City of Allen Wins Reversal of SOAH Order
January 12, 2018
SDM lawyers Cathy Webking and Stephanie Kover received a unanimous decision by the PUC in favor of our client, the City of Allen. The decision reversed a SOAH order and allows the City of Allen to move forward with some major high-end development plans.
Curtis Osterloh Presents at the Council on State Taxation (COST) Sales Tax Conference
January 3, 2018
Curtis Osterloh will speak at the COST 2018 Sales Tax Conference & Audit Session to be held February 26 – March 1, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.
Curtis will be part of a panel presenting on Issues Brewing in the Western States, specifically providing an update for “K” radio station call number states and discussing important litigation and legislation developments in the states west of the Mississippi.
COST is the premier state tax organization representing taxpayers and a nonprofit trade association consisting of over 600 multistate corporations engaged in interstate and international business.
Anthony Arguijo and Steve Britt named SDM Partners
January 1, 2018
Scott Douglass is pleased to name Anthony Arguijo and Steve Britt as Partners in the firm.
Anthony joined the firm in 2013 after serving as a law clerk for Judge Edward C. Prado on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before that, he was a briefing attorney for Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson on the Supreme Court of Texas. He draws on both of these experiences to help clients navigate litigation and maximize their chance of success at every stage.
Steve practices with the firm's state and local tax litigation group representing large and small companies in administrative protests of tax assessments before various taxing authorities. He also litigates tax assessments in Texas district courts and advises clients concerning the tax implications of business transactions. Prior to joining SD&M in 2009, Steve was a high school teacher and a coach for ten years.
Kim Bueno Elected as Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation
December 28, 2017
Congratulations to Kim Bueno for being elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an elite group of Texas lawyers.
Election to the Fellows is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas.
Sameer Hashmi Joins Scott Douglass & McConnico
December 19, 2017
Scott Douglass is pleased to have Sameer Hashmi join the firm as an Associate.
After graduating from Baylor Law School in 2016, Sameer began his career as Law Clerk for The Honorable Andrew S. Hanen of the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.
While in law school, Sameer spent two summers with Scott Douglass as a Summer Associate. We are happy to welcome him back to the firm.
SDM Lawyers Present at State Bar Oil and Gas Disputes CLE
December 15, 2017
Several SDM lawyers will present at the Texas State Bar Oil and Gas Disputes CLE program in January.
Jane Webre will present a Supreme Court Case Law Update on Oil and Gas Related Cases. Jane practices civil appellate law and handles most of the firm's appeals. She has argued appeals in the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Texas, and many of the courts of appeals around the state.
Bryan Lauer will participate on a panel talking about Royalty Litigation. Bryan focuses on energy industry litigation and regulatory practice at the Railroad Commission of Texas.
Mark Hanna and John Hicks will present on Retained Acreage and Depth Issues in Oil & Gas Leases: The Courthouse and Regulatory Perspective. In addition to their litigation and regulatory work, Mark and John both counsel clients on a variety of energy-related topics, including title issues, contract issues, royalty payments, and oil and gas lease interpretation. John is Board Certified in Oil, Gas & Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Steve McConnico Honored by Austin ABOTA
December 7, 2017
At its annual Holiday Judicial dinner, the Austin Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates honored Steve McConnico with the Dick McCarroll Award for Civility and Professionalism. Steve has served as President to both Austin Chapter of ABOTA, and the Texas ABOTA Chapter.
Asylum Victory for Nepalese Refugee
November 17, 2017
Scott Douglass & McConnico lawyers Willie Cochran and Santosh Aravind secured a grant of asylum for “Raja,” a 28-year-old Nepalese man who was persecuted by the Maoists in Nepal. Raja, a human rights activist, was attacked by the Maoists on three separate occasions before he fled Nepal for the United States.
Raja was born into the so-called “untouchable” Dalit caste. Raja’s wife was born into the upper Chhetri caste. Raja and his wife were shamed and tortured by upper-caste Hindus and banished from their home village on account of their inter-caste marriage. Raja’s wife remains in hiding in Nepal.
Cochran and Aravind spent several months working with Raja, Nepali translators, and country conditions experts to prepare Raja’s case for a contested final merits hearing before a federal immigration judge.
Last week, during the merits hearing, the immigration judge ruled that Raja was credible and entitled to asylum relief. Raja is now on the path to permanent residency and naturalized citizenship. Raja’s wife is on the path to achieve the same status through the derivative asylum program.
