Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP RSS Feed Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800firmwise Nunnally Managing Partner Chris Trowbridge Named to 2021 "Dallas 500" List<p>Bell Nunnally Managing Partner Christopher B. Trowbridge is featured in the 2021 edition of &ldquo;The Dallas 500,&rdquo; a special publication from D Magazine Partners (publishers of <i>D Magazine</i> and <i>D CEO</i>). Trowbridge is listed in the category of Law - Business and IP Litigation and is one of only six individuals selected for this category, part of a larger roundup featuring 500 North Texas business leaders across 56 categories.</p> <p>&ldquo;Chris is a powerful and effective advocate for his clients in the courtroom and in arbitrations. His legal prowess has earned him complex engagements spanning the entire country &ndash; and he has an impressive track record of success,&rdquo; said Tammy Wood, Bell Nunnally partner and head of the firm&rsquo;s Litigation Section. &ldquo;Beyond his practice, Chris consistently gives back to the community and continues to make Bell Nunnally a premier destination, both for newly-minted attorneys and credentialed laterals seeking greater autonomy and influence.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Dallas 500&rdquo; is produced by the editors of <i>D CEO</i> and features &quot;the most powerful business leaders in Dallas - Fort Worth.&rdquo; According to the publication, selections were made based on extensive contacts in local business circles, hundreds of interviews and months of research.</p> <p><a href=""><b>Trowbridge</b></a> is a trial attorney with particular emphasis on complex business disputes. He has been with Bell Nunnally for over 20 years. Trowbridge maintains an active docket and regularly tries cases before juries, judges and arbitration panels across the country. In 2017, he secured a $23.1 million jury verdict on behalf of a national cattle broker in a fraud matter involving a check kiting scheme and fraudulent cattle transactions &ndash; a matter that garnered national media attention and was ranked in the top five of <i>Texas Lawyer</i>&rsquo;s &ldquo;Top Verdicts &amp; Settlements&rdquo; that year.</p> <p>Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in <i>Benchmark Litigation</i>&rsquo;s guide for 2020, <i>The Best Lawyers in America</i> since 2017, as a &ldquo;Texas Super Lawyer&rdquo; since 2013 and previously named in &ldquo;Legal Leaders on the Rise&rdquo; and &ldquo;Litigator of the Week&rdquo; by <i>Texas Lawyer</i>, Trowbridge is well-known for vigorously protecting his clients&rsquo; interests in high-stakes legal matters. In 2017 and 2019, <i>D Magazine</i> named him to its &ldquo;Best Lawyers in Dallas&rdquo; list. This is Trowbridge&rsquo;s second selection to &ldquo;The Dallas 500.&rdquo;</p> <p>Active in his community, Trowbridge is chairman of the board of directors for the Thanks-Giving Foundation &ndash; the non-profit group that owns and operates Thanks-Giving Square, a contemplation garden, exhibition hall and interfaith chapel in Downtown Dallas. He is also a former chairman of the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas; a member of the Communities Foundation of Texas Advisory Council; and a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber, Southern Dallas Task Force. Trowbridge earned both his J.D. (&lsquo;98) and his B.B.A. (&lsquo;95) from Baylor University.</p> <strong> Media Contact:</strong><br /> Brittany Lewis <br /> Marketing Manager<br /> 214-880-6661<br /><br type="_moz" />Press Releases23 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Nunnally is Mentioned on Attorney at Law Nunnally is mentioned on <a href=""><em>Attorney at Law</em></a> in the &quot;Talk of the Town&quot; section for being listed as a &quot;Top Place to Work&quot; by <em>Dallas Morning News</em>.<br />News20 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Supreme Court Upholds $62.9M Arbitration Ruling in Favor of Bell Nunnally Client and Renewable Energy Investor<p>On October 19, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to alter a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit $62.9 million arbitration award from earlier this year against Chinese state-owned Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) and its wholly-owned subsidiary AVIC International U.S.A. The International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the American Arbitration Association had previously found in 2015 that AVIC violated a not-to-compete agreement it had entered into with a group of wind energy developers in the course of its partnership with Soaring Wind Energy LLC (Soaring Wind). In 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas upheld the arbitral award, leading to a Fifth Circuit appeal and, finally, a U.S. Supreme Court appeal. Bell Nunnally Partner <a href=""><span>Jeffrey S. Lowenstein</span></a> represented Soaring Wind energy developer and investor Keith P. Young, and later his widow. Prior to joining Bell Nunnally, Senior Associate Brent A. Turman represented one of the claimants during arbitration.