Michelle Hartman

Counsel Nicolas McTyre has joined Thompson & Knight’s Austin office in the government and regulatory practice groups. McTyre focuses his practice on litigation, administrative law and energy matters. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, McTyre served for five years as a trial attorney for the Office of Administrative Litigation for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C. In his role at FERC, he gained experience in contested proceedings before FERC, including electric rate and market regulation and pipeline matters. McTyre serves as the vice chair of the Energy Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Council (2017-2018).

Michelle Hartmann joined Baker McKenzie’s litigation and government enforcement practice as partner. Hartmann defends companies and their officers in high-stakes securities class action, shareholder derivative litigation and enforcement proceedings in state and federal courts across the United States. She has also litigated employment discrimination matters relating to race, sex, age, military service and pay.

Jason Whiteley has joined DLA Piper’s corporate practice group as partner in the firm’s Houston and D.C. offices. Whiteley represents private equity firms and companies on private equity and M&A matters in such industries as energy, technology, manufacturing and distribution. He has experience in the energy sector, including transactions involving oil and gas exploration and production as well as electric utilities and independent power producers.

James Ardoin joins Jones Walker as partner in the firm’s Houston office. Ardoin joins as partner in the litigation practice group and a member of the corporate compliance and white-collar defense team. He represents clients in both federal and state courts across the United States in white-collar criminal and civil litigation. Ardoin is also fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.

Awards

The Texas Access to Justice Commission kicked off Texas Pro Bono Week on Oct. 23 during a reception honoring law firms and attorneys who support access to justice efforts in Texas. The Justice for All reception is part of the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Celebration that focuses attention on the increased need for pro bono services and celebrates the outstanding work of lawyers who volunteer their services throughout the year.

Champion of Justice Law Firm Awards

Boutique-Size Firms (1-10 attorneys)

Chris Pettit & Associates in Houston was honored for raising the highest amount; and Hogan & Hogan in Houston and Cantilo & Bennett in Austin were applauded for raising one of the highest amounts and achieving 100 percent attorney participation.

Small-Size Firms (11-25 attorneys)

Davidson Troilo Ream & Garza in San Antonio and Zelle LLP in Dallas were praised for raising the highest amount and achieving 100 percent attorney participation; Nathan Sommers Jacobs in Houston and Jones, Galligan, Key & Lozano in Weslaco were honored for achieving 100 percent attorney participation; and Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in Midland was recognized for having one of the highest rates of attorney participation.

Medium-Size Firms (26-75 attorneys)

Scott Douglass & McConnico in Austin was honored for raising the highest amount and achieving 100 percent attorney participation; Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka in Dallas was applauded for raising one of the highest amounts and achieving 100 percent attorney participation; Blank Rome in Houston was honored for raising one of the highest amounts; and Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta was recognized for achieving 100 percent attorney participation.

Large-Size Firms (76+ attorneys)

Vinson & Elkins was honored for raising the highest amount and achieving the highest rate of attorney participation; Locke Lord and Jackson Walker were applauded for raising one of the highest amounts and achieving one of the highest rates of attorney participation; Baker Botts was recognized for raising one of the highest amounts; and Andrews Kurth Kenyon was recognized for having one of the highest rates of attorney participation.