Michael Heiskell (JD ’74) was appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the association’s 57th annual meeting in Philadelphia. Heiskell has been a criminal defense attorney at the law firm of Johnson, Vaughn & Heiskell in Fort Worth since 1984. Prior to this, he served as a Galveston County assistant district attorney and then as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Heiskell has been named a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine by his peers in white-collar criminal defense for each year since 2003. He has spoken frequently before the Advanced Criminal Law Course sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and to numerous seminars sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association and the Texas Center for the Judiciary. He also has presented to NACDL, the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Dallas County Criminal Defense Lawyers, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Mexican-American Bar Association, and the Tarrant County Bar Association. He was recently recognized in Texas Lawyer as one of the "Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law" and was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from 2012-2013. Heiskell is a Life Member of NACDL and was previously on the board of directors in 2013. He has served on NACDL's Task Force Committee on Familial DNA Testing, as Fifth Circuit co-chair for the White Collar Crime Committee, and as a member of the Audit and Indigent Defense committees.
Richard Kraft (JD ’82) has received the New Mexico Super Lawyer Award for 2014. He also was recently honored by the Leadership Roswell Alumni Association as the 2014 Recipient of the Outstanding Leader Award.
Russell R. Barton (JD ’91) has been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2014. He is an attorney at Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C.
Leticia E. Martinez (JD ’94) was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Protect Our Kids Commission. Martinez is an assistant district attorney and chief prosecutor for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office Crimes Against Children Unit. She is a board member of the Alliance for Children in Tarrant County, Tarrant County Bar Association, and the Texas District & County Attorneys Association. She also is a past member of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and past volunteer for the Covenant Classical School Mock Trial Team in Fort Worth.
Michele Smith (JD ’92), a shareholder with MehaffyWeber, was presented with the 2014 Chris Quinn Community Service Award by the Jefferson County Bar Association. This award recognizes an attorney who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to public service in addition to admirable service to the legal profession. Smith is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas State Board of Legal Specialization. She will serve as the president of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for the term of 2014-2015.
Mark W. Wege (JD ’91) has been listed in Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Chambers in the area of financial restructuring and bankruptcy.
Johnathan C. Bolton (JD ’00) was named a partner of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP in Honolulu, where he heads the firm’s creditors' rights and bankruptcy department. Bolton also has been included in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America and named a 2014 SuperLawyer in Hawaii in the area of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law.
A. Renee Pobjecky (JD ’01) of Pobjecky & Pobjecky, LLP has been named a Rising Star in Florida Super Lawyers 2014 for immigration law.
Amy R. Bolline (JD ’10) has joined Husch Blackwell as an associate in the firm’s Dallas office. She joins the private wealth practice group. Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Bolline practiced with a boutique estate-planning firm in Denton. While there, she prepared estate-planning documents for estates of various sizes and degrees of complexity. Bolline also advised fiduciaries in administering trusts and estates to minimize risks, avoid litigation, and effectively settle disputes without court intervention. Bolline also drafted assorted real estate documents as they related to estate planning and the settlement of estates. In addition, Bolline defended clients and deposed adverse parties in fiduciary litigation matters, and represented applicants and proposed wards in guardianship matters. Initially upon receiving her JD, Bolline practiced as a litigation associate with a Dallas-based firm.