We are proud to announce that Gwen Bhella and Robert J. Bogdanowicz, partners in our Dallas office, have not only earned the honor of being named as Texas Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, but were distinguished even further. Gwen was named as one of the “Up-and-Coming 50” women, and Rob was named as one of the “Up-and-Coming 100” by Super Lawyers for 2018.
Selection as a Rising Star alone is a distinction limited to 2.5% of all lawyers in Texas; from there, only 100 lawyers are named to the “Up-and-Coming” list. Only 50 women lawyers earn “Up-and Coming 50” honors.
“We strive to make excellence a habit at our firm, not just a catchphrase,” says co-founding partner Brian Calhoun. “It is always a wonderful thing to know our peers recognize that to be true.”
Gwen has been named a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers six times. Rob has been named a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the past seven years. He was also distinguished as an “Up-and-Coming 100” Rising Star in 2017.
Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest, LLP is proud to announce the addition of three new partners to the firm - Cris Cicala in New York, Jeffrey Hamilton in Dallas, and Joshua Hiller in Durham, effective February 1, 2018.
Cris Cicala will be opening the firm's New York office with a focus on corporate, commercial, banking, financial services, real estate,and sports and entertainment law. He has extensive experience in both domestic and cross-border matters focusing on Latin America and Europe.
Jeffrey Hamilton joins the firm after a 20-year tenure at Jackson Walker, where his practice focused on high-stakes commercial litigation matters. Mr. Hamilton will add additional depth to the litigation section of the firm.
Joshua Hiller brings nearly 20 years of litigation experience to the Durham, North Carolina office, with a comprehensive background in a wide variety of complex civil, commercial and business disputes.
"We are excited about the addition of these talented and dynamic partners to the firm," firm partner Gwen Bhella said. "With their expertise and the addition of a New York office, we are able to provide our clients with an even more robust team of strategic legal minds to tackle their problems and help them with their business planning."
D Magazine named Robert J. Bogdanowicz III, a partner at the Dallas office of Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest, as one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas". The list was compiled from nominations by lawyers with a valid license to practice law in Texas, who were then asked to nominate two lawyers outside their firm and one within with the following question in mind: “Which Dallas lawyers under 40, of those whose work you have witnessed firsthand, would you rank among the current best?”
"This is a well-deserved honor," says Gwen Bhella, one of the firm's founding partners. "Rob's tenacity and creativity are traits which have proven to be a powerful combination, benefiting his clients enormously. He is not afraid to stand up for them, even in seemingly unwinnable scenarios. That's something you don't see everyday, but it's what being a lawyer is all about. It's no surprise Rob's peers have recognized this firsthand."
Rob's practice focuses on complex, high-stakes disputes involving business, construction, and intellectual property matters. He is routinely hired to represent businesses and individuals, whether as a plaintiff or defendant, in cases across the United States. In addition to this recent accolade, Rob has been named a Texas Rising Star each of the past six years by Super Lawyers®. Selection to this list is a distinction limited to 2.5% of all lawyers in Texas. In 2017, Rob was distinguished further as one of the "Up-and-Coming Top 100 Rising Stars", a select list of only 100 attorneys in the state. He can be reached at (214) 981-9200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest is proud to announce the opening of its newest office in Washington, D.C. with the addition of new partner Adam Bird. Adam represents healthcare providers in a wide variety of regulatory matters in both courts and before regulatory agencies.
"It is an honor to be a part of the firm's expansion to D.C.," says Adam. "I am eager to grow our presence here. The opportunity this presented my practice and clients was one that could not be passed up. I know they will benefit enormously from the incredible depth of knowledge and experience the firm's attorneys can provide in other practice areas which also impact healthcare providers."
"We are excited to have the opportunity to increase our national footprint," says partner Brian Calhoun. "Since our clients are based not only across the country, but the world, it only made sense that we would grow by planting our flag in America's capital. This will allow us to better serve our clients, particularly those with governmental and regulatory matters."
The Firm's Washington, D.C. office is located at 2121 Wisconsin Avenue N.W., Suite 200.
Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest, LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys Paul Green and Janelle Shewmaker have joined the firm. Paul is a trial attorney who will be working in our Dallas office and focusing his practice largely on construction law and commercial litigation. Janelle has an extensive litigation and appellate background and will be working in our North Carolina office in a broad range of matters, including insurance and environmental law.
Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest, LLP is happy to announce that Robert A. McNiel has joined the firm as an equity partner in our Dallas office.
Robert A. McNiel represents clients statewide in complex commercial litigation, particularly in matters involving real estate and construction disputes, including cases involving tortious interference, design defects, mechanic's lien disputes and multi-party disputes. His broad client base includes developers, lenders, brokers, realtors, escrow agents and title insurers. He also represents people in cases of breach of contract, unjust termination, discrimination, non-compete agreements, insurance bad faith claims and civil theft.
Welcome to Jim Conner, our new partner in Raleigh, North Carolina! Jim is a commercial litigator and one of North Carolina's most experienced environmental law attorneys. We are excited to have him!
We are proud to announce the opening of our new office Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.
Happy one year anniversary to Calhoun, Bhella & Sechrest, LLP!