McGinnis Lochridge
600 Congress Avenue
Suite 2100
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512 495 6000

Firm Profile
For 90 years, McGinnis Lochridge has served to protect the interests of our clients in continuously changing landscapes including cutting-edge technology, oil and gas litigation, regulatory matters and more. The quality of our work is reflected in our clients’ long-lasting loyalty and in our top-tier external rankings.

Practice Areas
Complex Business Litigation
Corporate & Business Transactions
Economic Development
Education & Public Law
Electric Energy
Employee Benefits
Employment Law
Estate Planning & Probate

Family Law Litigation
Financial Services
General Litigation
Health Law
Intellectual Property Litigation
Legislative & Governmental Relations
Mergers & Acquisitions

Oil & Gas / Energy
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Privacy and Data Security
Professional Liability Litigation
Real Estate
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Water Law

March 2021: McGinnis Lochridge (Texas) welcomed Traci M. Clements to the Firm’s Employment, Labor and Employee Benefits practice group. Traci will represent clients in a wide range of general employment matters, with a specific focus on employee benefits and compliance issues related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The firm also announced that Daniel C. Clemons has joined the firm’s Corporate and Tax practice group in Austin. He brings a remarkable mix of financial and legal experience to his new role and will focus his practice on outside general counsel representation, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, and other commercial transactions. Also, the firm announced that they had elected four attorneys to partner: Mary H. Allen, Marcus V. Eason, Zachariah T. Evans, and Lindsey Roskopf. Allen advises clients on a wide array of business transactions. Eason is a trial attorney who focuses his practice on various types of complex commercial, business and partnership disputes across a variety of industries. Evans focuses his practice on water and wastewater utilities and also represents local government entities. Roskopf advises clients on international trade and transactional matters, as well as issues involving export controls, economic and trade sanctions and anti-boycott laws. 

December 2020: McGinnis Lochridge (Texas) partners Travis Barton, Jonathan Baughman, and Steven Watkins were recognized by  Benchmark Litigation as Litigation Stars in their 2021 rankings. Further, Phillip Schmandt has been selected as a board member for Habitat for Humanity Texas, a nonprofit that works toward securing affordable housing for all who need it. Best Lawyers has named McGinnis Lochridge Partner William H. Daniel a 2021 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Financial Services Regulation Law. In addition, 19 McGinnis Lochridge attorneys were recognized for their work in a variety of practice areas.

March 2020: Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge attorney Ashton Cumberbatch, Jr. was honored for his service to the Austin Black Lawyers Association and the Austin legal community at the group’s 2020 Andrea Pair Bryant Legacy Luncheon. Mrs. Bryant, in whose memory the event is held, was a longtime IBM patent attorney, ABLA founder and Austin community activist. She died in 2012 at the age of 69. Also at McGinnis Lochridge, Austin Brister, Martha Todd, Ana Navarette, Chris Halgren, Jordan Mullins and Lindsey Roskopf have been recognized as “rising stars” in the 2020 edition of Texas Super Lawyers.

February 2020: Al Axe, Keith Courtney, Lisa Dyar, Derek Seal and Lecelle Clarke have joined Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge in its Austin office. All five focus their practice on environmental law, including permitting, enforcement, site assessment, remediation, and compliance. Mr. Axe brings more than 40 years of experience representing business and industrial clients in environmental and administrative litigation, regulatory, and legislative matters. Mr. Courtney has more than 32 years of experience representing clients on various environmental matters, with an emphasis on air quality. Ms. Dyar has been practicing environmental law for more than 20 years, representing clients regarding permitting, compliance and enforcement, legislative and rulemaking objectives. Mr. Seal brings almost three decades of regulatory and legislative experience to the firm, having served in numerous administrative and legislative positions, including as general counsel of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Finally, Ms. Clarke served as an assistant attorney general in the environmental protection division of the office of the Texas Attorney General. Mr. Axe, Mr. Courtney, Ms. Dyar and Mr. Seal join as partners; Ms. Clarke, as an associate. Also at McGinnis Lochridge, April Lucas and Felicity Fowler have been named Top Women in Texas 2019 Super Lawyers. Ms. Lucas has also been recognized as a “rising star,” as has Lindsey Roskopf. Finally, Nelia Robbi has received the 2020 Joseph C. Parker Jr. Diversity Award by the Austin Bar Association. Named in honor of the first African-American president of the Austin Bar Association the award is presented to a firm or attorney that brings diversity to Austin’s legal community, following the path created by Mr. Parker and exemplifying all he stood for.

