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
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...
Toby Galloway is a featured panelist at the 37th Annual UT Law Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law, Feb 12-13, 2015 at Cityplace Conference Center in Dallas. The conference is sponsored by University of Texas Law School and features comprehensive discussions of relevant topics for those representing or working for public or private companies on business, financial and governance matters.
Dee Kelly Jr. was recently elected to serve on the Tarrant County Bar Foundations Board of Directors. The Tarrant County Bar Foundation is a charitable organization formed under the auspices of the Tarrant County Bar Association. The Tarrant County Bar Foundation was established in 1997 to support and expand its commitments to "justice, service, and professionalism" by funding important community service projects. These projects include crucial legal services to needy citizens and education of...
Derek W. Anderson, Mary W. Baker, Dirk E. Eshleman (Life Fellow), Toby M. Galloway (Life Fellow), Brandon M. Hill, Evan M. Malloy, Henry H. Robinson, Howard L. Rosenthal and Jeffrey E. Whitfield have been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for outstanding professional achievements and a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout Texas. Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is...
Michael McConnell was interviewed in The Texas Lawbook story, "Shadow Banking Leads to Plunge in Texas Business Bankruptcy Filings.”
Brandon M. Hill has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for outstanding professional achievements and a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout Texas.
Mary W. Baker has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for outstanding professional achievements and a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout Texas.
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP is pleased to announce Brandon M. Hill, Darren J. Keyes, Evan M. Malloy, Richard T. McMillan II, Derek L. Montgomery and Jody S. Sanders have been elected Partners of the Firm effective January 1, 2015.
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers released their 2015 “Best Law Firms” list. Firms listed are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
Michael McConnell Appointed to Advisory Council of the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center for Energy, Law and Business
Michael McConnell appointed to a three-year term on the Advisory Council of the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center (KBH) for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Brandon Hurley chair of the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission. The commission manages and disposes of low level radioactive waste, while maintaining the health, safety and welfare of citizens.
Dee Kelly, Jr. was selected as the 2014 Distinguished Citizen honoree by the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes noteworthy and extraordinary leadership of citizens in communities across the United States. The lives of distinguished citizens put into place guideposts that serve to inspire our youth to lead, to accept responsibility, and to care about principles and causes beyond self-interest.
Kelly Hart was acknowledged as a supporter of TAJC’s Access to Justice Campaign during National Pro Bono Week with a reception honoring law firms and individual attorneys that support access to justice efforts in Texas. This year’s Access to Justice (ATJ) Campaign raised more than $1.1 million from more than 8,270 attorneys across the state.
Russell Cawyer posts a new article, "Texas Employee Awarded $11.6M by Austin Jury in Defamation Case.” Russell's blog is published on the Texas Employment Law Update.
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP announced the opening of a new office in Midland, Texas. Joining the firm are Harold L. Hensley, Jr., William B. Burford, and C. D. Martin, all of whom formerly practiced with the Hinkle Hensley firm headquartered in Roswell, New Mexico. Also adding oil and gas expertise to the Midland office are partners Max Wright, Mary Baker and Anna Brandl.
John Cayce, Jr., David Keltner, Sharon Millians and Marshall Searcy earn special recognition in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists. In addition to being recognized as a 2014 Texas Super Lawyer, Kelly Hart attorneys with the highest point totals from each category were selected for the following:
Twenty-eight Kelly Hart attorneys have been selected and will be listed in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition.
Russell Cawyer posts a new article, “NFL Could Take a Lesson from Human Resources in Conducting Investigations." Russell's blog is published on the Texas Employment Law Update.
Thirty-two Kelly Hart Attorneys have been named 2014 Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Thirty-Three Kelly Hart attorneys are listed among The Best Lawyers in America 2015®. They include:
Bob Stewart and Brenda Clayton represented Formosa Plastics Corporation, Texas before the United States Environmental Protection Agency to secure a greenhouse gas Prevention of Significant Deterioration construction permit for Formosa's facility in Point Comfort, Texas.
Brenda Clayton to speak at the State Bar of Texas, Suing and Defending Governmental Entities CLE Course, July 31-August 1, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Her presentation is titled, "Hydraulic Fracturing, Close to Home."
Loulan Pitre to speak at the LOGA Industry Seminar and CLE, September 15-16, 2014, at the JW Marriott in New Orleans. Loulan will conduct a joint presentation titled, "The Importance and Use of Historical Evidence in Light of LL&E" with environmental historian, Jason Theriot, Ph.D.
Kelly Hart & Hallman has opened a new office location at 400 Poydras St., Suite 1812, in New Orleans with Loulan J. Pitre Jr., a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, as partner in charge. The Louisiana office will do business as Kelly Hart & Pitre.
Kelly Hart is a member of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, LMOGA, a trade association exclusively representing all sectors of the oil and gas industry operating in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. LMOGA serves exploration and production, refining, transportation, marketing and mid-stream companies as well as other firms in the fields of law, engineering, environment, financing and government relations.
Russell Cawyer posts a new article on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear a case involving whether and to what extent pregnant employees are entitled to reasonable accommodations for conditions related to their pregnancy. The case is Young v. UPS.
Four Kelly Hart partners were selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of the prestigious Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide.
Fort Worth, Texas Magazine recognizes sixty-six Kelly Hart Attorneys as 2013 "Top Attorneys." In its 13th annual listing, Fort Worth, Texas magazine features Tarrant County’s “Top Attorneys” in selected fields who were nominated by their peers.
Kelly Hart selected as one of Martindale-Hubbell's 2014 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms. Martindale-Hubbell chooses these firms by identifying U.S. law firms of 10 or more attorneys, where at least one-third of the attorneys in the firm achieved the AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating.
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP has received a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers' “Best Law Firms.”
The Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor to present Chester Grudzinski with the distinguished Silver Beaver Service Award. The award recognizes registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.