Alumni in the News

December 2015

December 23— UHLC Alumnus Larry "Max" Maxwell ‘83 returns to private practice at Max Maxwell Law Practice, P.C., specializing in health law, while continuing to serve as general counsel for the Adventist Health System's Texas hospitals. 

December 22— A “year in review” article on the International Chamber of Commerce website mentioned that UHLC students Rose Badruddin ‘15 and Brandon Schrecengost ‘15 won this year’s International Commercial Mediation Competition.  more...

December 22—UHLC alumnus Carl Richie, Jr. ‘89 was recently sworn in as the Senior Vice President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, according to an article on the Texas A&M University—Commerce website. more...

December 21— Coats Rose, P.C. Welcomes UHLC Alumnus, Tracy Galimore ’08more...

Dwayne L. Mason ’93 supports IPIL and diversity December 22— Dwayne L. Mason ’93 supports IPIL and diversity 

Dwayne Mason ’93, a shareholder at Greenburg Traurig and head of the Texas Intellectual Property Litigation Group, is accustomed to both hard work and helping others. More... 

December 16— UHLC alumnus Greg Kopel ‘97 has been appointed as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Sanchez Energy Corporation, according to a press release from the company.  More…

December 15—UHLC Alumni Abe S. Goren ’78 and David C. Groff ’92, shareholders with Wilson Cribbs & Goren in Houston and one of the largest real estate law firms in Texas, have been selected to the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list for Real Estate.  More…

December 12— Law360 reports that UHLC alumnus Justin Whittenburg ‘04 has rejoined his former employer Baker & McKenzie.  More…

December 10— UH Law Center alumnus James Lloyd ‘06 has been elected to partner at Pillsbury.  More…

Randy W. Williams ’85December 8—UHLC alumnus Randy W. Williams ’85, attorney for Thompson & Knight LLP, has been selected for inclusion in “Top Lawyers” by Houstonia magazine.  More...

Bruce Tough ’80December 7— Houston News reports that UHLC alumnus Bruce Tough ’80, was recently honored with the Woodlands Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award.  More…

December 2—UHLC alumni Jordan Hirsch '07 and Michelle Scheffler '06 have been elected as partners at Andrews Kurth for 2016, according to press release from the firm. More…

November 2015

November 30—UH Law Center alum Scott Armstrong, who has joined the Houston law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend as an Associate. More…

November 24— Chamberlain Hrdlicka announces the recognition of 13 attorneys in the 2015 edition of Super Lawyers' Business Edition two of which are UHLC alumni Kevin Jewell '93 and Juan Vasquez '77. More…

November 23— UHLC alumnus Kevin Connelly '07 recently joined Foster Pepper PLLC's office in Spokane. More…

November 21— Commercial Dispute Resolution News Magazine reports that UHLC alumnus Benjamin Pollock was promoted to partner at King & Spalding. More…

November 20— BuySellSignals.com has named UHLC LLM alumnus Frank Niehage '95 as one of the top 10% of CEOs in Germany based on FinTech Group's performance over the past year. More…

November 19— UHLC alumnus, Gerald A. Morton '88, was hired by Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc.(Houston) as General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development of the Company, according to the Form 8-K filed with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). More…

November 18—Wendel Rosen adds UHLC Employment Attorney Evelin Bailey '06 to their roster. More…

November 18— Named partner R. Scott Downing '91 was among the elite group of 12 Family Law attorneys selected by the editors of D CEO magazine for the inaugural edition of the Dallas 500, which recognizes "the most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth" in various professional categories. More…

November 18— UHLC alumnus William N. Finnegan IV '81 has been named one of Law360's Energy MVPs of 2015, according to an article on the Law360 website. More…

November 17—Coats Rose, P.C. has just hired UHLC alumni K. Greer Kuras '15 and Kelvin Falvo '15. More…

November 13— The Texas Office of the Attorney General has announced that UHLC alumni Amanda Crawford ‘99, Lesli Ginn ‘05, Priscilla M. Hubenak ‘79 and Al Ochoa '82 have all received staff appointments. more...

November 12— Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP has hired UHLC alumna Allison Edwards ‘99 to join its Houston Office, according to an article reported by Law 360 (available through Lexis Advance.

November 12—UHLC law student Karla Pérez is one of 99 nominees for the Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year, according to an article reported by the Dallas Morning News. UHLC alumnus, State Senator John Whitmire was also named as one of the nominees.  more...

aptain Reginald E. McKamie '86November 10— The University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Black Graduate Business Leaders on October 30, 2015 at a ceremony in Los Angeles named UHLC alum Captain Reginald E. McKamie ’86, Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

November 10— UHLC alumna Julie Chicoine ‘90 has been selected as general counsel of the Texas Hospital Association, according to a press release.

Byron Jay Lewis '86November 10—: UHLC alumnus Byron Jay Lewis ‘86 has been named Man of the Year by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, according to an article on the Monitor website. more...

