SDM Response to COVID-19
March 17, 2020

Clients and Friends,
During these challenging times we want to take a minute to simply say hello and that our thoughts are with each of you, your families and businesses.

In the midst of this unprecedented situation, SDM has come together to ensure our lawyers, paralegals and staff remain prepared to assist our clients, while ensuring the safety and health of our community.

We have moved to a primarily remote-work arrangement and have a robust system in place that allows us to be fully operational.

We are monitoring developments at the federal and state courts and will keep clients up to date on matters that may be impacted or delayed.

We are answering phone calls and emails as usual, and remain available to clients and colleagues.

Our physical office is being manned by a small team as needed to ensure continuity of business operations.

Please take good care of yourselves and your loved ones.

The Lawyers and Staff of Scott Douglass & McConnico

Six SDM Lawyers Named to Texas Rising StarsĀ®
March 6, 2020

SDM is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers® has selected six Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars® 2020 by Thomson and Reuters. The following firm attorneys were selected for this honor:
Anthony Arguijo - Business Litigation
John W. Ellis - Business Litigation
John Gasink - Business Litigation
Mark W. Hanna  -  Energy & Natural Resources
Olga Kobzar - Energy & Natural Resources
David Shank - Business Litigation

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.

Willie Cochran and Cheryl Joseph named Partners in the Firm
January 3, 2020

Congratulations to Willie Cochran and Cheryl Joseph on becoming Partners in the firm.
We are honored to work alongside these outstanding lawyers.

Ross Sutherland joins the firm as an Associate
October 29, 2019

SDM is proud to welcome Ross Sutherland to the firm. Ross began his career as an entrepreneur servicing South Texas oil-field companies and brings that experience to his legal practice focused in the oil and gas industry.

SDM receives an "A" on the Austin Diversity Report Card
October 11, 2019

SDM is proud to receive an "A" on the Austin Diversity Report Card. "We have a longstanding commitment to being a diverse and equitable law firm. Women and minorities make up 42% of our total lawyers and 41% of our equity partners. We value the contributions that diverse backgrounds bring to our firm and recognize that our clients benefit from these perspectives in solving legal issues. Through our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, our firm maintains a deliberate and committed effort to support and promote women and minorities at our firm and in the legal industry.” says Asher Griffin, Chair of SDM DEI Committee.

SDM Defeats Application for Temporary Injunction
October 11, 2019

On October 9, 2019, a week after an ex parte temporary restraining order was entered against SDM’s client, Viceroy Petroleum, L.P., SDM lawyers Santosh Aravind and Mary Byars successfully convinced a judge to reject an application by a landowner, Cloverleaf Ranch, LLC, for a temporary injunction that would have prevented Viceroy from conducting drilling operations.
Cloverleaf’s ex parte TRO effectively blocked Viceroy from crossing Cloverleaf’s property to access a drill site on a neighboring surface tract, even though Viceroy owns an undivided mineral interest underneath both properties. After an evidentiary hearing in the 240th Judicial District of Fort Bend County, the court denied Cloverleaf’s application for temporary injunction, finding Cloverleaf had failed to establish irreparable harm, and dissolved the temporary restraining order. SDM’s work in defeating the temporary injunction allows Viceroy to cross Cloverleaf’s property to conduct their drilling operations and to maintain Viceroy’s valuable mineral rights in the area.

Stephen Burbank joins the firm as an Associate
October 7, 2019

Scott Douglass is proud to welcome Stephen Burbank to the firm as an Associate. Stephen's background in land and mineral interest issues combined with his time spent as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Alan Albright give him valuable perspective when it comes to working with clients.