Alumni in the News

May 2019

May 29th – UHLC alumnus Bradford Hendrickson ’12 has joined the Houston office of Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC, according to the firm’s press release. more...

May 29th – UHLC alumna Stephanie Donner ’03 has been named Executive Director of Emily Griffith Technical College according to an article by 9News. more...

May 27th – UHLC alumna The Honorable Ruby Kless Sondock ’61 has received a new award for outstanding achievement and leadership for woman practicing law by the Houston Bar Association. more...

May 20th – UHLC alumnus Nabil Majed Nachawati ’03 has been appointed to the State Bar of Texas Committee on Professionalism according to his firm’s press release. more...

May 20th – UHLC alumnus Cornelius Banta ’16 has joined Peckar & Abramson, P.C. as an associate in Houston. more...

May 17th – UHLC alumnus Jacob Monty ’93 has joined the Texas Association of Business Board of Directors. more...

May 17th – UHLC alumnus Kevin Hromas ’92 has been elected as President of the American Association of Insurance Management Consultants. more...

May 15th – UHLC alumna Kelley Keller ’89 has joined Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP according to a Law360 article. more...

May 13th – UHLC alumna Jani Maselli Wood ’94 has received the Michael K. Moore Award for Excellence in Research or Writing in the Area of Indigent Criminal Defense by the State Bar of Texas. more...

May 13th – UHLC alumnus Jarvis Hollingsworth ’93 has joined Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors as General Counsel according to the firm’s press release. more...

May 13th – UHLC alumnus Kirk Tucker ’99 has joined Jackson Walker as a partner in their Houston Office according to the firm’s press release. more...

May 6th – UHLC alumna Lori Twomey ’02 has been elected to the Humble ISD Board of Trustees, according to a Houston Chronicle article. more...

May 3rd – UHLC alumnus Ken Neikirk ’00 has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Helix Energy Solutions, according to a press release by Business Wire. more...

April 2019

April 28th – UHLC alumna Anjali P. Gillette ’04 has joined Kean Miller as a senior counsel in its Houston office. more...

April 25th – UHLC Alumnus Richard “Dick” Sayles ’74 has earned recognition in the 2019 Chambers USA legal guide. more...

April 24th – UHLC alumna Brooke Schmidly ’00 has been appointed to the position of district judge in Randolph County, North Carolina. more...

April 24th – UHLC alumna Janeen Judah ’94 was elected to the Board of Directors for Jagged Peak Energy Inc. more...

April 24th – UHLC alumnus George Hayek ’17 has joined Maynard Cooper & Gale as an Associate in the Birmingham, AL Office. more...

April 23rd – UHLC alumnus Gregory Deans ’92, co-founder of the trial law firm Deans & Lyons LLP, has earned selection to D Magazine’s 2019 Best Lawyers in Dallas listing. more...

April 23rd – UHLC alumnus Danny Ray Mosley ’86 was appointed to the 5th Judicial Circuit bench for Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter counties according to an article on FloridaPolitics.com. more...

April 19th – UHLC alumna Fermeen Fazal ’00 was named a finalist for the General Counsel of the Year, Small Legal Department in the 2019 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards. more...

April 17th – UHLC alumna Melinda Eitzen ’94 was recognized by D Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyer in Dallas” and “Best Family Law Mediator in Dallas”. more...

April 17th – UHLC alumnus Nabil Majed Nachawati ’03 has been selected to the 2019 list of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine based on his work in mass tort litigation. more...

April 15th – UHLC alumnus Ralph Burnham ’91 has joined Reminger Co., LPA’s Fort Mitchell, Kentucky Office according to the firm’s press release. more...

April 12th – UHLC alumnus Ricky Raven ’86 was inducted as a Fellow into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) in London. more...

April 12th – UHLC alumna Stacey Tovino ’97 was a recipient of the UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) 2019 Top Tier Award according to the institutions press release. more...

April 11th – UHLC alumna Nikki Kessling ’09 has joined the Blank Rome LLP Houston office as an associate in the Labor and Employment group. more...

April 10th – UHLC alumna Brittany Sakowitz ’10 has been named a 2019 Rising Star by The Deal, according to an article from the publication. more...

April 1st – UHLC alumna Mishell Taylor ’03 has been appointed to office managing shareholder (OMS) of Littler Mendelson P.C.’s San Diego office. more...

April 1st – UHLC alumna Yvonne Ho ’06 received the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Award from the University of Houston Law Alumni Association at its 43rd Annual Law Gala. more...

March 2019

March 25th - UHLC Alumnus Anthony Mathney ’97 received the Business Litigation of the Year Award according to the Texas Law Book and Association of Corporate Counsel. more...

March 25th – UHLC Alumnus Richard Whiteley ’99 received the Business Litigation of the Year Award according to the Texas Law Book and Association of Corporate Counsel. more...

