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Ryan Kirkham

June 14, 2021

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Shanin Turner

August 9, 2018

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Laura Caston

June 10, 2016

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Practice Description

Ms. Newkirk’s practice includes employment law litigation as well as employment law counseling and transactional work.  She regularly represents clients in lawsuits and administrative proceedings involving federal and state employment law statutes (such as Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, Texas Labor Code, etc.) as well as litigation involving allegations of theft of trade secrets and violation of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.  Ms. Newkirk also works with clients on complex employment law counseling issues such as managing discipline and terminations in high risk scenarios (which may involve employees who fall within multiple protected categories or are high-ranking executives), managing leaves of absences and navigating the issues raised by the FMLA, ADA and workers’ compensation statutes, and conducting sensitive or high level internal investigations.  She has significant experience in planning and executing reductions in force, which includes evaluating the risks raised by the proposed reductions and drafting employee communications and severance agreements.  Ms. Newkirk assists clients with drafting executive employment agreements as well as non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements.  She regularly advises clients on appropriate classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt under FLSA and of workers as employees or independent contractors under state and federal statutes; she handles administrative proceedings and litigation on these subjects as well.  Ms. Newkirk also teams with transactional lawyers to perform due diligence and review and provide advice on the employment law aspects of merger and asset purchase agreements.

Selected Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, “New Regulations, Recent Court Decision, and Vital Strategies for Managing Your Leave Law Challenges”
  • Presenter, “Trends in Employment: Pop Culture Crosses Into the Workplace”
  • Presenter, “Did You Know?  Recent  Trends in Employment Law”
  • Presenter, “Reduction in Force Issues”
  • Presenter, “Managing the Difficult Employee”
  • Author, Controversy Surrounds EEOC’s Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

Professional / Civic Activities

  • Attorneys Serving the Community
  • Co-Chair, Networking Committee 2013 – Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, 2011 – Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Employment Law Section
  • Chair, Employment Law Section, 2004, Vice-chair, 2003
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Employment Law Section

Achievements

  • Best Lawyers in America – Employment Law Management and Labor Law, 2013-2015
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2012, 2015
  • Texas Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly in 2005 – 2015
  • Texas Rising Star by Law & Politics Magazine and Texas Monthly in 2004 and 2005

Lisa Marquis

April 8, 2015

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Practice Description

Lisa Marquis believes in settling family cases collaboratively whenever possible. Her clients view the collaborative process as a way to better control the outcome of their case and reduce stress and trauma to their family. Divorce is certainly an ending, but Lisa also sees it as the beginning of a new family unit. She believes that the collaborative process can smooth the transition for you and your children. Lisa also understands that some cases cannot be handled collaboratively and also effectively represents clients in contested matters that are presented to the court for determination. However, even in those contested cases, Lisa uses her training as a collaborative attorney to minimize the level of conflict between the parties, and endeavors to always put the best interest of the children first.  Even in cases that need to be handled through the more traditional litigation process, Lisa strives to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

Focus of Practice

  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Contested Divorce
  • Custody Disputes
  • Visitation Issues
  • Child Support Modification
  • Custody Modification
  • Enforcement Actions
  • Paternity
  • Adoption
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Partition Agreements
  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Guardianship

Representative Experience

In 1991 Lisa began her legal career as a litigation attorney with Streich Lang in Phoenix. In 1994 she moved back to her home state of Texas to work as a tax attorney with the Dallas law firm of Johnson & Gibbs. When Johnson & Gibbs disbanded in 1995, Lisa began practicing family law in Plano. In 1997, Lisa partnered with Sharon Easley to form Easley & Marquis.  After 15 years in practice with Sharon, Lisa joined with Hastings Hanshaw and Collin Kennedy in 2012 to start a family law practice with the firm of Hanshaw Kennedy Marquis.  In April of 2015, Lisa joined the firm of Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C. to head up their Collin County office, which opened in Plano on April 1, 2015.

Lisa is well known for her work in collaborative law, successfully handling more than 100 cases. She has been secretary, vice-president and president of the Collin County Bar Association, chair of the Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation and vice-president of the Plano chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.  She is an active member of the Association of Networking Professionals, in which she has held the positions of Vice-President and President for multiple terms.  Lisa has also served as a Girl Scout Leader in Celina and on the church council of Rejoice Lutheran Church in Frisco.

Community Involvement, Affiliations and Memberships

  • Charter Life Fellow of the Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation
  • Member of the Collin County Bar Association
  • Collaborative Law Alliance of Collin County
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Texas
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas

Elizabeth Hunter

November 9, 2013

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Practice Description

Ms. Hunter has over 23 years of dedicated family law practice with emphasis in divorce and asset protection, child custody, paternity, adoption, termination of parental rights, modification of custody, visitation and child support, premarital agreements, postmarital agreements, cohabitation agreements, post-divorce and enforcement issues, annulments and common law marriages.

Elizabeth handles cases in multiple counties including Dallas, Denton, Collin, Tarrant and Rockwall counties.

Elizabeth is a Certified Mediator. Elizabeth is also a trained Collaborative Law Family lawyer.

Elizabeth provides strategic divorce planning services for each individual’s needs.

Representative Experience

Numerous projects in property division including characterization, valuation, tracing, and reimbursement issues.

Numerous projects in premarital planning/asset protection.

Elizabeth is a frequent speaker on Texas family law issues.

Selected Publications, Seminars and Cases

Co-author, Dallas Bar Association, Conservatorship, Possession, Child Support and Grandparent Rights, Plain and Simple

Author/Speaker, Dallas Bar Association, Conservatorship, Possession, Child Support and Grandparent Rights

Author/Speaker, Half Moon Seminar, Working with Divorce Clients and Opposing Counsel

Author/Speaker, University of Houston Family Law Practice Seminar, Child Support and Modification: Guidelines, Guesswork or Good-Lawyering?

Author/Speaker, University of Houston Family Law Practice Seminar, ChildSupport – Including Multiple Marriage Issues and Child Support Obligations of the Six-Digit Wage Earner

Co-author with Reba Rasor, University of Houston Family Law Practice Seminar, Child Support and the Six-Digit Daddy

Speaker/Co-author with Reba Rasor, University of Houston Family Law Practice Seminar, Child Support and the Six-Digit Daddy

Community Involvement, Affiliations and Memberships

Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section Board of Directors 1997-1999, various committees

Texas State Bar, Family Law Section

Member, The Collaborative Law Institute of Texas

Member, Collaborative Law Dallas

American Inns of Court Foundation, Annette Stewart Inn

Board Member, Our Friend’s Place

Sustainer, Junior League of Dallas

Member, DAR

Member, PEO

Awards & Honors

AV ® PREEMINENT Martindale-Hubbell rating

Technical Advisor, Family Law Issues, “Dallas” TV show