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Texas Lawyer is proud to announce the winners of our 2017 Professional Excellence Awards including Lifetime Achiever, Distinguished Leaders, and Lawyers on the Rise.

This list recognizes lawyers who have made their mark on the legal profession in the Lone Star State.

All of the honorees have had, and continue to have, extraordinary careers. The bottom line: They are all impact players in the Texas legal community.

Profiles of the honorees will be published in the September issue of Texas Lawyer magazine. An awards ceremony in their honor will be held on Sept. 6 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.

Congratulations to this amazing list of lawyers!

Lifetime Achievement:

• Robin C. Gibbs, Gibbs & Bruns, Houston

Distinguished Leaders:

• Douglas A. Cawley, McKool Smith, Dallas

• Billie J. Ellis, Winston Strawn, Dallas

• D. Gilbert Friedlander, Sidley Austin, Dallas

• Charles W. Hall, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston

• Allyson N. Ho, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Dallas

• Gary C. Johnson, Reed Smith, Houston

• Mary Emma Karam, Jackson Walker, Dallas

• Christine B. LaFollette, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Houston

• Thomas S. Leatherbury, Vinson & Elkins, Dallas

• William A. Munck, Munck Wilson Mandala, Dallas

• David G. Runnels, King & Spalding, Houston

• Anthony Speier, Kirkland & Ellis, Houston

• Robert C. Walters, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Dallas & Houston

• Randall Wilhite, Fullenweider Wilhite, Houston

Lawyers on the Rise:

• Roxanne Almaraz, King & Spalding, Houston

• Bradley W. Caldwell, Caldwell Cassady & Curry, Dallas

• Jesús J. Castillón, BakerHostetler, Houston

• Alison L. Chen, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Houston

• David B. Conrad, Fish & Richardson, Dallas

• Rodrigo Dominguez Sotomayor, Orrick, Houston

• Carter Walker Dugan, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston

• Sara Garcia Duran, Sidley Austin, Dallas

• Matthew P. Einbinder, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Houston

• Ryan D. Ellis, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston

• Taylor Evans, Hogan Lovells, Houston

• David B. Gail, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Dallas

• Phillip J. F. Geheb, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, Dallas

• Andrew LeGrand, Gibson Dunn, Dallas

• Teresa Messer, Law Office of Teresa Messer, Houston

• Adam Milasincic, Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing (AZA), Houston

• K. Knox Nunnally, McGuireWoods, Houston

• Bailey Pham, Vinson & Elkins, Dallas

• John D. Pitts, Kirkland & Ellis, Houston

• Krystal Pfluger Scott, Jones Walker, Houston

• Julian Seiguer, Vinson & Elkins, Houston

• David Sheeren, Gibbs & Bruns, Houston

• Rachel M. Smith, Baker & Hostetler, Houston

• Craig A. Stanfield, Morgan Lewis, Houston

• Amanda Zimmerman, Jackson Walker, Houston