February 26, 2008

AUSTIN, TEXAS (February 26, 2008) – McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P. today announced it is hosting more than 100 attorneys from 46 states and eight countries at the midwinter conference of the State Capital Global Law Firm Group beginning February 28 in Austin. The State Capital Global Law Firm Group is an association of independent law firms in all 50 U.S. state capitals and commercial cities, and over 130 member firms located around the world.

Pat Lochridge, managing partner of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, says he is looking forward to the group’s meeting in Austin. “Our attorneys and staff have been preparing for several months to give a warm welcome to our peers from around the U.S. and the world. Austin is a popular destination, which adds to the attraction of the meeting for the attendees.”

Austin Mayor Will Wynn will provide welcoming remarks and discuss what cities can do regarding climate change and energy efficiency at the opening session on Thursday, February 28, followed by a panel discussion on climate change and its impact on the environment and water supply. Over the course of the three-day meeting, presentations will address topics including intellectual property, labor/employment, healthcare and insurance, real estate, corporate transactions and environmental laws. Among the hot topics is electronic waste (e-waste) recycling, which will be presented by Texas Senator Kirk Watson on Friday, February 29.

Additional speakers include Buddy Garcia, Chairman, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Charles Matthews, Exxon/Mobil; attorneys Henry Garrana, Kelly Walton and Thomas Welch of Dell Inc; Jerry Patterson, Commissioner, Texas General Land Office; Barry Smitherman, Chairman, Texas Public Utilities Commission; Kathleen Hillegas, Managing Director, Governmental Relations, Administaff; William J. Schilling, General Counsel, NAPEO; Jenny Fowler, Regional Legislative Director, HUMANA; Pat Wood III, Principal, Wood3 Resources; Steve Krasoff of Newmark Homes; Brian Rider, Forestar Real Estate Group; Morris Davis, Temple Inland; Gilbert Herrera, Herrera Partners; Clyde Lea, Conoco/Phillips; Ronald Kaiser, Texas A&M University; and Karl Slaikeu, Chorda Conflict Management The complete schedule is available at http://www.statecapitallaw.org/meetings/austin/index.htm 

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