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Davis & Wilkerson Changes Name to Davis & Wright

AUSTIN (TX) – Davis & Wilkerson, a fixture in the Austin’s legal market for more than 25 years, announced today that it was changing its name to Davis & Wright.

The decision reflects the recent departure of long-time attorney Glen Wilkerson, who has served as Of Counsel at the firm the last two years, and the selection of the firm’s managing shareholder, David Wright, to name shareholder.

“Our experienced group of attorneys will continue to deliver the highest level of excellence in our practice areas such as health, professional liability, civil trial litigation, commercial litigation, employment and insurance and administrative law,” said Founding Shareholder David Davis.

Davis & Wright Attorney Secures Another Legal Victory for Texas University

(Austin, TX) May 29, 2012 - For the second time in as many years, Katy Andre, a shareholder at Davis & Wright, has helped her client, a private university based in Central Texas, successfully defend itself against a lawsuit.

The university, which is affiliated with a religious institution, was sued by the family of student, who died after he was struck and killed by an oncoming car on a state highway adjacent to the university.

The family alleged that the university owed a duty to their son to warn and protect against the dangerous adjacent highway, despite the fact that the student did not use a nearby crosswalk.

The court found that there was no duty owed by the university to the student because the university did not control the adjacent state highway or the relevant intersection.

"What happened that night was tragedy," said Andre. "No one wants to lose a young adult, not his family or the university."

Andre, along with her partner David A. Wright, helped the same client secure a favorable decision in 2010, when the college was sued for negligence by the parents of a student who committed suicide on campus during the holiday break. The court found then that there was no special relationship between the school and the student's parents, and therefore no duty owed to the parents to inform them of their son's activities without the student's authorization to do so pursuant to FERPA.

Andre was assisted in the case by David Wright, firm president and a shareholder.

David Davis Named a Member of Prestigious Fighter Pilots Group

Austin, TX – April 2, 2012 – David Davis, the founder and name partner of the law firm of Davis & Wright, has been named a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association. 

The “River Rats,” as it has become known, were formed in 1969 by Brigadier General Robin Olds and Colonel Scrappy Johnson, two renowned fighter pilots.

Its original mission was to generate awareness of the Prisoners of War and aircrews Missing or Killed in Action (“POW”, “MIA” and “KIA”) and their families. Since 1970 the organization has awarded more than 1,500 scholarship grants with a value of nearly $2 million to the children of military personnel, who were POWs or MIA/KIA in armed conflicts. The name of the organization comes from combat missions flown over the “Red River Valley of North Vietnam” – a heavily fortified area North of Hanoi and South of China.

Davis was honored as a new member “for Successfully Striking Targets Located in the Southeast Asia Theater of Operations and for gallantry in facing MIGS, SAMS and guns defending those targets.”  He served two combat tours, flying from Ubon and Udorn air bases in Thailand in the F-4 Phantom Fighter Jet as a Weapon Systems Officer over North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Davis’s combat missions, some euphemistically named the “Run for the Roses” and the “Dawn Patrol,” included  escort of B-52 bombers, other F-4 fighter bombers and reconnaissance aircraft as well as bombing missions delivering conventional bombs and “illuminating” laser guided bombs over heavily defended military targets in the Red River Valley. These missions sometimes converted to air to air combat. 

“I lost six pilot and WSO friends during the war,” said Davis. “That makes my inclusion in the River Rats all the more meaningful for me.”

Austin Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators Recognizes Davis & Wright’s Mary E. Smith  for lifetime Achievement

Austin, TX February 16, 2012 — The Austin chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators honored the lifetime achievements of Davis & Wright Administrator Mary E. Smith in a breakfast meeting earlier this month

Smith, who has participated in the Austin chapter for 25 years (serving as president in 1993 and 1994), received the award from Chapter President Chrissie Eastin of Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green, & Treviño P.C. and President-Elect Chris Sims of Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP.

Eastin said in her speech that Smith had “rendered extraordinary service to the chapter.” She cited her “outstanding service to our chapter and the leadership and guidance you have demonstrated to us. We are honored to be members alongside you.”

Smith said the chapter has “made tremendous strides” since she became involved. “That’s a credit to the membership as well as the many attorneys and law firms that support the professional growth of their administrators.”

David M. Davis, the founding shareholder at Davis & Wright, said the firm was “privileged” to have “MERS” as its administrator. “MERS wears so many hats at the firm, which makes her truly irreplaceable,” said Davis. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without MERS.”

Michael S. Wilson Receives Certification in Administrative Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

AUSTIN (February 7, 2012) — The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) has announced that Michael S. Wilson, a shareholder at Davis & Wright, has received Board Certification in Administrative Law.

Board Certification is a voluntary designation program certifying Texas attorneys in 21 specific areas of law. Board Certified attorneys must be licensed for at least five years, devote a required percentage of practice to a specialty area for at least three years, attend continuing education seminars, pass an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges and pass a 6-hour written examination.

“Board Certified attorneys, like Michael Wilson, have made a commitment to excellence to serve the justice system in Texas and to benefit individuals and institutions in Texas,” said Robert Valdez, Chairman of the TBLS Board of Directors. “They have dedicated their time to meeting all the requirements for initial certification and they have made an ongoing commitment to continue working and acquiring knowledge in their specialty area.”

Wilson, who represents Davis & Wright as insurance regulatory and litigation counsel to statutory associations and other property and casualty carriers, is a 1991 graduate of the University of Texas Law School. Wilson has been a part of Davis & Wright since 1992 and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 1992.