Bill Jackson '92Nov. 9 Bill Jackson ’92, University of Houston Law Center alumnus and former
UH Law Alumni Association President has had a string of recent successes at the helm of Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC.  In recognition for its environmental litigation practice, the firm earned the title of 2015 “Texas Lawyer Litigation Group of the Year.”  Members of the firm accepted the award at a dinner in Dallas on Oct. 22. more...

November 9—Three UHLC alums, Harry Fleming ’83, Kent Hanszen ’92 and James Willi ‘05 have made the list of Top 100 Fastest Growing Cougar Led Businesses. more...

November 6— The Buzbee Law Firm issued a press release announcing that UHLC alumnus, Tony Buzbee ’97, has been named the Texas Lawyer 2015 Attorney of the Year. more...

November 6— Texas Lawyer announced that one of its 2015 Professional Excellence Awards for Lifetime Achievers was awarded to UHLC alumnus Richard “Racehorse” Haynes ‘56. more...

November 6— Greenberg Traurig, LLP issued a press release stating that UHLC alumnus Dwayne L. Mason ‘93 is a finalist for the Texas Minority Counsel Program’s 2015 Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year Award. more...

November 5—UHLC alumnus Geoffrey Bracken ’84 was selected to the 2015 ‘Who’s Who in Energy’ List. more...

November 5— UHLC alumnus Marvin Nathan ‘66 was elected as national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, according to an article available on TexasLawyer.com. more...

November 3—Three UHLC alumni have been named “Lions of the Texas Bar”, Carole E. Dinkins ’71, Charles Matthews ’70 and Charlie Parker ’74. more...

November 3— UHLC alum Ann Ryan Robertson ‘77 with Locke Lord has been named to “Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2016” List. more...

October 2015

Richard “Dick” Sayles ’74October 29—Alumnus Richard “Dick” Sayles ’74 is being recognized as a Texas Litigation Star. more...

October 22— UHLC alumnus, Paul Sarahan ’93, has joined Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs PC, according to an article reported by Law 360, available on Lexis Advance. more...

October 21— A press release from the Anti-Defamation League announced that UHLC alumnus, Marvin D. Nathan ’66, has been elected as the organization’s new National Chair. more...

October 19—An article in The Monitor announced that UHLC alumnus, Byron Jay Lewis ‘86, President and Chief Executive Officer for Edwards Abstract and Title Co., has been named as the 2015 Man of the Year by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. He will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Installation Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Echo Hotel and Conference Center. more...

October 17—Phelps Dunbar LLP issued a press release stating that UHLC alumnus John Elsley ‘79 has joined its Houston office. more...

Trevor Jefferies ‘94 October 13— UHLC alumnus Trevor Jefferies ‘94 will be joining CS Disco Inc. as Senior Client Counsel, according to a press release. more...

October 12— Governor Greg Abbott has appointed UHLC alumnus, Don Clemmer ’81, as judge of the 450th Judicial District Court in Travis County, according to an announcement on the governor’s website. more...

October 9— Thompson & Knight Partner and UHLC alum Annette L. Tripp ‘85, has been elected Vice President of Texas Association of Bank Counsel. more...

October 8— UHLC alum Palak J. Shah ’15 has joined Shook Houston’s Intellectual Property practice.  more...

October 8— UHLC alum, Gerry Lowry ‘84 of Norton Rose Fulbright was featured in an article reported by Law360. more...

October 5— UHLC alum Monica Raspino ’15 has joined the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP.  more...

John Tobola ‘97October 1—UHLC alumni, Stacy Russell ‘97, and John Tobola ‘97, were recently appointed as new members to the Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS Board of Directors for the 2015-16 season, according to an announcement available on YourHoustonNews.com.  more...

September 2015

Andy Cao ‘01 September 17-Andy Cao ‘01 has been named in the 2015 edition of Texas Super Lawyers "Rising Stars,” according to a press release issued by McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC. and available on BusinessWire.com. more...

Barry Rabon '94Chris Ryman ‘79September 15—Coats Rose attorneys Barry Rabon '94 and Chris Ryman ‘79, named to 2015 Texas Super Lawyers List.  more…

Mo Aziz ’03September 15- Mo Aziz ’03 a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, and his recognition on the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list. more...

Judge Lisa Jarrett ‘93September 15- Judge Lisa Jarrett ‘93 has been appointed to the Task Force on Improving Outcomes for Juveniles Adjudicated of Sexual Offenses by Gov. Abbott, according to an announcement from the governor’s office. more...

Philip Tesch ’84September 12- Philip Tesch ’84 Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Ridgewood, NJ will install UHLC alumnus, Rev. Philip Tesch as its intentional interim pastor during the worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, September 13, 2015, according to an article reported by Ridgewood News. more...

September 11- Stuart Lapp ’85 Stibbs & Co., P.C. issued a press release stating that UHLC alumnus Stuart Lapp has joined the firm. more...

Senator Royce West ‘79.September 11- An article about a new Texas state law on medical billing mentioned that the bill was co-authored by UHLC alumnus and Texas State Senator Royce West ‘79. more...