Scott Douglass & McConnico represented Raja pro bono and partnered with American Gateways, a local nonprofit organization that provides legal services to low-income refugees and immigrants.
Raja’s name has been changed for the safety and privacy of his family.
Jane Webre Presents at Austin Bar Association Holiday Ethics CLE
November 16, 2017
Jane Webre will present on "Conflicts, Disqualifications, and Chinese Walls" at the Austin Bar Association's annual Holiday Ethics CLE on December 1.
Jane practices civil appellate law and handles most of the firm's appeals. She has argued appeals in the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Texas, and many of the courts of appeals around the state. She frequently speaks at seminars involving appellate procedure issues and analysis of Texas Supreme Court opinions.
Scott Douglass is proud to sponsor Texas Appleseed
November 15, 2017
SD&M is proud to sponsor the annual Good Apple Dinner hosted by Texas Appleseed to honor leaders in the legal industry for their contributions to the community.
Scott Douglass Sponsors the Texas Civil Rights Project Bill of Rights Dinner
November 9, 2017
SD&M is proud to sponsor the annual Bill of Rights Dinner which honors leaders in social justice and community empowerment.
Flip Whitworth Presents on Oil & Gas Law at UT Law School
November 2, 2017
Flip Whitworth was invited by Professor Ernest E. Smith to give a guest lecture in his Oil and Gas Course at the University of Texas Law School. Flip presented on Legal and Regulatory Issues Related to Horizontal Drilling in Texas.
Flip's esteemed career in Oil and Gas law makes him a valued resource for law students. He brings a deep understanding of current issues coupled with experience to explain the evolution of the industry. This combination creates a rich platform from which to view regulatory and legal issues.
SDM Hosts Duke Women's Forum on Austin's Innovation Zone
November 1, 2017
Scott Douglass & McConnico is pleased to host The Austin Duke Alumni Women's Forum for their annual speaker event on November 14. SDM lawyers Robyn Hargrove, Carroll Martin and Cindy Saiter are members of the Austin Duke Alumni Women's Forum.
This year's presentation is titled Austin’s Innovation Zone: Modeling Duke’s Success in Healthcare Transformation
Dr. Timothy George, Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Neurology at Dell Medical School and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Dell Children’s, and previously Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics and Neurobiology at Duke, will be speaking about the launch of Austin's Innovation Zone, anchored by the new Dell Medical School, Dell Seton Medical Center, and the Central Health Brackenridge campus. This initiative draws on Durham’s own experiences, where Duke Medical School has been actively involved in a similar community-based initiative for the past twenty years.
Scott Douglass Listed in "Best Law Firms"
November 1, 2017
Scott Douglass is featured in the recent edition of the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey in 7 practice areas in the metropolitan rankings. Firms included in the 2018 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
Scott Douglass & McConnico earned the following rankings on the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list:
Metropolitan Tier 1 - Austin
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Natural Resources Law
Oil & Gas Law
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Metropolitan Tier 2 - Austin
Ryan Squires Accepted to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
October 30, 2017
Ryan Squires recently became a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
SDM Lawyers Present at COST Regional State Tax Seminar
October 10, 2017
Curtis Osterloh, Eric Hagenswold, and Steve Britt will present at the Council On State Taxation (COST) Southwest/West Regional State Tax Seminar in Houston, Texas on November 3, 2017. The Seminar provides an update on significant state tax issues for the Southwest/West States including Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. Curtis Osterloh will be joining a panel with the Assistant Deputy Comptroller Karey Barton about how best to resolve your Texas Tax Dispute. Eric Hagenswold will be presenting a special report on Recent Developments in Texas Taxes with an overview of assessment issues and refund opportunities. Steve Britt will be presenting a discussion about National State Tax Cases and their implications. Finally, Curtis Osterloh and Eric Hagenswold will jointly provide an overview of how to handle your tax controversies in a winning manner. Other topics being covered at the seminar include current issues in southwestern states, indirect tax technology trends and a state tax policy update including the state tax implication of federal tax reform.
Scott Douglass & McConnico is a co-sponsor of this Southwest/West Regional State Tax Seminar. COST is the premier state tax organization representing taxpayers consisting of more than 600 multistate corporations engaged in interstate and international business. Scott Douglass & McConnico is a long time COST member and frequently provides speakers at COST’s annual and sales tax conferences.
