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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 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 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 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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Sean Bryan Authors Article on Additional Draws on PPP Loans

Sean Bryan’s column—entitled “Additional Draws on PPP Loans for Partnerships and Employers with Seasonal Employees"—addresses the new Interim Final Rule on PPP loans.

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Sean Bryan Authors Column on Certification for Payroll Protection Program Loans

Sean Bryan’s column—entitled “Guidance on Certification for Payroll Protection Program Loans-Repayment Rather Than Penalties”—addresses the SBA's provisions of FAQ #46, regarding good faith certification of the necessity of a Payroll Protection Program loan.

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Katherine Hopkins Featured Panelist at Texas A&M University School of Law Event

Katherine Hopkins recently spoke on the Chapter 11 Small Business Reorganization Act at the Texas A&M University (TAMU) School of Law Webinar.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on New PPP Rules

Sean Bryan’s column—entitled “Tightening the PPP Rules as the IRS Awakes”—addresses new Interim Final Rules regarding Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans. 

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on PPP Application and Certification

The  Payroll Protection Program (PPP) application requires an applicant certify, on penalty of fines or imprisonment, that the loan is necessary to support its ongoing operations.

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Sean Bryan Authors Article on Alternative Sources of Government Funds During Covid-19

The Families First Corona Response Act and the CARES Act entitle employers and self-employed individuals to claim payroll tax credits.

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Hannah Parks Authors Blog on Employer Considerations for Returning Employees After COVID-19 Shutdowns

The EEOC recently clarified its update to its Pandemic Preparedeness in the Worklplace and the ADA Guidance. 

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IRS Moves Tax Day To July 15


Treasury and IRS Delay Federal Tax Day from April 15 to July 15 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

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The CARES Act: What You Need To Know


The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Temporary Regulations on Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Expansion Acts

On April 1, 2020, the DOL issued its regulations on the paid leave provision of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The Rule defines “quarantine or isolation orders” to include a broad range of governmental orders.

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Loulan Pitre Named CityBusiness 2020 Driving Forces Honoree


New Orleans CityBusiness has selected Loulan Pitre as a 2020 Driving Forces Award recipient.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The U.S. Department of Labor published Questions and Answers on the soon-to-be effective Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act

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Lesli Harris Presents Sound Advice American Bar Association Podcast


Lesli D. Harris recently presented a Sound Advice podcast on scandalous and obscene trademarks for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation IP subcommittee.

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Kelly Ransom Named CityBusiness 2020 "Leadership in Law" Honoree

Kelly Ransom has been chosen to the New Orleans CityBusinessLeadership in Law” Class of 2020.

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at the Fifth Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference


Louis Phillips recently spoke on “Applying Objective Reasonableness:  The Many Questions That Remain After Taggart V. Lorenzen” at the Fifth Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 5-7, 2020. 

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Lars Berg Selected Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America

Lars Berg recently was chosen to become a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) Trial Lawyer Honorary Society.

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Kelly Ransom Appointed to Institute for Energy Law’s Executive Committee


Kelly Ransom 
recently was appointed to serve on the Institute for Energy Law’s (IEL) executive committee.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Andrew W. Homer

Andrew Homer has joined Kelly Hart as an associate in the firm’s Corporate & Securities section.

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Derek Montgomery Joins Kelly Hart

Derek Montgomery joins Kelly Hart's Midland office as a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Appellate practices.

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at 39th Annual Mississippi Bankruptcy Law Conference


The 39th Annual Bankruptcy Law Conference 
will be held on November 14-15, 2019, at the Oxford Conference Center in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Tiffany Means Authors Column in The Energy Dispatch


Tiffany P. Means
penned an article in the October 2019 issue of The Energy Dispatch, a news publication produced by
The Institute For Energy Law's Young Energy Professionals  (IEL).

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Kelly Hart Receives National Rankings from 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

Kelly Hart earned top tier rankings in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings, including four national rankings and 28 first-tier metropolitan rankings.

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Nirav Patel Authors Column in The Energy Dispatch


Nirav Patel
penned an article in the October 2019 issue of The Energy Dispatch, a news publication produced by the Institute for Energy Law’s Young Energy Professionals (IEL).