March 25th – UHLC Alumnus Patrick Tagtow ’93 received the M&A Transaction of the Year Award according to the Texas Law Book and Association of Corporate Counsel. more...

March 19th - UHLC Alumna LaTasha Mabry Snipes ’09 has been promoted to senior counsel at Bracewell LLP according to the firms press release. more...

March 18th – UHLC Alumna Lisa Luis ’94 was named the new Assistant Chief Immigration Judge for Houston by the US Department of Justic. more...

March 16th - UHLC Alumnus Jeffrey Kilgore 73 received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who, according to a press release from the organization.  more...

March 16th – UHLC Alumna Nancy Wells Hamilton ’89 was named chair-elect of Skidmore College Board of Trustees according to their official press release. more...

March 13th – UHLC Alumnus Frank McElroy ’07 has joined the accounting firm Weaver as a partner according to the firm’s press release. more...

March 13th – UHLC Alumnus Alex B. Roberts ’06 received the 2019 Outstanding Law Review Article Award from the Texas Bar Foundation for the article entitled “Legal Malpractice in Texas” published in the Baylor Law Review according to the firm’s press release. more...

March 12th - UHLC Alumna Kerrie A. Wesley ’13 has joined the research and development tax credit practice of RKL LLP as reported by The Reading Eagle. more...

March 11th - UHLC Alumna LaDelle Davenport ’15 has been selected as an academy fellow by the National Employment Law Council (NELC) according to a press release by Littler. more...

March 8th – UHLC Alumnus Justice Jeffrey V. Brown ’95 has been appointed as District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, according to a White House press release available on ImperialValleyNews.com. more...

March 7th - UHLC Alumnus Willie Wood ’84 has joined McKool Smith’s Houston Office as principals according to the firm’s press release. more...

March 7th - UHLC Alumnus Justin Tschoepe ’11 has joined McKool Smith’s Houston Office as principals according to the firm’s press release. more...

March 6th – UHLC Alumnus Quentin Brogdon ’89, a partner in Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP in Dallas, was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers according to the firm. more...

March 5th – UHLC Alumnus Hon. Jerry Zimmerer ’15  was elected to the 14th Court of Appeals according to a press release by State of Texas Judicial Branch. more...

March 4th - UHLC Alumna Abbie Sprague ’10 was named to the 2019 Texas Rising Stars list of top lawyers, according to a press release from Hicks Thomas LLP. more...

March 4th - UHLC Alumnus Nicholas Zugaro ’09 was named to the 2019 Texas Rising Stars list of top lawyers, according to a press release from Hicks Thomas LLP. more...

March 4th – UHLC Alumnus Kasi Chadwick ’13 was named to the 2019 Texas Rising Stars list of top lawyers, according to a press release from Hicks Thomas LLP. more...

March 4th – UHLC Alumnus Yaron Shaham ’00 will manage the Houston Office Kahana & Feld according to the firm’s press release. more...

March 1st  – UHLC Alumna Kati Orso ’08 has been elected to partnership at Jackson Walker according to the firm’s press release. more...

March 1st  – UHLC Alumnus William Dillard ’01 has been elected to partnership at Jackson Walker according to the firm’s press release. more...

March 1st – UHLC Alumnus Edward Lee Morris ’93 has been appointed Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas according to a press release by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. more...

March 1st – UHLC Alumna Nelda Luce Blair ’82 has become Advisor to its Board of Directors at Spirit of Texas Bancshares Inc. according to their press release. more...

March 1st – UHLC Alumnus Patrick Lara ’94 was the February 2019 winner of Harris County’s “Show Me the Justice” Publication award according to Sullo & Sullo LLP. more...

February 2019

Tommy Fibich ‘74February 25th - UHLC alumnus Tommy Fibich ‘74 is the recipient of the 2019 Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer award, according to a press release available on MarketWatch.com. more...

William J. Jackson ’92February 11th - UHLC alumnus William J. Jackson ’92 has been promoted to member of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s executive committee, according to a Law360 article. more...

Aaron Blair ‘14 February 10th - UHLC alumnus Aaron Blair ‘14 has joined Trent Law as an associate, according to an article on the Cedar Valley Business Monthly website. more...

Richard “Dick” Schwartz ’79Susan Sample ‘96February 8th – UHLC alumni Richard “Dick” Schwartz ’79 and Susan Sample ‘96 have joined Munsch Hardt P.C. as shareholders, according to the firm’s website and Law360. more... and more...

Deron Wade ’98 February 7th – UHLC alumnus Deron Wade ’98 has joined Dykema Gossett PLLC as a partner, according to the firm’s press release. more...

Lindsey Roskopf ’13February 6th – UHLC alumna Lindsey Roskopf ’13 has joined McGinnis Lochridge, according to a press release from the firm on the SE Texas Record website. more...

