Legal Directory

Presenting our annual list of the region’s best attorneys —
in 45 specialties — as chosen by their peers.

Top Attorneys 2017 is a nomination-based project in which we ask area attorneys to vote for other attorneys who exemplify excellence in 45 different specialties. The Top Attorneys list provides a service to readers, giving them attorneys’ perspective on their peers. The list also is intended to allow readers to see and celebrate the achievement of their attorneys who make the list. Additionally, it gives those seeking legal information a place to see attorneys recognized for their expertise and reputation and help them select the right representation for their needs. It also can be a means for attorneys to make the community aware of their specific specialties and areas of expertise.

We take time and energy to ensure fair voting. We recognize that there are many good attorneys who do not appear on this list. This is only a sampling of the talented professionals within the region. Inclusion in the list is based on the opinions of responding attorneys in the area, and the results, therefore, are not objective. We certainly acknowledge that many excellent attorneys do not appear on the list for various reasons.

360 West magazine contracted with DataJoe Research to conduct nominations using an online ballot for collecting, vetting and tallying the votes. DataJoe Research is a survey/research company specializing in data collection and verification. It conducts various nominations across the United States on behalf of publishers.

About The List

How was the list created?

To create the list, DataJoe Research facilitated a peer voting process during the first quarter of 2017. DataJoe and the magazine reached out to both individuals and firms by various means, including postal mail and email, encouraging entities to vote and circulate the online ballot. Each attorney could vote for up to three attorneys in each category. DataJoe reviewed and processed each ballot individually, checking for patterns or signs indicative of cheating.

Nominations for attorneys who were licensed for five years or more in the state of Texas were separated from those licensed for less than five years. Within each sub-group, the top vote-getters in each specialty category were selected and verified. We verified with the state bar association that each winner had a valid, active license and that no winner had disciplinary action against him/her from the state. If we were not able to find evidence of the attorney’s being registered with the state bar association, that attorney was excluded from the list. Finally, DataJoe presented the tallied result to 360 West magazine for final review and adjustments.

How are nominations obtained?

The magazine and DataJoe Research reach out to both practices and individuals in the region via various methods, encouraging them to vote and distribute the ballot to other attorneys. We encourage attorneys who want to ensure they get to vote to send an email to surveys@datajoe.com so we can conduct a lookup and add their information if needed.

What information is required to make a nomination?

Attorneys are required to provide a valid, active license number and basic contact information identifying themselves. This helps us ensure fairness in the voting process by verifying that each attorney completes only one ballot. The final results are aggregated, so attorneys’ ballot choices remain confidential.

What happens once nominations are received?

DataJoe reviews each ballot to ensure fair nomination, isolating and potentially eliminating invalid ballots, ballots suspected of block voting (i.e. identical voting patterns across multiple ballots), duplicate voting, or other issues. After vetting, DataJoe provides a tallied list of most-frequently nominated attorneys to the magazine. Attorneys whose names are in bold type received 15 or more nominations in a category, and attorneys who are in bold italic received between 10-14 nominations in a category.

How are the practice areas determined?

The categories are very broad and are intended to reflect relevant practice areas in the region. We recognize that there are many specialty areas but cannot accommodate them all. If there is a strong and consistent request for additional practice areas, they will be considered for possible inclusion in next year’s nomination.

Do lawyer pay to be on the Top Attorneys list?

Attorneys can’t pay to be on the list. After the list is finalized by DataJoe, it is given to the magazine’s advertising department, which invites attorneys to buy profiles. These profiles appear elsewhere in the magazine, labeled as paid advertising, in a section titled Attorneys Worth Knowing. But whether the attorneys advertise has no bearing on their being on the list.

What if I don’t see my attorney on the list?

This list is by no means inclusive of all excellent attorneys in the area. If you don’t see your attorney on the list, and if he or she is someone you like and trust, you should stick with your attorney.

