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Brigitte Hocking ’97

Brigitte Hocking has joined Berry Appleman & Leiden, LLP (BAL) as a partner in the firm’s Dallas office after leading an immigration law group at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP for over a decade. The law firm now has approximately 400 employees worldwide and is one of the fastest growing

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Steve Jenkins ’73

Steve Jenkins has joined Jackson Walker, LLP, as a partner in the Real Estate practice group. Jenkins has more than 40 years of experience in the full spectrum of real estate transactions, enhancing Jackson Walker’s ability to serve the growing needs of its commercial real estate clients in the Dallas market, as

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Chris Rogers ’02

Chris Rogers has been promoted to partner by Haynes and Boone, LLP. Rogers is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group in Dallas. His practice focuses on controversies involving actual or threatened government criminal enforcement and related civil litigation. He has represented corporations and individuals who were targets, subjects,

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Brent Huddleston ’02

Brent Huddleston has been elevated to partner by Haynes and Boone, LLP. He leads the firm’s Immigration practice in Dallas. He has extensive experience in employment based immigration law and regularly counsels clients in establishing company policies regarding hiring procedures, I-9 compliance, employment of foreign nationals, and national origin discrimination

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John Harper ’01

John Harper has been promoted to partner by Haynes and Boone, LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group in Houston. He is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and represents employers in a wide range of

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Ryan Cox ’04

Ryan Cox has been promoted to partner with Haynes and Boone, LLP. Cox is a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in Dallas, where he focuses primarily on general corporate and securities law matters and mergers and acquisitions. Cox focuses his practice on the representation of publicly traded and

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Jason Bloom ’01, ’04

Jason Bloom has been elevated to partner with Haynes and Boone, LLP. Bloom graduated from SMU with honors with a degree in English with a creative writing specialty before earning his Juris Doctor from Dedman School of Law. He is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation

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Holly E. Englemann ’03

Holly E. Engelmann has been promoted from associate to principal in the Dallas office of McKool Smith, effective January 1, 2014. She is a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law and focuses on intellectual property, bankruptcy and complex commercial litigation. Most recently, Engelmann was a member of the McKool Smith trial

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Claire Collins Schwarz ’82, ’83

Claire Collins Schwarz was honored by the SPCA of Texas with its Spencer Humanitarian Award on the organization’s 75th anniversary. Claire is an attorney in Dallas, Texas, at the Law Office of Claire Collins Schwarz, focusing on the representation of nonprofit organizations. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SMU’s Cox

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Nicole Locke Finn ’02

Nicole Locke Finn ’02 and her husband, Michael, welcomed their second son, Matthew Michael Finn, June 8, 2013.

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