Alumni Notes | March 2018

March 2018

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Everett J. "Ebb" Grindstaff, JD '54

Everett J. "Ebb" Grindstaff stepped down as Ballinger City Attorney after serving for more than 60 years. Grindstaff was likely the longest serving city attorney in the state's history. Grindstaff will continue to work in his private law practice.

Lewis Sifford, JD '72

Lewis Sifford was presented the American Board of Trial Advocates' (ABOTA) highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. The ABOTA award honors those whose leadership efforts have advanced the preservation of the right to trial by jury guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Sifford is the founding officer of Sifford, Anderson & Company in Dallas and a longtime ABOTA member. He was admitted into the invitation-only association in 1990 and has been active ever since, including serving as President of the Dallas chapter in 1994, President of TEX-ABOTA in 1999, and National President in 2007. He is the ninth recipient of this award in the organization's 60-year history.

Justin Presnal, JD '93,

Justin Presnal joined the complex litigation group at Simmons Hanly Conroy.

David Toney, JD '96

David Toney, partner and construction team leader, has been named partner in charge of the Adams and Reese LLP office in Houston.

Christopher B. Trowbridge, JD '98

Christopher B. Trowbridge, partner with Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas, has been elected chairman of the board of the Thanks-Giving Foundation. The non-profit group owns and operates Thanks-Giving Square, an urban oasis in the heart of downtown Dallas which opened in 1976 as the city's first public-private partnership designed to inspire gratitude and honor the great American and world traditions of Thanksgiving. Trowbridge was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in 2017 and 2018, honored as a "Texas Super Lawyer" from 2013 to 2017, and previously named in "Legal Leaders on the Rise" and "Litigator of the Week" by Texas Lawyer. He is a recent chairman of the board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, a member of the Communities Foundation of Texas Advisory Council, and a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber, Southern Dallas Task Force.

Rebecca Briggs King, JD '00

Rebecca Briggs King has been named partner at Tracey & Fox Law Firm in Houston..

A. Ann Ratnayake, JD '09

A. Ann Ratnayake, Managing Director of the National Center for Child Abuse Statistics and Policy in Washington, DC, was selected as a national Presidential Leadership Scholar (PLS) for the Class of 2018. PLS brings diverse leaders together to collaborate as they learn about leadership through the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Members are selected based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal leadership projects aimed at addressing community or industry problems and improving the civic or social good.

Anne L. Idsal, JD '10

Anne L. Idsal was appointed regional administrator for Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Idsal joined the agency having spent her career working for the Texas state government in helping shape environmental and land policy for the state.

Hunter Lewis, JD '10

Hunter Lewis, with the family law boutique Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson in Dallas, has been appointed to the Committee for Qualified Judiciary (CQJ), a non-profit with a mission to advance a competent, fair and impartial judicial system by deciding whether candidates are qualified based on merit, not political party. Lewis has earned selection to the Texas Super Lawyers listing each year since 2013, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America guide in 2016, and is a member of The National Advocate: Top 40 Under 40.

Jennifer Salim Richards, JD '11

Jennifer Salim Richards received the Rising Raggio Award from the Dallas Association of Women Lawyers. The annual honor is presented to an individual who has demonstrated the highest level of professionalism while making significant contributions to the advancement of women attorneys.

Tiffany P. Means, JD '13

Tiffany P. Means joined the Oil and Gas/Energy Section at Kelly Hart in Midland, TX.