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SDM Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers
09/21/2017

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


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Eleven SD&M Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in America 2018
08/15/2017

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


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Judge Rules in Favor of CTRMA
08/08/2017

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.


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Casey Dobson, Jane Webre and Mike Merriman Prevail at 5th Circuit
11/08/2016

SDM’s Casey Dobson, Jane Webre and Mike Merriman successfully defended the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) against an emergency motion for injunction pending appeal brought by a group of plaintiffs attempting to stop construction on State Highway 45 Southwest.  After the district court denied plaintiffs’ application for preliminary injunction in October 2016, the plaintiffs appealed and filed the emergency injunction motion with the Fifth Circuit.  The Fifth Circuit heard oral argument in Austin on the injunction application on November 4, then denied the motion just hours after argument.  The order allowed CTRMA to start construction on State Highway 45 Southwest immediately.  For more details on this dispute, see SDM’s October 24, 2016 news release.

The appeal is Fath, et al., v. Texas Department of Transportation and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, No. 16-51281 (5th Cir.).


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SDM's Casey Dobson, Jane Webre and Mike Merriman prevail in Texas 45 Injunction Hearing
10/24/2016

SDM’s Casey Dobson, Jane Webre and Mike Merriman successfully defended the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) against an application for preliminary injunction brought by a group of plaintiffs attempting to stop construction projects on State Highway 45 Southwest and MoPac South.  Following an all-day injunction hearing in the Western District of Texas, the Court found that plaintiffs did not meet their burden to establish a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their claims against CTRMA and the Texas Department of Transportation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The case is Fath, et al., v. Texas Department of Transportation and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, No. 16cv00234-LY (W.D. Tex).

More information on the CTRMA’s preliminary injunction win in federal district court can be found here and here.


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Ten Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” in Texas in 2016
09/07/2016

Ten SDM Lawyers have been named “Super Lawyers” in Texas.  Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters publication, rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The SDM “Super Lawyers” for 2016 are:

SDM is honored that so many of our attorneys consistently rank among the most highly peer-reviewed attorneys in the state.


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Ten SDM Lawyers Named “Super Lawyers” in Texas in 2015
09/09/2015

Ten SDM Lawyers have been named “Super Lawyers” in Texas. Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters publication, rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The SDM “Super Lawyers” for 2015 are:

SDM is honored that so many of our attorneys consistently rank among the most highly peer-reviewed attorneys in the state.


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Ten SDM Attorneys Named “Best Lawyers” in 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Rankings
08/26/2015

The 2016 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Report ranks ten SDM attorneys as “Best Lawyers” in the areas of appellate practice, commercial and bet-the-company litigation, legal malpractice defense, natural resources law, oil and gas law, personal injury litigation defense, and professional malpractice litigation defense. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review methodology designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. 

Appellate Practice
Commercial and Bet-the-Company Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Natural Resources Law
Oil and Gas Law
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants


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Casey Dobson and Paige Amstutz Win Jury Trial
05/15/2015

Representing one of the largest law firms in San Antonio, SDM attorneys Casey Dobson and Paige Amstutz prevailed after more than a week-long jury trial in a breach-of-fiduciary-duty case. Plaintiff, a former client of the San Antonio firm, sued alleging legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty and sought damages in excess of $40 million. After Mr. Dobson and Ms. Amstutz won summary judgment defeating plaintiff’s legal malpractice claims and establishing the client had suffered no damages, the jury trial proceeded solely on the issue of whether defendants breached their fiduciary duties. In its verdict delivered on May 11, 2015, the jury unanimously found in favor of SDM’s client. The court then entered a final judgment that the plaintiff take nothing and imposed costs on the plaintiff. To date, plaintiff has not appealed the judgment.


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Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Prevail, Defeating Motion to Dismiss in Structured Finance Securities Fraud Case
04/30/2015

Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys Casey Dobson, Asher Griffin, and John Gasink won a motion to dismiss before the New York Supreme Court in New York County regarding a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) note buyer’s purchase of Subordinated Notes from an investment bank. The firm represents the plaintiff, Basis Yield Alpha Fund (Master), which sued Morgan Stanley for common law fraud and fraudulent concealment. The primary issue before the Court involved whether the risk disclosures and reliance disclaimers in the CDO offering documents barred the plaintiff from pursuing its claims against Morgan Stanley. The Court refused to grant the motion to dismiss, finding that the reliance disclaimers and risk disclosures were an insufficient basis for barring the plaintiff’s claims given the allegations concerning Morgan Stanley’s peculiar knowledge of the problems with the CDO and its underlying assets, which were predominantly residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). The Court also rejected all of Morgan Stanley’s arguments concerning pre-investment due diligence, actionable misrepresentations, and loss causation. This is one of a number of cases in which the firm has represented domestic and international clients in fraud matters relating to structured finance securities such as CDOs, RMBS, and SIVs (structured investment vehicles). The Court's opinion can be found here.


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