About DataJoe

DataJoe uses best practices and exercises great care in assembling content for this list. DataJoe does not warrant that the data contained within the list are complete or accurate. DataJoe does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All rights reserved. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without written permission from DataJoe. For research/methodology questions, contact Johnny Levy, President, at johnny@datajoe.com. For all other questions, contact Jerry Scott at jscott@360westmagazine.com. If you did not receive a survey ballot this year, please email surveys@datajoe.com to ensure we have your correct, updated information on file. Please include name, practice, address, phone, fax, and email in your message.

Categories

Adoption Law

Antitrust Law

Appellate Law

Arbitration and Mediation

Attorneys for Non-Profit

Aviation, Admiralty, Maritime, and Transportation

Banking and Financial

Bankruptcy

Business Law

Civil Law and Litigation

Civil Law and Transactional

Commercial Litigation

Construction

Consumer Debt

Corporate Counsel

Corporate Finance/Mergers and Acquisitions

Criminal Defense

Education

Elder Law

Eminent Domain

Family Law

General Practice

Government and Administrative

Health Care Law

Immigration Law

Insurance

Intellectual Property Rights

International Law

Labor and Employment

Land Use and Environment

Medical Malpractice and Defense

Medical Malpractice and Plaintiff

Oil and Gas

Personal Injury

Product Liability

Professional Malpractice (Non-Medical) Defense

Real Estate

Securities Law

Sexual Abuse

Sports Law

Tax Law

Technology/Virtual

Traffic Law

Wills, Trusts, Estates, Probates

Worker’s Compensation

TOP ATTORNEYS 2017 Five Years or More in Practice

Attorneys whose names are in bold type received 15 or more nominations in a category,
and attorneys who are in bold italic received between 10-14 nominations in a category.

Click on names listed in BLUE for more information.

Adoption Law


Leslie Barrows
Stephanie Beamer
Heidi Cox
Lauren Duffer
Eric Freeby
Heather King
Susan Paquet
Belker Paschall
Renee Sanchez-Akers

Antitrust Law


William Puls
Marshall Searcy

Appellate Law


Marianne Auld
Russell Barton
Dabney Bassel
John Cayce
Daniel Collins
Jim Gibson
Constance Hall
Thomas Harkins
Steven Hayes
David Johnson
Steven Jumes
David Keltner
Eric Labovitz
Jennifer Lovelace
Shelly Messerli
Thomas Michel
John Nickelson
Karen Precella
Fredrick Quast
Brittani Rollen
Jody Sanders
Brent Shellhorse
Joseph Spence
Matthew Stayton
Stephen Tatum
John Wilson

Arbitration and Mediation


Barbara Armstrong
Jennifer Caldwell
Randy Catterton
John Allen Chalk
Christian Dennie
John Dowdy
Thomas Henry
Kight Higgins
John Hughes
David Keltner
M Beth Krugler
Richard Maples
Wade McMullen
Cynthia Mendoza
David Seidler
Frank Sullivan
Len Wade

Attorneys for Non-Profit


Michael Bourland
Thomas S. Brandon Jr.
Steven Goodspeed
Cory Halliburton
Darren Moore
Kimberlee Norris
J. Shelby Sharpe
Frank Sommerville
Dana Stayton
Dee Steer

Aviation, Admiralty, Maritime, and Transportation


Geffrey Anderson
Jonathan Harrison
Stephen Howell
Adam Plumbley
Guy Riddle
Howard Rosenthal
KC Thompson
Daniel Vela

Banking and Financial


Paul Bradford
Jonathan Cranz
Charles Curry
Elisa Fox
Jay Garrett
Elliott Garsek
Brandon Hill
Daniel Lowry
Eldon Mahon
Bruce McGee
Nicholas Pappas
Stephen Pezanosky
Scot Pierce
Sierra Quinonez
Dan Settle