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Kelly Ransom Serves as Issue Editor of The October Energy Dispatch

Kelly Ransom served as editor of the October 2019 issue of The Energy Dispatch, a news publication produced by the Institute for Energy Law’s Young Energy Professionals (IEL).

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Braden Allman Joins Kelly Hart

Braden Allman joins the firm as an associate in the Fort Worth office’s Labor & Employment section.

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Twenty-Nine Kelly Hart Attorneys Named 2019 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers named 29 Kelly Hart attorneys to its 2019 list.

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David Keltner Earns Top Texas Super Lawyer Honors

David Keltner has been recognized as a Top 10 Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers.

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Nancy Ribaudo Selected Master Member in the John C. Ford American Inn of Court

Nancy Ribaudo recently was chosen to become a Master member in the John C. Ford American Inn of Court.

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Forty-Three Kelly Hart Attorneys Named The Best Lawyers in America® 2020


Forty-three Kelly Hart attorneys were included in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© which is published annually in U.S. News & World Reports.

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Travis Alley Joins Kelly Hart


Travis Alley
joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Fort Worth office’s Corporate & Securities section.

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Hannah Parks Authors Column in the Fort Worth Business Press


Hannah Parks
authored an article addressing what businesses need to know about service and emotional support animals in the workplace.

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Sean Bryan Authors 3-Part Article in Fort Worth Business Press

Sean Bryan penned a 3-part article, “New Guidance for Investment in Qualified Opportunity Zones—Part I, II, and III, which recently was published in the Fort Worth Business Press.

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James E.McClain Joins Kelly Hart

.James McClain joins Kelly Hart in the Fort Worth office’s Corporate and Securities section.J

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Louis M. Phillips Featured Speaker at 13th Annual Texas Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference

The 13th Annual Texas Bench Bar Conference provided current and informative advice on the issues most important to bankruptcy and insolvency practitioners.

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Rick Shelby Featured Speaker at Louisiana State Bar Association Bankruptcy Seminar

Rick Shelby recently spoke on “Everybody Wants a Discharge—What Is It and How to” at the Louisiana State Bar Association Bankruptcy Code seminar in New Orleans.

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Kelly Hart Partner David S. Morales Confirmed as United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas

The United States Senate confirmed David S. Morales to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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Loulan Pitre Featured Speaker at Second Annual Coastal Law in Louisiana Seminar

Loulan J. Pitre recently spoke on “Coastal Project Development—Public and Private” at the second annual Coastal Law in Louisiana seminar in New Orleans.

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Alan Hegi and Michael McConnell Featured Speakers at American Railway Development Association Executive Forum

Alan Hegi and Michael McConnell recently spoke to the Executive Forum of the American Railway Development Association (ARDA) regarding issues and risks in tenant bankruptcy.

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at the 14th Annual Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Creditor Rights Retreat

The 14th Annual Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Creditor Rights (BICR) Retreat will provide the most current and informative advice on the issues most important to bankruptcy and insolvency practitioners.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Meredith W. Knudsen

Meredith W. Knudsen joins the firm as an associate in the Litigation practice group.

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TCU Dedicates Expanded, Renovated Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center

Texas Christian University held a dedication ceremony on December 7, 2018 to mark the completion of a major expansion and renovation of the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center.

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Henry Robinson Authors Article in the Employee Relations Law Journal

Henry Robinson penned an article, “How Employers and Employees may Minimize Current Fiduciary Risks under ERISA,” to be published in the Spring 2019 Employee Relations Law Journal.

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Sean Bryan Authors Column in Fort Worth Business Press

Sean Bryan authored an article addressing Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs) and the deferral of tax on capital gains that are invested in these QOZs.

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Thirty-two Kelly Hart Attorneys Newly Selected Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation

The Texas Bar Foundation has selected thirty-two Kelly Hart attorneys as Fellows of the Foundation. Fellows are selected for outstanding professional achievements and a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout Texas.

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Rachel Scarafia Appointed to South Louisiana Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network Board

Rachel Scarafia recently was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Women’s Energy Network (WEN) South Louisiana Chapter for a one year term.

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at 24th Annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar

The 24th Annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar was held on November 8 and 9, 2018 at LSU Law Center.

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Kelly Hart Receives Top Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Kelly Hart earned high rankings in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings, including 4 national rankings and 26 first-tier metropolitan rankings.

