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U.S. Supreme Court Revisits Race-Conscious Admissions, Focuses on the University of Texas

In Grutter v. Bollinger—which upheld the constitutionality of the University of Michigan Law School’s race-conscious admissions practices in 2003—Justice O’Connor famously predicted in her majority opinion that the days when such programs would be considered constitutionally permissible were numbered: “25 years from now,” she opined,… + read more

In Grutter v. Bollinger—which upheld the constitutionality of the University of Michigan Law School’s race-conscious admissions practices in 2003—Justice O’Connor famously predicted in her majority opinion that the days when such programs would be considered constitutionally permissible were numbered: “25 years from now,” she opined, “the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to ensure diversity in public higher learning institutions.”  Whether that lofty goal has indeed been met, the United States Supreme Court’s grant of the petition for certiorari in Fisher v. University of Texas, No. 11-345—which involves UT’s undergraduate admissions program—has led many commenters to predict the demise of such race-conscious admissions programs far sooner than Justice O’Connor contemplated.

UT modeled its admissions practices on those that passed constitutional muster in Grutter.  As in Michigan, the Longhorns’ admission staff may consider an applicant’s race alongside a variety of other factors, including economic background, family history, and life experiences.  Also like Michigan, UT seeks to admit a “critical mass” of minority students so that those students will not feel isolated or burdened with being considered “tokens” for their race.  UT is different, however, because its consideration of race in admissions is considerably more limited than that approved in Grutter because UT’s role in the admissions process is constrained by virtue of Texas’s Top 10% Program.

Under the Texas Legislature’s Top 10% Program, UT is required to admit any applicant that graduates in the top 10% of his or her high-school class.  Students from the Top 10% Program now comprise over 80% of the school’s incoming classes, leaving just 20% of each class to be determined by the university’s admissions staff under its race-conscious admissions policy.  Thus, UT’s race-conscious admissions analysis results in the addition of only about 210 minority candidates in each class of 10,000.  Supporters of the current approach suggest that the de-emphasis on race makes UT’s plan more constitutional—not less.  But critics say the marginal impact of UT’s race-conscious program is precisely the problem; they argue that the race-neutral Top 10% Program is so successful in admitting minority students that the marginal impact of UT’s race-conscious program is not needed and cannot be constitutionally justified.

Ultimately, it appears that UT’s race-conscious admissions program may be doomed.  The fact that the Court granted certiorari probably means that four justices strongly disagree with the outcome reached by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals—which upheld the constitutionality of UT’s program—and those justices must believe they have the votes to win.  With Justice O’Connor’s departure from the Court, the apparent swing justice on the issue is Justice Anthony Kennedy, and many commentators think he is poised to do away with affirmative-action programs altogether.  Look for Justice Kennedy to write the majority opinion in this case, and for the landscape of university admissions programs to potentially change quite dramatically.

 

Deborah Hankinson Recognized for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Appellate Practice

Deborah Hankinson’s prominence in the field of alternative dispute resolution continues to grow.  She recently received the highest peer review rating of AV® Preeminent Status in Alternative Dispute Resolution with Martindale-Hubbell™  through a rigorous survey of her peers.  Deborah, who previously served as a Justice… + read more

Deborah Hankinson’s prominence in the field of alternative dispute resolution continues to grow.  She recently received the highest peer review rating of AV® Preeminent Status in Alternative Dispute Resolution with Martindale-Hubbell™  through a rigorous survey of her peers.  Deborah, who previously served as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas, also has been invited to join the AAA (American Arbitration Association) Judicial Settlement Conference Service panel, a new service that affords parties the opportunity to bring disputes to a private settlement conference with one of AAA’s specially selected former judges.  The process is non-binding and voluntary and involves significant evaluation by the former judge, who acts as a neutral.

In 2012, Deborah again was recognized by Best Lawyers, which also honored her as its Dallas Lawyer of the Year.  Chambers USA also recognized Deborah again this year, the sixth year in a row that she has received the honor. Additionally, Deborah’s standing in Texas is reflected in several recent accolades. She appears in the 2012 edition of Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers, which is published by Martindale-Hubbell and America Lawyer Media.  Deborah also earned a place on D Magazine‘s 2012 listing of “The Best Lawyers in Dallas.”  This is the seventh time that D Magazine has named her to its “Best Lawyers” list.

