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Three attorneys named to the 2022 list of Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine.

We are delighted to announce that three of our attorneys have been named to the 2022 list of Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, an exclusive list honoring the top lawyers in Dallas, as chosen by their peers. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments. Christian Kelso – Estate Planning, Probate, Tax. https://fghwlaw.com/kelso/Paula Langford Beasley – […]

Mary L. O’Connor has become Equity Partner

We are pleased to announce that Mary L. O’Connor has become an Equity Partner and the newest member of the Executive Committee. Mary joined the FGHW family in 2016. Her practice focuses on Commercial Litigation and Arbitration. In addition to representing clients in a wide range of business disputes, Mary represents public companies and their […]

Jennifer and Jessica Named to 2022 Texas Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers

Congratulations to our FGHW partners, Jennifer Lewis and Jessica Dunne, on their selection to the 2022 Texas Rising list by Super Lawyers. This marks Jennifer’s 7th time, and Jessica’s 3rd-time receiving this honor. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of eligible lawyers in the State are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers, […]

Matthew Glenn is now an Of Counsel of the Firm

We are delighted to announce that Matthew Glenn is now Of Counsel with Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP. Matthew’s practice consists of real estate transactions, business law, contract drafting & negotiations, and lending work., visit: https://fghwlaw.com/matthew-glenn-2/ Please join us in congratulating Matthew on his new role with the Firm!

Jessica Dunne is now a partner of the Firm

We are delighted to announce that Jessica Dunne is now a partner with Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP. Jessica’s practice consists of probate, guardianship, and trust litigation, with a special interest in adoptions. Ms. Dunne has been named to the list of Texas Super Lawyer “Rising Stars” (a Thomson Reuters service), to D Magazine’s list of […]

Name partner Debra Witter retired from the practice of law as of December 31, 2021

Name partner Debra Witter retired from the practice of law as of December 31, 2021, along with her husband Scott Chase, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Ms. Witter practiced law in Dallas for over thirty-eight years, both in law firm settings and corporations. Her primary practice areas included marketing, advertising, and promotions law, […]

Jessica Dunne, Spencer Turner, and Deborah Schmidt publishes an article with Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes

Congratulations to attorneys Jessica Dunne, Spencer Turner, and Deborah Schmidt for their article, “Safeguards in the Texas Guardianship Process,” which is published in the 2021 December issue of the Dallas Bar Association’s 𝐻𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑛𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑠. Each month, the Dallas Bar Association publishes 𝐻𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑛𝑜𝑡𝑒𝑠, a journal dedicated to informing DBA lawyers about the latest issues, trends, and decisions […]

FGHW Ranked “Best Law Firms” in the 2022 Edition of U.S News

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP is proud to announce our firm is ranked in the 2022 Edition of 𝑈.𝑆. 𝑁𝑒𝑤𝑠—𝐵𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝐿𝑎𝑤𝑦𝑒𝑟𝑠 “Best Law Firms.” We are ranked tier 1 in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Corporate Law, and tier 2 in Health Care Law and Employment Law. Congratulations to our attorneys!

FGHW welcomes Megan Legband

Megan Legband has joined Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP as an associate in the firm’s employment, litigation, and trademark sections. Prior to joining the firm, Megan clerked for the Honorable K. Nicole Mitchell in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Two attorneys have been named to the 2021 list of Best Lawyers in America

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Christopher Elam and Senior Associate Jessica Dunne have been included in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This new list from Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys rising in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. We […]

FGHW welcomes Christopher D. Livingston

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter welcomes attorney Christopher D. Livingston as Of Counsel to our employment law section. Chris served a prestigious federal clerkship for Untied States District Judge William M. Acker. He also served as a Texas Assistant General in the Financial Litigation Division where he was lead counsel on multiple Supreme Court cases and lead […]

FGHW Celebrates 14-Year Anniversary

FGHW celebrates our 14-year anniversary! Found in June, 2007 by the partnership of Liza Farrow-Gillespie and Julie Heath, we are now a majority woman-owned law firm and have grown to almost 20 attorneys. We are extremely grateful to our clients and colleagues, who have enabled us to flourish over these many years. We thank and […]