Jeffrey M. Peterson ‘02September 10—UHLC alumnus Jeffrey M. Peterson ‘02 has joined McGuireWoods’ healthcare practice as a partner in the firm’s Dallas office according to a press release available on the firm’s website. more...

 

Richard Schwartz ’79Travis Wahl ’90September 10—Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP attorneys Richard Schwartz ’79 and Travis Wahl ’90 included on 2016 Best Lawyers in America list.  more…

August 2015

Judge Phyllis Randolph Frye ‘81 August 30—An article about UHLC alumna and Houston Municipal Court Judge Phyllis Randolph Frye ‘81 appeared in the New York Times. The article discussed her life and activism in support of equal rights for transgender men and women.  more...

 

Senator Royce West ‘79 August 30—A Blue Ribbon News article regarding new Texas child protection laws mentions that UHLC alumnus and Texas State Senator Royce West ‘79 was honored with a “Children’s Champion” award from Texans Care for Children.  more...

 

August 27— Governor Greg Abbott has appointed UHLC alumnus, Chad Bridges ‘94 as judge of the 240th Judicial District Court in Fort Bend County for a term set to expire at the next general election in November 2016, according to an announcement available on FortBendStar.com. more...

August 26— Law360 reported that UHLC alumna Mary Goodrich Nix ‘97 has joined the Dallas office of Holland & Knight LLP. more...

August 25—Steve Susman was selected as a Lifetime Achiever by Texas Lawyer as part of their first annual Professional Excellence Awards. more...

August 24— Justin V. Switzer, has joined Thompson & Knight’s Houston office as Counsel in the Real Estate and Banking Practice Group. more...

August 20—Provost Umphrey attorneys James E. Payne ’93,  Joseph J. Fisher II ‘93, D'Juana Parks ’90 and Colin D. Moore ’03 was selected to Best Lawyers. more...

August 20— Thompson & Knight attorneys Tim Samson ‘90, Jerry Metcalf ‘73, Bill McDonald ‘79, Randy Williams ‘85, Hunter White ‘89, Becky Jolin ‘88, and Mitchell Ayer ‘89 have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. more...

August 20— Orsinger Nelson Downing & Anderson attorney Scott Downing ’91 honored in Best Lawyers in America 2016.more...

August 18—Gardere attorneys Lawrence Pirtle ’66, Michael Abbott ’80, Geoffrey Bracken ‘84, and Jeffrey Davis ’92 honored in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.more...

Nancy Hamilton ‘89

Mike Nasi ’94James Prappas ‘85John Ransom ‘82

August 18— Jackson Walker attorneys Barron Bogatto ‘86, Glen Boudreaux ‘76, Nancy Hamilton ‘89, Mike Nasi ’94, James Prappas ‘85 and  John Ransom ‘82 honored in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. more...

 Zelda Howell ’10August 20— UHLC alumna, Zelda Howell ’10 authored an article, “K-1 Fiance(e Visa Versus I-130 with Immigrant Visa Processing,” reported in the Bender’s Immigration Bulletin (20-16 Bender’s Immigr. Bull. 02 (2015). more...

August 20—Texas Lawyer recently named Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC (founded by alumni Bill Jackson ’92 and Micheal W. Dobbs ’99 the 2015 Litigation Department of the Year for their work in environmental litigation. more...

August 20—UHLC alumnus, Larry Gatlin ‘71 was featured in an article available on the Buckeye Lake Beacon’s website, regarding the Gatlin Brothers’ 60th anniversary celebration. more...

August 20—Sam Houston State University issued a press release recognizing UHLC alumnus, Alan Tinsley ‘89 for distinguished accomplishments and service. more...

August 18—The Houston Business Journal website announced that several UHLC alumni including Lance Lightfoot ‘99, John K. Rentz ‘91, Michael Donaldson ‘92, Justin Whittenburg ‘04, Peter Watson ‘01, Holly Anderson ‘85, Evan Hofmann ‘07, Shaw Ottis ‘05, Clare Doyle ‘82, Shelley Smithson ‘05, and Frank Ballard ‘06 are finalists for the publication’s 2015 Best Corporate Counsel Awards. more...

Lucy Bassli ‘96August 19— UHLC alumna Lucy Bassli ‘96, who is Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft, was profiled in an article available on the Bloomberg Big Law Business website.  more...

Judge Laryssa Korduba ‘03August 19— UHLC alumna Judge Laryssa Korduba ‘03, who was recently elected as Harris County Precinct 4's new Justice of the Peace, was profiled in an article on the OurTribune.com website. more...

August 19— A press release from the University of Phoenix School of Business regarding the university’s recent win at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM Student Case Competition – West Division indicates that UHLC alumna Dr. Rosalie Lopez ‘90 is the faculty advisor for the team. more...

Judge Darlene Byrne ‘87August 16— Judge Darlene Byrne ‘87, a UHLC alumna, was quoted in an Austin Monitor article regarding a plan to replace the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse. more...

Stuti Trehan Patel ‘96August 15— UHLC alumna The Honorable Stuti Trehan Patel ’96was interviewed by the Indo American News on becoming the Fort Bend County’s youngest and first South Asian Associate District Judge for the 204th and 400th Districts.  more...

