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Andrews Kurth Lawyers Recognized as 2012 Texas Rising Stars

March 9, 2012
Houston, Texas

(Houston, TX) - Andrews Kurth LLP is pleased to announce that 14 of the firm’s lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2012 Texas Rising Stars.

The full Rising Stars list appears on and in the April 2012 issue of Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, published by Law & Politics Media Inc.

Andrews Kurth lawyers recognized as Rising Stars are as follows:


Tonya M. Gray, Intellectual Property Litigation
Matthew G. Nielsen, Corporate Governance and Compliance
Benjamin Setnick, Intellectual Property
Mark A. Shoffner, Business Litigation
Lori Lustberg Smith, Real Estate
Cristina I. Torres, Employment & Labor


Jon W. Daly, Securities & Corporate Finance
Richard D. Deutsch, International
Cindy Y. Lin, Mergers & Acquisitions
Timothy S. McConn, Business Litigation
Scott L. Olson, Securities & Corporate Finance
Philip H. Peacock, Securities & Corporate Finance
Kelly Sandill, Business Litigation
George J. Vlahakos, Securities & Corporate Finance

The Rising Stars list is comprised of the top up-and-coming Texas attorneys who are 40 or younger or have been in practice for fewer than 10 years. Rising Stars are selected based on nominations by members of the elite Texas Super Lawyers list. Only 2.5 percent of Texas attorneys were chosen for this honor.

About Andrews Kurth LLP

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