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Kelly Hart Welcomes Robert H. Baker

Robert H. Baker joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Austin Office’s Corporate and Securities Section.

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David Keltner Featured in Fort Worth Business Press Story

Fort Worth Business Press interviewed David Keltner on receiving the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Blackstone Award.

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Chambers USA 2018 Recognizes 5 Kelly Hart Attorneys

Chambers USA has ranked 5 Kelly Hart lawyers for excellence in its 2018 edition. Two of the Firm’s lawyers have achieved Band 1 rankings in their respective practice area.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Orest B. Dachniwsky

Orest B. Dachniwsky joins Kelly Hart as Senior Counsel in the Fort Worth Office’s Litigation Section.

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David Morales Nominated to Serve as United States District Judge

President Donald Trump has announced his nomination of Kelly Hart & Hallman partner David S. Morales to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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Aimee Hebert Featured in New Orleans CityBusiness Story

New Orleans CityBusiness interviewed Aimee Hebert on how and why mineral royalties came to be classified as “rent” under the state mineral code.

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Jane Jackson Featured Speaker at Louisiana State University Mineral Law Institute

Jane Jackson recently spoke on “Citizen Suits Under Environmental Statutes” at the LSU Mineral Law Institute.

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Loulan Pitre Featured Panelist at Tulane Environmental Law & Policy Summit

Loulan J. Pitre Jr  recently spoke on “Coastal Litigation” at the 23rd Annual Tulane Environmental Law & Policy Summit.

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Seventeen Kelly Hart Attorneys Named 2018 Texas Rising Stars

Seventeen Kelly Hart attorneys have been selected as 2018 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

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Cheryl Leb Contributing Editor to Thomson Reuters Practical Law

Cheryl Leb served as a contributing editor for Right of Publicity Laws: Texas, a Q&A resource published by Thomson Reuters.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on the Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) launches the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, a wage violation self-reporting program.

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Loulan J. Pitre Featured Speaker at Coastal Law Seminar

Loulan J. Pitre Jr was a featured speaker at the Coastal Law Seminar on March 1, 2018  on the topic, “Coastal Law in Louisiana—The Historical Perspective.” 

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Michael McConnell and Louis Phillips Featured Speakers at the Fifth Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference

The Fifth Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, which was held February 21-23, 2018, provided plenary sessions featuring ethics, evidentiary issues, the aftermath of the most recent Supreme Court cases, and the state of the middle class.

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David Keltner Receives Tarrant County Bar Association’s Blackstone Award

The Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) has selected David Keltner to receive the prestigious Blackstone Award.

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Aimee Hebert Appointed by Louisiana State Law Institute

Aimee Hebert recently was appointed by the Louisiana State Law Institute to serve on its Mineral Law Committee.

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Tiffany Means Joins Kelly Hart Midland Office

Tiffany P. Means joins the firm as an associate in the Oil & Gas/Energy Section.

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Kelly Hart Sponsors Inaugural Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference (PBWIEC)

Monica Jacobs, Anna Brandl, and Max Wright are leading Kelly Hart’s involvement with the inaugural PBWIEC on February 20-23 in Midland.

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Mary Baker Named 2018 Woman of Distinction

The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest selected Mary W. Baker a 2018 Woman of Distinction. 

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Kelly Hart Welcomes J. Austin Franklin to the Firm

J. Austin Franklin joins the firm as an associate in the Litigation Section.  

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Twelve Kelly Hart Attorneys Admitted to Pro Bono College

The State Bar of Texas has admitted twelve Kelly Hart attorneys to the 2017 Pro Bono College.

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Louis M. Phillips Earns Top Super Lawyer Honors

Louis Phillips has been recognized as a Top 50 Lawyer by Louisiana Super Lawyers.

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Rick Shelby Named 2018 Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star

Rick Shelby has been selected as a 2018 Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star.

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Deducting Payouts on Sexual Harassment Settlements

Russell Cawyer's blog post—entitled “New Tax Law Limits Deductibility of Sexual Harassment and Abuse Settlements Containing Nondisclosure Provisions” and published on the Texas Employment Law Update—addresses provisions of the new tax reform law signed by President Trump on December 20, 2017. 

