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Anthony Arguijo to serve on Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee
February 13, 2019

Anthony Arguijo has been selected to serve on the 2019 Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee.

The TMCP was created in 1993 with the mission of increasing opportunities for minority, women, and LGBT attorneys who provide legal services to corporate and government clients, and to expose those organizations to the legal talent of diverse attorneys in Texas.

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Bryan Lauer presents at State Bar Oil and Gas Disputes CLE Course
January 11, 2019

Bryan Lauer co-presented on Procedural and Ethical Issues in Royalty Owner Class Action and Multi-District Litigation at the State Bar of Texas Oil and Gas Disputes CLE course in January.

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Dan Bitting and Cindy Saiter prevail on appeal
January 4, 2019

Dan Bitting and Cindy Saiter recently obtained a complete victory on appeal, preserving their trial court victory for their client. 

Bitting and Saiter represented an attorney who served as an executor for a probate estate. The beneficiaries of that estate sued the attorney, asserting claims for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duties among other things. 

In March 2017 Bitting and Saiter won summary judgment, persuading the trial court that the statute of limitations barred all of the Plaintiffs’ claims. The Plaintiffs appealed. After full briefing, on December 20, 2018 the Houston Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas affirmed the judgment in favor of Bitting and Saiter’s client in all respects. 

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John Ellis and David Shank named Partners in the Firm
January 1, 2019

Congratulations to John Ellis and David Shank on becoming Partners in the firm.

We are honored to work alongside these outstanding lawyers.

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John Ellis elected to Executive Board of the Boy Scouts Capitol Area Council
December 12, 2018

John Ellis was elected to the 2019 Executive Board for the Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council. John is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, former Assistant Scoutmaster, and he hopes to add Scout parent to his role as his own young children become eligible to join. 

The Capitol Area Council supports Scouting programs for more than 21,000 registered youth members across 15 Central Texas Counties.  The BSA vision is to equip youth in America—both boys and girls—to become responsible, participating citizens and leaders who are guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

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Kennon Wooten presents at the Austin Bar's Annual Holiday Ethics program
December 7, 2018

Kennon Wooten presented on Ethical Considerations for Common Situations: Representing Entities and Communicating with Other Parties and Their Counsel at the Austin Bar Association's Annual Holiday Ethics CLE program.

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Scott Douglass & McConnico Lawyers Prevail in Fifth Circuit Appeal
December 5, 2018

Jane Webre, Sara Clark, and Paige Amstutz, together with attorneys from the Goode, Casseb, Jones, Riklin Choate & Watson law firm in San Antonio, have obtained an appellate victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which affirmed a 2017 summary judgment in favor of 120 homeowners involved in a title dispute concerning a decades-old claimed lien on their properties. The Scott Douglass and Goode Casseb firms defended the homeowners in federal court last year, where U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ultimately granted summary judgment in favor of the homeowners, ruling that the claimed lien could not be foreclosed on and would not deprive the homeowners of title to their homes. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the trial court victory, and issued its mandate on December 4, 2018. You can read the Fifth Circuit’s opinion here.

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Kennon Wooten moderates panel on Alternative Fee Arrangements
December 4, 2018

Kennon Wooten moderated a webcast for the TexasBarCLE titled "Using Alternative Fee Arrangements to Make More Money & Help More People."

The speakers addressed topics including:

  • Ethical standards governing limited scope representation and alternative-fee arrangements generally
  • How to use websites and other media sources to facilitate the explanation and provision of alternative-fee arrangements
  • How to communicate with clients so they understand the terms and limits of representation
  • How to communicate with courts to minimize the risk of getting pulled into pending matters to a degree greater than agreed upon by the lawyer and the client

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Olga Kobzar serves as panelist on Law Firm Career Panel
November 5, 2018

Olga Kobzar was a panelist on the Law Firm Career Panel organized by the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law in October. At this event, energy industry lawyers spoke to the University of Texas law students about their careers and areas of practice and offered advice for future summer associates and first-year lawyers.

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Curtis Osterloh presents at the Council On State Taxation (COST) Annual Meeting
November 2, 2018

At this year's Council On State Taxation (COST) Annual Meeting, Curtis Osterloh co-presented on “Top Five Trends in State Sales and Use Taxes."

The session provided a detailed overview of the most important trends impacting sales and use tax across the nation. The speakers evaluate d the most critical developments that could either hurt or help a company or industry.

COST is the premier state tax organization representing taxpayers consisting of more than 600 multistate corporations engaged in interstate and international business. Curtis is a frequent speaker for COST.

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SD&M Ranked in "Best Law Firms"
November 1, 2018

Scott Douglass is featured in the recent edition of the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey in 7 practice areas in the metropolitan rankings.  Firms included in the 2019 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. 

Scott Douglass & McConnico earned the following rankings on the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list:

Metropolitan Tier 1 - Austin
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Natural Resources Law
Oil & Gas Law
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Metropolitan Tier 2 - Austin
Energy Law

Top Listed in Texas in Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants with 2 lawyers

Top Listed in Austin in Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
with 2 lawyers

Top Listed in Austin in Oil and Gas Law
with 6 lawyers

Scott Douglass has 13 total lawyers recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America."

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Cathy Webking speaks on panel about ERCOT's Post-Summer Market
October 29, 2018

Cathy Webking is a panelist on a live webinar titled A Post-Summer Check-in of ERCOT’s Market, presented by Power Markets Today.

The panel will discuss how the ERCOT grid performed through the worst summer; possible PUC, ERCOT and legislative reforms; and what it will take to invest in new capacity.

Cathy is also a representative of the Texas Energy Association for Marketers.

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Scott Douglass Honored with Champion of Justice Award
October 19, 2018

Scott Douglass & McConnico is pleased to be recgonized by the Texas Access to Justice Commission as a Champion of Justice Law Firm for the firm's outstanding support of the Justice for All Campaign, which supports and sustains legal aid programs. 

SDM raised the largest amount of money and had one of the highest rates of attorney participation in the medium size firm category of the Champions of Justice Firm Competition.

The Justice for All reception is part of the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Celebration that focuses attention on the increased need for pro bono services and celebrates the outstanding work of lawyers who volunteer their services throughout the year.

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Kennon Wooten co-authors book on Texas Discovery
October 2, 2018

Kennon Wooten co-authored the 2019 edition of Texas Discovery: A Guide to Taking and Resisting Discovery Under the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.

The 2019 edition includes all types of Discovery with new chapters covering Depositions, Expert Testimony and Physical and Mental Examinations. There is also a new, robust section on Electronic Discovery.

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Davin McGinnis presents at the Annual Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course
September 28, 2018

Davin McGinnis presented a Regulatory Update at the Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course, cosponsored by the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

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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

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Kennon Wooten presents at State Bar Advanced Civil Appellate CLE
September 3, 2018

Kennon WootenKennon 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.

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Kim Bueno featured in Austin Business Journal
September 1, 2018

Kim BuenoIn 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

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Curtis Osterloh and Steve Britt present at Annual Texas Bar & Nightclub Convention
August 29, 2018

Curtis OsterlohSteve BrittCurtis 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.