Michael Best Announces Intellectual Property Partner Kirk Dorius Will Join Austin Office

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has announced Kirk Dorius has joined the firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. While based in Austin, Dorius will also spend significant time in the firm’s Salt Lake City, UT, office.kirk

Dorius focuses his practice on patent prosecution, licensing and patent litigation. He counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property matters, including portfolio development and commercialization for a range of mechanical, manufacturing, medical, oil and gas, automotive and electromechanical technologies.

Prior to joining Michael Best, Dorius led the patent prosecution group at Reed & Scardino LLP in Austin. In addition to nearly 10 years of firm practice experience, Dorius served as general counsel of a nuclear engineering company and has presented on nuclear energy and nuclear medicine issues at all levels of industry and government. Prior to law school, he worked as a mechanical engineer for The Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace company.

An active member of the Austin nonprofit realm, Dorius has served as President of the Pointsman Foundation since June of 2014. In this role, he draws upon a background in intellectual property law and nuclear technologies to support the foundation’s mission of advancing domestic production and use of stable isotopes and radioisotopes for medical treatments, diagnostics and research.

Dorius earned his J.D., with honors, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property in 2004 and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Utah State University in 2000. He also attended Tsinghua University School of Law’s Intellectual Property Summer Institute in Beijing, China, in 2002.

Lawyers for Lloyd (Lochridge) Set For May 12

The Austin Bar Association has announced that a celebration to honor the life-time achievements of Lloyd Lochridge will be held May 12 at 5:30 p.m. on the patio atMcGinnis Lochridge at 600 Congress Ave. Ste 2100.

Lochridge, who at 98 shows no signs of slowing down, has had a storied career, one well worthy of an event like this. To get tickets, which will raise funds for the Austin Bar’s Legal Assistance Projects, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawyers-for-lloyd-tickets-24654663763

From the firm’s Website:

After serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, Lloyd Lochridge began his law practice in Mission, Texas,  working with clients in McAllen and across the Rio Grande Valley. In September of 1959, he became a partner in McGinnis Lochridge’s predecessor firm and has been with the firm ever since. His mentorship, leadership and integrity serve as a guiding light to everyone at McGinnis Lochridge today.

Over the years, Lloyd has had a wide and varied practice including the problems, trials and appeals that arise in farm, ranch, rural and tourist areas, as well as those of a more populous and capital city area. He has vast experience in litigation on both sides of the docket and in corporate practice.

Lloyd has always been extremely active in promoting the ethical practice of law at the local, state and national level. He has held a number of highly demanding bar association leadership positions and committee memberships, and is a Life Fellow of both the Texas and American Bar Foundations. In February 2001, he received The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Fifty-Year Award, which is “presented to a lawyer who, during more than fifty years of active practice of law, has adhered to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and of service to the public.”

Lloyd helped form Central Texas’ first American Inn of Court, and was the recipient of the 2000 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit. This award honors “a lawyer whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession.”  In 2010, the region’s second Inn of Court was formed and named in honor of Lloyd Lochridge.

For Lloyd, pro bono work and community service are part of a lawyer’s duty, as well as a personal joy. He continues to serve the profession through his practice and example, his activities in the bar, and his dedication to professionalism and to justice for all members of our society.


Volunteer at Urban Roots Farm with LMATX this Saturday!

The Austin City Group of the LMA invites attorneys to roll up your sleeves, grab some sunscreen and head out to the farm to help out Urban Roots at their Community Volunteer Morning on Saturday, April 30th, from, 9:00-12:00.

Volunteers will help them with any variation of planting, thinning, harvesting, washing, bunching and/or weighing vegetables. Attorneys will receive all necessary training on-site from the Urban Roots staff.

Please let City Group leader Sydna Marshall know if you want to participate.

More details are below:

✓ Dress Appropriately: Everyone MUST wear closed-toe shoes. Participants wearing opened-toe shoes will not be allowed to participate in the farm tour or the field work. Wear clothes that can get dirty, are appropriate for the weather, and protect from plants (if sensitive). Bring sunscreen/insect repellant.

✓ Water Bottles: We recommend that all participants bring a water bottle. We have potable water available but do not have cups or bottles.

✓ Getting There: The Urban Roots Farm is located at 7651 Delwau Lane, in East Austin near the intersection of Bolm Road and 183. If Google Maps proves confusing, here are some handy printable driving directions. We also highly encourage volunteers to consider biking to the farm, as we are conveniently located along the Southern Walnut Creek Bike Trail.

✓ Parking: Please park on the road outside the farm gate and walk down the driveway to the farm. Observe all signage and park as far onto the shoulder of the road as possible. (We need to ensure accessibility for large trucks and emergency vehicles.) Please DO NOT BLOCK our neighbors’ driveways. Be aware that a driveway might look like a gate or a path. Hide valuables in your car and lock your vehicle.

✓ General Safety: Ensuring the safety and well being of our volunteers, interns, and staff is of utmost importance. We strictly prohibit bringing any animals or weapons to the farm.

Dallas Company Hires Texas Exes as Senior Legal Officials

HMS Holdings Corp., a company in the health care industry, has announced the hire of two Texas Exes  — Meredith Bjorck and David Alexander – as senior legal officials

Bjorck, who has extensive experience in public company matters, corporate governance, and M&A, combined with David’s deep understanding of the healthcare regulatory environment, joins the company as its EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. She holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University and a J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law.

