 TRHA Annual Conference - Rural Healthcare in the 21st Century, October 29-30, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel and Spa in Fort Worth.

Dee J. Kelly, beloved founder of Kelly Hart & Hallman, has passed


The Executive Committee of Kelly Hart & Hallman is deeply saddened to announce that the Firm’s beloved and legendary founder, Dee J. Kelly, unexpectedly passed away on October 2, 2015. The accomplishments of his great career, and his contributions to the community, are too legion to even begin to list in this brief announcement. It will suffice to simply say that he was truly a great man. While the entirety of his Firm grieves at his passing, we are committed to carrying on his great legacy of...

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Travis Clardy Honored for Hospital Advocacy Efforts

Travis Clardy to receive the Texas Health Advocacy Tribute Award from the Texas Hospital Association for his legislative work on behalf of good hospital and health care policy.




Kelly Hart Welcomes Two New Associates

Kelly Hart welcomes associates Kara A. Larson and Stephen M. Pocsik to the firm.

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Steve Ravel Featured Speaker at 39th Annual Texas Association of Bank Counsel Convention


Steve Ravel
speaks at the Texas Association of Bank Counsel's 39th Annual Convention, October 1-2, 2015, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans. Steve's presentation topic, "What Bank Lawyers Should Know About Energy Workouts And Bankruptcy"
The TABC convention is open to attorneys who represent state, national and savings banks and other financial service providers, large or small, and those who practice with a regulatory agency with jurisdiction over these entities.

Toby Galloway Interviewed by Fort Worth Business


Toby Galloway was interviewed in Fort Worth Business article, "Preparation key to thwarting cyber attacks", September 21-27, 2015. 




Russell Cawyer Posts Blog on Employee Meal Periods

Russell Cawyer publishes a new article on the U.S. Court of Appeals opinion in an FLSA case over the compensability of meal periods. The blog post, “Fifth Circuit Holds Mandatory Travel Time May Render Meal Periods Compensable under FLSA”  is published on the Texas Employment Law Update.

Kelly Hart Welcomes New Partner

Bill B. Caraway joins Kelly Hart as a partner in the Oil & Gas/Energy Practice Group, Midland office.

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Chester Grudzinski Appointed Chair of State Bar of Texas Tax Section

Chester Grudzinski has been recently appointed Chair of the Partnership and Real Estate Tax Committee for the Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Two New Associates

Hannah Penley joins the firm as an associate in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Fort Worth office and Jeff Kuhnhenn joins the firm as an associate in the Oil & Gas/Energy Practice Group, Midland office.

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Thirty-Six Kelly Hart Attorneys Listed Among The Best Lawyers in America 2016®

Thirty-Six Kelly Hart attorneys are listed among The Best Lawyers in America 2016®.

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Kelly Hart Overturns a 1.8 Million Verdict on Appeal

The Kelly Hart team of Bill Warren, Sharon Fulgham, David Keltner and Stacy Blanchette obtained the reversal of a trial court judgment for breach-of-contract. 

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Gary M. Carter, Jr. joins the firm as a partner in the New Orleans Office

Gary M. Carter, Jr. joins the firm as a partner in the New Orleans office. Mr. Carter represents individuals, corporations, and other institutional clients in all aspects of litigation and trials. 

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Russell Cawyer Comments on Texas Open Carry Law

Russell Cawyer publishes a new article on employer requirements as the open carry bill is signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.  The blog post,Texas Governor Signs Open Carry Law –Employers Have Time to Prepare is published on the Texas Employment Law Update.

 

Kelly Hart Announces New Partner in Charge of Austin Office and Office Move

Andrew Weber, former First Assistant Attorney General of Texas under now- Governor Gregg Abbott, is the new Partner in Charge of Kelly Hart & Hallman's Austin office. His appointment coincides with the office's move to the 20th floor of 303 Colorado Street effective July 1, 2015. 

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Russell Cawyer Posts Blog on Recent Texas Supreme Court Ruling

Russell Cawyer publishes a new blog post, "Texas Supreme Court Reverses Million Dollar Verdict in Retaliation Case.”   Mr. Cawyer's blog is published on the Texas Employment Law Update. 

Russell Cawyer Comments on Dealing with Transgender Employees

Russell Cawyer publishes a new blog post, "Texas Employers Should Educate Themselves on Dealing with Transgender Employees,” on Texas Employment Law Update.

The Texas Supreme Court Rules Favorably in Anti-SLAPP Case

In a case of first impression in Texas, the Kelly Hart appellate team led by John Cayce persuaded the Texas Supreme Court that Texas’ Anti-SLAPP statute allows Range Resources the right to proceed with its defamation counterclaim against a plaintiff who falsely alleged that Range’s fracing activities polluted his water supply.

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Kristi Hudson Receives Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year Award

Kristi Hudson Receives Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year Award

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Russell Cawyer Comments on WARN Act Implications

Russell Cawyer publishes a new blog post, "Oilfield Service Providers Should Consider WARN Act Implications Prior to Making Job Cuts,” on Texas Employment Law Update.

Dee J. Kelly Recipient of Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award

Dee J. Kelly is a recipient of the 2015 Texas Bar Foundation Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award. The Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer Award was the first award established by the Texas Bar Foundation, in 1974. The award recognizes attorneys whose practice spanned fifty years or more, and who adhere to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to the public.

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Toby Galloway Quoted in The Texas Lawbook

Toby Galloway interviewed in The Texas Lawbook article, “TPG Capital Taps Fort Worth SEC Official to Lead Corporate Compliance,” January 23, 2015. 

David Keltner Featured in Texas Lawyer Story

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a judgment against Amarillo-based AQHA in which the District Court determined that AQHA violated antitrust laws by declaring cloned horses ineligible for AQHA breed registration. David Keltner was interviewed by Texas Lawyer on the Fifth Circuit's decision in Abraham v. American Quarter Horse Association

Kelly Hart Wins Reversal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a judgment against Amarillo-based AQHA in which the District Court determined that AQHA violated antitrust laws by declaring cloned horses ineligible for AQHA breed registration.  Rendering judgment for AQHA, the Fifth Circuit held that the Plaintiffs’ antitrust claims against AQHA failed as a matter of law.  Specifically, the Plaintiffs’ claim for violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act failed because the Plaintiffs did...

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Forty-Three Kelly Hart Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2020
U.S. News & World Reports