Congratulations to this year’s Texas Legal Awards winners and finalists, who are being recognized for their meaningful work and achievements in 2021, and sometimes well before that.

We’ll be publishing profiles and Q&As of these fine attorneys in the coming months, leading up to the Texas Legal Awards event at the Arts District Mansion in Dallas in September, where we’ll announce the Attorney of the Year winner from among these three exceptional finalists. We hope to see you there.

Attorney of the Year Finalists

Thomas Melsheimer, Winston & Strawn

Randall Sorrels, Sorrels Law

Amy M. Stewart, Stewart Law Group

Lifetime Achievement

Robin Fredrickson, Latham & Watkins

Randy Gordon, Duane Morris

Andrew Kerr, Clark Hill

Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm

Jay Martin, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Legal Innovators

Andrew Cates, Cates Legal Group

Karalynn Cromeens, The Cromeens Law Firm

Dwayne Hermes, Hermes Law and ClaimDeck

Chanille Juneau, Berry Appleman & Leiden

Ben Koplin, Reed Smith

Diversity and Inclusion Champions

Omar Alaniz, Reed Smith

Katie Anderson, Clark Hill

Steve Bolden, Bracewell

María Amelia Calaf, Wittliff Cutter

Wilson Chu, McDermott Will & Emery

Kelly Culhane, Culhane Meadows

Demetra Liggins, McGuireWoods

Michael Murphy, Winston & Strawn

Krystal Studavent Ramsey, Blank Rome

Annapoorni “Anna” Sankaran, Holland & Knight

Best Mentors

Will Bos, Kirkland & Ellis

Kenneth Broughton, Reed Smith

Stephanie Culpepper, Lument

Alicia Curran, Cozen O’Connor

Haseena Enu, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy

Alan Marcuis, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Jadd Masso, Clark Hill

Michelle Pector, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Hannah Roblyer, Beck Redden

Denise Scofield, Winston & Strawn

Nicole Williams, Thompson Coburn

Kenya Woodruff, Katten Muchin Rosenman

Litigation Departments of the Year

Susman Godfrey (General Litigation, Midsize)

Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing (General Litigation, Small)

Reid Collins & Tsai (Business Litigation)

McKool Smith (Intellectual Property Litigation)

In-House Impact

Michael Foley, Martin Resource Management Corp.

Kelli Roach, Black Mountain Sand

David Stryker, Huntsman International

Most Effective Dealmakers

Janice Davis, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Alain Dermarkar, Shearman & Sterling

Cleve Glenn, Frost Brown Todd

Joanna Lin, McDermott Will & Emery

Christopher May, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Sarah Morgan, Vinson & Elkins

Gary Sorden, Cole Schotz

Rhett Van Syoc, Kirkland & Ellis

Thomas Yang, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Stuart Zisman, King & Spalding

Top Women in IP

Holly Engelmann, Duane Morris

Andrea Fair, Ward, Smith & Hill

Katherine Franco, Blank Rome

Jeannie Heffernan, Kirkland & Ellis

Janice Ta, Perkins Coie

Jennifer Truelove, McKool Smith

Women in Energy

Hillary Holmes, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Victoria Filippov-Nemeth, PPI Quality & Engineering

Lexie Worley, Jupiter Power

On the Rise

Fawaz Bham, Hunton Andrews Kurth

Florence Chen, Susman Godfrey

Matthew Dobbins, Vinson & Elkins

Amber Dodds, Bracewell

Jacqueline Furlow, Beck Redden

Caitlin Halpern, Gibbs & Bruns

Aaron Holt, Cozen O’Connor

Imad Khan, Winston & Strawn

Alexander Kuiper, Kuiper Law Firm

Tiffany Lam-Bentley, Berry Appleman & Leiden

Fabio Leonardi, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas

Brennan Meier, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Tony Nguyen, Fish & Richardson

David Passarelli, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Danielle Patterson, Vinson & Elkins

Julie Pettit, The Pettit Law Firm

Fernando Rodriguez-Cortina, King & Spalding

Liz Ryan, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Michelle Simpson Tuegel, Simpson Tuegel Law Firm

Quentin Smith, Vinson & Elkins

Nicole Soussan Caplan, Reed Smith

Gechi Tesic, Polsinelli

Thomas “Cullen” Wallace, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

DeAndrea Washington, Spencer Fane

Jasmine Wynton, Thompson Coburn

Betty Yang, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Krisina Zuniga, Susman Godfrey


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