Kate Hancock received her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she served as a staff editor and board member for the Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal. Prior to joining Cantey Hanger, Ms. Hancock served as a law clerk to the Honorable John H. McBryde of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Her practice is focused on commercial litigation, health care law, and internal investigations.
David Littman practices in the firm’s litigation section with a focus on real estate, title insurance and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Littman worked for Fidelity National Title Law Group as a major claims litigator handling matters throughout the United States. Mr. Littman also has experience handling commercial transactions, commercial arbitrations, international business matters as well as cases before the Court of International Trade.
Mr. Littman graduated from the University of Denver in 1991 and received his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1995. Mr. Littman also received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Southern Methodist University in 1999.
Mr. Duran’s practice focuses on estate planning, probate, entity formation and business transactions, including preparing wills, trust agreements and powers of attorney, assisting with the probate of wills and the administration of estates, organizing corporations, limited liability companies, family limited partnerships and other business entities, and the purchase, sale and other transfer of assets.
Stephen returns to Cantey Hanger and his native Fort Worth after nine years in Austin working for and representing the State of Texas. He served as Deputy Commissioner to Commissioner Toby Baker at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and as an Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Greg Abbott. He advises clients on state and federal environmental, energy, government, and regulatory matters.
Brian attended Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth, earning a certificate in business law, serving as an editor on the Law Review, and graduating first in his class. Before joining the firm, he served as an assistant district attorney where he tried 17 cases to a jury and wrote six appellate briefs. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife Amy and daughter Marin.
Keegan obtained her J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she was elected president of her graduating class. She represents corporate and individual clients in both state and federal litigation proceedings and has first chair jury trial experience. Keegan handles a wide variety of disputes, but focuses her practice on healthcare, commercial, and transportation litigation.
J. Frank Kinsel, Jr. came to Cantey Hanger from a large law firm in Waco, in 1990. He practiced in Dallas for a period before that. As the son of an attorney for Texaco, Inc., Jeff lived in New York, South America and Belgium as a child. When younger, Mr. Kinsel’s first legal experience was as an oil and gas contract attorney for a Texas oil drilling company. In that capacity he lived, worked and traveled extensively in the Middle East negotiating contracts. He later evolved into an insurance litigation lawyer with clients such as medical care providers, bus companies, ambulance companies and manufacturers. Mr. Kinsel handles cases involving first party insurance coverage, employment litigation, medical malpractice, product liability, bad faith and legal malpractice. He has expertise in personal injury litigation including product liability, premises liability, toxic torts and environmental matters.
Susan obtained her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Letters, with highest honors. Since being licensed in Texas in 1986, her practice has focused exclusively on Immigration and Nationality law including employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, and naturalization. Susan has a wealth of experience representing a wide range of client employers, large and small, including high tech companies, universities, manufacturers, banks, and churches in complex employment based immigration matters. Cases include labor certifications, outstanding professor and researcher petitions, multinational executive and manager petitions, relative visa petitions, and fiancé petitions. Nonimmigrant matters include H-1B, L-1, TN, E-3, R-1, and B-1/B-2.
Sid Lange is a West Texas native who moved to Fort Worth from a civil law firm in Dallas to join forces with Cantey Hanger in 2000. Mr. Lange’s primary area of focus is litigation. Mr. Lange routinely works with businesses and individuals in matters involving commercial litigation, officer’s and director’s liability, bankruptcy and bankruptcy related litigation, and construction litigation.
Mr. Keetch leads the Cantey Hanger Construction Law practice group. He came to Cantey Hanger in 1995, after his graduation from the Texas Tech University School of Law. He has worked both in the Dallas office of Cantey Hanger and in the Ft. Worth office. His primary area of focus is civil litigation.
Mary Colchin Johndroe vigorously represents clients in civil litigation, including construction, contract, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, property rights, and government law cases. She has handled cases at all levels of the legal system; before commissions and administrative agencies, in trials and appeals within Texas state and federal courts, including the Texas and U.S. Supreme Courts. Ms. Johndroe joined Cantey Hanger in 1986 and was elected partner in 1992.
Mr. Madsen is a litigator, primarily a defense litigator, although he has extensive experience in many areas of civil litigation. He is a career Cantey Hanger litigator, having come to the Fort Worth firm in 1976 shortly after his graduation from Baylor University School of Law and a stint as a briefing attorney for Court of Appeals of the Twelfth Supreme Judicial District of Texas.
Mr. Manning is a member of the Taxation, Trust and Estates and Small Business Organizations Group. His practice is centered in the formation, organization and reorganization of business entities, the purchase and sale of business entities, real estate investment and development, income tax planning for individuals, corporations and partnerships, and representation in tax disputes. He additionally practices in the areas of health law and probate and estate planning.
Joshua Michaels joined Cantey Hanger in September 2017 after graduating from The University of Texas School of Law. Before law school, he served in the U.S. Army, and also taught middle school social studies as a member of Teach for America. During law school, Joshua served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Christopher Mott of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas, and as a legal intern for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. He focuses his practice within the firm’s commercial litigation section.
Brian Newby has extensive experience representing Fortune 500 companies, national insurance carriers, retail distributors, small businesses and political subdivisions, including school districts, water and transportation authorities in commercial litigation, administrative law and governmental affairs. In addition, he has served in numerous local, state and national leadership positons, including elected office, active duty and the Air Reserve Components of the United States Air Force. He currently holds the rank of Major General.
Jordan M. Parker is a partner and Chairman of the firm’s Litigation Section. He defends physicians, hospitals, nurses, nursing homes, and other health care providers in medical negligence lawsuits. Mr. Parker also handles mass tort, drug liability, medical device liability, general products liability, catastrophic injury, construction defect, and other traditional personal injury cases. He represents physicians in contested proceedings and license revocation hearings before the Texas Medical Board and advises hospitals and other health care entities regarding credentialing matters. Mr. Parker also represents nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing and other providers before their respective boards in Austin.
S.G. Johndroe III concentrates his practice in litigation affecting real estate interests, including condemnation, real property valuations, transactional conflicts, and boundary disputes. He has tried many cases involving real estate issues and has been called upon to provide expert testimony with regard to land titles as well as to act as a mediator in the resolution of real property disputes. In addition to his trial work, Mr. Johndroe has handled many cases at the appellate level, presenting oral arguments to appellate courts in over thirty cases. In addition to appearing before Texas Courts of Appeals, he has argued before the Supreme Court of Texas, the Fifth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Allan Howeth has represented clients in estate planning, probate, estate, gift and income tax practice since joining Cantey Hanger in 1963.
Mr. Howeth served as Managing Partner of the firm for twenty years, first serving as an interim Managing Partner, then as the elected Managing Partner from 1985 to 2004.
Mr. Herman is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D. 1971. He was a founder and associate editor of The St. Mary’s Law Journal. Post-graduate studies include work on an LLM at George Washington School of Law in Washington, DC. Upon graduation from law school, he worked in Washington, D.C. in the Office of General Counsel Federal Communications Commission, from 1970-1972, during the tenuous times of the Watergate scandal. He was first licensed to practice law in Texas in 1971.
Mr. Polzer is a Partner in Cantey Hanger’s Fort Worth office and also practices in the Dallas office. He represents clients in all areas of the Metroplex and beyond.