Kennemer and Schellhammer Present at State Bar Construction Conference

Cara Kennemer and Richard Schellhammer presented papers at the 28th Annual Construction Law Conference in San Antonio on March 5 and 6, 2015. Cara’s presentation was entitled “Public-Private Partnerships: How to Secure Payment” and Richard presented a paper entitled “Resolving Lien/Bond Claims-So You Perfected Your Claim, When Does the Money Arrive?” Over 700 construction lawyers attended this year’s Conference.  Copies of their papers are available for order by clicking here.




Kelly Utsinger Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

Kelly Utsinger has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

The induction ceremony at which he became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 585 persons during the recent 2015 Spring Annual Meeting of the College in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,860 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute individuals accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

Mr. Utsinger joins the approximately 300 lawyers practicing in Texas who are current Fellows in the College.  Mr. Utsinger is a shareholder in the Underwood Law Firm, a 102 year old firm, with offices in Amarillo, Austin, Fort Worth, Lubbock, and Pampa. He has been practicing in Amarillo since 1980. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of Texas Tech University School of Law and completed his undergraduate education at Abilene Christian College in 1975.