Scott Chase Announces Retirement

After 50 years of practicing law, partner Scott Chase announces his upcoming retirement as of December 31, 2021. Mr. Chase has practiced health law, corporate, international and intellectual property law, and has served as General Counsel for 2 public companies, including a large hospital management company. Mr. Chase is among the first Texas lawyers to […]

Winner Announced for Liza Farrow-Gillespie Intrepid Young Woman Scholarship

Congratulations to the inaugural winner of the Liza Farrow-Gillespie Intrepid Young Woman Scholarship! The announcement ceremony occurred May 3rd at the DISD Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet. the scholarship was awarded to Hanan Yousef, who plans to attend Yale University in the fall. Thank you to Mita Patel Havlick and the Dallas Education Foundation for organizing […]

Paula Beasley has become Equity Partner

We are pleased to announce that Paula Beasley has become an Equity Partner and the newest member of the Executive Committee. Paula joined the FGHW family in 2017. Her primary practice area is commercial real estate, and she oversees the Firm’s commercial real estate and finance practice areas. For more information about Paula, please visit: […]

Two FGHW Attorneys Named to 2021 Texas Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers

Congratulations to our FGHW attorneys, Jennifer Lewis and Jessica Dunne, on their selection to the 2021 Texas Rising list by Super Lawyers. This marks Jennifer’s 7th time, and Jessica 2nd-time receiving this honor. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of eligibly lawyers in the State are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers, […]

Dr. Patricia Davis has passed away

It is with great sorrow that we announce that the death of Dr. Patricia (Pat) Davis, who passed away on January 11, 2021. Dr. Davis built and led our Title IX litigation practice and was an accomplished attorney who advocated for her clients with dedication and compassion. Pat was a joy to be around and […]

Liza Farrow-Gillespie honored by the Dallas Opera

The Dallas Opera honored Liza Farrow-Gillespie’s life and contributions in a special section of their monthly newsletter. Liza was an enthusiastic and generous supporter of the Dallas Opera. She and her husband served on the Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2018. In 2018, Liza joined the Board of Directors representing Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP.

Liza Farrow-Gillespie has passed away

With heavy hearts, we announced the death of our beloved managing partner and co-founder, Liza Farrow-Gillespie, who passed away on July 3 after a long battle with cancer. Liza was an extraordinary woman who was an incredibly gifted attorney and an even better person. She touched our lives in a special way and we will […]

Three FGHW Attorneys Named to 2020 Texas Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers

FGHW is proud to announce that we had three attorneys selected as 2020 Texas Rising Stars. Congratulations to Jessica Dunne and Charlotte Nall as first-time recipients. Way to go, Jennifer Lewis, as a 5th-time recipient of this honor! Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of eligible lawyers in the State are selected by the […]

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter welcomes Kevin M. Kerr

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter welcomes accomplished attorney Kevin M. Kerr as of counsel to our commercial real estate section. Kevin has more than 35 years of experience representing clients in the areas of real estate acquisitions, real estate finance, leasing, collections, and condominium and property owners’ associations.

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter welcomes Deborah J Schmidt

Deborah J. Schmidt has joined Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter as an associate. Ms. Schmidt practices in the areas of probate, guardianship, and elder law, including administrations for probate, guardianship, and trusts. She is the previous owner of DJS Mediation Services and is certified to serve as an attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem for probate […]

Christopher Elam has become partner of the firm

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP is delighted to announced that Christopher Elam has become a partner of the firm. Christopher has experience in a wide range of practice areas including corporate governance, intellectual property and trademark, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, manufacturing and license issues, real estate transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

FGHW welcomes Tahlia Clement as an associate

We are proud to welcome Tahlia Clement as our newest associate to the firm. Ms. Clement joined Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter as legal intern in May 2016 and graduated this year from SMU Dedman School of Law. She recently passed the Texas Bar Exam and has agreed to continue with FGHW as a full-fledged attorney. We […]

Named to the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” List

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP has been ranked in the 2019 Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list regionally in two practice areas: Employment Law and Health Law. Firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique […]

Jessica Dunne becomes senior associate

Jessica Dunne has been promoted to a Senior Associate position at Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP. Ms. Dunne practices in the areas of the probate, guardianships, and trust litigation, with a special interest in adoptions.

