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. Christine Henry Andresen, of Christine Henry Andresen in Austin, was named a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. Charles E. Hardy, partner in Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht in San Antonio, began his term as president of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. Dorothy J. Harden, owner of Dorothy J. Harden, Attorney at Law in Key Largo, Fla., was elected to the executive board of the American Business Women’s Association Tri-County Council for 2014. Claire Collins Schwarz, of the Law Office of Claire Collins Schwarz in Dallas, was presented with the Spencer Humanitarian Award by the SPCA of Texas. David Johnson, shareholder in the Fort Worth office of Winstead, was elected treasurer of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. Ryan Fowler, of Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher and Perry in Houston, was elected a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Herbert J. Hammond, partner in the IP practice group in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight, was elected to the American Law Institute. Mark Sparks, attorney in the Beaumont office of Provost Umphrey, was named the 2013 Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the Jefferson County Bar Association. Robert H. Kroney, owner and shareholder in Kroney Morse Lan in Dallas, was presented with the Beverly L. Brooks Leadership Award by the Dallas chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. William Barber, founding member of Pirkey Barber in Austin, was appointed to serve on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Public Advisory Committee by U. S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
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