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Hanszen Laporte Case Makes New Law Across the Land: Client Wins Big on Remand From U.S. Supreme Court

April 24, 2017

Changing decades of legal precedent, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May 2016 that debtors cannot avoid paying their bills by fraudulently transferring assets and then filing for bankruptcy, a bankruptcy judge has awarded Colorado-based Husky International Electronics $650,000.00 against Houston businessman Daniel Lee Ritz, Jr. The award, won by Hanszen Laporte’s Jeffrey L. Dorrell, hits against Chrysalis’ owner-director Ritz personally. The landmark decision and subsequent ruling set a new standard for fraud in bankruptcy cases nationwide. Click Husky PR and Judge’s Opinion for more information.

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Anthony Laporte Elected Member of American Board of Trial Advocates

November 18, 2016

Hanszen Laporte founding partner Anthony Laporte has been admitted as a member to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The ABOTA National Board of Directors elected Laporte based on his peer-reviewed proficiency as a trial lawyer and his character and commitment to the legal profession. Click Laporte ABOTA PR for the full press release.

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Hanszen Laporte Named to 2017 Best Law Firms List

November 2, 2016

Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce it has been named to the 2017 Best Law Firms list. This honor, announced by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, recognizes law firms for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

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Hanszen Laporte Named to University of Houston Cougar 100 For 2nd Consecutive Year

October 26, 2016

For the second year in a row Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce that it has earned a spot on the University of Houston Cougar 100 list of the fastest-growing companies owned or managed by the university’s graduates. For 2016 we earned the #33 position, and in 2015 we were #10. Alumni Kent Hanszen (JD ’92), Anthony Laporte (JD ’93) and Jeffrey Dorrell (JD ’91) are partners in the firm.

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Four Hanszen Laporte Attorneys Named to 2016 Texas Super Lawyers

September 12, 2016

Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys have been selected to the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list. Mark Burck was named for Personal Injury-Defense. Charley Davidson for Criminal Defense-White Collar, Kent Hanszen for Real Estate, and Anthony Laporte for General Litigation. In addition, this is the 10th year Mark has received this honor. Congratulations Mark, Charley, Kent and Anthony on achieving excellence in your areas of practice.

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Hanszen Laporte Named to HBJ Fast 100 For 3rd Consecutive Year

September 9, 2016

For the third year in a row Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce that it has earned a spot on the Houston Business Journal’s Fast 100 list of Houston’s fastest-growing private companies. At #80 the Firm’s 2013-2015 growth was 54.7%. We were previously #27 in 2015 and #50 in 2014.

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Hanszen Laporte Named to Inc. 5000 for 2nd Consecutive Year

September 7, 2016

For the second year in a row, Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce that it has earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. The firm is one of just 100 companies on the list from Houston, coming in at No. 2343.

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Hanszen Laporte Partner Again Named to List of Best Lawyers

September 7, 2016

Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce Charley Davidson again has been named by his peers across the country to the list of The Best Lawyers in America specializing in Criminal Defense: General Practice and White Collar. Congratulations, Charley, on this achievement.

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Hanszen Laporte Wins in U.S. Supreme Court — Businessman Liable for Fraudulent Transfers Despite Bankruptcy

May 17, 2016

By a 7-1 majority in Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that debtors cannot avoid paying their bills by fraudulently transferring assets and then filing for bankruptcy. Click 2a Revised Press Release5-18-16 to read a press release on the High Court’s decision.

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Hanszen Laporte Wins $450,000 Against Plaintiffs Who Filed Baseless Defamation Suits

April 14, 2016

This Award is One of the Largest Anti-SLAPP Penalties Ever Imposed by a Texas Judge. Click 5b.Press Release—4-14-16 to read more.

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Hanszen Laporte Helps School District Win Texas Supreme Court Ruling

April 1, 2016

Hanszen Laporte (HL) defended Clint ISD in the appeal in this case of first impression, in which the school district was sued by parents of students complaining that admittedly unequal funding allocations among the district’s schools was unconstitutional. HL argued that a court did not have jurisdiction to seize control of—and micromanage—financial decisions of an elected school district board of trustees allocating funds among its schools. The trial court agreed with Clint ISD’s position and dismissed the parents’ suit.