Five FGHW Attorneys Named to 2019 List of Best Lawyers in Dallas

Five of our attorneys have been named to the 2019 list of Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine. Pictured from left: Scott Chase (health and corporate law); Liza Farrow-Gillespie (nonprofits and estate planning); Julie Heath (employment law and litigation); Mary O’Connor (securities and commercial litigation); and Chris Wilmoth (probate litigation).

Spencer Turner is new FGHW associate

Spencer Turner has joined Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter as an associate in the firm’s probate litigation and estate planning sections. Mr. Turner graduated from Baylor University School of Law in 2016. Welcome, Spencer!

Chris Wilmoth has been named to the list of Top 50 Settlements in Texas

A settlement negotiated by Chris Wilmoth and a former associate has been named to the list of Top 50 Settlements in Texas for 2017 by TopVerdict.com. The settlement, which took the form of an agreed judgment, ranked #36 in the entire state. Mr. Wilmoth is a former probate judge who represents clients in will contests, […]

Ellen Williamson joins FGHW

Ellen Daniel Williamson has joined Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP in its probate and guardianship practice. Ellen is a graduate of SMU Dedman Law School and Texas A&M University, and is widely respected probate and guardianship attorney. In her spare time, Ellen is an Ironman triathlete. Welcome, Ellen!

Ryan Sellers becomes an associate with FGHW

Ryan Sellers has joined Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter as an associate in the probate litigation section. Mr. Sellers is a 2014 graduate of the Baylor University School of Law, where he was a member of the Baylor Barrister Society. Ryan is a former intern of the Hon. Chris Wilmoth in Probate Court 2, Dallas County.

Debra Witter Becomes Name Partner

The firm delighted to announce that Debra Witter has become a name partner. Ms. Witter is a national authority on advertising and sweepstakes law, and she represents private and publicly traded companies across the country. The new name of the firm is Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP.

Mary O’Connor Chosen as Arbitrator by FINRA and AAA

Mary L. O’Connor has been named to the arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Ms. O’Connor has completed the rigorous training required by both organizations to become an arbitrator.

Six FGH Attorneys Named to List of Best Lawyers in Dallas

Six of our 18 attorneys have been named to the list of Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine: Chris Wilmoth (probate litigation); Scott Chase (health and corporate law); Liza Farrow-Gillespie (nonprofits and estate planning); Paula Beasley (commercial real estate law); Julie Heath (employment law and litigation); and Mary O’Connor (securities and commercial litigation).

The Dallas Opera Orpheus Legacy Society

FGH partners Debra Witter and Scott Chase attended a Dallas Opera Orpheus Legacy Society event as the Winspear Opera House. The Society is sponsored by Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP. Membership is open to all those who remember the Dallas Opera in their wills.

Jennifer Lewis names to Super Lawyer “Rising Stars”

Farrow-Gillespie & Heath is proud to announce that partner Jennifer Lewis has been named to the 2018 list of “Rising Stars” by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service). This is the third year in a row she has received this honor. The list represents the top 2.5% of Texas lawyers under the age of […]

Texas Tech University features Christian Kelso’s article

Congratulation to Senior Associate Christian S. Kelso, Esq. for his article, “But What’s An Ascertainable Standard? Clarifying HEMS Distribution Standards and Other Fiduciary Considerations For Trustees,” featured as the lead article in Texas Tech Law Journal’s “Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal.”

Katie Ackels joins FGH

Katie Maxwell Ackels has joined Farrow-Gillespie & Heath as a litigation associate. Ms. Ackels is a 2011 magna cum laude graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law, where she was executive managing editor of the law review.

Chris Elam becomes Senior Associate

Chris Elam has been promoted to a Senior Associate position at Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP. Mr. Elam practices in the areas of advertising and media law, and corporate law.

Jennifer Lewis becomes board certified

Jennifer Lewis has become Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Board certification indicates that Ms. Lewis has extraordinary competence and specialized experience in her field. Only about 7% of Texas attorneys attain board certification. Congratulations, Jennifer, on this outstanding achievement.

