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Six Texas Firms Among Nation's Busiest Dealmaking Firms

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys | June 1, 2017

Six firms in Texas are among the U.S. firms included in The American Lawyer's Corporate Scorecard 2017.

Editor's Note

Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lawyer

Let's Make a Deal!


Kimberly Kreider-Dusek, McMullen County Attorney in Texas.

America's Richest County Has 800 People—and One Lawyer

By Miriam Rozen |

Kimberly Kay Kreider-Dusek is the only lawyer in McMullen County, Texas. She likes it that way.

Ben DuBose of the DuBose Law Firm in the courtyard of the renovated Adelfa B. Callejo Building that houses his firm in Dallas, Texas. May 1, 2017.

History in the Making—Ben DuBose Pays Homage to Dallas's First Hispanic Female Lawyer

By John Council |

Ben DuBose had just about given up buying a property in which to relocate his plaintiffs personal injury law practice last year when he spotted a shuttered office building on North Central Expressway. The empty, white, one-story 1954-era brick building wasn't listed for sale. But the faded sign above the entrance read "Adelfa B. Callejo" --- a name that any native Dallas lawyer instantly recognizes.

In-House Texas

Melissa Pifko, vice president and chief legal officer for health care and clinical affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Meet Melissa Pifko: Co-CLO at UTHealth Science Center at Houston

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Reporter Kristen Rasmussen profiles Melissa Pifko, one-half of a duo of chief legal officers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Pifko is VP and CLO for health care and clinical affairs at the center; her colleague Daniel Reat was previously profiled.

South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX.

Texas Law School Receives $1.27M Gift

By ALM staff |

South Texas College of Law Houston has received a $1.27 million gift aimed at launching a criminal defense certification program, which is meant to train defense lawyers to more effectively represent indigent defendants in the city's courts.

Michael P. Maslanka, assistant professor of law, UNT Dallas College of Law.

Military Ideas That Can Help Lawyers Fight the Good Fight

By Micahel P. Maslanka |

I hope all enjoyed a reflective Memorial Day. There is much lawyers can learn from the military experience.


Job Applicant Claiming Religious Discrimination Gets $150K

A job applicant who claimed his offer to work at U.S. Steel Tubular Products Inc. was rescinded because he refused a hair-follicle drug test on religious grounds agreed to a $150,000 settlement.

Kate Swint of Pirkey Barber in Austin, Texas.

Newsmakers: Month of June

Anna Kuhn has joined Pirkey Barber in Austin as senior counsel and Kate Swint has joined the firm as an associate.


Breaking Out of the 'Model Minority' Rut

By Kathleen J. Wu |

Recent studies show that Asian-Americans—the so-called "model minority"—aren't thriving in the legal profession to the extent that our "model-ness" might warrant.

Tips to Help Stressed-Out Law Students Unclinch

By Angela Morris |

TLAP knows that students are anxious at bar exam time, and offer some advice to help.

Cyber Insurance 2017: 3 Lessons Learned

By Amy Elizabeth Stewart |

Cybersecurity and privacy risks are on every business-savvy lawyer's mind–or (heads up!) they should be.