August 2017

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Simpson and Tuegel Family

Baylor family Mike Simpson, JD '77, Michelle Simpson Tuegel, JD '10, Andrew Tuegel, JD '10, Mackenzie Simpson Wallace, BBA, MTA, '07, JD '11, and Maryssa Simpson, BA '10 featured in Super Lawyers. . . Read More




Thomas A. Forbes, JD '75

Thomas A. Forbes, partner in Kemp Smith LLP's Public and Environmental Law Department, was named Best Lawyers' 2017 Austin - Government Relations Practice - Lawyer of the Year. Forbes also has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America from 2007 to 2017.




Hank Judin, JD '80,

Hank Judin was elected to his third term as director of the Texas Association of Specialty Courts.




Susan Morrison, JD '83

Susan Morrison joined O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo in Austin. Morrison is a 30-year veteran of school law, employment law, legislative affairs, and community engagement, serving as general counsel to her education and commercial clients. She also serves as workforce trainer and workplace investigator for complaints of wrongdoing.




David E. Moore, JD '84

David E. Moore was named president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA). With 3,100 members, the TCDLA is the largest statewide association of criminal defense lawyers in the country, as well as being the nation's oldest - now celebrating 46 years defending individual freedoms. Moore is a partner in the Longview firm Holmes, Moore, Waldron & Parrish, PLLC.




Robin Russell, JD '86

Robin Russell managing partner of Andrews Kurth's Houston office received the 2017 Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award given by the Texas Bar Foundation. Russell is only the fourth woman to receive the award in its 23-year history and the first woman to receive the award in over ten years.

The award is given annually to an outstanding Texas lawyer who exhibits an unreserved commitment to clients and to the legal profession. The recipient demonstrates the qualities of an accomplished legal writer and researcher, a talented and dedicated practicing lawyer, a servant of the legal profession as a volunteer, and an advocate on its behalf.




Lucy Ortiz Wilke, JD '96

Lucy Ortiz Wilke was elected district attorney for the 216th Judicial District of Texas (Kerr and Gillespie counties). Wilke took office January 1, 2017. Prior to becoming the district attorney, she was a felony prosecutor for the 216th Judicial District for 20 years.




Jad Dial, JD '09

Jad Dial was promoted to partner of Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial in Atlanta, Georgia. Dial's practice focuses on premises liability, transportation, and legal malpractice.




Danielle Hatchitt, JD '11

Danielle Hatchitt joined Wesibart Springer Hayes LLP in Austin. Hatchitt has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of complex commercial disputes involving real estate, employment, fraud, trademark infringement, trade secrets, and non-competition agreements.




Adrienne Griffis, JD '12

Adrienne Griffis joined the Little Rock, Arkansas firm of Dover Dixon Horne as an associate in the family law practice.




Mercedes Ordonez, JD '17

Mercedes Ordonez joined Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial in Atlanta, Georgia as an associate. Her practice focuses on construction litigation, healthcare, professional liability, and transportation.