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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
12/30/2016

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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Steve McConnico Featured in Super Lawyers Magazine
09/26/2016

Steve McConnicoSDM is proud to announce that Steve McConnico was recently interviewed for a feature article entitled “An Orderly Mind” in the Texas 2016 issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. The article highlights McConnico’s extensive client list and straightforward, down home style. Ever the gentleman, McConnico talks about growing up in small town East Texas, the larger than life trial attorneys around him, his love of reading and sports, and the lessons he’s learned along the way. McConnico reminisces about growing up hearing the blues and the huge span of live music he took in during his college years, when Austin’s counterculture was in full force, ultimately transforming Austin into the musical mecca of today. He talks about his foundation in medical malpractice cases at Andrews Kurth and his move to Scott Douglass at the recommendation of  former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope, for whom McConnico clerked while in law school. McConnico’s charisma and charm coupled with his firm belief that trial is simply a medium for telling a story with a beginning, middle, and end makes him a successful trial attorney with a wide range of clients, including former Governor Rick Perry and the Burleson County D.A. involved in the Anthony Graves case.


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Super Lawyers® Names Steve McConnico and Jane Webre among “The Top 100” in Texas and “The Top 50” in the Central & West Texas Region
09/29/2015

In addition to celebrating this year’s listing of ten SDM attorneys among the “Super Lawyers” in Texas, SDM is incredibly proud to announce that Steve McConnico and Jane Webre each ranked among the “best of the best” this year—“The Top 100” Super Lawyers in Texas and “The Top 50” Super Lawyers in the Central and West Texas Region. Jane Webre is also listed in "The Top 50 Women" Texas Super Lawyers. 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.


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Steve McConnico to Speak at UT Law's Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference
09/07/2016

Steve McConnicoSDM’s Steve McConnico will speak about the ethical challenges in prepping and presenting witnesses at UT Law’s two day Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference on October 27 – 28 in Austin.  The conference will focus on updates and recent developments in civil litigation, including tips and strategies.


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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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SDM Wins Appeal in Dispute Over Waiver of Arbitration Rights
11/19/2015

Steve McConnico, Robyn Hargrove, and Kim Bueno recently won an appeal in a dispute over waiver of arbitration rights.  At the trial court, the plaintiff sought to compel arbitration after the trial court issued some adverse pretrial rulings against her. SDM, on behalf of its client, successfully defeated the motion to compel on the basis of waiver. The appeals court affirmed, holding that the plaintiff’s attempts to manipulate the judicial process resulted in a waiver of her right to arbitrate.


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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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Steve McConnico Speaks to the Litigation Section at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting
07/08/2015

Steve McConnico addressed the Litigation Section at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting on June 18, 2015 at the Henry H. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. His topic was “What You Need to Know Now:  A Business Litigator’s Perspective." Additional information about the Annual Meeting may be found here, and a link to Steve's presentation may be found here.


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Steve Wingard and Steve McConnico Win Dismissal of Shareholder Derivative Case
03/07/2015

Steve Wingard and Steve McConnico won a Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Standing and Plea to the Jurisdiction in favor of the general partner and limited partners of a family limited partnership. SDM defended a limited partnership, its general partner, and several individuals who owned limited partnership interest in lawsuit asserting breach of fiduciary duty. The plaintiff was the executor of the estate of a deceased limited partner who claimed the right to bring derivative claims on behalf of the limited partnership. The Court dismissed the lawsuit holding that the plaintiff lacked standing to bring his claims.


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Legal Team including SD&M Lawyers Win Dismissal of Patent Infringement Case
03/31/2015

SDM attorneys Steve McConnico, Paige Amstutz, and Steve Wingard, along with lead counsel from Latham & Watkins, won dismissal of a patent infringement lawsuit when their Motion to Disqualify opposing counsel was granted.  SDM represented a large, publicly-traded energy company in defense of claims brought by a publicly-traded non-practicing entity.  SDM filed a motion to disqualify plaintiff’s in-house general counsel, plaintiff’s entire legal department, and plaintiff’s outside counsel. In addition, SDM requested that the court dismiss the lawsuit. The court granted SDM’s motion, disqualified all plaintiff’s counsel, and dismissed the lawsuit.


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Steve McConnico to Speak at Corpus Christi Bar Association’s Trial Law Seminar
02/13/2015

Steve McConnico will speak on “Legal Malpractice:  What’s the Law and How to Prevent Committing Malpractice” at the 2015 Advanced Civil Trial Law Seminar sponsored by the Corpus Christi Bar Association on March 6, 2015. More information on the Seminar, titled “The Ultimate Trial Notebook – From Voir Dire to Verdict,” can be found here.


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Steve McConnico to Speak at Texas Bar Career-Building Course on March 27
02/13/2015

Steve McConnico will speak on “The Secret to a Long and Successful Career” at the Texas Bar CLE Course:  “Building Your Career:  A Guide for New Lawyers” on March 27, 2015. The course will be held at the Texas Law Center in Austin or can be viewed as a webcast online. More information on the course and how to register for the webcast can be found here.


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