Sara Clark and Paige Amstutz Prevail in Title Dispute
October 3, 2017
Sara Clark and Paige Amstutz, together with attorneys from the San Antonio Goode, Casseb, Jones, Riklin Choate & Watson firm, have successfully defended 120 homeowners in a federal court title dispute. Last week, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel granted summary judgment in favor of the homeowners, ruling that a decades-old lien on property that ultimately became a residential subdivision in Williamson County did not deprive the homeowners of title to their homes. You can read media coverage of this recent victory here.
SDM Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers
September 21, 2017
SDM is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers® has selected ten Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys for inclusion in Super Lawyers® 2017 by Thomson and Reuters. The following firm attorneys were selected for this honor:
Paige Arnette Amstutz, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers 2014 - 2017
Casey L. Dobson, Business Litigation, Professional Liability, Construction Litigation, Super Lawyers 2005 - 2017
Sam Johnson, Civil Litigation, General Litigation, Super Lawyers 2003 - 2004, 2010 - 2017
Carroll G. Martin, Energy & Natural Resources, Administrative Law, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers 2005, 2007 - 2017
Stephen E. McConnico, Business Litigation, Professional Liability, Super Lawyers 2003 - 2017
Elizabeth "Becky" Miller, Energy & Natural Resources, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers 2003 - 2017
Cynthia L. Saiter, Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Professional Liability, Super Lawyers 2014 - 2017
Christopher D. Sileo, Business Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources, Professional Liability, Super Lawyers 2014 - 2017
Jane M.N. Webre, Appellate, Super Lawyers 2003 - 2017
H. Philip Whitworth, Jr., Energy & Natural Resources, Super Lawyers 2003 - 2017
Scott Douglass & McConnico Presents Annual Oil & Gas Seminar
September 21, 2017
Scott Douglass & McConnico’s annual seminar, “Oil & Gas Regulation in Texas,” will be held September 21, 2017, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Austin. The seminar is designed to present an overview of current Railroad Commission rules and procedures, related litigation issues, and other oil and gas issues that will be useful to attorneys, engineers, geologists, landmen, and others whose business brings them in contact with the Railroad Commission of Texas or the General Land Office.
The firm has hosted the popular seminar for more than 30 years. Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys John Camp, Jim Cowden, Doug Dashiell, Mark Hanna, John Hicks, Olga Kobzar, Bryan Lauer, Carroll Martin, Davin McGinnis, and Flip Whitworth will speak at the event. Among other topics, they will discuss Railroad Commission rules, regulations and hearing procedures, drilling permits and Rule 37/38 exceptions, horizontal drilling, comingling, voluntary and forced pooling, retained acreage clause issues, production sharing agreements, and surface and subsurface use issues.
Anyone interested in attending can register by e-mailing Jackie Harrison or on site at the seminar. View the Registration Form here.
Kennon Wooten Publishes Article On Electronic Discovery
September 19, 2017
Kennon Wooten's article "Mastering Electronic Discovery: Proportionality is the Polestar, and Metadata May Not Be 'the New Black' After All" was published in the September 2017 Austin Lawyer magazine (p. 26).
SDM Recognized as Champion of Justice Law Firm
September 18, 2017
Scott Douglass & McConnico is pleased to be recgonized by the Texas Access to Justice Commission as a Champion of Justice Law Firm.
SDM raised one of the largest amounts of money and had one of the highest rates of attorney participation in the “medium size” category of the Champions of Justice Firm Competition. Winners are determined by tabulating ATJ contributions made by the firm’s attorneys who contributed to the statewide Justice for All Campaign.
Kennon Wooten and Jane Webre will attend the Justice for All Reception and accept the award on behalf of Scott Douglass & McConnico.
Scott Douglass Is Pleased To Be Part Of The 100 Club
September 8, 2017
The 100 Club recognizes firms who have 100 percent membership in the Austin Bar Association. Scott Douglass is pleased to support the Austin Bar Association and the work they do for the legal profession and Austin community.
Kennon Wooten and Anthony Arguijo Publish Article in The Advocate
September 7, 2017
Kennon Wooten and Anthony Arguijo have had their article “Rule 91a Dismissal Procedures: Basic Considerations and Unanswered Questions” published in the Fall 2017 issue of The Advocate. The article presents an overview of Rule 91a and provides practical guidance for litigants confronting Rule 91a’s dismissal procedures.
