ENOCH KEVER PLLC names John A. Menchaca as Member

Firm Grows Expertise in Venture Capital and Private Equity as well as Emerging Growth Areas 

John MenchacaENOCH KEVER PLLC, an Austin-based law firm representing businesses across Texas, has named John A. Menchaca as a Member focusing on debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and related data matters, and general corporate law and licensing. Menchaca brings over 25 years of experience providing legal counsel to venture capital and private equity firms, emerging growth technology companies and entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining Enoch Kever, Menchaca served as senior vice president, General Counsel and Secretary at CSIdentity Corporation, a part of Experian.  Prior to serving as General Counsel at CSID, Menchaca was a shareholder with two regional law firms.

“As our firm grows, more and more of our clients are calling on us to assist them on an increasingly wide range of finance, corporate and business matters,” said Andy Kever, managing member of Enoch Kever. “We have known John for many years and several of us have practiced with him before he became an in-house General Counsel. The opportunity to work together again is really terrific for us and our clients. John brings exactly the experience and judgment our clients are seeking.”

“I am very excited to join the team at Enoch Kever,” said Menchaca. “I have known many of the Enoch Kever lawyers for years and view this as the ideal platform for me as I move back into private practice.  Enoch Kever has a tremendous breadth of legal talent and a strong client base and I look forward to continuing the next chapter of my legal career at the firm,” Menchaca added.

Menchaca has served as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law and has lectured at The University of Texas, Texas State University, and St. Edward’s University. He received his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law and undergraduate degree in Government from The University of Texas.

Menchaca remains involved in the Austin community and has served on a number of non-profit Boards, including The Neighborhood Longhorns and also served as President of the Austin Longhorns Club.  He is a graduate of Leadership Austin and has previously served on the Boards of LifeWorks and the RISE School of Austin, a school for children with Down Syndrome.  (To see more about John, click here.)


ENOCH KEVER PLLC welcomes Craig Bennett

Addition Brings Further Regulatory and Employment Law Strength to the Firm’s Already Robust Bench

Craig BennettENOCH KEVER PLLC, an Austin-based law firm with a widely recognized regulatory expertise has namedCraig Bennett as senior counsel focusing on regulatory litigation, regulatory compliance, and employment law for clients. Bennett, with almost 25 years of legal experience, brings a particular expertise working with utilities, most recently serving as an administrative law judge for 19 years with the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Bennett also teaches administrative law at The University of Texas Law School and will continue in this role.   

“Craig’s years of experience as a highly respected judge and before that providing legal counsel are a great asset for our clients,” said Andy Kever, managing member of Enoch Kever. “His reputation is impeccable and his work as a law professor is a bonus because he keeps his ‘finger on the pulse’ of the latest trends in litigation.”

“I am looking forward to working with great clients and providing them with valuable counsel,” said Bennett. “I have enjoyed my time serving as a judge, and that knowledge will transfer well to serve clients.” Bennett added, “I was attracted to the reputation of Enoch Kever, the integrity and exceptional abilities of the people. First and foremost, I am excited to work with such great people.”

Prior to his work as an administrative law judge, Bennett worked with several recognized law firms in Austin and Dallas, Texas. He received hislaw degree from Baylor University School of Law, in Waco, Texas, and his undergraduate degree in Business from Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. Bennett is also a trained mediator and frequent guest lecturer.  (To see more about Craig, click here.)


Austin Chamber Confirms Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Craig Enoch as Chair-Elect

Craig EnochThe Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce announced that its board of directors has selected selected Craig Enoch, former Texas Supreme Court Justice, as the Chamber’s chair-elect. As 2019 chair-elect, Craig Enoch will serve as chairman of the board in 2020.  Justice Enoch states:




“I want to thank Phil Wilson for his outstanding leadership and service as our chair and offer my support to Brian Cassidy as he assumes the chairmanship in what promises to be an important and consequential year,” said Enoch. “I’m honored to have been selected as chair for 2020 and look forward to continuing the great work the Chamber has done generating jobs, investing in education, and helping the two million people who live in, and those who arrive in, our community find good jobs, are able to provide for their families, and enjoy our outstanding community.”