For more information, contact Deborah at 214-754-9190 or dhankinson@hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Hankinson Attorneys Honored by Best Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell

DALLAS – Lawyers from the Dallas-based Hankinson LLP law firm have earned honors from Texas’ Best Lawyers and Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers magazines based on their work in appellate law. Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson, founder of Hankinson LLP, appears in the 2012 edition of… + read more

DALLAS – Lawyers from the Dallas-based Hankinson LLP law firm have earned honors from Texas’ Best Lawyers and Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers magazines based on their work in appellate law.

Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson, founder of Hankinson LLP, appears in the 2012 edition of Texas’ Best Lawyers magazine, a publication of Best Lawyers in America, which previously named her the Dallas Appellate Lawyer of the Year. Texas’ Best Lawyers was included in the May 25 editions of the Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, the Austin American-Statesman, the San Antonio Express-News and the Texas editions of The Wall Street Journal.

That honor follows Ms. Hankinson’s appearance alongside fellow firm attorney Brett Kutnick in the 2012 edition of Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers, which was distributed by the same Texas newspapers on March 30, 2012. Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers is published by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media.

“The recognition from Texas’ Best Lawyers and Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers reflects our hard work in appellate law, arbitration and mediation at Hankinson LLP,” Ms. Hankinson says. “Praise from our peers means a great deal to us.”

Editors of the 2012 Texas’ Best Lawyers list asked Texas’ top attorneys to identify those lawyers who they would direct a friend or loved one to hire if they could not handle the case themselves. Based on those responses, Ms. Hankinson was named Lawyer of the Year in appellate law in Dallas.

Ms. Hankinson and Mr. Kutnick earned recognition from Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers magazine based on peer ratings compiled by ALM and LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Dallas-based Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Dallas Arbitrator, Appellate Attorney Deborah Hankinson to Discuss Effective Arbitration

DALLAS – Dallas arbitrator and appellate attorney Deborah Hankinson will be a featured speaker in a national conference of lawyers, arbitrators and business people addressing arbitration trends and methods for keeping arbitrations from getting out of control. Hankinson, a former Texas Supreme Court justice and… + read more

DALLAS – Dallas arbitrator and appellate attorney Deborah Hankinson will be a featured speaker in a national conference of lawyers, arbitrators and business people addressing arbitration trends and methods for keeping arbitrations from getting out of control.

Hankinson, a former Texas Supreme Court justice and founder of Hankinson LLP, will participate in the panel presentation, “How to Prevent a Runaway Arbitration,” during the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference on April 19 in Washington, D.C. The panel will offer practical solutions to help in-house and outside counsel ensure that arbitration remains a cost-effective and efficient alternative to
litigation.

Along with Ms. Hankinson, the panel will include Crowell & Moring LLP Partner Kathryn Kirmayer.  Patricia O’Prey, senior counsel – investigations at GE Capital Americas, will moderate the panel.

“Arbitration is an excellent dispute-resolution tool – when it is used properly,” Hankinson says. “As someone who knows the process, I know it’s my job to keep things on track and to be fair to all. That’s what we plan to discuss.”

In addition to her appellate work, Hankinson’s nationally prominent practice includes serving in arbitrator and mediator roles in disputes. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association and is a member of the association’s national roster of neutrals. She also consults with trial lawyers with regard to trial strategy and appellate briefs, offering insight as to how appellate courts might view critical issues.

Hankinson is also a former justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the
firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

 

Dallas Appellate Attorney Deborah Hankinson Honored in D Magazine’s 2012 “Best Lawyers” List

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson has earned a place on D Magazine’s 2012 listing of “The Best Lawyers in Dallas” based on her work for business clients in appellate cases, mediations and arbitrations, and trial consulting. This is the seventh time that D… + read more

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DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson has earned a place on D Magazine’s 2012 listing of “The Best Lawyers in Dallas” based on her work for business clients in appellate cases, mediations and arbitrations, and trial consulting.

This is the seventh time that D Magazine has named Ms. Hankinson to its “Best Lawyers”  list. In 2010, the magazine also named her to its list of the best women lawyers in Dallas.

“I am again humbled to receive this honor in a city with so many great attorneys,” Ms. Hankinson says. “It’s an honor not only for me, but also for all of the attorneys at Hankinson LLP who work hard on a daily basis to make sure our clients receive the best appellate representation possible.”

