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“SHJ Puts People First”: A Q&A With First-Year Associate Kelly Swanson

Kelly Swanson, a recent graduate of Tulane Law School, returned to SHJ in October 2022 after completing the firm’s 2021 summer associate program. Before earning her J.D., she was a reporter for Global Investigations Review, where she covered government agency and internal corporate investigations. Here, Kelly discusses her favorite assignment to date, how her work is structured, and what kind of support she’s receiving from firm leadership.

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“Making a Substantive Contribution”: A Q&A With First-Year Associate Jessica Goodman

Jessica Goodman, a University of Virginia School of Law graduate, previously served as a judicial intern to the Honorable William D. Matthewman in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She focuses on complex commercial and civil litigation, drawing on her experience in healthcare and construction disputes, mass tort and product liability claims, and corporate governance. Three weeks into her time at SHJ, Jessica joined us to discuss her goals, the firm’s culture, and the most interesting matter she’s worked on so far.

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Meet Project Assistant Gordon Rand

Gordon recently graduated from the University of Mississippi with a major in Political Science and Government. Previously, he served as a legal assistant at a litigation boutique in New Orleans.

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Meet Project Assistant Sean Nail

Sean recently graduated from Rice University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Politics, Law, and Social Thought. His legal experience includes a judicial internship with Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, an internship with the Houston firm Schwartz Immigration Law, and an executive board position with the Rice Pre-Law Society.

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SHJ Defeats International Fitness Company in Complete Trial Victory

SHJ was engaged to represent a Houston woman who filed suit against SoulCycle after developing rhabdomyolysis – a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when damaged muscle tissue releases its proteins into the bloodstream – several days after her first SoulCycle spin class. The case went to trial, where partners Logan Johnson and Varant Yegparian drew on their extensive commercial litigation skills to craft a compelling narrative that unraveled SoulCycle’s defense. Ultimately, our client was awarded 100% of her claimed damages, a seven-figure amount, along with all recoverable fees and costs.

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Schiffer Hicks Johnson Earns 2022 Chambers Ranking

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business announced that Schiffer Hicks Johnson (SHJ) has been ranked as a leading law firm in the Texas Litigation: General Commercial practice area for 2022. Less than 1 percent of U.S. law firms receive this important distinction.

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SHJ Welcomes Two New Associates

Robert Rankin and Daniel J. Scime have joined the firm as associates. Robert comes to SHJ from the New York office of Paul Weiss, where he focused on a broad range of civil litigation matters. He clerked for the Colorado Supreme Court and is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. Dan, also a University of Chicago Law School graduate, previously practiced general litigation in Skadden’s Chicago office.

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Meet Summer Associate Wafa Kazmi

Wafa is a rising 3L at Washington University School of Law, where she is active in the school’s Women of Color Law Society, International Law Society, and South Asian Law Society. Previously, she served as a judicial intern to Justice Veronica Rivas Molloy of the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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Meet Summer Associate Ben Blefeld

Ben is a rising 3L at the University of Houston Law Center, where he sits on the board of the Houston Law Review. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Psychology with honors. He returns to SHJ after completing the firm’s summer law internship program last summer.

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SHJ Wins Trial Victory in Breach of Contract Case

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Intertek, a large, multinational consulting firm, attempted to breach its lease with Trical Commercial, an arm of the Los Angeles-based development company Bycor and Trical Construction, over allegations of toxic mold. Trical Commercial engaged SHJ to file suit for breach of contract and seek millions in damages.

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Meet Diversity Fellow Yuxin (Vivian) Wen

Yuxin (Vivian) Wen joins the firm next month as a member of our inaugural class of diversity fellows. She is a 1L at UCLA School of Law, where she volunteers at El Centro Reentry Legal Clinic and Incarcerated Persons Correspondence Project. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Comparative Literature.

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Meet Diversity Fellow Gabriele Josephs

Gabriele Josephs joins the firm next month as a member of our inaugural class of diversity fellows. He is a 1L at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he serves as a legal fellow at the LawTech Center. He graduated from University of Richmond with a B.A. in Political Science.

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Texas Vineyards Win Significant Procedural Victory in Chemical Drift Litigation

In June 2021, SHJ filed suit on behalf of 57 Texas High Plains vineyards seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from Bayer-Monsanto and BASF. While Bayer-Monsanto and BASF removed the lawsuit to a federal multidistrict litigation pending in Missouri, a U.S. district judge announced that the case would be sent back to the Texas state court where it was originally filed.

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Texas Bar Foundation Elects Partner Adam Dinnell to Fellowship

Congratulations to partner Adam Dinnell, who has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, an invitation only extended to less than 1% of lawyers in the state each year. Nomination is based on outstanding contributions to the legal profession as well as a demonstrated commitment to the community.

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