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Top Women in Energy Law

Staff | December 1, 2016

We are proud to profile the honorees of our 2016 Top Women in Energy awards. The following women are recognized for their work in the area of energy law—an area that has been particularly volatile this past year.

Editor's Note

Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lawyer

Leading Ladies

By Heather Nevitt |

Features

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.

Self-Reporting of FCPA Violations on the Rise

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The DOJ's new one-year pilot enforcement program, announced in April, encourages companies to self-report illegal payments under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

The centerpiece of Gardere’s evocative, handpicked art collection is a one-of-a-kind, custom floating staircase, handcrafted from white oak and steel, seen here at Gardere’s new offices in the McKinney & Olive building in Uptown Dallas.

Market, Design Trends Drive Texas Firms' Real Estate Moves

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the real estate. But some things—like lawyer offices—are getting smaller.

Fifth Circuit bench Texas Judges Stephen A. Higginson, James E. Graves Jr. and Gregg J. Costa.

Obama Judges Lead Fifth Circuit Toward Center

By Miriam Rozen |

In the last eight years, the Fifth Circuit bench has begun shifting away from predictable conservative patterns, appellate lawyers said.

In-House Texas

Tracy Preston, general counsel for the Neiman Marcus Group.

Neiman Marcus GC Helps Bring 'The Christmas Book' to Life

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Tracy Preston is one of very few people who knows what Neiman Marcus will offer as "fantasy gifts" in The Christmas Book long before the catalogue comes out.

Tracy Preston, general counsel for the Neiman Marcus Group.

Q&A With Neiman Marcus GC Tracy Preston

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Q&A with Tracy Preston, general counsel of Neiman Marcus.

Fate of Obama's Clean Power Plan Pits Climate Goals Against Administrative Law

By Michael Nasi |

On Aug. 3, 2015, President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan, an EPA regulation imposing carbon dioxide limits on existing coal- and gas-fired power plants. It is likely the most impactful and most contentious rule ever issued by the EPA.

Mike Maslanka

The Goal for 2017? Practice the 'Big G'

By MICHAEL P. MASLANKA |

Want to feel grateful at work? It is the place where we spend the most time other than being with loved ones. Ask not whether you are "happy" with your job but rather, as did the ancient Greeks, ask whether you are fulfilled in it.

Departments

Passenger Claiming PTSD in Motorcycle Fall Awarded $18.6M

A jury awarded $18.6 million to a woman who fell off a motorcycle and claimed post-traumatic stress disorder. Breisha Bell was a passenger on the bike operated by her then-boyfriend Kevin Genter.

(left to right): Dena DeNooyer Stroh, DWLA president-elect; Jennifer Ryback of McGuire Craddock & Strother, recipient of the Rising Raggio Award; Lisa Blue, Raggio Award recipient; Stacey Doré, Outstanding Corporate Counselor Award; Kit Addelman, Haynes & Boone, Outstanding Female Partner, large firm; Angela Zambrano, DWLA president; Hon. Tonya Parker, DWLA Outstanding Director; Dawn Estes, Estes Thorne & Carr, Outstanding Female Partner, small firm.

Lisa Blue Wins Prestigious Dallas Woman Lawyer Award

The Dallas Women Lawyers Association has presented trial lawyer and philanthropist Lisa Blue with the 2016 Louise B. Raggio Award.

Alfredo Ramos of Bernstein & Associates.

Newsmakers: Month of December

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Bruce W. Bowman Jr. has been named president and managing shareholder of Dallas-based Godwin Bowman & Martinez.

Columns

Tipping the Scales: Weighing IP Protection Options Post-DTSA and Post-'Alice'

By Gregory V. Novak and Matthew Frontz |

Trade secret protection and patent protection have always overlapped. The question owners of these intellectual property rights always have to ask themselves is which protection would better suit their intellectual property needs, if in fact not both.

Crazy But True Defenses

By John G. Browning |

Let's face it—lawyers don't get enough credit for their creativity. Sure, we're supposed to be zealous advocates, but when it comes to mounting a defense against a seemingly insurmountable mountain of evidence incriminating our clients, attorneys who come up with the most ridiculous (or ridiculous-sounding) defenses are all too often overlooked or ridiculed.

A Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On

By Angela Neville |

In recent years, Texas and other central U.S. states have experienced a surprising jump in the number of earthquakes. That has led scientists and regulators on a quest to determine whether the earthquakes are being caused by human activities or are occurring naturally.

The Impact of the New TTAB Rules of Practice

By Scott Harper |

In an effort to create more efficiency in trademark trial proceedings and to lend clarity to the process, particularly following the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in B&B Hardware, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has amended its Rules of Practice.