Press Release

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Recognized in 2020 Texas Super Lawyers Directory

October 21, 2020

Forty-eight Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers were featured in the 2020 edition of the Texas Super Lawyers directory published by Thomson Reuters.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Of those nominated, only 5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion.

Partners Nina Cortell, Ben Mesches and Mark Trachtenberg were listed among the Top 100 lawyers in Texas. Cortell and Partners Anne Johnson and Lynne Liberato are also recognized as Texas Super Lawyers Top 50 Women.

The directory also featured Cortell, Johnson, Mesches and Stephen Pezanosky in the list of the Top 100 lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth. Liberato, Kent Rutter and Mark Trachtenberg were also listed among the Top 100 Houston lawyers.

The following are listed as Texas Super Lawyers:


Jeff Civins – Environmental

Mike Hatchell – Appellate

Laura Prather – Media and Advertising


Kit Addleman – Criminal Defense: White Collar

Jeffrey M. Becker – Intellectual Property

Thad Behrens – Secrities Litigation

Michael M. Boone – Mergers & Acquisitions

Stacy L. Brainin – Criminal Defense: White Collar

Ronald W. Breaux – Antitrust Litigation

Deborah S. Coldwell – Franchise/Dealership

John M. Collins – Estate Planning & Probate

Eli Columbus – Bankruptcy

Nina Cortell – Appellate

Jeff W. Dorrill – Tax

John R. Emerson – Intellectual Property Litigation

Sakina R. Foster – Banking

Daniel Gold – Securities Litigation

Melissa M. Goodman – Employment Litigation: Defense

David H. Harper – Intellectual Property Litigation

Anne M. Johnson – Appellate

Ernest Martin Jr. – Insurance Coverage

David L. McCombs – Intellectual Property

Ben L. Mesches – Appellate

Ian Peck – Bankruptcy: Business

Timothy E. Powers – International

Ann M. Saegert – Real Estate

Janice V. Sharry – Securities & Corporate Finance

Micah E. Skidmore – Insurance Coverage

Susan A. Wetzel – Employee Benefits/ERISA


Karen C. Denney – Employment & Labor

Stephen M. Pezanosky – Bankruptcy: Business

Karen S. Precella – Appellate

Thomas J. Williams – Business Litigation


David Ammons – Energy & Natural Resources

Charles Beckham Jr. – Bankruptcy: Business

Bernard "Buddy" Clark Jr. – Energy & Natural Resources

Christina Crozier – Appellate

Matthew T. Deffebach – Employment & Labor

Jesse J. Gelsomini – Employee Benefits

Patrick L. Hughes – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights

Lynne Liberato – Appellate

Michael J. Mazzone – Civil Litigation Defense

Kent Rutter – Appellate

Michelle Scheffler – Business Litigation

Mark Trachtenberg – Appellate


Diana M. Liebmann – Utilities

Laura E. O'Donnell – Employment Litigation: Defense


Craig Stahl – Energy & Natural Resources

Haynes and Boone is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., London, Mexico City and Shanghai, providing a full spectrum of legal services in energy, technology, financial services and private equity. With more than 575 lawyers, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest U.S.-based firms by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and The Lawyer. It also was recognized across the board for excellence in the BTI Consulting Group’s 2020 “A-Team” report, which identifies the law firms that in-house counsel commend as providing superior client service.