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

In a 9-2 city council vote, San Antonio joined Austin to become the second city in Texas to require private employers to provide paid sick leave.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Austin’s Sick Leave Ordinance

The Austin Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked implementation of Austin’s sick leave ordinance.

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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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Rachel Scarafia Selected for Institute of Energy Law Inaugural Leadership Class

The Institute of Energy Law (IEL) has chosen Rachel Scarafia to participate in its inaugural Leadership Class

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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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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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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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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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Christopher R. Wilkes Joins Kelly Hart

Christopher R. Wilkes joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Fort Worth Office’s Corporate and Securities Section.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Robert H. Baker

Robert H. Baker joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Austin Office’s Corporate and Securities Section.

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David Keltner Featured in Fort Worth Business Press Story

Fort Worth Business Press interviewed David Keltner on receiving the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Blackstone Award.

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Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes 5 Kelly Hart Attorneys

Chambers USA has ranked 5 Kelly Hart lawyers for excellence in its 2018 edition. Two of the Firm’s lawyers have achieved Band 1 rankings in their respective practice area.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Orest B. Dachniwsky

Orest B. Dachniwsky joins Kelly Hart as Senior Counsel in the Fort Worth Office’s Litigation Section.

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David Morales Nominated to Serve as United States District Judge

President Donald Trump has announced his nomination of Kelly Hart & Hallman partner David S. Morales to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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Aimee Hebert Featured in New Orleans CityBusiness Story

New Orleans CityBusiness interviewed Aimee Hebert on how and why mineral royalties came to be classified as “rent” under the state mineral code.

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Katherine Hopkins and Clark Rucker Elected to Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association Board

Katherine Hopkins and Clark Rucker recently were elected to serve as Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association (TCYLA) President and Treasurer, respectively.  Each was elected to a six-month term beginning March 2018. 

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Jane Jackson Featured Speaker at Louisiana State University Mineral Law Institute

Jane Jackson recently spoke on “Citizen Suits Under Environmental Statutes” at the LSU Mineral Law Institute.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Employee Fiduciary Duties

In Texas, absent a valid non-compete agreement, an at-will employee generally is free to compete with the former employer so long as the employee does not take or use the company’s confidential information or trade secrets.  A recent case from the El Paso Court of Appeals helps define what constitutes preparing to compete versus actively competing.

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Loulan Pitre Featured Panelist at Tulane Environmental Law & Policy Summit

Loulan J. Pitre Jr  recently spoke on “Coastal Litigation” at the 23rd Annual Tulane Environmental Law & Policy Summit.

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Seventeen Kelly Hart Attorneys Named 2018 Texas Rising Stars

Seventeen Kelly Hart attorneys have been selected as 2018 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

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Cheryl Leb Contributing Editor to Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Cheryl Leb served as a contributing editor for Right of Publicity Laws: Texas, a Q&A resource published by Thomson Reuters.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on the Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) launches the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, a wage violation self-reporting program.

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Loulan J. Pitre Featured Speaker at Coastal Law Seminar

Loulan J. Pitre Jr was a featured speaker at the Coastal Law Seminar on March 1, 2018  on the topic, “Coastal Law in Louisiana—The Historical Perspective.” 

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Michael McConnell and Louis Phillips Featured Speakers at the Fifth Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference

The Fifth Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, which was held February 21-23, 2018, provided plenary sessions featuring ethics, evidentiary issues, the aftermath of the most recent Supreme Court cases, and the state of the middle class.

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David Keltner Receives Tarrant County Bar Association’s Blackstone Award

The Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) has selected David Keltner to receive the prestigious Blackstone Award.

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Aimee Hebert Appointed by Louisiana State Law Institute

Aimee Hebert recently was appointed by the Louisiana State Law Institute to serve on its Mineral Law Committee.

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Russell Cawyer Posts Blog on Unpaid Intern Test

Russell Cawyer authors blog on the Labor Department's Revisions to the Unpaid Intern Test.

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Tiffany Means Joins Kelly Hart Midland Office

Tiffany P. Means joins the firm as an associate in the Oil & Gas/Energy section.

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Mary Baker Named 2018 Woman of Distinction

The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest selected Mary W. Baker a 2018 Woman of Distinction. 

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Kelly Hart Welcomes J. Austin Franklin to the Firm

J. Austin Franklin joins the firm as an associate in the Litigation Section.  

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Nancy Ribaudo and Shauna Wright Named 2017 Pro Bono Award Recipients

Nancy Ribaudo and Shauna Wright have been selected to receive the Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services (TVAS) Pro Bono Awards for Attorney Volunteer and Attorney Mentor, respectively. 

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Twelve Kelly Hart Attorneys Admitted to Pro Bono College

The State Bar of Texas has admitted twelve Kelly Hart attorneys to the 2017 Pro Bono College.

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Louis M. Phillips Earns Top Super Lawyer Honors

Louis Phillips has been recognized as a Top 50 Lawyer by Louisiana Super Lawyers.