The parents appealed, and the El Paso court of appeals ruled against the school district in 2013, reversing the trial court and ordering it to consider the parents’ claims. Clint ISD appealed to the Texas Supreme Court. On April 1, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court unanimously reversed the court of appeals, ruled in favor of Clint ISD, and rendered a decision dismissing the parents’ case. The opinion tracks the school district’s briefing closely.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Dorrell at jdorrell@hanszenlaporte.com or 713-522-9444.

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Bowling for a Cause

March 29, 2016

On February 21, 2016, Hanszen Laporte laced up the bowling shoes to compete in the 2nd Annual COCI Bowl. Cherish Our Children International, or “COCI,” is an organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable children across the world. In Houston COCI works with No More Victims Inc to provide much needed support for teens and children with one or more incarcerated parents. The program has seen tremendous success with 100% of No More Victims participants graduating high school in 2013/2014. Often from schools where up to 80% of the student body is economically disadvantaged and 50%-90% of the student body has one or more incarcerated family members. Hanszen Laporte is dedicated to making meaningful impacts in Houston communities, both inside and outside of the courtroom, and is proud to support great causes like COCI and No More Victims.

Hanszen Laporte attorneys bowl for charitable causes.

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Hanszen Laporte Named to 2016 Best Law Firms List

November 23, 2015

Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce it has been named to the 2016 Best Law Firms list. This honor, announced by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, recognizes law firms for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

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Hanszen Laporte Named to University of Houston Cougar 100

October 28, 2015

Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce it has earned the No. 10 position on the 2015 University of Houston Cougar 100 list of the fastest-growing companies owned or managed by the university’s graduates. Alumni Kent Hanszen (JD ’92), Anthony Laporte (JD ’93) and Jeffrey Dorrell (JD ’91) are partners in the firm.

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Hanszen Laporte Hits the Softball Field

October 14, 2015

Hanszen Laporte recently played in the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions’ Softball Tournament.


Kent Hanszen pitching up a storm!


Anthony Laporte going for the double play!


Proud members of Team Hanszen Laporte!

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Houston Business Journal's Fast 100 Awards 2015

September 22, 2015

Iberia Bank’s Vice President of Commercial Lending and Private Banking, Cindy Picazo (left) with Hanszen Laporte’s Meghan Flanagan (center) and Suzanne DuBose at the Houston Business Journal’s 2015 Fast 100 Awards.

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Hanszen Laporte Named to Houston Business Journal's Fast 100

September 21, 2015

Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce it has earned the #27 position on the 2015 Houston Business Journal’s Fast 100 list of Houston’s fastest-growing private companies. Our 2012-2014 growth exceeded 178%. This is our second straight year on the Fast 100. We were named #50 on the 2014 list with our 2011-2013 growth exceeding 110%. We thank you for contributing to our ongoing success.

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Hanszen Laporte Attorneys Named to 2015 Texas Super Lawyers

September 9, 2015

Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce Kent Hanszen and Mark Burck have been selected to the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list. Kent specializes in the practice areas of Real Estate: Business, Business & Corporate, and Business Litigation. Mark’s specialty is Personal Injury – Defense. Congratulations, Kent and Mark, on achieving excellence in your areas of practice.

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Hanszen Laporte Partner Named to Best Laywers

August 17, 2015

Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce Charley Davidson has been named by his peers across the country to The Best Lawyers in America specializing in Criminal Defense both White Collar and Non-White Collar. Congratulations, Charley, on this achievement.

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Hanszen Laporte Named to Inc. 500

August 14, 2015

Hanszen Laporte is pleased to announce it has earned the position of 1594 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. With our 2011-2014 growth exceeding 250%, we thank you for contributing to our success.

http://www.inc.com/profile/hanszen-laporte

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Vet Who Unsuccessfully Sued for Defamation Regarding Starving Horses Now Arrested for Animal Cruelty

July 10, 2015

In early 2015, Hanszen Laporte partner Jeffrey L. Dorrell defended a suit brought by Waller County veterinarian Kathie Digilio against three of her neighbors for allegedly “defaming” her.  The suit alleged that pictures published on Facebook of Digilio’s allegedly starved, abused horses were “false and misleading.” Neighbors created a page called “Those Without A Voice” and posted a video of the starving horses attempting to raise money to help them.

http://www.gofundme.com/thosewithoutavoice

When they did, Digilio sued in an attempt to silence her critics.