January 2020: Douglas Paul and Emily Franco have joined Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge in its estate and probate practice group as partner and associate, respectively. Mr. Paul focuses his practice on estate planning using trusts, family business entities, and life insurance. He also teaches an estate planning course for the University of Texas financial planning certificate program. Mr. Paul received his M.B.A. from Louisiana State University School of Business and his J.D. from the Louisiana State University School of Law. Ms. Franco advises clients on estate planning and probate issues. She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. Also at McGinnis Lochridge, Martha Todd and Travis Vickery have been named partners in the firm. Ms. Todd focuses her practice on corporate and securities law, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. She has extensive experience working with technology and biotechnology clients, venture capital and private equity funds, and financial advisors. She was awarded her J.D. by the University of Texas School of law. An administrative law attorney, Mr. Vickery specializes in utility, natural resources, environmental and commercial cases. He previously served as an administrative law judge at the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, conducting hearings and mediations on electric and water utility matters. Mr. Vickery is a University of Texas School of Law graduate.

December 2019: Melissa Sykes of Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge has been elected to the Association of Women in Energy board of directors. Dedicated solely to helping women in the energy industry, AWE provides opportunities for women to meet other energy professionals and to enhance their knowledge of issues facing the industry. Ms. Sykes leads the firm’s electric energy practice group and has more than 20 years of experience representing electric cooperatives and municipally-owned utilities in business transactions across the state of Texas, including developing and negotiating wholesale and retail power supply contracts, electric facilities purchases and sales transactions, electric utility product supply chain alliance agreements, municipal franchise agreements, wind and solar lease transactions, and debt financing and restructuring transactions.

November 2019: Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge partner and labor and employment practice group chair Felicity Fowler has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2019 by the National Diversity Council. Along with the other honorees, she was feted at a breakfast celebration in Houston last month during Legal Diversity Week. Ms. Fowler was chosen for her experience, leadership and commitment to supporting diversity in the legal profession, embodying the mission of the National Diversity Council, which focuses on recognizing and honoring prominent leaders in the legal community who champion diversity. Also at McGinnis Lochridge, partner Manuel Escobar was honored at the Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas’ Judge Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Awards reception for his exceptional volunteer service. Mr. Escobar is a member of the firm’s corporate and tax practice group and is active in the firm’s pro bono activities.

September 2019: William Grubb has joined Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge as an associate in its Houston office. He joins the firm’s oil and gas practice group, where he will represent clients in oil and gas related litigation. Mr. Grubb previously was an associate with Vinson & Elkins in Houston. He received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law, where he also served as the assistant note and comment editor of the South Texas Law Review.

June 2019: Justin Cawley has joined Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge as senior counsel in the international trade and transactions practice group. Mr. Cawley has represented foreign governments as well as private and state-owned companies on a wide variety of international law issues, from trade regulation to cross-border disputes. He also helped the government of Ethiopia in arbitrations before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission and Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, the latter of which held Eritrea liable for violating international law in starting the two countries’ war. Mr. Cawley is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center

February 2019: Jamie Joiner and Lindsey Roskopf have joined Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge as members of the firm’s international trade and transactions practice group in its Houston office. Ms. Joiner’s international trade practice focuses on representing U.S. and foreign clients in matters relating to international trade compliance and enforcement, including export controls, economic and trade sanctions, import and customs law, anti-boycott restrictions, and requirements related to free trade agreements. Ms. Roskopf, a seasoned trade compliance attorney, was an auditor at a Big Four accounting firm prior to law school, further adding to the team’s strengths in assisting clients with internal trade compliance audits, governmental investigations, and voluntary disclosures. Ms. Joiner is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Law Center, while Ms. Roskopf received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

June 2018: Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge has announced it is expanding into the Dallas market with the opening this month of a new office to be headed up by board-certified labor and employment attorney Felicity Fowler. The office will focus primarily on serving the complex transactional and litigation needs of the firm’s Dallas clients. Ms. Fowler most recently was a partner with Haynes and Boone and has more than 25 years of experience representing management in employment litigation and related proceedings. A graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, she will be a partner in the firm. McGinnis Lochridge has added 16 attorneys since January 2018 and currently has offices in Austin, Houston, Dallas and Decatur, Texas. The Dallas office is located in the Chase Tower, 2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 4900E.

February 2018: Ten attorneys from Austin-based Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody have decamped to Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge. The group, which includes former Graves Dougherty president Ed McHorse and partners Cliff Ernst, Clark Lutz, Martin Lutz, Doug Jones and Russell Booth, joined the firm on February 1st. The others are associates Alison Lenner, Shana McGirl and Martha Todd and of counsel Ali Gallagher. “I think the world of them as people and as really good lawyers,” said McGinnis Lochridge managing partner Doug Dodds, adding that the group will expand the firm’s capabilities in such areas as corporate and securities law, business law, estate planning, tax, and international transactions.

October 2017: Mitchell Chaney has joined Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge as a member of its litigation team. He was previously a name partner at his own firm in Brownsville, Texas, for over 30 years. Mr. Chaney has tried cases at both the federal and state levels involving automotive products, ATVs, firearms and other product liability cases. His practice focuses on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, professional liability litigation, complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, and South Texas matters. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law.