David A. Chaumette and Sandra L. Phillips of Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Houston office have been named “Texas Rising Stars” by Law & Politics Magazine. The “Texas Rising Stars” are outstanding Texas attorneys under the age of 40, who have been nominated by their peers who have personally observed them in action either as opposing counsel, co-counsel or from first-person observation in the courtroom.
Chaumette has successfully tried cases to jury verdicts and has prosecuted appeals throughout Texas. He has litigated oil and gas matters, securities fraud issues and real estate disputes. He is active in the bar and is the President of the Houston Young Lawyers Association. Chaumette is a member of Leadership Houston Class XVIII and will become Chair-elect of that organization in July 2004. He has presented before numerous organizations on topics, including personal jurisdiction and the Internet, spoliation, electronic discovery and ethics issues. He was recently selected as one of the 2004 Five Outstanding Young Houstonians.
Phillips, who assumes the role of Managing Partner of the firm’s Houston office on July 1, 2004, represents major oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceutical companies in mass tort litigation. She also represents Fortune 500 companies in employment litigation. She has written and spoken extensively on product liability, employment law, litigation strategy and electronic discovery topics, as well as diversity and ethics issues. Phillips is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. She was the recipient of the 2001-02 Houston Bar Association President’s Award for outstanding service to the community and the profession.