Our client raised the affirmative defense of truth, and prevailed in the suit in March 2015.  After introducing into evidence hundreds of pictures of the animals and almost 1000 pages of third-party SPCA investigatory reports documenting Digilio’s abuse of the animals, the court dismissed Digilio’s defamation claims and ordered Digilio to pay our client’s attorney’s fees.  The court awarded sanctions under the “anti-SLAPP” law, a statute that protects citizens from groundless suits designed to chill free speech.

At about 2:00 PM on July 10, 2015, a warrant was executed for Digilio’s arrest on animal cruelty charges and officials began seizing her approximately 40 emaciated animals after two appear to have died in the last 10 days.  Photographs appeared to show animals struggling woefully to get up, and eventually succumbing to the heat.  KHOU Channel 11 News reported the story online as the culmination of a “lengthy investigation.”  Digilio’s attorney told reporters at the time of her arrest that Digilio is the “victim of a vendetta.”

http://www.khou.com/story/news/2015/07/10/waller-county-veterinarian-charged-with-animal-cruelty-horses-seized/29973139/

This is one of several defamation suits successfully defended by Hanszen Laporte in the last year, which have included successful appeals.

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Chaos in the Mortgage World

May 18, 2015

If you plan to purchase or refinance a house this year, do not wait until August 1, 2015. That is the day that the new disclosure requirements and forms promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) go into effect and many participants in the world of mortgage lending are expecting chaos. The current forms have been in use for 30 years and the new forms require an entire industry to be completely re-trained.

What will be the effect on you, if you purchase or refinance a home after August 1st?

Read the full article written by Elizabeth P. Johnson, an AV Preeminent-rated attorney at Hanszen Laporte specializing in real estate.

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The Risky World of the Minority Shareholder

April 30, 2015

Too often, people enter into business relationships with friends and family without crafting an exit strategy. Without fail, the beginning of a new business relationship brings palpable excitement, with dreams of big business and big returns. I rarely hear anyone, who is embarking on a new business venture, discuss anything other than the great success, which awaits. After all, “we’re all the best of friends;” “I’ve known her all of my life;” “we’re family” ….

But … what if? … What if the business venture is not all rainbows and unicorns? … What if the relationship sours? … And what if you are a minority shareholder?

Read the full article written by Kent Hanszen, an AV Preeminent-rated, board-certified attorney and managing partner at Hanszen Laporte.

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Texas Court Upholds Waiver and Release in Health Club Contract

April 10, 2015

Hanszen Laporte successfully represented Bally Total Fitness at both the trial and appellate courts and obtained a significant opinion upholding the waiver and release provision in Bally’s membership agreement.

In Ruben Grijalva v. Bally Total Fitness Corporation, Ruben Grijalva alleged that he injured himself while working out at Bally. He claimed that he caught his finger between his own weights and those set on the floor by another member, who was working out nearby. The trial court granted Bally’s summary judgment, and Grijalva appealed that judgment. On appeal, the First District Court of Appeals ruled in Bally’s favor and upheld the waiver and release provision in Bally’s membership agreement, which Grijalva signed when he joined Bally.

Read the appellate court’s full memorandum opinion here.

This decision represents a significant ruling for fitness and recreational sports centers.

Hanszen Laporte LLP is an AV Preeminent-rated and a 2015 top-ranked law firm based in Houston, Texas specializing in litigation, business and real estate.

For further information or questions, contact Anthony Laporte at 713.522.9444 or alaporte@hanszenlaporte.com.

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Seeking Prosecution of Your Thievin' Ex-Employee

March 27, 2015

Employee theft is one of the most rampant, but undiscussed, problems confronting businesses of all size. Oftentimes, it occurs to small businesses which least can afford it. Frequently, employees who steal from their employers start small and when they don’t get caught, they become more emboldened, both in terms of frequency and amounts they steal. It usually involves a trusted employee who has been with the company an extended period of time and is considered “one of the family.”