Tony Buzbee ‘97August 15— The Southeast Texas Record reported that UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee ‘97 recently won a $159M jury verdict in a lawsuit over the Valero refinery fire.  more...

Stuti Trehan Patel ‘96August 14—Alumna The Honorable Stuti Trehan Patel ’96 has been appointed Associate District Court Judge in Fort Bend County, Texas. more…

 

August 12—Texas Lawyer Announces Its 2015 Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law Winners. The Honorable Ravi K. Sandill ’01 and Mr. James E. Payne ’93 are among the recipients. more…

August 9— A Law360 article reports that UHLC alumnus Celina R. Joachim ‘04 has rejoined Baker & McKenzie LLP and will return to her labor and employment law practice at the firm. more…

August 9— UHLC alumnus David Fettner ‘92 was profiled in Texas Lawyer as “litigator of the week” after a final judgment awarded his client $3 million in damages and $154,000 in attorney fees. more…

August 8— UHLC alumnus and Houston City Council member, C.O. Bradford ‘92 was mentioned in an article available on WBBH (NBC-2, Fort Myers, FL)’s website, regarding the language of the upcoming referendum (recently approved by the Houston City Council) for voters to decide whether to either repeal or affirm the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. more…

he Honorable Stuti Trehan Patel ’96August 6— : AccessHealth has announced that UHLC alumnus, Tariq Zafar ’00 is the newest member of its board of directors, according to an article available on FortBendStar.com.  more...

August 4— UHLC alumna Constance Ariagno ’92 has left Squire Patton Boggs and is now working for the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas, according to an article on the American Lawyer website.

August 4— UHLC alumnus Doug Lowe ‘78 has been appointed to the Texas Lottery Commission by Gov. Greg Abbott, according to an announcement from the governor’s office.  more...

Royce B. West ’79August 3— A bill sponsored by Texas state Senator and UHLC alumnus Royce B. West ’79 during the recent legislative session was discussed in an article published in the Wichita Falls Times Record News. The legislation establishes a grant that lets police receive funding for body cameras and sets policy on how to use them. Senator West was also quoted in the article.  more...

Kent Schaffer ‘81Brian Wice ‘79August 2— An article on the Dallas Morning News website reports that UHLC alumnus Kent Schaffer ‘81 and UHLC alumnus and former adjunct professor Brian Wice ‘79 are the special prosecutors appointed to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's securities fraud case.  more....

 

July 2015

Senator Royce West ‘79July 31— Newsweek noted that a recently-vetoed Texas mental health bill was authored by UHLC alumnus Senator Royce West ‘79more...

Judge Darlene ByrnJuly 31— Nevada Business Magazine reported that UHLC alumna Judge Darlene Byrne ‘87 has become president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ board of directors. more...

Tony Buzbee ‘97 July 31— The Austin Chronicle quoted UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee ‘97 identifying the remaining charge against Governor Rick Perry as a misdemeanor. more...

July 30—UHLC alumna Deborah Wiemers ‘83 Hemphill has passed away. An obituary was published on Legacy.com and is scheduled to appear in the Houston Chronicle on August 2. more...

July 27— Texas State Senator and UHLC alumnus Royce West ‘79 appeared on Inside Texas Politics to discuss political changes that could result from the jailhouse death of Sandra Bland.  Video of the interview is available at http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/politics/2015/07/26/inside-texas-politics-72615/30693973/.  Comments from Senator West regarding the death of Ms. Bland also appeared on other news sites such as the Sentinel Republic website and PPPFocus.com.

July 27— UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee ’97 was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article regarding the high costs associated with defending and prosecuting former Gov. Rick Perry’s abuse-of-power case.  This story also appeared on the San Antonio Express News website.  more...

July 26—UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee ‘97 was quoted in an Associated Press article regarding the dismissal of one of two felony indictments against his client, Governor Rick Perry. A number of news outlets republished the AP article or provided their own coverage of the story, among them the Houston Chronicle, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Reuters, The Guardian, and U.S. News and World Report.  more...

July 24—The precinct chairs in Ector County have decided to recommend UHLC alumnus John Cliff ‘74 to Gov. Greg Abbott for his appointment for the newly-created 446th District Court, according to an article on the Odessa American website. more...

July 24— UHLC alumna, Magali Suárez Candler ‘89 of Suárez Candler Law, PLLC., was featured in a press release available on Satprnews.com. more...

July 24—UHLC alumna, Maryann B. Zaki’s ‘13 article, “Gauging the Toxic Tort Landscape One Year after Texas Supreme Court's Ruling in Bostic,” was published in the Texas Lawyer and available on TexasLawyer.com.

July 24—Business Wire reported that UHLC alumnus Layne Albert ‘93 has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a partner in the firm’s tax practice.  more...

July 24—UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee ‘97 was identified in a photograph alongside Rick Perry in an Associated Press article regarding Mr. Perry’s efforts to change his image for his second presidential campaign.  more...

