Laurels is a listing of professional accomplishments by Texas attorneys. If you have a listing for Laurels, please submit an online form at texasbar.com/tbj. Daniel Horowitz III, partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston, was recognized on the 2013 Texas Super Lawyers list. Dana Davis Paul, owner of the Paul Law Firm in Rogers, Ark., was named as a 40 Under Forty honoree by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. Kelly R. Harrington, owner of the Law Office of Kelly R. Harrington in Flower Mound, was recognized with the State Bar of Texas 20-Year Pro Bono College Award following her membership in the Pro Bono College for 20 years. James Patrick Smith, of James Patrick Smith in Houston, was re-elected as president of the Texas Irish Lawyers Association. Rufus P. Cormier Jr., a retired partner in Baker Botts in Houston, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary’s Leon Jaworski Award, which honors a lawyer for outstanding volunteer service to the greater Houston community. Kenneth C. Johnston, director of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan in Dallas, was named a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. Peter K. Taaffe, attorney with the Buzbee Law Firm in Houston, was appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents by Gov. Rick Perry. Nelda Luce Blair, owner of the Blair Law Firm in the Woodlands, was presented with the Legacy Award by the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce for her work to improve the quality of life in the Woodlands community. Duncan Elliott Osborne, with Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Deleery in Austin, was named to the Estate Planning Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Forshey Prostok in Fort Worth was named as the top small firm in Texas for business and transactions law in the 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition. Jeff. P. Prostok, of Forshey Prostok in Fort Worth, was recognized in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Justice Douglas S. Lang, of the 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas, was appointed to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct by the Supreme Court of Texas. Demetrius K. Bivins, litigation counsel for ExxonMobil Corporation in Houston, was appointed to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct by the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. Wallace B. Jefferson, of Alexander Dubose Jefferson Townsend in Austin, was honored with a 2013 University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award. Linda L. Addison, global head of dispute resolution and litigation at Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston, was honored with a 2013 University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award. Janiece Longoria, partner in Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall in Houston, was honored with a 2013 University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award. Nationwide Insurance honored Estes Okon Thorne & Carr of Dallas for Exceptional Service by a Minority and Women Owned Firm.
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