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Legal Briefs: Cantey Hanger adds three attorneys and paralegal

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Attorneys David Fielding, Frank Parker and Laura Hallmon, the name partners at Fort Worth law firm Fielding, Parker and Hallmon, along with paralegal Eileen Cummo have joined the labor and employment practice group of Cantey Hanger LLP.

“The addition of David, Frank and Laura will strengthen the firm’s labor and employment expertise to a wide variety of clients and future clients,” said Jordan Parker, a partner and chairman of the firm’s litigation section.

Fielding has practiced labor and employment law for 42 years, with a focus on employment law, civil rights law, labor/management relations, wage and hour law, occupational safety and health law, and in the law of restrictive covenants prohibiting competition. He is a requested and recognized lecturer on sexual harassment in the workplace.

Fielding is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tarrant County Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Parker has been involved with and focused on labor/management relations for more than 50 years, first as chief executive officer of a large local union for 10 years, and then as manager of industrial relations for a major oil company before attending law school.

Parker has worked in 49 states and several countries. He was chairman of the Fort Worth chapter of the Texas Association of Business and served on that organization’s state board. He also served several terms as vice president of the Texas AFL-CIO.

Hallmon joined The Law Offices of David Fielding in 1999 upon graduation and became a partner with the firm in 2005. A Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, Hallmon is admitted to practice before each of the U.S. District Courts for the four districts of Texas as well as the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Cummo has been a paralegal for 28 years. After having worked for several litigation offices in Fort Worth, she began working with Field in 1996. She is board certified in civil trial law through the State Bar of Texas and has been a member of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division throughout her career.



Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP added April L. Farris as an associate in the appellate practice group, Fort Worth office. Prior to joining Kelly Hart, Farris was the assistant solicitor general in the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Before that, she was an associate at Yetter Coleman LLP in Austin from 2010-2014. In 2009, she clerked for Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Additionally, Bill Caraway joined the firm’s Midland office as a partner in the oil and gas/energy practice group. Caraway represents landowners and exploration companies in state and federal courts involving such matters as lease interpretation issues, surface use disputes, lease termination disputes and mineral ownership rights. He represents corporate and individual clients in civil litigation matters, including business and commercial disputes, medical malpractice, products liability claims, personal injury claims, employment law and civil rights litigation.

Previously Caraway was a solo practitioner in the Eagle Ford Shale area of South Texas.


Tennessee Walker, a part of the Harris, Finley & Bogle team since 2008, has become a shareholder at the firm.

Walker’s practice principally focuses on civil and commercial litigation in matters including commercial and business disputes, oil and gas matters, and construction disputes.

Walker is a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, Texas Bar Foundation, Texas Association of Defense Counsel and Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.


John T. (Jack) Manhire Jr., former chief of legal analysis for the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility and national program chairman, executive education for the U.S. Treasury Executive Institute, is the new director of program development at Texas A&M University School of Law.

Manhire previously was director of technical analysis and guidance (policy and procedure) for the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and attorney-adviser (tax) to the IRS National Taxpayer Advocate. Before entering full-time government service, he practiced law privately for more than a decade, primarily in the field of federal tax controversies. He also was division chief, tax law for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary National Office.

Manhire’s scholarly interests primarily involve issues relating to tax compliance. His articles and essays appear in journals such as the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, the Virginia Tax Review, the Iowa Law Review Online and the Florida Tax Review. He is also a contributor to the Journal on Policy and Complex Systems.


Regina Vasquez-Espinosa joined Phelps Dunbar’s Dallas-Fort Worth office as counsel in the firm’s litigation group. Her addition expands the firm’s ability to serve clients in the D-FW area and throughout the Gulf Coast with eminent domain and employment issues.

Vasquez-Espinosa practices in the areas of commercial litigation with an emphasis on property rights and eminent domain. She also practices in the area of labor and employment law. Her experience includes representing clients in acquiring rights-of-ways for roadway construction and representing clients in multiple employment arbitrations related to employee terminations.

She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Tarrant County Bar Association, a Barrister for the Eldon B. Mahon American Inn of Court and a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She also serves as a pro bono attorney for the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Legal Lines program and the Tarrant Volunteer Attorney Services.

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