Jackson Walker congratulates Dallas partners Chris Bankler, Alden Crow, James McFall, and Brad Nitschke on their inclusion in D Magazine’s 2021 “Best Lawyers Under 40” list recognizing outstanding young attorneys in the North Texas area. Attorneys on the “Best Lawyers Under 40” list are nominated by peers who have witnessed their work firsthand and are selected for recognition by a panel of attorneys of varying ages and levels of experience.
To view the full list of recognized attorneys, visit the 2021 “Best Lawyers Under 40” directory. All honorees were featured in the January 2021 issue of D Magazine.
Chris Bankler counsels clients through the process of complex business litigation, including general business disputes, fraud claims, breach of fiduciary duty cases, and breach of contract claims. An experienced litigator, Chris has served as litigation counsel in more than 100 cases in state and federal courts, as well as FINRA and AAA arbitrations. Since 2020, Chris has been named to D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas” and “Best Lawyers Under 40” lists in the area of Business/Commercial Litigation. He has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Texas by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers since 2018. Outside of his practice, Chris volunteers his time with the North Texas Food Bank, the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Recruiting Task Force, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Alden S. Crow chairs Jackson Walker’s Corporate & Securities practice in Dallas. In his practice, Alden routinely assists clients in all types of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint venture formations, and in negotiating and settling business “divorces,” indemnification and other transactional disputes. He has worked with clients in a broad range of industries and has developed particular experience assisting clients in the healthcare sector. In addition to his transactional practice, he works as part of a team that represents family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and startup and emerging growth companies from the earliest stages of formation through significant liquidity events. Since 2018, D Magazine has recognized Alden among the “Best Lawyers Under 40” and “Best Lawyers in Dallas” in the area of Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquisitions.
James Carlos McFall focuses his practice on media, sports, entertainment, and complex commercial litigation, including cases of alleged fraud, tortious interference, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and theft of trade secrets. He has represented clients in federal and state courts Texas and California. James has been named a “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers since 2017. In addition to his practice, James co-chairs the American Bar Association’s First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition, serves as an At-Large member of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law, and is President of the Windcrest/Northeast Bridge Builders.
Brad Nitschke is a partner in Jackson Walker’s Trial and Investigations & White Collar Defense practices. In addition to representing business and healthcare clients in litigation from demand through trial, Brad has particular experience in investigations and crisis response involving allegations of sexual misconduct, financial impropriety, and healthcare fraud and abuse. Brad’s extensive experience in these areas also equips him to work with proactive clients who want to identify areas of potential exposure and develop policies and practices to help minimize future risk before a problem arises. Brad has been named a “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers since 2014, and he has been recognized among D Magazine‘s “Best Lawyers Under 40” since 2020 in the area of Business/Commercial Litigation.
In addition to serving on Jackson Walker’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Brad volunteers his time as a member of the Board of Directors of Forefront Living, a nonprofit and faith-based senior living, home health care, and hospice provider, and the City of Dallas Housing Finance Corporation, which finances affordable housing in Dallas. He is a past board member of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas Domestic Violence Legal Help Center. Brad is also a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association’s Litigation and Fraud and Abuse Practice Groups and the National LGBT Bar Association.