Seven SDM Lawyers Named to Texas Rising Stars®
SDM is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers® has selected seven Scott Douglass & McConnico attorneys for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars® 2018 by Thomson and Reuters. The following firm attorneys were selected for this honor:
Anthony Arguijo - Business Litigation
Kim Gustafson Bueno - Products: Defense
John W. Ellis - Business Litigation
Mark W. Hanna - Energy & Resources
Olga Kobzar - Energy & 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. The complete list will be published in the April 2018 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.
Anthony Arguijo to serve on Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee
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.
Anthony Arguijo Elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
Congratulations to Anthony Arguijo for being elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, an elite group of Texas lawyers.
Election to the Fellows is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas.
Anthony Arguijo and Steve Britt named SDM Partners
Scott Douglass is pleased to name Anthony Arguijo and Steve Britt as Partners in the firm.
Anthony joined the firm in 2013 after serving as a law clerk for Judge Edward C. Prado on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before that, he was a briefing attorney for Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson on the Supreme Court of Texas. He draws on both of these experiences to help clients navigate litigation and maximize their chance of success at every stage.
Steve practices with the firm's state and local tax litigation group representing large and small companies in administrative protests of tax assessments before various taxing authorities. He also litigates tax assessments in Texas district courts and advises clients concerning the tax implications of business transactions. Prior to joining SD&M in 2009, Steve was a high school teacher and a coach for ten years.
Kennon Wooten and Anthony Arguijo Publish Article in The Advocate
Kennon Wooten and Anthony Arguijo have had their article “Rule 91a Dismissal Procedures: Basic Considerations and Unanswered Questions” published in the Fall 2017 issue of The Advocate. The article presents an overview of Rule 91a and provides practical guidance for litigants confronting Rule 91a’s dismissal procedures.
Scott Douglass Is Proud To Sponsor The 2017 Hispanic Heritage Luncheon
Scott Douglass is proud to sponsor the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Luncheon on September 22. This year's keynote speaker is Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin. The cultural speaker will be poet Zachary Caballero.
The luncheon serves as the primary fundraiser for the HBAA Charitable Foundation, and funds the foundation's scholarship and other charitable programs.
SDM attorney Anthony Arguijo serves as Immediate-Past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin.
SDM Sponsors AYLA Judicial Reception
Scott Douglass is a sponsor of the Austin Young Lawyers Association Judicial Reception at the Four Seasons on September 21. The Judicial Reception provides young attorneys with an opportunity to meet with local judges.
SDM attorney Anthony Arguijo served on the board of AYLA from 2014-2016 and continues to be involved.
Nine Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Selected to the Texas Rising Stars® 2017 List
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:
Dan Bitting and Anthony Arguijo defeat $7 million oil and gas lease remediation claim.
After a week-long jury trial in Federal Court for the Southern District of Texas, SDM attorneys Daniel Bitting and Anthony Arguijo— working with former SDM partner Joe T. Sanders (now with Sanders Bajwa, LLP)—defeated a claim against their client for close to $7 million in damages for an alleged failure to remediate property used for oil and gas operations. Bitting, Arguijo and Sanders obtained summary judgment against some of the claims and then convinced the jury to award only slightly over $100,000 for restoration that their client agreed still needed to be done. A final judgment has not yet been entered.
SDM Attorneys Serve in Diverse Legal Leadership Roles
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
Anthony Arguijo Elected President-Elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin
SDM attorney Anthony Arguijo has been elected President-Elect of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin (HBAA). The HBAA is an organization of Latino lawyers who volunteer their time and energy towards the betterment of the Hispanic community in central Texas. Its membership includes attorneys practicing in Austin and the surrounding areas, judges, legislators, lobbyists, government officials, law professors, law students and non-lawyers who join as associate members. The HBAA's goal is to foster and encourage the involvement of Austin's Latino lawyers in the local community. The HBAA is an affiliate of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas and the Hispanic National Bar Association. You can learn more about the HBAA and its important work here.