Porter Hedges' lawyers, secretaries, paralegals,and support staff share a desire and commitment to be actively involved in the Houston community. Through financial commitments and active volunteerism we support various programs and organizations assisting those who can benefit most.
Porter Hedges' lawyers, secretaries, paralegals, administrative and support staff once again participated in the Houston Bar Association's Habitat for Humanity project to build homes in Houston on April 16, 2011. As with the Firm's previous involvement, our group helped to assemble trusses, and construct the walls for the future home. To view a video of this year's participation, click here.
Porter Hedges is especially proud of its continuing partnership with Communities in School, the leading national, community-based organization for helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life, and the Houston Independent School District's High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, a magnet school providing curriculum designed for careers in law enforcement and criminal justice. Through both programs, the firm has provided part-time employment opportunities to students while attending high school and college. In addition, the firm proudly employs three full-time employees and graduates of these programs, including an attorney, an accounting professional and a file clerk.
The men and women of Porter Hedges, and a few friends and relatives, had a great experience participating in the Houston Bar Association's project to build a home for Habitat for Humanity. In addition to our monetary donation, over 35 volunteers spent Saturday, April 11th, adding real value to the project home. Arriving to find a slab with studs in place, our team completely installed the plywood for the outside of the house, the windows and doors, lifted approximately 15 roof trusses in place and installed one of them.
Various other tasks were accomplished and the job site cleaned. Everyone had an opportunity to try whatever task interested them, and the quality of the effort and the results were, somewhat surprisingly, very good! All participants were satisfied with the effort and left with a tremendous sense of contributing to a very worthwhile cause.
The firm kicked off its 2009 March for Babies/March of Dimes Campaign at its annual ice cream social on March 18th. In 2008, the firm was ranked 51 of the Top 100 Teams in the Houston area by raising $13,234.44 - the most successful campaign to date! This year, we are looking to better our ranking by achieving our goal of collecting $15,000. Volunteers have signed up to walk on April 26th at the University of Houston central campus and drop their extra change in coin canisters located on each floor.
Porter Hedges Demonstrates Commitment to Community Through Efforts of United Way
Once again, Porter Hedges helped contribute to changing lives and helping families through its participation in the 2008 United Way of Greater Houston Community Campaign. Raising over $76.6 million, the 2008 campaign will have far-reaching impact throughout the Greater Houston Metropolitan area. Individual contributions combined with Porter Hedges' matching firm donation helped play a role in the success of the campaign.
New Record Set for March of Dimes WalkAmerica
Porter Hedges surpassed all prior years in its fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes WalkAmerica program. Over $11,000 was raised including a matching contribution from the firm. Participating in this year's WalkAmerica included chairman of the board of the March of Dimes Gene Nettles (partner - litigation), Jennifer Bass (bankruptcy legal secretary), Jody Dickinson (bankruptcy legal secretary), and Liz Winter (bankruptcy legal secretary).
Porter Hedges Records File Clerk Receives Scholarship from Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
Vanessa Goussen, a records file clerk with Porter Hedges, was recently elected to receive a 2007 Metropolitan Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Scholarship.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ awards 207 four-year, $12,000 Metropolitan Scholarships to outstanding students graduating from Houston-area public school districts in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller Counties.
To be eligible, an applicant must meet criteria of citizenship, residence, academic standing, recommendation by his/her high school nominating committee, college/university enrollment plans, demonstration of leadership, character and economic need.
Porter Hedges Attorneys Appointed to Leadership Positions in Several Civic Organizations
Porter Hedges is pleased to announce the appointment of four lawyers to serve in leadership roles for various civic organizations that include: The Texas Chapter of the March of Dimes; the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston, Inc., and the 2007 Gala Committee of the Asian American Bar Association.
Each lawyer appointed will service in the following capacities:
Gene Nettles, a partner in the litigation section of the Firm, has been elected as the Chairman of the Board for the Houston Division and a member of the Executive Committee of the Texas Chapter of the March of Dimes.
Jeff Elkin, a partner in the litigation section of the Firm, has been elected by the members of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston, Inc., (the BBB of Houston) to serve as Chairman.
Joyce Kao Soliman, an associate in the banking & finance section of the Firm, has been appointed as the Co-Chair of the 2007 Gala Committee of the Asian American Bar Association.
Texas Heart Institute's Great Pumpkin Fun Run a Success
Everone was invited to run and walk with the animals. Children participated in a costume contest. Overall, nearly 2,300 runners, walkers and volunteers showed up for the Texas Heart Institute's 2006 Great Pumpkin Fun Run held on October 28, 2006 at the Houston Zoo and Memorial Park. Porter Hedges was a sponsor of this great community event. Participating in the event were Kevin Poli (corporate associate) and his wife, Mandy Diaz (trusts, estates and probate law clerk) and her son, and Vernita Runfedlt (real estate paralegal).
Porter Hedges Makes List of Best Places to Work for Commuters
Porter Hedges is proud to be one of the nation's Best Places to Work for Commuters an elite list which recognizes employers that are leaders in offering superior commuter benefits. Like the list of Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, Best Workplaces for Commuters is a mark of excellence for today's employers. We are pleased to have received this national designation from the U.S. EPA for doing our part in reducing traffic congestion and air pollution and improving the quality of life for our employees. To learn more about this designation, visit www.bwc.gov.
Porter Hedges Joins Houston Bar Association's Equal Access to Justice Program
Porter Hedges, along with several other major law firms have joined the Houston Bar Association's Equal Access to Justice Program. In doing so, the firm has made a 5-year commitment that indicates it will uphold a pledge to provide representation in a certain number of cases each year, based on the number of attorneys in the firm. The goal of the program is to provide pro bono representation in at least 1,250 cases through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program each year, and to increase that goal in each following year.