Alexander – who was previously at Alcon Laboratories, where he served as Head, US and Canada Integrity and Compliance, and Director of Global Integrity & Compliance, Pharmaceuticals – was hired as VP, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

LMATX Austin to Host Annual Recap from the 2016 LMA Annual Conference on May 5

The Austin City Group of the Legal Marketing Association will host a luncheon on May 5 from 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM that will feature key takeaways and ideas from the recent 2016 LMA annual conference.

The event will be held at Strasburger & Price, LLP at 720 Brazos Street,Suite 700.

Sign up by visiting http://www.legalmarketing.org/p/ca/vi/sid=1969

Animal Law Section of Austin Bar to Hold Animal Well-Fair

The fourth annual Animal Well-Fair will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Northwest Recreation Center, located at 2913 Northland Drive. Animals will be available for adoption outside the building, weather permitting. The event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.  henry

Participating groups include Austin Animal Center, Bastrop County Animal Shelter, Friends of Austin Animal Center, Bastrop County Animal Advocates, Pflugerville Pets Alive!, and Texas Federation of Animal Care Societies. Other local and state groups have also been invited.

Each group will make a short presentation about its programs and the specific ways it helps animals in our community. Attendees will then be invited to talk individually with representatives of the organizations to learn more about how they can get involved as a volunteer, foster, adopter, or donor to help Austin’s animals.

Donations of money or new or gently used pet supplies are accepted and encouraged. No donation is too small. Some of the groups will have items for sale. Questions? Contact Austin Bar Association Animal Law Section Chair Kelley Dwyer at kelley@dwyerlawaustin.com.

Austin Law Firm Weisbart Springer Hayes Adds Attorney Danielle Taylor

Austin-based Weisbart Springer Hayes LLP has added Danielle Taylor, a recent honors graduate of Baylor University School of Law, to the nine-attorney firm.

Taylor earned numerous honors during law school, including Best Oral Advocate in the American College of Trial Lawyers Moot Court Regional Competition and Best Oral Advocate in the Strasburger & Price Moot Court Competition. She served as Senior Executive Editor of the Baylor Law Review, and her article on litigating workplace injuries recently was recognized by the Texas Trial Lawyers Association as the best article focused on torts and workers’ compensation.Danielle Taylor105IMG_8240

Before attending law school, Taylor worked in varying capacities with the Texas Legislature, primarily in the areas of energy, dentistry, public health and insurance. She has served as a regular speaker at health care conferences and presented on a number of special interest topics, including grassroots advocacy, health care legislation, insurance contracts and regulations, business formation and adversarial concerns.

Taylor holds a master’s degree in psychology from Capella University, and she earned her undergraduate degree in government and psychology from The University of Texas in 2006.

“Danielle has all the skills to be a truly outstanding lawyer, and her legislative and public policy experience offers valuable insights on statutory and regulatory issues for our firm and our clients,” says Julie Springer, a founding partner of Weisbart Springer Hayes.

For more information on Taylor, visit http://www.wshllp.com/attorneys/danielle-taylor/.

Bench Bar Conference Set for Friday

The Austin Bar Association and AYLA Foundation’s 26th Annual Bench Bar Conference is set for Friday, offering a great opportunity for local attorneys and judges to interact in a casual, discussion-oriented environment. IMG_1930

Currently, 41 judges have confirmed they will attend.

The all-day event, which will be held at Sonesta Bee Cave at 12525 Bee Cave Parkway in Bee Cave, begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 5:30.

To see the agenda, visit http://www.austinbar.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2016BenchBar_Inside-FINAL_UPDATED-1.pdf

To register, visit http://www.austinbar.org/event/bench-bar-conference-2/


Nicole True Law Firm Hires New Associate

The Nicole True Law Firm, P.C. has announced the hiring of associate attorney Sandra Morales.

Morales graduated from Thurman Marshall Law School in May 2015 in the top 10 percent of her class. She later clerked at the Texas Supreme Court, and worked for the Bell County District Attorney’s office. Nicole True Law Firm, P.C., which focuses on criminal defense and immigration law, hired Morales to represent clients in immigration cases, specifically in family petitions, naturalization, asylum, DACA applications, adjustment of status and cancellation of removal.

Furthermore, Morales will assist name partner Nicole True in client criminal matters. The firm frequently represents clients that have been accused of a crime and are concerned about the effect on their immigration status. As a team, the firm focuses on a client’s criminal and immigration matters with equal importance.

“Every day at the Nicole True Law Firm I feel a strong sense of purpose to my work because I am committed to serving the immigrant community,” said Morales. “I am also committed to helping immigrants and their families have a voice when they are faced with difficult circumstances.”

Kaplan Law Firm Hires Two New Associates

The Kaplan Law Firm has announced the hire of two new associate attorneys, Eleanor D’Ambrosio and Marissa Stewart.  Both D’Ambrosio and Stewart will assist with the Firm’s growing civil rights pre-trial litigation docket, handling cases in both state and federal courts across Texas.

Eleanor D’Ambrosio received her law degree from the University of Texas School of LawDambrosio_Headshot and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November 2015. While in school, she was named a Public Service Scholar for her commitment to promoting public interest law and served as the student liaison to the board of the Austin Young Lawyers Association. An Austinite for the last 13 years, Eleanor worked for both Rep. Donna Howard and former Rep. Mark Strama before attending law school.

Marissa Stewart joins Kaplan Law Firm as a recent graduate from Texas Tech School of Law where she graduated cum laude. In June, Marissa returned to her home city of Austin where she was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November. Marissa is dedicated to helping clients achieve their desired outcomes through meticulous work and attention to detail.