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Dan Bitting to Speak on Avoiding Legal Malpractice at Estate Planning Seminar
May 9, 2017

SDM's Dan Bitting will speak at the Austin Bar Association’s 31st Annual Estate Planning & Probate Section All-Day CLE in Austin, Texas on Thursday May 11, 2017 at the Austin Bar Association’s Seminar Room.  Dan’s presentation, "Avoiding Legal Malpractice” will be one of multiple topics covered during the all-day seminar.  More information on the seminar can be found here.


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Asher Griffin and John Ellis to Speak at Texas Bar CLE Course for New Lawyers
March 15, 2017

On March 28, 2017, Asher Griffin and John Ellis will speak at the upcoming Practical Skills for New Lawyers continuing legal education course, which is co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.  The course will be held at the Texas Law Center in Austin.  Ellis is also serving as the course director for this annual course, which will include presentations by state and federal judges, in-house counsel for leading companies, and many other notable lawyers from across the state.  The course covers a broad range of topics with particular emphasis on best practices and important lessons to help young lawyers build good habits for a successful practice.  More information about the course, including registration instructions and a copy of the course brochure is available here.


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Flip Whitworth and Stephanie Kover to Speak at Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate and Oil & Gas Conference
March 10, 2017

SDM’s Flip Whitworth and Stephanie Kover will be speaking at the Texas Bankers Association’s Real Estate and Oil & Gas Conference in San Antonio on Friday, March 24, 2017. Flip and Stephanie will cover surface estate issues related to Texas Relinquishment Act lands, including recent developments in General Land Office leasing policy and procedure, surface damage use agreement requirements, and case law defining which substances belong to the surface estate for mineral classified lands.  More information about the Seminar can be found here.


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Nine Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Selected to the Texas Rising Stars® 2017 List
March 10, 2017

SDM is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers® has selected nine Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars®  2017 by Thomson and Reuters.  The following firm attorneys were selected for this honor:

Business Litigation:

Energy & Natural Resources:
General Litigation:
Products Liability:
Rising Stars are considered the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas. To be eligible, lawyers must be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Less than 2.5% of Texas attorneys are chosen for this honor. The complete list will be published in the April 2017 issues of Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines.  We are proud that so many of our attorneys were nominated and selected as Rising Stars again this year. Super Lawyers® is a Thompson Reuters publication.


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Mary Byars and David Shank Present State Bar Webcast About Privilege Issues
January 4, 2017

Mary ByarsDavid ShankSDM’s Mary Byars and David Shank recently presented a TexasBarCLE webcast on important distinctions in Texas law governing the attorney-client and work-product privileges. Their presentation, “The Common Interest Doctrine (or Lack Thereof) in Texas,” addresses Texas’s joint-client and allied-litigant doctrines and explores how they differ from the common-interest doctrine applied in federal court and other jurisdictions. Originally presented via live webcast on December 16, 2016, the one-hour presentation is now available online and is approved for one hour of ethics credit. More information on the webcast, including registration information, can be found here.


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Ryan Squires and Bryan Lauer Prevail in Civil Rights Trial
January 3, 2017

Ryan SquiresBryan LauerAfter successfully trying a civil rights case in federal court in Austin, Texas, SD&M partners Ryan Squires and Bryan Lauer won a permanent injunction against their opponent, Williamson County, prohibiting Williamson County officials from asking “any questions, written or oral, of any applicant to an appointed Constable position, regarding their views on same-sex marriage, abortion, or religious affiliation.”  Ryan Squires and Bryan Lauer tried the case pro bono with the Texas Civil Rights Project.


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SDM's Curtis Osterloh to Speak at COST Conference in San Antonio
January 3, 2017

Curtis OsterlohSDM's Curtis Osterloh will speak at the Counsel of State Taxation (“COST”) 2017 Sales Tax Conference and Audit Session in San Antonio, Texas on Monday February 27, 2017 at the Westin Riverwalk.  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.  Curtis’s presentation, "Texas Lone Star State Update” will be one of multiple topics covered over the three day seminar.  More information on the conference can be found here.


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The State Bar of Texas Litigation Section’s Winter 2016 Report “The Advocate” Features Article by Kim Gustafson Bueno and Steve McConnico
December 30, 2016

Kim BuenoSteve McConnicoThe Winter 2015 edition of The Advocate, a quarterly State Bar of Texas Litigation Section publication, features an article by SDM’s Kim  Gustafson Bueno and Steve McConnico. The edition as a whole includes a symposium on personal injury litigation, and the Bueno/McConnico article addresses guidelines for mass tort aggregate settlements in Texas.


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SDM is pleased to welcome Aaron Collins and Stephanie Kover to the firm
December 30, 2016

Aaron CollinsAaron Collins earned his J.D. in 2015, with high honors, from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was named Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review, Chancellor-at-Large, and Order of the Coif. Prior to joining the firm, Aaron worked as a judicial clerk for Judge Royce Lamberth at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Aaron represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation.

 
Stephanie KoverStephanie Kover earned her J.D. in 2016 from the University of California, Berkley, after earning a B.S in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Stephanie’s practice covers many of the firm’s practice areas, with an emphasis on oil and gas litigation and regulation, litigation related to infrastructure construction, and litigation related to real estate development.


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