HOUSTON – 30 June – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Four Gardere Wyn…

HOUSTON – 30 June – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Four Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP attorneys have been named among Houston’s Top Lawyers by H Texas magazine. Michael A. Abbott, Jeffrey S. Davis, Thomas A. Hagemann and Lawrence J. Pirtle, partners in Gardere’s Houston office, were recognized in the publication’s 2005 survey.

“It’s especially gratifying when our attorneys are recognized by both their peers and the public,” Gardere Managing Partner Steve Good said. “I don’t think anyone in the firm is motivated by personal awards. But this level of peer recognition is a confirmation of the high caliber of all the attorneys in our firm.”

Michael Abbott primarily practices in the areas of employee benefits, including ESOPs and executive compensation, as well as general tax and estate planning. A frequent author on employee compensation issues, he’s a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership and the Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association.

Jeffrey Davis is a trial attorney who represents a wide variety of clients across Texas in general personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability and products liability matters. He has earned the highest rating available by the National Law Directory and is a board member of the University of Houston Law Alumni Association.

Thomas Hagemann, with 20 years experience as a trial lawyer, spearheads the firm’s white-collar criminal defense capacity in Houston and Dallas. A Yale Law School graduate, is past chair of Main Street Theater in Houston and was one of eight Texas attorneys listed in the 2003 International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers.

Lawrence Pirtle concentrates his practice in the areas of federal and state taxation; tax and estate planning; wills and trusts; probate, estate and trust administration; tax-exempt organizations; business entity formation and property and family wealth management and transfers. He is a director and past president of the University of Houston Law Foundation and a director and past chair of the Houston Law Review.

In addition to peer voting and reader nominations, H Texas editors conducted the magazine’s own extensive research before narrowing down the list of Houston’s Top Lawyers.

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, an AmLaw 200 firm, was founded in 1909 and is one of the Southwest’s largest full-service law firms. With offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston and Mexico City, Gardere provides legal services to private and public companies and individuals in areas of litigation, corporate, tax, environmental, labor and employment, intellectual property and financial services.

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