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Mary Roberts Sentenced There will be no prison time for the San Antonio woman who had sexual liaisons with four men whom her husband subsequently threatened with litigation unless they compensated him for his emotional distress. On Dec. 10, 2007, a Bexar County jury convicted Mary Roberts, a solo practitioner, of five counts of theft by deception or coercion for her part in extracting money from the four men with whom she had the affairs. Judge Sid Harle, of San Antonio’s 226th District Court, on Feb. 21 assessed Roberts’ punishment at 10 years’ probation and 400 hours of community service. In 2007, Harle sentenced Mary Roberts’ husband Ted Roberts, also a San Antonio lawyer, to five years in prison. A Bexar County jury found Ted Roberts guilty on two counts of theft and one count of a continuing course and scheme to commit theft of $100,000 for threatening litigation against two of the men who had affairs with his wife, telling them he would give the money they paid him to a charity and then later converting that money to his own use. As alleged in the indictments against the couple, the offenses occurred between Oct. 1, 2001, and April 2, 2002. Alan Brown, one of Mary Roberts’ attorneys and a partner in San Antonio’s Brown & Norton, says she will appeal her conviction. Michael McCrum, of counsel at Thompson & Knight in San Antonio and another attorney representing Mary Roberts, says, “We’re satisfied with the sentence. We do not agree this is a crime.” Ted Roberts had threatened to file petitions under Rule 202 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure for possible suits against the four men who had affairs with his wife unless they agreed to compensate him. McCrum says an appellate court should decide whether that constitutes a crime. Ted Roberts filed an appeal that is pending before San Antonio’s 4th Court of Appeals. Tamara Strauch, a Bexar County assistant district attorney who prosecuted the couple, says prosecutors asked Harle to sentence Mary Roberts to prison. But Harle decided on probation based on the evidence he heard at Mary Roberts’ trial, Strauch says. Hello, Beantown Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, which formed in October 2007 when Texas firm Locke Liddell & Sapp merged with Chicago-based Lord, Bissell & Brook, opened an office in Boston on Feb. 20. With the new Boston outpost, 723-lawyer Locke Lord has 12 offices, including Austin, Dallas and Houston. Stephen K. Fogg is the managing partner of the new Boston office, joined by partner Jeffrey Warren. Fogg, a corporate attorney, came from Day Pitney’s Boston office, while Warren had been a co-manager and general counsel for Eaglestone Investment Partners, a private equity firm with offices in Los Angeles and Boston. “Adding this Boston office demonstrates Locke Lord’s allegiance to the Northeastern markets and demonstrates our expanding national platform,” Locke Lord chairwoman Jerry Clements of Austin says in a written statement. The Texas-based firm has several private equity, insurance and real estate clients in the Boston area, says Julie Gilbert, the firm’s chief communications officer. Fogg says he has known Clements and others from Locke Liddell for several years, and he sees great opportunity for his practice at Locke Lord. Fogg says his clients include Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance and Xylem Global Partners of New York. Warren did not return a telephone message before presstime on Feb. 21. He’s a Little Bit Country Brent Coon & Associates opened an office in Nashville on Feb. 20, the 17th office for the Beaumont-based firm. Brian Herrington, currently a co-managing attorney for the firm’s office in Jackson, Miss., moved to Nashville to manage the new office. The firm shares space in Nashville with Brent Coon’s entertainment company, Coondog Productions. By moving into Nashville, Coon says he hopes to build the firm’s sports and entertainment practice. Nashville, one of the country’s leading music cities, also is a good market for a second Coondog Productions office, he says. The 4-year-old Coondog, based in Beaumont, puts on shows “from kids shows like “Dora the Explorer’ and “Scooby Doo’ to tractor pulls to concerts,” says Coon, who plays part time in a rock band called Image Six.

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