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John Ellis Elected District Representative to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
April 19, 2018

John EllisScott Douglass & McConnico associate John Ellis was recently elected to serve as the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Representative for District 25, representing South/Central Texas. For this two-year term, John will serve as the liaison between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and the seventeen young lawyer affiliate organizations across south and central Texas. John has served in various leadership roles in public service for many years, and he is currently completing his second term as an elected member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA).  He has served on the TYLA board of directors since 2014, where he has helped create and implement a wide variety of service projects benefitting the legal profession and general public.

With over 130,000 members and 300 affiliated groups, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is the largest young lawyer organization in the world. The YLD is committed to assuring it is best able to represent the newest members of the profession, ensuring that it reflects the society it serves, and providing young lawyers and young lawyer organizations with the tools and opportunities for professional and personal success.

Scott Douglass & McConnico is a litigation firm representing clients in a wide range of business disputes, oil, gas and othe energy disputes, state and local tax disputes, appeals, and administrative law.

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Sara Wilder Clark and Jane Webre Present at VLS Lunch CLE Series
April 19, 2018

Sara ClarkJane WebreSara Wilder Clark and Jane Webre, both regular volunteers for VLS pro bono cases, will present a CLE as part of Volunteer Legal Services' Lunchtime CLE Series.

These trainings provide guidance for lawyers and range in topic from courtroom skills to managing family law cases.

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Kennon Wooten Receives TCWLA Award
April 12, 2018

Kennon WootenKennon Wooten will receive a 2018 Travis County Women Lawyers' Association Attorney Award for her contributions to the legal profession, specifically in Litigation. 

Since 1991, TCWLA has celebrated the contributions of women in the legal profession. These awards are meant to highlight the low-profile contributions made by members of the profession. The award recipients, who are nominated by their peers, show their merit in their work, their volunteer activities and the atmosphere they create in the workplace.

Individuals are recognized in the areas of Pro Bono, Public Interest, Litigation, Transactional, Contribution to Minority Community, President’s Award, and Outstanding Achievement. One of the awards recognizes a firm, organization, or government entity for hiring women or for progressive work-place policies.

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Kennon Wooten Earns Standing Ovation Award from TexasBarCLE
April 2, 2018

Kennon WootenKennon Wooten was honored by the State Bar of Texas for her exceptional contributions in 2017 to the Bar's continuing legal education efforts.

Ms. Wooten was one of seven volunteer lawyers receiving a Standing Ovation award from the staff of TexasBarCLE, the Bar's division for providing continuing legal education and one of the premier providers in the nation.

Hedy Bower, Director of TexasBarCLE, explained the significance of the award. "All of our volunteers deserve our gratitude for contributing to the continuing education of their peers. Nevertheless, some stand out each year for extraordinary dedication and commitment. The staff looks forward to singling out individuals that not only gave enormously to our efforts, but also were gracious, easy to work with, and — oftentimes — helped us out in a real pinch."

"Without volunteers," Bower continued, "CLE from the State Bar couldn't be nearly as high quality, as abundant, or as affordable. Attorney volunteers are the reason TexasBarCLE can claim the slogan, 'Education by the Bar, for the Bar.' "

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Kennon Wooten Appointed to Supreme Court Advisory Committee
March 26, 2018

Kennon WootenThe Supreme Court of Texas appointed Kennon Wooten as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee (SCAC), a group of only fifty lawyers across the state who assist in the continuing study, review, and development of rules of administration and procedure for Texas courts.

This will not be the first time Kennon has worked with the SCAC. She has served as an ex-officio member of the SCAC since 2016 in her capacity as the Chair of the State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee. And before joining SDM, Kennon was the Rules Attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas and had the privilege of working with the SCAC during that time.

This esteemed appointment puts Kennon in the company of another SDM lawyer, Steve McConnico, who was as a member of the SCAC from 1984-1993. The firm is honored to have our lawyers serve the Court in this way, and we congratulate Kennon on her appointment.

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David Shank Presents "Pushing the Boundaries on Issues Related to Technology Companies & Trade Secrets"
March 26, 2018

David ShankDavid Shank will present on a panel titled “Pushing the Boundaries on Issues Related to Technology Companies & Trade Secrets” at the Austin Bar Association’s 2018 Bench Bar Conference. David will present along with Judge Robert Pitman, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, and Jonathan Kaplan, Chief Legal Officer for RetailMeNot, Inc. The panel will be moderated by Stefanie Scott Shah, of Scott Shah Law.

The Austin Bar Association and AYLA Foundation’s annual Bench Bar Conference provides local attorneys and judges the opportunity to interact outside the courtroom in a casual, discussion-oriented environment.