Scott Douglass Sponsors the Equal Justice Works 2017 Annual Dinner
August 31, 2017
Scott Douglass is supporting the Equal Justice Works 2017 Annual Dinner honoring Kenneth C. Frazier, CEO of Merck. Steve McConnico and Kim Bueno will attend the dinner, which honors lawyers who exemplify the values of Equal Justice Works --compassion, dedication and commitment to achieving equal justice for individuals and communities in need.
The Annual Dinner, which takes place on November 1, has become one of the largest fundraising dinners in DC hosted by a legal nonprofit. It raises the critical general support funds needed for our programs that mobilize the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice.
SDM Sponsors AYLA Judicial Reception
August 30, 2017
Scott Douglass is a sponsor of the Austin Young Lawyers Association Judicial Reception at the Four Seasons on September 21. The Judicial Reception provides young attorneys with an opportunity to meet with local judges.
SDM attorney Anthony Arguijo served on the board of AYLA from 2014-2016 and continues to be involved.
Scott Douglass Is Proud To Sponsor The 2017 Hispanic Heritage Luncheon
August 29, 2017
Scott Douglass is proud to sponsor the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Luncheon on September 22. This year's keynote speaker is Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin. The cultural speaker will be poet Zachary Caballero.
The luncheon serves as the primary fundraiser for the HBAA Charitable Foundation, and funds the foundation's scholarship and other charitable programs.
SDM attorney Anthony Arguijo serves as Immediate-Past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin.
Annual Texas Minority Counsel Program Reception Hosted at Scott Douglass
August 28, 2017
Scott Douglass will host the annual Save-the-Date Reception for the State Bar’s Texas Minority Counsel Program. The TMCP is a client development, networking, and CLE event for diverse attorneys in Texas. The TMCP was created in 1993 with the mission of increasing opportunities for minority and women attorneys who provide legal services to corporate and government clients, and to expose those organizations to the legal talent of diverse attorneys.
SDM attorney Asher Griffin has served on the Steering Committee since 2011.
The reception on September 14 is a kick-off to the 25th Annual Texas Minority Counsel Program which takes place in November.
Dan Bitting and Cindy Saiter Publish Article in Corporate Counsel Review
August 23, 2017
Dan Bitting and Cindy Saiter have had their article “Litigation Strategies for In-House Counsel” published in the Corporate Counsel Review—volume XXXVI – May 2017, Number 1. The article provides practical advice to in-house counsel whose company is facing litigation.
Eleven SD&M Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in America 2018
August 15, 2017
Scott Douglass is pleased to announce that eleven of the firm's lawyers have been named to the 2018 Best Lawyers® in America list.
Earlier this year, Scott Douglass & McConnico was named as a 2017 Best Law Firm by Best Lawyers®.
The Best Lawyers list includes:
James N. Cowden: Oil and Gas Law
Doulgas J. Dashiell: Oil and Gas Law
Casey L. Dobson: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation
Sam Johnson: Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Carroll G. Martin: Oil and Gas Law
Stephen E. McConnico: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigaiton; Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Professional Malpractice law - Defendants
Elizabeth N. Miller: Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law
John G. Soule: Oil and Gas Law
Catherine J. Webking: Energy Law
Jane M.N. Webre: Appellate Practice
H. Philip Whitworth, Jr.: Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law
Steve Wingard Joins Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
August 10, 2017
Steve Wingard has been accepted in the Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. Steve's business litigation practice includes lawsuits involving claims of patent infringement, copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets.
The mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills for practitioners, judges, and professors in order to enhance the quality, availability, and efficiency of justice in the United States. The Inns include lawyers, law professors, judges, and law students in social and program meetings adapted from the traditional English legal apprenticeship model, are designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experience, and mentor younger members by association with more experienced members. The process helps shape a culture of commitment to the highest standards of our learned profession and encourages its practice with dignity, civility, and courtesy. If you want to know more about the Inns of Court movement, check out the website at www.innsofcourt.orgw
Four SD&M Lawyers Recognized as Super Lawyers for Fifteen Consecutive Years
August 9, 2017
Congratulations to Steve McConnico, Becky Miller, Jane Webre and Flip Whitworth for being selected as Super Lawyers for 15 consecutive years.
Super Lawyers recognizes lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. We are proud to work alongside lawyers who have been selected for their excellence year after year.
