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John Ellis to Moderate Panel of “Texas Legal Legends” at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting
06/15/2017

At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017, John Ellis, along with co-moderator Lauren Fincher, will lead a panel discussion with three Texas Legal Legends: Hon. Royal Furgeson, Jr., Hon. Ruby Sondock, and H. Ron White.  Each of the panelists has been honored as “Legal Legends” by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.  The event will take place in the Topaz Room of the Hilton Anatole during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas. Click here for additional details about the event and the panelists.  
 
Mr. Ellis is an associate at SD&M and currently serves on the board of directors of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA).  Ms. Fincher, an associate at Locke Lord LLP, serves as the TYLA Liaison to the Litigation Section Council.  Texas Legal Legends is a project of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Its purpose is to memorialize the stories of many legendary lawyers who have practiced in Texas, and to use those stories to enhance the public’s understanding of the historical importance of lawyers and the importance of making a difference.


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Asher Griffin and John Ellis to Speak at Texas Bar CLE Course for New Lawyers
03/15/2017

On March 28, 2017, Asher Griffin and John Ellis will speak at the upcoming Practical Skills for New Lawyers continuing legal education course, which is co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.  The course will be held at the Texas Law Center in Austin.  Ellis is also serving as the course director for this annual course, which will include presentations by state and federal judges, in-house counsel for leading companies, and many other notable lawyers from across the state.  The course covers a broad range of topics with particular emphasis on best practices and important lessons to help young lawyers build good habits for a successful practice.  More information about the course, including registration instructions and a copy of the course brochure is available here.


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Nine Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Selected to the Texas Rising Stars® 2017 List
03/10/2017

SDM is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers® has selected nine Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars®  2017 by Thomson and Reuters.  The following firm attorneys were selected for this honor:

Business Litigation:

Energy & Natural Resources:
General Litigation:
Products Liability:
Rising Stars are considered the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas. To be eligible, lawyers must be 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Less than 2.5% of Texas attorneys are chosen for this honor. The complete list will be published in the April 2017 issues of Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers magazines.  We are proud that so many of our attorneys were nominated and selected as Rising Stars again this year. Super Lawyers® is a Thompson Reuters publication.


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SDM’s John Ellis to Speak at Advanced Business Law CLE
11/16/2016

John EllisSDM’s John Ellis will be a speaker at the Advanced Business Law CLE course in Dallas on Thursday, November 17, 2016. John will cover recent developments in Texas spoliation law, including recent case law developments in Texas spoliation jurisprudence, the updated pattern jury charge, and an overview of the propose procedural rules addressing spoliation.  More information about the CLE can be found here.


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John Ellis to Serve on Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors
09/28/2016

John EllisSDM’s John Ellis was recently re-elected to a two-year term as the Director for District 8, Place 2 of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Board of Directors.  As a director for District 8, Ellis will represent TYLA members from Austin and surrounding communities in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties.  Throughout the 2016-17 State Bar year, Ellis will serve as Co-Chair of the Public Service Committee and as a member of the Member Services and Outreach Committee. TYLA  is a department of the State Bar of Texas, commonly referred to as the "public service arm" of the State Bar of Texas.  TYLA's primary purposes are to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public.  Additional information about TYLA is available here.


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Six Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Named Rising Stars in 2016
03/07/2016

Super Lawyers® has selected six Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys as Rising Stars in 2016 in the practice areas of Energy & Natural Resources (Olga Kobzar), Business Litigation (John Ellis, Bryan Lauer, David Shank and Ryan Squires), and General Litigation (Kennon Wooten). Rising Stars are considered the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas. We are proud that so many of our attorneys were nominated and selected as Rising Stars again this year. Super Lawyers® is a Thompson Reuters publication.


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SDM Attorneys Serve in Diverse Legal Leadership Roles
09/14/2015

Each year, SDM attorneys dedicate significant time serving in a variety of legal leadership roles. This year, these SDM attorneys will serve on the following diverse local and state-wide boards and committees:

Anthony Arguijo is the President-Elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin and serves as the Association’s representative to the Austin Young Lawyers Association.  
 
Dan Bitting serves on the Board of the Texas Aggie Bar Association.

Sara Clark serves on the Board of the Litigation Section of the Austin Bar Association, the Board of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, and the Downtown Austin Community Court Advisory Committee.
 
Cindy Saiter serves on the Board of the Austin Bar Association and is Co-Chair of its Membership Committee. She also serves on the Nominating Committee for District 9 of the Texas Bar Foundation, the State Bar Committee on Women in the Profession, and the Board of the Travis County Women Lawyers Scholarship Fund, and is Chair of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation.
 
John Ellis serves on the Board of the Texas Young Lawyers Association where he is Co-Chair of the Marketing and Technology Committee, serves on the Outreach and Public Service Committees, and serves as the Association’s representative to the Austin Young Lawyers Association.
 
Asher Griffin serves on the Steering Committee for the Texas Minority Counsel Program of the State Bar Office of Minority Affairs.

Olga Kobzar is the President of the Texas Energy Law Association and Treasurer for the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Section of the Austin Bar Association.

Ray Langenberg serves on the Comptroller’s Taxpayer Advisory Group, which advises the Comptroller on tax policy matters.

Carroll Martin serves on the Council for the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar.

Ryan Squires is Co-Chair of the Austin Bar Association’s 2016 Leadership Academy Committee.

Jane Webre serves on the Board of the Austin Bar Foundation.

Kennon Wooten serves as a member of the Board of the Austin Bar Association, the Board for the Texas Legal Services Center, and the Editorial Board for The Advocate, a quarterly publication of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Kennon is also Vice Chair of the State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee, Chair of the Austin Bar Association's Publications Committee, and Editor-in-Chief of Austin Lawyer, an Austin Bar Association publication.
 
To learn more about the missions of these organizations, visit their websites:

Austin Bar Association
Austin Young Lawyers Association
Downtown Austin Community Court Advisory Committee
Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
State Bar of Texas
Texas Aggie Bar Association
Texas Energy Law Association
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas


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Scott Douglass & McConnico Welcomes John Ellis and David Shank to the Firm
09/09/2015

We are pleased to welcome John Ellis and David Shank to Scott Douglass & McConnico.

John Ellis regularly represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters. Prior to joining Scott Douglass & McConnico in August 2015, John practiced in the litigation section of the Austin office of Locke Lord LLP.  Before entering private practice, John was a briefing attorney for the Honorable Paul W. Green of the Supreme Court of Texas. While in law school, John served as the Editor in Chief of the Texas Tech Law Review, competed on various award-winning advocacy teams, and helped launch a mentoring program with a local high school law and justice magnet program.  

David Shank is a commercial trial lawyer who represents plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of complex disputes before federal courts, state courts, and arbitration panels around the country. Prior to joining Scott Douglass & McConnico in August 2015, David practiced in the Dallas office of Susman Godfrey L.L.P. David has extensive trial experience, having tried three jury trials and one arbitration. Before entering private practice, David served as a law clerk to Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. David graduated with honors from The University of Texas School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor on Texas Law Review, earned a spot as a teaching assistant for the first-year legal writing course, and was elected to Order of the Coif.  David also brought home a national championship in interscholastic moot court, winning the top prize in the 18th Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition.


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