Bankruptcy


John Bonds
Seth Crosland
John Forshey
Bobby Forshey
Mark French
Katherine Hopkins
Hunter Jones
Brandon Jones
Matthias Kleinsasser
John McBride
Michael McConnell
Warren Norred
Mark Petrocchi
Jeff Prostok
Robert Simon
Lindsay Steele
Clay Taylor
Behrooz Vida
Patrick West

Business Law


Chad Allman
Richard Bernasek
G. Thomas Boswell
Chad Cacciotti
S. Benton Cantey
John Allen Chalk
Douglas Clayton
David Cook
Cheryl Coon
Randal Dean
Dirk Eshleman
Zachary Garsek
William Greenhill
Constance Hall
Bryon Hammer
Leslie Hunt
Vanessa Kelley
C. Chad Lampe
Steve Litke
John Lively
Sean Lynch
David Menefee
Mitchell Moses
R. Jason Pierce
Vernon Rew Jr.
Jeff Rutledge
Thomas Ryder
Rick Sorenson
Aimee Stone
Paul Vitanza
Stephen Westermann

Civil Law and Litigation


Geffrey Anderson
Michael Anderson
Daniel Barrett
Grant Blaies
Joseph Cleveland
Heath Coffman
Hugh Connor
Russell Devenport
David Drez
Mark Dugan
Rebecca Eaton
Walker Friedman
Brian Garrett
Christopher Greer
Randy Hall
Alyson Halpern
Mark Haney
Albon Head
Michael Henry
Marshall Jacobini
Bruce James
Roland Johnson
David Johnson
Dee Kelly
Petros Kypreos
Jeffrey Lacy
Christopher Lyster
Brant Martin
Hunter McLean
Chase Medling
Christopher Neal
Michael Peck
H. Allen Pennington
Joseph Regan
Marshall Searcy
Andrew Sims
Brian Stagner
Daniel Steppick
Mack Ed Swindle
Stephen Taylor
Joe Tolbert
Matthew Walton
William Warren
Jeffrey Whitfield
Jay Wieser
Eamonn Wiles
Shauna Wright

Civil Law and Transactional


Craig Barbolla
S. Benton Cantey
Douglas Clayton
David Cook
Zachary Garsek
David Garza
William Greenhill
Donald Kaczkowski
Michael Moore
Marcus Mungioli
R. Jason Pierce

Commercial Litigation


Michael Anderson
Chad Arnette
Bryan Bruner
Joseph Cleveland
Christopher Collins
Hugh Connor
Bryan Davis
David Drez
Mark Dugan
Brian Garrett
Alyson Halpern
Timothy Howell
Roland Johnson
David Johnson
Dee Kelly
James Key
William Kirkman
Christopher Lyster
Hunter McLean
Preston Mundt
David Palmer
Scot Pierce
Joseph Regan
Roland Schafer
Marshall Searcy
Brent Shellhorse
Brian Stagner
Daniel Steppick
Mack Ed Swindle
Stephen Taylor
William Warren
Scott Wiehle
Thomas Williams

Construction


Toby Burke
Richard Deberry
Elisa Fox
Zachary Garsek
Stephanie Harrison
Stephen Harrison
Brandon Hurley
Cara Kennemer
Darren Keyes
Hunter McLean
Matthew Motes
Andrew Piel
Stephen Polozola
Bradley Rice
Richard Schellhammer
Patrick Sheridan
Ross Vitek

Consumer Debt


John Bonds
James Foley
Mark French
Jerry Jarzombek
Robert Simon
Behrooz Vida

Corporate Counsel


Neal Adams
S. Benton Cantey
Zachary Garsek
William Greenhill
An Lee Hsu
Michael Lagatta
Philip Lamsens
Andrew Lombardi
Wesly Maness
Michael McConnell
Danielle Needham
Chad Parsons
Paul R. “Trey” Penny III
R. Jason Pierce
Andrew Rosell
Thomas Ryder
Clay Taylor
Karen Wardell
Wayne Whitaker
Chris Williams
Craig Woodcook