To assemble the exclusive listing of Dallas’ top attorneys, the editors of D Magazine sought nominations from lawyers citywide. A blue-ribbon panel of lawyers met with magazine editors and approved the list, which covers 18 practice areas and will appear in the May 2012 issue of D Magazine.

In addition to her work as a trial and appellate lawyer, Ms. Hankinson served as a Justice
on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas and the Supreme Court of Texas. She is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association.

The recognition from D Magazine is just the latest in a long line of similar honors for Ms. Hankinson. In 2011, Texas Super Lawyers magazine named her to a list of the Top 10 attorneys in Texas. Her work also has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Texas Lawyer and the Dallas Business Journal, among others.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

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Dallas Attorney Deborah Hankinson Named to American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

DALLAS – Noted appellate lawyer Deborah Hankinson, founder of Dallas-based Hankinson LLP, has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an honor reserved for attorneys with a reputation for excellence in appellate work. The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers was established in 1990… + read more

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DALLAS – Noted appellate lawyer Deborah Hankinson, founder of Dallas-based Hankinson LLP, has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an honor reserved for attorneys with a reputation for excellence in appellate work.

The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers was established in 1990 to advance the standards and practices of appellate advocacy and to acknowledge outstanding appellate lawyers. Membership is based on nominations by existing fellows as well as recommendations from judges and practitioners. The academy limits membership to no more than 500 people in the United States, and requires that nominees have spent at least 15 years in practice devoted substantially to appeals.

“I’m humbled by this honor and believe strongly in the academy’s mission,” says Ms. Hankinson.

In addition to appellate law, Ms. Hankinson’s practice includes substantial work in the area of alternative dispute resolution, including regular work as a mediator and arbitrator in cases involving a variety of complex legal issues.

Ms. Hankinson is a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas.

In addition to this latest honor, Ms. Hankinson has earned multiple selections to the Texas Super Lawyers list published by Thomson Reuters legal division and Texas Monthly. In 2011, she was named one of the state’s Top 10 attorneys in the Texas Super Lawyers listing.  Additionally, her work has been repeatedly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. This fall, she also was named to the “Winning Women” list published by Texas Lawyer.

“We’re very proud that Deborah has earned this recognition,” says Hankinson LLP Managing Partner Rick Thompson. “The academy has formally stated what we’ve known all along: Deborah is a rare and talented appellate lawyer.”

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well. Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

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Hankinson LLP Named One of America’s Best Law Firms

DALLAS – The Dallas-based appellate law firm Hankinson LLP is being recognized by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s “Best Law Firms.” The firm earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking among Dallas appellate firms in… + read more

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DALLAS – The Dallas-based appellate law firm Hankinson LLP is being recognized by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s “Best Law Firms.”

The firm earned a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking among Dallas appellate firms in the 2011 guide to the nation’s leading law firms.

To compile the “Best Law Firms” listing, researchers with U.S. News and Best Lawyers surveyed thousands of attorneys and law firm clients across the U.S. The results of the survey appear in the November 2011 Best Law Firms publication. The full listing also is available online at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/.

Last month, the firm went through a name change when attorney Jeff Levinger departed to form his own firm.

“This honor rightly belongs to everyone at the firm, all the attorneys and staff, who worked so hard on behalf of our clients over the last 12 months, including Jeff,” says Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson, who also has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s top attorneys. In addition, Best Lawyers also recently named Ms. Hankinson Dallas Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Law.

To develop the Best Lawyers list, researchers review nearly 3 million confidential evaluations by other attorneys. The full listing is available at www.bestlawyers.com.

The “Best Law Firms” and Best Lawyers honors are just the latest for Deborah Hankinson and the firm. Earlier this year, she was listed among the state’s top lawyers in the annual Texas Super Lawyers publication, earning a spot among the state’s Top 10 lawyers overall. Her other 2011 honors include selection by Texas Lawyer newspaper for its “Winning Women” section, and by D Magazine to its list of Best Lawyers in Dallas. She also has been featured in Chambers USA’s listing of the country’s top lawyers and previously was profiled in the Dallas Business Journal as one of North Texas’ top business defenders.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well.

Learn more about the firm at http://hankinsonlaw.com.

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Brett Kutnick Presents Article at Advanced Civil Trial Course on Fiduciary Duties.

