Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton Bolsters Legal Expertise in All Offices

Firm adds media, health care litigation partners in Dallas and Austin

Published 3/15/2016

DALLAS – Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, is proud to announce the addition of six attorneys as the firm expands its litigation and counseling services in its Texas offices in Dallas, Austin and Corpus Christi, and in Nashville, Tennessee.

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“The addition of these attorneys shows our strong commitment to the long-term growth in each of our locations so we can continue to provide clients the service they have come to expect from us over the years,” says firm managing partner John Shackelford.

Joining the firm are:

• Partner Gerald Conley in Dallas. This respected litigator has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in intellectual property, media, securities and fiduciary issues. He also represents broadcasters, publishers, reporters and entertainers in defamation, privacy and other First Amendment issues, as well as in copyright and trademark matters. He joins the firm from Andrews Kurth LLP.

• Partner William “Bill” Hopkins in Austin. He represents health care entities and providers in litigation and before state and federal boards on matters involving licensure, regulatory compliance and administrative issues. He has held several leadership positions with the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section. He also is the current president of the Central Texas Advisory Board of the Texas Diversity Council. He joins the firm from Husch Blackwell LLP.

• Of Counsel Susan G. White in Austin. She represents franchised new car dealers, recreational vehicle dealers and independent car dealers in litigation and regulatory matters. Her litigation practice also includes aviation insurance defense work. She joins the firm from Sapp, White & Freeman, P.C.

• Associate K. Elizabeth Swan in Dallas. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation matters involving small businesses, as well as family law issues including divorce, child custody and support, property division and business valuation. She joins the firm from Cowles & Thompson, P.C.

• Associate Rebekah L. Shulman in Nashville. She is a litigator and registered patent attorney. She frequently represents clients before the U.S Patent and Trademark Office on matters involving intellectual property rights. She joins the firm from Patterson Intellectual Property Law.

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Four of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers of America 2016

The two principals in the Dallas office selected as Best Lawyers are Martha Hardwick Hofmeister, Commercial Litigation, and Mark McQuality, Construction and Construction Law Litigation. Both Hofmeister and McQuality have been selected in their respective categories for five consecutive years.

In Nashville, partners Jay Bowen (Commercial Litigation) was named among the Best Lawyers in America for 2016, having been named so for 10 consecutive years.

Dallas Attorney John Shackelford Discusses Impact of High Court Housing Case on Financial Institutions

Published 1/22/2015

DALLAS – Law360 recently published an article regarding the Supreme Court of the United States hearing arguments on a Texas housing case. Dallas attorney John Shackelford commented on the case in the Law360 piece and on an interview with KERA-FM Dallas.

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From Law360

Dallas attorney John C. Shackelford of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton LLP said around Texas and particularly in Dallas, developers want to make deals and put affordable housing wherever it needs to be — that is, wherever the market is demanding it, regardless of what the project’s ZIP code is.

He said if the court does allow disparate impact claims under the FHA, he would expect to see government agencies immediately step up their regulatory enforcement and be more aggressive in trying to correct what they think is an injustice to certain groups of people.

“If the court rules against the Inclusive Communities Project, that won’t stop groups in the future from trying to find another theory to try to prevail so that they get to the means they’re trying to get to,” Shackelford said. “People are creative and lawyers will try to find a way to correct what they perceive as injustice.”

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Dallas Attorneys Joshua Northam, Benjamin Sparks Join Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP

Published 1/5/2015

DALLAS – The business and entertainment law firm Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP is pleased to announce that civil litigator and family law attorney Joshua Northam and tax and financial services attorney Benjamin Sparks are joining the firm’s Dallas office. Mr. Northam joins as partner, and Mr. Sparks as of counsel.

“Josh and Ben are exceptional attorneys with expertise that will complement the firm’s existing practices to better serve the needs of our clients,” says founding partner John Shackelford.

Mr. Northam is a certified mediator in civil and family law. He also serves as a part-time Dallas County Truancy Courts magistrate, presiding over the Grand Prairie Truancy Court. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association’s Law in the Schools and Community Committee, and he frequently has served as a judge for the Texas High School Mock Trial competition. He joins Shackelford from Blume, Faulkner, Skeen & Northam, PLLC.

Mr. Northam earned his law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2000, after completing his undergraduate degree in management with an emphasis on government at The University of Texas in 1997. He was selected to the 2014 Texas Rising Stars listing.

Mr. Sparks joins Shackelford from Ernst & Young, where he was a senior manager in the Financial Services Group. While there, he worked with clients on a variety of banking and asset management matters, including international tax planning and structuring. He is a former international tax planning manager at Celanese Corp. and previously worked as a tax associate with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

Licensed to practice in Texas and New York, Mr. Sparks earned his law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2002 and his LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law in 2007. He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting in 1999 from The University of Texas at Arlington.

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