Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP RSS Feed Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0800firmwise 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 Jeff Ansley Quoted in The Dallas Morning News Jeff Ansley is quoted in <a href=""><em>The Dallas Morning News</em></a> article titled &quot;Gov. Abbott: New criminal allegations against Texas AG Ken Paxton &lsquo;raise serious concerns.&rsquo;&quot;News15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0800 House Passes Bill to Require Workplace Accommodations for Pregnant Workers<p>On September 17, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) by a bipartisan vote of 329 to 73; however, it has yet to be passed by the U.S. Senate. The PWFA requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to the known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, unless an employer can show that the accommodation imposes an undue hardship upon its business. <br /> <br /> <strong>Going Above and Beyond the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.</strong><br /> <br /> One may ask why this act is needed when the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was passed 42 years ago, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990. The PDA requires that pregnant women be treated the same as other employees or applicants on the basis of their ability or inability to work; and, under the ADA, a normal pregnancy is not disability. However, the PWFA requires that employers give preferential treatment to pregnant women.<br /> <strong><br /> Bill Would Require Reasonable Accommodations Similar to the ADA.</strong><br /> <br /> Borrowing heavily from the ADA, the PWFA applies to public and private employers with 15 or more employees, allows recovery of lost pay, compensatory damages and attorneys&rsquo; fees and forbids retaliation against a person asserting rights under the act. However, the PWFA goes beyond the ADA &lsquo;s definition of a &ldquo;qualified employee,&rdquo; which is one who can perform the essential functions of a job either with or without a reasonable accommodation. The PWFA&rsquo;s definition of a qualified employee includes one who cannot perform an essential job function for a temporary period, but who can perform it in the near future if the inability can be reasonably accommodated during the interim. The PWFA also prohibits an employer from requiring a qualified employee to take a leave, even a paid one, if another reasonable accommodation can be provided, as a leave can cause the loss of job opportunities and pay.<br /> <strong><br /> What Happens Next?</strong><br /> <br /> Given the broad support of the PWFA in the House, its approval by the Senate is likely sometime after the November 3rd election. So, now is a good time for employers to review their policies regarding hiring, accommodations, leaves and discrimination; and, Bell Nunnally is a phone call away and can help you with any aspect of this process.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p>Newsletters & Client Alerts14 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0800 and Entertainment Attorney Brent Turman Quoted on CNBC Regarding Movie Theater Reopen Struggles<p>Senior Associate Brent A. Turman is quoted in the CNBC article &ldquo;Movie theaters in jeopardy as studios move blockbusters to 2021, audiences stay home.&rdquo; The piece looks at the fiscal health of movie theaters as they weather the pandemic and resulting shutdowns. It notes that a major release, &ldquo;Tenet,&rdquo; has so far failed to deliver hoped-for results in a partially reopened environment, boding poorly for the industry and coming against the backdrop of numerous pictures having their release dates pushed back. Turman, who is also <span>former president of the Texas Association of Motion Media Professionals, commented, &ldquo;A lot of companies have weathered the storm so far, but I think we all know the storm isn&rsquo;t over.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>To read the full article, please click <a href="">here</a>.</p>News06 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Litigation 2020 Guide Recognizes Bell Nunnally as a Top Firm in Texas and Features Seven Partners<p>Bell Nunnally has been named a &ldquo;Recommended&rdquo; firm in Texas in the <i>Benchmark Litigation</i> 2020 guide. In addition, six partners have been named &ldquo;Litigation Stars&rdquo; and one partner has been named a &ldquo;Future Star.&rdquo; The publication, which highlights firms and litigators of an &ldquo;elite&rdquo; status, bills itself as the &ldquo;definitive guide to the world&rsquo;s leading litigation firms and lawyers.&rdquo; <i>Benchmark Litigation </i>is the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on litigation in the U.S. and is part of a constellation of global ranking resources.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re honored to be featured collectively and individually in <i>Benchmark Litigation</i> &ndash; the top rankings publication amongst litigators and one frequently cited by clients as a major factor in their counsel decisions,&rdquo; said Christopher B. Trowbridge, Bell Nunnally managing partner. &ldquo;We are deeply appreciative of the votes of confidence our peers have cast for us &ndash; second only to the trust our clients have placed in us.&rdquo;</p> <p>Firm and individual selections for <i>Benchmark Litigation</i> are based on comprehensive interviews with clients, litigators and dispute resolution professionals. Casework and peer opinions are solicited and taken into consideration as well. Recommended firms are those consistently mentioned in interviews, &ldquo;Litigation Stars&rdquo; are those &ldquo;recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers&rdquo; and &ldquo;Future Stars&rdquo; are those mentioned as &ldquo;building their reputations in the market.&rdquo;</p> <p>The following Bell Nunnally partners have been named as &ldquo;Litigation Stars&rdquo; in the <i>Benchmark Litigation</i> 2020 guide:</p> <ul> <li>Jeffrey J. Ansley</li> <li>Mikel J. Bowers</li> <li>Karen L. Hart</li> <li>Randall K. Lindley</li> <li>Christopher B. Trowbridge</li> <li>Beverly A. Whitley</li> </ul> <p>Partner R. Heath Cheek has been named a &ldquo;Future Star.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong><br /> Media Contact:</strong><br /> Brittany Lewis <br /> Marketing Manager<br /> 214-880-6661<br /></p>Press Releases05 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Heath Cheek and Tammy Wood Mentioned on Attorney at Law Magazine for "Texas Legal Awards" Recognition R. Heath Cheek and Tammy S. Wood are mentioned on <a href=""><em>Attorney at Law Magazine</em></a> in the &quot;Talk of the Town&quot; section for being honored at Texas Lawyer's &quot;Texas Legal Awards.&quot;<br />News02 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Nunnally Advises Investment Arm of Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in Acquisition of Firearm Component Producer Azimuth<p>Partners William A. &ldquo;Trey&rdquo; DeLoach III and Nikki Hurst Gibson represented Chumash Capital Investments, LLC (CCI) in its acquisition of Azimuth Technology, LLC &ndash; a manufacturer of tight-tolerance firearm components &ndash; from LongVue Capital and Clavis Capital Partners. The transaction, whose terms were not announced, closed on August 31. Azimuth is based in Naples, Fla. and is the producer of items including handgun barrels, handgun slides and bolt carrier groups for clients including original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket consumers. CCI is a wholly-owned investment entity of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, focused on acquisitions and other investment opportunities that build economic security for its tribal members.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are very excited to welcome Azimuth into the Chumash Capital Investments portfolio. This acquisition supports our goal of ensuring long-term economic stability for the Chumash Tribe while offering an attractive counterbalance to CCI&rsquo;s existing hospitality and leisure-focused investments. We believe Azimuth is primed for continued rapid growth, and we look forward to partnering with the Company&rsquo;s outstanding management team to help Azimuth reach its full potential,&rdquo; stated John Elliott, CEO of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in a press release.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Related Media Coverage:</strong></p> <p><a href="">SGB Media</a> &ndash; September 10, 2020</p>News29 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Bell Nunnally Partners Honored at Texas Lawyer's "Texas Legal Awards"<p>Bell Nunnally Partner R. Heath Cheek has been named a lawyer &ldquo;On the Rise&rdquo; and Partner Tammy S. Wood a &ldquo;Best Mentor&rdquo; by <i>Texas Lawyer</i> as part of its &ldquo;Texas Legal Awards 2020&rdquo; (TXLA). The entire roster of honorees, numbering fewer than 75 across the state of Texas, were highlighted at a virtual ceremony on September 17.</p> <p>TXLA features &ldquo;attorneys and judges who have made a remarkable difference in the legal profession in Texas.&rdquo; Cheek is one of 30 attorneys under the age of 40 selected to the &ldquo;On the Rise&rdquo; list on the basis of &ldquo;wield[ing] influence in their practice areas in Texas and beyond.