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Texas Lawyer: Longtime Jurist Moves from Bench to Bar

After a 25-year judicial career, former 5th Court of Appeals Justice Joseph B. Morris has joined Hankinson LLP in Dallas as of counsel. “When I announced I was not running again, I had no plans,” Morris says. “This came about literally in the 11th hour.”… + read more

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After a 25-year judicial career, former 5th Court of Appeals Justice Joseph B. Morris has joined Hankinson LLP in Dallas as of counsel.

“When I announced I was not running again, I had no plans,” Morris says. “This came about literally in the 11th hour.”

Morris says that he talked with former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson, founder of Hankinson LLP, shortly before his retirement in December and quickly decided to join the firm. He and Hankinson had served together several years on the 5th Court, had offices next to each other and got to know each other well, Morris says. The chance to work with Hankinson and the other appellate lawyers at the firm was attractive, he says.

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Dallas Business Journal: Justice Joseph Morris Joins Hankinson LLP in Dallas

Appellate Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel. In his new position, Morris is working with Hankinson’s appellate lawyers to provide increased value for… + read more

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Appellate Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel.

In his new position, Morris is working with Hankinson’s appellate lawyers to provide increased value for the firm’s clients at all stages of the litigation and appeals process. He also works in the firm’s arbitration practice, focusing on disputes involving complex legal issues.

Morris’s career on the bench also included presiding over more than 600 trials as judge of Dallas’ 101st District Court from 1987 to 1992.

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Retired Appellate Justice Joe Morris Joins Hankinson LLP in Dallas

DALLAS – Appellate Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, has joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel. In his new position, Justice Morris is working with Hankinson LLP’s appellate… + read more

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Justice Joseph B. Morris, who served on the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals from 1992 until his retirement in December 2012, has joined Dallas’ Hankinson LLP as Of Counsel.

In his new position, Justice Morris is working with Hankinson LLP’s appellate lawyers to provide increased value for firm clients at all stages of the litigation and appeals process. He also works in the firm’s arbitration practice, with an emphasis on disputes involving complex legal issues.

Justice Morris’ career on the bench also includes presiding over more than 600 trials as judge of Dallas’ 101st District Court from 1987 to 1992. He provides a quarter century of judicial wisdom and insights for Hankinson LLP’s clients.

“Joe is an invaluable addition to our firm,” says firm founder Deborah Hankinson, who is both a former colleague of Justice Morris on the Dallas appeals court, as well as a former justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. “His considerable experience and abilities further establish us as appellate lawyers who not only understand the law, but who also can offer important insights as to how judges and juries may react to a case.”

During his 20 years on the Dallas appeals court, Justice Morris authored more than 2,000 judicial opinions covering issues related to property rights, corporate governance, contracts, employee-employer relations, torts, and statutory claims. Upon leaving the bench, Justice Morris was honored by the American Board of Trial Advocates with an award acknowledging his “25 years of exemplary service to the jury system.”

In 2002, the Supreme Court of Texas appointed Justice Morris to the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct, the body that has statewide jurisdiction to review and investigate complaints about Texas judges. He twice served as the Commission’s chairman. Justice Morris is an alumnus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees.

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.

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Dallas Attorney Deborah Hankinson Addresses Appellate Judges Conference

DALLAS – Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson, founder of the appellate law firm Hankinson LLP, recently was invited to participate in a panel discussion about how appellate lawyers can best frame the issues in their cases during the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2012 Summit… + read more

DALLAS – Dallas attorney and mediator Deborah Hankinson, founder of the appellate law firm Hankinson LLP, recently was invited to participate in a panel discussion about how appellate lawyers can best frame the issues in their cases during the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2012 Summit in New Orleans.

Ms. Hankinson, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas, joined the panel to discuss “Making Your Appellate Position More Appealing: The Importance of Framing the Issues.”

Joining her on the panel were Judge Stephen Higginson of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals and Professor Judith Fischer of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. The panel moderator was Deena Jo Schneider of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

“The summit presents a wonderful opportunity to delve into issues that are important to judges and appellate lawyers,” Ms. Hankinson says. “It’s a valuable experience, whether you’re engaging in a discussion on a panel or listening as part of the group.”

The summit is a combined effort of the Appellate Judges Education Institute at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division Appellate Judges Conference. The four-day program includes presentations from judges, attorneys and legal scholars from across the country. This year’s program included a special session with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

In addition to her appellate practice, Ms. Hankinson handles complex, multi-party mediations for parties in litigation, as well as pre-suit conflict resolution. She also frequently serves as an arbitrator and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators.

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.

 

Deborah Hankinson Addresses New Texas Appellate Justices

Hankinson LLP founder and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson served as a faculty member for the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s December 2012 College for New Judges Conference in Austin.  Based on her experience both as an appellate judge and an appellate attorney,… + read more

Hankinson LLP founder and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson served as a faculty member for the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s December 2012 College for New Judges Conference in Austin.  Based on her experience both as an appellate judge and an appellate attorney, Hankinson taught the course “Proper Role: Opinions & Oral Argument” to Texas’s newest appellate justices.

 

Deborah Hankinson Facilitates American Arbitration Association Course on Managing Arbitration

Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson facilitated the American Arbitration Association’s course entitled “Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing.”  The course gave participants a chance to learn and discuss cost-saving management techniques for arbitrators regardless of individual practice area.  The… + read more

Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson facilitated the American Arbitration Association’s course entitled “Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing.”  The course gave participants a chance to learn and discuss cost-saving management techniques for arbitrators regardless of individual practice area.  The AAA selected Hankinson to facilitate the course due to her “proven track record of effective case management” and her “reputation for being a compelling speaker and facilitator.”

 

Trial Court Renders Take-Nothing Judgment in Favor of General Contractor

Brett Kutnick served as appellate counsel for a team of trial lawyers in defending Triad Electric and Controls, Inc. in a lawsuit filed by MEMC Pasadena, Inc. seeking over $25 million in lost profits and property damages allegedly sustained by MEMC’s polysilicon manufacturing facility during… + read more

Brett Kutnick served as appellate counsel for a team of trial lawyers in defending Triad Electric and Controls, Inc. in a lawsuit filed by MEMC Pasadena, Inc. seeking over $25 million in lost profits and property damages allegedly sustained by MEMC’s polysilicon manufacturing facility during the construction of an expansion project.  After a multi-week jury trial, the 151st Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas in Houston rendered a take-nothing judgment in Triad’s favor.  Mr. Kutnick was responsible for the jury charge, many of the significant legal and evidentiary issues that arose during the course of the trial, and all post-verdict motions.  The case is currently being appealed by MEMC in the Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth District of Texas in Houston.  MEMC Pasadena, Inc. v. Riddle Power, LLC and Triad Electric and Controls, Inc., No. 2008-11010, 151st Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas.

 

Dallas Appellate Attorney Deborah Hankinson Once Again Named to Texas Super Lawyers Top 10 List

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson once again has earned selection to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list and the magazine’s compilation of the “Top 10” attorneys in Texas. Texas Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters’ Legal division. Each year, the publication rates… + read more

DALLAS – Hankinson LLP founder Deborah Hankinson once again has earned selection to the annual Texas Super Lawyers list and the magazine’s compilation of the “Top 10” attorneys in Texas.

Texas Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters’ Legal division. Each year, the publication rates attorneys based on peer surveys, an analysis of the attorney’s work, and a review by a blue-ribbon panel. Less than five percent of all Texas lawyers are named to the final list.

Based on the peer review process and information gathered through extensive research, Texas Super Lawyers also lists the “Top 10” attorneys in the state. Ms. Hankinson has been named among the state’s 10 best lawyers in both 2011 and 2012.

“It’s wonderful to think that your peers view you and your work in such a fashion,” says Ms. Hankinson.

In addition to her appellate practice, Ms. Hankinson maintains a busy schedule of mediation and arbitration work, as well as providing counsel to parties that wish to resolve disputes without going to the courthouse.

The Texas Super Lawyers recognition is the latest of many professional honors for Ms. Hankinson, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals at 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, as well as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s national roster of neutrals.

Ms. Hankinson’s work and accomplishments are regularly recognized on “top lawyer” lists, including those published by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Texas Lawyer, D Magazine and 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. 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.

 

Vacatur of Arbitration Award for Evident Partiality Upheld on Appeal

Deborah Hankinson, Brett Kutnick, and Jennifer Stagen represented Occidental Petroleum Corporation and several of its subsidiaries in moving to vacate an arbitration award regarding the interpretation of a purchase and sales agreement.  After extensive briefing and argument, the trial court vacated the arbitration award for… + read more

Deborah Hankinson, Brett Kutnick, and Jennifer Stagen represented Occidental Petroleum Corporation and several of its subsidiaries in moving to vacate an arbitration award regarding the interpretation of a purchase and sales agreement.  After extensive briefing and argument, the trial court vacated the arbitration award for evident partiality by one of the neutral arbitrators.  The First District Court of Appeals in Houston subsequently affirmed the vacatur of the arbitration award, and after requesting full briefs on the merits, the Texas Supreme Court denied the petitioners’ petition for review and motion for rehearing.  Amoco D.T. Co. v. Occidental Petroleum Corp., 343 S.W.3d 837 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, pet. denied).

 

Hankinson LLP’s Government Practice Aids City of Dallas

Hankinson LLP is pleased to announce its successful joint representation of one of the firm’s major clients, the City of Dallas, in six related cases before the Texas Supreme Court.  In these cases, a group of current and retired police officers and firefighters sued the… + read more

Hankinson LLP is pleased to announce its successful joint representation of one of the firm’s major clients, the City of Dallas, in six related cases before the Texas Supreme Court.  In these cases, a group of current and retired police officers and firefighters sued the City for additional pay and benefits under an ordinance adopted by the City in 1979. Deborah Hankinson argued the case before the Texas Supreme Court, and Rick Thompson assisted the City’s attorneys with preparing briefs.

After briefing and argument, the Supreme Court concluded that the police officers and firefighters could not prevail on their claims for declaratory relief because those claims were barred by sovereign immunity.  The Court also concluded that the police officers and firefighters could not prevail on their breach-of-contract claims as pleaded in the trial court; however, the Court remanded the contract claims to the trial court to determine whether a subsequently enacted section of the Local Government Code waived the City’s immunity for those claims.  See City of Dallas  v. Martin, 361 S.W.3d 560 (Tex. 2011); City of Dallas v. Albert, 354 S.W.3d 368 (Tex. 2011).

 

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.

 

Hankinson Wins New Sentencing Hearing for Juvenile

Deborah Hankinson successfully argued to the Texas Supreme Court that a juvenile, who was sentenced to twenty years confinement for sexually assaulting his seven year old cousin, was entitled to a new sentencing hearing. The Court held that if the State’s expert had testified truthfully… + read more

Deborah Hankinson successfully argued to the Texas Supreme Court that a juvenile, who was sentenced to twenty years confinement for sexually assaulting his seven year old cousin, was entitled to a new sentencing hearing. The Court held that if the State’s expert had testified truthfully about the reliability of certain scientific evidence, the evidence would have been excluded. The expert misstated the potential error rate of the evidence and inaccurately described the literature supporting or rejecting it. In closing argument, the State repeatedly referred to the expert’s testimony as proof that defendant was a pedophile. Because the expert’s testimony and the State’s use of that testimony contributed to the defendant’s sentence, the Court remanded the case for a new sentencing hearing. In re M.P.A., 364 S.W.3d 277 (Tex. 2012).

 

$3 Million Breach of Fiduciary Duty Judgment Reversed on Appeal

Brett Kutnick and Jennifer Stagen were principal members of the legal team that successfully represented Douglas Strebel in an appeal of a judgment after a jury trial awarding the plaintiff, a member of a Delaware limited liability company and a limited partner in a Texas limited… + read more

Brett Kutnick and Jennifer Stagen were principal members of the legal team that successfully represented Douglas Strebel in an appeal of a judgment after a jury trial awarding the plaintiff, a member of a Delaware limited liability company and a limited partner in a Texas limited partnership, nearly $3.5 million in lost distributions, attorney’s fees, and interest based on alleged breaches of fiduciary duties by Strebel.  Following oral argument, the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas in Houston held that the parties contractually disclaimed the fiduciary duties related to profit distributions to the plaintiff.  The court thus reversed the judgment on the plaintiff’s breach of fidcuary duty claims and remanded the case to the trial court for consideration of the jury’s alternative liability and damages finding on the plaintiff’s minority oppression claim.  Strebel v. Wimberly, 371 S.W.3d 267 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2012, pet. denied).

 

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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