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Russell Cawyer Authors Blog on Age Discrimination in Facebook Job Ads

Russell Cawyer's blog post—entitled “New Lawsuit Claims Companies Discriminate Against Older Workers in Facebook Job Placement Advertising” and published on the Texas Employment Law Update—addresses a recent lawsuit filed by three workers and the Communication Workers of America against T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox Communications, and Cox Media Group.

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Krystin Frazier Featured in CityBusiness “Ones to Watch”

Krystin Frazier is included in the New Orleans CityBusiness “Ones to Watch” feature that focuses on up and coming professionals in their respective fields.

Kelly Hart Represents Pegasus Resources in $300 Million Private Equity Commitment

The Kelly Hart team of Tom Hegi, David Cook, Todd Spake, and Drew Neill represented Texas-based royalty acquisition company Pegasus Resources in connection with a $300 million equity commitment  from EnCap Investments LP.

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Kelly Hart Serves as Bond Counsel for Southwest Region Deal of the Year

The Bond Buyer selected Kelly Hart’s client, The Fort Worth Transportation Authority, for the Southwest Region Municipal Bond Deal of the Year.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Kyle N. Harter to the Firm

Kyle Harter joins the firm as an associate in the Fort Worth office’s Corporate & Securities practice group. 

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Kelly Hart Receives Top Tier Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Kelly Hart earns high rankings in the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings, including 6 national rankings and 26 first-tier metropolitan rankings.

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Kelly Hart Pitre Wins in United States and Louisiana Supreme Courts

Kelly Hart Pitre prevails in the United States and Louisiana Supreme Courts for client South Lafourche Levee District.

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Jeff Whitfield Chosen 2017 Community Champion Award Finalist

Presbyterian Night Shelter has selected Jeff Whitfield as a finalist for the Community Champion Award based on his service to our country and our community.

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Ronak Patel Featured Speaker at Practising Law Institute (PLI) Webcast

At a recent PLI webcast on Broker/Dealer Regulation and Enforcement, Ronak Patel participated in a panel discussion addressing state enforcement initiatives, developments, and priorities.

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Russell Cawyer Quoted in Star-Telegram

The Star-Telegram interviewed Russell Cawyer on the legality of Jerry Jones’s anthem stance.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Kayla M. Matus to the Firm

Kayla Matus joins the firm as an associate in the Corporate & Securities practice group.  

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Marianne Auld Named 2017 Law “Good Scout” Recipient

The Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America selected Marianne Auld as the 2017 Law “Good Scout” Honoree.

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Kelly Hart Fort Worth Welcomes New Associates

Janese Dudash, David Miles and Greg Roper join the firm as associates in our Fort Worth office.

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) Annual Convention

At the recent NABT Annual Convention, Louis Phillips participated in a panel discussion addressing recent developments in bankruptcy law.

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Claudia Carrizales Joins the Firm

Claudia Carrizales joins the firm as an associate in the New Orleans office’s Oil & Gas/Energy section.

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Gracie Garcia Joins the Firm

Gracie Garcia joins the firm as an associate in the Fort Worth office’s Litigation Section.

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Russell Cawyer and Hannah Parks Co-Author Blog on Workplace Attendance and Telecommuting

Russell Cawyer and Hannah Parks co-authored an article addressing a recent decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Forty-One Kelly Hart Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2018

Forty-one Kelly Hart attorneys were recognized as The Best Lawyers in America® 2018.

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Kelly Hart Pitre Wins Reversal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reverses judgment against Kelly Hart client.

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Dee J. Kelly Foundation Gifts George Washington University Law School with $1.25 Million

The George Washington University Law School announced on July 17 that it received from the Dee J. Kelly Foundation a $1.25 million gift to support its operations. 

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Kelly Hart Represented Silverback Exploration II in $500 Million Equity Transaction

Kelly Hart represented Silverback Exploration II in connection with a $500 million equity commitment from EnCap Investments LP to pursue conventional and unconventional U.S. resource plays.

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The National Law Journal Honors Robert C. Grable

The National Law Journal (NLJ) selected Robert C. Grable as a 2017 Energy & Environmental Trailblazer. 

