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Texas Lawyer Selects Greenberg Traurig Attorneys for Lifetime Achievement and ‘On the Rise’ Awards

DALLAS—July 26, 2018 – The Houston-based chair of the Energy Litigation Practice at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, James R. “Jim” Leahy, was selected by Texas Lawyer for a Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, firm Shareholder Bina Palnitkar, a Dallas-based trial lawyer, was named to the publication’s “On the Rise” list. 

Leahy and Palnitkar, along with fellow award winners, will be honored at a ceremony Sept. 19 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. The Texas Lawyer Professional Excellence Honors program recognizes “lawyers who have made their mark on the state’s legal profession.” Honoree profiles will appear in the September issue of the magazine. 

“We congratulate Jim and Bina on these well-deserved honors and are tremendously proud of the impact they have made on the legal profession in Texas,” said Mary-Olga Lovett and Demetrius McDaniel, Greenberg Traurig’s co-regional operating shareholders for Texas, in a joint statement. “These two outstanding attorneys are an integral part of our robust Texas practice and their selection for this recognition perfectly illustrates the strength that Greenberg Traurig brings to our clients. Jim is an extraordinary senior statesman who has numerous victories throughout his distinguished career and Bina is a dynamic up-and-coming shareholder who is poised to carry forward the Greenberg Traurig tradition of excellence.”

Leahy has 47 years of experience in oil and gas litigation, including upstream and midstream matters, from production and drilling disputes to pipeline and regulatory issues. He also practices general civil litigation, including commercial and business disputes, trade secrets, lender liability, white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations, fraud, securities litigation, deceptive trade practice actions, and insurance matters in the oil and gas industry. He routinely represents Fortune 100 companies in bet-the-company disputes, and has litigated throughout the United States and in international arbitration, as well as before multiple state and federal regulatory agencies. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is ranked in Chambers USA in Texas General Commercial Litigation.

Palnitkar’s practice focuses on resolving complex business and intellectual property disputes through litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution. Palnitkar has experience handling breach of contract, trademark infringement litigation, anti-counterfeiting enforcement, international FCPA compliance matters, medical malpractice defense for health care entities, fraud, tortious interference, and theft of trade secrets. Bina is also a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP – Texas: Greenberg Traurig has more than 125 attorneys in Texas, serving clients from offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and is among the Top 20 on the 2017 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.