David W. Ledyard honored as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018 in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants by The Best Lawyers in America©

David W. Ledyard has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America© (by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners) for 2018 as “Lawyer of the Year” in Beaumont Texas in the category of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.  Ledyard has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America© for each of the last seven years in three separate categories – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants (2013-2018); Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2012-2018); and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants(2012-2018).

Ledyard was previously honored as “Lawyer of the Year” in 2016 for Product Liability – Defendants, and in 2015 as “Lawyer of the Year” for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants.

Ledyard has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Litigation by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1980.

Mike Hendryx passes gavel to new President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Mike Hendryx completed his service as President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC) for 2016-2017 at the Annual Meeting on September 22nd in Seattle, Washington. With a membership of 1586 attorneys, the TADC is one of the largest professional associations of Commercial Litigation, Business Defense and Personal Injury Defense Attorneys in the United States. During his tenure he represented TADC at the Legislature, testifying on bills and working with legislators and others interested in legislation affecting civil litigation. He authored joint letters from the TADC, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TADC) and the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Tex-ABOTA) commenting on pending legislation. In the course of his year as President, he traveled to many Texas cities, speaking to members and interested groups about civil litigation and the TADC. Hendryx also spoke at continuing legal education sessions of the TADC and State Bar of Texas. He represented the TADC at meetings of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and was the TADC spokesperson for issues before the American Bar Association (ABA). As President he coordinated efforts by the TADC to reach out to members who suffered from flooding or other aspects of Hurricane Harvey.

Senior Associate David Kirby honored at Annual Meeting of Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Senior Associate David Kirby attended the Annual Meeting of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC) in Seattle and was honored for his work as Chair of the TADC Young Lawyers Committee. He was selected by the TADC as the Outstanding Young Lawyer for 2017 in recognition of his extraordinary work in increasing young lawyer membership and organizing activities for your lawyers across the state.

K.B. Battaglini Admitted to Practice Before U.S. Supreme Court

On June 5, in Washington, D.C., in formal proceedings and after announcements by Justices Kagan, Sotomayor and Alito of the court’s decisions for the day, a motion for admission was presented orally to the court by Donald Guter, Dean of South Texas College of Law-Houston, and was granted by Chief Justice John Roberts.  Later, following the formal hearing, Justice Roberts stopped by the lawyer’s lounge to offer congratulations to Mr. Battaglini and the other attorneys admitted that day to the bar of the supreme court.

Strong Pipkin Receives Texas Treasure Business Award from Texas Historical Commission

Senator Brandon Creighten, District 4, along with John L. Nau, III, Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission, recognized Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. with a Texas Treasure Business Award.  The Texas Treasure Business Award program pays tribute to businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for 50 years or more.  Created in 2005, the program recognizes well-established Texas businesses and their exceptional historical contributions to the state’s economic growth and prosperity.  Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. celebrates its 82nd  anniversary this year.

David Kirby Selected to Texas Super Lawyers 2017 Texas Rising Stars

David Kirby has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers 2017 Texas Rising Stars list published by Thomson Reuters.

A Rising Stars selection is an honor reserved for those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice.  Kirby has been chosen for his excellence in Insurance Coverage.

David A. Kirby Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

David Kirby has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.  Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas.  Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of David’s contributions to the legal profession.

Mike Hendryx Installed as President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Mike Hendryx has been installed as the President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for the 2016-2017 term.

Mike Hendryx was elected as President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for 2016-2017 at the Annual Meeting on September 23rd in Fort Worth. His term runs from September 23, 2016 – September 23, 2017. With a membership of approximately 1530 attorneys, the TADC is one of the largest professional associations of Commercial Litigation, Business Defense and Personal Injury Defense Attorneys in the United States. Mike served on the TADC Executive Committee, as Chairman of the TADC PAC Trustees, Co-Chair of the Trial Academy and as the Vice-President for Legislation, Vice –President for Programs and Vice-President of Publications. Mike was the recipient of the President’s Award in 2007 and the TADC Special Recognition Award in 2016.

Three Strong Pipkin attorneys on the board of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Mike Hendryx has been installed as the President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for the 2016-2017 term.

David Kirby was elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel as the Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee for the 2016-2017 term.

K. B. Battaglini serves as Vice President – Membership of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.

Eight Strong Pipkin Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

Eight Lawyers from Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. are listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.

  • Beaumont, TX
    • David W. Ledyard
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Greg M. Dykeman
      • Litigation – Construction
      • Litigation – Real Estate
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    • Michael L. Baker
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Michael T. Bridwell
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Houston, TX
    • John G. Bissell
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Litigation – Environmental
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • John W. Bridger
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    • K.B. Battaglini
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Natural Resources Law
    • Michael Hendryx
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Litigation – Environmental
      • Litigation – Labor and Employment
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

David Ledyard Honored by America’s Top 100 Attorneys™ and The Best Lawyers In America®

David W. Ledyard has been honored with his selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys™ for Southern Texas for his Lifetime Achievements by America’s Top 100 LLC. The comprehensive multi-phase selection process is meant to identify and highlight the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled attorneys in all areas of practice. Only 100 attorneys in each state (Texas is divided into Northern and Southern) receive this honor.

The Best Lawyers in America©  (by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners) also selected Ledyard in 2016 as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Beaumont Texas for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and honored Ledyard in 2015 as Lawyer of the Year in Beaumont for Mass Tort Litigation – Class Actions-Defendants. He has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America for the last five years in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability – Defendants, and Mass Tort Litigation – Class Actions – Defendants.

Ledyard has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Litigation for the last 36 years. His forty one years of experience and success in defending corporations has culminated in these most recent honors.

Strong Pipkin Prevails in Arbitration on Novel Louisiana Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act Issue

Partner John Bridger assisted by senior associate David Kirby recently obtained an arbitration award on behalf of a major energy partnership in a breach of contract suit arising out of a demand for indemnity. The case involved a novel issue under the Louisiana Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act (LOIA). A contractor’s employee fell on the energy partnership’s platform located on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Louisiana. The injuries required immediate emergency medical care resulting in significant expense incurred by the energy partnership. Despite the serious injuries, the injured worker never filed a third-party lawsuit against the energy partnership. In a case of first impression, Messrs. Bridger and Kirby successfully argued that, under these circumstance, the LOIA did not prevent the energy partnership from obtaining indemnity from the employer for 100% of the cost of emergency medical care incurred by the energy partnership.

Two Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year”

David W. Ledyard was named the Best Lawyers® (by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners) 2016 Beaumont Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” And Michael L. Baker was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Beaumont Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.”

Eight Strong Pipkin Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners 2016

Michael Baker
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

K.B. Battaglini
Commercial Litigation
Natural Resources Law

John G. Bissell
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Environmental
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

John W. Bridger
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Michael T. Bridwell
Commercial Litigation
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Greg M. Dykeman
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Real Estate
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Michael Hendryx
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

David W. Ledyard
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants