Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP RSS Feed Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0800firmwise Nunnally's Jeff Ansley Comments on The Texas Lawbook on SEC's New Fort Worth Regional Office Director Jeffrey J. Ansley is quoted in <em>The Texas Lawbook</em> article titled, &ldquo;David Peavler: SEC &ndash; An Opportunity He Couldn&rsquo;t Pass Up.&rdquo; The piece offers commentary from white collar attorneys from across North Texas on the June 6 announcement that HD Vest Financial General Counsel David Peavler will be taking over in July as the new director for the Fort Worth Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).<br /> <br /> Per the article, the SEC&rsquo;s Fort Worth Regional Office is composed of &ldquo;more than 100 lawyers, accountants and other professionals who police hundreds of publicly traded businesses &ndash; including three of the 10 largest in the U.S. &ndash; and more than 1,000 financial brokers, dealers, investment officers and advisors with more than $2 trillion of assets under management in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.&rdquo; Before joining Bell Nunnally, Ansley served as an Enforcement Attorney for the SEC based out of the Fort Worth office.<br /> <br /> Ansley commented on the unexpected nature of the pick by the SEC of Peavler, &ldquo;I am surprised, as David is not one of the names that I&rsquo;ve heard before for this position. Based on David&rsquo;s stellar background and judgment, he is an outstanding choice for the position. David is a top notch and skilled lawyer who has a wealth of experience both with the SEC and private [sector] &ndash; that will be very beneficial to the operations and functioning of the Fort Worth Regional Office.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> To read the full article, please click <a href="">here</a>.<br />News17 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Riemer Elected to Board of Association for Corporate Growth Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Benjamin L. Riemer has been elected to the board of directors of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter (ACG DFW). ACG is a national business-focused organization founded in 1954 and numbering more than 14,500 members globally. It&rsquo;s goal is to &ldquo;drive middle-market growth&rdquo; and it serves, through networking and educational events, 90,000 investors, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market companies.<br /> <br /> Aligned with its national parent organization, ACG DFW&rsquo;s goals are to &ldquo;[form] powerful relationships with the key players of DFW&rsquo;s middle-market community,&rdquo; and it counts 780 professionals throughout the Metroplex as members.<br /> <br /> To learn more about ACG and ACG DFW, please click <a href="">here</a>.<br />News14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Bar of Texas Annual Meeting – What Kanye Can Teach Us About Litigation<p><strong>Event Details:</strong><br /> <br /> Brent Turman will present &quot;What Kanye Can Teach Us About Litigation&quot; at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Austin. One hour of CLE credit (including 0.50 hours of ethics credit) is available. <b><br /> <br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong></b><br /> <br /> June 13, 2019<br /> 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM<br /> <br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> <br /> JW Marriott<br /> 110 E 2<sup>nd</sup> St., Room 303-304<br /> Austin, TX 78701<br /> <b><br /> <strong>Overview:</strong><br /> <br /> </b>Over the past decade, Kanye West has run the gamut when it comes to civil lawsuits. From copyright and trademark infringement to breaches of contract to class action litigation, West has seen it all. In this presentation, Turman analyzes Kanye&rsquo;s &ldquo;greatest hits&rdquo; in the courtroom and shares lessons other litigators can learn from his experiences.</p>Events13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0800 NAVIGATING, NEGOTIATING, and RESOLVING Account Disputes<strong>Event Details:</strong><br /> <br /> Partner Karen Hart is presenting &quot;Successfully NAVIGATING, NEGOTIATING, and RESOLVING Account Disputes&quot; for the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) Southwest. <br /> <br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> <br /> Wednesday, June 12, 2019<br /> 10:00 - 11:30 AM<br /> <br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> <br /> Odessa Country Club<br /> 1 Fairway Drive<br /> Odessa, TX 79765<br /> <br /> <strong>Event Overview: <br /> <br /> </strong>The presentation will answer the following questions:<br /> <ul> <li>How should you properly DOCUMENT account disputes?</li> <li>What practical steps can you take to NEGOTIATE with your customer and navigate toward a successful resolution?</li> <li>How can you RESOLVE customer DISPUTES...everything from settlement agreements to payouts to agreed judgments?</li> <li>Should you document any COMPROMISES reached regarding payments or terms and why?</li> <li>What are some NEGOTIATION TACTICS and tips you can use prior to and during litigation and even after judgment is entered?</li> <li>How does MEDIATION fit into the negotiation and litigation process?<strong><br /> </strong></li> </ul> <strong><br /> </strong>For more information and to register, please click <a href="">here</a>.<strong><br /> </strong>Events12 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Hales Named to Dallas LGBT Bar Association Board of Directors Troy &ldquo;T.J.