Awards and Honors

David Keltner, a partner in Kelly Hart & Hallman in Fort Worth and a former justice on the Second Court of Appeals, was named recipient of the 2018 Chief Justice Jack Pope Award for Integrity and Professionalism by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht presented the award to Keltner during the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual dinner Sept. 7 in Austin. Keltner practices appellate law.

Heather King, managing shareholder of KoonsFuller’s Southlake office, has received the 2018 Sam Emison Award from the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. The award is presented to a family law lawyer or judge who has demonstrated a significant commitment and made major contributions to the practice of family law in Texas.

New Positions

Tracy LeRoy, a business trial lawyer, has joined Yetter Coleman in Houston as a partner. For more than 15 years, LeRoy has handled litigation and arbitration proceedings for clients in various industries. Her experience includes representing companies in the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry in, among other matters, ­disputes involving the exploration, production and transportation of oil and gas.

Meghaan Madriz, an employment litigator experienced in representing employers in wage-and-hour matters, has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in the firm’s Houston office. Her husband, Yasser Madriz, also has joined McGuireWoods as a Houston partner. Meghaan Madriz advises clients on compliance matters, investigations and disputes. In addition, she represents at-risk children and underprivileged families in pro bono cases. Her husband, a trial lawyer, represents clients in a variety of matters, including technology and intellectual property disputes, trade secret theft, unfair competition claims and energy litigation.

Jeannette “Jett” Cross has joined Stibbs & Co. in Spring as an attorney. Cross is a transactional attorney with a background in business law, banking and real estate. She represents financial institutions and individual business clients in all aspects of commercial financing and also handles a variety of transactional matters for business clients.

Stephen A. Mason has joined the Austin office of Dickinson Wright as a member. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution, trademark and service mark adoption and registration, as well as on technology licensing and counseling.

Jonathan I. Heathman has joined Kelly Hart & Hallman as an associate in the Fort Worth office. A member of the firm’s corporate and securities section, Heathman focuses his practice on the private equity business, including the drafting and negotiation of confidentiality agreements for private equity clients. Prior to joining Kelly Hart, Heathman was an associate with Hill Gilstrap in Arlington.

Robert Martin and Heather McKinney have joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges as associates in the Dallas office. They are both in the firm’s corporate department. Martin has represented institutional, private equity and strategic clients in equity and debt transactions. McKinney’s experience includes counseling clients on entity formation and related corporate governance matters.


Carey Gunn Venditti, a partner in DLA Piper and head of the firm’s Austin real estate practice, has been chosen as the Austin district council chair of the Urban Land Institute. Venditti is the first woman selected as district council chair for ULI Austin and will serve a two-year term. She has been practicing for 25 years and focuses her practice on real estate finance, development and investments, acquisition, disposition and leasing transactions.

Gilliam 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.

Luke Wohlford, a director in the Dallas office of Crowe & Dunlevy, has been named chair of the State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section for a one-year term. Wohlford is a member of Crowe & Dunlevy’s antitrust, appellate and litigation and trial practice groups.


W. Gary Fowler, a Dallas partner in Jackson Walker and cochair of its labor and employment practice, has been selected to be a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He will be inducted as a fellow during the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law’s 12th annual conference scheduled Nov. 10 in San Francisco.

New Location

DLA Piper will move its Dallas office to 1900 Pearl Street, a newly developed office building overlooking Klyde Warren Park in the Dallas Arts District. The move, expected to take place in early 2019, is meant to accommodate the firm’s rapid growth in Dallas, from five attorneys in January to 30 in August, with the expectation of additional growth by the end of the year.