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John Hendricks, an attorney specializing in Intellectual Property litigation, has been hired as a partner by Austin-based law firm Reed & Scardino LLP.
Hendricks has represented the intellectual property interests of clients in a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, energy, petrochemicals, computer hardware and software, restaurant holdings and garment manufacturing, at both trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining Reed & Scardino, he was with the Dallas-based Intellectual Property specialty firm Hitchcock Evert LLP.
“John Hendricks is an exciting addition to our growing and strengthening team,” said Managing Partner Todd Reed. Further, Reed adds, “John’s history with Intellectual Property client assets and their protection from the District Courts, through the U.S. Court of Appeals, to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court is an invaluable experience for our team and will be added value to Reed & Scardino’s clients.”
In addition to IP law, John works with both domestic and international clients on international arbitrations and complex commercial litigation matters. He’s also an educator, facilitator and tutor, having focused on medical ethics and the intersection of medicine and the law.
Hendricksreceived his BA from Oberlin College; holds a MA and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago and received his JD from Harvard School of Law.
International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP (www.gtlaw.com) has added Kendyl Hanks to its Austin office as a shareholder in the litigation practice.
“Kendyl’s extensive experience as an appellate lawyer and trial counsel will broaden the resources available to our clients not only in Texas, but firm-wide. Her experience in and out of federal and state courtrooms will allow Greenberg Traurig to counsel clients on a wide range of issues,” said Darrell Windham, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Austin office.
After starting her Texas law practice in 2001, Hanks was twice listed as a “Rising Star” in the practice of appellate law in Texas, and was named as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas Under 40” by D Magazine. In late 2005, Hanks moved to New York, where she cultivated a national trial and appeals practice, and was twice recognized again as a litigation “Rising Star” in the New York metro area by SuperLawyers. In late 2012, Hanks was recognized by SuperLawyers as one of the Top Women Lawyers in the New York Metro Area.
Hanks plans to continue serving her clients’ litigation needs in Texas, New York, and other jurisdictions. “After seven years in New York, I’m thrilled that Greenberg Traurig has given me the opportunity to return to my Texas roots,” said Hanks of her return to Austin.
Hanks has represented clients in trial and on appeal in a wide variety of cases involving complex business and commercial disputes, business tort claims and defenses, bankruptcy adversary and confirmation proceedings, proportionate and contributory fault, real estate disputes, governmental immunity, tax law, fraud, fiduciary duty, alter ego and fraudulent transfer claims, constitutional law, jurisdictional issues, tribal sovereignty, and other complex or untested issues of law. She has made substantial contributions to the legal profession through service to the bar and pro bono clients. Hanks was elected to serve as one of the youngest members of the American Bar Association (ABA) Board of Governors and House of Delegates for the 2009-2012 term. She is also active in the ABA Section of Business Law, in which she co-chairs an appellate subcommittee. Hanks is a frequent author and speaker around the country on issues related to tort and fiduciary duty issues, litigation practice in the trial and appellate courts, developments in the United States Supreme Court, diversity in the legal profession, and associate development.
Texas Lawyer, the state’s leading legal publication, recently wrote about Mike Slack of Austin–based Slack & Davis (http://www.slackdavis.com/) and his unique approach to resolving the litigation that surfaced after the Reno Air Races crash 18 months ago, which claimed the lives of spectators and caused numerous injuries.
Slack, a veteran aviation lawyer, recognized that there was a cap of the amount of funds that would be available to plaintiffs of $100 million. So he brought all the plaintiffs’ lawyers together and created a “claims resolution facility” to administer the funds that were available to the families of those injured or killed.
This produced a number of winners, including the insurance company, the Reno Air Races Association, and most importantly the plaintiffs since some of them would have been left out after the $100 million was exhausted through traditional litigation.
“The idea was to have something with certainty and had an advantage over the alternatives,” Slack told Texas Lawyer.
Slack also brought in Ken Feinberg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Feinberg)
to help oversee the collaborative process. Feinberg was impressed with the concept, telling the newspaper:
“The creativity and ability of Slack and McQuillen made my job much easier. They were on the same page from day one. It’s vastly preferable to arguing in the courtroom. Instead, the lawyers get together, they secure the services of an independent neutral, they work with a formula, fashioning a formula, and then the formula is implemented.”
On Friday, Public Justice, an advocacy group for plaintiffs and their lawyers, sent comments to the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Civil Rules to oppose possible changes to the rules governing discovery in all civil cases in federal court. The Committee is considering several amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including amendments that that would delete key language defining “relevance” for purposes of discovery, require a cost-benefit analysis in determining the scope of discovery, permit the entry of protective orders to shift the cost of discovery to a requesting party, and dramatically cut back the number of discovery requests presumptively available.
“We told the Committee that we think these changes are a bad idea,” wrote Public Justice Executive Director Arthur Bryant a few minutes ago.
“We believe that proposed changes effectively narrowing the scope of discovery are wholly unwarranted, would hinder the ability of individuals to obtain key relevant information completely within the control of corporate defendants, and would undermine decades of judicial guidance on the scope of discovery. An emphasis on cost-shifting in discovery — as the rule, rather than the rare exception — would not only impede plaintiffs’ access to relevant information, but would also encourage corporate defendants to make retrieval of archived information as difficult and as expensive as possible. And artificially low limits on the number of discovery requests would thwart the search for the truth, promote even more gamesmanship, and create (rather than reduce) inefficiencies in the process.”
“Rhonda is an exceptionally talented attorney who has demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards of client service,” said Adam I. Hauser, Managing Partner. “On behalf of the partnership, I congratulate Rhonda on this achievement and am confident she will continue to make noteworthy contributions to Brown McCarroll and our clients.”
Mates is a member of the Bankruptcy and Business Restructuring Section and serves clients in bankruptcy litigation, commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense. Ms. Mates is also a member of the Construction Law Section of the firm. She also has experience defending toxic tort and personal injury cases. Ms. Mates earned her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and her B.A. degree from Stephen F. Austin University.