July 24—UHLC alumnus Bill Cliff will speak at an open forum in Odessa July 20 to tell local precinct chairs why they deserve the recommendation to Gov. Greg Abbott for his appointment to the new 446th District Court in Ector County.  more...

July 24—Texas State Senator and UHLC alumnus Royce West ‘79 was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article regarding the death of a woman in a jail cell in Waller County. Senator West has asked the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety to release any video it has of the arrest of the woman. Additional articles quoting West appeared on the Associated Press and Newser websites.  more...

July  24— An article in the Omaha World-Herald reports that the Health Center Association of Nebraska has appointed UHLC alumna Amy Behnke ‘99 as its new chief executive. more...

July 24— UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbees ‘97 contributions to Rick Perry’s presidential campaign were noted in articles appearing in the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Tribune.  more...

July 24— A Houston Chronicle article regarding the cost of Rick Perry’s legal defense in fighting his indictment for felony abuse-of-power quoted one of his attorneys, UHLC alumnus Tony Buzbee ‘97more...

July 24— Worldwide Tax Daily reported that UHLC alumnus Joel Edelmann ‘91 has joined file hosting service Dropbox as the company's new global head of tax.  more...

July 24— A statement from UHLC alumnus Chip B. Lewis ‘94 was included in a Valley Morning Star article about the extradition of a man sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2007. Mr. Lewis’ client, a former judge, released the man for a brief period prior to the commencement of his sentence.  more...

July 24— UHLC alumnus and retired Judge Lupe Salinas ‘72 authored a book recently published by Michigan State University Press, U.S. Latinos and Criminal Injustice. A book signing event will take place at Grotto Restaurant on July 29, 2015 from 4-7 pm.  more...

July 24— UHLC alumnus, Judge Pedro Ruiz ‘89 (currently an Associate Judge serving Fort Bend County for the 240th, 268th, 400th and 434th Judicial District Courts) has announced his retirement, according to an article available on FortBendStar.com. more...

July 24— UHLC alumnus, Sam Stricklin ‘87 has joined the Dallas firm, Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP as a partner, according to an article reported by Law 360. more...

July 24— Focus Daily News reported that UHLC alumnus Senator Royce West ‘79 was co-counsel for a plaintiff recently awarded $21M in a sexual assault case.  more...

July 24— An article appearing on KXAN.com reported that UHLC alumnus Archie Carl Pierce ‘74 was appointed to serve as special prosecutor in a contempt of court case pending against Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty.  more...

July 24— UHLC alumnus Ricky Raven ‘86 has joined Reed Smith LLP according to a press release on the firm’s website.  more...

July 22—Layne J. Albert ’93 has joined Grant Thornton LLP as a partner in the firm’s tax practice. more...

July 20—UHLC alumnus Maryann Zaki '13 published an article in the Texas Lawyer more...

July 17—UHLC alumnus and retired judge Lupe Salinas ‘72 authored a book recently, U.S. Latinos and Criminal Injustice. A book signing event will take place at Grotto Restaurant on July 29, 2015 from 4-7 pm. more...

July 17—Amy R. Behnke ’99 has been appointed as the new CEO of the Health Center Association of Nebraska. more...

July 17—Joel Edelmann ’91 has joined file hosting service Dropbox as the company's new global head of tax. more...

SamStricklin ’87 July 14—Samuel M. Stricklin ’87 became a Partner with Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP. more…

Quentin D. Brogdon ’89 July 13—Quentin D. Brogdon ’89 has joined the Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP law firm in Dallas.

Archie Carl Pierce ‘74July 13—Archie Carl Pierce ‘74 was appointed to serve as special prosecutor in a contempt of court case pending against Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty. more...

Ricky A. Raven ’86July 12—Ricky A. Raven ’86 has joined Reed Smith LLP.

Timothy A. Million ’05July 9—Timothy A. Million ’05 has joined Hughes Watters Askanase L.L.P as an associate.

Erin E. Lunceford ’88July 9—Erin E. Lunceford ’88 was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as judge of the 61st Judicial District Court in Harris County.

July 7—Marc K. Miller ’94 joined McCann Investigations as General Counsel. more…

Muhammad S. Aziz ’03July 6—Muhammad S. Aziz ’03 was selected as a 2015 member of the “Nation’s Top One Percent” list by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. more…

Garrett HugheyJuly 5—UHLC student Garrett Hughey has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as a student regent for the University of Houston system. more…

Randall P. Gunter ’00July 2—Randall P. Gunter ’00 will serve as legal counsel for Humble ISD. more…

July 1—Catherine Herrington Hale has been recognized for her excellence in personal injury law. more…

June 2015

Philip D. Vasquez ’87, ’98

June 25—Philip D. Vasquez ’87, ’98 has been appointed as Senior VP of FuenteLegal.com. more…

Derek J. Anchondo ’99

June 24—Derek J. Anchondo ’99 has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder. more…

The Honorable Darlene Byrne ’87

June 24—The Honorable Darlene Byrne ’87 was named Judge of the Year at the 2015 National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Awards of Excellence. more…

Lucy Endel Bassli ’00

June 22—Lucy Endel Bassli ’00 was profiled as one of the “Outstanding Women Lawyers” of 2015 by The National Law Journal. more…

Janeen S. Judah ’94

June 22—Janeen S. Judah ’94 has been selected as the 2017 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. more…

Jack M. Rains ’67

June 22—Jack M. Rains ’67 will be be honored at the Aggie Legends Banquet. more…

Ester KimJune 18—Esther S. Kim ’15 was named as a 2015 Texas Equal Justice Works Fellow. more…

Jespal S. Lotay ’09June 18—Jespal S. Lotay ’09 has been named to the S.A. Scene magazine “Best S.A. Lawyers” list for 2015. more...