</p> <p>To read a recap of the matter and its appeal on <i>Law360</i>, please click <a href=""><span>here</span></a>.</p>News19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Nunnally Named to Dallas Morning News' "Top 100 Places to Work 2020" List<p>Bell Nunnally has been named to the <i>Dallas Morning News</i>&rsquo; &ldquo;Top 100 Places to Work 2020&rdquo; list, featured in the November 15 edition of the newspaper and online at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>2020 marks the 12<sup>th</sup> edition of the &ldquo;Top 100&rdquo; list recognizing the top organizations where employees are &ldquo;kept in the loop, treated with respect and provided with tools and training needed to advance their careers without having to go elsewhere.&rdquo; All companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth region can be nominated and they are divided into categories for small, medium and large sized businesses. Bell Nunnally was one of three law firms to make the list.</p> <p>&ldquo;Top 100&rdquo; selections are based on companywide surveys where at least 35 percent of total employees indicate how true two dozen short statements are, including, &ldquo;This company operates by strong values and ethics,&rdquo; and, &ldquo;My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful.&rdquo; Companies with the highest scores are named to the &ldquo;Top 100.&rdquo; For this year&rsquo;s list, 246 companies with 118,664 workers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were surveyed.</p> <p>&ldquo;This recognition is for each and every employee, as all contribute to our outstanding culture and unwavering commitment to clients,&rdquo; said Bell Nunnally Managing Partner Christopher B. Trowbridge. &ldquo;We are fortunate to be comprised of an incredibly talented team, including secretaries, paralegals, accounting, records, facilities, office services, marketing and attorneys. While not everyone is client-facing, all are contributors to our success.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We believe that our success is fueled by our decency, empathy and collegiality. Bell Nunnally is the sum of its parts and we have built a culture over the last 40-plus years of treating people as people, rather than replaceable cogs in a machine. This philosophy has engendered mutual respect and commitment &ndash; and has led to outstanding results, both for clients and in the community,&rdquo; said Trowbridge. &ldquo;We look forward to continuing our growth, and demonstrating the value of the &lsquo;Bell Nunnally Way.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The companies that are nominated help raise the bar of productivity while adding meaning to their employees. North Texas attracts more companies than any other market in the United States, not only because of the economic environment, but more importantly because our leaders and corporate cultures are second to none,&rdquo; said Grant Moise, president and publisher of the <i>Dallas Morning News</i>.</p> <p>Active in the community, Bell Nunnally has, since 2011, been the title sponsor of PurpleStride DFW &ndash; a 5K walk/run in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's (PanCAN) efforts to provide patient resources, support and research in the fight against pancreatic cancer. The firm has raised $227,820 for the organization to date. In addition, both the firm as a whole and its employees individually are active with a variety of civic and charitable causes.</p> <p>Led by its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Bell Nunnally is also dedicated to promoting a more diverse and inclusive culture, in which appreciation and respect for individual differences informs every aspect of the firm. It is a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), has signed the &ldquo;<a href="">Texas Competes</a>&rdquo; pledge and is in its third year as &ldquo;Presenting Sponsor&rdquo; for the <i>Dallas Business Journal</i>&rsquo;s &ldquo;Minority Business Leader Awards.&quot;</p> <p>As part of its efforts to create both a productive but also convivial environment, Bell Nunnally each spring (with the exception of this past year, due to COVID-19) hosts a spring social for all employees and their families. Past activities have included bowling and trips to local landmarks, including the Dallas World Aquarium, Perot Museum and the Dallas Arboretum. Among other team-building exercises, impromptu table tennis, cornhole and pool tournaments are also held.<br /> <br /> <strong>Media Contact:</strong><br /> Brittany Lewis<br /> Marketing Manager<br /><br /> 214-880-6661</p>Press Releases16 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800"Best Law Firms" List Features Bell Nunnally in Fourteen Practice Areas<p>Fourteen Bell Nunnally practice areas have been selected for inclusion on the 2021 &ldquo;Best Law Firms&rdquo; list, published by Best Lawyers and featured in <i>U.S. News and World Reports</i>. This number includes four practice areas designated as &ldquo;Tier 1&rdquo; &ndash; the highest ranking in the Dallas/Fort Worth region.