Jackson Walker is pleased to congratulate Noah Galton, Joel Glover, Dawn Holiday, Jimmy McDonough, and Michael Roberts on their election as fellows and Erica Giese as a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Fellows are chosen for their outstanding professional achievements and demonstrated commitment to improving the Texas justice system. Each year, one-third of one percent of State Bar members are invited to become fellows. Once nominees are selected, they must be elected by the foundation’s Board of Trustees.
More than 90 Jackson Walker attorneys have been elected to fellowship, and they continue to support the foundation either as fellows, life fellows, or sustaining life fellows. A fellow has made a pledge to the foundation, a life fellow has completed his or her initial pledge, and a sustaining life fellow continues to support the foundation even after fulfilling his or her pledge.
As the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the nation, the Texas Bar Foundation has contributed more than $20 million to worthy projects focused on providing opportunities and protecting justice.
Noah M. Galton’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, including eminent domain, real estate litigation, and general business litigation. Noah has successfully prosecuted numerous lawsuits to jury verdict and has appeared in dozens of administrative hearings across the State. In 2019, Thomson Reuters recognized Noah as a “Texas Rising Star” in Super Lawyers – Rising Stars. Outside of his practice, he serves on the Waller Creek Conservancy Development Committee, is a member of the International Right of Way Association, and has served as a guest speaker at the University of Texas School of Law.
Erica Benites Giese is an attorney in the white collar section of Jackson Walker’s San Antonio office and a former Chief of the Financial Litigation Unit and the San Antonio Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. Outside of her practice, Erica volunteers her time with the Hispanic National Bar Association as Deputy Region XII President and as a member of the Compliance and Ethics Section. She is also actively involved with the U.S. District Court Admissions Committee, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Federal Bar Association’s San Antonio Chapter. In 2019, San Antonio Scene listed Erica among the “Best S.A. Lawyers” in the area of criminal defense.
Joel R. Glover works extensively in the areas of financial services, energy and natural resources, media, intellectual property, and entertainment. Joel’s experience includes representing clients in high-stakes commercial litigation, copyright infringement litigation, individual and corporate fiduciary litigation, and media litigation. Since 2018, Joel has been recognized in Thomson Reuters’ “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list. In addition to his practice, Joel volunteers his time with the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law, the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Media, Privacy, and Advertising Law Committee, Alley Theatre, and the West Point Society of Greater Houston.
An experienced litigator and trial attorney, Dawn S. Holiday handles a variety of multi-party lawsuits, including employment litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury, professional liability, workers’ compensation, and general liability defense. Outside of her practice, Dawn helps advance equality women and minorities in the legal profession through her involvement with the Houston Bar Association’s Teach Texas Program, Constitutional Day Reading Program, Diversity and Inclusion Committee—formerly known as the Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee (MOILP) and as a frequent speaker at the Women in Legal and Corporation Leadership Summit Houston. Dawn has been recognized in Thompson Reuters’ “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list for seven consecutive years, Top 50 Multi-Cultural Lawyers by the National Diversity Council, and named to the National Black Lawyers “Top 100” list.
James M. McDonough counsels clients on a broad range of projects involving corporate finance, commercial real estate and mortgage lending, including traditional bank commercial loans, publicly and privately placed debt offerings, and syndicated commercial loans; municipal bond transactions; and securitization of financial assets. He is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been recognized among Thomson Reuters’ “Super Lawyers” list (2009-2010; 2016-2018); The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2016, 2018) in the area of Real Estate Law; San Antonio Scene’s “Best S.A. Lawyers” (2007-2011; 2017-2019) in the areas of Banking and Real Estate Transactions. Outside of his practice, Jimmy volunteers his time with the Texas Cavaliers.
Michael C. Roberts is experienced in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, with particular emphasis on construction and insurance matters, as well as class action litigation. Michael has also developed experience obtaining injunctive relief on behalf of a variety of clients and assisting in patent and trademark litigation matters. Since 2018, he has been listed among Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers – Rising Stars in the area of Construction Litigation. In addition to his practice, Michael volunteers his time as Co-Chair of the Austin Bar Association/Austin Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy.