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Dallas Attorneys Dick Sayles, Mark Werbner Honored Among City’s Best Lawyers

DALLAS – Noted Dallas attorneys Richard Sayles and Mark Werbner, co-founders of the Dallas trial law firm Sayles Werbner, have been recognized by D Magazine in “The Best Business Lawyers in Dallas.” To compile the listing of the city’s top attorneys for businesses, D Magazine editors conducted a citywide poll asking Dallas lawyers to nominate their peers whose work they most admire. A blue-ribbon panel of lawyers then joined the magazine’s

Joseph A. Friedman is Honored by the Texas Bar Foundation

DALLAS, TX – KRCL congratulates Joseph A. Friedman on being elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the State of Texas. Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to

Eight Gardere Attorneys Selected Among ‘The Best Business Lawyers In Dallas’

DALLAS – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is proud to announce that eight of the firm’s attorneys have earned selection to the D Magazine “The Best Business Lawyers in Dallas” listing. The list of the city’s most accomplished business attorneys is included in the June 2009 edition of D Magazine. The Gardere attorneys and the practice areas for which they were honored are: • W. Robert Dyer Jr., Commercial Real Estate; • Kevin

San Antonio Associate from McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing Recognize …

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — For the second consecutive year, San Antonio divorce lawyer Amber Liddell Alwais has earned a spot on the annual Texas Rising Stars listing. Ms. Alwais is an associate in the San Antonio office of the Family Law firm McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P. “We’re extremely proud to see Amber receive this honor two years in a row,” says Richard R. Orsinger, a name partner in the

Gardere Earns Chambers USA Recognition Among Leading Business Lawyers In Texas

DALLAS/HOUSTON/AUSTIN – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP has been recognized among the top law firms in Texas, earning high rankings in Chambers USA’s prestigious annual survey of the U.S. legal industry. Gardere has earned rankings among Texas’ top business law firms in 10 of the practice areas highlighted in the Chambers USA Guide: America's Leading Business Lawyers 2009 survey. The firm has been recognized for its work on behalf of clients in

Micronationalism becomes protoscience

When Cesidio Tallini began theorising about the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Worlds, people didn't take his work seriously, including many micronationalists. The academic world was already abandoning the Official World trinity of First, Second, and Third Worlds as some kind of Cold War relict. After a few years, however, many began to accept Tallini's theories as a little more than speculation or convenient convention. Somehow, somewhere, the theories made sense. In reality,

Gardere Partner Appointed to Texas Access to Justice Commission

DALLAS – Beverly Godbey, a partner in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been appointed to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Ms. Godbey, a prominent litigator and a member of Gardere’s trial practice group, has been practicing law for more than 25 years and is best known for her expertise in insurance litigation. In addition to her legal work, she is also committed to public service and

Status of Human Rights, Juvenile Justice and Freedom of the Press in India

Indian Media remembers Lippmann quote that there can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil but forgets Section 21 of Juvenile Justice Act which is inspired by the UNCRC. The Juvenile Justice Act [JJ Act] inspired by nothing less than the UNCRC - United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is a marvellous law. It has a specific provision that

McKool Smith Adds Five Litigators in Growing New York Office

DALLAS – The national law firm of McKool Smith is announcing the addition of five experienced attorneys in the firm’s expanding New York office. Firm associates Eric P. Berger, Virginia Iglesia, John F. Petrsoric, Katherine B. Thornburgh and Benjamin J. Warlick join a deep bench of proven trial counsel at McKool Smith, providing representation for some of the world’s most successful individuals and businesses in complex commercial matters, intellectual property disputes

$4.5M Awarded to Family of Kansas City Ceiling Tile Installer in Asbestos-Exposu …

LIBERTY, Mo. - June 5, 2009 - A Clay County jury has found three corporations liable for the death of a construction worker who worked with their asbestos-containing products more than three decades ago. The jury awarded $4.5 million to the wife and adult children of Robert Wagner, agreeing that his death was the direct result of lethal exposure to the asbestos contained in products manufactured and distrubted by Conwed

Brian Fisher Joins Kane Russell Coleman & Logan

DALLAS/HOUSTON, Texas – Kane Russell Coleman & Logan is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney. Brian J. Fisher joined KRCL as an associate on May 6, 2009, and practices in the litigation section of the Dallas office. His scope of practice involves personal injury claims, premises liability, products liability, auto and trucking liability, and commercial and business disputes. Mr. Fisher is a 2001 graduate

AseanAffairs Breaks the News of Latest Attempts to Revive Kra Canal

The push to reactivate the Kra Canal Project - the multi-billion-dollar venture to redraw the maritime map of Southeast Asia - is quietly regaining momentum, says Swarup Roy, CEO and founder of TIME International Management Enterprise, publishers of AseanAffairs magazine. The Bangkok-based, English language bi-monthly, claims that it is the first to report on the latest attempts to reactivate the long-dormant project that has been shrugged off as a pipe-dream. Entitled,

Baratunde Thurston's honored at Living Liberally Annual …

May 28, 2009, Boston, MA –, the rising black political blog, will be honored at the Living Liberally Annual Celebration in New York, which takes place on May 30th, 2009 at the DCTV Firehouse on 87 Lafayette between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm and is hosted by Air America's Sam Seder. Described as “a black bourgeoisie perspective on U.S. politics,” Jack & Jill Politics has contributed to the national political

Dallas Attorney Matt Yarbrough Highlighted Among Dallas’ Top Corporate Defenders …

DALLAS — Business attorney Matt Yarbrough, founder of The Yarbrough Law Group and Yarbrough Strategic Advisors in Dallas, once again has earned a spot among North Texas’ top business defense attorneys. Mr. Yarbrough is one of 15 attorneys profiled in “The Defenders,” a special section published in the May 22 edition of the Dallas Business Journal. To compile “The Defenders” listing, Dallas Business Journal editors solicited nominations from across Dallas/Fort Worth

Joseph M. Coleman Listed in Texas Best Lawyers for 2009

KRCL congratulates Joe Coleman on being selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2009, a highly respected peer-review publication in the legal profession for attorneys all across the country. Mr. Coleman is a founding director of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC in the Dallas office and chairs the Insolvency & Creditor Rights Section. Texas Best Lawyers®, a guide of the top

Rose•Walker Partner Profiled in Dallas Business Journal

DALLAS – Michael D. Richardson, a partner in Dallas’ Rose•Walker, L.L.P., is featured in the May 22 edition of the Dallas Business Journal as one of North Texas’ top business defense attorneys. Mr. Richardson is one of only 15 attorneys named to the Dallas Business Journal’s prestigious 2009 listing of “The Defenders.” He will be profiled in a special section highlighting those 15 lawyers that North Texas businesses and executives turn

Dallas Attorney Dan Sheehan Leads Another Successful Texas Irish American Cup Ch …

DALLAS – Dallas attorney Daniel Sheehan, chairman of the 12th Annual Texas Irish American Cup Challenge, is pleased to announce that this year’s golf tournament and auction raised nearly $150,000 for local and international charities. The May 18, 2009, golf tournament featured 22 golfers from Ireland and 108 from the U.S., all teeing off to support the American Ireland Fund. The AIF supports programs of peace, reconciliation, arts, culture, education and

KRCL Obtains Defense Verdict in Catastrophic Trucking Accident

On April 29, 2009, Zach Mayer and Aaron Speer of KRCL obtained a defense verdict for a national trucking company in defending a catastrophic brain injury case. The Plaintiffs alleged that the driver was negligent in his operation of a tractor and two trailer units while acting in the course and scope of his employment. Furthermore, the Plaintiffs alleged negligent hiring, training and supervision against the carrier.

Frank Branson Highlighted Among Texas’ Best Lawyers

DALLAS – Noted Dallas personal injury attorney Frank L. Branson, founder of The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, has earned a spot among the state’s top attorneys in the 2009 edition of Texas’ Best Lawyers. The Texas’ Best Lawyers listing comes from the annual Best Lawyers in America guide. The 2009 edition marks the 23rd consecutive year that Mr. Branson has been included in the prestigious listing of the country’s

Trial Attorney Don Swaim Joins Rose•Walker

DALLAS – The Dallas trial law firm Rose•Walker, L.L.P., is proud to announce the addition of experienced trial attorney Don Swaim, who will join the firm’s aviation practice as a partner. In addition to his work in aviation law, Mr. Swaim also will focus on products liability, premises liability and personal injury claims. “Don is a veteran trial lawyer with dozens of favorable jury verdicts to his name,” says Rose•Walker

