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Ex-federal judge Yeakel joins law firm King & Spalding in Austin

  • May 18, 2023

(Reuters) – A former federal judge in Austin, Texas, has joined King & Spalding’s trials and global disputes practice group, the law firm said Monday.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of the Western District of Texas handled several high-profile cases over his career, including one in which he overruled Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on pandemic mask mandates in 2021. He said the governor’s order violated federal law and would put children with disabilities at risk.

Yeakel also ruled more than once to block abortion restrictions in the state.

Yeakel, who was appointed in 2003 by President George W. Bush and announced his retirement in March, will counsel clients on “all facets of the dispute process,” and represent them in court, according to King & Spalding. He joins the firm as senior counsel.

Yeakel said in a statement King & Spalding has a strong dispute practice and a growing Austin office.

King & Spalding’s other recent hires have included at least two partners for its special matters and government investigations team, including Alicia O’Brien, former special assistant to the president and White House senior counsel, and former assistant U.S. attorney Adam Baker.

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Loopstra Nixon Welcomes Chris Moon

  • July 7, 2022

Loopstra Nixon LLP is pleased to welcome Chris Moon to its Corporate and Commercial and Wealth Management Groups as Senior Counsel.

TORONTO, July 4, 2022 /CNW/ – Chris brings Loopstra Nixon his years of representing experience entrepreneurial and independent businesses in the West GTA, as he transitions into the next phase of his practice. He will be taking an ongoing advisory role at Loopstra Nixon to introduce his long-time corporate clients to the full-service capabilities of Loopstra Nixon.

He will also be continuing his estates, trusts, and estate and tax planning practice on a reduced basis with the firm’s Wealth Management Group.

Chris is known for his creative and effective legal solutions on business and personal planning matters. Loopstra Nixon partners Sandy Nixon says, “we welcome the opportunity for Loopstra Nixon to leverage Chris’ expertise and client base in a way that’s beneficial for all parties”.

Speaking of his move to Loopstra Nixon, Chris states “I am very pleased to be able to deliver my corporate clients the resources and expertise of this dynamic law firm. I look forward to personally introducing each of my clients to the firm over the next several months.”

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