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Government Law Notes: Moore takes reins at Lockton in Fort Worth

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Michael Moore, an eighth-generation Texan and risk management expert, has joined Lockton as president of the Fort Worth office, the company said in a news release.

Lockton is the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance broker, providing global professional services with 7,000 associates who advise clients on protecting their people, property and reputations.

“Fort Worth may be the 15th largest city in the United States, but it still has a small-town feel where a handshake means something,” Bob Bobo, chief operating officer of the Lockton Texas property and casualty operation, said in a news release about Moore. “Michael understands that in a global economy, Texas businesses want to play from home, which is why he is bringing Lockton resources to the Fort Worth community.”

Moore’s Texas roots are deep.

The federal courthouse in downtown is named after his grandfather-in-law, Judge Eldon Mahon.

Moore is a descend of Carl Hilmar Guenther, founder of C.H. Guenther & Son, a San Antonio flour mill that was the oldest continually operating milling company in the United States and one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Texas until its sale last year.

Moore can also trace his family line to Thomas Barnett, one of the original 300 settlers who came to Texas with Stephen F. Austin in 1825 and a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

“I have serious Texas pride when it comes to owning land and running a business and I implement that in my desire to work hard for clients,” Moore said.

Moore previously spent nearly nine years at the Gus Bates Co., where he was managing director of the property and casualty division, according to his LinkedIn page.

Moore has been involved with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and helped with fundraising for the Dream Park of Fort Worth, a 57,000-square-foot play space for all children. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and spends much of his time outdoors with his wife, Shannon, and two daughters.

“Michael has a vast network within the community that will help us as we continue to recruit top talent and grow the Fort Worth office,” said Ryan Hyman, vice president and risk management consultant in the Fort Worth office.

Lockton is a $1.57 billion company.

“The sky is the limit when you have the resources and backing that Lockton brings,” Moore said in the news release. “They have built relationships and set themselves up for success in the marketplace.”

Lockton’s Fort Worth office is located at 777 Main St.

ABBOTT APPOINTS WOMACK

TO SECOND COURT OF APPEALS

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Dana Womack of Fort Worth to the Second Court of Appeals for a term set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020, or until a successor is elected. Womack is a senior district judge and served as judge of the 348th Judicial District Court for 20 years. She is board-certified in civil appellate law and civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is member of the State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association and The Federalist Society and is a former member of the Texas District & County Attorneys Association.

Womack also is a former board member of the Humane Society of North Texas, Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, and Schola Cantorum of Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a law degree from Baylor University School of Law.

ONLINE RECORDS FEES

WAIVED FOR LAW OFFICERS

Tarrant County Commissioners and District Clerk Tom Wilder have agreed for the first time to waive fees for online access to court records by law enforcement agencies.

Court records are currently available online for those who buy a subscription. This previously included law enforcement agencies.

The chiefs of 42 police agencies in Tarrant County asked last fall that subscription fees be waived for law enforcement using online access to public case files. The Commissioners Court agreed on Dec. 11 to waive those fees.

“On behalf of Tarrant County Police Chiefs, we are grateful to the County leadership for providing online access to public court records to our agencies at no cost,” said Steve Dye, Grand Prairie’s police chief. “This innovative measure will greatly enhance the investigative work of our officers through more efficiently accessing data and monitoring our criminal cases as they progress through the system. We appreciate Criminal District Attorney [Sharen] Wilson, Sheriff [Bill] Waybourn, and our Tarrant County Commissioners for enabling us all to better serve our citizens.”

“This was a great decision by the commissioners and district Clerk,” said Wilson. “I know it was very appreciated by law enforcement, and will be of immeasurable assistance to officers and detectives as they continue to track their cases through the court system.”

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