Thompson & Knight Top Texas Firm on Diversity Scorecard

Thompson & Knight LLP is the top Texas-based law firm for diversity according to the Minority Law Journal’s 2009 Diversity Scorecard. The Firm ranked 53 out of 210 firms, climbing more than 30 spots since last year’s rankings. “It is such an honor to receive recognition of our diversity efforts,” said Nichole Dotson-Olajuwon, Chief Diversity Officer. “Thompson & Knight knows the value of diversity and will continue to

Debate on the future of ITS is well underway

During its two-day annual meeting in London, the UK-chaired International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS) dealt with the question of the future organisational structure and administration of the ITS. Past humanitarian work done by the Tracing Service, the clarification of the fates of victims of the Nazi regime and the reunification of families, is to be continued as long as there is a need for such expressed by

Bataan Gears Up for Asia-wide LGU Forum

Balanga City, Philippines - The Provincial Government of Bataan has started to prepare for its hosting of the 2009 Forum of the PEMSEA Network of Local Governments for Sustainable Coastal Development (PNLG), an association of local governments in the East Asian region implementing ICM programs. The forum will be held in November as part of the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009. The hosting of the PNLG Forum is one of

Former Philippine President to Open the East Asian Seas Congress 2009

Quezon City - PEMSEA has announced today that former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos will deliver the opening keynote address during East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009 to be held in Manila, Philippines on 23-27 November. The former statesman was a keynote speaker and Honorary Advisor of the Congress in 2003 where he urged the participants "to work together on issues concerning natural resources, especially water, to ensure a better

Intellectual Property Attorney John Pinkerton Joins Rose•Walker

DALLAS – The Dallas trial law firm Rose•Walker, L.L.P., is proud to announce the addition of accomplished intellectual property attorney John Pinkerton as a partner. Mr. Pinkerton’s intellectual property practice focuses on patent litigation, patent and technology license agreements, and opinions of counsel on issues of patent infringement, validity and enforceability. His expertise also includes cases involving trademark and copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation, as well as trademark registrations and trademark

Remembering the moment

Like many other real countries, Independent Long Island also possesses something akin to an Overseas Territory, and its territory is called the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA). The UMMOA is a multi-oceanic archipelago governed by a kind of federation of Fourth, Fifth and Sixth World nations, and the world’s first supermicronation. The UMMOA’s 11 insular possessions have no indigenous population, an inhabitable area of 13.3 square miles (34.3 square kilometres), and

Vu Joins Gardere as Banking Partner

HOUSTON –- Hoang Quan Vu has joined the Houston office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP as a partner in its Banking section. Mr. Vu has represented lenders, issuers, borrowers, sponsors and purchasers on more than $15 billion dollars in transactions, including leveraged lending; project finance; oil, gas, energy and alternative energy financing; first lien/second lien finance; asset-based and receivables lending; restructurings and workouts; and other commercial financing. His representations include


HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP announces that Michael Cash and Wade Howard, two highly regarded commercial litigators, have joined Gardere's Houston office as partners in the firm's litigation group. They are joined by Senior Attorney Robert Montoya. The three attorneys have decades of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation, including class actions and employment, personal injury and toxic tort litigation. They have tried dozens of

Federal Court Dismisses Major Portion of Dallas County Election Case

DALLAS – A federal court has dismissed part of a lawsuit that the Texas Democratic Party brought against Dallas County over the use of an electronic voting machine called iVotronic. In the Texas House District 105 race last fall, Republican Linda Harper-Brown defeated the Democratic challenger Robert Romano by 19 votes, which allowed Republicans to maintain a 76-74 majority among Texas House members. The Texas Democratic Party later

Waters & Kraus and the Shein Law Center Win 3 of 3 Plaintiff's Verdicts in Navy …

PHILADELPHIA — April 22, 2009 — A Philadelphia jury has awarded $14 million to three plaintiffs in separate product liability cases involving occupational exposure to asbestos. The jury found that the plaintiffs’ lethal diagnoses of malignant pleural mesothelioma were attributable to their career tenures in the U.S. Navy as well as at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The cases — Hirschberg vs. Alfa Laval, Inc.; Mattison vs. Alfa Laval, Inc.; and


