Jackson Walker Alumni Newsletter | Spring 2021

April 29, 2021 | Newsletters

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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.

You can also keep current and past Jackson Walker attorneys updated through our LinkedIn group, Jackson Walker Attorney Alumni.


Meet Courtney

Courtney Carlson left our Houston office in February 2021 to join the Harris County Attorney’s Office as an Assistant County Attorney in the affirmative litigation division.

“I created so many amazing friendships while at JW and also benefited from amazing mentors and sponsors who took the time to listen, provide feedback, and ultimately advocate on my behalf.”

View Courtney’s Q&A »


Redoubling JW’s Commitment to Service

Under the leadership of partner Edwin Buffmire, who was new to the chairmanship of the Pro Bono Committee in 2020, Jackson Walker redoubled its commitment to pro bono service.

Jackson Walker’s biggest pro bono and public service success in 2020 was the creation of new partnerships with legal services organizations to advance equity in the justice system, to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, to helping Texans affected by the February winter storm, and to supporting journalists who covered the election and vote counting in Texas.

View our update »


Jackson Walker Adds New Partners in Dallas and Fort Worth

Pat Knapp

Dallas partner Patrick Knapp brings experience handling corporate transactions and energy litigation as in-house and outside counsel to domestic and international upstream, midstream, and downstream energy companies. Read more »

Travis McNellie

Fort Worth partner Travis McNellie boosts our commercial leasing experience, particularly involving office and industrial properties, across Texas and the U.S. Read more »

Recent Results

Jackson Walker Delivers Victory for Roku in $228M Patent Trial
After a four-day in-person trial, Jackson Walker attorneys Wasif Qureshi, Leisa Talbert Peschel, Blake Dietrich, Chris Cravey, and Harris Huguenard delivered a complete defense jury verdict for Roku in what started as a five-patent infringement case. Prior to trial, the Court granted Roku’s summary judgment motion of no infringement as to two of the five patents. Another patent was dismissed with prejudice. On Friday, April 9th, a six-person jury returned a verdict of no infringement on the two patents-in-suit, invalidated the sole asserted claim in one of those patents, and awarded no damages in the $228 million trial.

Jackson Walker Represents Belk in Fastest-Ever Chapter 11 Emergence
Jackson Walker and Kirkland & Ellis represented Belk in emerging from bankruptcy 21 hours after it was put in, setting a national record.

Jackson Walker Represents Courthouse News in Efforts to Expedite Access to Electronic Court Filings
John Edwards, Chip Babcock, and Joel Glover are representing Courthouse News Service in two lawsuits filed in Harris and Travis counties as CNS seeks prompt access to new case-initiating petitions that are electronically filed with state civil courts.

Jackson Walker Obtains Fifth Circuit Dismissal of Controversial Libel Suit
Paul Watler, Shannon Teicher, and Eric Wong defended The Dallas Morning News in a libel suit brought by Demetrick Pennie.

Jackson Walker Represents Frontera Holdings in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Proceedings
Jackson Walker and Kirkland & Ellis are representing Frontera Holdings in its Chapter 11 cases.

Jackson Walker Assists Geekdom Fund in Forming Sidecar for Cloud Computing Startup
Stephanie Chandler and Daniel Maldonado advised Geekdom Fund in raising about $1.17 million in a sidecar equity funding round for MP Cloud Technologies.

Jackson Walker Advises Kamada in Acquiring FDA-Licensed Plasma Collection Center
Marisela Peña Gonzalez and Virginia Alverson Mimmack advised Kamada in acquiring the assets of an FDA-licensed plasma collection center focused on collecting hyperimmune plasma.

Jackson Walker Advises KEEPS Corporation on Equity Investment by SSM Partners
Stephanie Chandler advised KEEPS Corporation on a minority recapitalization.

Jackson Walker Obtains Jury Trial Victory for Midland Hospital in Title VII Lawsuit
Sarah Mitchell Montgomery, Jon Mark Hogg, and Judy Bennett Garner obtained a jury trial verdict for Midland Memorial Hospital.

Prophet Equity Divestitures
Kevin Jones represented Prophet Equity in the sale of portfolio companies Ace Asphalt of Arizona, Inc. and Total Plastics Resources LLC.

Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2021 Texas Rising Stars

Congratulations to the 36 attorneys who were named 2021 Texas Rising Stars! This year, two of our attorneys—Amanda Crouch and Joel Glover—were included in the “Up-and-Coming 100” list of the Texas Rising Stars who received the highest point totals. View our announcement »

ICYMI—In Other News

Visit the JW News page for more »


Diversity & Inclusion

In February, JW released the 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Report highlighting our new Pillars of Success, which affirm our commitments to support the growth and advancement of our diverse attorneys.

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.

COVID Newsletter & Microsite

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, JW launched a newsletter and microsite to keep businesses updated on how they can keep workers safe and their doors open.

Winter Storm Recovery

As businesses assessed the impact of the February winter storm, JW provided updates on the legal implications and laid out a list of relevant services that the Firm can provide.

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.

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