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2016 Professional Excellence Award Profiles

September 1, 2016

It's our pleasure to present the honorees of our 2016 Professional Excellence Awards, which celebrates Lifetime Achievement honorees, Lawyers on the Rise and the Attorney of the Year finalists.

Editor's Note


The Ultimate Do-Over Divorce

By Miriam Rozen |

Drama and divorces go hand in hand, but not usually from alleged 
forum-shopping and filing successive divorces in multiple Texas jurisdictions.

Fifth Circuit Judge Thomas Reavley.

Meet One of the Oldest Federal Judges in the U.S. and He's Married to the 5th Circuit

By John Council |

Tom Reavley, one of the oldest federal judges in the U.S. who still hears cases, speaks about his job, his early stand against racial injustice and what it's like being the only circuit judge in the country who's married to a colleague.

In-House Texas

Who Are the Top-Paid GCs in Texas?

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Big-company general counsel in Texas pulled in less total compensation on average in 2015 than in 2014.

Michael P. Maslanka.

Five Lessons to Survive in the Practice of Law


While I hope to instill a love for practicing law, I strive to caution about its dangers, seductions, and pitfalls. Want to clue into them?

Kin Gill, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Bazaarvoice.

Bazaarvoice GC Gets Top Review

By Mary Alice Robbins |

When Kin Gill joined Austin-based Bazaarvoice in January 2013, he faced a baptism of fire during his early days with the company.

Kin Gill, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Bazaarvoice.

Q&A With Bazaarvoice GC Kin Gill

By Mary Alice Robbins |


Edward Vishnevetsky

September Inadmissible: Remembering Edward Vishnevetsky

Edward Vishnevetsky, a 34-year-old of counsel in K&L Gates' Dallas office, died in June on a trip in Costa Rica.

September Newsmakers

Moves and promotions in Dallas, Houston, Austin and beyond.

Verdicts and Settlements

A collection of recent verdicts and settlements.


Tips for Meeting Your Mobile Device Ethical Obligations

By Trey Peacock |

With the controversy over various security aspects of phones and tablets, what are practicing lawyers' ethical obligations, and are we doing enough to protect our client(s)' confidences?

The Importance of the Venue Clause in Contracts

By Christopher M. LaVigne and P. William "Bill" Stark |

A well-crafted venue selection clause is essential to mitigating the risks of a hostile venue.

State Court Class Action Defendants to Face New Strategic Decisions

By Angela Zambrano and Robert Velevis |

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent Spokeo v. Robins decision has been heralded by the Texas business community as an important limitation on class action liability. The decision, however, has triggered concerns in at least some states that it might have the unintended consequence of creating more class action litigation in state court forums that are viewed by some defendants as less favorable.

Privacy No Match for Robots of the Future

By Steve Thomas |

Governments want to be the fly on the wall, and technology is helping make it happen.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Attempts to Protect Marine Mammals From O&G Operations' Noise

By Angela Neville |

A powerful air-gun fires underwater as part of a seismic survey to find oil reservoirs. An underwater explosive breaks down a rig that's being decommissioned. Pile-driving hammers smash into the seabed. These are the sounds of oil and gas operations in the ocean—unheard by most humans but an auditory disruption, according to environmentalists, to the marine life of the seas, including dolphins and whales.