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Vistra’s Ashlie Alaman & Dan Kelly Lead by Example on Pro Bono

Vistra’s Ashlie Alaman & Dan Kelly Lead by Example on Pro Bono

One could have forgiven the lawyers at Vistra Energy if they didn't go overboard on their pro bono requirements. With the the $45 billion bankruptcy, the spin-offs of Luminant and…

David Monk is a ‘Great Boardroom and CEO Counselor’

David Monk is a ‘Great Boardroom and CEO Counselor’

Summary: Dave Monk's first work experiences included landscaping and roof maintenance for a multi-family housing complex in Louisiana. The experience caused him to value the benefits of an air-conditioned office…

Juanita Harris is a ‘Force of Nature’ for Diversity

Juanita Harris is a ‘Force of Nature’ for Diversity

Her passion was evident years ago, when she mentored high school students while working as an accountant. None of that changed when she moved on to become a trial lawyer.…

Wingstop’s Darryl Marsch Enjoys International Dealmaking & Boneless Wings with Hot Sauce

Wingstop’s Darryl Marsch Enjoys International Dealmaking & Boneless Wings with Hot Sauce

What do New Braunfels, David Crosby, Krispy Kreme, William Rehnquist and bone-in chicken wings have in common? Answer: 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards finalist Darryl Marsch. See how all that…

Tom Mason & Tonja De Sloover are Energy Transfer’s One-Two Punch

Tom Mason & Tonja De Sloover are Energy Transfer’s One-Two Punch

Tom Mason and Tonja De Sloover and their legal department at Energy Transfer Equity are finalists in the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards for Business Litigation of the Year. And…

Michelle Brookshire: Preventing Litigation is Better than Winning

Michelle Brookshire: Preventing Litigation is Better than Winning

Michelle Brookshire says she had no idea what lawyers did. But her thoughtful approach to legal issues at LSG Sky Chefs has earned her a nod as a finalist in…

EFH, Oncor, Vistra – A Corporate Restructuring for the Decades

EFH, Oncor, Vistra – A Corporate Restructuring for the Decades

In some ways, it was more saga than bankruptcy: A four-year-long, $45 billion corporate restructuring that included the elimination of more than $20 billion in debt, four corporate M&A divestitures…

Dena Stroh & NTTA’s Law Firms Finalists for Biz Litigation and M&A Deal of Year

Dena Stroh & NTTA’s Law Firms Finalists for Biz Litigation and M&A Deal of Year

Dena Stroh says she had no idea that government law could be fascinating. But in 2017, she guided the North Texas Tollway Authority through one of the largest government bond…

Michael Sukenik is ‘Adept at Operating Across Diverse Markets’

Michael Sukenik is ‘Adept at Operating Across Diverse Markets’

Michael "Misha" Sukenik travels a lot. He's the legal officer behind two of the best known franchise names in the Yum! Brands inventory in 120 countries. He's also a finalist…

Chasity Henry is a ‘Recognized Problem-Solver’

Chasity Henry is a ‘Recognized Problem-Solver’

Chasity Wilson Henry had barely graduated from law school in 2006 when she found herself handling nine-figure M&A deals with some of the savviest corporate lawyers in North Texas. Now…

Blake Rice’s Job is ‘Problem-solving with Really High Stakes’

Blake Rice’s Job is ‘Problem-solving with Really High Stakes’

For Blake Rice, the work day starts early. Though he is based in Dallas, the lifelines of Neuberger Berman, the fast-rising investment services company he represents, stretch across time zones…

Trinity Industries: Their Hard-Fought Fifth Circuit Win Yields Three Outstanding Corporate Counsel Finalists

Trinity Industries: Their Hard-Fought Fifth Circuit Win Yields Three Outstanding Corporate Counsel Finalists

A 2014 East Texas jury verdict that Trinity Industries violated the False Claims Act resulted in a $663 million judgment against the Irving-based manufacturer of highway guardrails. Instead of cratering,…

David Hernandez Serves as Trusted Counselor & Adviser to Hunt Family

David Hernandez Serves as Trusted Counselor & Adviser to Hunt Family

Baltimore-born David Hernandez made his reputation in Texas as a tax lawyer and a strategic thinker. After years in the law firm trenches, he has emerged as a masterful in-house…

Janie Perelman: ‘People Just Want to be Treated with Respect’

Janie Perelman: ‘People Just Want to be Treated with Respect’

A massive data breach in 2014 could have been catastrophic for Michaels Stores. The arts and crafts company had to explain what happened to regulators, notify 2.6 million customers and…

Liberty Mutual Corporate Counsel Kimberly Houston “Sees the Bigger Picture”

Liberty Mutual Corporate Counsel Kimberly Houston “Sees the Bigger Picture”

Kimberly Houston’s fascination with the law may have begun with “Matlock,” but it’s grown into an expertise on such weighty subjects as employment misclassification and regulatory compliance. As Corporate Counsel…

Chris Luna Uses ‘Carrots and Sticks’ to Push for Law Firm Diversity

Chris Luna Uses ‘Carrots and Sticks’ to Push for Law Firm Diversity

Chris Luna, chief counsel at MetroPCS, has been a fixture in Dallas business and public life. He is an outspoken proponent of diversity in both the legal profession and the…

Stacie McNulty ‘Embodies the Spirit’ of the Public Service & Pro Bono Award

Stacie McNulty ‘Embodies the Spirit’ of the Public Service & Pro Bono Award

Stacie McNulty is a highly-respected authority on intellectual property. Her observations on the subject have been cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. But her long-standing…

Award Finalist: Oncor’s Complex Asset Swap with Sharyland

Award Finalist: Oncor’s Complex Asset Swap with Sharyland

When Oncor Electric Delivery Company and Dallas-based Sharyland Utilities swapped assets in 2017, it was more than another $400 energy distribution deal. It was a solution to a problem that…

Brittany Perez ‘Crafts Unique & Custom Solutions to Complex Legal Issues Around the Globe’

Brittany Perez ‘Crafts Unique & Custom Solutions to Complex Legal Issues Around the Globe’

Brittany Perez jumps horses in competition. As vice president and associate general counsel of Match.com, she's also involved in issues as diverse as consumer class actions and cybersecurity. She's a…

Nicola Hobeiche Has a ‘Personal Sense of Obligation to Help Others’

Nicola Hobeiche Has a ‘Personal Sense of Obligation to Help Others’

Nicola Hobeiche is assistant general counsel at ORIX USA, but her office is often a minefield: of books or clothes or toys headed for a homeless shelter. Sure, she’s an…