Nine Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Selected to the Texas Rising Stars® 2017 List
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:
SDM's Dan Bitting and Olga Kobzar Prevailed in 5th Circuit Appeal
SDM’s Dan Bitting and Olga Kobzar recently defeated claims against Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in an appeal before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Lee Perry sued Anadarko, along with four other oil and gas companies and the Railroad Commission of Texas for negligence, discrimination, Safe Drinking Water Act violations, and a number of additional claims. Dan and Olga first obtained dismissal of all claims against Anadarko in the federal district court for the Western District of Texas. On appeal to the Fifth Circuit, they led the joint briefing efforts for the non-governmental appellees and secured a unanimous Fifth Circuit opinion affirming the dismissal of Perry’s suit.
U.S. Supreme Court to Review SDM Case About Equal Access for Deaf Texans
In a recently-issued order, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review a case concerning access to first-time licenses for young Texans with hearing disabilities. Along with the Texas Civil Rights Project, SDM partner Olga Kobzar and former SDM partner Joe T. Sanders represent deaf driver’s license applicants in a suit against the state agency in charge of driver education for failing to provide accommodations in state-mandated driver education classes. Failure to provide any accommodations effectively bars those with hearing disabilities from obtaining a driver’s license in violation of Title II of the ADA.
Six Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Named Rising Stars in 2016
Super Lawyers® has selected six Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys as Rising Stars in 2016 in the practice areas of Energy & Natural Resources (Olga Kobzar), Business Litigation (John Ellis, Bryan Lauer, David Shank and Ryan Squires), and General Litigation (Kennon Wooten). Rising Stars are considered the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas. 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.
Scott Douglass & McConnico Presents Annual Oil & Gas Seminar on April 14
Scott Douglass & McConnico’s annual oil and gas seminar, “Oil & Gas Regulation in Texas,” will be held April 14 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, John Soule, 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, surface and subsurface use, and inactive well issues. Anyone interested in attending can register at the seminar or by e-mailing Jackie Harrison. A link to our Application Form is attached here.
SDM Attorneys Serve in Diverse Legal Leadership Roles
Each year, SDM attorneys dedicate significant time serving in a variety of legal leadership roles. This year, these SDM attorneys will serve on the following diverse local and state-wide boards and committees:
Anthony Arguijo is the President-Elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin and serves as the Association’s representative to the Austin Young Lawyers Association.
Dan Bitting serves on the Board of the Texas Aggie Bar Association.
Sara Clark serves on the Board of the Litigation Section of the Austin Bar Association, the Board of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, and the Downtown Austin Community Court Advisory Committee.
Cindy Saiter serves on the Board of the Austin Bar Association and is Co-Chair of its Membership Committee. She also serves on the Nominating Committee for District 9 of the Texas Bar Foundation, the State Bar Committee on Women in the Profession, and the Board of the Travis County Women Lawyers Scholarship Fund, and is Chair of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation.
John Ellis serves on the Board of the Texas Young Lawyers Association where he is Co-Chair of the Marketing and Technology Committee, serves on the Outreach and Public Service Committees, and serves as the Association’s representative to the Austin Young Lawyers Association.
Asher Griffin serves on the Steering Committee for the Texas Minority Counsel Program of the State Bar Office of Minority Affairs.
Olga Kobzar is the President of the Texas Energy Law Association and Treasurer for the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Section of the Austin Bar Association.
Ray Langenberg serves on the Comptroller’s Taxpayer Advisory Group, which advises the Comptroller on tax policy matters.
Carroll Martin serves on the Council for the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar.
Ryan Squires is Co-Chair of the Austin Bar Association’s 2016 Leadership Academy Committee.
Jane Webre serves on the Board of the Austin Bar Foundation.
Kennon Wooten serves as a member of the Board of the Austin Bar Association, the Board for the Texas Legal Services Center, and the Editorial Board for The Advocate, a quarterly publication of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Kennon is also Vice Chair of the State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee, Chair of the Austin Bar Association's Publications Committee, and Editor-in-Chief of Austin Lawyer, an Austin Bar Association publication.
To learn more about the missions of these organizations, visit their websites:
Austin Bar Association
Austin Young Lawyers Association
Downtown Austin Community Court Advisory Committee
Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
State Bar of Texas
Texas Aggie Bar Association
Texas Energy Law Association
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
Scott Douglass & McConnico Presents Annual Oil & Gas Seminar on May 19
Scott Douglass & McConnico’s annual oil and gas seminar, “Oil & Gas Regulation in Texas,” will be held May 19 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Austin. The seminar will cover Railroad Commission rules and procedures, developments in the law, and various oil and gas issues encountered by attorneys, engineers, geologists, and landmen.
The firm has hosted the popular seminar for more than 30 years. Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys Jim Cowden, Doug Dashiell, Mark Hanna, John Hicks, Olga Kobzar, Carroll Martin, Davin McGinnis, Joe Sanders, John Soule, and Flip Whitworth will speak at the event. Among other topics, they will discuss Railroad Commission nuts and bolts, Commission Rules 32, 37, and 38, surface commingling, horizontal drilling, forced and voluntary pooling, surface and subsurface use, and injection/disposal wells. Anyone interested in attending can register at the seminar or by e-mailing Jackie Harrison. A link to our Application Form is attached here.