If you find your business in this situation, what do you do? What are your options? How should you proceed?

Read the full article written by Charley Davidson, an AV Preeminent-rated attorney and a partner at Hanszen Laporte.

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Oilfield Layoffs — Employers May Have a Duty to Warn

February 27, 2015

If crude oil stays at $50 a barrel or lower, most, if not all, of the energy companies will continue the trend of employee layoffs. As energy companies continue this course of action, both the employers and the employees need to be aware of the notice requirements set forth in the WARN Act and the penalties associated with not following the Act.

Read the full article written by Daniel Dutko, a personal injury trial lawyer at Hanszen Laporte.

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Hazing and Bullying, Part Two: Do You Know Your Rights?

January 23, 2015

In part one of this article, we discussed hazing, the laws defining it, and potential claims of negligence and negligence per se. In part two, we discuss bullying including specific laws, types of civil and criminal charges, and the importance of gathering and analyzing the facts around each unique situation.

While a victim of hazing goes through mental and/or physical endangerment for the purpose of joining an organization, bullying is a one-way, aggressive act against its victim(s).

Read part two of the article written by H. Mark Burck, a board-certified personal injury trial lawyer at Hanszen Laporte.

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Appeals Court Reversal Called "Victory for Free Speech" — Hanszen Laporte Hailed for Difficult Win

December 16, 2014

Texas’ Second Court of Appeals handed a stunning victory to the appellants on December 11, 2014, unanimously reversing the 67th State District Court and dismissing defamation claims against Neal Rauhauser. Rauhauser was represented by Jeffrey L. Dorrell of the Houston law firm of Hanszen Laporte, LLP.

“This is another important victory for the right to criticize public figures on the Internet,” Dorrell said. Dorrell first became known as a protector of free speech rights when he won a case in the Texas Supreme Court in 2011 reversing the lower courts and affirming the First Amendment right of bloggers to criticize anonymously.

James McGibney sued Rauhauser and others for defamation because they criticized McGibney’s “vigilantism” in the operation of controversial websites known as “Bullyville” and “Cheaterville.” The “Bullyville” website is emblazoned with what appears to be the philosophy and business model of its owner: “Sometimes you have to be a bully to beat a bully.” Rauhauser and others sharply criticized what they characterized as the hypocrisy of McGibney’s tactics. McGibney reacted by suing Rauhauser.

“This was an outrageous example of lawsuit abuse,” said Dorrell. “McGibney filed multiple lawsuits simultaneously in federal and state courts in Texas and California against our client based on the same facts—lawsuits clearly intended to chill his right of free speech,” Dorrell added. Dorrell filed a motion to dismiss under a relatively new law called the Citizens Participation Act. The law requires a court dismissing a suit under the Act to award both attorney’s fees and sanctions — a civil penalty — to the successful party. The 67th District Court failed to act, but the court of appeals reversed and ordered the trial court to dismiss McGibney’s claims and award fees and sanctions to Rauhauser.

Rauhauser is seeking $250,000.00 in attorney’s fees and sanctions of $1,000,000.00. It is not known whether McGibney will challenge the ruling in the Texas Supreme Court. “If he does, we’re ready,” Dorrell said.

For more information, contact:
Jeffrey L. Dorrell,
Attorney for Neal Rauhauser
jdorrell@hanszenlaporte.com
Hanszen Laporte, LLP
www.hanszenlaporte.com
713-522-9444

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Hazing and Bullying: Do You Know Your Rights?

November 21, 2014

A pledge at a fraternity at University of West Virginia was injured in a hazing incident. He suffered a concussion and needed stitches. A fraternity member was arrested and charged with battery. The fraternity was placed on a two and a half year suspension and it could be five years before it is allowed back on campus.

A high school girl in Florida is the victim of cyber bullying. She endures it for as long as she can. Finally, she commits suicide.

Hazing and bullying are prevalent. Hazing and bullying can serve as a trauma that can have long-lasting effects, and even end in death. Part one of this topic focuses on hazing and your rights under the law.