Ken Alexander named Scoutmaster of Houston Boy Scout Troop 55, one of the largest in the U.S. John Brentin serves as assistant Scoutmaster
Ken Alexander, a partner in the Houston law firm of Porter Hedges, will become Scoutmaster in August of Houston Boy Scout Troop 55, one of the largest in the U.S. with a membership of over 200 scouts. The troop is chartered at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. John Brentin, also an attorney at Porter & Hedges, is a Senior Assistant Scoutmaster with the troop.
This summer, nineteen Troop 55 Scouts participated in four simultaneous treks through the Gates of the Arctic National Wilderness, 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. the pristine wilderness is accessible only by float plane and entirely without campsites, trails or facilities of any kind. The Troop also sponsored expeditions to the Davis Mountains in west Texas, Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, and Ecuador. Next week the troop will host eleven Ecuadoran Scouts in Houston for three weeks of camping and cultural exchange.
Team Porter Hedges participates in Cystic Fibrosis benefit
On Saturday, May 20, 2006, Team Porter Hedges participated in the Great Strides: Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis walk, benefiting the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As team leader, Adam Pogach encouraged participants from the firm to solicit donations, including a generous match from Porter Hedges, to fund continuing research to cure cystic fibrosis. Those who participated in this year's walk include:
- Adam Pogach (litigation associate), with Andrea, Mattie and Ellie Pogach;
- Eric Wade (litigation partner), with Peter and Elizabeth Wade;
- Paul Fowler (energy associate);
- Corinna Haskett (human resources assistant), with Noah Haskett;
- Jennifer Wehmeyer (human resources coordinator).
Many thanks to all who supported Team Porter & Hedges!
Porter Hedges contributes to changing lives through efforts of United Way
The 2005 campaign of the United way of the Texas Gulf Coast was a tremendous success raising $67.6 million and an additional $7 million for hurricane relief efforts. Porter Hedges individual contributions and the Firm's matching contribution significantly increased the overall donation from 2004. At the recent Law Firm Initiative Thank You Reception & Award Ceremony, Cindy White (secretary - energy) and Terry Karow (administrative assistant to the executive director) accepted an award on behalf of the Firm. Dan Hedges (litigation partner) coordinated the overall participation of Porter Hedges along with subcommittee coordinators Jackie Moy (energy associate), Shannon Richards (litigation associate), Laura Deen (secretary - mass torts), Denise Scott (paralegal - litigation) and Delisa Smith (legal secretary)
Firm continues support for March of Dimes
For several years, the firm has participated in “WalkAmerica”, a major fundraiser for the March of Dimes, an organization that assists in the fight to prevent premature births. Gene Nettles, a partner in the litigation practice group, is an active participant in the charity event and a member of the board of directors. Also participating in this year's event are Jennifer Bass (legal secretary – bankruptcy), Liz Winter (legal secretary – bankruptcy), Deena Marsh (Office Services Manager), Brooke Pry (Human Resources Manager), Edgar Valenzuela (Office Services), Hazel Steward (Facilities Support), and Karen Candal (Receptionist).
In 2005, the Porter Hedges team consisted of Gene Nettles, Jennifer Bass (legal secretary – bankruptcy), Cheryl Bordovsky (legal secretary – litigation), Hazel Steward (Facilities Support), Karen Candal (Receptionist)and Myris Brown (Paralegal).
Lawyers partake in BP MS-150 ride to Austin
Matthew Reynolds, an associate in the energy practice group and John Brentin, a partner in the trusts & estates practice group, were two of nearly 13,000 riders taking part in the BP MS-150 charity bike ride from Houston to Austin in April 2006. The two-day event, which benefits the Multiple Sclerosis Society, is projected to raise over $10 million for the National MS Society.
Porter Hedges Charity Fishing Tournament benefits The Center Serving People with Mental Retardation
The second annual Porter Hedges Charity Redfish Tournament was held from September 30 to October 2, 2005. This two-day event brought together attorneys and clients of the firm for guided fishing, golf and associated events all benefiting The Center Serving People with Mental Retardation. Jim Aycock, an associate in the litigation practice group, spearheaded this year's event.
Attorneys and staff make significant contribution to Hurricane Katrina Relief
The attorneys and staff of Porter & Hedges assisted in local hurricane relief efforts. The firm matched employee contributions directly to the Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross. Bill and Patty Porter's matching contribution was allocated to the charity reflecting the employees' charitable preference.
Additionally, several individuals and their families made voluntary donations of time, resources and energy serving in various capacities to numerous agencies throughout the Greater Houston Metropolitan area. The combination of all these efforts made a significant contribution to a worthy humanitarian effort.
John Ransom elected as President and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Awty International School
John Ransom, a partner in the tax section of Porter Hedges, has been elected as President and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Awty International School. Awty is one of the largest private schools in Houston with approximately 1150 students.
Jeff Elkin re-elected to City Council
Jeff Elkin, a partner in the litigation section of Porter Hedges, has been re-elected to his third term as a councilman for the City of Southside Place. He was also re-elected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem.
Dan Hedges serves as chair for committee reviewing U.S. District Judge candidates
Dan Hedges served as the committee chair that screened six candidates for the U.S. attorney position for the Southern District of Texas in addition to reviewing candidates to replace U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr. who is taking senior status with the court. The committee reported its recommendations to U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn in November 2005.