&rdquo; Nomination criteria noted the publication was seeking, &ldquo;innovators, developing unique practice niches, amassing robust books of business, demonstrating strong leadership qualities, showing expertise in litigation, in-house or transactional work and committing themselves to pro bono, charitable and professional volunteer work.&rdquo;</p> <p>Wood is one of five selected for the &ldquo;Best Mentor&rdquo; award, recognizing lawyers who have helped less-experienced colleagues become better lawyers.</p> <p>&ldquo;Heath and Tammy are tremendous leaders here at Bell Nunnally,&rdquo; said Bell Nunnally Managing Partner Christopher B. Trowbridge. &ldquo;Both have demonstrated a genuine commitment to giving back to the firm and the community as a whole. We congratulate Heath and Tammy and consider ourselves fortunate to call them colleagues.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href=""><b>Cheek</b></a>&rsquo;s practice focuses on commercial litigation. He represents everyone from <i>Fortune 500</i> companies, startup businesses and high-net-worth individuals, in complex and high-stakes litigation involving securities, real estate, labor and employment, intellectual property and trade secrets, high-net-worth trusts and estates, internal investigations and general commercial litigation. Cases have involved amounts in controversy ranging up to $1.2 billion.</p> <p>Recently named Chairman of the firm&rsquo;s Marketing and Business Development Committee, Cheek has helped position Bell Nunnally as one of the rare firms that is growing its business in a time of marked decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic &ndash; a development central to his &ldquo;On the Rise&rdquo; nomination.</p> <p>Cheek led the creation of Bell Nunnally&rsquo;s &ldquo;COVID-19 Legal Services Resource Directory,&rdquo; a comprehensive, industry-focused guide updated continually with over 50 articles authored by 45 attorneys, covering every firm practice.</p> <p>In addition to helping guide clients, and inform potential clients, the directory has led to more than a dozen media mentions in high-profile outlets such as CNBC, <i>DCEO</i>, <i>The Washington Post </i>and <i>Legaltech News</i>.</p> <p>Cheek, listed in <i>The Best Lawyers in America</i> and <i>D Magazine&rsquo;s </i>&ldquo;Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas&rdquo; awards, is a graduate of Baylor Law School (J.D., 2006) and Texas Tech University (B.A., <i>magna cum laude in Honors Studies</i>, 2003) &ndash; where he sits on the National Board of Directors.</p> <p><a href=""><b>Wood</b></a>, Bell Nunnally&rsquo;s Litigation Chair, serves clients across a diverse range of industries &ndash; including telecommunications, manufacturing, insurance, health care, energy, SaaS, advertising, retail, food service, security services, trucking, construction, real estate and high technology. These clients rely on Wood to be their advocate in litigation, arbitrations and other business-critical matters.</p> <p>As detailed in her nomination, Wood&rsquo;s life story includes near homelessness, parental abandonment and financial struggles. Her parents, who were born in Puerto Rico and later moved to Texas, separated while she was in high school, leaving her reliant on various family members across the area for basic necessities, such as housing.</p> <p>In 1986, Wood was interviewed by the board members, including Carolyn Clark, of Educational Opportunities (EdOp) &ndash; a Dallas-based volunteer organization dedicated to assisting youth who have the academic ability but not the financial means to attend college. Clark, one of the organization&rsquo;s founders, eventually became Wood&rsquo;s mentor, offering everything from rides to organizational events when she had no transportation, to lengthy phone calls discussing Wood&rsquo;s studies and helping her navigate personal issues. With the financial aid support of EdOp, Wood graduated with honors from college and later law school. She today works closely with EdOp, serving in a host of capacities, including past president and student mentor team lead.</p> <p>An active mentor at Bell Nunnally, Wood recently revamped the firm&rsquo;s Associate Training and Mentorship Program, and now leads it. Her success at the firm and in the courtroom is only part of her story. Wood is the mother of five children, two of whom have pursued legal careers.</p> <p>Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated and listed in <i>The Best Lawyers in America</i>, Wood is a graduate of Southern Methodist University&rsquo;s Dedman School of Law (J.D., <i>cum laude</i>, 1993) and Texas Woman's University (B.S., 1990).</p> <br /> <br /> <strong>Media Contact:</strong><br /> Marketing Manager<br /> Brittany Lewis<br /> 214-880-6661<br /><br type="_moz" />Press Releases23 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0800