Read part one of the article written by H. Mark Burck, a board-certified personal injury trial lawyer at Hanszen Laporte.

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Hanszen Laporte Blazing New Trails in First Amendment Law — Defamation in the Internet Age

October 23, 2014

From holiday yard decorations criticizing a neighbor to Internet restaurant reviews, free speech is under attack in the courts in our increasingly litigious society like never before.  Frivolous lawsuits designed to chill expression of criticism have reached such a fever pitch that 28 states have now adopted “anti-SLAPP” statutes designed to protect speakers from such suits, and a new national statute has been proposed in Congress.

The relatively new Texas “anti-SLAPP” statute is the most powerful speech protection statute ever adopted in any jurisdiction so far. Whether your business’s revenues dropped because of an Internet attack by a competitor or you were sued by a business whose services you criticized on a blog, the Texas anti-SLAPP statute is something you need to know about. Hanszen Laporte has the tools and the experience to help you.

Read the article by board-certified First Amendment attorney Jeffrey L. Dorrell explaining this new statute and its unprecedented remedies for those who engage in unpopular or offensive speech.

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Hanszen Laporte Continues Expansion with Addition of Two New Attorneys

March 19, 2014

Hanszen Laporte, a Houston-based law firm, has announced the addition of two new attorneys to its Litigation Group. H. Mark Burck has joined the firm as Senior Counsel and Daniel R. Dutko has joined the firm as Senior Associate.

Prior to joining Hanszen Laporte, Mr. Burck was a Shareholder at Burck Lapidus, P.C. He received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1986 and a B.S. / B.A. in Finance from the University of Florida in 1982. Mr. Burck is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also “AV” Preeminent® rated which is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell®

Mr. Burck practices primarily in personal injury, including defense of individuals and corporations on behalf of liability carriers and handles coverage-related opinions and litigation. Mr. Burck’s primary area of practice is transportation cases, including truck drivers and truck companies, those involved in interstate commerce and local carriers. He handles cases involving all types of vehicles – cars, wreckers, and trucks. He also has significant experience in cases involving canivals, fireworks, and other family entertainment establishments like water parks and go-cart arcades. He is thoroughly familiar with medical, bio-medical, and accident reconstruction issues.

Mr. Dutko received his B.A. from Texas A&M in 2002, and his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2005. He joined Burck Lapidus, P.C. in 2005. Mr. Dutko practices primarily in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense.

“The addition of Mark Burck and Daniel Dutko to our firm reflects our growth strategy and our intention to add services that will most benefit our clients,” said Kent M. Hanszen, managing partner. “Mark and Daniel bring exceptional skills and impressive professional credentials. They are a welcome addition to our firm.”

Hanszen Laporte is an AV-Rated law firm with a combined 150 years of experience in litigation, real estate and business matters. Hanszen Laporte’s attorneys are Board Certified and strive to exceed client’s expectations, while providing real solutions to legal disputes and business matters.

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Jeffrey L. Dorrell Receives Board Certification in Civil Trial Law

February 26, 2014

Hanszen Laporte announced that Jeffrey L. Dorrell has received Board Certification in Civil Trial Law. Mr. Dorrell currently practices in Houston, TX where he is a Partner at Hanszen Laporte, LLP.

Board Certification is a voluntary designation program certifying Texas attorneys in 21 specific areas of law. Board Certified attorneys must be licensed for at least five years, devote a required percentage of practice to a specialty area for at least three years, attend continuing education seminars, pass an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges and pass a 6-hour written examination.

“An attorney has to do something extra to get certified and then they have to continue to work and acquire knowledge in their specialty area to remain certified. You could say it is a life-long commitment,” said Judy Lenox, Chairman of the TBLS Board of Directors.

Mr. Dorrell earned his J.D. at University of Houston in 1991. Dorrell joined Hanszen Laporte in 2012 and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 1991.