Corporate Finance/Mergers and Acquisitions


Brian Barnard
S. Benton Cantey
David Cook
Charles Florsheim
Adam Fulkerson
Elliott Garsek
William Greenhill
Janet Hahn
Robert Keffler
Evan Malloy
Charles Milliken
Vernon Rew Jr.
Wayne Whitham
Jared Wood

Criminal Defense


Bruce Ashworth
Brandon Barnett
Bruce Beasley
John Brender
Scott Brown
Virginia Carter
Daniel Collins
Seth Crosland
Craig Dameron
Mark Daniel
Nicholas Davis
Lance Evans
Tim Evans
Abe Factor
Jackson Fulgham
Jim Gibson
Bob Gill
Mike Goolsby
Richard Henderson
Jeffrey Hoover
Jason Howard
Elizabeth Jack
Jeffrey Kearney
Alexander Kim
Eric Labovitz
Trent Loftin
Trey Loftin
James Luster
Leticia Martinez
Gary Medlin
Paul Schneider
Justin Sparks
Jeffrey Stewart
Jack Strickland
Anna Summersett
Andrea Townsend
Benson Varghese
Luke Williams

Education


John Barlow
Vianei Braun
Janet Bubert
John Allen Chalk
David Chappell
Cory Hartsfield
Cynthia Hill
Kathryn Hogan
Thomas Myers
Lynn Scott
James Watson
James Whitton

Elder Law


Monica Benson
James Davidson
Matthew Davidson
Steven Katten
Charles Kennedy
Phillip McCrury
Ricky Weaver

Eminent Domain


Mary Barkley
John Allen Chalk
Lee Christie
D. Mark Daniel
Richard Deberry
Christopher Mosley
Joseph Regan
C. Matthew Terrell

Family Law


Robert Aldrich
Stephanie Beamer
Deborah Boone
Catherine Borum
Tawanna Cesare
John Clark
Christopher Collins
Anita Cutrer
Raymond Daniel
Lori Deangelis
Kelly Decker
Brenda Hasenzahl
Tom Hill
Robert Hoover
Lisa Hoppes
Marshall Jacobini
Jessica Janicek
Tracey Justice
Jeffrey Kaitcer
Heather King
J. Steven King
David Kulesz
Eric Labovitz
William Lovelace
Dana Manry
Kathryn Morrow
Jason Nash
Gary Nickelson
Richard Price
Kevin Schmid
Paul Schneider
Justin Sisemore
Curran Skinner
Susan F. Smith
Dwayne Smith
Susan B. Smith
Kathleen Smith
Lori Spearman
Kimberly Stoner-Brock
Melissa Swan
V. Wayne Ward
Kristina West
Kyle Whitaker
Pamela Wilder
Michael Wurtz

General Practice


Chad Allman
John Barlow
J. Kirk Bryant
Robert Henry
Trey Loftin
John Wolffarth

Government and Administrative


John Allen Chalk
Christopher Gee
Dee Kelly
James Pritchard
William Pritchard
Jennifer Willingham
Marcia Wise

Health Care Law


Cheryl Coon
Hunter McLean
Henry Robinson
Carol Traylor
Wayne Whitaker

Immigration Law


Francisco Hernandez
Jason Mills
Christopher Taylor

Insurance


Derek Anderson
Carter Ferguson
Wesley Hightower
Jeffrey Lacy
Charles Mitchell
Elaine Morris
Christopher Neal
Eamonn Wiles

Intellectual Property Rights


Brent Bumgardner
Decker Cammack
Michael Cooke
Clark Cowley
Leslie Darby
Dave Gunter
Charles Gunter
Cheryl Leb
Geoffrey Mantooth
Edward Nelson
Warren Norred
William Pritchard
David Skeels
Jonathan Suder
James Walton
Brian Yost

