John Ellis Elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
April 18, 2019

John Ellis has been elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

The Fellows comprise a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Wooten and Hargrove Publish Article in The Appellate Advocate
April 12, 2019

Kennon Wooten and Robyn Hargrove wrote an article titled "Permissive Interlocutory Appeal and Mandamus: Picking Your Procedural Path Prudently" for the Winter, 2018 edition of The Appellate Advocate, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report.

Jane Webre and Robyn Hargrove at the Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals
April 5, 2019

Jane Webre is Chair of the Planning Committee for the UTCLE 29th Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals.

Robyn Hargrove will present a Legal Malpractice Update where she will share recent developments in Texas legal malpractice law, as well as notable ethics opinions that are applicable to appellate practitioners.

Amy Dashiell and Bryan Lauer co-author article for Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section Report
April 2, 2019

Amy Dashiell and Bryan Lauer co-authored the article "Murphy v. Adams: A Reasoned Decision" for the Section Report of the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section for the State Bar of Texas.

The article discusses the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy Exploration and Production Co.--USA v. Adams.

Carroll Martin presents at Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Conference
March 29, 2019

Carroll Martin presented on Voluntary Pooling and Unitization at UT Law CLE's 45th Ernest E. Smith, Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law in March.

Carroll gave a review of voluntary pooling as authorized in an oil and gas lease which allows the lessee to combine acreage under one lease with acreage underlying adjacent tracts, and explored the voluntary unitization statute in Texas under which the Railroad Commission approves field‑wide units, which may combine acreage from numerous tracts and leases for the purpose of enhanced recovery or re-pressuring operations.

Olga Kobzar Presents TRC and GLO Regulatory Update
March 29, 2019

Olga Kobzar spoke at the 14th Annual Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Symposium, delivering a Regulatory Update presentation on recent developments at the Texas Railroad Commission and the General Land Office.

She also spoke at the January 2019 Austin Bar Oil and Gas Section Luncheon.

Casey Dobson Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
March 5, 2019

Casey Dobson has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

The induction ceremony at which Casey Dobson became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 570 during the recent Induction Ceremony at the 2019 Spring Meeting of the College in La Quinta, California. The meeting had a total attendance of 750.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

Olga Kobzar named one of Up-and-Coming 50 Women Texas Rising Stars
March 4, 2019

Olga Kobzar has been named to the Up-and-Coming 50: 2019 Women Texas Rising StarsOlga is a Top Rated attorney in Energy & Natural Resources Attorney in Austin, TX by Super Lawyers®.

Each year, Super Lawyers® recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

Seven SDM Lawyers Named to Texas Rising Stars®
March 4, 2019

SDM is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers® has selected seven Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars® 2019 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
Bryan Lauer - Business Litigation
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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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.