Dallas Trial Lawyer David Elrod Joins Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton
Noted energy litigation team joins firm’s complex business litigation group
DALLAS – Veteran trial lawyer David Elrod has joined the business and entertainment
law firm Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, as a partner in the Dallas office,
marking a significant expansion of the firm’s existing litigation practice.
Also joining Shackelford are partner Worthy Walker, of counsel Barbara Wohlrabe and
associate Hayley Ellison. The attorneys all have substantial experience in complex
commercial and energy disputes in Texas and around the country.
“Since 2002, this firm has grown steadily, with a focus upon what is best for our clients’
business interests. This group is a significant addition that will benefit all of our clients
and position us for continued growth,” says founding partner John Shackelford.
“It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to bring upper-tier litigators such as David and
his team into your firm. Their addition strengthens our litigation and trial capabilities
regionally and throughout the country, while also adding a robust energy litigation
Mr. Elrod has nearly 40 years of experience trying bet-the-company cases and a variety
of complex commercial lawsuits around the country. He was the founder of the
successful litigation boutique Elrod PLLC, which he helmed for 15 years in Dallas.
Among Texas’ most respected trial lawyers, Mr. Elrod represents clients in state and
federal litigation involving energy, oil and gas, real estate, bankruptcy, and complex
“I’m very excited about joining a dynamic regional firm where I can continue to service
the litigation needs of my clients, with flexibility as to rates and billing arrangements, and
also provide them access to the firm’s full-service resources. These considerations are
important to all of our clients, whether Fortune 100 companies or small businesses,”
says Mr. Elrod.
“John and I completely agree on how to responsibly and carefully grow a law firm and how to represent clients in an efficient and effective manner. With its strong management structure, and collegial culture, Shackelford is a natural fit for us.”
Mr. Walker’s practice is focused on complex business litigation and appeals,
representing individuals, small businesses and multinational corporations, primarily in
energy and banking matters. His work also includes trade secret, non-compete,
discrimination and other employment issues.
Ms. Wohlrabe represents clients incontractual disputes, commercial torts and land use matters. Ms. Ellison represents international energy corporations on various litigation and appellate matters.
Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP is an aviation, general business and
entertainment law firm with 51 attorneys and offices in Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin,
Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee.
The firm represents aircraft owners, operators and servicers, financial institutions, recording artists, real estate owners and developers, automobile dealerships, record labels, gas transporters, energy companies and other businesses in legal matters across the country.
For more information, contact Rhonda Reddick at 800-559- 4534 or
Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton Bolsters Legal Expertise in All Offices
Firm adds health care litigation partners in Dallas and Austin
DALLAS – Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, is proud to announce the addition of four attorneys as the firm expands its litigation and counseling services in its Texas offices in Dallas, Austin 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 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.
Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP is an aviation, general business and entertainment law firm representing aircraft owners, operators and servicers, financial institutions, recording artists, real estate owners and developers, automobile dealerships, record labels, and other businesses in legal matters across the country. Learn more about the firm at http://www.shackelfordlaw.net.
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
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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Read an excerpt from the Law360 piece below:
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.”
Dallas Attorneys Joshua Northam, Benjamin Sparks Join Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP
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.
Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP is a business and entertainment law firm representing financial institutions, recording artists, real estate owners and developers, automobile dealerships, record labels, and other businesses in legal matters across the country. Learn more about the firm at http://www.shackelfordlaw.net.