The Sidebar

News from Texas Tech University School of Law

Jonathan Groves ’13 of Denver, Colorado

Alumni

April 2019

Jonathan Groves joined Lathrop Gage’s Energy group as an associate in the firm’s Denver office. A former landman for several large independent oil and natural gas companies in the United States, Groves worked on complex several transactions and managed land ahead of multi-rig horizontal drilling programs.


    Sandra Heller ’94 of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Alumni

    April 2019

    Sandra Heller has joined Holland & Knight LLPs as a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office. Heller is part of a group of attorneys hired by the firm who investigate and litigate fraud schemes and unfair and deceptive practices on behalf of insurance companies and other financial services companies.


      Ganesha Martin ’04 of Houston

      Alumni

      April 2019

      Ganesha Martin, the Baltimore Police Department’s former consent decree chief, has been hired by the city to serve as one of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s top advisers on criminal justice issues. Martin will serve as director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. In that role, Martin will help coordinate criminal justice initiatives and policy, act as a liaison with state law enforcement, and oversee 18 employees and $14.5 million in public safety grants for the city.


        Richard A. McNitzky ’93 of San Antonio

        Alumni

        April 2019

        Richard McNitzky has been promoted to shareholder at Langley & Banack, Inc. in the San Antonio office. McNitzky represents hospitals, facilities, and individual health care professionals in complex medical, personal injury, and business disputes. The underscore of his practice is litigation and trial of cases on behalf of health care providers.


          David Morehan ’08 of Houston

          Alumni

          April 2019

          Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. brought on David Morehan as a partner in the firm’s Houston office. He focuses on intellectual property litigation involving highly complex technical and legal issues. He represents clients in cases involving a wide range of technologies and products, including telecommunications, computers, electrical engineering, medical devices and oil drilling. Morehan served as a field artillery officer in the 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army and served a tour in Baghdad, Iraq.


            Brian Rogers ’05 of Houston

            Alumni

            April 2019

            Brian Rogers, a former reporter at the Odessa American and the Houston Chronicle, has hung up his press badge and is moving into the courtroom as a criminal defense attorney, mainly dealing with appeals cases.


              Craig Stoddart ’90 of Dallas

              Alumni

              April 2019

              Former Texas Court of Appeals Justice Craig Stoddart has joined the commercial and real estate litigation firm of the Pettit Law Firm as senior counsel. Justice Stoddart served on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas from 2014-2018. He also represented the state of Texas in more than 140 appellate prosecutions before joining the Court of Appeals. Before his judicial career, Stoddart served as appellate prosecutor for the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for 22 years. He has argued before appellate courts across the state, including the state’s highest criminal court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.


                Claire L. Wiswell ’13 of Dallas

                Alumni

                April 2019

                Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley and Urbach, P.C. in Addison welcomed commercial litigator Claire L. Wiswell, who joins the firm’s commercial litigation group as an associate attorney after departing Thompson Coe. In this role, she will continue to advocate for clients in litigation involving business disputes, premises liability, construction defects, contract disputes, wrongful death, products liability, labor and employment issues, health-care liability, and medical malpractice, representing companies and individuals in litigation in state and federal courts. She has served as director at large of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association and as a member of the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.