Eleven Lawyers in 2018 Texas Super Lawyers
September 6, 2018
Congratulations to the SDM 2018 Super Lawyers!
In addition to being listed as a Super Lawyer, Jane Webre is part of a special feature about Texas lawyers who have argued before the Supreme Court.
2018 Super Lawyers
Paige Amstutz, Business Litigation
Doug Dashiell, Energy & Natural Resources, Tax, Civil Litigation
Casey Dobson, Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Professional Liability
Sam Johnson, Civil Litigation, General Litigation
Carroll Martin, Energy & Natural Resources, Administrative Law, Business Litigation
Steve McConnico, Business Litigation, Professional Liability
Becky Miller, Energy & Natural Resources, Business Litigation
Cindy Saiter, Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Professional Liability
Chris Sileo, Business Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources, Professional Liability
Jane Webre, Appellate, General Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources
Flip Whitworth, Energy & Natural Resources
Kennon Wooten presents at State Bar Advanced Civil Appellate CLE
September 3, 2018
Kennon Wooten will present Permissive Interlocutory Appeal vs. Mandamus: Picking Your Procedural Path Prudently at the Texas State Bar’s Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Course on September 6.
Kennon also serves on the Planning Committee for this course.
Kim Bueno featured in Austin Business Journal
September 1, 2018
In her Austin Business Journal feature Profile, Kim Bueno talks about her work has a trial lawyer and her passion for running ultramarathons.
Journal Profile: Trial attorney Kim Bueno doesn't sweat the small stuff — just the ultramarathons
Curtis Osterloh and Steve Britt present at Annual Texas Bar & Nightclub Convention
August 29, 2018
Curtis Osterloh and Steve Britt presented on “Texas Mixed Beverage Audits…Pitfalls to Avoid” at the Annual Texas Bar & Nightclub Convention on August 27.
Curtis and Steve have years of experience helping bar and nightclub owners and managers in various types of tax assessments on a local, state and federal level. Texas Mixed Beverage Audits are difficult to handle correctly if you’re not prepared. In this seminar, Curtis and Steve break down the process and share tips on how to handle your audit in the most effective and efficient manner.
The convention is sponsored by the Texas Bar & Nightclub Association (TBNA) which is an alliance of Texas bar and nightclub owners protecting its members by providing a platform for all relevant political and legal information. Curtis has spoken at a number of TBNA events.
Congrats to SDM's Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
August 15, 2018
Congratulations to Scott Douglass & McConnico's lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, 2019 Edition, in Austin, TX.
In addition to our 13 lawyers named to Best Lawyers, Carroll Martin and Becky Miller have both received “Lawyer of the Year” awards in Austin.
James N. Cowden, Oil and Gas Law
Douglas J. Dashiell, Oil and Gas Law
Casey L. Dobson, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Sam Johnson, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Carroll G. Martin, Oil and Gas Law, 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" award in Austin
Stephen E. McConnico, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Elizabeth N. Miller, Natural Resources Law, 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" award in Austin, Oil and Gas Law
Cindy Saiter, Litigation - Trusts and Estates
John G. Soule, Oil and Gas Law
Catherine J. Webking, Energy Law
Jane M.N. Webre, Appellate Practice
H. Philip Whitworth, Jr., Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law
Steve Wingard, Commercial Litigation
Ryan Squires Named to the American Board of Trial Advocates
August 7, 2018
Congratulations to Ryan Squires on being named to the American Board of Trial Advocates.
ABOTA is a national organization of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Kim Bueno talks about being a female trial lawyer
August 1, 2018
SD&M Partner, Kim Bueno, talks about being a female trial lawyer in "What it takes to be a trial lawyer if you're not a man," The Atlantic, September 2018.
Jane Webre Appointed to State Bar Women in the Profession Committee
July 16, 2018
Jane Webre was appointed by the State Bar President to serve on the State Bar of Texas, Women in the Profession Committee.
The purpose of the committee is to promote and elevate women lawyers in the full participation in the work, responsibilities and rewards of the legal profession.
SD&M Secures Appellate Win Upholding Final Judgment on Behalf of Lynch, Chappell & Alsup, P.C.
May 21, 2018
SD&M attorneys Kim Bueno and Robyn Hargrove have won an appeal on behalf of the law firm of Lynch, Chappell & Alsup, P.C.
In the trial court, Lynch Chappell filed suit to recover a contingency fee that its former client owed the firm for its work on her behalf in an estate proceeding. The former client counterclaimed for breach of fiduciary, arguing that the fee was too high.
In the trial court, the former client refused to turn over her recordings of her conversations with her Lynch Chappell attorneys. SD&M obtained sanctions against the former client for her discovery abuse, ordering that she be prevented from admitting evidence of her communications with Lynch Chappell in the lawsuit. SD&M then won summary judgment, resulting in a final judgment that Lynch Chappell was entitled to its fee, and dismissing the fiduciary duty claims as meritless as a matter of law.
The El Paso Court of Appeals upheld the sanctions order and the final judgment, concluding that the trial court correctly determined that Lynch Chappell was entitled to its fee. The court also noted that Lynch Chappell had obtained a favorable result in the estate proceeding, and that it had voluntarily elected to take less than the full 25% it was entitled to receive under the contingent fee contract. In response to the former client’s claim that the 25% fee was too high, the court concluded: “We cannot undo a contract that was conscionable at its inception simply because a party later regrets making a deal.”
SDM Honored at Pro Bono Service Awards Reception
May 18, 2018
Scott Douglass & McConnico is honored to be among a special group of outstanding firms and volunteers who will be recognized for exceptional volunteer service at the Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Awards Reception.
