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Shareholder Wins M&A Magazine Award Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Houston has announced that shareholder Amy Moss was named among The M&A Advisor’s 18th Annual M&A Advisor Award winners for her leadership in the acquisition of Garvin Industries, Inc. by Southwire Company. The matter was selected by the publication as the M&A Deal of the Year in the $25 million to $50 million category at an awards dinner held on November 19 in New York City. Additionally, Moss was named as a finalist in the following categories: Industrials Deal of the Year ($10 million to $50 million); Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year ($25 million to $50 million). “Since 2002, we have been honoring the leading M&A transactions, companies and dealmakers. Chamberlain Hrdlicka was chosen from over 500 participating companies to receive the award.” said Roger Aguinaldo, founder of The M&A Advisor, in a statement. “Chamberlain Hrdlicka represents the best of the M&A industry in 2019 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive candidates.” Moss counsels public and private companies in a broad spectrum of corporate transactions, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, private placements and public offerings. Her clients include venture capitalists, private equity funds, entrepreneurs, startups and emerging technology companies. Moss has served as an advisor to clients in all types of M&A transactions, including mergers for cash and stock, forward and reverse triangular mergers, sales of assets, sales of stock, joint ventures, recapitalizations, roll-up transactions, exchange offers and restructuring transactions. She earned her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and her law degree from the Vanderbilt School of Law. “We are proud of Amy for her many contributions to our firm, including this successful result on behalf of her client, and are thankful to The M&A Advisor for the well-deserved recognition,” said Wayne Risoli, managing shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka, in a statement issued by the firm “The M&A Advisor compiled an impressive list of honorees for this year’s awards, and we are grateful to be included.” New Partner Joins Houston Firm Beck Redden LLP announced that Marcos Rosales has been elected to the partnership of the firm. He is a 2005 graduate of Texas A&M University and a 2010 graduate of Stanford Law School and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He represents individuals and businesses in all types of complex civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on professional negligence matters, shareholder and securities disputes, fiduciary liability, and oil and gas matters. Having previously served as senior vice president and general counsel of a diversified holding company with operations in numerous industries, Rosales combines a breadth of real-world business experience with his engineering training and attention to detail to deliver results in any dispute. Rosales is a director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and member of the Houston Bar Association, Houston Young Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. He serves on the board of directors of the Houston Urban Debate League, an organization that has worked to make the academic activity of debate available to students in Houston’s urban high schools, with the end goal of getting students into and out of college with degrees. He also serves on the Leadership Council of Texas A&M University’s Association of Former Students, and as the Houston Chapter chair for the Stanford Law School Alumni Association. New Partner at Houston Firm Smyser Kaplan & Veselka (SKV) announced the addition of the newest partner in Houston, Crystal Robles, effective January 1, 2020. Robles joined SKV as an associate in 2015 and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation disputes, with recent experience in the health-care, oil and gas, and financial services industries. She also has experience in managing various aspects of complex multi-district litigation. Robles has achieved victory for her clients in state and federal court, securing dismissals, summary judgments, and negotiating favorable resolutions for both defendants and plaintiffs alike. Robles received her B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University in 2009 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2012. While in law school, Robles did extensive clinical work in the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy and Immigrant Legal Services Clinics, contributing to significant victories for civil rights plaintiffs in federal court, for clients in immigration proceedings, and for asylees seeking family reunification. After law school, she practiced in the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins LLP. She clerked for Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 2014- 2015. “The partnership is thrilled to name Crystal as a partner,” said SKV partner Larry Veselka. “Crystal has proven herself time and time again through her dedication to SKV’s clients, their interests, and solving their problems. That attention to our clients’ interests is the hallmark of an SKV partner.” IP & Technology Litigation Counsel Joins Houston Office Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli has continued to add to its growing Houston presence with the addition of counsel LaTasha (Tasha) Snipes, who joins the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation practice. Snipes is an experienced litigator for a wide array of intellectual property (IP) matters, including patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright litigation. She also assists clients with technology transactions, commercialization strategies for their IP, and privacy issues. She has experience with patent matters across a wide range of technologies, including smart home technology, software, computer hardware, advanced systems for aircraft and oilfield technology. She has litigated patent infringement matters and other IP disputes throughout the United States, including key patent jurisdictions, such as the Southern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas and the District of Delaware. Snipes completed her J.D. at the University of Houston Law Center and earned her B.S. in electrical engineering at Iowa State University. She is a member of the Houston Intellectual Property Association and The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. Firm Opens Law Office in Waxahachie The law firm of Keathley & Keathley has opened an office in Waxahachie to serve clients in Ellis County. The Corsicana-based law firm opened in 1999 and has been serving clients in Navarro, Ellis and surrounding counties. "We have worked for great people from Ellis county and want to bring our client-focused style of legal representation to Ellis County more permanently," said firm partner Steve Keathley. "By having an office across the street from the Ellis County Courthouse, our clients will not have to drive to Corsicana to meet with attorneys." The new office is located at 112 E. Main Street, Suite #1, in Waxahachie, Texas. The firm’s law practice includes criminal, civil, and family law attorneys. Steve Keathley served as the District Attorney for Navarro County from 2002 to 2007 before returning to private practice. Sarah Keathley, former Director of the State Bar of Texas, currently serves on the Texas Family Law Council, is a Credentialed Mediator, and practices collaborative law. New Associate The Strong Firm P.C., based in The Woodlands, Texas, announced that Cody Schlegel has been named as an associate attorney with the business law firm. Schlegel has served clerkships with the firm in the summers of 2018 and 2019. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Energy Management from The University of Oklahoma and attended graduate school at The University of Tulsa, where he earned his J.D./M.B.A. in just three years, along with a Sustainable Energy and Resources Law Certificate. While a student at The University of Tulsa, Schlegel also clerked in-house for upstream and midstream companies and served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Energy Bar Association’s Energy Law Journal, where his article was published in 2018. He recently passed the bar exam to practice law in the state of Texas. As a native of The Woodlands community, Schlegel is a graduate of The Woodlands High School. “Cody is a perfect addition to our team of attorneys and legal professionals,” said Bret L. Strong, founder and managing shareholder of the firm, in a statement. “Having employed him as a law clerk for the last two summers, we have had the opportunity to see him demonstrate a great work ethic and dedicated professionalism. We applaud his enthusiasm returning home to The Woodlands, serving both as an attorney and as an active member of our community.” Amy Moss. Courtesy photo

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