Laura Prather, with Haynes and Boone.

Laura Lee Prather, an Austin partner in Haynes and Boone and head of its media law practice, will receive the 2018 James Madison Award from the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas on Sept. 21 at an awards luncheon during the foundation’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport State Conference in Austin. The award recognizes Prather as a champion of free speech and government transparency. Prather was instrumental in the passage of the three most significant pieces of First Amendment legislation in recent history: the reporter’s privilege, the Texas Citizens Participation Act and the Defamation Mitigation Act.

Frank Herrera Jr., founder of The Herrera Law Firm in San Antonio, will be honored by Texas Watch at the Champions of Justice Luncheon on Oct. 26 at the Club Plaza in San Antonio. Herrera is known for fighting for justice for the underdog.

Adrienne E. Dominguez, a Dallas partner in Thompson & Knight, is the 2018 recipient of the Hiram S. Hunn Memorial Schools and Scholarships Award. Harvard University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid presents the award to alumni who have made unusual contributions to the admissions process to ensure that Harvard’s incoming classes reflect a range of talent and diversity. Dominguez is in Thompson & Knight’s intellectual property practice group.

Quentin Brogdon, a partner in Crain Lewis Brogdon in Dallas, has been awarded the Thurgood Marshall “Fighting for Justice Award” for “tenacious effort, against overwhelming odds, in achieving success in the fight for justice” by the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. Brogdon is a personal injury attorney.

New Position

Briana E. “Bri” Loughlin has joined Winstead as an associate in the firm’s Houston office. Loughlin, who is in the wealth preservation practice group, focuses her practice on litigation related to estate administration, trusts and fiduciary matters.


Gillian A. Hobson, a Houston partner in Vinson & Elkins and a member of its management committee, has been appointed to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ General Counsel Steering Committee. Her practice focuses on corporate finance and securities.