Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2021 Texas Rising Stars

March 23, 2021 | Attorney News

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 36 attorneys to Thomson Reuters’ 2021 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list. Spanning five offices and eight major practice areas, 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 2021 issue of Texas Monthly. For more information, visit the Super Lawyers website.

The Firm proudly congratulates the 36 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.” Notably, this year’s list includes nine first-time honorees and two attorneys named to the “Up-and-Coming 100: 2021 Texas Rising Stars” list.


Sean Gallagher, Business Litigation (2020)
Noah Galton, Eminent Domain (2019)
Kati Orso, Real Estate (2021)
Jorge Padilla, Business Litigation (2020)
Michael Roberts, Construction Litigation (2018)
Michelle Moore Smith, Real Estate (2011)
Scott Weatherford, Business Litigation (2019)
Jennifer Wertz, Bankruptcy: Business (2020)


Vienna Flores Anaya, Bankruptcy: Business (2021)
Chris Bankler, Business Litigation (2018)
Edwin Buffmire, Antitrust Litigation (2017)
Lamar Dowling, Real Estate (2017)
Gracie Garcia, Civil Litigation: Defense (2021)
James Carlos McFall, Business Litigation (2017)
Brad Nitschke, Business Litigation (2014)
Gaby Rawlings, Real Estate (2021)
David Schlottman, Employment Litigation: Defense (2017)
Jordan Smith, Energy & Natural Resources (2019)

Fort Worth

Jeff Gilmore, Energy & Natural Resources (2021)


Jamila Brinson, Employment & Labor (2019)
Jennifer Caughey, Appellate (2015)
Joel Glover, Business Litigation (2018)  [Named to “Up-and-Coming 100: 2021 Texas Rising Stars” list]
Genevieve Graham, Bankruptcy: Business (2018)
Carey Hain, Real Estate (2020)
Richard Howell, Business Litigation (2014)
Lindsey Moorhead, Environmental (2021)
Veronica Polnick, Bankruptcy: Consumer (2018)
Jeremy Sheng, Mergers & Acquisitions (2020)
William Stowe, Civil Litigation: Defense (2019)
Catharine Yen, Immigration (2018)

San Antonio

Amanda Crouch, Civil Litigation: Defense (2018)  [Named to “Up-and-Coming 100: 2021 Texas Rising Stars” and “Up-and-Coming 50: 2021 Women Texas Rising Stars” lists]
Josué Galván, Business Litigation (2021)
Shari Mao, Business/Corporate (2021)
Reagan Marble, Energy & Natural Resources (2018)
Matthew Swantner, Business Litigation (2021)
Zachary Zurek, Business Litigation (2019)

Meet JW

Founded in 1887, Jackson Walker has played a vital role in the growth and development of Texas business. With more than 400 attorneys across seven Texas-based offices, we are the third-largest law firm in the state and have been recognized by Law360 as a “Texas Powerhouse” and an “elite law firm” that regularly provides counsel to industry-leading clients on highly complex transactions. The Firm is ranked nationally in 27 practice areas in the U.S. News’ “Best Law Firms” rankings, has nine Chambers-ranked practices and 16 practice areas with Chambers-ranked attorneys, and has been recognized as a BTI Client Service A-Team since 2014.

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Published in 2021 Texas Rising Stars Magazine

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Vienna Flores Anaya
Associate, Dallas

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

Sean F. Gallagher
Associate, Austin

Noah M. Galton
Partner, Austin

Josué J. Galván
Associate, San Antonio

Gracie Garcia
Associate, Fort Worth

Jeffrey R. Gilmore
Partner, Fort Worth

Joel R. Glover
Partner, Houston

Genevieve Graham
Partner, Houston

Richard A. Howell
Partner, Houston

Shari Y. Mao
Partner, San Antonio

Reagan M. Marble
Partner, San Antonio

James Carlos McFall
Of Counsel, Dallas

Lindsey C. Moorhead
Partner, Houston

Kati Orso
Partner, Austin

Jorge A. Padilla
Partner, Austin

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

Matthew J. Swantner
Partner, San Antonio

Scott W. Weatherford
Partner, Austin

Jennifer F. Wertz
Partner, Austin

Catharine Yen
Senior Counsel, Houston

Zach Zurek
Partner, San Antonio