International Law


Raul Canez
John Allen Chalk

Labor and Employment


John Barlow
Paige Biggs
Russell Cawyer
Karen Denney
Rory Divin
David Dowell
David Fielding
Richard Griffin
James Griffis
Caroline Harrison
Cynthia Hill
Christopher Howe
Michael Hutchens
Susan Hutchison
Claudine Jackson
Lynn Kelly
Justin Malone
Christopher Medlenka
Lu Pham
Henry Robinson
Jay Rutherford
Kent Smith
Jennifer Sweeny
James Tanner

Land Use and Environment


Cheryl Coon
Marcella Olson
Ray Oujesky
James Schell
Todd Spake
Sarah Walls
Robert G. “Bob” West
Richard Wiseman
Craig Woodcook

Medical Malpractice and Defense


Jennifer Andrews
Gregory Blaies
Bruce Campbell
Randy Hall
John McChristian
Wesley Myers
Jordan Parker
Carol Traylor

Medical Malpractice and Plaintiff


Geno Borchardt
Michael Henry
Darrell Keith
Steven Laird
James Stanley

Oil and Gas


Prichard Bevis
William Bredthauer
Jamie Bryan
Eric Camp
David Drez
Chad Fillmore
Robert Grable
Jeffrey Grable
Jeffrey King
Timothy Malone
Aaron Moses
John Murphy
Andrew Neal
Roger Neely
John Parrish
Adam Plumbley
Sarah Powers
Clark Rucker
Bart Rue
Todd Spake
James Strawn
John Thompson
Ricky Torlincasi

Personal Injury


Seth Anderson
Rickey Brantley
John Brender
John Burton
John Cummings
Gil Daley
Jackson Davis
Edward Dent
H. David Flowers
Randy Hall
Mark Haney
Robert Haslam
Andrew Hawkins
Robert Henry
Timothy Hoch
Gregory Jackson
John Jose
Steven Laird
Lyndon Laird
Jesse Lotspeich
Christopher Medlenka
Bruce Moon
Preston Mundt
W. Bradley Parker
William Patterson
Alexander Pelley
Bradley Poulos
William Puls
John Shaw
Jason Smith
Todd Smith
Christopher Stoy
Fred Streck
Tennessee Walker
Roger Walton
Coby Wooten
Jim Zadeh

Product Liability


Brandy Austin
Lars Berg
Rickey Brantley
Arthur Brender
David Frisby
Joseph Gallagher
Mark Haney
Andrew Hawkins
Michael Henry
John Jose
Charles Noteboom
W. Bradley Parker
William Puls
James Stanley
Jason Stephens
William Warren
Jeffrey Whitfield

Professional Malpractice (Non-Medical) Defense


Heath Coffman
Monika Cooper
Roland Johnson
Marshall Searcy

Real Estate


Kendall Adair
Christopher Baker
Mark Bishop
Madeleine Frossard
Noelle Garsek
Timothy Harvard
Blake Hedgecock
Alan Hegi
Joel Heydenburk
Justin Huston
Chad Key
Jared King
Jack Larson
Lisa Leaton
Matthew Luensmann
Patricia Meadows
Sharon Millians
Gary Moates
Greg Monroe
Frank Newman
Russell Norment
Sarah Powers
Jeff Rattikin
Pollard Rogers
Andy Rogers
Jennifer Rosell
Kenneth Stogdill
Kent Watson
Robert G. “Bob” West
Dan White

Securities Law


Natalie Carlgren
John Fahy
Toby Galloway
Calvin Jackson
Patrick Reardon
Andrew Rosell

Sexual Abuse


Gregory Love
Kimberlee Norris
Charles Noteboom

Sports Law


Christian Dennie
Glenn Orman

Tax Law


Sean Bryan
James Creel
Adam Fulkerson
Chester Grudzinski
Thomas Hegi
Brandon Jones
Kirk Manning
Phillip McCrury
William Ratliff
Ryan Scharar
David Tracy
Dustin Willey
Gary Woodard