Stephen E. McConnico
Selected to Super Lawyers 2003 - 2017
Elizabeth "Becky" Miller
Energy & Natural Resources
Selected to Super Lawyers 2003 - 2017
Jane M.N. Webre
Selected to Super Lawyers 2003 - 2017
H. Philip Whitworth, Jr.
Energy & Natural Resources
Selected to Super Lawyers 2003 - 2017
David Shank Presents at Advanced Business Law Course
August 9, 2017
Judge Rules in Favor of CTRMA
August 8, 2017
Ruling by U.S. District Judge allows the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority to continue construction of Texas 4 Southwest toll road.
Scott Douglass & McConnico lawyers Casey Dobson, Jane Webre and Mike Merriman represent the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
Read more on the case and its implications for Austin road projects here.
Dan Bitting elected to Senior Aggie Leadership Council
August 7, 2017
Dan Bitting was recently elected to the Senior Aggie Leadership Council (SALC), a group of Aggie executives in the Austin area who meet regularly to exchange ideas about leadership challenges and solutions. The group hosts guest speakers who talk candidly about their roles as leaders in Texas A&M academics, administration and sports; Texas state and U.S. government; and both large and small business enterprises.
Steve McConnico Shares the Legacy of Chief Justice Jack Pope
August 4, 2017
Steve McConnico will share the legacy of his longtime friend and colleague in his talk “Lessons from the Life of Chief Justice Jack Pope” at the Texas Bar CLE course, The Independence of the Judicial Branch: Its Past and Future. Chief Justice Pope passed away earlier this year at the age of 103. He spent 38 years as a Texas judge, including two decades on the Texas Supreme Court, and serving as Chief Justice from 1982-1985. The course will be held at the Texas Law Center in Austin on August 31, 2017. More information, including registration instructions and a copy of the course brochure is available here.
Steve McConnico to Participate in Mock Trial with American College of Trial Lawyers
August 4, 2017
Steve McConnico will participate in the American College of Trial Lawyers’ first ever CLE program titled “Ethics in Litigation: A Radically Different Approach.” The seminar is a full day mock trial demonstration including a twelve person jury and panel discussion following the jury verdict. Steve will cross examine plaintiff’s expert for Defendant and present the direct examination of defendant’s expert. The seminar takes place September 28, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas. Additional information will be forthcoming from ACTL in the near future.
Curtis Osterloh Presents at the Council on State Taxation (COST) Annual Meeting
August 4, 2017
Curtis Osterloh will co-present on “Best Practices in Handling Audits and Appeals” at the Council On State Taxation (COST) Annual Meeting. COST is the premier state tax organization representing taxpayers consisting of more than 600 multistate corporations engaged in interstate and international business. Curtis is a frequent speaker for COST. The session will explore the tricks of the trade for dealing with all types of auditors. The session will also detail settlement and resolution tactics for immediate use in current and upcoming audits. The annual meeting takes place October 22 - 25, 2017 in Orlando, FL.
Curtis Osterloh Presents on Texas Liquor Tax Audits
August 4, 2017
Curtis Osterloh will present on “Texas Liquor Tax Audits: Avoiding Possible Pitfalls” at the Annual Texas Bar & Nightclub Convention. The convention is sponsored by the Texas Bar & Nightclub Association (TBNA) which is an alliance of Texas bar and nightclub owners protecting its members by providing a platform for all relevant political and legal information. Curtis has spoken at a number of TBNA events. Texas Mixed Beverage Audits are difficult to handle correctly if you’re not prepared. Curtis has years of experience helping bar and nightclub owners and managers in various types of tax assessments on a local, state and federal level. In this seminar, Curtis breaks down the process and shares tips on how to handle your audit in the most effective and efficient manner. The convention takes place August 14, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.
Cindy Saiter Presents at Advanced In House Counsel Course
August 4, 2017
Cindy Saiter will speak on a panel addressing Ethical Issues In Contract Negotiations at the Texas State Bar Advanced In House Counsel Course. The course takes place August 17-18, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.
Sam Johnson to Present on Ethics for Real Estate Lawyers
August 1, 2017
Sam Johnson will present on “Ethics in Real Estate Practice” at the 51st Annual William W. Gibson Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute hosted by the University of Texas School of Law. Sam will discuss potential ethical pitfalls for lawyers and other dilemmas in a real estate practice. The conference takes place September 28 and 29, 2017 in Austin, Texas.
Dan Bitting to Discuss Estate Disputes
August 1, 2017
Dan Bitting will moderate a panel of corporate trustees discussing “Drafting Wills and Trusts for Efficient Administration” at the Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference. Dan will offer the perspective of one who litigates disputes over trusts and wills. The conference takes place on August 3-4, 2017 in Galveston, Texas.