Bench Bar Sponsors!

    McDonald Sanders

    777 Main Street, Suite 1300
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    McDonald Sanders began in 1951, when the founding partners – including Atwood McDonald, Earnest Sanders, Marcus Ginsburg, Olcott Phillips, and Robert Maddox – opened an office in the Sinclair Building on Main Street. From its inception, McDonald Sanders has been instrumental in the phenomenal development of Greater Fort Worth. McDonald Sanders’ clients represent a cross section of the community, including Texas Christian University (TCU), Cassco Land Company, Fort Worth Independent School District, Ben E. Keith Company, Tarrant County Hospital District, and Ridgmar and Grapevine Mills malls.

    Juris Fabrilis

    901 Lake Street
    Fort WorthTX  76092

    Juris Fabrilis is a legal-market-specific provider of managed and onsite information technology services based in Fort Worth, Texas. Combined with our partnerships in the technical arm of the legal services community, Juris Fabrilis offers an end-to-end solution for attorneys, law firms and bar associations, seeking a one-stop-shop for all of their information technology needs. Juris Fabrilis outsourced technology services help Texas attorneys, law firms and bar associations become more productive, more efficient and more stable - for less.

    Kelley Hart

    201 Main Street
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    For over 30 years, Kelly Hart & Hallman has provided some of the country's most innovative and successful businesses, individuals and governmental entities with a full array of legal services. In those same 30 years, Kelly Hart has grown from five attorneys to over 140 practicing in more than twenty substantive areas of the law. We owe this success to our outstanding lawyers and unparalleled clients. We are proud of our past and excited about our future.

    Thompson & Knight

    801 Cherry St., Unit 1, Suite 1600
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight today is a law firm known for our capabilities in energy finance, taxation, business transactions, and an ability to resolve our clients’ controversies in or out of court. The Firm has approximately 330 attorneys with U.S. offices in Texas, New York, California, and Michigan and international offices and associations in the Americas, North Africa, and Europe. In addition to providing a wide range of traditional legal services to clients in many industries, the Firm takes pride in the depth of our experience in the energy industry. Thompson & Knight was honored among the nation's 'Best Law Firms' in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2014 rankings. The Firm received 29 national rankings, including tier-one designations in seven practice areas.

    Gardner Aldrich, LLP

    777 Taylor Street
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    At Gardner Aldrich, We handle all types of civil litigation including business and commercial disputes, divorces involving substantial assets, real estate, personal injury and wrongful death, oil and gas, employment, will contests and other probate disputes. We frequently use forensic experts in all disciplines. We represent individuals and large companies. Mr. Gardner and Mr. Aldrich are both board certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    Harris Finley & Bogle

    777 Main Street, Suite 3600
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    Harris, Finley & Bogle, a Professional Corporation, is engaged in the general practice of civil law in Fort Worth, Texas, and provides a variety of legal services to its clients. The firm consists of thirty lawyers, three paralegals, and support staff. Some law firms like to emphasize how long they've been practicing. But at Harris, Finley & Bogle, while we've logged successes in four decades, we believe that we're only as good as our next case for you. And that's why our focus is on building a history and strong legacy with every individual client.

    Harris Finley & Bogle

    777 Main Street, Suite 3600
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    Harris, Finley & Bogle, a Professional Corporation, is engaged in the general practice of civil law in Fort Worth, Texas, and provides a variety of legal services to its clients. The firm consists of thirty lawyers, three paralegals, and support staff. Some law firms like to emphasize how long they've been practicing. But at Harris, Finley & Bogle, while we've logged successes in four decades, we believe that we're only as good as our next case for you. And that's why our focus is on building a history and strong legacy with every individual client.

    State Bar of Texas

    1414 Colorado Street
    AustinTX  78701

    The mission of the State Bar of Texas is to support the administration of the legal system, assure all citizens equal access to justice, foster high standards of ethical conduct for lawyers, enable its members to better serve their clients and the public, educate the public about the rule of law and promote diversity in the administration of justice and the practice of law.

    Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller

    420 Commerce St., Suite 500
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    Shannon Gracey is a highly diversified Texas firm with offices in Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. Our state-wide services, coupled with a strong network of regional and global counsel, afford our clients essential legal guidance in our ever changing global marketplace. We are comprised of well-respected attorneys known for their sound judgment who work efficiently and effectively to provide unvarnished and balanced legal counsel. Our attorneys are committed to the time-honored principles of accessibility and responsiveness.

    Whitaker Chalk

    301 Commerce Street, Suite 3500
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    Whitaker Chalk attorneys and counselors have been serving clients in domestic and international transactions and civil disputes for the past 35 years. We are recognized statewide and nationally for our accomplishments while staying client-focused and dedicated to their success and endeavors. You will find many of our attorneys have been CEOs, CFOs, Corporate Counsels and business owners. We see the big picture, leverage our collective experience, and collaborate with our clients to meet their business needs.

    Law Office of Steven Laird

    1824 8th Avenue
    Fort WorthTX  76110

    The Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C., is a Fort Worth, Texas, law firm with a statewide and national reputation whose lawyers and staff members are committed to finding justice in every case we handle. For more than 30 years, we have worked responsibly and diligently in representing Fort Worth individuals and families in personal injury cases where corporate and individual negligence has resulted in significant personal injury and wrongful death. We have also used our trial skills extensively in select business litigation cases.

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    Winstead PC

    777 Main Street, Suite 1100
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    Winstead is among the largest business law firms in Texas. Our attorneys and consultants serve as trusted advisors to mid-market and large businesses, providing a core range of legal services that are critical to their operation and success. From its well-known reputation in real estate and financial services to its corporate and high-stakes litigation practice, Winstead uses solid legal experience to deliver innovative solutions on your terms.

    Koons Fuller Family Law

    181 Grand Ave., Suite 225
    SouthlakeTX  76092

    KoonsFuller, P.C. is a large family law firm with five fully staffed offices located in Texas; Dallas, Plano, Southlake, Denton and Houston. KoonsFuller has an experienced family law attorney for every family law matter. We have both the knowledge and resources to serve clients in matters including complex divorce litigation; property settlements of all sizes; marital agreements; asset tracing, valuation and division; child custody, possession and access, support and paternity; and trial and appellate work, as well as offering litigation alternatives such as mediation, settlement conferences, arbitration and collaborative law, across Texas and the nation.

    Brackett & Ellis, PC

    100 Main Street
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    Brackett & Ellis, P.C., headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, provides a diversified range of transaction and litigation services throughout Texas. Our law firm offers every client the experience and dedication that is necessary for success. We represent a wide range of clients from individuals to large companies, school districts and nonprofit organizations. For more than three decades, our firm has developed a reputation as a valued corporate citizen in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

    Brown Dean Wiseman Proctor Hart & Howell

    306 W. 7th Street, Suite 200
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    Brown Dean attorneys have defended corporations and businesses facing lawsuits in the areas of aviation law, railroad law, construction law, eminent domain law, and insurance law for more than 90 years. We also offer expertise in real estate law and business law associated with these industries. From our offices in Fort Worth, Texas, and Houston, Texas, we bring tremendous skills totally focused on protecting your assets.

    Lively & Associates

    201 Main Street, Suite 1260
    Fort WorthTX  76102

    The law firm of Lively & Associates, LLP is a boutique business and litigation firm located in Fort Worth, Texas. The Firms primary areas of practice include Business Law, Business Litigation, Civil Appellate Law, Creditor Rights, Estate Planning and Probate, Oil and Gas, Real Estate, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. The attorneys are licensed to practice in all courts in Texas at both the state and federal levels and the United States Supreme Court.

    Barlow Garsek & Simon

    3815 Lisbon Street
    Fort WorthTX  76107

    Barlow Garsek & Simon, LLP is a full-service civil law firm providing a wide range of litigation, transactional and business-oriented services. The Firms practice includes complex business and tort litigation, banking litigation, complex family law litigation, appellate work, bankruptcy, real estate, products liability, employment law, corporate and transactional work, estate planning and probate administration and related litigation, sports and entertainment law, school law, immigration law, media and communications law, first amendment, election law and mediation services.