Brett Kutnick’s article examined the formal and informal relationships that typically give rise to fiduciary duties, the consequences that flow from the existence of a fiduciary duty, and the remedies that are generally available in fiduciary duty cases.  Because “fiduciary” concepts remain amorphous under the… + read more

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Brett Kutnick’s article examined the formal and informal relationships that typically give rise to fiduciary duties, the consequences that flow from the existence of a fiduciary duty, and the remedies that are generally available in fiduciary duty cases.  Because “fiduciary” concepts remain amorphous under the law, his presentation in Dallas and Houston focused on the traps for both plaintiffs and defendants in fiduciary duty actions. View the pdf here.

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Our New Website

Our new firm website is officially up and running! Besides its entirely new design and layout, our new website also provides updated insight into our dynamic appellate practice and growing expertise in alternative dispute resolution, as well as an enhanced look at each of our experienced… + read more

Our new firm website is officially up and running! Besides its entirely new design and layout, our new website also provides updated insight into our dynamic appellate practice and growing expertise in alternative dispute resolution, as well as an enhanced look at each of our experienced appellate practitioners. Visitors to the site also can easily search our “News & Information” page, which includes a case-summary database that provides a real sense for the depth and range of our experience in state and federal appellate courts. We hope you’ll find a minute to take a peek and find out more.  And please drop us a note to let us know what you think.

 

 

Dallas’ Hankinson, Levinger Named Among State’s Top Appellate Attorneys by Chambers USA

DALLAS – Deborah Hankinson and Jeffrey Levinger, founding partners in the Dallas-based civil appellate firm of Hankinson Levinger LLP, are recognized as two of the state’s top appellate lawyers in the prestigious Chambers USA 2010 legal directory. The U.K.-based publication exclusively lists law firms and… + read more

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DALLAS – Deborah Hankinson and Jeffrey Levinger, founding partners in the Dallas-based civil appellate firm of Hankinson Levinger LLP, are recognized as two of the state’s top appellate lawyers in the prestigious Chambers USA 2010 legal directory. The U.K.-based publication exclusively lists law firms and attorneys who are strongly recommended based on in-depth interviews with peers and clients.

Ms. Hankinson, a former Texas Supreme Court Justice, practices appellate law and serves as a mediator and arbitrator in cases involving a variety of complex legal issues. In addition to her work at Texas’ highest civil appellate court, Ms. Hankinson previously served as a Justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas.

The publication notes that the “incredibly talented” Ms. Hankinson “is recommended for her intimate knowledge of judiciary procedures and her seasoned approach.” She was recognized earlier this year as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon; one of D Magazine’s Best Women Lawyers in Dallas; and as one of the country’s top appellate attorneys in The Best Lawyers in America. She has been recognized among Texas’ top lawyers each year since the Texas Super Lawyers list first was published in 2003, and is ranked by Texas Lawyer newspaper as one of the state’s “Go-To” appellate attorneys, 2007.

Mr. Levinger, who has practiced appellate law for more than 25 years, is cited by Chambers as a “highly experienced, talented and knowledgeable appellate specialist”. Earlier this year, Mr. Levinger was named to “The Defenders,” an elite list of North Texas’ top business defense attorneys published by the Dallas Business Journal. He currently serves as Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Committee on Pattern Jury Charges (Malpractice, Premises, and Products) and is an officer of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section. He has been recognized among Texas’ top lawyers each year since the Texas Super Lawyers list first was published in 2003, and also was honored earlier this year in D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas listing. Mr. Levinger also is listed in The Best Lawyers in America as one of the nation’s top lawyers in both appeals and commercial litigation, since 2008.

Hankinson Levinger, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Hankinson Levinger represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well.

Learn more about the firm at http://www.hankinsonlaw.com.

For more information on Hankinson Levinger and the Chambers honor, please contact Mark Annick at 800-559-4534 or mark@androvett.com.

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Lawdragon 500 Names Deborah Hankinson ‘Leading Lawyer’

DALLAS – Noted Dallas appellate lawyer and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson has been named one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Ms. Hankinson, a name partner in Dallas’ Hankinson Levinger, practices appellate law and serves as a mediator and arbitrator… + read more

DALLAS – Noted Dallas appellate lawyer and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson has been named one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Ms. Hankinson, a name partner in Dallas’ Hankinson Levinger, practices appellate law and serves as a mediator and arbitrator in cases involving a variety of complex legal issues. Ms. Hankinson served as a Justice both on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas and the Supreme Court of Texas, she is a member of the American Law Institute, and is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

The Lawdragon 500 is compiled based on a combination of written submissions, nominations and comments received through an online ballot, in addition to editorial research by Lawdragon staff. The list represents 0.04 percent of all lawyers in the U.S.