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Andrew Weber Featured Speaker at 2017 Corporate Counsel Institute

Andrew Weber was a featured speaker at the 2017 Corporate Counsel Institute hosted by The University of Texas School of Law.  The session covered government relations and policy solutions.

David Keltner Featured Speaker at Houston Bar Association Luncheon

David Keltner was a featured speaker at the Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section Luncheon in Houston. The session was titled, "Winning strategies for petitioners and respondents in the Texas Supreme Court."

 

Kylie M. Rahl Joins Kelly Hart

Kylie M. Rahl joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Real Estate & Finance practice group, Fort Worth office. 

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Russell Cawyer Posts Blog on Retaliation Case

Russell Cawyer posts an article on a recent case from the Fifth Circuit. In Cabral v. Brennan, U.S. Postal Service employee Cabral brought a retaliation claim against his employer following a two day suspension. The Fifth Circuit considered whether Cabral’s two day suspension constituted a materially adverse action sufficient to state a claim for retaliation. 

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at ABA Business Law Spring Meeting

Louis Phillips is a featured speaker at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting.

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Max Wright Featured Speaker at State Bar Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course

Max Wright is a featured speaker at the State Bar Advanced Evidence and Discovery CLE course in Houston and San Antonio, Texas.  His speaking topic is titled, "Handling Evidence Pre-Trial."

Kelly Hart Partner Co-Authors a chapter on Fraud for Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fourth Edition

Bill Warren co-authors a chapter on Fraud for Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fourth Edition a treatise addressing procedure, law, and strategies published by Thomson Reuters in conjunction with the American Bar Association.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Clark E. Smith to the Firm

Clark Smith joins Kelly Hart as an associate in the Public Law section of the firm, Austin office.

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Kelly Hart Represents Management of Luxe Minerals in $254 Million Private Equity Commitment

Kelly Hart represented management of Luxe Minerals LLC in connection with a $254 million equity commitment from Natural Gas Partners. 

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Russell Cawyer Posts Blog on Service Animals in Workplace

Russell Cawyer publishes a new blog post,on the consequences of the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act’s expanded definition of disability.

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Dee Kelly Jr. Appointed to Citizens Blue Ribbon Committee

Dee Kelly Jr. was recently appointed to serve on the Tarrant County Citizens Blue Ribbon Committee.

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Kelly Hart Receives Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV) Pro Bono Award

Kelly Hart Receives TLTV 2016 Law Firm Partner of the Year award.

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Chester Grudzinski 2016 Distinguished Alumni Honoree

Chester Grudzinski to receive the Texas Tech School of Law 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Mr. Grudzinski is being recognized for his significant contributions to the legal profession and to the law school.

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Loulan J. Pitre Jr. Earns Top Super Lawyer Honors

Loulan J. Pitre Jr. receives listing as a Top 50 Louisiana Super Lawyer.

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Rick Shelby Named Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star

Rick Shelby has earned selection to the 2017 Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

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Kelly Hart Names New Partners

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP is pleased to announce that David H. Garza, Preston R. Mundt, Clark H. Rucker, Kim D. Uskovich and Jeff Whitfield have been elected partners of the firm, Fort Worth office, effective January 01, 2017.

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Auld to Succeed Kelly as Managing Partner

Marianne Auld has been elected as the new Managing Partner of Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP effective January 1, 2017.  She succeeds Dee Kelly Jr who stepped down from the post at the end of 2016.  Mr. Kelly has served as the firm's Managing Partner since 2006.

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at 34th Annual CLE Conference

Louis Phillips is a featured speaker at the 34th Annual National CLE Conference January 4-6, 2017 in Snowmass, Colorado.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Torrie Poehls to the Firm

Torrie T. Poehls is an associate in the Estate Planning, Probate and Non-Profit section of the firm.

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Max Wright Elected to Petroleum Museum's Board of Trustees

Max Wright was recently elected to a three year term to the Petroleum Museum’s Board of Trustees. 

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Kelly Hart Represented Silverback Exploration LLC in $855 Million O&G Transaction

Centennial Resource Development to Acquire the Upstream Assets of Silverback Exploration in Reeves County for $855 million.