Every year, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas honors attorneys and law firms that exemplify Judge Suzanne Covington’s extraordinary commitment to pro bono legal services.
Steve McConnico Presents on Legal Legends Panel
May 14, 2018
Steve McConnico joins Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green, Judge Lora Livingston and former State Bar President Lisa Tatum for the Texas Young Lawyers Association Legal Legends CLE. This panel of esteemed speakers will present about litigation, tips from the bench, and the development of trial practice through the years.
Following the panel, guests enjoy dinner and networking that allows time for younger and more senior lawyers to connect. This program gives young attorneys and more experienced attorneys the opportunity to get to know one another, and learn from one another in the hope that they can open the door for future mentor-mentee relationships.
Scott Douglass associate John Ellis has served on the board of TYLA since 2014, where he has helped create and execute a wide variety of public service projects.
Dan Bitting Presents Fiduciary Litigation CLE
May 2, 2018
Dan Bitting will co-present at the Austin Bar Association's May Civil Litigation Section CLE on the topic Navigating the World of Contested Probate Proceedings and Fiduciary Litigation: A Guide for Litigators on the Ins and Outs of Probate Court and Fiduciary Litigation.
John Ellis Elected District Representative to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
April 19, 2018
Scott Douglass & McConnico associate John Ellis was recently elected to serve as the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Representative for District 25, representing South/Central Texas. For this two-year term, John will serve as the liaison between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and the seventeen young lawyer affiliate organizations across south and central Texas. John has served in various leadership roles in public service for many years, and he is currently completing his second term as an elected member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). He has served on the TYLA board of directors since 2014, where he has helped create and implement a wide variety of service projects benefitting the legal profession and general public.
With over 130,000 members and 300 affiliated groups, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is the largest young lawyer organization in the world. The YLD is committed to assuring it is best able to represent the newest members of the profession, ensuring that it reflects the society it serves, and providing young lawyers and young lawyer organizations with the tools and opportunities for professional and personal success.
Scott Douglass & McConnico is a litigation firm representing clients in a wide range of business disputes, oil, gas and other energy disputes, state and local tax disputes, appeals, and administrative law.
Sara Wilder Clark and Jane Webre Present at VLS Lunch CLE Series
April 19, 2018
Sara Wilder Clark and Jane Webre, both regular volunteers for VLS pro bono cases, will present a CLE as part of Volunteer Legal Services' Lunchtime CLE Series.
These trainings provide guidance for lawyers and range in topic from courtroom skills to managing family law cases.
Kennon Wooten Receives TCWLA Award
April 12, 2018
Kennon Wooten will receive a 2018 Travis County Women Lawyers' Association Attorney Award for her contributions to the legal profession, specifically in Litigation.
Since 1991, TCWLA has celebrated the contributions of women in the legal profession. These awards are meant to highlight the low-profile contributions made by members of the profession. The award recipients, who are nominated by their peers, show their merit in their work, their volunteer activities and the atmosphere they create in the workplace.
Individuals are recognized in the areas of Pro Bono, Public Interest, Litigation, Transactional, Contribution to Minority Community, President’s Award, and Outstanding Achievement. One of the awards recognizes a firm, organization, or government entity for hiring women or for progressive work-place policies.
Kennon Wooten Earns Standing Ovation Award from TexasBarCLE
April 2, 2018
Kennon Wooten was honored by the State Bar of Texas for her exceptional contributions in 2017 to the Bar's continuing legal education efforts.
Ms. Wooten was one of seven volunteer lawyers receiving a Standing Ovation award from the staff of TexasBarCLE, the Bar's division for providing continuing legal education and one of the premier providers in the nation.
Hedy Bower, Director of TexasBarCLE, explained the significance of the award. "All of our volunteers deserve our gratitude for contributing to the continuing education of their peers. Nevertheless, some stand out each year for extraordinary dedication and commitment. The staff looks forward to singling out individuals that not only gave enormously to our efforts, but also were gracious, easy to work with, and — oftentimes — helped us out in a real pinch."
"Without volunteers," Bower continued, "CLE from the State Bar couldn't be nearly as high quality, as abundant, or as affordable. Attorney volunteers are the reason TexasBarCLE can claim the slogan, 'Education by the Bar, for the Bar.' "
Kennon Wooten Appointed to Supreme Court Advisory Committee
March 26, 2018
The Supreme Court of Texas appointed Kennon Wooten as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee (SCAC), a group of only fifty lawyers across the state who assist in the continuing study, review, and development of rules of administration and procedure for Texas courts.
This will not be the first time Kennon has worked with the SCAC. She has served as an ex-officio member of the SCAC since 2016 in her capacity as the Chair of the State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee. And before joining SDM, Kennon was the Rules Attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas and had the privilege of working with the SCAC during that time.
This esteemed appointment puts Kennon in the company of another SDM lawyer, Steve McConnico, who was as a member of the SCAC from 1984-1993. The firm is honored to have our lawyers serve the Court in this way, and we congratulate Kennon on her appointment.
David Shank Presents "Pushing the Boundaries on Issues Related to Technology Companies & Trade Secrets"
March 26, 2018
David Shank will present on a panel titled “Pushing the Boundaries on Issues Related to Technology Companies & Trade Secrets” at the Austin Bar Association’s 2018 Bench Bar Conference. David will present along with Judge Robert Pitman, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, and Jonathan Kaplan, Chief Legal Officer for RetailMeNot, Inc. The panel will be moderated by Stefanie Scott Shah, of Scott Shah Law.
The Austin Bar Association and AYLA Foundation’s annual Bench Bar Conference provides local attorneys and judges the opportunity to interact outside the courtroom in a casual, discussion-oriented environment.