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03/23/07

Law Firm Gardere Names Nine New Partners


Gardere Wynne Sewell lawyers have of late become newsmakers. Nine climbed the ranks to partner-level, while 11 could make it to the 2007 listing of Texas Rising Stars.

The firm promoted nine new partners in the firm's Dallas and Houston offices. They include R. Craig Baker, Steven S. Camp, Michael P. Cooley, John A. Eliason, Brett D. Lamb, Colin Martin, Robert T. Slovak, Jeannette Vloitos, and John T. Woodruff.

Baker joins the firm's Real Estate Group; Camp - Banking Group; Cooley - Bankruptcy Group; Martin, Slovak, Vloitos, and Lamb - Litigation Group. Eliason will partner the firm's Tax Group in Dallas and Woodruff will partner the Houston Group.

Established in 1909 and one of Southwest's largest full-service law firm, Gardere Wynne provides business and litigation services to private, individual, and public companies.

Meanwhile, 11 of the firm's attorneys made it to the ranks of the 2007 listing of Texas Rising Stars. They are partners Alan Buckner of Houston; Barry Golden, Matthew Schroeder, John Slates, and Celeste Winford of Dallas; and associates Peter Scaff of Houston and Christopher Converse, Michael Cooley, Marcus Helt, Michele Spillman, and Paula Tucker of Dallas.

The firm's Managing Partner Steve Good states that the firm is proud to host such talented upcoming lawyers who could find a place among the 2.5% of Texas attorneys chosen for the honor. The Rising Stars list, brought out by Law & Politics Media Inc., appears in both the April 2007 issue of Texas Monthly and in Texas Rising Stars 2007.

Fredrikson & Byron for better litigation support management
Exterro Inc., a provider of advanced technology to law firms, will aid Fredrikson & Byron to manage all its e-discovery and litigation support projects from one centralized platform. Chad Papenfuss, Fredrikson & Byron's Litigation Support Administrator, stated that the firm's attorneys and litigation support staff will leverage on Exterro Fusion to monitor progress, track costs, set and manage schedules, and evaluate vendor performance. The technology helps the staff keep abreast of the entire spectrum of discovery and litigation processes. It also helps to collaborate on the hundreds of pending cases in a variety of fields.

The firm's growing caseloads demand both paper and electronic files, which can now be easily managed through this technology. This also effectively reduces costs in maintaining records. Exterro Fusion's automated, independent, and scalable platform effectively manages and streamlines the firm's discovery process. It enables the firm to set up repeatable processes, facilitate internal and external collaboration, and disseminate information. It also establishes dependable business rules and vendor pricing. Fredrikson & Byron's 200 attorneys in four offices serves clients world over in the areas of litigation, corporate and intellectual property, healthcare, real estate, and banking.

FUN NEWS

Not in very `Dear' taste
Bryan James Hathaway, 20, of Superior, WI, received probation sentence after being convicted for having sexual contact with a deer carcass. Judge Michael Lucci quoted this behavior as very "disturbing" to the public and court. Hathaway will be "evaluated as a sex offender" and will receive treatment at Institute for Psychological and Sexual Health in Duluth, MI. Unfortunately it is not his first brush with dead animal nook. In April 2005, he received an 18-month sentence and two years of extended supervision for killing a horse with the intention of having sex with it. He has also received six years of probation for taking and driving a vehicle without the owner's consent, reports Associated Press.


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