Michael Ackerman graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served on the Law Review editorial board and worked with the Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic, for which he drafted briefs for submission to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Board of Immigration Appeals. Before joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John H. McBryde of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He joined Cantey Hanger’s litigation section in 2020.
Mr. Goldthwaite joins Cantey Hanger with nine years of experience after working with another firm in Dallas and having been in-house counsel for a Fort Worth based oil & gas leasing and exploration company. His practice focuses on corporate transactional work, real estate transactions and litigation, construction, and oil & gas matters.
Andrew’s practice focuses on advocating for general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and owners on a variety of construction related issues including litigation, contract negotiations and alternative dispute resolution. His practice also includes the ongoing representation of companies licensed by Texas state agencies.
In 2019, Andrew was appointed to serve on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s Texas Tax Professional Advisory Committee, with a term set to expire in 2025.
Previously, Andrew served as Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, where he managed a civil docket in both state and federal court. Prior to obtaining his law degree at Texas Tech, Andrew was a project engineer for a regional residential and commercial contractor in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Brooke received her law degree from Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth. Prior to joining Cantey Hanger, she served as an assistant criminal district attorney at the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office where she tried over 30 jury trials. Her practice is focused on complex family matters and commercial litigation.
Mr. Robinson joined Cantey Hanger’s litigation section in 2019. Currently, he represents clients in commercial litigation, and represents and advises health care entities and medical professionals in administrative litigation and healthcare litigation. He clerked for the Honorable Craig Stoddart on the State of Texas Fifth Court of Appeals in 2017.
Jasmine is an attorney in the firm’s Business Transactions practice group. Ms. Vu represents small and large businesses, investment entities, and startup entrepreneurs in a broad range of general corporate and finance matters, bank lending transactions, real estate, and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Vu previously practiced in Houston as part of the corporate section of a large Texas firm and in Denver, where she primarily focused on commercial real estate financing, before joining Cantey Hanger.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in the firm’s Litigation Section. He defends physicians, hospitals, nurses, nursing homes, and other health care providers in medical negligence claims and lawsuits. Mr. Parker represents health care providers and institutions in federal qui tam lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729-3733. Mr. Parker also handles mass tort, drug liability, medical device liability, and catastrophic injury cases for a variety of defendants in civil litigation. Mr. Parker represents physicians in contested proceedings and license revocation hearings before the Texas Medical Board, as well as nurses in adverse proceedings before the Texas Board of Nursing and other providers before their respective boards in Austin. For complaints against health care providers that are not resolved at the agency level, Mr. Parker litigates at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (“SOAH”) in Austin. In addition, Mr. Parker advises hospitals and other health care entities regarding credentialing matters.
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 at Cantey Hanger who maintains an office in Dallas and Fort Worth. He represents clients nationwide and has litigated cases in more than 20 states.