Click here for the full Austin Chamber Press Release.



ENOCH KEVER PLLC welcomes Vincent Paladini, Senior Counsel

Vincent PaladiniENOCH KEVER PLLC is pleased to welcome Vincent (Vin) Paladini to the firm as Senior Counsel.  Vin attends to legal, regulatory and policy matters affecting a wide variety of communications service providers and technologies. He has extensive experience as in-house counsel, in private practice and in government working for the Federal Communications Commission. He advises and represents clients on state, federal and international legal and regulatory matters involving Internet, telecommunications, cable, satellite, submarine, wireless and encryption technologies.  Vin also has broad experience with privacy and data security matters including international licensing and regulation.  Vin holds United States (CIPP/US) and European Union (CIPP/EU) privacy certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Before joining the firm, Vin was Assistant Chief Counsel, Regulatory of a national cable and telecommunications company where he was responsible for a wide variety of matters involving communications and privacy issues. More recently, Vin has been a consultant to a prominent international telecommunications service provider with respect to law, policy and regulation in emerging markets in Eastern Europe and Africa.


ENOCH KEVER encourages its lawyers to be active contributors to the legal profession

                                                      2018 Litigation Council Meeting

Here is Craig Enoch with the Texas State Bar Litigation Section Council enjoying the El Paso Chihuahuas AAA ballgame before getting down to its important work guiding the outstanding Litigation Section projects.



ENOCH KEVER Appellate Team News

The upcoming year will be a busy one for ENOCH KEVER’s appellate attorneys. Mike Truesdale has taken the reins as the Chair of the Texas State Bar Civil Appellate Section for 2017-18 and Marla Broaddus is serving as Co-Chair of the Texas State Bar Civil Appellate Section’s On-Line Committee.  Melissa Lorber and Shelby O’Brien have begun serving as Secretary/Treasurer and Council Member, respectively, for the Austin Bar Association Civil Appellate Section. Additionally, Shelby has been elected to serve on the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association  Board of Directors as Co-Chair of Events. Both Melissa and Shelby are scheduled to present at the Texas Bar Civil Appellate Seminar in September 2017 and Amy Saberian will be presenting at the Litigation Update Institute in January 2018.


Chambers USA 2017 Lists ENOCH KEVER and Three Members of the Firm

In the 2017 edition of its annual listing of highly regarded lawyers, Chambers USA recognizes ENOCH KEVER and founding Members Andy Kever and Kirk Rasmussen for the firm's expertise in Energy: State Regulatory and Litigation (Electricity). The publication also recognizes Enoch Kever Member Rod Johnson for his "longstanding regulatory practice" in Environmental Law. Chambers describes Kever as a "respected and knowledgeable senior practitioner with a demonstrable string of successes" and Rasmussen as a "very strong lawyer on utility" matters, noting particularly his experience in major transmission line cases. Johnson is recognized for his "particular expertise in air quality work" in addition to his advice on "OSHA compliance and enforcement matter." 


Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes ENOCH KEVER and Five Members of the Firm

ENOCH KEVER has again been included among the Best Law Firms in Texas by its peers as it has been each year since the firm was founded in 2011. The firm has again been recognized this year for its work in Administrative and Regulatory, Appellate, Environmental and Commercial Litigation. Justice Craig T. Enoch (retired) has again been recognized for his Appellate practice, Andy Kever for Administrative and Regulatory, Rod Johnson and John Vay for Environmental and Gary Zausmer for Commercial Litigation.


ENOCH KEVER founder Justice Enoch Welcomes new J. D. Graduates

SMU Grads

Pictured: (Left) Justice Craig Enoch ('75) and wife Kay Enoch ('77), Dawn Enoch Moore ('81), Brett Moore ('17), Blair Moore('17), Preston Enoch ('15), Matt Enoch ('08), Mark Enoch ('78) and Scot Gregory ('90). 


The lengths we go through to save our clients...