Hanszen Laporte is an AV-Rated law firm with a combined 100 years of experience in business, real estate and commercial litigation. Since 1997, the firm has proudly represented a diverse array of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to individuals and new entities, and it has grown to a team of nearly 50 employees with offices in Houston and Dallas

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Charley Davidson to Lead New Criminal Defense Practice for Hanszen Laporte

January 2, 2014

Hanszen Laporte, a Houston-based law firm, has announced that Attorney Charley A. Davidson has joined the firm as a partner in the new practice area for the firm of Criminal Defense. Prior to joining Hanszen Laporte, he was a partner in the White Collar Defense Practice Group at Locke Lord and the Houston criminal defense law firm formerly known as Hinton, Sussman, Bailey & Davidson.

“Charley is the latest in a select group of talented, energetic partners who have joined the Firm to further build our team,” said Kent M. Hanszen, managing partner. “His extensive experience, knowledge, and impeccable reputation in the field will complement our strong litigation practice. He will be an instant asset to our Firm.”

A 1978 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Davidson spent three years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorneys’ Office-Southern District where he tried more than 15 first chair felony jury trials. Earlier in his career, he spent seven years in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where he tried more than 70 first chair felony jury trials. For the past 11 years, he tried an additional seven first chair jury trials in state and federal Court.

The addition of Davidson points to the growth of work in this field that includes representing corporations, their officers, employees and boards of directors in white collar criminal matters, related investigations and enforcement proceedings.  Davidson’s practice will continue to emphasize State and Federal criminal defense of fraud and other white collar as well as “blue collar” criminal matters.

Hanszen Laporte is an AV-Rated business firm with a combined 100 years of experience in business litigation, real estate transactions and litigation, and company matters.  Hanszen Laporte’s attorneys are Board Certified and strive to exceed client’s expectations, while providing real solutions to legal disputes and business matters.

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Kent Hanszen Receives Board Certification in Commercial Real Estate Law

May 1, 2013

Hanszen Laporte announced that Kent Hanszen has received Board Certification in Commercial Real Estate Law. Kent Hanszen currently practices in Houston, TX where he is Managing Partner at Hanszen Laporte, LLP.

This designation through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) attests to Hanszen’s substantial capabilities and expertise. It is the third certification attained by Hanszen who is also Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Residential Real Estate Law.

Of the 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas, Hanszen is one of 5 attorneys in the state who is triple Board Certified and the only one in Harris County to hold this distinction.

“An attorney has to do something extra to get certified and then they have to continue to work and acquire knowledge in their specialty area to remain certified. You could say it is a life-long commitment,” said Judy Lenox, Chairman of the TBLS Board of Directors.

Hanszen received his J.D. in 1992 from the University of Houston and is a 1988 graduate of the Texas A&M University, where he received his B.B.A.

Hanszen Laporte is an AV-Rated law firm with a combined 100 years of experience in business, real estate and commercial litigation. Since 1997, the firm has proudly represented a diverse array of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to individuals and new entities, and it has grown to a team of nearly 50 employees with offices in Houston and Dallas.

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Hanszen Laporte Celebrates the Holidays by Giving Back

December 20, 2012

Hanszen Laporte celebrated the holiday season by Adopting a Family. In what is now a new tradition for the firm, they participated in the KSBJ Giving Tree, an annual campaign that connects listeners of the radio station to families in need.

The story of the Gonzales family in particular caught the attention of Hanszen Laporte. Ms. Gonzales, 26, had recently become legal guardian to her 11-year-old twin brothers. With their mother unable to provide for the boys, Ms. Gonzales stepped in to do what was best for her family.

“We were moved by their story. We wanted them have an easy transition and really enjoy their Christmas,” said Kent Hanszen, Managing Partner at Hanszen Laporte. “Our entire firm truly embraced this opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of this family during the holiday season.”

“We couldn’t be more grateful or excited,” Ms. Gonzales said. The law firm provided the family with Christmas dinner, stockings, and a fully decorated Christmas tree, as well as a collection of pantry items, cookware, and school supplies for the boys.

Hanszen Laporte is an AV-Rated law firm with a combined 100 years of experience in business, real estate and commercial litigation. Since 1997, the firm has proudly represented a diverse array of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to individuals and new entities, and it has grown to a team of nearly 50 employees with offices in Houston and Dallas.

