Craig EnochThe Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce announced that its board of directors has 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.”

Craig EnochThe Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce announced that its board of directors has 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.”

Mike Truesdale was sworn in, as a lawyer member, to serve on the State Bar of Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline.  The Commission provides oversight to the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, which administers the Texas Attorney Disciplinary system.  The Commission is comprised of six attorneys and six members of the public. (To see more about Mike, click here.)

Mike Truesdale (right) with Steven Henry and Hon. Monica Gonzales at the investiture for the Commission for Lawyer Discipline

ENOCH 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 had 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, as well 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, an Austin-based law firm with a widely recognized regulatory expertise has named Craig 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 his law 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.)

Enoch 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.

To learn more about Vin, click here.

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).

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.

Craig EnochJustice Craig T. Enoch (retired) has again been recognized for his Appellate practice,

 

 

 

Andy Kever for Administrative and Regulatory,

 

 

 

John VayRod Johnson and John Vay for Environmental,

and Gary Zausmer for Commercial Litigation.

 

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.”

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 Memberrespectively, 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.

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.