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Louis Phillips Featured Speaker at Jay Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference

Louis Phillips is a featured speaker at the 35th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference on November 17-18, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Louis will be speaking on Pre-Bankruptcy Planning.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Caroline Brownlie to the Firm

Caroline A. Brownlie joins the firm as an associate in the in the Corporate and Securities practice group.

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Krystin Featured in Gambit’s 40 Under 40, Class of 2016

Krystin Frazier was selected as one of Gambit’s 40 under 40, Class of 2016 honorees recognizing some of the city’s brightest innovators, artists and professionals.  Ms. Frrazier's profile is featured in the October 31st issue of Gambit Weekly.

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Kelly Hart Receives National Ranking in U.S. News - “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers released their 2017 “Best Law Firms” list. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism and its integrity.

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Gary M. Carter Appointed to XULA Presidential Advisory Board

Gary Carter, was recently appointed to the Xavier University Presidential Advisory Board, the mission of which is to assist in advancing the goals and interests of Xavier University in the broader community.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes Phil McCrury

Phillip McCrury joins the firm as Senior Counsel in the Estate Planning & Probate Practice Group, Fort Worth office.

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Kelly Ransom Appointed to Board at New Coastal Restoration High School

Kelly Ransom was recently appointed to serve as a Founding Board Member for New Harmony High, XQ Super School which focuses on coastal restoration and preservation in Louisiana.
 

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Bob Stewart Earns Who’s Who Legal Environment Honors

Bob Stewart was selected as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of Environment and is listed among in Who’s Who Legal Environment 2016. 

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Krystin Frazier NOLA 40-under-40 Recipient

Krystin Frazier selected a Gambit 40 Under 40 Award winner, an award given annually to 40 people under the age of 40 who have been outstanding in their chosen vocation and avocations and have made a real difference in their community and their profession. 

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Ronak V. Patel Receives Esteemed Patricia D. Struck Award

Ronak Patel selected as first recipient of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Patricia D. Struck Award.

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Louis Phillips Appointed Permanent Chair of LSU Seminar

Louis Phillips was recently appointed the permanent chair of the Annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar at LSU Law Center Auditorium.

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Melinda Barlow Featured Panelist at 2016 IMLA’s 81st Annual Conference

Melinda Barlow was a featured speaker at the International Municipal Lawyers Association 81st Annual Conference, September 28-October 2, 2016.

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Jody Sanders Featured Speaker at Texas Bar Association CLE

Jody Sanders recently spoke at the Texas Bar Association Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course 2016.  His presentation was titled, THE TEXAS CITIZENS PARTICIPATION ACT: How to Avoid (or Give) an Anti-SLAPP.

Kelly Hart Welcomes Two New Associates

Caitlyn E. Hubbard and Nirav N. Patel join the firm as associates in our Fort Worth office.

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Kelly Ransom Chosen a 2016 NOLA Woman of the Year

Kelly Ransom has been chosen as a 2016 CityBusiness Woman of the Year. 

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Ronak V. Patel Joins Kelly Hart

Ronak V. Patel joins the firm as a partner in the in the litigation section and handles a variety of civil litigation matters for businesses and individuals.

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Jody Sanders Featured Speaker at 39th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course

Jody Sanders was a featured speaker at the State Bar of Texas 39th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, August 17-19th, in Dallas, TX.

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Thirty-Five Kelly Hart Attorneys Named 2016 Texas Super Lawyers

Thirty-five Kelly Hart attorneys have been selected 2016 Texas Super Lawyers.

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Chester Grudzinski Appointed Co-Chair of State Bar of Texas Tax Section Committee

Chester Grudzinski has been recently appointed Co-Chair of the Partnership and Real Estate Tax Committee for the Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas.

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Thirty-Six Kelly Hart Attorneys Named Among The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

Thirty-Six Kelly Hart attorneys are listed among The Best Lawyers in America® 2017.

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Kelly Hart Welcomes New Associate to Baton Rouge Office

Amelia L. Bueche joins the firm as an associate in the Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Practice group, Baton Rouge office.

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Louis Phillips Named Best Lawyers® 2017 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Louis M. Phillips was chosen Best Lawyers® 2017 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year" for Baton Rouge.

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Kelly Hart receives 2018 National Tier Ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s - Best Law Firms