Jackson Walker Alumni Newsletter | Fall 2023

November 15, 2023 | Newsletters

View our Jackson Walker Alumni page »

Staying Connected

While we miss having you as part of the Jackson Walker team, we look forward to staying connected through our biannual Alumni Newsletter and our Jackson Walker Attorney Alumni group on LinkedIn. In this newsletter, we spotlight former JW attorneys, review pro bono opportunities and success stories, share the latest news, insights, and events from around JW, and provide helpful resources like free CLE programs.

Share Your News

Have you received an award, participated in community organizations, or been hired or promoted? We want to hear about anything new and noteworthy happening to our alumni. To share your news, you can fill out this form.


From Searching for MC Hammer to Tackling Intergenerational Poverty

Randy Bowman, former Dallas associate (1989-1992), is the founder and CEO of AT LAST!—The Urban Boarding Experience (“AL!”). Recently, Randy shared what he has been up to in recent years, his experience at Jackson Walker, and what lies ahead for his career. View the Q&A »


5th Circ Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

By Jennifer Freel | The Fifth Circuit held that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security did not violate an attorney’s rights when it seized his cell phone at the border and held it for almost five months.

Benefits Planning for Year End and 2024

By Greta Cowart | This article covers updates to consider regarding retirement plans, health plan changes, and more.

Department of Labor Proposes Expanding Overtime Eligibility

By David Schlottman and Michael Drab | The Department of Labor issued a proposed regulation that would raise the minimum salary required to invoke the commonly used “white-collar” exemptions to overtime. The comment period closed on November 7, 2023. Follow Jackson Walker for potential updates on this topic.

White Collar Docket Check: US Supreme Court Cases This Term

By Jennifer Freel, Michael Murtha, and Mark Mariani | The U.S. Supreme Court is set to address issues concerning: the interplay between SEC administrative proceedings and the right to a jury trial; the amount of authority Congress can permissibly delegate to the SEC; who bears the burden of proof on the issue of retaliatory intent in adverse employment actions concerning whistleblowers; and the scope of due process for post-seizure probable cause hearings.

Texas Medical Debt Billing Reforms Under S.B. 490

By Jeffrey Frost | Physicians, hospitals, and healthcare providers: have you updated your billing practices?

JW Fast Takes cover art graphic

Jackson Walker Fast Takes Podcast


Jackson Walker Welcomes New Partners

The firm proudly welcomed the following partners since May 2023:

Mike BernickMike Bernick
View LinkedIn »
Jeff GrableJeff Grable
Fort Worth
View LinkedIn »
James NyeJim Nye
View LinkedIn »
Dan SmithDan Smith
Intellectual Property
View LinkedIn »
Hugh Tanner

Hugh Tanner
View LinkedIn »

Client Results

Debuting Our New Space at 1900 Broadway in San Antonio

Our San Antonio offices are now located at The Jefferson Building at 1900 Broadway, located north of downtown San Antonio in the Pearl District. Read more »

Jackson Walker Earns 159 Best Law Firms® Rankings

2024 Best Law Firms stats gradient

In the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms, Jackson Walker observed notable improvements in the national rankings, including the rise of Appellate Practice to Tier 1, Banking and Finance Law and Litigation – Labor and Employment to Tier 2, and the addition of Energy Law and Environmental Law in Tier 3. The firm also saw the advancement of 29 practice areas in the metro rankings. Read more »

Other Recent News

  • Jackson Walker was named a 2023 Top Performer by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), one of the nation’s leading organizations promoting diversity. In addition, the firm recently achieved 2022-2023 Mansfield Rule Certification. Read more »
  • Our Trial & Appellate Litigation team was recognized by BTI Consulting Group in its “Most Feared in Litigation” list of the top firms that challenge conventions, take on thorny issues, share early assessments with clients, surmount obstacles, and link unconnected ideas. Read more »
  • Chris Rourk was appointed to serve on the External Advisory Board of the University of Florida (UF) Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE). Read more »
  • Christian Triantaphyllis was named to the EB5 Investors list of “Top 25 Immigration Attorneys” for the sixth consecutive year. Read more »
  • Thirteen Jackson Walker attorneys were named to the “Lawdragon 500 Corporate Employment Lawyers” for 2023. See who made the list »


JW Careers

Our JW Recruiting team has posted several openings across the firm. You can visit our Lateral Attorneys page for a look at open positions. Also, please feel free to share opportunities with your networks.

Diversity & Inclusion

Visit our Diversity & Inclusion website. For our quarterly news, see our Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, Perspectives.

USA Business Digest

The USA Business Digest is a monthly newsletter by Manny Schoenhuber covers legal insights for European companies and investors in the United States.

Fast Takes Podcasts

On each episode of our Fast Takes podcasts, JW attorneys discuss quick, actionable takeaways to help you and your business navigate today’s complex, interconnected landscape.

Future-Ready Business Podcast

FRB discusses emerging topics that are quickly affecting everyone, like AI, automation and advanced robotics, cryptocurrency and blockchain, the metaverse, and the continually-evolving tech startup scene.

These materials are made available by Jackson Walker for informational purposes only, do not constitute legal advice, and are not a substitute for legal advice from qualified counsel. The laws of other states and nations may be entirely different from what is described. Your use of these materials does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Jackson Walker. The facts and results of each case will vary, and no particular result can be guaranteed.

© 2023 Jackson Walker