Paul Leslie has rejoined Dallas-based Estes Thorne & Carr as a partner focused on health care regulatory compliance and litigation. Leslie was with Parkland Health and Hospital System, where he served as executive vice president and general counsel. He has more than 30 years of legal experience.

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Matthew “Matt” DeArman has joined Dorsey & Whitney’s finance and restructuring group in Dallas as a partner. His practice focuses on the representation of agents, lenders and public and private corporate borrowers in a variety of finance transactions and restructuring matters.

Texas attorneys among the 67 new partners named by Baker & McKenzie include Richard L. White, Dallas, international commercial and trade; Benjamin B. Kelly, Dallas, intellectual property; and Steve J. Park, Houston, mergers and acquisitions.

Caleb Miller, a personal injury lawyer, has joined Aldous\Walker in Dallas as an associate. Miller has tried numerous cases in counties throughout Texas.


Texas Access to Justice Commission has presented the Deborah G. Hankinson Award to the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association in Fort Worth, the Smith County Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association in recognition of each group’s commitment to access to just issues. Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, the court’s liaison to the court, presented the awards during the State Bar of Texas 2018 Bar Leaders Conference held July 21-22.

Christopher R. Mugica, a partner in Jackson Walker’s Austin office, has received the 2018 Mentor Award from the Austin Young Lawyers Association. Mugica has a commercial litigation practice.


Jesse S. Lotay, a San Antonio partner in Jackson Walker, has been selected to participate in the inaugural leadership class of the Institute for Energy Law. Lotay is an energy, structured finance and commodities and derivatives attorney.