HOUSTON – - Richard O. Faulk and John S. Gray, co-chairs of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP’s Public Policy Litigation practice, will receive the Distinguished Law Firm award at the 10th annual Burton Awards, to be held June 15 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The two attorneys, partners in Gardere’s Houston office, will be recognized for writing “Alchemy in the Courtroom? The Transmutation of Public Nuisance Litigation,” which was

Fish & Richardson’s Coggins, Mateja Ranked Among ‘Best Lawyers in Dallas’

DALLAS – Paul E. Coggins and Bill Mateja, principals in the White Collar, Government and Securities Litigation Section of the national law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C., have earned recognition among the “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas 2009” in D Magazine. The 2009 “Best Lawyers” list honors 94 of the top lawyers in Dallas who represent individuals. To compile the listing, D Magazine editors solicited nominations from attorneys throughout North

McCurley Orsinger Partners Among Dallas’ Best Lawyers

DALLAS – Mike McCurley, Richard Orsinger and Mary Jo McCurley, name partners in the Family Law firm of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P., each have earned spots on D Magazine’s listing of the “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas 2009.” This marks Mr. McCurley’s sixth consecutive selection among D Magazine’s top lawyers. It is the first selection for Mr. Orsinger and second for Ms. McCurley. “This is a recognition I’ve always

Charla Aldous Highlighted Among Dallas’ Best Lawyers

DALLAS – Noted Dallas attorney Charla Aldous, founder of the Aldous Law Firm, has earned a spot on D Magazine’s listing of the “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas 2009.” Ms. Aldous has been selected by her peers as one of the best personal injury attorneys in the city. To compile the “Best Lawyers” list, D Magazine editors solicited nominations from attorneys across the city. A hand-picked panel of attorneys worked with the

America: land of the unfree, home of the knave

According to Independent Long Island’s Historian James Alcock (he is also our High Commissioner to Canada), when the British Parliament passed the Statute of Westminster in 1931, which elevated Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland from colonies to autonomous dominions within the British Commonwealth (not fully independent because their people were still British Subjects), it also gave them the right to secede from the British Commonwealth. They could

The Lanier Law Firm Announces Huge Expansion in Houston; Asbestos Expertise Grow …

HOUSTON – The Lanier Law Firm is announcing a huge expansion in Houston, including the addition of six new attorneys in the firm’s Asbestos Litigation Group and an additional 14,000 square feet of office space to help meet the increasing demand in cases involving exposure to asbestos and other toxic substances. Respected asbestos litigators M. Clay Fostel, formerly of Houston’s Heard Robins Cloud Black & Lubel, and William H. Barfield, previously

Thompson & Knight Assists Infinity with Major Offshore Oil and Gas Contract in N …

Texas – The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP recently assisted Infinity Oil & Gas, Inc. in the award of oil and gas concessions covering 1.4 million acres off the Nicaraguan coast in the Caribbean Sea. This agreement is especially significant because it is only the second time in recent history that a foreign company has been awarded an offshore exploration and development contract in Nicaragua.

Dylan Drummond, Yesenia Cardenas and John Mark Stephens Join Kane Russell Colema …

DALLAS/HOUSTON, Texas – Kane Russell Coleman & Logan is pleased to announce the addition of three attorneys. Dylan Drummond joined KRCL as an associate on February 16, 2009, and practices in the litigation section of the Houston office. His concentration is on appellate, commercial litigation and regulatory matters. Mr. Drummond is a 2003 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. Yesenia Cardenas joined KRCL as an associate on March

Eighteen from McKool Smith Recognized Among Texas’ Best Young Lawyers

DALLAS - The national law firm of McKool Smith is home to 18 attorneys from the firm’s Dallas, Austin and Marshall, Texas, offices who have earned spots on the 2009 Texas Rising Stars listing. Nominated by members of the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers list, the Rising Stars honor is reserved for the top Texas attorneys age 40 or younger, and those who have been in practice fewer than 10 years. Only’s Politics portal goes live

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Eric Stahl Honored On Texas Rising Stars Listing

