Twenty-One Gardere Attorneys Dubbed 'Rising Stars'

15 March 2010 News

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is proud to announce that 21 of the Firm's attorneys have earned selection to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list published by Thomson Reuters, Legal division. The list of the state's most accomplished attorneys age 40 and under is included in the April edition of Texas Monthly.

Dallas attorneys from Gardere included on the Rising Stars list and their practice areas are: William D. Dunn, Business Litigation; Barry M. Golden, Antitrust Litigation; Ryan Kaiser, Family Law; Brett D. Lamb, Construction Litigation; Eric Christopher Lugger, Construction Litigation; Ted Navitskas, Mergers & Acquisitions; Aimee Cook Oleson, Business Litigation; Kimberly M. Phillips, General Litigation; Irina B. Plumlee, Immigration; Connor Sheehan, Business Litigation; and Robert T. Slovak, Construction Litigation.

Firm attorneys from Houston who are honored on the Rising Stars list are: Scott D. Ellis, Business Litigation; Mark Horowitz, Tax; Jessica Glatzer Mason, Employment & Labor; Gregory T. Meeks, Business Litigation; Audrey Momanaee, Business Litigation; Peter Scaff, Business Litigation; Eunice S. Song, Mergers & Acquisitions; and Samantha Trahan, Insurance Coverage.

Frederick W. Sultan IV earned selection to the list from the Firm's Austin office.

"Every one of these attorneys is top-notch, and we're proud to see them recognized," says Gardere Managing Partner Steve Good. "They represent the highest ideals of the legal profession: a commitment to ethical, rigorous advocacy that keeps the client's needs paramount. It's what Gardere has always stood for, and we're gratified to see that tradition being carried on by the next generation of leaders."

The list of Rising Stars is based on recommendations from attorneys across the state who are asked to nominate the best attorneys age 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. They are instructed to nominate lawyers they have personally observed in action — whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation.

In addition to the general survey, the attorney-led research team reviews the credentials of potential candidates and assigns points based on a set of defined evaluation criteria. The point totals from the general survey and research process are then added to arrive at a final tally. The lawyers are ranked by point totals and those with the highest point totals are named to the Rising Stars list. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list. To ensure a diverse and well-balanced list, the research staff considers factors such as firm size, practice area and geographic location.