  • Pope Hardwicke Christie Schell Kelly & Ray

    500 W. 7th Street, Suite 600
    Fort WorthTX  76107

    Friedman, Suder & Cooke

    604 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
    Fort WorthTX  76107

    In late 1992, four partners in two different large Fort Worth firms saw that they could better serve their clients by banding together in a pure litigation firm devoted to complex, high-stakes civil matters. Our growth over the years has been deliberate, and deliberately modest. By remaining lean and focused on our core practice areas, we can assure our clients and referring lawyers that each matter the firm acceptswhether as lead counsel, as co-counsel, or as local counselwill benefit from the practiced eye and wisdom of a seasoned and tested litigator.

    Bearden Investigative Agency

    1825 Market Center Blvd., Suite 610
    DallasTX  75207

    Bearden Investigative Agency, Inc. (BIA) is a full service licensed private investigation agency headquartered in Dallas, Texas. BIA serves the legal, individual and corporate community by investigating sensitive and complex matters. In addition to its litigation services to law firms and corporate clients, BIA maintains a vibrant business with government licensing and regulatory investigations, corporate internal and pre-employment investigations, and insurance and criminal defense investigations. Whether representing a large corporation or an individual, our purpose remains the same; to provide through, detailed fact investigation for our client.

La Torretta Resort, Montgomery, Texas

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The Tarrant County Bar Assocation invites you to:
Save the Date for Bench Bar XXII
April 24-26, 2015

Pack your bag and be ready for a great retreat. Bench Bar XXI has changed locations to the gorgeous LaTorretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, Texas. This is on Lake Conroe off I-45. If you haven't been to a Bench Bar, now is the time to try it. For the seasoned attendees, this will be a great, new venue which promises:

  • Fascinating CLE
  • Exciting golf tournament
  • New Venue
  • Great chance to get to know your fellow Tarrant County attorneys and judges!
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

9:30 am
Registration Opens

11:00 am
Opening Remarks / Welcome

11:15 am
Courtroom Technology Panel
Nicholas S. Bettinger, McDonald Sanders Law Firm

Jim Zadeh - Law Office of Jim Zadeh
Hon. John Chupp - Judge, 141st District Court
Jeffrey Sanford - Juris Fabrilis, Inc.

12:30 pm
Lunch CLE - The Aisle to Same-Sex Divorce
Sonya R. Carrillo, Nunneley Family Law Center

1:15 pm
Why Doesn't Law School Teach Us HOW to Practice Law
Steven C. Laird, Law Office of Steve Laird

2:15 pm
Oops, I Spoliated Again:
Electronic Discovery Issues Everyone Should Know

Heather L. King & Jessica Janicek
Koons Fuller, P.C.

3:15 pm

3:30 pm
9-Hole Golf / Lawyer Olympics

6:30 pm
Hospitality Suite Social

7:30 pm
Restaurant 157

8:00 pm
Casino Night
Gaming Tables and Great Prizes


8:30 am
Advising Clients on COBRA & the Affordable Care Act
Rhonda Hunter, Law Office of Rhonda Hunter
Venice Ballroom

9:15 am
Social Media
Judge J. Wade Birdwell, 342nd District Court
Venice Ballroom

10:00 am
Overview of the Tarrant County Criminal DA's Office
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney,
Sharen Wilson

Venice Ballroom

11:00 am
Legal Marketing - Smoke, Mirrors and Snake Oil -
Sorting Through It All

W. Bradly Parker, Parker Law Firm

11:45 am
Shotgun Topics
  • Employment Law 2015: It's About Technology
  • N. Sue Allen, Law Office of N. Sue Allen

  • Ethical Indigent Criminal Defense
  • Don T. Hase, Ball & Hase

  • Slides That Work: PowerPoint in Criminal Voir Dire
  • P. Michael Schnider, Schneider Law Firm

    12:30 pm
    Adjourn / Lunch Outside Venice Ballroom

    1:00 pm
    Judges' Cup Golf Tournament
    Outside Golf Pro Shop

    Gatsby's Great Escape

    Outside Main Entrance/Conference Center

    7:30 pm
    Dinner, Awards Presentation & Door Prizes
    Restaurant 157

    9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Hospitality Villa Open