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Underwood Shareholder Slater Elza Presents “Ethics + Best Practices = Great Business” at the 85th Annual TAMIC Convention and Seminar

Underwood Shareholder Slater Elza recently presented “Ethics + Best Practices = Great Business” at the 85th Annual TAMIC Convention and Seminar in Round Rock, Texas. The Texas Association of Mutual Insurance Companies is an insurance trade organization comprised of farm mutual insurance companies which provides property and casualty insurance coverages for the people of Texas.

 




Cara Kennemer Presented “Construction Law Traps for the Unwary” to the Amarillo Bar Association on October 14, 2021

Cara Kennemer, chair of Underwood Law Firm’s Construction Section, presented “Construction Law Traps for the Unwary” to the Amarillo Bar Association on October 14, 2021. Her presentation covered construction insurance and indemnity, experts, certificates of merit, residential nuances, lien and bond claims, and an update on the recent legislative changes affecting construction cases.

Cara is Board Certified in Construction Law and assists Underwood’s clients in all aspects of the construction process on projects involving underground utilities, event venues, wastewater treatment facilities, residential developments and subdivisions, public facilities and paving, higher education buildings, and numerous other types of commercial and residential projects. She also negotiates design and construction contracts on a wide array of projects.




Underwood Shareholder, Slater Elza Attends the Texas Association of Defense Counsel’s (“TADC”) Annual Meeting, Concluding His One-year Term as President of the Organization

During the week of September 20, 2021 Underwood Shareholder, Slater Elza attended the Texas Association of Defense Counsel’s (“TADC”) Annual Meeting where he concluded his one-year term as President of the Organization.  At the conference, he led a panel discussion regarding the 2021 Texas Legislative Session and was elected to serve a three-year term as the Defense Research Institute’s (“DRI”) Texas State Representative.  Slater was also awarded the DRI Exceptional Performance Citation for 2020-21. Slater will continue to serve on the TADC Executive Committee next year as the Immediate Past President.




Janet Bubert to Present Legal Update for Education Foundations on August 26

Attorney Janet Bubert has been invited to present a Legal Update for Education Foundations as part of a webinar series sponsored by the Texas Education Foundation Network. Janet’s presentation will include information about new legislation impacting nonprofit organizations, best practices for virtual meetings and other guidance to ensure legal compliance for an education foundation.

Janet Bubert focuses her practice on representing all types of educational entities and works extensively with education foundations throughout the state.

To learn more about TEFN and other programs in the webinar series visit www.tefn.org.




Chris Wrampelmeier Received the Joseph W. McKnight Best Family Law CLE Article Award from the Family Law Section of the State Bar

On August 2, 2021 at the Advanced Family Law Course in San Antonio, Texas, Chris Wrampelmeier, along with co-author the Hon. Karl Hays, received the Joseph W. McKnight Best Family Law CLE Article award from the Family Law Section of the State Bar. Each year a committee reads every article written for the Advanced Family Law Course, Marriage Dissolution Institute, New Frontiers in Marital Property Course, and the December continuing legal education (CLE) course. The committee then selects the best paper from the many presented at those seminars. Mr. Wrampelmeier’s paper was entitled You Presume Too Much: Overcoming Fit Parent, Visitation, and Child Support Presumptions. Judge Hays and Mr. Wrampelmeier presented their paper at the Advanced Trial Skills for Family Lawyers 2020 Course in December 2020, webcasted due to the pandemic.

Mr. Wrampelmeier is a frequent speaker at CLE courses. On July 17, 2021, he presented his paper, 2021 Changes to Discovery and the Impact on Family Cases, at the Texas Bar College Summer School 2021 in Galveston, Texas. On August 4, 2021, he presented his paper, Reimbursement and Reconstituted Estate, at the Advanced Family Law Course.




Underwood Shareholder, Autum Flores is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Underwood Shareholder, Autum Flores is now Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Autum primarily focuses her practice on labor and employment counseling, regulatory practice, and litigation. As part of her labor and employment practice, Ms. Flores frequently consults with employers in relation to a wide range of labor and employment-related questions and issues.

TBLS certifies lawyers that have substantial, relevant experience in select areas of law, completed continuing legal education hours in the specialty area, and passed a rigorous exam.




Underwood Lawyer Roger Cox Publishes New Law Book

Underwood lawyer, Roger Cox, has released the 2021 edition of Texas Creditors’ Rights Laws Annotated.  The book is published by Thomson Reuters, America’s leading publisher of law books and online legal solutions, including Thomson Reuters Westlaw.™

Texas Creditors’ Rights Laws Annotated is part of the Thomson Reuters Texas Annotated Code Series, authored by prominent law professors and practitioners. The series can be found in law firms and law libraries throughout the State.  “We’re hopeful that this publication will become a cost-effective, user-friendly tool for Texas lawyers engaged in any facet of the debtor-creditor relationship,” said Cox. “By pulling together laws from a variety of statutory and regulatory sources, the book provides a comprehensive view of debtor-creditor law.”   

Mr. Cox is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law, Commercial Real Estate Law, and Farm & Ranch Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and a past contributor to the SMU Law Review’s Annual Survey of Texas Law.




Autum Flores to Present “Employment Matters” at the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Virtual Community Law Conference

Autum Flores to present “Employment Matters”  at the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Virtual Community Law Conference. The Legal Aid of Northwest Texas is partnering with attorneys and community agencies to help those understand important changes in the law.

Autum primarily focuses her practice on labor and employment counseling, regulatory practice, and litigation. As part of her labor and employment practice, Ms. Flores frequently consults with employers in relation to a wide range of labor and employment-related questions and issues.




Autum Flores to Speak at a Live Online Seminar for the National Business Institute.

Autum primarily focuses her practice on labor and employment counseling, regulatory practice, and litigation. As part of her labor and employment practice, Ms. Flores frequently consults with employers in relation to a wide range of labor and employment-related questions and issues.
 
For more information on the upcoming Online Seminar, Mini Law School for Texas HR Professionals, a Comprehensive Primer on Labor and Employment, click here.
 
 
 



Three Underwood Attorneys Named 2021 Texas Rising Stars

The Underwood Law Firm is pleased to announce that Jason Fenton, Stephanie James and Brad Timms have been named 2021 “Texas Rising Stars.” 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. Only 2.5 percent of the total lawyers in Texas are listed as “Rising Stars.”

Jason Fenton – Jason Fenton practices civil litigation with a focus on commercial disputes, real estate, construction, personal injury defense and banking. In his practice he represents individuals and non-profits, as well as multi-billion dollar companies. Whether in state or federal court, Jason is well-prepared to represent his clients vigorously. Prior to joining the firm, Jason served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ed Kinkeade, United States District Judge, Northern District of Texas.

Stephanie James – Stephanie James’ practice consists of a wide variety of civil litigation, healthcare and employment matters. She represents clients in personal injury litigation, nonsubscriber litigation, healthcare litigation, commercial litigation (including contract disputes and deceptive trade practices claims), construction disputes, employment disputes, and general civil litigation.

Brad Timms – Brad Timms has experience representing a wide range of clients, from individuals and small businesses to large publicly-traded corporations, in a variety of business and commercial cases in state and federal court. His practice focuses on construction, business and insurance litigation. In addition to his litigation practice, Brad also assists clients with preparation of contracts and business-related negotiations.