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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…

Baron Oursler Offers ‘Legal Answers that Provide Business Solutions’

Baron Oursler Offers ‘Legal Answers that Provide Business Solutions’

Baron T. Oursler decided to become a lawyer as an 11-year-old boy. Now he's general counsel of a $1 billion trucking company. He's also among finalists in the Outstanding Corporate…

Keitha Wright ‘Rolls Up her Sleeves’ on Diversity

Keitha Wright ‘Rolls Up her Sleeves’ on Diversity

Keitha Wright was the first person in her family to graduate from college. Now the Howard University Law School grad is senior counsel at G2 Secure Staff. Because of her…

Gary Kennedy & ‘Twelve Years of Turbulence’ as American Airlines GC

Gary Kennedy & ‘Twelve Years of Turbulence’ as American Airlines GC

As the general counsel of American Airlines for a dozen years, Gary Kennedy has some stories to tell. In his new book, Kennedy gives readers unprecedented access to closed-door internal…

ACC-DFW/Texas Lawbook 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Gil Friedlander

ACC-DFW/Texas Lawbook 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Gil Friedlander

For more than 13 years, Gil Friedlander led the EDS legal department. He masterminded some of the largest and most complex corporate transactions in Texas history. He showed that the…

Outstanding Corporate Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award Goes To…

Outstanding Corporate Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award Goes To…

The Association of Corporate Counsel’s DFW Chapter and The Texas Lawbook are pleased to announce the finalists for the official 2017 Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. There are three new categories,…

T-Mobile Promotes Chris Luna to VP, Legal Affairs

T-Mobile Promotes Chris Luna to VP, Legal Affairs

Chris Luna, a leading legal industry advocate for diversity, has new and expanded duties at T-Mobile's Richardson-based subsidiary, MetroPCS. He now serves on the wireless operator's senior leadership team, supervises…

Waste Connections GC Created Culture of Servant-Leadership Amid Tremendous Corporate Growth

Waste Connections GC Created Culture of Servant-Leadership Amid Tremendous Corporate Growth

Patrick Shea has been busy since he joined the Waste Connections legal department in 2004. He's overseen 300 business acquisitions, 10 debt financings for more than $10 billion, two equity…