Two McGinnis Lochridge attorneys, Austin Brister and Chris Halgren, were recognized on the 2022 Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under List.

Each year, the Benchmark team sets out to find the best and brightest law firm partners who stand out in their practices throughout the US and in Canada. These young and accomplished lawyers frequently handle major cases – some of which are high-stakes or precedent-setting. These practitioners are among the top young talent in their respective litigation communities in the U.S. & Canada.

Austin Brister is a partner in our Oil and Gas group. Before lawsuits are filed, Austin helps oil and gas companies analyze complicated issues, and strives to develop creative and practical business solutions. But, when necessary, Austin works hard to implement aggressive, goal-focused strategies in the courthouse. Austin frequently assists clients in resolving problems involving title disputes, injunctive relief, joint operating agreements, accounting issues, royalty disputes, lease termination disputes, surface use and trespass issues, purchase and sale issues, lease saving operations, and a host of other oil and gas issues.

Chris represents clients in a wide variety of contract, tort, secured transactions and other civil litigation matters. While the focus of his practice has been on the oil and gas industry, Chris also represents clients in a multitude of other industries such as financial services, health care and services companies. Chris strives to identify an aggressive, yet practical approach to accomplish his clients' needs, taking into account the particular legal and business issues presented.  Where litigation has been necessary, Chris has represented his clients' interests in courtrooms across Texas. Chris has obtained favorable results for his clients in Texas state and federal courts as well as in domestic and international arbitration.

Since 2008, Benchmark Litigation continues to be the only publication focusing exclusively on U.S. litigation. Rankings result from the culmination of a six-month research period in which Benchmark researchers conduct interviews with litigators and their clients, in which recent casework handled by the firms is examined and sources are asked to offer their professional opinions on the attorneys practicing within their state or national practice areas.

Click here to view  the 2022 Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under List.

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