Amanda Brenner is new FGH Associate

Amanda Brenner has joined Farrow-Gillespie & Heath as an associate in the firm’s estate planning and elder law practice, and in the firm’s nonprofit organization law practice. Ms. Brenner graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2015. Welcome, Amanda!

Editorial Board UT Law 1992

Founding partner Liza Farrow-Gillespie (bottom right) was featured as a member of the 1992 Texas Law Review editorial board on the cover of the TLRA “ScopeNote” magazine this year, for the 25th anniversary of Volume 70 of the Texas Law Review.

Real estate attorney Paula Beasley joins firm

Paula L. Beasley has joined the firm as a partner in real estate law. Ms. Beasley practices in the areas of commercial real estate transactions, leasing and lease enforcement, secured financing transactions, and affordable housing. Paula is an adjunct professor at SMU Cox School of Business. Her law degree is from the SMU Dedman School […]

Successful Adoption

Attorney Jessica Dunne, picture center, has concluded another successful adoption – this one in the Collin County district court, Hon. Mark Rusch presiding. Congratulations to the whole family! (Photo posted with client permission.)

Liza Farrow-Gillespie, Julie Heath, and Scott Chase named as Super Lawyers

Congratulations to FGH partners Liza Farrow-Gillespie, Julie Heath, and Scott Chase, who have been named to the list of Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service) for 2017. Ms. Farrow-Gillespie practices estate planning and private business and investment law. Ms. Heath is an employment lawyer and business litigator. Mr. Chase represents clients in health law […]

Scott Chase named to Best Lawyers in America

Scott Chase, a partner at Farrow-Gillespie & Heath, has been named by Woodward White, Inc., to the list of Best Lawyers in America for 2018. Mr. Chase practices corporate law and transactional and regulatory health law and is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

FGH attorneys named to the D Magazine List

FGH partners Liza Farrow-Gillespie (estate planning and business law), Mary L. O’Connor (securities and commercial litigation), and Julie E. Heath (employment law and litigation defense) have been named to the list of Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine for 2017.

Elaine Price becomes FGH associate

Elaine Price has become an associate with our firm, in the practice areas of probate proceedings and family law. A graduate of the Thurgood Marshall School Law, Elaine holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Prairie View A&M. Elaine has been with FGH since 2012 as a paralegal, and we congratulate her on […]

FGH opens adoption law practice

Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP is excited to announce the opening of its adoption law practice. Associates Charlotte Nall and Jessica Dunne (pictured, left to right) will be representing prospective adoptive parents with regard to legal adoption proceedings and related areas of law. Congratulations to Jessica and Charlotte on pursuing this rewarding practice.

Jennifer Lewis and Jennifer Snow are Rising Stars 2017

Farrow-Gillespie & Heath is proud to announce that partner Jennifer Lewis and senior associate Jennifer Snow have been named to the 2017 list of “Rising Stars” by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service). The list represents the top 2.5% of Texas lawyers under the age of 40, as nominated by their peers.

Welcome to our Intern

FGH welcomes intern Catherine Parsely. Ms. Parsley is a law student at SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas, where she has been on the Dean’s List in each semester and is a staff editor of the SMU Law Review. Catherine served as a judicial extern for Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, of the […]

Liza Farrow-Gillespie Speaks to TSA

Partner Liza Farrow-Gillespie was a featured speaker at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists in San Antonio. Her topic was “Risky Business: How to Manage Your Personal and Professional Liability Exposure.”

Christopher Elam Joins FGH

Christopher Elam has joined Farrow-Gillespie & Heath as an associate in the firm’s advertising and promotions law practice. Chris is a 2010 honors graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law, where he was editor of the International Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honors English from The University of Texas. Before joining […]

Chris Wilmoth to speak at 27th Annual Texas State Bar

FGH partner and former probate judge Chris Wilmoth will be speaking on the panel “A View from the Bench” at the 27th Annual Texas State Bar course in Estate Planning and Probate Drafting in October. He has also been tapped to serve on the Pattern Jury Instruction Committee of the State Bar of Texas for […]

Four FGH Attorneys names to the list of Best Lawyers in Dallas

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Witter LLP attorneys Rhonda Hunter (divorce law), Angela Hunt (government relations law), Liza Farrow-Gillespie (estate planning), and Scott Chase (health law) have been named to the list of Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine. The Best Lawyers issue is on news stands now.

