Joshua D. Ross

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.

Laura Hilton Hallmon

Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, and Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice, 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 the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and each of the U.S. District Courts for the four Districts of Texas.  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.

Ms. Hallmon currently serves on the Firm’s Management Committee.

Scott Fredricks

Scott Fredricks is Chair of the firm’s Litigation Section.  Scott 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.  The Texas Supreme Court also appointed Scott to serve on the Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas.  This committee is charged with issuing ethics opinions in response to ethics-related questions raised by members of the Bar.

Ralph Duggins

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.  Recently he has been appointed by federal and state courts to mediate a mix of business disputes.

Timothy Davis

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 his wife, Lindsay, live in Southlake and attend the Hills Church.

Tim is licensed in Texas, Kentucky, and Ohio.

David Speed

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

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.

J. David Tracy

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.

Carol Traylor

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 Valdez

Ryan Logan Valdez is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer representing Fortune 500 companies, locally-owned and regional businesses, and individuals in complex commercial disputes. Ryan’s practice focuses on matters involving insurance coverage and bad faith, fraud, breach of contract, restrictive covenant enforcement, homeowners associations, employment practices and discrimination, products liability, and negligence.

Douglas Clayton

Douglas Clayton is Chairman of the firm’s Business Transactions Practice Group. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities offerings, SEC compliance, and other business transactions.

Tawanna Lynn Cesare

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 A. Brown

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.

Brian Brisco

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

Philip is an experienced litigator who advises and represents clients in a diverse range of practice areas. Philip’s experience includes oil and gas disputes, copyright infringement, trademark prosecution and infringement, trade secrets, business torts, breaches of fiduciary duty, breach of contract actions, environmental litigation, construction and design defects, qui tam and False Claims Act cases, and civil rights and First Amendment litigation. Philip 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 (retired) for the Eastern District of Texas.


Sarah Walls

Ms. Walls is considered a leader in the area of environmental law in north Texas.  Her track record in 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 multiple times 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 Bergkamp

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.

Harry Bartel

Mr. Bartel’s practice includes federal and state taxation, estate planning, employee benefit and executive compensation planning, (including ERISA and Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation matters) for businesses, non-profits and governmental entities, business planning for professionals, charitable organization formation and tax exempt status issues, business entity formation, organization and reorganization.

Derek Carson

Derek represents clients in a wide range of civil lawsuits and helps his clients solve problems.

A particular area of focus for Derek is federal-court litigation.  Prior to joining Cantey Hanger, Derek served for three years as law clerk to the Honorable Terry R. Means, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division.  Derek currently serves on the Court Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Derek is also an appellate practitioner, having argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Other areas of emphasis within Derek’s practice include qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act, insurance-coverage litigation, contract disputes, construction-related litigation, and serving as de facto general counsel for small businesses and organizations.

Allison Carroll

Allison Carroll has represented both individual and corporate clients in a variety of commercial and employment litigation proceedings.  Allison’s experience includes breach of contract actions, business torts, employment discrimination and retaliation claims, disputes concerning restrictive covenants prohibiting competition, and construction litigation. In addition to her litigation practice, Allison assists civic and religious organizations in conducting independent investigations, including allegations of sexual abuse.