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Cheryl Leb Honored as a 2018 Great Woman of Texas

The Fort Worth Business Press selected Cheryl Leb as a 2018 Great Woman of Texas. 

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Kelly Hart Hosts Nonprofit Leaders Luncheon Series

Together with JPMorgan Chase Bank and Whitley Penn, Kelly Hart hosted the fourth in a series of Lunch and Learns for Nonprofit Professionals at McDavid Studio on September 25, 2018. 

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Anna Brandl Featured Speaker at the Executive Women’s Club of Midland Luncheon Series

Anna Brandl recently spoke to the Executive Women’s Club of Midland on the fundamentals of intellectual property. 

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Sven Stricker to Austin Office

Sven Stricker joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Austin office’s Litigation section.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Lesli D. Harris

Lesli D. Harris joins Kelly Hart as Of Counsel in the New Orleans Office’s IP and Litigation sections.

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Heidi Angel Featured Speaker at the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas Speaker Series

Heidi Angel is scheduled to speak at the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas (DSPNT) educational speaker series on special needs planning and guardianship.

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Jack S. Wilson Joins Kelly Hart

Jack S. Wilson joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Midland office’s Oil & Gas/Energy Section.

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Twenty-eight Kelly Hart Attorneys Recognized on 2018 Texas Super Lawyers List

Texas Super Lawyers named twenty-eight Kelly Hart attorneys to the 2018 list.

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Loulan Pitre Elected Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America

The Construction Lawyers Society of America has elected Loulan J. Pitre Jr., to its Fellowship.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Elizabeth Spencer Berthiaume

Elizabeth Spencer Berthiaume joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Fort Worth office's Corporate & Securities Section.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Hillary Hunter

Hillary Hunter joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Midland office’s Oil & Gas/Energy section.

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Sharon Millians Elected to TCU AddRan College of Liberal Arts Board of Visitors Executive Committee

Sharon Millians recently was elected to the Executive Committee of the TCU AddRan College of Liberal Arts Board of Visitors for a two year term.

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Forty-Three Kelly Hart Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2019

The Best Lawyers in America© has named 43 Kelly Hart attorneys to its Best Lawyers® list which is published annually in U.S. News & World Reports.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Jonathan I. Heathman

Jonathan Heathman joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Fort Worth office’s Corporate & Securities Section.

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Kelly Hart Represents Appliance Distributors of Louisiana in Sale to Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

Kelly Hart represented Appliance Dealers of Louisiana (ADL) in its sale to national plumbing retailer Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

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Kelly Hart Represents Mustang Energy Services in Sale to Extreme Plastics

Kelly Hart represented Mustang Energy Services in its sale to private equity-backed competitor Extreme Plastics Plus (EPP).

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Elizabeth A. Cuneo

Elizabeth Cuneo joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Fort Worth office’s Litigation Section.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Daniel Lichtl

Daniel Lichtl joins Kelly Hart as a partner in the New Orleans Office’s Corporate and Securities Section.

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Cheryl Leb Elected Chair of Tarrant County Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section

Cheryl Leb recently was elected to serve as Chair of the Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) Intellectual Property Law Section for a one year term beginning in July of 2018.

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Kelly Hart Attorneys Named 2018 Top Attorneys by 360 West Magazine

The July issue of 360 West magazine recognizes 84 Kelly Hart lawyers selected by their peers for inclusion in the Top Attorneys list.

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Jane Jackson Authors Column in Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (“LOGA”) Industry Report

Jane Jackson authored an article addressing the recent uptick in lawsuits filed under Louisiana’s environmental citizen suit statute.

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Alan Hegi Elected Vice Chair of Law Section of the American Railway Development Association

At the annual American Railway Development Association (ARDA) meeting in New York, Alan Hegi was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Law Section of the ARDA.

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Kelly Hart Represents Circus Property and Three Ring Remainder in Real Estate Transaction

Peter Kopfinger recently represented Circus Property I, LLC and Three Ring Remainder I, LLC in the sale of seven restaurant properties.

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David Keltner Featured in Texas Lawbook Story

The Texas Lawbook interviewed David Keltner for its story on his receipt of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Blackstone Award.

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Kelly Hart Named TVAS 2019 Law Firm Partner Award Recipient
Tarrant County Bar Association