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Seven SDM Lawyers Named to Texas Rising StarsĀ®
March 12, 2018

SDM is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers® has selected seven Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars®  2018 by Thomson and Reuters.  The following firm attorneys were selected for this honor:

Anthony Arguijo - Business Litigation
Kim Gustafson Bueno - Products: Defense
John W. Ellis - Business Litigation
Mark W. Hanna  -  Energy & Resources
Olga Kobzar - Energy & Resources
Bryan Lauer - Business Litigation
David Shank - Business Litigation

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 2018 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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Anthony Arguijo Elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
March 9, 2018

Anthony ArguijoCongratulations to Anthony Arguijo 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.

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Dan Bitting to Speak on Preventing Malpractice Claims
March 7, 2018

Dan BittingDan Bitting will present on Preventing Malpractice Claims at the March meeting of Solos Supporting Solos Austin. Solos Supporting Solos Austin is modeled after a group started in Houston some twenty years ago by noted probate Attorney Jimmy Brill. The format of the group allows lawyers with a solo practice the opportunity for education, networking and sharing ideas for problem-solving.

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Curtis Osterloh Elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
March 7, 2018

Curtis OsterlohCongratulations to Curtis Osterloh 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.

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Chris Sileo Participates in AYLA Runway for Justice
March 5, 2018

Chris SileoScott Douglass is pleased to support the Fourth Annual AYLA Runway for Justice.

The firm's managing partner, Chris Sileo, will be one of twenty featured attorney models showing his support for the AYLA Foundation and the Women’s Resource Fair.

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Dan Bitting and Olga Kobzar Speak at Aggie Bar Conference
March 1, 2018

Dan BittingOlga Kobzar Dan Bitting and Olga Kobzar will speak on a panel at the Texas Aggie Bar Association’s annual conference. Olga is one of the panelists and Dan will moderate the discussion entitled, “The Texas Oil and Gas Industry: Its Present Shape and Future Outlook.”

The Texas Aggie Bar Association is an association of lawyers and law students who attended Texas A&M University or Texas A&M University School of Law. Additional information about the Association and the annual conference is available here

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Becky Miller Presents at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
February 21, 2018

Becky MillerBecky Miller will be a panelist at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Drafting and Negotiating the Modern Oil and Gas Lease. Becky will be one of 4 panelists comparing various state lease forms and unique state leasing practices of several Rockies states, Texas and Alaska. The Institute will be held May 3-4, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt, Denver, Colorado

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Casey Dobson Serves as Vice Chairman for Opportunity Austin
February 5, 2018

Casey Dobson Casey Dobson has served on the Greater Austin Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors since 2012, and as Vice Chairman of the Board for 2017 and 2018. The Board is the governing body of the Austin Chamber's Opportunity Austin and is made up of representatives from businesses who are Lead Investors.

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Becky Miller and Carroll Martin Present at Annual Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute
February 2, 2018

Becky MillerCarroll MartinAt the 2018 Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute, presented by the University of Texas School Of Law, Becky Miller will present on Implied Covenants, and Carroll Martin will be interviewing Prof. Smith during the lunch program on Friday.

See the full agenda and details here.

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John Ellis Speaks on the Ethics of Social Media Marketing for Lawyers
January 26, 2018

John EllisJohn Ellis presented to the American Academy of Attorney-CPA’s Southwest Regional Conference held in Austin, Texas on January 19, 2018. John presented a CLE discussion on ethical rules governing attorney advertising and marketing through social media. The AAA-CPA is an organization comprised of individuals who have dually-qualified as attorneys and certified public accountants. Its mission is to provide its members with quality education, opportunities to connect and the professional resources to support and develop their practices.

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City of Allen Wins Reversal of SOAH Order
January 12, 2018

Cathy WebkingStephanie KoverSDM 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.

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Curtis Osterloh Presents at the Council on State Taxation (COST) Sales Tax Conference
January 3, 2018

Curtis OsterlohCurtis 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.

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Anthony Arguijo and Steve Britt named SDM Partners
January 1, 2018

Anthony ArguijoSteve BrittScott 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.

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Kim Bueno Elected as Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation
December 28, 2017

Kim BuenoCongratulations 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.

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Sameer Hashmi Joins Scott Douglass & McConnico
December 19, 2017

Sameer HashmiScott 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.

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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.

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Steve McConnico Honored by Austin ABOTA
December 7, 2017

Steve McConnicoAt 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.

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Asylum Victory for Nepalese Refugee
November 17, 2017

Willie CochranSantosh AravindScott 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.

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Jane Webre Presents at Austin Bar Association Holiday Ethics CLE
November 16, 2017

Jane WebreJane 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.

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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.

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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.

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Flip Whitworth Presents on Oil & Gas Law at UT Law School
November 2, 2017

Flip WhitworthFlip 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.

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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.

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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
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Natural Resources Law
Oil & Gas Law
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Metropolitan Tier 2 - Austin
Energy Law

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Ryan Squires Accepted to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
October 30, 2017

Ryan SquiresRyan 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.