Kirk Manning

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

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 positions, 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 Parker

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.


John Johndroe

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

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.

Morton Herman

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.

Bradley Poulos

Bradley C. Poulos has represented clients in complex personal injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents and premises accidents since joining Cantey Hanger in 1985. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Arkansas.

Pollard Rogers

Pollard Rogers is a Fort Worth native who joined the Firm in 1984 after practicing law in Houston and Washington, D.C. His primary areas of practice have been in real estate, including farm and ranch, finance and oil and gas.

Mr. Rogers served as Managing Partner of Cantey Hanger from 2004 to 2011.

Joshua D. Ross

Mr. Ross is an experienced litigator representing clients in civil, criminal, and administrative matters in both federal and state jurisdictions, with a general focus in defense of health care providers and in environmental regulation and enforcement. With over 70 trials to jury verdict, and prior service as a State Attorney with experience in white collar and organized crime investigation and litigation, Mr. Ross represents clients in malpractice and licensure matters, fraud and abuse investigations and litigation, and other civil and criminal disputes.

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 Boards of Directors of both the Firm, and of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide.

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 significant portion of his practice to the representation of government and political entities, and 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

David Speed represents clients in numerous industries in complex commercial litigation.  His primary focus is assisting clients through difficult business divorces.  With his roots in the healthcare industry, David has assisted numerous physician groups and hospitals with their litigation needs.

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.