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Davis & Wright Recognized as One of the Top Law Firms in the United States

Austin, TX- November 9, 2011 — LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® recently announced that Davis & Wright is one of the top law firms in the United States, as determined by the firm’s percentage of AV® Preeminent™ rated lawyers.

“Having a large percentage of attorneys with this peer review rating is a reflection of your firm’s expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence,” wrote Carlton Dyce, Vice President, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings™ in a letter to the firm. “Your firm’s lawyers are part of a select group recognized for exceptional legal abilities and professional ethical standards.”

Davis & Wright and other nationally ranked law firms in the United States will be listed in the highly respected business magazine, Fortune®, later this winter.

“To be recognized by Martindale-Hubbell and Fortune is an extraordinary feat, one that we don’t take lightly,” said David Davis, shareholder and founder of Davis & Wright. “We understand that with this honor comes a responsibility to maintain the standards that have led to us receiving this honor.”

David Davis Participates on a Panel Examining Recently Passed Legislation

Austin, TX- November 2, 2011 — David M. Davis, a shareholder at Davis and Wright P.C., recently participated in a panel session at the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC) Annual Meeting, which examined recent legislation that was signed in to law by Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Davis was joined by other former presidents of the association, examining such legislation as the controversial "Loser Pays."

“This is a tremendous organization, one that annually has its finger on the pulse of issues that are important to those attorneys in private practice, who devote a significant time to handling the litigation of civil cases,” said Davis.

The TADC is one example of an organization that Davis has participated in, where he ultimately assumed a leadership role. Other organizations in which he has been involved are detailed in his biography.

Davis & Wright Honored for Outstanding Commitment to Pro Bono Legal Services in Travis County

AUSTIN, Texas – June 2, 2011 — The Travis County Judiciary and the Board of Directors of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas will present Davis & Wright, P.C. with this year's Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award at a reception on June 15.

The firm is no stranger to the award, having been similarly honored a half-dozen other times over the last decade.

“This is always a tremendous honor for our firm” said David Davis, a shareholder at Davis & Wright. “It’s a privilege for us to be able to help those, who can’t afford legal services on their own.”

The Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award honors firms and attorneys, who “commit an extraordinary amount of time assisting the low-income clients of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas.” The Covington Award hangs outside the District Judges’ Office on the third floor of the Travis County Courthouse throughout the year.

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in May 1981 by a small group of people dedicated to helping the overflow of low-income individuals seeking help from the local legal aid office. Its mission is to help low-income clients access the civil justice system by providing volunteer attorneys who donate free legal advice and representation and by supporting and training those attorneys.

David Davis of Davis &Wright Introduces Prestigious DRI Report on Judicial Independence and Accountability

Austin, TX – April 28, 2011 — David M. Davis, founding shareholder of Davis & Wright, P.C., and member of the Judicial Task Force for DRI, an international organization of attorneys, known as “The Voice of the Defense Bar,” recently introduced the findings of a report entitled “Without Fear or Favor 2011: A New Decade of Challenges to Judicial Independence and Accountability.”

Davis wrote an introductory column in the March 2011 issue of DRI’s national magazine, For the Defense, which reaches more than 22 thousand members and all of the nation’s judges at the trial and appellate levels, state and federal, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

“In June 2005, DRI established a Judicial Task Force charged with the mission of researching and identifying issues that ‘threaten to disrupt the independence of the judiciary,’” wrote Davis. “This report addresses new challenges and provides additional recommendations for the problems and issues facing our judiciary.”

Davis discusses a new decade of challenges that he has watched develop over the years.  The report addresses a number of issues including developments in judicial selection methods, judicial campaign finance issues, improving accountability and more.

“I am honored to have been appointed to the Judicial Task Force for 2011 by the DRI President,” said Davis. “As a past State Representative for DRI for Texas and the immediate past Southwest Regional Director for Texas and our four contiguous states, I am proud to be involved in the preeminent organization for the defense bar.”

