Announcements

The Texas Bar College Welcomes New Member

AUSTIN – The Texas Bar College congratulates Jason C. Nelson on his membership in the College. Mr. Nelson is a Partner with Barry Conge Harris LLP in Houston, Texas. He practices in corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and finance. Mr. Nelson is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School as well as Stanford University, Tulane University, and the University of Houston Clear Lake.

The Texas Bar College, the only organization in the United States formed for this purpose, is an honorary society of lawyers, chartered by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1981, to recognize and encourage lawyers who maintain and enhance their professional skills and the quality of their service to the public by completing at least double the required hours of continuing legal education each year. The College also sponsors or otherwise assists in educational activities of significant merit and widespread relevance and applicability to the legal profession.

Barry Conge Harris LLP is pleased to make the following announcement:

Michael J. Spalding and Kene Chinweze have been elected partners in the firm’s Energy Practice Group, on the oil and gas title and due diligence team.

Michael has over 16 years’ experience, including preparing title opinions and counseling clients on complex legal matters involving upstream acquisitions and operations issues. In addition to Texas, Michael is also licensed in Oklahoma and Kansas.

Kene has more than 10 years’ experience examining title instruments and exploration and production contracts, in addition to rendering various types of title opinions. Kene is Board Certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Founded on January 1, 2016, Barry Conge Harris LLP is a full-service law firm having significant experience and expertise representing clients in a diverse range of legal matters, including commercial litigation, corporate and energy. For additional information contact Barry Conge Harris LLP, Felicia Harris, 1800 West Loop South, Suite 750, Houston, Texas 77027; 713.331.7662; fharris@barrycongeharris.com.

Barry Conge Harris LLP is pleased to make the following announcements:

Robert S. Ballentine has joined the firm as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. Bob focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration of commercial energy disputes in the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining the firm, Bob provided assistance to the firm’s lead trial counsel, Felicia Harris, in connection with the firm’s recent successful representation of Sunset Nursing Home, Inc.

Andrew P. Parma has joined the firm as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. Drew’s practice focuses on civil appeals, summary judgments and other dispositive motions in both state and federal court.

Josh Van Maele has been elected partner in the firm’s Energy Practice Group, on the oil and gas title and due diligence team.

Calvin B. Garwood has joined the firm as Of Counsel in the Energy Practice Group, on the oil and gas title and due diligence team.

Founded on January 1, 2016, Barry Conge Harris LLP is a full-service law firm having significant experience and expertise representing clients in a diverse range of legal matters, including commercial litigation, corporate and energy. Each of the founding partners previously practiced at the Houston office of now-defunct Burleson LLP. For additional information contact Barry Conge Harris LLP, Felicia Harris, 1800 West Loop South, Suite 750, Houston, Texas 77027; 713.331.7662; fharris@barrycongeharris.com.

Barry Conge Harris LLP Scores Big For Nursing Home Client

Just 8 weeks after opening the firm’s doors, founding partner Felicia Harris, Craig Geraci and Andrew Parma scored a multi-million-dollar win for a Brazoria County nursing home owner and operator. After almost three years of litigation and a three-week trial, on Friday [February 26, 2016], the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of BCH’s client, Sunset Nursing Home, Inc., of more than $4 million for breach of contract. The 12-member jury found that Sunset’s prior tenants breached two lease agreements that allowed the tenants to operate Sunset’s two nursing homes. In addition to the breach of contract finding, the jury also found that a conspiracy existed between the tenants and the guarantors on the lease agreements to defraud Sunset. The jury’s verdict included $700,000 in actual damages and $2 million in punitive damages in connection with the fraud finding. Continue reading