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Hanszen Laporte Continues to Expand Real Estate and Transactional Practice

December 1, 2012

Hanszen Laporte announced today that Attorney Elizabeth Pringle Johnson has joined the Houston law firm.

“As we sought to expand our real estate and transactional practice, Elizabeth’s background really stood out as one that would be a very strong asset to the firm,” noted Kent M. Hanszen, managing partner of the firm. “Ms Johnson’s high-level analytical ability in dealing with complex real estate and banking transactions aligns perfectly with Hanszen Laporte’s ongoing commitment to delivering top-quality legal services to our clients.”

Johnson was previously General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Camden Property Trust. Prior to joining Camden, Johnson was a partner at Winstead where her primary practice focus was commercial real estate, banking, and large real estate secured bankruptcy workouts.

Johnson received a J.D. degree from the University of Alabama School of Law where she was in the Top 5% of her class, and a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from University of Alabama where she was awarded American Jurisprudence Awards for Best Paper: Future Interests, Evidence, Property II and Decedent’s Estates.

Hanszen Laporte is an AV-Rated law firm with a combined 100 years of experience in business, real estate and commercial litigation. Since 1997, the firm has proudly represented a diverse array of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to individuals and new entities, and it has grown to a team of nearly 50 employees with offices in Houston and Dallas.

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Hanszen Laporte Partners to Present at September AIA Seminar

September 1, 2012

Partners Kent M. Hanszen and Anthony L. Laporte of the Houston-based law firm of Hanszen Laporte will present a seminar “Legal Issues Affecting Architectural Firms,” for the AIA Houston Business Practice CE Series on September 26, 2012.

The event is being held at the AIA office located at 315 Capitol Street #120, Houston, TX 77002 and offers CE credits for those who attend.

Hanszen Laporte is an AV-Rated law firm with a combined 100 years of experience in business, real estate and commercial litigation. Since 1997, the firm has proudly represented a diverse array of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to individuals and new entities, and it has grown to a team of nearly 50 employees with offices in Houston and Dallas.

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Hanszen Laporte Adds Distinguished Attorney to Its Team

July 18, 2012

Attorney Jeffrey L. Dorrell has joined the Houston law firm of Hanszen Laporte, announced Kent M. Hanszen.

“Mr. Dorrell is a proven leader and team-builder,” said Hanszen. From president of his high school student body and chancellor of his college fraternity to president of his own oil company, Mr. Dorrell has consistently earned recognition from his peers.

After graduating from the University of Texas in 1977, Mr. Dorrell joined Houston-based Coastal Corporation (now El Paso). During his tenure there, Mr. Dorrell became the youngest member of the board of directors of the National Petroleum Refiners Association and the youngest president in the history of the Southwest Chemical Association while earning a law degree in night studies at the University of Houston in 1991.

In 1997, Mr. Dorrell co-founded the law firm of Dorrell & Chamberlain, L.L.P., later Dorrell & Farris, L.P. In 2009, Dorrell & Farris, L.P., moved its client base to Escamilla, Poneck & Cruz, LLP, where Mr. Dorrell continued his trial and appellate litigation practice as a partner on a team of 24 lawyers with offices in San Antonio, Houston, Laredo, and Mexico City. Mr. Dorrell has represented clients in courtrooms in Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and in the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2004, Mr. Dorrell was voted by the readers of H Texas Magazine as one of Houston’s “Lawyers on the Fast Track.” In 2008, Texas Lawyer chose Mr. Dorrell as an “Impact Player”—one of the 10 lawyers who had the greatest impact on the law of Texas in 2008. In April 2011, Texas Lawyer named Mr. Dorrell “Appellate Lawyer of the Week” after he obtained a rare a writ of mandamus from the Texas Supreme Court.

In 1971, Mr. Dorrell was chosen to serve as a U.S. Congressional Page. In 1974, he was chosen to serve Charlie Wilson as a U.S. Congressional Intern — becoming one of only a handful of people ever to receive both honors.

Hanszen Laporte is an AV-Rated law firm with a combined 100 years of experience in business, real estate and commercial litigation. Since 1997, the firm has proudly represented a diverse array of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to individuals and new entities, and it has grown to a team of nearly 50 employees with offices in Houston and Dallas.

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