Thomas A. Forbes (JD '75), counsel at Cox Smith in Austin, has been selected by the State Bar of Texas to a term as one of its delegates to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.
Robert B. Gilbreath (JD '89), a partner in the law firm Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP, represented the defendants in Ritchie v. Rupe, briefing and arguing the case in the Texas Supreme Court. After more than 50 years of silence on shareholder oppression claims, the Texas Supreme Court issued a 54-page opinion rejecting such claims except to the extent they seek the limited statutory remedy of a rehabilitative receivership. In Ritchie v. Rupe, the Court expressly rejected the existence of a non-statutory, court-created claim for oppression in which shareholders claiming to be oppressed can force the corporation to buy the shareholder’s stock. This decision aligns Texas with Delaware, which does not recognize shareholder oppression claims. The decision also makes it more difficult for a minority shareholder seeking the statutory remedy of a rehabilitative receivership to establish that the majority shareholders have committed oppression. Shareholder oppression claims have been increasing in recent years, and Texas attorneys and closely held corporations have been closely monitoring this case. The decision is a clear victory for closely held corporations and their controlling shareholders.
Michele Smith (JD '92), a shareholder with MehaffyWeber, was presented the 2014 Chris Quinn Community Service Award by the Jefferson County Bar Association. The award recognizes an attorney who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to public service in addition to admirable service to the legal profession. Smith is currently executive vice president of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. She will serve as president of the association for the term of 2014-2015.
J. Ryan Fowler (JD '08) has been selected to speak at the 63rd Annual NALS Education Conference and National Forum on federal statutory rights in October. Fowler is based at the Sloan Firm’s Houston office.
Joshua P. Searcy (JD '05) was presented the Romina L. Mulloy Bossio Achievement Award by the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Texas State Bar. The award was given during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Austin, held June 27. He is a partner in Searcy & Searcy, PC in Longview.
Joshua Williams (JD '04) was appointed by Sulphur Springs trustees as principal of Sulphur Springs High School.
William King (JD '11) has been selected to speak at the 63rd Annual NALS Education Conference and National Forum on federal statutory rights in October. Fowler is based at the Sloan Firm's Houston office.
Mackenzie S. Wallace (JD '11), an associate at Thompson & Knight LLP, has been elected secretary of the Federal Bar Association-Dallas Chapter. The FBA represents the federal legal profession and consists of more than 16,000 federal lawyers, including 1,200 federal judges who work together to promote the sound administration of justice and integrity, quality, and independence of the judiciary.
The following Baylor Lawyer has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2014:
- John D. Penn (JD '82), Perkins Coie LLP
The following Baylor Lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide:
- Chris DeMeo (JD '75), Health Care (Texas), Munsch Hardt
- Jerry L. Stovall Jr. (JD '89), Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson
The following Baylor Lawyer has been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2014 by Thomson Reuters:
- Blake C. Erskine (JD '69), Erskine & McMahon, L.L.P.
The following Baylor Lawyer has been selected as Rising Stars in Texas Super Lawyers 2014 by Thomson Reuters:
- Susan E. Duesler (JD '07), The Law Offices of Susan E. Duesler
The following Baylor Lawyer has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Legal 500 US directory published by Legalease:
- Ted Benn (JD '86), Thompson & Knight LLP
The following Baylor Lawyer has been selected as a 2014 Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine:
- Jamal K. Alsaffar (JD '00), Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, & Higginbotham
The following Baylor Lawyers have been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2013 by Thomson Reuters:
- Jonathan J. Bates (JD '93), Kinser & Bates in Dallas
- Kenneth Broughton (JD '81), ReedSmith LLP
- Michael W. Johnston (JD '80), Johnston Legal Group PC
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