May 9, 2014

AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 9, 2014) -- McGinnis Lochridge congratulates Carl Galant, Chris Halgren, Michael Kabat, April Lucas, Stephen Orsinger, Jessica Palvino, and Derrick Price on being selected to the 2014 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a Thomson Reuters service.

Carl Galant is recognized in General Litigation.   Carl manages a diverse practice and possesses expertise in a number of administrative, regulatory and litigation areas. His state regulatory and administrative experience spans natural resources, energy, health and financial services. Carl also represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes in state and federal court. His litigation practice encompasses employment law, consumer law, contract law, real estate, collections and administrative law.

Chris Halgren is recognized in Business Litigation.   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.

Michael Kabat is recognized in Business Litigation.   Michael has a broad litigation practice, representing small and large businesses and individuals in state and federal court as both plaintiffs and defendants. Michael also has experience representing clients before state and federal courts of appeals. Michael’s areas of practice include attorney malpractice defense, business disputes, collections and creditor rights, breach of contract, trademark and patent infringement, and condemnation and landowners’ rights.

April Lucas is recognized in General Litigation.  April is a trial attorney working for defendants and plaintiffs in complex civil litigation. Her litigation experience encompasses matters as diverse as oil and gas, contractual disputes, fraud, trade secrets, construction, leases, property law, mining, employment, collections, probate, trusts and estates, family disputes, and wrongful death and personal injury. She devotes a substantial portion of her practice to representing attorneys defending legal malpractice claims.

Stephen Orsinger is recognized in Family Law.  Stephen focuses his practice on general civil litigation, civil appeals and family law. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state, federal and appellate courts in Texas. Stephen is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and has authored papers on a wide variety of topics including: business valuation and entity structure, characterization of community and separate property, goodwill, trusts, electronic discovery and pre-nuptial agreements.

Jessica Palvino is recognized in Personal Injury Plaintiff: General.   Jessica has a broad civil litigation practice, representing individuals and businesses in state and federal court. She handles a wide variety of civil matters for plaintiffs and defendants, including legal malpractice defense, product liability, personal injury cases and business disputes.

Derrick Price is recognized in Energy & Resources.  Derrick handles a wide variety of civil matters for both plaintiffs and defendants in the oil and gas industry. His litigation expertise includes disputes over surface use, joint operating agreements, royalty underpayment, gas measurement, lease covenants and mineral ownership throughout Texas. Derrick regularly represents landowners, mineral owners and royalty owners in negotiating oil, gas and other mineral leases, surface agreements, seismic permits and pipeline easements.

The Rising Star honor is reserved for top Texas attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice fewer than 10 years. They are nominated by members of the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters service, which is published annually in October.

About McGinnis Lochridge

McGinnis Lochridge is a Texas-based law firm providing legal services for more than 85 years. From offices in Austin and Houston the firm provide business, government and litigation counsel to a national clientele. The firm maintains practices in Litigation, Oil and Gas, Water, Environmental, Corporate and Business Transactions, Health Care, Electric Energy, Employment Law and Employee Benefits, Telecommunication, Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate, Legislative and Government Relations, Financial Services, and Education and Public Law.

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