Victor G. Carrillo ’94June 18—Victor G. Carrillo ’94 was appointed as CEO by Zion Oil & Gas. more...

Mark Comuzzie ’90June 17—Mark Comuzzie ’90 has been named to the S.A. Scene magazine “Best S.A. Lawyers” list for 2015. more...

Steve A. Ramon ’96June 17—Steve A. Ramon ’96 has been named to the S.A. Scene magazine “Best S.A. Lawyers” list for 2015. more...

June 17—Dr. Robert M. Gould ’96 was named as a partner in the new Chicago office of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP. more...

James H. Hall, II ’03Stephen Edwards ’92Dr. Marilyn McConnell Huston ’97Azadeh Khadem ’05Sean P. McDermott ’07Coe F. Miles ’97Linh Bui ’10Katherine Franco ’09Domingo M. Llagostera ’09Daniel R. Peterson ’08Russel T. Wong ’85Stephen D. Zinda ’12

June 15—Blank Rome LLP added former Wong Cabello attorneys and UHLC alumni to their Houston office: James H. Hall, II ’03, Stephen Edwards ’92, Dr. Marilyn McConnell Huston ’97, Azadeh Khadem ’05, Sean P. McDermott ’07, Coe F. Miles ’97, Linh Bui ’10, Katherine Franco ’09, Domingo M. Llagostera ’09, Daniel R. Peterson ’08, Russel T. Wong ’85, & Stephen D. Zinda ’12 . more…

June 12—Robert S. Bennett ’74 will be the guest speaker at the Katy Bar Association meeting on June 30. more...

June 11—Laura Gibson ’84 is the new president of the Houston Bar Association. more...

June 9—Neely Munnerlyn ’98 has been recognized by The Legal 500 US 2015. more...

June 9—Timothy Samson ’90 has been recognized by The Legal 500 US 2015. more...

June 8—The Honorable Nelda L. Blair ’82 was featured in YourHoustonNews. more...

May 2015

May 20—Stephen Moll ’90 received top recognition in Chambers USA for 2015 more...
May 28—Ricky Raven ’86 has been recognized as one of Houston’s “Top Lawyers” for 2015 by H Texas magazine. more...
May 28—Hunter H. White ’89 has been recognized as one of Houston’s “Top Lawyers” for 2015 by H Texas magazine. more...
 May 15—Celina Joachim ’04 was selected as a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. more...
 May 15—Wasif Qureshi ’04 was selected as a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. more...
May 13—Barbara Canales ’92 will deliver the keynote address at Del Mar College’s commencement ceremony. more...
May 13—W.G. “Trey” Griggs III ’95 has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Calpine Corporation. more...
May 6—Alumnus Gregory C. King ‘85 has joined the firm of EnCap Flatrock Midstream, according to a Business Wire press release. more...
May 6—Alumna Shanisha Smith ’14 was one of the team members (advised by Professor Zach Bray) to win $10,000 in scholarship funding in the Texas Energy Innovation Challenge. more...
May 11—Alumna Jennifer Breen ’01 has joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. more... 5

April 2015

April 30—Alumnus Alan L. Tinsley ’89 has been appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas State University System Board of Regents. more...

April 29—UHLC alumnus, Judge Don Coffey ‘92, will be the keynote speaker at two commencement ceremonies at Lee College. more...

April 24—UHLC alumnus Jo Nelson ’75 has passed away, according to an obituary in today’s Houston Chronicle.

April 23—Governor Greg Abbott has appointed UHLC alumnus Derrick Mitchell ‘99 to the Texas Southern University Board of Regents. more...

April 23—UHLC alumnus Peter Watson ‘01, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of McCoy Global, has accepted the role of Vice President of Corporate Development. more...

April 21—UHLC alumnus Anthony Newton ‘99 has joined DLA Piper’s Houston office as a partner. more...

April 17-Alumnus Susan Walstad ’80  has passed away. more...

April 16-UHLC alumna Alison L. Chen has joined Akin Gump as a partner in its tax practice in Houston, according to an announcement by the firm. more...

April 13—UHLC alumnus Jeff Andrews ‘05 was named to the 2015 Texas Rising Stars List. more...   

April 8—UHLC alumna Gloria Tarpley ‘84 has been elected to the Rice University Board of Trustees. more...  

April 8—UHLC alumni Deborah Cartwright ’85 & David Poage ’83 have joined the Board of Trustees for Howard Payne University. more...   