&rdquo; Hales has been appointed to the board of directors for the Dallas LGBT Bar Association (DLGBTBA). Hales will serve as treasurer for the 2019-2020 term. Founded in 1999, but operating informally as early as 1992, the Dallas LGBT Bar Association is comprised of lawyers, law students, para-professionals and related professional allies who share an interest in the laws that affect and protect the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. The group regularly offers networking and educational events for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies. To learn more about the DLGBTBA, please click <a href="">here</a>.News05 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Shimkus Explores Arbitration Carve Out Clause "Tips and Traps" in TCBA's Bulletin Sydnie A. Shimkus contributed to the Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) Bulletin article titled, &ldquo;Arbitration Carve Out Clauses: Tips and Traps.&rdquo; The piece explores how a single phrase in an arbitration agreement can open up a client to expedited discovery, depositions and an evidentiary hearing before a matter is sent by a trial judge to arbitration. The piece explores federal and state precedent regarding preliminary injunctions &ndash; which can negate some of the key advantages of arbitration as a method of dispute resolution &ndash; discovery and cost-containment. <br /> <br /> The article concludes by summing up its survey of the issue:<br /> <br /> Although there is a lack of consistency amongst the Texas courts in their treatment of requests for judicial relief pending arbitration, it appears that courts will issue injunctive and other forms of relief when the parties have specifically considered the relief in the arbitration clause. If the arbitration clause does not limit the relief to a temporary restraining order, or uses other general language, a plaintiff may be able to seek a temporary injunction, along with the discovery and hearing permitted by that process. The plaintiff may also be able to carry an order into arbitration which not only preserves the status quo but also contains a finding of likelihood of success on the merits.<br /> <br /> To read the full article, please click <a href="">here</a> and navigate to page 18.<br />News29 May 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Hart in NACM's Business Credit Explores Why and How to Send Effective Demand Letters Karen L. Hart authored the <em>Business Credit</em> magazine article titled, &ldquo;A Credit Manager&rsquo;s Guide to Effective Demand Letters.&rdquo; <em>Business Credit</em> is a publication of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM). The piece addresses the importance of demand letters for lenders seeking collection, especially when calls and emails have been ignored. As Hart details, &ldquo;A smartly crafted demand letter to the right people at your customer&rsquo;s company can be a game changer, increasing your chances of payment and making your bottom line shine.&rdquo; Beyond the importance of such letters, she discusses goals to keep in mind when writing, and legal requirements to consider, based on the type of debt being discussed.<br /> <br /> To read the full article, please click <a href="/27F299/assets/files/Documents/BC-May19-Hart.pdf">here</a>.<br />News28 May 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Turman in DBA's Headnotes Explores the "Right to Tweet" Associate Brent A. Turman authored the article titled, &ldquo;The Right to Tweet&rdquo; for the Dallas Bar Association (DBA) publication Headnotes. In the piece, Turman dissects the legal basis for social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to remove &ldquo;dangerous&rdquo; users and de-platform pages. As a case study, Turman analyzes how public figure Alex Jones&rsquo; controversial online comments resulted in multiple lawsuits, as well as suspension of his accounts on virtually every social media platform.<br /> <br /> Turman notes that the root justification for banning individuals and organizations is that use of privately-owned social media platforms is a &ldquo;contractual privilege, not an inalienable right,&rdquo; and that users&rsquo; consent to be monitored and governed by moderators through agreeing to the terms of use. &ldquo;What gave these platforms the power to pull the trigger? You guessed it&mdash;the rules they enacted,&rdquo; says Turman.<br /> <br /> Turman concludes with a note of caution:<br /> <br /> <em>Remember the Golden Rule: he who has the gold makes the rules. Social media platforms created a whole new world where many Americans spend a sizeable portion of their lives. The platforms are the gatekeepers, and they control who gets access to their universe. If users do not like it, then they can delete their accounts or follow the respective platform&rsquo;s mandatory dispute procedures. But, they should not expect to get their day in court, because you better believe most of these platforms included arbitration provisions in their rules.</em><br /> <br /> To read the full article on the DBA&rsquo;s website, please click <a href="">here</a>.<br />News22 May 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Avva, Keith French, T. J. Hales and Sydnie Shimkus Featured on Texas Lawyer Avva, Keith French, T.J. Hales and Sydnie Shimkus are featured in the &quot;Newsmakers&quot; section on <a href=""><em>Texas Lawyer</em></a> for joining the firm's litigation practice.News21 May 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Latest Developments in the #MeToo Movement<strong>Event Overview:</strong><br /> <br /> Partner Sonja McGIll is presenting &quot;The Latest Developments in the #MeToo Movement&quot; for the Dallas Bar Association Labor &amp; Employment Law Section. One hour of CLE credit is available. <br /> <br /> <strong>Date/Time:</strong><br /> <br /> Monday, May 20, 2019<br /> 12:00 PM<br /> <br /> <strong>Location:</strong><br /> <br /> Belo Mansion<br /> 2101 Ross Avenue<br /> Dallas, TX 75201<br /> <br /> <strong>Overview:<br /> </strong><br /> The presentation will cover the following topics:<br /> <ul> <li>The #MeToo movement's notable events over the last four years</li> <li>High-profile cases relating to the #MeToo movement</li> <li>Lessons Learned from the #MeToo Movement</li> <li>The impact of the #MeToo movement</li> </ul> For more information, please click <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp; <br />Events20 May 2019 00:00:00 -0800