Ever the trailblazer, Martha Smiley received the 2017 Trailblazer Award

ENOCH KEVER congratulates Member Martha Smiley for being selected as the 2017 recipient of the Trailblazer Award from the Austin Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The Trailblazer Award is presented to individuals or organizations whose pioneering contributions to the legal or civic activism arena have had an extraordinary and unique impact.

The ADL was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.” In the 100 years since its inception, ADL has become one of the nation’s leading civil rights and human relations organizations.

Ms. Smiley was presented with her award at the ADL Austin’s 2017 Jurisprudence Luncheon on March 2, 2017. Enoch Kever was honored to be a “Guardian of Liberty” sponsor of this event. For more information about this event, please click here.


It's Official: ENOCH KEVER Attorneys Melissa Lorber and Shelby O'Brien Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

After meeting stringent standards, Melissa Lorber and Shelby O’Brien were inducted by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law on February 10, 2017.

There are over 100,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas, but only 7,400 have earned the right to be publicly recognized as Board Certified specialists in one of twenty-two select areas of law.

The Board Certification process is rigorous and thorough with ongoing requirements after initial certification. An applicant must, among other requirements, provide extensive, relevant experience documentation and pass a comprehensive, daylong, specialty area examination.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) was established in 1974 by the State Bar of Texas to “promote the availability, accessibility and quality of the services of attorneys to the public in particular areas of the law... and advance the standards of the legal profession.”



ENOCH KEVER welcomes new Members, Katherine K. Mudge and Marla D. Broaddus and Michael S. Truesdale, of Counsel. 

Katherine Mudge Katherine K. Mudge represents telecommunication, broadband, cable, wireless, and electric utility  clients. Katherine advises businesses in Texas and other states regarding government and administrative law and policy, competitive issues, right-of-way disputes and litigation at both state agency and trial court levels. She also works with clients on business risk management in regulated environments to enable clients to minimize potential risk exposure while continuing to provide effective, efficient, and economical services.  (To see more about Katherine, click here.)

MArlaMarla D. Broaddus represents businesses at every stage of litigation, including pre-trial investigation and preparation, in trial, and on appeal in Texas state and federal courts. Marla specializes in written advocacy and has served as trial and appellate counsel in commercial disputes involving the energy, healthcare, insurance, and education sectors. In addition, she manages legal teams assembled to handle complex class action suits and disputes involving multiple parties and claims. Her experience includes organizing and managing large-scale document and electronic data discovery projects. (To see more about Marla, click here.)

Mike TruesdaleMichael S. Truesdale focuses on error identification in the trial court in complex civil litigation and prosecuting and defending cases on appeal. Mike represents businesses and individuals in the appellate courts of Texas and throughout the United States. He has led appeals before the Texas Supreme Court, he has appeared in nearly all Texas intermediate appellate courts, he has led appeals in other states’ courts and in the federal Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, and he has authored briefs before the United States Supreme Court. Mike is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubble.  (To see more about Mike, click here.)


Martha Smiley, 2017 Distinguished Lawyer Award

At the Austin Texas Bar Association's annual Gala, ENOCH KEVER General Counsel, Martha Smiley, received this year'smartha smiley Distinguished Lawyer Award. Deservedly so. Click here to learn why. It was ENOCH KEVER’s honor to be a Foundation Sponsor for the Gala.



Awards and recognitions:


Founding partner Andrew Kever named 2016 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year

Andy Kever
is pleased to announce that founding partner Andrew Kever has been named the 2016 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year for administrative law in the state of Texas. Each year, Best Lawyers conducts an exhaustive survey in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. An Attorney honored as Lawyer of the Year received the highest ratings in the state survey, indicating the utmost respect among his peers.




Recognized as Mobility Advocate of the Year, Two in a row for Martha Smiley

Martha SmileyENOCH KEVER member Martha Smiley was recognized as the Mobility Advocate by the Austin Chamber of Commerce at the Fourth Annual State of Transportation Conference.  The Chamber recognized Ms. Smiley for playing a critical role on transportation issues in the city, having volunteered remarkable amounts of her own time and becoming heavily involved in the changes necessary for the city.  Martha was the inaugural recipient of this award.

Martha is also recognized as 2015 Volunteer of the Year for regional Mobility by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.