April 5—Alumnus Michael Milligan ‘68 has passed away. more...   

April 5— UHLC alumnus Richard H. Mundy ‘57 passed away at the age of 90. His obituary was published in Florida Today. more...

April 2—UHLC alumnus Stewart J. Guss ‘94 has announced the winner of the annual Stewart J. Guss college scholarship. more...   

April 1—Alumnus Barrett Schitka ’15 was awarded the “Energy Explorers Award” from the University of Houston Energy program. more...  

March 2015

March 29—Alumnus Gregory Sweeney ‘70 has passed away. more...

March 27—UHLC alumnus Richard Morrison ‘77 has been elected to the Arizona Community Foundation board of directors. more...

March 27—UHLC alumna Tara Williams ‘03 is now an ‘of counsel’ attorney with Greenberg Traurig LLP in Houston. more...  

March 25—UHLC alumnus Douglas Samuelson ‘83 has passed away. more...

March 25—The Daily Cougar published an article on the career of UHLC alumnus Ken Bailey ’72. more...

March 22—UHLC alumnus Justin Opitz ‘05 has joined the Dallas office of McGuireWoods LLP. more...

March 22—UHLC alumnus and former faculty member Richard W. “Rick” Ewing ‘57 has passed away. more...

March 22—UHLC alumna Star Jones ’86, President of the Today Professional Diversity Network, Inc., hosted a career networking fair for diverse job seekers in Houston. more...

March 22—Alumna Judge Eleanor Ross ’94 was profiled by The Daily Report. more...

March 20—Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP attorneys & UHLC alumni Jessica Glatzer Mason ‘05, Rhonda Reed Weiner ’05, and Scott D. Ellis ’06 were named 2015 Texas Rising Stars. more...   

March 18—Governor Greg Abbott has appointed UHLC alumnus Andrew Cobos ‘11 to the Veterans Land Board. more...  

March 18—UHLC alumni Allison Byman ‘03, Nathan Milliron ‘04, Sabrina Neff ‘08, and Sarah Robbins ‘10 have been recognized as 2015 Texas Rising Stars. more...  

March 17—Judge Keith Giblin ’10 was recently ordained as a priest, according to an article from the Beaumont Enterprise website. more...

March 17—William B. Schaeffer, Jr. ’68 has passed away. more...  

March 13- UHLC alumnus Jason C. Gay published an article in The Federalist discussing lifetime judicial appointments.  more...

March 13- UHLC alumnus Shahid A. Ghauri joined Jones Walker LLP as a partner in the Business and Commercial Transactions Practice Group.

March 12- UHLC alumnus Richard L. Connors ’85 has joined the Jackson Lewis P.C. Kansas City Region office as Shareholder. more...

March 12- UHLC alumnus James Michael Brooks ’83 has passed away. His obituary appeared in the Houston Chronicle. more...

March 9- UHLC alumni Luke Gilman ’10 and Crystal Parker ’05 were selected to the “Super Lawyers Rising Star” list for business litigation. more...

March 6- UHLC alumni Wade Johnson ’08 and Vishal Patel ’08 were selected to the “Super Lawyers Rising Star” list for intellectual property litigation.  more...

March 4- UHLC alumna Susan L. Stoner is retiring after 24 years as in-house counsel for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 of Portland Oregon. more...

March 2- UHLC alumnus Michael Donaldson has been appointed as a director of the Houston Bar Foundation. more...  

March 2- UHLC alumnus Tom Godbold will serve as treasurer of the Houston Bar Foundation.   more...

February 2015

February 28- UHLC alumna Kelley Peacock will be honored at the 2015 Women’s History Reception by the In His Image Ministry. more...

Feb. 19- UHLC alumnus Gregory Wright has become a board member of the East Texas Communities Foundation. more...  

Feb. 17-UHLC alumnus James W. Adams has been selected for a Fullbright Specialist Project at the High Court of Namibia.  more...

Feb. 17 - UHLC alumni Judge James E. Scanlan, Jr. ’62 passed away. more...

Feb. 16- UHLC alumna Claudia A. Frost ’82 was named as one of the 2015 recipients of the “Premier Women in Law” award by the Association of Women Attorneys. more...

Feb. 13- UHLC alumna the Honorable Adele O. Hedges ’74 with husband Daniel K. Hedges was profiled in a Texas Lawyer article about long-lasting marriages between Texas lawyers more...

Feb. 13- UHLC alumni Richard A. Schwartz ’79 & Monica Oathout ’87 joined Vorys, Sater, Seymore and Pease LLP as Partners. (more... )

Feb. 11- Foley & Lardner has promoted alumna Kadie Jelenchick ‘05 to partner in the Milwaukee office. more...

Feb. 9- UHLC alumnus Collen Robb has passed away. Her obituary appeared on the Dignity Memorial website. more...

Feb. 9- UHLC alumnus Tony G. Buzbee ’97 was named “Litigator of the Week” by the Texas Lawyer. more...

