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Don’t mess with Texas women lawyers. That’s the takeaway from a long list of accomplishments racked up by this group of outstanding female attorneys.

Texas Lawyer first honored the Lone Star State’s winning women in 2011. We decided to see who had risen to the top in the intervening three years. Texas Lawyer’s editorial department began the five-month selection process by asking readers to nominate lawyers who have achieved significant recent victories and established a track record of prevailing in high-stakes cases; won large monetary awards; successfully defended against actions seeking substantial damages; handled first-of-their-kind cases; made a substantial changes to the practice of law; or claimed victory in cases that had a national or statewide impact.

We read each of the nearly 150 nominations that we received and then conducted our own research to arrive at this list of 19 Winning Women plus a lifetime achiever—a women who clearly stands out among her peers.

Texas Lawyer will publish “Winning Women” on Sept. 1, profiling these amazing female Texas lawyers.

On Oct. 8, Texas Lawyer will celebrate the honorees with a luncheon at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. I hope to see you there to help me congratulate the following honorees.

Natalie Arbaugh, principal, Fish & Richardson, Dallas

Amber Vazquez Bode, solo, Vazquez Law Firm, Austin

Nina Cortell, partner, Haynes and Boone, Dallas

Patricia Cummings, solo, Patricia J. Cummings Attorney at Law, Round Rock

Michelle Fernald, deputy chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Texas, Austin

Kathleen Galloway, enforcement attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission, Fort Worth

Erica Harris, partner, Susman Godfrey, Houston

Karen Hart, partner, Bell Nunnally & Martin, Dallas

Paula Hinton, partner, Winston & Strawn, Houston

Ann Hurwitz, partner, Baker & McKenzie, Dallas

Brandy Manning, partner, Burleson LLP, Midland

Mandy Price, associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Dallas

Marisa Secco, associate, Vinson & Elkins

Rebecca Simmons, Former Justice, Fourth Court of Appeals, San Antonio

Katherine Staton, partner, Jackson Walker, Dallas

Rachel Powitzky Steely, partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell, Houston

Macey Reasoner Stokes, partner, Baker Botts

Jane Webre, partner, Scott, Douglass & McConnico

Jani Maselli Wood, assistant public defender with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office, Houston

LIFETIME ACHIEVER: Kim Askew, partner, K&L Gates, Dallas