“I’m honored to be named one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America,” says Ms. Hankinson. “We work hard to give our clients top-quality legal services, both at the trial and appellate levels. To have that work acknowledged by our peers is gratifying.”

Being named to the Lawdragon 500 is just the latest honor for Ms. Hankinson. She has repeatedly earned selection as:

  • One of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas, and was honored in that magazine’s list of the Best Women Lawyers in Dallas, 2010.
  • One of the Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Law, according to The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2011.
  • One of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas and Top 50 Women Lawyers, as published by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters legal division.
  • A Top Notch Lawyer in Appellate Law in the October 8, 2007 issue of Texas Lawyer’s Go-To Guide.
  • One of the best business defense lawyers in Dallas by the Dallas Business Journal in 2009.

Hankinson Levinger, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during, and after trial. Hankinson Levinger represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies, and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well.

Learn more about the firm at http://www.hankinsonlaw.com.

For more information on Ms. Hankinson and Hankinson Levinger, please contact Mark Annick at 800-559-4534 or mark@androvett.com.

 

 

 

Appellate Attorney from Dallas’ Hankinson LLP Honored in Texas Rising Stars List

DALLAS – The Dallas-based appellate law boutique Hankinson LLP is pleased to announce that firm attorney Brett Kutnick again has earned a place on the list of Texas Rising Stars, which honors the state’s top young lawyers. The 2010 Texas Rising Stars selections are based… + read more

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DALLAS – The Dallas-based appellate law boutique Hankinson LLP is pleased to announce that firm attorney Brett Kutnick again has earned a place on the list of Texas Rising Stars, which honors the state’s top young lawyers.

The 2010 Texas Rising Stars selections are based on nominations from fellow attorneys who previously were honored on the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers list. Selection is limited attorneys age 40 and under and those who have been practicing law a decade or less. Overall, only 2.5 percent of eligible Texas attorneys earn the Rising Stars honor each year.

Mr. Kutnick has earned a spot on the prestigious list six times in his legal career. The 2010 Texas Rising Stars list will be published in the May edition of Texas Monthly magazine.

Mr. Kutnick has a strong business background and business litigation experience. He has successfully handled complex business litigation at the trial-court and appellate levels, including contract disputes, business torts, legal malpractice, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. He is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Texas Law Review, Chancellors, Order of the Coif, and the Legal Research Board. Mr. Kutnick earned his B.B.A. degree in honors business and finance from The University of Texas.

Hankinson LLP, the preeminent civil appellate firm in the Southwest, provides clients with innovative legal insights and judicial perspective in all phases of litigation. The firm’s attorneys work with trial teams to develop strategies designed to put a case in the best position before, during and after trial.  Hankinson LLP represents national clients, regional companies, governmental bodies and individuals with trial and appellate matters, and offers mediation and arbitration services as well.

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Brett Kutnick Co-Authors a Paper on Punitive Damages that is Presented at the 18th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course

In a comprehensive article entitled “Pondering Punitives:  Issues Arising at Trial and on Appeal,” co-author Brett Kutnick examines the variety of statutory, common law, and constitutional issues that arise in obtaining or defeating, upholding or overturning punitive damage awards in Texas. Attorney: Brett Kutnick Subject… + read more

In a comprehensive article entitled “Pondering Punitives:  Issues Arising at Trial and on Appeal,” co-author Brett Kutnick examines the variety of statutory, common law, and constitutional issues that arise in obtaining or defeating, upholding or overturning punitive damage awards in Texas.

 

Brett Kutnick Co-Publishes a Paper on Texas Contort Law that is Presented at the Dallas Bar Association Business Section Meeting

This article analyzes the struggle faced by courts and commentators to clarify the boundary between contract claims and tort claims.  Although the line between a cause of action for contract and one sounding in tort is often blurred, an examination of Texas case law reveals… + read more

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This article analyzes the struggle faced by courts and commentators to clarify the boundary between contract claims and tort claims.  Although the line between a cause of action for contract and one sounding in tort is often blurred, an examination of Texas case law reveals some guiding principles when making the determination of whether a cause of action that includes breach of contract will also support tort and punitive damages.

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