Jackson Walker Congratulates 30 Attorneys Listed Among 2020 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” List

March 10, 2020 | Attorney News

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 30 attorneys to Thomson Reuters’ 2020 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list. Spanning five offices, six major practice areas, and experience ranging from six to 15 years, these up-and-coming attorneys have been nominated by peers within and outside the Firm.

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes only 2.5% of Texas attorneys who either are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less as “Rising Stars.” To be selected for inclusion, candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including experience, results for their clients, representative clients, honors and awards, special licenses and certifications, their position with the law firm, bar and professional activity, pro bono and community service, scholarly lectures and writings, and their education and employment background. After the patented selection process is complete, results are validated by a third-party organization, resulting in a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys.

The full list of “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” will be published in the April 2020 issue of Texas Monthly. For more information, visit the Super Lawyers website.

The Firm proudly congratulates the 30 attorneys listed below who made the list, organized by office and including their respective practice areas and the first year they were recognized as “Rising Stars.”


Noah M. Galton, Business Litigation (2019)
Jorge A. Padilla, Business Litigation (2020)
Michael C. Roberts, Construction Litigation (2018)
Michelle Moore Smith, Real Estate (2011)
Scott W. Weatherford, Business Litigation (2019)
Jennifer F. Wertz, Bankruptcy: Business (2020)


Chris R. Bankler, Business Litigation (2018)
Edwin M. Buffmire, Antitrust Litigation (2017)
Lamar H. Dowling, Real Estate (2017)
James Carlos McFall, Business Litigation (2017)
Brad Nitschke, Business Litigation (2014)
David Schlottman, Employment Litigation: Defense (2017)
Jordan Smith, Energy & Resources (2019)
Stephanie Collett Sparks, Business Litigation (2013)

Fort Worth

Adam L. Plumbley, Energy & Resources (2017)
Jay K. Wieser, Business Litigation (2010)


Jamila M. Brinson, Employment & Labor (2019)
Jennifer Caughey, Civil Litigation: Defense (2015)
Luke J. Gilman, Business Litigation (2015)
Joel R. Glover, Business Litigation (2018)
Marisela Peña Gonzalez, Business/Corporate (2016)
Carey L. Hain, Real Estate (2020)
Richard A. Howell, Business Litigation (2014)
Veronica A. Polnick, Bankruptcy: Consumer (2018)
Jeremy I. Sheng, Mergers & Acquisitions (2020)
William J. Stowe, Civil Litigation: Defense (2019)
Catharine W. Yen, Immigration: Business (2018)

San Antonio

Amanda N. Crouch, Civil Litigation: Defense (2018)
Reagan M. Marble, Energy & Resources (2018)
Zachary C. Zurek, Business Litigation (2019)

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In This Story

Chris Bankler
Partner, Dallas

Jamila M. Brinson
Partner, Houston

Edwin Buffmire
Partner, Dallas

Jennifer Caughey
Partner, Houston

Amanda N. Crouch
Partner, San Antonio

Lamar H. Dowling
Partner, Dallas

Noah M. Galton
Partner, Austin

Luke J. Gilman
Partner, Houston

Joel R. Glover
Partner, Houston

Marisela Peña Gonzalez
Partner, Houston

Richard A. Howell
Partner, Houston

Reagan M. Marble
Partner, San Antonio

Jorge A. Padilla
Partner, Austin

Adam L. Plumbley
Partner, Fort Worth

Veronica A. Polnick
Partner, Houston

Michael C. Roberts
Partner, Austin

David Schlottman
Partner, Dallas

Jeremy I. Sheng
Partner, Houston

Michelle Moore Smith
Partner, Austin

S. Jordan Smith
Partner, Dallas

William J. Stowe
Partner, Houston

Scott W. Weatherford
Partner, Austin

Jennifer F. Wertz
Partner, Austin

Catharine Yen
Senior Counsel, Houston

Zach Zurek
Partner, San Antonio