Dee Kelly Jr. was recently appointed to serve on the Tarrant County Citizens Blue Ribbon Committee.
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Kelly Hart Receives TLTV 2016 Law Firm Partner of the Year award.
Loulan J. Pitre Jr. receives listing as a Top 50 Louisiana Super Lawyer.
Rick Shelby has earned selection to the 2017 Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.
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.
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.
Louis Phillips is a featured speaker at the 34th Annual National CLE Conference January 4-6, 2017 in Snowmass, Colorado.
Fort Worth, Texas magazine recognizes 70 Kelly Hart attorneys as 2016 "Top Attorneys" in their field.
Centennial Resource Development to Acquire the Upstream Assets of Silverback Exploration in Reeves County for $855 million.
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.
Russell Cawyer posts article on the Texas Election Code and an employer’s obligation to provide employees time off to vote.
Ray Oujesky was recently inducted into the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District Hall of Fame.
Phillip McCrury joins the firm as Senior Counsel in the Estate Planning & Probate Practice Group, Fort Worth office.
Ronak Patel selected as first recipient of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Patricia D. Struck Award.
Louis Phillips was recentlly appointed the permanent chair of the Annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar at LSU Law Center Auditorium.
Melinda Barlow was a featured speaker at the International Municipal Lawyers Association 81st Annual Conference, September 28-October 2, 2016.
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.”
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.
Jody Sanders was a featured speaker at the State Bar of Texas 39th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, August 17-19th, in Dallas, TX.
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.
Amelia L. Bueche joins the firm as an associate in the Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Practice group, Baton Rouge office.
Thirty-Six Kelly Hart attorneys are listed among The Best Lawyers in America® 2017.
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.
Jennifer S. McDaniel joins the firm as an associate in the Corporate and Securities practice group in our Fort Worth office.
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 was recently appointed to the State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education committee. David’s term to run June 2016-June 2019.
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, 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.
Nathan E McCune joins the firm as an associate in the Corporate & Securities practice group in Fort Worth.
Greg J. Feeney joins the firm as an associate in the Oil & Gas/Energy and Environmental Law practice groups in our New Orleans office.
Seventeen Kelly Hart attorneys have earned selection to the 2016 Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.
Kelly Hart Receives TVAS Pro Bono Law Firm Partner of the Year.
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.
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.
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.
Travis Clardy recently received the Friend of the First Amendment Award by the Texas Press Association (TPA).
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...
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.
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.
Bill B. Caraway joins Kelly Hart as a partner in the Oil & Gas/Energy Practice Group, Midland office.
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.
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.
Thirty-Six Kelly Hart attorneys are listed among The Best Lawyers in America 2016®.
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.
Henry Robinson publishes article, “Applying NRLA Section 7 to Company Policies and Related Discipline” in the Labor Law Journal (Vol. 66, Issue 2, Summer 2015).
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.
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 publishes a new blog post, “DOL Issues Administrator Interpretation on Misclassification of Independent Contractors.” Russell's blog is published on the Texas Employment Law Update.
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.
Kristi Hudson Receives Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year 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.
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.
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...