Alumni Notes | November 2021

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John Penn, JD ’82

John Penn has received the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes John’s sustained and deep commitment to the leadership and governance of the organization in multiple leadership roles over many years. A former ABI president and chairman and an ABI member since 1988, Penn is the firm-wide chair of Perkins Coie’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring practice and is also a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. In addition to serving as ABI president during 2005–06, when the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 became effective, Penn later served as its chairman and continues his service to the organization as a co-chair of the ABI Task Force on Veterans and Service-members Affairs.

Kyle Hooper, JD ’95

Kyle Hooper has joined Jackson Walker as partner in the Dallas office. Kyle represents clients in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, and he also provides guidance on corporate, partnership, and individual taxation issues at both the federal and state levels. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers and was recently recognized as a 2021 Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters and Texas Monthly.

Tracy Wolf, JD ’97

Tracy Wolf has joined Husch Blackwell as partner in the Dallas office. She is working in their health care, life sciences, and education industry group.

Brian Hermes, JD ’98

Brian Hermes has been appointed Chief Legal Officer of the Keystone Agency Partners with headquarters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Brian will lead the legal and human resources functions and advise the Board and management team on complex legal, regulatory, and governance matters.

Chelsea Woods, JD ’12

Chelsea Woods is a Partner at Jackson Walker LLP in Fort Worth working with the Corporate and Securities group.

Arianna Smith, JD ’15

Arianna Smith has joined Brousseau Naftis & Massingill in Dallas as an attorney handling civil litigation and family law matters. In addition to her legal work, Arianna volunteers with the Marbridge Foundation and provides pro bono services for the Texas Civil Rights Project.

William Gober, JD ’21

William Gober has joined Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth.

Preston Polk, JD ’21

Preston Polk has joined Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth.