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S.L. Greenberg’s areas of practice include estate planning, probate law, business law, and Federal income, estate, and gift tax 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, 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 the 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, and a Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. S.L. is a Certified Public Accountant and is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate Law and Tax law.
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
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 Beaumon, 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 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Phil Dunlap practices principally in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions. For over 45 years, Phil has represented area financial institutions, real estate investors and brokers, businesses, title companies and families.
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 has served as a director of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel and is a member of the Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys and the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
For many years, Phil has served on the boards of local charitable and civic organizations, including United Way, Salvation Army, Anayat Medical Hospitality House, Boys Haven Foundation, and the Rotary Club. Phil also participates in the Jefferson County Bar Association Pro Bono Program and the Veterans Legal Initiative.
”Peter Boyd Wells, III (Boyd) represents companies in disputes generally involving the workplace, including labor and employment law matters, and personal injury cases, including those involving alleged exposure to various substances. He coordinates the defense of certain toxic tort cases on a national as well as local level. Boyd also represents businesses in commercial litigation. He brings that experience to the representation of clients in transactional matters in order to try to avoid problems before they develop. In addition, Boyd is also called on to represent school districts.
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 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 State Bar of Texas, Texas Association of Defense Counsel and Defense Research Institute, National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys, and Texas Council of School Attorneys. He serves on the board of directors of the I Have A Dream Foundation and the Foundation for Southeast Texas and as a trustee of the Simpson-Omohundro Foundation.”
BRUCE M. PARTAIN
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: In re Estate of Jones, 197 S.W.3d 894 (Tex.App.—Beaumont 2007, pet. denied); Eisen v. Capital One, N.A., 232 S.W.3d 309 (Tex.App.—Beaumont 2007, pet. denied); In re UCB, 218 S.W.3d 828 (Tex.App.—Beaumont 2007); Rollins v. UCB, 2006 Tex. App. LEXIS 8764 (Tex.App.—Beaumont, 2006); 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); Albertson v. T. J. Stevenson, 749 F.2d 223 (5th Cir. 1984).
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. She has been Board Certified in the area of Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialist since 2008. Melody specializes in Immigration Law.
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 and employment law topics.
NANCY Y. HART
Nancy Y. Hart has been an associate with Wells, Peyton since 2000. Her practice areas include Reproductive Law, Probate Law, Estate Planning, Tax Law, Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Nonprofits, Adoptions, 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.”
ZACHARY R. CELESTE
Zach was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, where he attended St. Anne Catholic School, Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School, and Lamar University. After graduatingsumma cum laude with a BBA in Accounting from Lamar, Zach went on to graduate cum laude and earn his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Texas Tech University School of Law before becoming licensed to practice law by the State of Texas in November 2015. During his time spent at Lamar, Zach was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi. Zach was also a Comment Editor for the Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal at Texas Tech, where he published an article on changes in Texas law affecting the durable power of attorney.
Zach joined Wells, Peyton, Greenberg & Hunt as an Associate Attorney in August 2015. Zach is a Certified Attorney Ad Litem, and his areas of practice include Estate Planning and Administration, Probate Law, Elder Law, Guardianship, Corporate Law, Nonprofits, Business Transactions, Tax Law, Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law, School Law, Employment Law, Commercial and Business Litigation, and Adoptions. Zach is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; the Southeast Texas Estate Planning Council; the American Inns of Court; and the American, Texas, and Jefferson County Bar Associations.
Gordon D. Friesz is a trial lawyer with a diverse and varied practice, handling civil and family cases in addition to advising and representing several local governmental entities and businesses. Gordon has handled and tried a wide range and variety of cases, including personal injury matters, asbestos litigation, divorce and custody matters, criminal cases and numerous civil cases. In addition to his representation of individuals, governmental entities, and businesses, Gordon is often requested by colleagues to serve as a mediator for family and civil law matters. Born and raised in Nederland, Texas, Gordon has many ties to the local community, graduating from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 1997. Gordon was a public school teacher in Nederland, Beaumont, and Vidor before attending and graduating from South Texas College of Law in 2003.
Gordon is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Jefferson County Bar Association. He has previously served as a director/board member for the Jefferson County Bar Association and was the Section Chairman of the Family Law Section and is a member of the State Bar of Texas School Law and Family Law Sections. Additionally, he has served as a board member for Jefferson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the United Way of Mid-County.