HOUSTON (April 11, 2014) – Jordan W. Cowman, Pamela A. Ferguson, and Kendyl T. Hanks, attorneys with the international law firm, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, have been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding personal achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the State of Texas, according to the Foundation’s website. Each year, only one-third of one percent of state bar members are invited to become Fellows.
"We are proud of Jordan, Pamela and Kendyl for being recognized by the Texas Bar Foundation,” said Douglas C. Atnipp, Greenberg Traurig’s Texas co-regional operating shareholder and co-managing shareholder of the Houston office. “This accolade for their pursuit of excellence in the legal profession and their passion for serving the community is well-deserved.”
Cowman, a shareholder in the firm’s Dallas office, takes active leadership roles in the community and in the legal industry. He is currently the Chairman of the Texas Business Hall of Fame (TBHF) and has served the TBHF since 2003. A board member of the Dallas Assembly and the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, he is also a past Chairman of the Texas Lyceum. He provides pro bono counsel to nonprofit organizations, including Ability Connection Texas. Admitted to practice in Texas, New York and Washington, D.C., Cowman focuses his law practice on transnational projects and transactions, international agreements, public international law and policy, human capital and corporate compliance, including anti-corruption and FCPA.
Ferguson, an associate in the firm’s Houston office, has an active litigation practice while continuing to serve the community. She has held leadership and committee positions in the Houston Young Lawyers Association over the past 8 years. She is involved in public interest organizations, such as Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and delivers pro bono legal services covering a wide range of needs including immigration, child welfare, guardianship and other family law matters. Experienced in both trial and appellate law, Ferguson focuses her practice on commercial and complex litigation involving a wide variety of issues, including intellectual property disputes, trade-secret litigation, contractual disputes and product liability matters.
Hanks, a shareholder in the firm’s Austin office, has made substantial contributions to the legal profession through service to the bar and to pro bono clients. She is an experienced trial litigator and appellate advocate who represents clients in state and federal forums. Hanks represents clients from entrepreneurs, investors, executives and partnerships to multinational firms. She is a recipient of the Travis County Women Lawyers Association’s “Pro Bono Award” and previously served as one of the youngest elected members of the American Bar Association (ABA) Board of Governors and House of Delegates. Hanks is active in the ABA Section of Business Law, in which she co-chairs an appellate subcommittee.
The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country. Founded in 1965 by lawyers determined to assist the public and improve the profession of law, the Texas Bar Foundation has maintained its mission of using the financial contributions of its membership to build a strong justice system for all Texans. To date, the Texas Bar Foundation has distributed more than $15 million throughout Texas to assist nonprofit organizations with a wide range of justice-related programs and services. For more information, please contact the Texas Bar Foundation at www.txbr.org.