</p> <p>Bell Nunnally is featured in the following metropolitan tier categories: Appellate Practice, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Employment Law &ndash; Management; Entertainment Law &ndash; Motion Pictures and Television; Entertainment Law &ndash; Music; Litigation &ndash; Construction; Litigation &ndash; Intellectual Property; Litigation &ndash; Labor and Employment; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Real Estate Law and Trusts; and Estates Law.</p> <p>The &ldquo;Tier 1&rdquo; ranking practice areas are: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Finance Law, Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Law.</p> <p>&ldquo;The breadth of practice areas recognized by our peers is an honor and a vote of confidence in the caliber of our attorneys and the strength of our offerings,&rdquo; said Christopher B. Trowbridge, managing partner of Bell Nunnally. &ldquo;As always, the trust our clients place in us is paramount and our commitment to doing great work is total &ndash; with recognitions like these additional barometers that we are making an impact.&rdquo;</p> <p>Selection for the &ldquo;Best Law Firms&rdquo; listing is based on an intensive peer-review survey and evaluation process that includes data collection and feedback from thousands of clients, lawyers and law firm representatives spanning a wide range of practice areas nationwide. The full list of results can be found at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>In addition to the overall firm rankings, 18 Bell Nunnally attorneys were recently selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers&rsquo; companion publication <i>The Best Lawyers in America</i> 2021: Alana K. Ackels (Litigation &ndash; Labor and Employment); Jeffrey J. Ansley (Criminal Defense: White-Collar); Mikel J. Bowers (Litigation-Construction); Jean Pierre Boyea (Real Estate Law); R. Heath Cheek (Commercial Litigation); Nikki Hurst Gibson (Commercial Finance Law); Karen L. Hart (Commercial Litigation); Heather H. Jobe (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law); Randall K. Lindley (Commercial Litigation); Jeffrey S. Lowenstein (Commercial Litigation; Litigation &ndash; Intellectual Property); Danica L. Mathes (Entertainment Law &ndash; Motion Pictures and Television; Entertainment Law &ndash; Music); Kassandra G. McLaughlin (Real Estate Law); Russell W. Mills (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law); Larry L. Shosid (Commercial Finance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Real Estate Law); John D. Smart (Employment Law &ndash; Management); Christopher B. Trowbridge (Commercial Litigation); Beverly A. Whitley (Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation); and Tammy S. Wood (Commercial Litigation).</p> <p><b>About </b><a href=""><b>Best Lawyers</b></a><b> (provided by Best Lawyers)</b></p> <p>Since it was first published in 1983, <i>Best Lawyers</i>&reg; has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. <i>Best Lawyers</i> lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 94,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and the outlet has received over 11 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2021 edition of <i>The Best Lawyers in America</i>&copy;, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 62,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in <i>Best Lawyers</i> is considered a singular honor. <i>Corporate Counsel</i> magazine has called <i>Best Lawyers</i> &quot;the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.&quot;<br /> <br /> <strong><br /> Media Contact: </strong><br /> Brittany Lewis<br /> Marketing Manager<br /> 214-880-6661<br /></p>Press Releases05 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Hockaday Quoted on Commercial Carrier Journal Regarding DOL Worker Classification Guidance<p>Senior Associate Brent D. Hockaday is quoted in the <i>Commercial Carrier Journal</i> article &ldquo;Employee or independent contractor? DOL seeks to give motor carriers clarity and potential court protections.&rdquo; The article considers the implications for the trucking industry of a recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposal clarifying the test to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.</p> <p>Hockaday notes, &ldquo;[T]he test considers whether workers are in business for themself or are economically dependent on another enterprise,&rdquo; adding &ldquo;Courts like to defer to the Department of Labor&rdquo; when making worker classification determinations.</p> <p>For commercial carriers, the proposed DOL test would provide additional clarity in instances when disputes arise between drivers and carriers, Hockaday notes. &ldquo;For carriers, you can feel like you have the best written contract in the world, and both parties [intend] to be in a contractor relationship &mdash; but it could be interpreted differently by the courts. They could be employee despite having contract.