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The Best Corporate Attorneys in Dallas-Fort Worth for 2019

The 31 honorees in D CEO’s 10th annual Corporate Counsel Awards program are instrumental in protecting and guiding the growth of companies across the region.
By John G. Browning |
Trevor Paulhus

Whether they’re dealing with cybersecurity, contentious litigation, mergers and acquisitions, or (as in the case of one of our honorees) a complete turnover of senior management, in-house attorneys across the region provide foundational strength and clarity and help guide the way forward. For a 10th year, D CEO is proud to recognize lawyers who stand out among their peers with our Corporate Counsel Awards program.

Jared Sine

Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Match Group

Outstanding General Counsel | Large Legal Department

“Noticing trends in other industries can be crucial to figuring out where policy is going in the future. Observing small but important events that have nothing to do with your business can provide a perspective into
the bigger picture.”

Lori Browne

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Forterra Inc.

Outstanding General Counsel | Midsized Legal Department

“Part of what makes me love my job is the intellectual stimulation of not knowing what challenge you will face on any given day, and the enthusiasm to solve new problems all the time.”

Katie Pothier

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Texas Rangers Baseball Club

Outstanding General Counsel | Small Legal Department

“The biggest challenge I face is ensuring that we can keep pace with our growth. On top of building and operating the best team in baseball, we are layering on entertainment, hospitality, and development.”

Meyling Ly Ortiz

Managing Counsel of Employment and Labor, Toyota Motor North America

Outstanding Up-and-Comer

“I love being a part of something bigger and greater than myself. It’s beyond putting out that one fire, mitigating the one crisis, resolving that specific litigation. It’s working with passionate, diverse, subject matter experts and helping to bring their vision into fruition.”

Ashleigh Everett

Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Hunt Oil Co.

Outstanding Deputy/Associate General Counsel | Midsize Legal Department

“In the past few years, we have focused our collective development on teamwork. This mindset among our attorneys makes the job fun, and it allows us to serve our internal clients well.” 

Jennifer Evans Morris

Vice President and Associate General Counsel, AT&T Inc.

Outstanding Deputy/Associate General Counsel | Large Legal Department

“I am proud of the active effort in our legal department to move the needle on diverse representation by outside counsel. I can see a change as a direct result of our intentional decision-making when hiring, and our willingness to have tough conversations.”

Sarah Decker

Global Head of Litigation, Investigations, Ethics & Compliance, McAfee

Outstanding In-House Counsel

“Working in-house allows for extensive client contact and the opportunity to build deep relationships across the company. It also means I work on a wide variety of legal matters beyond litigation and compliance.”

Tracy Preston

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Neiman Marcus Group

Outstanding Community Service

“I like the fast-paced and dynamic changes that occur on any given day, and I also enjoy strategizing on company business initiatives, tackling new and evolving areas of the law, mentoring, and working cross-functionally to achieve business goals.”

Glen Hill

Assistant General Counsel, Preston Hollow Capital

Champion of Diversity

“I really enjoy the instances when my transactions bring together our company’s business goals and the needs of public or public-facing entities like cities and universities. Those type of win-win solutions are very satisfying.”


Outstanding General Counsel | Small Legal Department
Marc Joseph, Haggar Clothing Co.
Nick Schanbaum, ParkHub Inc
Molly Slusher, Blue Star Innovation Partners
Laura Tarantino, Oceans Healthcare
Noah Webster, Zix Corp.
Mark Weintrub, Authentix
Burton Brillhart, Varsity Brands

Outstanding General Counsel | Midsize Legal Department
Joe Brucchieri, Carlson Capital
Lauren Leahy, Pizza Hut Inc.
Joseph McCoin, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages
Tim Ryan, AccentCare Inc.

Outstanding General Counsel | Large Legal Department
Leanne Oliver, PepsiCo Foods North America

Outstanding Deputy/Associate General Counsel | Midsize Legal Department
Elizabeth Giddens, Mr. Cooper Group
Anthony Shoemaker, Tenet Healthcare

Outstanding Deputy/Associate General Counsel | Large Legal Department
Amy Roman, ACE Cash Express

Outstanding In-House Counsel
James Bristow, EnLink Midstream
Ryan Farha, ORIX Corporation USA
Jeanette Teckman, Match Group

Outstanding Up-and-Comer
Denton Muse, City Electric Supply Co.
Justin Wheeler, Cinemark USA, Inc.,

Outstanding Community Service
Mauri Miller, Platinum Dermatology Partners

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