Six SDM Lawyers Named to Texas Rising Stars®
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.
John Ellis Elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
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.
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.
John Ellis elected to Executive Board of the Boy Scouts Capitol Area Council
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.
John Ellis and David Shank named Partners in the Firm
Steve McConnico Presents on Legal Legends Panel
Steve McConnico joins Texas Supreme Court Justice Paul Green, Judge Lora Livingston and former State Bar President Lisa Tatum for the Texas Young Lawyers Association Legal Legends CLE. This panel of esteemed speakers will present about litigation, tips from the bench, and the development of trial practice through the years.
Following the panel, guests enjoy dinner and networking that allows time for younger and more senior lawyers to connect. This program gives young attorneys and more experienced attorneys the opportunity to get to know one another, and learn from one another in the hope that they can open the door for future mentor-mentee relationships.
Scott Douglass associate John Ellis has served on the board of TYLA since 2014, where he has helped create and execute a wide variety of public service projects.
John Ellis Elected District Representative to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Scott Douglass & McConnico associate John Ellis was recently elected to serve as the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Representative for District 25, representing South/Central Texas. For this two-year term, John will serve as the liaison between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and the seventeen young lawyer affiliate organizations across south and central Texas. John has served in various leadership roles in public service for many years, and he is currently completing his second term as an elected member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). He has served on the TYLA board of directors since 2014, where he has helped create and implement a wide variety of service projects benefitting the legal profession and general public.
With over 130,000 members and 300 affiliated groups, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is the largest young lawyer organization in the world. The YLD is committed to assuring it is best able to represent the newest members of the profession, ensuring that it reflects the society it serves, and providing young lawyers and young lawyer organizations with the tools and opportunities for professional and personal success.
Scott Douglass & McConnico is a litigation firm representing clients in a wide range of business disputes, oil, gas and other energy disputes, state and local tax disputes, appeals, and administrative law.
John Ellis Speaks on the Ethics of Social Media Marketing for Lawyers
John Ellis presented to the American Academy of Attorney-CPA’s Southwest Regional Conference held in Austin, Texas on January 19, 2018. John presented a CLE discussion on ethical rules governing attorney advertising and marketing through social media. The AAA-CPA is an organization comprised of individuals who have dually-qualified as attorneys and certified public accountants. Its mission is to provide its members with quality education, opportunities to connect and the professional resources to support and develop their practices.
John Ellis to Moderate Panel of “Texas Legal Legends” at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting
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.
Asher Griffin and John Ellis to Speak at Texas Bar CLE Course for New Lawyers
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.
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:
SDM’s John Ellis to Speak at Advanced Business Law CLE
SDM’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.
John Ellis to Serve on Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors
SDM’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.
Six Scott Douglass & McConnico Attorneys Named Rising Stars in 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.
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
Scott Douglass & McConnico Welcomes John Ellis and David Shank to the Firm
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.