Alumni Notes | September 2018

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Georgia N. Crump, JD '78

Georgia N. Crump of Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C., has been elected to the 2019 Edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" for Energy Law.

Sharla Frost, JD '87

Sharla Frost of Tucker Ellis LLP, has been ranked nationwide in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA in the areas of Product Liability & Mass Torts, Spotlight Table, and Product Liability: Toxic Torts.

Julie Springer, JD '87

Julie Springer, founding partner of the Austin-based commercial litigation firm Weisbart Springer Hayes, LLP, has been accepted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA dedicates itself to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment, which guarantees the right to civil jury trials. Members in this prestigious invitation-only group must have tried a minimum of 10 civil jury trials to conclusion. More than 7,600 lawyers and judges are involved in ABOTA chapters in all 50 states.

Leane Capps, JD '96

Leane Capps, a shareholder in Polsinelli's Dallas office, has been selected as a Top 50 Women Lawyers Award winner by the Texas Diversity Council as part of the organization's annual Legal Diversity Week honors. Capps received the award in recognition of her leadership excellence, commitment to fairness, professional accomplishments, and dedication to helping other female attorneys succeed.

Craig Stone, JD '03

Craig Stone, Senior Counsel for Phillips 66, has been elected for a three-year term to serve as a council member for the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Stone was also named to World Trademark Review's 2018 "WTR 300," a list recognizing 300 individuals as the world's top corporate brand counsel.

Emily G. Cottingham, JD '13

Emily G. Cottingham has been named Assistant Attorney General in the Tort Litigation Division for the Office of the Attorney General in Austin, Texas.

Jeffrey Nielson, JD '13

Jeffrey Nielson has joined Stoel Rives LLP as an attorney in the real estate and construction group of the firm's Boise, Idaho, office. He advises developers and lenders on the financing, acquisition, leasing, development, and disposition of real estate.

Kristin E. Lechowicz, JD '14

Kristin E. Lechowicz has joined the Chicago office of law firm Kelley Kronenberg as an attorney. She assists in handling matters related to construction, retail and commercial litigation, general liability, and workers' compensation. Before joining Kelley Kronenberg, Lechowicz was an associate attorney at an insurance defense firm in Chicago where she represented employers and insurance carriers in all aspects of workers' compensation defense.

Caleb Gunnels, JD '18

Caleb Gunnels has been named Senior Manager of Political Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy for the International Franchise Association (IFA) in Washington, D.C. The IFA is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide.