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:
Ryan Squires and Bryan Lauer Prevail in Civil Rights Trial
After 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.
Ryan Squires Spoke at Baylor's Legal Mapmaker Program
SDM’s Ryan Squires recently spoke at Baylor Law School’s Legal Mapmaker program on avoiding malpractice. The two-day workshop sponsored by Baylor Law School in collaboration with the State Bar of Texas and other law schools provides young lawyers with the tools to start their own practices in providing legal services to the public. This workshop covers topics ranging from client relations to marketing and professionalism in the field. The Mapmaker program aims to both increase the public’s access to justice and give students the tools to succeed in the legal market. Students who agree to take on at least one pro bono case in their first year of practice were given complimentary attendance at the workshop. Participating law schools plan to increase the length of the program in the coming years as more topics are covered and attendance grows. More information can be found here.
Ryan Squires Honored as 2016 Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year
On May 3, 2016, at a Baylor Law Alumni Reception, Dean Brad Toben named SDM’s Ryan Squires as Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year. Ryan’s family members, law partners, and friends were in attendance to share in Ryan’s surprise. The award recognizes Ryan’s service to the profession and his community, his steadfast support of the Baylor Law Alumni Association and the Austin Baylor Law Network, and his dedication to the aims and ideals of Baylor Law School. This is not the first time Ryan’s accomplishments as a young lawyer have been recognized; in 2013, he received the Austin Young Lawyers Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Ryan successfully manages a busy litigation docket and still finds time to serve his community and to spend time with his three children and his wife, Hillarey. SDM is proud to have Ryan—a good lawyer and a good person—on our team.
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.
Ryan Squires Presents Tips on Avoiding Legal Malpractice Claims and Grievances
SDM's Ryan Squires spoke at the recent Basic Course in Texas Construction Law sponsored by the Construction Law Foundation of Texas and the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. His presentation “introduced perils encountered by practitioners, key strategies and day-to-day law practice management tips that will help avoid malpractice claims and grievances,” and provided participants with one hour of continuing legal education ethics credit. Additional Information about the Construction Law Section and its annual Basic Course in Texas Construction Law is available 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
Six Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Named Rising Stars in 2015
Super Lawyers® has selected six Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys as Rising Stars in 2015 in the practice areas of Energy & Natural Resources (Mark Hanna and Davin McGinnis), Business Litigation (Bryan Lauer, Joe Sanders 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.