S.L. GREENBERG
slgreenberg@wellspeyton.com

S.L. Greenberg's areas of practice include estate planning and tax, probate law and corporate law. A native of Beaumont, he received his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Texas in 1956 with highest honors. While an undergraduate, he was a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma, honorary and academic organizations. S.L. continued his education at the University of Texas School of Law, graduating with honors with a bachelor of laws in 1959. While in law school, he was a member of Phi Delta Phi and was an Associate Editor of Texas Law Review, 1959, as well as a Chancellor.

S.L. began his career at Wells, Peyton in 1963 as an associate and became a partner in 1967. He is admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court, Texas Supreme Court, Arkansas Supreme Court, all Texas State Courts, United States Tax Court, Federal Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District.

S.L. is a member of Jefferson County and American Bar Associations, an Academician in the International Academy of Estate and Tax Law, a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation, listed in Who's Who in American Law, named one of the Best Lawyers in America, and named a Super Lawyer by Texas Lawyer. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. He is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, as well as in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.





TANNER HUNT
thunt@wellspeyton.com

Tanner Hunt represents more than a dozen area public school districts, in addition to various private sector clients in federal and state courts. Tanner has defended clients in employment, CERCLA, and business disputes, as well as in specialized class action claims involving toxic torts, tobacco products, computers, and related matters.

He has previously served as chair of the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Council of School Board Attorneys.

Tanner attended the University of Virginia Law School, and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1962. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and all Federal Courts in Texas.





JOHN B. QUIGLEY
jquigley@wellspeyton.com

John B. Quigley joined Wells, Peyton in 1972 after a stint in the tax department of Exxon. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Houston law school, he returned to the University of Houston Law School to study advanced tax law, earning a master of laws degree in 1989.

John served as president of the Symphony of Southeast Texas for four years and as president of the Rotary Club of Beaumont; the Estate Planning Council of Southeast Texas; the Beaumont YMCA, and the Foundation for Southeast Texas (a community foundation with assets of over $6 million.)

He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 1993, and is a member of the State Bar Foundation and the College of the State Bar of Texas. He is certified as a specialist in estate planning and probate law and in tax law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.





PHIL DUNLAP
pdunlap@wellspeyton.com

Phil Dunlap practices principally in the areas of commercial and real estate law. Phil serves as counsel to several area banks and is involved in real estate and related fields of practice.

Phil has served as a director of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel and is a member of the Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys. A graduate of University of Texas School of Law in 1970, Phil is certified as a specialist in commercial real estate law and residential real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Phil currently serves on the boards of several local charitable organizations, including the United Way of Beaumont and the local Salvation Army advisory board. Phil was the 1998 recipient of the St. Thomas More Award presented by the St. Thomas More Society of Southeast Texas.





PETER BOYD WELLS III

bwells@wellspeyton.com

Peter Boyd Wells III defends companies included in toxic tort cases and has coordinated the defense on a national, regional, as well as local level. Boyd also represents clients in labor and employment law matters and has lectured business and legal groups in those areas. Boyd also practices in the Admiralty and Maritime areas. A native of Beaumont, Boyd graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1976 after receiving his undergraduate degree in 1973 from the University of Texas. Boyd is a fellow member of the Texas Bar Foundation, served as President of the Jefferson County Bar Association and was a founding member of the Michelle Mehaffy Inn of the American Inns of Court. He is a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and Defense Research Institute, as well as on the board of directors of the I Have A Dream Foundation and trustee of the Simpson-Omohundro Foundation.





BRUCE M. PARTAIN
bpartain@wellspeyton.com

Bruce M. Partain is a trial and appellate lawyer whose practice areas include, business litigation, and employment, probate, bankruptcy and personal injury defense litigation. Admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980, and certified since 1985 as a Specialist in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Bruce is admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in Texas and the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. A native of La Marque, Texas, Bruce is an honors graduate of Southwestern University where he was a member of the baseball team. In 1980, he graduated from South Texas College of Law where he was a member of the Order of the Lytae. After practicing law in Houston, Texas, he joined Wells Peyton in 1983 and became a partner in 1986. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.

Reported civil appellate cases in which Bruce represented a party include: Thomason v. Parker, 2003 WL 21391531, (Tex.App.-San Antonio, 2003); C & D Robotics, Inc. v. Mann, 47 S.W.3d 194,(Tex.App.-Texarkana, 2001); In Re Estate of Waits, 994 S.W.2d 433, (Tex.App.-Beaumont, 1999); Daniels Bldg. and Const., Inc. v. Silsbee Independent School Dist., 990 S.W.2d 947, (Tex.App.-Beaumont, 1999); Conquistador Petroleum, Inc. v. Chatham, 899 S.W.2d 439 (Tex.App.-Eastland, 1995); Helena Laboratories Corp. v. Snyder, 886 S.W.2d 767, (Tex., 1994); Sumrall v. Navistar Financial Corp., 818 S.W.2d 548, (Tex.App.-Beaumont, 1991); Isuani v. Manske-Sheffield Radiology Group, P.A., 805 S.W.2d 602, (Tex.App.-Beaumont, 1991); Isuani v. Manske-Sheffield Radiology Group, P.A., 802 S.W.2d 235, (Tex., 1991); Isuani v. Manske-Sheffield Radiology Group, P.A., 798 S.W.2d 346, (Tex.App.-Beaumont, 1990); Metro Aviation, Inc. v. Bristow Offshore Helicopters, Inc., 740 S.W.2d 873, (Tex.App.-Beaumont, 1987); Dudley v. Born, 710 S.W. 2d 638, (Tex.App.-Beaumont, 1986).





MELODY G. CHAPPELL

mchappell@wellspeyton.com

Melody G. Chappell practices in areas of school law and employment defense litigation. She began her career at Wells, Peyton in 1992 as an associate with the firm. Melody has handled complex litigation in state and federal district court. She has handled appeals in Texas appellate courts and the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. After graduating in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of arts degree with honors, Melody continued her education at South Texas College of Law, where she was a Langdell Scholar and honored as most outstanding female graduate of 1992.

Melody is a member of the State Bar of Texas, former director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, a member of the Texas and National Association of School Attorneys, State Bar School Law and Employment Law Sections, American Bar Association, former director of Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association, College of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Association of Defense Counsel and Education Law Association. Melody has written and presented papers on several school law topics.




LOUIS H. BEARD


Louis H. Beard graduated in 1943 from the University of Texas School of Law. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He is licensed to practice in Texas and Louisiana. He is a member of the Texas and Louisiana Bar Associations, the American Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Federal District Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. His areas of practice are litigation, Admiralty and maritime law, probate law, and oil and gas law.





NANCY Y. HART
nhart@wellspeyton.com

Nancy Y. Hart has been an associate with Wells, Peyton since 2000. Her practice areas include reproductive law, probate law, estate planning, tax law, and guardianship. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Louisiana. She is an honor graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor and Master's degree in Music and Piano Performance. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 1999 where she was the recipient of the Lindsay Haid Memorial Award. In 2000, she earned an LL.M. with emphasis in taxation from Tulane University School of Law. Ms. Hart is a member of the American Bar Association Bioethics Committee.

In 2003, Nancy was selected as one of nine Texas “legal innovators” and was featured in the Texas Lawyer de Novo Magazine. Nancy has also been interviewed by the New York Times, London Sunday Times, People Magazine, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and the syndicated Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman. She has also appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning, America, CBS Evening News Eye on America, NBC Nightly News, ABC Evening News, and CNN. However, Nancy’s favorite appearance was as a guest on “The Oprah Show.”





ANN M. HOLLAND
aholland@wellspeyton.com

Ann Holland began her legal career at Wells, Peyton in 1988.  She currently practices civil litigation and has experience in the areas of school law, bankruptcy, foreclosure, debt collection, commercial litigation, pharmaceutical litigation and products liability.

After attending Texas A&M University and Lamar University, Ann received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Lamar University in 1985.  As an undergraduate, Ann was elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society.  In 1988, Ann received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.

Ann is admitted to practice in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Ann is a member of the National School Boards Association Council of Attorneys, the Texas Council of School Attorneys, the State Bar of Texas and the Jefferson County Bar Association. She has been an author and speaker at bankruptcy and debt collection seminars.

In addition to her professional associations, Ann has served as Vice President of Beaumont Civic Ballet, a Project Coordinator for the Junior League of Beaumont and as Treasurer and Parliamentarian of the Parent Teacher Association.




SARAH FRASHER
sfrasher@wellspeyton.com

Sarah currently represents car dealerships and body shops in all aspects of litigation, including pre-suit investigation to trial and appeal, her practice area varies from class action litigation to individual consumer complaints.  Sarah has tried a variety of cases, including defending clients in the Rio Grande Valley, Harris County and Jefferson County.  Her trial experience includes, DTPA claims, employment-related claims, products liability and consumer litigation.

Sarah graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2000 and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2000.  She subsequently was admitted to the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. She is also a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, where she obtained her B.A. in 1997.

While attending law school, she was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellent Achievement in Evidence.  She also was a Langdell Scholar in Evidence and Torts and won speaking awards for her participation in the mock trial program.  Additionally, she was a Houston Bar Association Juvenile Justice Program Mentor.  Sarah interned at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas for the Honorable Marcia Crone and was Contributing Editor of Texas Association of Defense Counsel Coverage Newsletter, 2001-2002. In 2007, Sarah was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law 2007-2008 Edition.




 




































































































































































 

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