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Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013

Jackson Walker Elects 11 New Partners

Jackson Walker L.L.P. announces the election of 11 attorneys to the firm's partnership. The new partners in each city are:

  • Austin - Jonathan Lass, Brian K. Prewitt, Jack E. Skaggs, Erin N. Tuggle
  • Dallas - Monica Pace Messick, Sarah Dobson Mitchell, Jason P. Reinsch, Stephanie Collett Sparks
  • Houston - Crystal J. Parker, Marisela M. Peña
  • San Antonio - Elena Villaseñor Sullivan

Jonathan Lass
Jonathan Lass, Austin, Intellectual Property—Mr. Lass represents and counsels clients on matters involving corporate transactions and intellectual property legal matters. With both general counsel and law firm experience, he provides his clients with strategic legal advisement, drafting, and negotiation throughout the transaction or project with a practical and problem-solving approach to achieving the goals of his clients.

Monica Pace Messick
Monica Pace Messick, Dallas, Corporate and Securities— Ms. Messick focuses her practice primarily on energy lending facilities, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), business entity formation and governance and general contract negotiations. She routinely represents banks and borrowers in lending transactions ranging in value from $250,000 to $80 million and secured primarily by oil and gas properties. As part of this practice, Ms. Messick is experienced in drafting and negotiating loan agreements, intercreditor agreements, subordination agreements, guaranties, mortgages, and other security documents and in advising clients with respect to perfection and usury matters. In her M&A practice, she has represented numerous clients in asset and entity purchases and sales, and is also experienced in mergers and other investment-related transactions. Ms. Messick has also managed the formation of over 50 new business entities and has drafted numerous partnership agreements, limited liability company agreements, bylaws, stockholders agreements, and other governing documents for new entities.

Sarah Dobson Mitchell
Sarah Dobson Mitchell, Dallas, Labor and Employment–Ms. Mitchell represents clients in employment litigation in federal and state courts and related proceedings. She has also represented employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and state agencies. Ms. Mitchell's non-litigation practice includes advising and counseling employers regarding legal compliance and risk management on a variety of employment and human resources issues.

Crystal J. Parker
Crystal J. Parker, Houston, Litigation–Ms. Parker practices business and commercial litigation, with a focus on defamation, business disparagement, and shareholder oppression claims. She has represented clients as varied as a Fortune 100 company to a shareholder in a closely held corporation, and she has experience practicing in state and federal courts and in arbitration. Ms. Parker focuses on not only achieving the best legal outcome for her clients, but also the best business outcome, recognizing that sometimes the typical litigation strategy is the wrong strategy for the public relations or other concerns of the company. She strives to find creative solutions that bring the most value to each client.

Marisela M. Peña
Marisela M. Peña, Houston, Corporate and Securities–Ms. Peņa represents clients – both public and private, profit and not–for–profit – in a variety of corporate matters. A large part of her practice is devoted to assisting clients with joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings, including underwritten offerings. Ms. Peña also has experience in public company reporting requirements, corporate governance issues, entity formation and commercial contract negotiation and, in the real estate field, the preparation of office and retail lease agreements, including anchor leases for to be constructed buildings.

Brian K. Prewitt
Brian K. Prewitt, Austin, Intellectual Property– Mr. Prewitt focuses on matters relating to patents, trademarks, and copyrights, technology development, acquisition, licensing, strategic alliances, distributorship and manufacturing agreements, due diligence, counseling, and litigation. Before attending law school, Mr. Prewitt worked as a circuit design engineer, and he has significant technical experience in the areas of integrated circuit design, semiconductor manufacturing technology, computer architecture, and computer systems.

Jason P. Reinsch
Jason P. Reinsch, Dallas, Litigation–Mr. Reinsch represents clients in a wide variety of industries in state and federal litigation and arbitration. His clients range from multinational corporations to family–owned businesses to individuals. His experience covers an assortment of matters including complex commercial litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, intellectual property litigation, oil and gas litigation, insurance coverage disputes, bankruptcy, and disputes with regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Reinsch prides himself on identifying and then obtaining his client's ultimate objective, be it through litigation or alternative dispute resolution.

Jack E. Skaggs
Jack E. Skaggs, Austin, Litigation–Mr. Skaggs practices in the area of general commercial litigation, with an emphasis on insurance defense, real estate litigation, and creditors' rights. He also represents financial institutions and other creditors in bankruptcy, workout/restructure, and bankruptcy litigation matters. In addition to his general expertise in representation of health care insurance companies and plan administrators in provider disputes, contract, and ERISA–related litigation and arbitration, Mr. Skaggs has developed an interest in the protection of commercially sensitive and trade secret information from State and Federal public information statutes.

Stephanie Collett Sparks
Stephanie Collett Sparks, Dallas, Litigation–Ms. Sparks focuses her practice on business and commercial litigation. She takes a problem–solving approach to helping her clients develop effective strategies to resolve litigation efficiently and defending them zealously in state and federal courts and arbitration hearings. Ms. Sparks has developed expertise in both energy litigation and regulatory practice. She also has experience representing health care clients in litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on contract, prompt pay, and ERISA–related disputes. Ms. Sparks' complex commercial litigation experience includes representing clients in contract disputes; securities suits; and business tort actions involving negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and deceptive trade practices.

Elena Villaseñor Sullivan
Elena Villaseñor Sullivan, San Antonio, Litigation–Ms. Sullivan is a trial and appellate attorney and international trade attorney. In her trial and appellate practice, she represents companies and individuals in a wide range of civil lawsuits, primarily before civil courts and governmental agencies in South Texas and New Mexico. She has also been involved in civil litigation in other states, before the International Trade Commission, and in Canada. Ms. Sullivan's international trade practice involves developing import, export, and FCPA compliance programs, advising clients on U.S. Customs laws and U.S. Export Control regimes, and representing clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the International Trade Commission and the Court of International Trade.

Erin N. Tuggle
Erin N. Tuggle, Austin, Wealth Planning– Ms. Tuggle focuses her practice on estate planning and the administration of estates and trusts, with a particular emphasis on complex federal tax issues and the preservation of wealth through efficient transfer techniques.


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