Joshua Ross spent over a decade as lead counsel in high-profile litigation as a state attorney, which included organized crime, fraud, employee embezzlement and identity theft, as well as capital murder, narcotics trafficking, and other serious criminal offenses. With over 70 trials to jury verdict, Mr. Ross joined Cantey Hanger to practice white collar criminal defense in federal and state court, and to continue the firm’s ardent defense of Texas physicians, hospitals and health care providers.
Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, Ms. Hallmon is a 1996 graduate of Baylor University and received her Juris Doctor degree from Baylor University School of Law in 1999.
A career-long employment law litigator, Ms. Hallmon strives to offer her clients practical solutions to the variety of challenges that arise in the modern workplace, specifically focusing her practice on the prosecution and defense of a variety of state and federal employment law matters, including harassment and discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour disputes and restrictive covenants prohibiting competition. In addition to providing representation in litigation and a wide range of administrative proceedings and investigations, Ms. Hallmon also counsels clients on litigation avoidance through effective employment practices and compliance. Ms. Hallmon was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in May of 1999 and is also admitted to practice before each of the U.S. District Courts for the four Districts of Texas, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Hallmon is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation.
Ms. Hallmon began her practice with the Law Offices of David Fielding in March 1999, becoming a partner in January 2005. In September 2015, after nearly 11 years of serving clients together as Fielding, Parker & Hallmon, Ms. Hallmon, Mr. Fielding and Mr. Parker brought their labor and employment law practice to Cantey Hanger.
Scott Fredricks has represented clients in complex commercial cases including antitrust, copyright, patent, securities and trademark issues since joining Cantey Hanger in 1999. He has also assisted civic and religious institutions conduct independent investigations, including investigations of child sexual abuse.
David Fielding has been practicing law for more than 40 years in the area of employment law, civil rights law, labor/management relations, wage and hour law, occupational safety and health law, and in the law of restrictive covenants prohibiting competition.
Mr. Fielding is a 1971 graduate of Texas Tech University and received his law degree in 1973 from the University of Texas at Austin. He sat for the bar examination in February of 1974 and was licensed to practice law in April of 1974.
Mr. Duggins began his legal career as a law clerk for the Chief United States District Judge in St. Louis before joining Cantey Hanger. After moving to Fort Worth, Mr. Duggins has worked on a wide variety of complex commercial cases, including mergers and hostile takeovers, contract disputes between public companies, claims for insurance coverage and oil and gas litigation.
Tim Davis is a member of the Litigation Section. He represents a diverse group of clients in healthcare, employment, and commercial cases. As well, Mr. Davis devotes a portion of his practice to the representation of churches and religious non-profits.
In law school, Tim won both of his school’s oral advocacy competitions as a first year law student and went on to be an editor of the law review. Tim and wife, Lindsay, live in Southlake and attend the Hills Church.
Tim is licensed in Texas, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Brad D’Amico has a transactional, litigation and regulatory practice that focuses on oil and gas and government investigations and enforcement matters. He is co-chairman of the firm’s energy and energy litigation sections.
Since joining Cantey Hanger, David Speed has represented clients in complex litigation. He continues to broaden his area of practice and expertise, which now includes labor/employment, medical malpractice defense, and construction law.
Stephen Tatum has spent a career in appellate courts all over the country handling many different types of cases. That kind of experience is valuable and hard to come by. He brings a wide range of knowledge to every case he takes through the appellate system. He has also developed an active practice representing lawyers in State Bar and Federal disciplinary actions.
David Tracy represents high net worth individuals, as well as family owned entities, in the planning, structure, and implementation, of various strategies involving tax, asset, and succession planning. David also serves as a consultant to a client’s other professionals on complex federal tax matters.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Carol was a Registered Nurse, a background that provided unique experience in the area of medical malpractice and health law, and gives her unique understanding of the complex cases she handles for her clients. She represents doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and health care professionals involved in catastrophic injury, construction, premises liability, and other personal injury cases, as well as handling claims of negligence, negligent credentialing and license challenges. She also assists corporate clients in general litigation matters. Carol is licensed in Texas.
Ryan Logan Valdez represents clients at both the trial and appellate levels in complex commercial cases involving insurance coverage, fraud, employment, construction, and products liability issues.
Douglas Clayton is Chairman of the firm’s Business, Tax and Estates Section. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities offerings, SEC compliance, and other business transactions.
Tawanna Lynn Cesare began her legal career as an associate with Cantey Hanger from 2003-2007, following a summer clerkship. During that time, she focused on business and commercial litigation matters, including banking, construction, trademark infringement, insurance and personal injury defense. Drawing on her litigation skills, Ms. Cesare developed a successful family practice in the years prior to returning to Cantey Hanger.
Christopher joined Cantey Hanger in September 2014 after graduating from Texas A&M University School of Law and serving 6 years on the Bedford City Council. His primary practice area is litigation. He is married to his beautiful wife, Magen.
A native of Fort Worth, Brian Brisco joined Cantey Hanger in 2010 after graduating from Baylor Law School. Brian’s practice focuses primarily on litigation and appellate work and he is particularly interested in legal issues related to education, religion, and non-profit organizations.
Philip Vickers is Vice-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Section. He represents clients in commercial disputes primarily in the areas of intellectual property, oil & gas, shareholder litigation, and other complex business litigation. Philip also actively promotes pro bono programs both within the firm and in the Fort Worth legal community. Before joining Cantey Hanger, Philip served as law clerk to the Honorable Michael H. Schneider, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.
Ross Vitek represents the firm’s construction and real estate industry clients on a wide range of issues, including preparing and negotiating construction contracts, perfecting mechanic’s liens and bond claims and litigating construction disputes. Ross represents parties in all areas of the construction industry including design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and owners with an awareness of the industry’s business and legal concerns.
Ms. Walls is considered a leader in the area of environmental law in north Texas. counsels individuals and industry on environmental matters. Her track record defending clients from EPA and TCEQ enforcement proceedings is exceptional. She is a founder and former Chairman of the Environmental Law Section of the Tarrant County Bar Association. She has served as Chair of the Environmental and Safety Committee of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and on its Board of Directors. Ms. Walls has extensive contacts within federal, state, and local environmental agencies.
Julie C. Bergkamp is the Vice-Chairman of the firm’s Business and Tax Section. Ms. Bergkamp’s practice focuses on business and tax planning for clients in various industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, and energy sectors. Clients have included everything from Fortune 100 companies to closely held family organizations. Ms. Bergkamp also represents a variety of health care organizations, with contractual and state and federal regulatory issues. She advises physicians and health care service providers on issues involving M&A, business structuring, and Fraud & Abuse rules. She also advises her clients on various aspects of intellectual property laws, including trademark, copyright, and licensing matters. She previously practiced law in New York and Chicago, where she primarily focused on international tax law, and on mergers and acquisitions before returning to her hometown of Fort Worth and joining Cantey Hanger LLP.