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Rick Shelby Named 2018 Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star

Rick Shelby has been selected as a 2018 Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Deducting Payouts on Sexual Harassment Settlements

Russell Cawyer's blog post—entitled “New Tax Law Limits Deductibility of Sexual Harassment and Abuse Settlements Containing Nondisclosure Provisions” and published on the Texas Employment Law Update—addresses provisions of the new tax reform law signed by President Trump on December 20, 2017. 

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Age Discrimination in Facebook Job Ads

Russell Cawyer's blog post—entitled “New Lawsuit Claims Companies Discriminate Against Older Workers in Facebook Job Placement Advertising” and published on the Texas Employment Law Update—addresses a recent lawsuit filed by three workers and the Communication Workers of America against T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox Communications, and Cox Media Group.

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Krystin Frazier Featured in CityBusiness “Ones to Watch”

Krystin Frazier is included in the New Orleans CityBusiness “Ones to Watch” feature that focuses on up and coming professionals in their respective fields.

Kelly Hart Represents Pegasus Resources in $300 Million Private Equity Commitment

The Kelly Hart team of Tom Hegi, David Cook, Todd Spake, and Drew Neill represented Texas-based royalty acquisition company Pegasus Resources in connection with a $300 million equity commitment  from EnCap Investments LP.

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Kelly Hart Serves as Bond Counsel for Southwest Region Deal of the Year

The Bond Buyer selected Kelly Hart’s client, The Fort Worth Transportation Authority, for the Southwest Region Municipal Bond Deal of the Year.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Kyle N. Harter to the Firm

Kyle Harter joins the firm as an associate in the Fort Worth office’s Corporate & Securities practice group. 

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

Kelly Hart receives high rankings in the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings, including 6 national rankings and 26 first-tier metropolitan rankings.

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Kelly Hart Pitre Wins in United States and Louisiana Supreme Courts

Kelly Hart Pitre prevails in the United States and Louisiana Supreme Courts for client South Lafourche Levee District.

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Dana Stayton Honored as a 2017 Great Woman of Texas

The Fort Worth Business Press has named Dana Stayton a 2017 Great Woman of Texas in recognition of her significant business, civic, and social contributions. 

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Jeff Whitfield Chosen 2017 Community Champion Award Finalist

Presbyterian Night Shelter has selected Jeff Whitfield as a finalist for the Community Champion Award based on his service to our country and our community.

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Ronak Patel Featured Speaker at Practising Law Institute (PLI) Webcast

At a recent PLI webcast on Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement, Ronak Patel participated in a panel discussion addressing state enforcement initiatives, developments, and priorities.

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Russell Cawyer and Hannah Parks Co-Author Blog on Tracking Employee Worktime

Russell Cawyer and Hannah Parks co-authored an article addressing the use of biometric systems to tracks hours.

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Russell Cawyer Quoted in Star-Telegram

The Star-Telegram interviewed Russell Cawyer on the legality of Jerry Jones’s anthem stance.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Kayla M. Matus to the Firm

Kayla Matus joins the firm as an associate in the Corporate & Securities practice group.  

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Marianne Auld Named 2017 Law “Good Scout” Recipient

The Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America selected Marianne Auld as the 2017 Law “Good Scout” Honoree.

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Kelly Hart Fort Worth Welcomes New Associates

Janese Dudash, David Miles and Greg Roper join the firm as associates in our Fort Worth office.

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) Annual Convention

At the recent NABT Annual Convention, Louis Phillips participated in a panel discussion addressing recent developments in bankruptcy law.

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David Keltner Named 2018 Appellate "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers in America® selected David Keltner as the 2018 Dallas/Fort Worth Appellate “Lawyer of the Year.”

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Claudia Carrizales Joins the Firm

Claudia Carrizales joins the firm as an associate in the New Orleans office’s Oil & Gas/Energy section.

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David Keltner Earns Top Super Lawyer Honors

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

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Twenty-nine Kelly Hart Attorneys Named 2017 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers names twenty-nine Kelly Hart attorneys to the 2017 list.

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Gracie Garcia Joins the Firm

Gracie Garcia joins the firm as an associate in the Fort Worth office’s Litigation Section.

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Russell Cawyer and Hannah Parks Co-Author Blog on Workplace Attendance and Telecommuting

Russell Cawyer and Hannah Parks co-authored an article addressing a recent decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Forty-One Kelly Hart Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2018

Forty-one Kelly Hart attorneys were recognized as The Best Lawyers in America® 2018.

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Russell Cawyer Posts Blog on Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

Russell Cawyer posts an article on a recent affirmation of summary judgment from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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Kelly Hart Represents Quality Hill LLC in Real Estate Purchase

The Kelly Hart team of Sharon Millians, Jenny Rosell, and Sean Bryan represented Quality Hill LLC, a Jim Finley entity, in the purchase of office buildings and acreage located at 2001 Beach Street from 2001 Beach Street Investors, L.P.

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

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reverses judgment against Kelly Hart client.

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Nirav Patel Recognized as Top 50 Multicultural Lawyer

The Texas Diversity Council has recognized Nirav Patel as a Top 50 Multicultural Lawyer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

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Kelly Hart actively supports the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s legal diversity efforts