&rdquo;</p> <p>To read the full article, please click <a href="">here</a>.</p>News23 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Ross Williams Quoted on Law360 Regarding Developments in Business Interruption Litigation<p>Bell Nunnally&rsquo;s Ross A. Williams is quoted in the <i>Law360</i> article &ldquo;Policyholders Undeterred By Insurers' First Ga. COVID-19 Win.&rdquo; The piece explores the implications of a recent court victory by an insurer in Georgia denying a pandemic-related business loss claim brought by a small business and offers commentary suggesting that, despite this decision, the broader coverage issue is still largely unresolved &ndash; in Georgia and beyond.</p> <p>Regarding the issue of insurers denying claims based on lack of &ldquo;physical loss,&rdquo; Williams commented, &ldquo;There is some hope for these arguments. I think that this is actually a really close question. I don't think that there's a lot of law that directly addresses what's supposed to happen in a pandemic.&quot;</p> <p>Williams added that pre-pandemic rulings that have held a coverable loss did not have to include a material or structural change. He also mentioned that there could be parallels between coronavirus-related cases and rulings, such as a recent one from a federal court in Louisiana. This case determined a change in perception of the quality of coffee beans stored at a warehouse during Hurricane Katrina was enough to trigger coverage, even absent physical changes to the beans.</p> <p>&quot;I think we're probably at the end of the first wave of this litigation cycle and your second wave of litigants are sitting back and saying, 'What's working here and what's not working?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>To read the full article, please click <a href="">here</a>.</p>News23 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Chamber Symphony a 2020 "Obelisk Award" Recipient, Bell Nunnally Partner Ben Riemer Board Member<p>The Business Council for the Arts (BCA) has named the Dallas Chamber Symphony (DCS) a 2020 &ldquo;Obelisk Award&rdquo; recipient. The awards recognize &ldquo;outstanding partnerships between business and the arts.&rdquo; Bell Nunnally Partner Benjamin L. Riemer is a member of DCS&rsquo; board of directors and the firm submitted the organization&rsquo;s &ldquo;Obelisk Award&rdquo; nomination.</p> <p>To learn more about the Dallas Chamber Symphony, please click <a href="">here</a>.</p>News20 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Your Attorney Help You! Ensuring All Those I's Are Dotted and T's Are Crossed<strong>Event Details:<br /> <br /> </strong>Partner Karen L. Hart presented the webinar &quot;Help Your Attorney Help You! Ensuring All Those I&rsquo;s Are Dotted and T&rsquo;s Are Crossed&quot; for the National Association of Credit Management Southwest 2020 All South Digital Summit. <br /> <strong><br /> Date/Time:<br /> <br /> </strong>October 20, 2020<br /> 9:30 AM<br /> <strong><br /> Overview:</strong><br /> <br /> Details are an essential part of every credit professionals' job. Preparing your documents when establishing accounts can be essential to future collection efforts. This session will help you avoid mistakes that lead to loopholes that could cost your company in the long run. <br /> <br /> To view the PowerPoint from the presentation, please click <a href="/27F299/assets/files/Documents/Help Your Attorney Help You.pdf">here</a>. <br /> <br />Events20 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Bell Nunnally Attorneys Named to Texas Super Lawyers 2020 List Nunnally is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have been selected for inclusion in <em>Texas Super Lawyers </em>2020 by Thomson Reuters, to be published in the November print issue of <em>Texas Monthly</em>.<br /> <br /> <em>Super Lawyers</em> recognizes lawyers from more than 70 diverse practice areas across Texas who have &ldquo;attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.&rdquo; Only five percent of attorneys in the state are selected for inclusion on this list, which is compiled through the publication&rsquo;s patented, multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.<br /> <br /> Bell Nunnally attorneys and areas of the law they were selected for are as follows: <ul> <li>Jeffrey J. Ansley &ndash; Criminal Defense: White Collar</li> <li>Ray A. Balestri &ndash; Mergers &amp; Acquisitions</li> <li>Mikel J. Bowers* &ndash; Business Litigation</li> <li>Jeffrey S. Lowenstein &ndash; Business Litigation</li> <li>Mark A. Shoffner &ndash; Employment and Labor</li> <li>John D. Smart &ndash; Employment Litigation: Defense</li> <li>Christopher B. Trowbridge &ndash; Business Litigation</li> <li>Jay M. Wallace &ndash; Employment &amp; Labor</li> <li>Beverly A. Whitley &ndash; Business Litigation</li> </ul> <strong>Media Contact:</strong><br /> Brittany Lewis<br /> Marketing Manager<br /> 214-880-6661<br /><br /> <br type="_moz" />Press Releases19 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0800