Alaina King Benford has joined Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne, a civil trial law firm in Houston, as a partner. Benford previously was a litigation partner at Norton Rose Fulbright. She has handled a variety of disputes, primarily involving chemical manufacturers, pipeline companies and oil and gas companies. She also is experienced with multiparty cases and eminent domain cases.

Kate Davy and Guillermo Alarcón have joined Austin-based Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody. Davy, formerly an attorney at Bennett, Weston, Lajone & Turner in Dallas, is in Graves Dougherty’s real estate practice and focuses on transactional matters related to commercial real estate. Alarcoón, formerly an associate with Susman Godfrey in Houston, focuses his practice on civil litigation and representing clients in various dispute matters.


Lynne Liberato, a Houston partner in Haynes and Boone, has been named the winner of the 2019 Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer of the Year Award presented by the Texas Bar Foundation.  Each year, the bar foundation honors an appellate lawyer who has an outstanding appellate practice and also has been committed to mentoring young attorneys and proving legal services to the underserved.

Alana K. Ackels, a partner in Bell Nunnally in Dallas, has been named among the “40 Under 40” for 2019 by Dallas Business JournalAckels is a member of her firm’s labor, employment and benefits, litigation and workplace culture and investigation practices.  She will be honored at a March 21 dinner.


Sipra Boyd, Clint Brown and Jane Janecek, shareholders in Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey, have been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in residential real estate law. Boyd and Brown also have been certified by TBLS in a new specialty area, property owners association law.  Brown is based in Austin, and Boyd and Janecek are in the Houston office.

The four Cantey Hanger attorneys recognized as “Texas Rising Stars” for 2019 by Texas Super Lawyers are: Fort Worth partners David Speed, civil litigation defense, and Philip A. Vickers, business litigation; Dallas associate Christopher Klement, bankruptcy and general civil litigation; and Fort Worth associate Derek Carson, business litigation.