Feb.7-UHLC alumna, State Rep. Senfronia Thompson ‘96 (D-Houston) and UHLC alumnus, State Rep. John Whitmire ‘76 (D-Houston) were both featured in an article reported by the Texas Lawyer. more...

Feb. 6- UHLC alumna Jennifer C. Chiang has been appointed as the new associate judge for the city of Sugar Land. more...

Feb. 5- UHLC alumnus Judge Mark Price has passed away; he was profiled on The Wichita Falls Times Record News for his years of service to the community. more...

Feb. 5- UHLC alumnus Gordon J. Quan launched his own immigration law firm along with alumni Alexandre Afanassiev, Angelique Montano, and Jennifer Dulay Mizulski. more...

Feb. 5- UHLC alumnus Richard Rafes has been appointed interim vice president for academic affairs at Peru State College. more...

Feb. 5- Cardon Outreach has announced that UHLC alumna, Joellyn Campagne has been named Chief Human Resources Officer. more...

Feb. 4- UHLC alumna, Heather Frayre has joined Cox Smith’s immigration practice. more...

Feb. 4- The Chiangrai Times published an article by UHLC alumnus Robert Virasin regarding material law, defamation, and Section 112 in Thailand. more...

Feb. 3- UHLC alumna S. Shawn Stephens was inducted into Tascosa High School’s Hall of Fame. more...

Feb. 3- Gust Rosenfeld announced that UHLC alumna Barbara U. Rodriguez-Pashkowski has been named Chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. more...

Feb. 2- UHLC alumnus Michael Alan Orlando ’81 “Litigator of the Week” by the Texas Lawyer. more...

Feb. 2- UHLC alumnus Pat L. Hughes ’83 was named “Administrative Partner” to open the Haynes and Boone LLP Denver office. more...

January 2015

Jan. 29- UHLC alumnus Bob Shults will be speaking at the Greater Tomball Pachyderm Clu’s February meeting. more...

Jan. 29- Liskow & Lewis announced that UHLC alumna Nina Bianchi Skinner joined its Houston office. more...

Jan. 29- Business Wire reported that UHLC alumna Yiting (Dora) Hu has joined Foster LLP. more...

Jan. 28- UHLC alumna Kristi DeCluitt ‘99 has been hired as the new criminal justice program analyst for McLennan County more...

January 27- UHLC alumna Melodee Armstrong has been selected as the Municipal Court Judge of Glenn Heights. more...

Jan. 26- UHLC alumnus Jordan Faykus ‘06 has been named a Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP more... 

Jan. 26- UHLC alumnus Dwayne Mason has been named a “leading practitioner” in the fifth edition of the WTR 1000, a trademark industry guide published by the World Trademark Review. more...

January 23- Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown announced the promotion of UHLC alumnus Jacob C. Esparza as partner. more...

January 22- UHLC alumnus Harry Fleming was featured in the Life Science Report for his contribution to the health industry. more...

January 21- UHLC alumna Ellen Lain has passed away Jan. 13th at the age of 66. Her obituary appeared in the Houston Chronicle. more...

January 20- UHLC alumnus Kirk Worley has passed away Jan. 17th at the age of 44. His obituary appeared in the Houston Chronicle. more...

January 19- UHLC alumna Ilse Bailey has joined Kerr County Attorney’s Office. more...

January 14- Cox Smith has named UHLC alumnus Aaron Kaufman a share holder of the firm. more...

January 13- UHLC alumnus William D. Tate was featured in Fort Worth Star Telegram for his contribution of many year as a mayor of Grapevine, Texas. more...

January 11, 2015—UHLC alumnus Sam Moseley ‘67 was profiled in an article appearing in the Marshall Messenger. more...

January 11, 2015—UHLC alumnus C. Vernon Lawson ‘86 has passed away. His obituary appeared in the Houston Chronicle. (more...

January 8, 2015—UHLC alumni Eric Munoz '06 and David Vondle '02 were recently named partners at Akin Gump. more...

January 8, 2015—Alumnus Derek J. Anchondo ’99 has been promoted to partner at Adams and Reese LLP more...

January 7, 2015—Alumnus Quentin D. Brogdon ’89 was named one of the “2015 Best Lawyers in America”, selected by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the “Top 100 Super Lawyers in the State of TX” for 2014, and also selected by D Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for 2015. more...

January 6, 2015—Alumnus Kendall D. Hollrah ’05 has been promoted to partner at Haynes and Boone more...

January 5, 2015—Alumna Alexis C. Knapp ’07 was elevated to shareholder with Littler Mendelson, PC more...

January 5, 2015—Alumnus Alex Roberts ’06 was made a partner at Beck Redden LLP more...

January 4, 2015-- UHLC alumnus Arlen Driscoll ‘77 passed away on December 31st, 2014 more...

January 3, 2015-- UHLC alumnus Stewart J. Guss ‘94 has been named a Top Lawyer in the Houston area by Houstonia Magazine for the second consecutive year more...

January 3, 2015-- UHLC alumnus Thomas Ross ‘12 joins the Law Office of Corso & Rhude as a member of its team of criminal defense lawyers more...


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