DALLAS - The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson is pleased to announce that firm attorney Eric T. Stahl has earned a spot on the 2009 Texas Rising Stars listing of the state’s top young lawyers. Rising Stars selections are based on nominations made by attorneys appearing on the prestigious Texas Super Lawyer list. The designation is reserved for the top Texas attorneys who are 40 or younger or have been

San Antonio Associate from McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing Recognize …

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — For the second consecutive year, San Antonio Family Law attorney Amber Liddell Alwais has earned a spot on the annual Texas Rising Stars listing. Ms. Alwais is an associate in the San Antonio office of the Family Law firm McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P. “We’re extremely proud to see Amber receive this honor two years in a row,” says Richard R. Orsinger, a name partner in

Twelve from Kane Russell Coleman & Logan Named as Outstanding Young Lawyers in T …

Rodney Cabrera, Brian Clark, James Greer, Misty Hataway Cone, Dylan Drummond, Richard Hathaway, Jennifer Lindsey, Zach Mayer, Jeff Novel, Courtney Palm, Andrew Sarne and David Thrasher were each named by Law & Politics as outstanding young lawyers in 2009 Texas Rising Stars magazine, a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys featured in

E. Leon Carter Named to American College of Trial Lawyers

DALLAS – E. Leon Carter, a named partner and executive committee member of the Dallas-based law firm Munck Carter, LLP, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The American College of Trial Lawyers is the premier professional organization for members of the trial bar in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1950, the College limits membership to the top one percent of the total lawyer

17 Gardere Attorneys Earn 2009 Texas Rising Stars Honors

DALLAS/HOUSTON – Seventeen attorneys from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP have earned selection to the 2009 listing of Texas Rising Stars. Earning Rising Stars honors from Dallas are partners Christopher Converse, Business/Corporate; Michael Cooley, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights; William David Dunn, Business Litigation; John Eliason, Tax; Barry Golden, Antitrust Litigation; Brett Lamb, Construction Litigation; Colin Martin, Business Litigation, Irina Plumlee, Immigration; and Robert Slovak, Construction Litigation. Also recognized from the Dallas

Insurance attorney Drew Bagot joins Cowles & Thompson

DALLAS – Cowles & Thompson, P.C., is proud to announce the addition of noted insurance industry attorney Drew Bagot as a shareholder in the corporate and business section of the Dallas-based law firm. “Drew is among the true leaders in the insurance and health care bars, not only in Texas, but also in the entire country,” says Cowles & Thompson Managing Shareholder Chuck Green. “The work we do with health

Roma victims at the altar of the rule of law

Strasbourg, 16.03.2009 – Following several serious and violent incidents during 2008 the Roma in Hungary feel insecure in their everyday life and fear becoming the next target of attacks This was the assessment made by Mr Rudko Kawczynski, president of the European Roma and Travellers Forum in a press-conference on Thursday, 12 March 2009 in Budapest following a visit to assess the human rights situation of the Roma community in

Two From The Lanier Law Firm Recognized Among Texas’ Top Young Attorneys

HOUSTON – Attorneys Angela Barmby Greenberg and Dara Grisbee Hegar, associates in the Houston office of The Lanier Law Firm, are featured in the 2009 Texas Rising Stars listing of the state’s top young lawyers. This marks the fourth consecutive year Ms. Hegar has earned the distinction, and the third for Ms. Greenberg. Rising Stars selections recognize the top Texas attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger, and those

Fish & Richardson Adds Sean Blasko to Austin Litigation Group

AUSTIN, Texas – The national law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C. is announcing the addition of Sean Blasko as an associate in the firm’s litigation group. Before joining Fish & Richardson’s Austin office, Mr. Blasko worked as a financial planner for Whitestone Financial Group in Austin, a position he held throughout law school. He also served as a judicial intern for the Hon. James R. Nowlin in the U.S. District

ERTF President to visit Hungary to asses situation

Strasbourg, 06.03.2009 – Racist violence, particularly the recent attacks against members of the Roma community in Hungary, and measures that need to be taken against discrimination will be some of the main topics that the European Roma and Travellers Forum, will assess during the four day high-level visit to Hungary starting on 09 March 2009. Mr. Kawczynski, the President of the Forum and his team will visit villages

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