Rod Johnson elected 2016 Board President of local non-profit Front Steps

Rod Johnson
member Rod Johnson was elected Board President of Front Steps for 2016.  Front Steps is a nonprofit that provides a pathway out of homelessness by providing emergency shelter, case management, and other programs to assist homeless persons on a daily basis and to transition to permanent supportive housing. For more information on Front Steps, please check out their website at www.FrontSteps.org.




Member Amy Saberian selected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Amy SaberianENOCH KEVER member Amy Saberian has been selected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. According to the Texas Bar Foundation, each year only the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Election to the Fellows is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a member of the State Bar of Texas. Nomination is based on outstanding contributions to the legal profession as well as a commitment to the community. 



Member Emily Jolly named 2016 Rising Star

Emily JollyENOCH KEVER is pleased to announce that member Emily Jolly has been named a 2016 Rising Star by the nationally renowned Super Lawyers rating service.  This exclusive list recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the United States, with fewer than 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys named as Rising Stars each year.  Ms. Jolly was honored for her impressive and burgeoning administrative practice.





in the news


ENOCH KEVER appellate team continues constitutional challenge to a tax targeting small competitors (Updated)

Combs v. Texas Small Tobacco Coal., 440 S.W.3d 304 (Tex. App.—Austin 2014), review granted (Oct. 9, 2015). To review the briefing filed by the Enoch Kever team, please click here. To view the opinion from the Austin Court of Appeals, please click here.

The Texas Supreme Court granted the State's petition and has submitted the case. Member Craig Enoch argued on behalf of the Texas Small Tobacco Coalition. To review the briefing filed by the ENOCH KEVER team, please click here. To view Craig's argument before the Supreme Court of Texas, please click here.

During the 2013 legislative session, the Texas Legislature imposed a tax only targeted on small, independent tobacco company competitors while declining to impose the same tax on big tobacco companies that had previously entered into settlements with Texas because of antitrust violations and other illegal behaviors. The tax was imposed in part to ameliorate the impact on big tobacco companies of the financial penalties under their settlement with Texas. The ENOCH KEVER team, comprised of Craig Enoch, Melissa Lorber, Amy Saberian and Shelby O’Brien, representing the Texas Small Tobacco Coalition, successfully took the legislation to court in Cause No. D-1-GN-13-002414, Texas Small Tobacco Coalition and Global Tobacco, Inc. v. Susan Combs, Comptroller of Public Accounts, and Greg Abbott, Attorney General, where the tax was declared void. And they upheld the judgment in the 3rd Court of Appeals.


Energy Transfer Partners awarded record damages against Enterprise Partner Products. (Updated)

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Enterprise Products Operating LLC, Appellants, v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and Energy Transfer Fuel, L.P., Appellees; Cause No. 05-14-01383-CV, Fifth District, Court of Appeals of Texas. To see the briefing, please click here.

Energy Transfer Partners was awarded a sizeable judgment against Enterprise Partner Products. The judgment awarded was $500,000,000 — the largest commercial liability judgment ever awarded by a state district court in Dallas County. The trial judge agreed with a jury verdict that, though the businesses did not have a formal partnership, the parties had, by their actions, created a partnership. And Enterprise breached that partnership with ETP by moving forward on the project with another partner. In the Dallas Morning News article describing the trial court’s judgment in favor of ETP and against Enterprise, ENOCH KEVER member Justice Craig Enoch. He made the point that “[this case] is basically the business version of a common-law marriage and divorce.” He opined that “the extremely large size of the judgment and the fascinating legal issue [surrounding partnership creation] for businesses will most certainly attract the eye of the [Texas] Supreme Court.” 

The ENOCH KEVER team has been engaged to defend Energy Transfer Partners’ damages judgment on appeal.




Proud Sponsors


For the third year in a row, ENOCH KEVER sponsored the Travis County Women's Lawyers Association Judicial Reception, recently held February 17 at Mercury Hall. With over 200 attendees, including more than 30 current and former state and federal judges, the reception is a premier event for members of the bench and bar. More information about TCWLA and the event is available here.