Andrea Hope J. Steel ‘09 February 5th – UHLC alumna Andrea Hope J. Steel ‘09 has been promoted to director at Coats Rose, P.C, according to the firm’s website. more...

G. Scott Fiddler ‘89February 4th - UHLC alumnus G. Scott Fiddler ‘89 has joined Jackson Walker LLP as a partner, according to Law360. more...

Tony Guerino ’94 February 1st – UHLC alumnus Tony Guerino ’94 has joined Womble Bond Dickinson as a partner, according to the firm’s press release. more...

Linda Wills ’90February 1st – UHLC alumna Linda Wills ’90 has been promoted to equity partner at Wilson Elser, according to an announcement from the firm on the SE Texas Record website. more...

January 1st – UHLC alumnus Jim Kovach ’91 has been sworn in as “The Honorable” Judge Jim Kovach. more...

January 2019

Jonathan Harder ’13January 29th – UHLC alumnus Jonathan Harder ’13 has joined Dickinson Wright in the firm's Silicon Valley office as Of Counsel. more...

Heidi Lewis ’01 January 28th – UHLC alumna Heidi Lewis ’01 has been named Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Target Lodging, according to a press release from the company.  more...

Natalie Alfaro Gonzales ’09Scott Looper ’09 January 25th –UHLC alumni Natalie Alfaro Gonzales ’09 and Scott Looper ’09 have been promoted to partners at Baker Botts’ Houston office, according to a press release from the firm. more...

Chris Domingo ’09Will Taylor ’09January 25th – UHLC alumni Chris Domingo ’09 and Will Taylor ’09 have been promoted to partners at Jones Day’s Houston office. more...

Leah Greene ’08January 23rd- UHLC alumna Leah Greene ’08 has joined the Memphis office of Butler Snow LLP, according to a press release from the firm. more...   

Celina Moreno ’10January 19th – UHLC alumna Celina Moreno ’10 is the new CEO for Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), according to a press release from the association. more...

Derrick Mitchell ’99January 17th – UHLC alumnus Derrick Mitchell ’99 has joined Holland & Knight's Houston office as a partner, according to a press release available on SETexasRecord.com. more...

Mimi Stansbury ’97January 17th – UHLC alumna Mimi Stansbury ’97 has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration at OFS Portal, LLC, according to a press release available on OilVoice.com. more...

Collin MarshallJanuary 16th – UHLC alumnus Collin Marshall ’18 has joined Fish & Richardson as an associate at its Dallas office, according to a press release from the firm. more... 

Amy Thibaut ’13January 16th – UHLC alumna Amy Thibaut ’13 has joined the Pavese Law Firm, according to a press release. more...

Jasmine Vu ’16January 16th – UHLC alumna Jasmine Vu ’16 has joined the firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie as an associate, according to a press release. more...

January 16th – UHLC alumna Kristina Williams ’11 has been appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. more...

Mariano Ornelas Lopez ’13January 12th – UHLC alumnus Mariano Ornelas Lopez ’13 has joined Reed Smith as counsel in Houston. more...

Rachael Padgett ’08January 9th – UHLC alumna Rachael Padgett ’08 has joined the law firm of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C, according to a press release from the firm. more...

Dori Contreras ’90January 8th – UHLC alumna Dori Contreras ’90, the first female Latina to serve as Chief Justice of the Texas 13th District Court of Appeals, was profiled in an article published in The Monitor (McAllen, TX).  more...

Mark E. Smith ’09January 8th – UHLC alumnus Mark E. Smith ’09 has been elected to partnership at Baker Hostetler’s Houston office. more... 

Theresa Wanat ’10January 8th – UHLC alumna Theresa Wanat ’10 has been promoted to partnership at Holland & Knight’s Houston office. more...

Domingo Manuel Llagostera ’09 Katherine Franco ’09January 7th – UHLC alumni Domingo Manuel Llagostera ’09 and Katherine Franco ’09 have been promoted to partners at Blank Rome LLP, according to a press release from the firm. more...

Lindsey T. Kellam ’18January 7th – UHLC alumna Lindsey T. Kellam ’18 has joined Wilson Cribbs + Goren, PC as an associate in their Houston office.

Staci Wilson ’09January 4th – UHLC alumna Staci Wilson ’09 has been elected as partner at Bracewell’s Houston office, according to a press release from the firm. more...

Dick Sayles ’74January 3rd – UHLC alumnus Dick Sayles ’74 has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP to lead the firm’s new Dallas office.  more...

Majed Nachawati ’03January 3rd – UHLC alumnus Majed Nachawati ’03 has been appointed to Dallas Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service Committee. more...

Nanci Tucker ’93January 2nd – UHLC alumna Nanci Tucker ’93, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas, now leads their corporate affairs department, according to a press release from the bank. more...

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