Technology/Virtual


Nicholas Bettinger
Cheryl Leb

Traffic Law


James Mallory
Sommer Walker
Bonnie Wolf

Wills, Trusts, Estates, Probates


Ronald Adams
Michael Appleman
Marvin Blum
Michael Bourland
Michael Branyon
Cole Bryan
James Davidson
Matthew Davidson
Clinton Dennis
Amy Fuqua
Catherine Goodman
Ross Griffith
James Grimes
Brett Gunter
Janet Hahn
Shelli Harveson
Kelcie Hibbs
Leslie Hunt
Lisa Jamieson
Randall Johnson
Roger Jones
Michael Kaitcer
Kevin Kuenzli
Paul Lancaster
Terry Leach
Robert Loudermilk
Daniel McCarthy
Phillip McCrury
R. Dyann McCully
Scott Moseley
Kory Nelson
Orsen Paxton
William Pritchard
Bronwyn Scharar
Melinda Smith
Dee Steer
Louis Stefanos
Aimee Stone
Michael Sweet
David Tracy
Kimberly Uskovich

Worker’s Compensation


Russell Cawyer
Christopher Howe
Sandra Liser

TOP ATTORNEYS 2017 Less than Five Years  in Practice

Attorneys whose names are in bold type received 15 or more nominations in a category,
and attorneys who are in bold italic received between 10-14 nominations in a category.

Click on names listed in BLUE for more information.

Adoption Law


Aulstin Gardiner
Alyssa Jacobs
Lauren McPherson
Lyndsay Newell
Spencer Nilsson
Schyler Parker
Scott Reib
Bradley Scalise

Appellate Law


Adam Arrington
Joseph Greenhill
Caitlyn Hubbard
Shelby White

Arbitration and Mediation


Daniel Paret
Scott Reib
Bradley Scalise

Aviation, Admiralty, Maritime, and Transportation


Jeffrey Gilmore
Andrea Palmer

Banking and Financial


Chad Richwine

Bankruptcy


David Staab

Civil Law and Litigation


Whitney Beckworth
Katie Copeland
Lindsay Daniel
Zachary Farrar
Andrea Palmer
Adam Simmons
Joakim Soederbaum

Civil Law and Transactional


Amanda Anderson

Commercial Litigation


Whitney Beckworth
Caleb Bulls
Schyler Parker
Adam Simmons

Corporate Counsel


Eric Alexander

Corporate Finance/Mergers and Acquisitions


Nathan McCune
Drew Neill
John Phair
Jarratt Watkins
Chelsea Wood

Criminal Defense


Adam Arrington
Ashley Gilmore
Phillip Hall
Christopher Lankford
Bria Larson
Chelsi McLarty

Family Law


Katie Copeland
Paul Daly
Bodie Freeman
Aulstin Gardiner
Bria Larson
Larry Mike
Jerold Mitchell
Schyler Parker
Amy Reynolds Lee
Michael Schneider
Sarah Seltzer
Jeffrey Thornton
Samantha Wommack

General Practice


Scott Reib
Michael Schneider

Immigration Law


Edwardo Meza
Thomas Murphree
Charles Ocampo

Insurance


Katie Copeland

Labor and Employment


Antonio Allen
Lauren McDonald
Hannah Penley

Land Use and Environment


Eric Alexander

Oil and Gas


Seth Burt
James Murphy

Personal Injury


Kolter Jennings
Tyler Thomas

Real Estate


Eric Alexander
Amanda Anderson
Jarrod Cone
Martin Garcia
Jody Walker
Hannah Watkins

Tax Law


Jacob Birnbaum

Traffic Law


Chelsi McLarty

Wills, Trusts, Estates, Probates


Ryan Heath
Maggie Hill
Lauren McPherson
Torrie Poehls