2013 Texas Rising Stars


The Underwood Law Firm is pleased to announce that John Atkins has been named a 2013 “Texas Rising Star.”  To be honored as a Rising Star, attorneys must be age 40 or younger, or have practiced fewer than 10 years.  Rising Star selections are based on nominations from fellow attorneys who previously were honored in the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers list.  The selections are made by Texas Monthly magazine in cooperation with the publication Law and Politics.  Only 2.5 percent of the total lawyers in Texas are listed as “Rising Stars.”

John Atkins – Mr. Atkins practices in the areas of business transactions, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate governance.  He is the head of Underwood’s Business Law Section.  He has closed dozens of transactions with an aggregate purchase price amount totaling more than several hundred million dollars.  He also has vast experience with economic development matters and private equity placements and he represents a public company with ’33 Act disclosure and related matters.  He was also named a rising star in 2008, 2010 and 2012. He was honored as a Top 20 Under 40 award recipient by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce in 2012.  He has served as a Director of the Amarillo Area Young Lawyers Association since 2008.  Mr. Atkins holds degrees from the University of Texas School of Business and Texas Tech University School of Law.

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