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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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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 Article 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 Plantiffs "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 Plantiffs “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 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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Drew Neill Featured Speaker at Texas Bar CLE Webinar

Drew Neill recently spoke on “Choice of Entity & Acquisitions in the Current Environment – What You Need to Know Now” at the TexasBarCLE webinar.

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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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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on New TWC Guidance For Unemployment Claimants

The Texas Workforce Commission has promulgated rules allowing employees to continue receipt of benefits even if rejecting a return to suitable work.

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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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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Unemployment Benefits for Employees Refusing to Return to Work

If a business reopens and an employee chooses not to return to work, they become ineligible for unemployment, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

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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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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Act establishes a $349 Billion program to issue payroll protection loans intended to encourage small businesses to retain their employees and remain in business during this crisis.

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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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Jody Sanders Launches Texas Appellate Law Podcast


The Texas Appellate Law Podcast covers topics of interest to lawyers handling civil appellate matters in Texas courts.

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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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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Emergency Paid Leave Act of 2020

The Bill, if passed by the Senate, will provide paid sick leave and unemployment benefits to employees taking leave as a result of COVID-19.

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Jody S. Sanders Earns Top Texas Rising Stars Honors

Jody Sanders earned special recognition in the Texas Rising Stars 2020 Top 100 List.

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Fifteen Kelly Hart Attorneys Named Texas Rising Stars

Fifteen Kelly Hart attorneys have been selected as 2020 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

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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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Jody Sanders Featured Speaker at 12th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation Course

Jody Sanders recently spoke on “Ch. 33: How to Make the Best Use Of and Avoid Pitfalls Under Texas’ Proportionate Responsibility Scheme” at the Texas Bar CLE’s Damages in Civil Litigation Course. 

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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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Hannah Parks Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law


Hannah Parks
is board certified in Labor and Employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 

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Russell Cawyer Featured Speaker at Employment Lunch & Learn


Gus Bates Insurance and Investments recently hosted a Labor and Employment Lunch & Learn, featuring
Russell Cawyer.

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David Keltner and Taylor Spalla Co-Author Texas Title Disputes Paper

David Keltner and Taylor Spalla co-authored a paper titled “The Presumed Grant Theory and its Application to Texas Title Disputes.”  

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David Keltner Featured Speaker at State Bar of Texas Oil and Gas Disputes 2020

David Keltner recently spoke on “The Presumed Grant Theory and its Application to Texas Title Disputes” at the Texas Bar CLE’s Oil and Gas Disputes 2020.

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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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Elizabeth Berthiaume Featured Panelist at Texas A&M School of Law Event


Elizabeth Berthiaume
recently spoke at the Texas A&M School of Law “Latinos in Law” event regarding the Latino/a experience in law school and how being a Latina shaped her career trajectory.

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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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John Cayce Sworn In as Tarrant County Bar Association President

John Cayce recently was sworn in as president of the Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA).

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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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Russell Cawyer Pens Blog on San Antonio’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Barring legal action and an injunction, employers that have an employee performing at least 80 hours per year in San Antonio should be prepared to comply with the city’s new paid sick leave ordinance beginning on August 1, 2019.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

Employers in Dallas and San Antonio must prepare for the implementation of the local paid sick leave laws that take effect August 1, 2019.

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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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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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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Arbitration Agreements of Interstate Truck Drivers

Transportation companies utilizing arbitration agreements should consider whether to implement and apply state law rather than the Federal Arbitration Act.

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David W. Cook and Jody S. Sanders Earn Top Texas Rising Stars Honors

David Cook and Jody Sanders earned special recognition in the Texas Rising Stars 2019 Top 100 List.

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Nineteen KH Attorneys Named Texas Rising Stars

Nineteen Kelly Hart attorneys have been selected as 2019 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on the Legality of CBD Oil in Texas

The possession, use, or sale of CBD oil is a felony under state law—except for CBD oil that has a THC concentration of less than .5 percent and is prescribed for intractable seizures by a physician licensed and registered to prescribe the oil (and confirmed by a second physician).

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Six Kelly Hart Attorneys Named to 2019 Fort Worth Inc.’s The 400
Fort Worth Inc.