In addition to addressing these issues and making recommendations, Davis’s report encourages members of the organized defense bar to become familiar with these issues and become actively involved in them at the state level.

The report is available to the public by pdf download and through Kindle, an iPad or Nook.

Adrienne Redinger Headlines Upcoming Austin Bar Association's Construction Law Section Meeting

(Austin, TX) Feb. 4, 2011 — Davis & Wright, P.C., announced today that attorney Adrienne Redinger will speak March 17, 2010, at the Austin Bar Association Construction Law Section monthly luncheon.
Redinger will speak on "Reminders for Last Minute Jury Trial Preparation – the Mechanics of Jury Selection – Peremptory Objections, Economic Excuses, and ‘Batson’ Challenges."

The Construction Law Section is a subsection of the Austin Bar. It is comprised of more than 170 construction lawyers from both the private and the public sector.

The Section was founded in 1998.  Its purpose “is to work with the Austin Bar, State Bar and other organizations in the furtherance of common projects related to the legal profession, with particular emphasis on construction law.”

To sign up for the presentation, visit the Austin Bar Association site.

Davis & Wright Sponsors Local Naturalization Ceremony

(Austin, Texas) – Jan. 25, 2011 — For over a decade, Davis & Wright, P.C., has participated as a sponsor of the naturalization ceremonies in Austin to honor the process of becoming a true American citizen.

“Community involvement is central to our firm’s core, whether it is our involvement in the American Diabetes Association or volunteering for the Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas,” says founding shareholder David M. Davis. “The naturalization ceremony is important to Davis & Wright, because it reinforces the ideal of being an involved American citizen.”

Commonly referred to as a citizenship ceremony, a naturalization ceremony represents the final step in becoming a U.S. citizen. The ceremonies serve to welcome new citizens to the U.S., provide an introduction to the justice system as well as information regarding the naturalization process and the importance of citizenship, and finally, to offer a forum for celebration for new citizens.

Since starting the firm 25 years ago, Davis has led the firm in getting involved in the community.  It is understood that as lawyers, paraprofessionals, and administrative staff members, the firm is also a member of the larger Austin, Texas and United States communities.  Lawyers and staff are encouraged to get involved in charitable activities and pro bono legal work in their careers and to maintain that involvement as a lifelong commitment.

Due to this commitment, Davis & Wright has been recognized by the Austin Bar Foundation for its pro bono legal work with the Joseph P. Hart Award and the Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award. In addition to pro bono work, Davis & Wright helps support health and welfare organizations such as the American Heart Association, education and youth organizations such as Young Life, animal welfare organizations such as the Town Lake Animal Shelter, and others including Impact Austin and Foundation Communities.

Davis & Wright Elects Katy Merrill Andre to Shareholder

(Austin, TX) January 10, 2011 — Davis & Wright, P.C., announced today that attorney Katy Merrill Andre has been elevated to shareholder status in recognition of her exemplary work with the firm's clients.

Andre typically represents business owners, individuals and insurance companies, defending them against lawsuits ranging from personal injury and premises liability matters, to general and professional liability issues.

“Since joining the firm six years ago, Katy has exceeded expectations,” said Shareholder David Wright, who has witnessed Andre first hand as her co-counsel on various legal matters. “She has done everything we have asked her to and left a trail of extremely satisfied clients.”

Andre was pleased with the news, crediting the firm and its attorneys for creating an environment to succeed.

“I have been so fortunate to work with someone like David Wright and the many other shareholders at the firm,” said Andre. “They have been extremely supportive not only of my work on behalf of clients, but also with organizations outside the firm, such as Volunteer Legal Services, Texas Association of Defense Counsel and DRI -- The Voice of the Defense Bar. I have been able to cull my experience as a trial lawyer while remaining involved in my community and raising a family. I look forward to growing my practice now as a shareholder in the firm.”