July 2021



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Allen D. Place, Jr., JD ’79

Allen D. Place was recently honored with the Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year award by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Within a year of graduating from Baylor Law, he opened Place Law Office in his hometown of Gatesville. Allen currently practices with his wife Tonya K. Place and his daughter, Shea E. Place. Allen has been active in his community for over 40 years, serving as Lions Club President and a deacon at First Baptist Church. From 1982 through 1990, he served as Coryell County Democratic Chairman and Gatesville Municipal Judge. Allen was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1990 and served there until 1999. In 1993, he was named the Chair of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. Allen was the House author of the Penal Code revision and was named one of the Ten Best Legislators during the 73rd session of the Texas Legislature in 1993. Allen has focused on parole law for the last 30 years and is currently in his 22nd year as senior legislative counsel for TCDLA.




W. Lee Keeling, JD ’89

W. Lee Keeling will serve on The University of Houston-Victoria President’s Regional Advisory Board beginning September 1. Lee Keeling is a Brady native and has worked in Victoria as an attorney since 1993. Since 1995, he has been a partner of Walker Keeling LLP, focusing primarily on business and transactional law. In addition to working as an attorney, Keeling is a UHV adjunct faculty member and has taught business law courses for the past 14 years. He is a former director of the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corp. and served as chair of the Victoria Economic Development Corp. He is the current president of the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Commission and is a board member of Hospice of South Texas and Mid-Coast Family Services. Other professional and community partnerships include the Victoria County Bar Association, DeTar Hospital, Prospera Housing & Community Services, and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.




Robert Cresanti, JD ’91

Robert Cresanti has joined Accenture as managing director to lead government relations activities in North America. He will serve as head of Accenture’s global Government Relations network.



Derek Gilliland, JD ’98

Derek Gilliland will lead Sorey & Gilliland LLP’s Intellectual Property practice in their new law office in Waco.



Rep. Craig Hall, JD ’99

Rep. Craig Hall has been appointed judge of the 2nd District Court by Utah Governor Spencer Cox.



Callan Searcy, JD ’10

Callan Searcy has joined the Office of the Texas Attorney General in Austin as Assistant Attorney General, Bankruptcy & Collections Division.



Taylor Mohr, JD ’12

Taylor Mohr merged the Mohr Law Group with Albin Oldner Law in Frisco, Texas.



Kyle Knas, JD ’14

Kyle Knas, with Naman Howell in Waco, is now board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.



Ryan Luna, JD ’16

Ryan Luna has been appointed by the McLennan County commissioners as the first judge of the newly created McLennan County Court-at-Law No. 3. Ryan has worked for the Carlson Law Firm in Waco for the past five years. He also serves as the pro bono legal clinic director at Mission Waco, is on the Waco Transit Advisory Board, and is on the board of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas.



Ryan Headley, JD ’17

Ryan Headley is now as associate practicing construction litigation at Bollier Ciccone LLP in Austin.



Carlos E. Alferez, JD ’19

Carlos E. Alferez has joined Bell Nunnally in Dallas as an associate and member of its Real Estate practice.