Public/Private Partnerships

by Angela Hunt April 28, 2016 During my eight years on the Dallas City Council, I saw many economic development projects make their way through City Hall’s complex approval process. There is a myriad of economic development tools used by the City of Dallas to incentivize redevelopment and encourage improvements to the public realm. Based […]

Rising Stars

Congratulations to FGH partner Jennifer Lewis and senior associate Jennifer Snow, who have been named to the list of “Rising Stars” by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service) for 2016. the list represents the top 2.5% of Texas lawyers under the age of 40.

Charlotte Nall Joins the Firm

Charlotte Nall has become an associate with the firm. Charlotte graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 2021, SMU Dedman School of Law. Before joining FGH, she was a litigation associate at SettlePou and served as law clerk to Justice Phil Johnson, Texas Supreme Court.

Jennifer Lewis has become a partner

FGH is pleased to announce that jennifer Lewis has become a partner in the firm. Jennifer practices estate planning, corporate law, and taxation. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 2008, and her Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University in 2005. Ms. Lewis was recently […]

Henry Wehrmann Presents Drone Webinar

Henry Wehrmann will be conducting a webinar entitled “Drones: A Crash Course: for the International Association of Defense Counsel on August 26, 2015. The webinar focuses on the rules governing use of unmanned aircraft for recreational and commercial purposes. Henry is a partner at FGH in personal injury defense and products liability defense.

Scott Chase Named to List of Best Lawyers in America 2016

FGH attorney Scott Chase has been named to the list of Best Lawyers in America for 2016 in the areas of health law and corporate law. Scott is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His practice focuses primarily on assisting physicians, physician groups, and healthcare companies and organizations with […]

FGH Speakers at TSA Meeting

Liza Farrow-Gillespie and Scott Chase spoke at the annual meeting of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists in San Antonio, September 2015. Scott, who is board certified health care attorney, spoke on HIPAA rules and applications. Liza, who practices estate and asset protection planning as well as investment and business law, spoke on managing physician liability […]

Four FGHW Attorneys Named to the Texas Super Lawyer List

Four attorneys at Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP have been named to the list of Texas Super Lawyers for 2015. They are Liza Farrow-Gillespie (estate planning), Scott Chase (health law), Rhonda Hunter (divorce law), and Julie Heath (employment law). Texas Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters service that employs a peer-reviewed selection process to compile its […]

Christian Kelso Publishes Lead Article

FGH estate planning attorney Christian S. Kelso has published the lead article in the November 2015 issue if the Thomson Reuter’s Checkpoint Estate Planning Magazine. The article concerns Trust language and is entitled “Get HEMS Straight: Tailor the Right Distribution Standard.”

Aldredge House Wins

Our client the Aldredge House has prevailed at City Hall in the recent bid to force them to close their doors. Congratulations to everyone who worked together to keep this Dallas institution alive and well.

Chris Wilmoth Speaks at Altrusa

FGH partner Chris Wilmoth, formerly judge of Probate Court No. 2 of Dallas County, spoke recently at a meeting of the downtown Dallas Altrusa Club (Altrusa International of Dallas, Texas, Inc.) Thank you, Altrusa!

Liza Farrow-Gillespie at Breakfast Club

Liza Farrow-Gillespie spoke at a recent meeting of the Turtle Creek Breakfast Club at the Dallas Country Club. Her topic was “Voyage of a Lifetime,” a discussion of Liza’s six-year two-person sailing circumnavigation aboard a 54-foot sailboat.

Jessica Dunne Joins FGH as Associate Attorney

Jessica Dunne has joined the firm as an associate in our probate practice. Jessica is 2011 cum laude graduate of Baylor Law School, and holds B.A. in psychology from Texas A&M University. Her primary practice areas are probate proceedings, probate litigation and guardianship litigation. Welcome, Jessica!

Mary L. O’Connor Joins FGH

Mary L O’Connor has joined Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP as a partner. Mary’s practice focuses on representing public companies and their officers and directors in securities litigation and arbitration, internal investigations, and regulatory proceedings. Ms. O’Connor is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Bryn Mawr College. She was formerly a partner at Akin Gump […]