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Man About Town

Twenty years ago, Paul Looney, 60, moved from Houston to the nearby town of Bellville to raise his daughter. He spent years commuting to the city every day to practice law but eventually realized there were opportunities in neighboring Hempstead, population about 5,700. Looney has been a happy and successful small-town attorney ever since. He … Continue Reading

She Grew Up in Boots

When Natalie Cobb Koehler was a student at South Texas College of Law in Houston, she decided that she would move back home to practice law. Koehler and her family now live on an oak- and cedar-covered ranch in Cranfills Gap in Central Texas, where her kids show animals in 4H and her husband co-stars … Continue Reading

Way Up Yonder

H.P. “Mike” Berkley, 65, is a solo practitioner outside Forestburg, a community near the Texas-Oklahoma border with a population of about 250. He went to Southern Methodist University School of Law and practiced in Dallas until moving to the country about 25 years ago. Berkley talks about marrying the town vet, being a content attorney … Continue Reading

Benny Agosto receives Civil Rights Medal

Citing Benny Agosto Jr.’s role in promoting education in the Hispanic community, fighting bigotry, and encouraging diversity in the legal profession, the Anti-Defamation League recently awarded the Houston lawyer with an ADL Civil Rights Medal. Agosto, a partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston, was one of six recipients to accept … Continue Reading

Lessons and impressions from 50 years of practicing law

By James Boanerges When I was attending Lamar High School in Houston, a lawyer and an accountant came to campus one day to address the student body. The first speaker, famous criminal defense attorney Percy Foreman, made a huge impression with his booming voice and engaging smile. The accountant, a mild-mannered, nondescript fellow, simply could … Continue Reading

Benny Agosto Jr. elected president of national fund

Benny Agosto Jr., a partner in the Houston office of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, has been named president of the Legal Education Fund of the Hispanic National Bar Association. The Legal Education Fund promotes educational programs that expose underrepresented students and professionals to opportunities in the legal profession. Among other initiatives, the … Continue Reading

The Lawyer’s Life: A conversation with Stewart Guss

Personal injury attorney Stewart Guss likes to start his day early, when the office is quiet and no one else has made it in yet. He spends this uninterrupted time reading and responding to emails and checking the status of dozens of cases. His mission is to help people in need. With 20 years of experience in the legal profession, this 47-year-old Tomball resident knows how to get things accomplished. Here he talks about professional challenges and triumphs, distracting driving, and Atticus Finch.… Continue Reading

Houston attorney reportedly becomes one of the longest practicing maritime lawyers in U.S.

The open waters that surround the comforting stability of the continents are considered by many to be powerful, plentiful, and unpredictable. Seas and oceans have their own unique set of commerce, issues, and visitors—from oil drillers and fishermen to recreational boaters and pirates—and thus are governed by highly specialized maritime law. Houston attorney Arthur Schechter … Continue Reading

Attorney and civil rights activist Adelfa Callejo dies

Adelfa Callejo—the first Latina to graduate from Southern Methodist University School of Law—died Saturday morning from brain cancer. She was 90 years old. One of the first Latinas nationwide to receive a law degree, Callejo represented the disadvantaged as an acclaimed civil rights lawyer. At the law firm of Callejo and Callejo, where she practiced … Continue Reading
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