Congrats to SDM's Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019

Congratulations to Scott Douglass & McConnico's lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, 2019 Edition, in Austin, TX.

In addition to our 13 lawyers named to Best Lawyers, Carroll Martin and Becky Miller have both received “Lawyer of the Year” awards in Austin.

James N. Cowden, Oil and Gas Law
Douglas J. Dashiell, Oil and Gas Law
Casey L. Dobson, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Sam Johnson, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Carroll G. Martin, Oil and Gas Law, 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" award in Austin
Stephen E. McConnico, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Elizabeth N. Miller, Natural Resources Law, 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" award in Austin, Oil and Gas Law
Cindy Saiter, Litigation - Trusts and Estates
John G. Soule, Oil and Gas Law
Catherine J. Webking, Energy Law
Jane M.N. Webre, Appellate Practice
H. Philip Whitworth, Jr., Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law
Steve Wingard, Commercial Litigation

Steve Wingard Joins Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Steve WingardSteve Wingard has been accepted in the Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. Steve's business litigation practice includes lawsuits involving claims of patent infringement, copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets.

The mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills for practitioners, judges, and professors in order to enhance the quality, availability, and efficiency of justice in the United States. The Inns include lawyers, law professors, judges, and law students in social and program meetings adapted from the traditional English legal apprenticeship model, are designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experience, and mentor younger members by association with more experienced members. The process helps shape a culture of commitment to the highest standards of our learned profession and encourages its practice with dignity, civility, and courtesy. If you want to know more about the Inns of Court movement, check out the website at www.innsofcourt.orgw

SDM Wins Appeal Affirming Summary Judgment Rulings in Well Blowout Coverage Dispute

SDM lawyers Jane Webre, Steve Wingard, and Robyn Hargrove prevailed in an appeal of summary judgment orders. SDM represented the operator of a well in Reeves County, Texas. After the well suffered  a blowout, the insured paid to bring the well under control, to attempt to restore production at the well, and to address pollution cleanup. The insured filed claims with its insurance carriers under well-control and commercial-general-liability policies, but the carriers denied coverage. SDM won summary judgments at the Midland County District Court, which ruled that the well was a “well-insured” under the policies and that the insured incurred damages in excess of the policies’ limits. The insurance companies appealed to the Eastland Court of Appeals. Finding no error, the Eastland Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment rulings and taxed all costs against the insurance companies.

SDM Lawyers Win Order Enjoining Judgment Debtor from Dissipating or Transferring Assets

After winning a final judgment in an amount in excess of $10 million against defendants Lakeway Regional Medical Center and Surgical Development Partners, SDM lawyers Abe Kuczaj, Paige Amstutz, and Steve Wingard filed an application for an injunction to preclude one of the defendants from dissipating or transferring assets to avoid satisfaction of the judgment pending appeal of the final judgment. Finding that SDM presented evidence establishing that the defendant was likely to dissipate or transfer assets in the future to avoid satisfaction of the judgment, the Court entered an injunction in favor of SDM’s client.

Steve Wingard and Steve McConnico Win Dismissal of Shareholder Derivative Case

Steve Wingard and Steve McConnico won a Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Standing and Plea to the Jurisdiction in favor of the general partner and limited partners of a family limited partnership. SDM defended a limited partnership, its general partner, and several individuals who owned limited partnership interest in lawsuit asserting breach of fiduciary duty. The plaintiff was the executor of the estate of a deceased limited partner who claimed the right to bring derivative claims on behalf of the limited partnership. The Court dismissed the lawsuit holding that the plaintiff lacked standing to bring his claims.

Legal Team including SD&M Lawyers Win Dismissal of Patent Infringement Case

SDM attorneys Steve McConnico, Paige Amstutz, and Steve Wingard, along with lead counsel from Latham & Watkins, won dismissal of a patent infringement lawsuit when their Motion to Disqualify opposing counsel was granted.  SDM represented a large, publicly-traded energy company in defense of claims brought by a publicly-traded non-practicing entity.  SDM filed a motion to disqualify plaintiff’s in-house general counsel, plaintiff’s entire legal department, and plaintiff’s outside counsel. In addition, SDM requested that the court dismiss the lawsuit. The court granted SDM’s motion, disqualified all plaintiff’s counsel, and dismissed the lawsuit.