Four Bell Nunnally Partners Named to "Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014" List

Top Quote Jeffrey J. Ansley, Stephanie K. Gause, Karen-Lee Pollak and Heather Bailey New have been selected by their peers for inclusion on D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014" list. End Quote
  • Dallas, TX (1888PressRelease) May 02, 2014 - The "Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014" features 505 attorneys across 46 practice areas chosen by fellow Texas attorneys who answered the publication-posed question: "Which Dallas lawyers, of those whose work you have witnessed firsthand, would you rank among the current best?" Respondents were asked to provide two lawyers from outside their firm and one within their firm in their area of practice. After tallying the votes, nominees were evaluated by the magazine's editors in concert with a panel of attorneys selected by the publication.

    "We congratulate Jeff, Stephanie, Karen and Heather for this honor. As a firm, we are pleased to be so well-represented on this list," said James Skochdopole, managing partner of Bell Nunnally.

    Ansley leads the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice. A former federal criminal prosecutor and enforcement attorney, he focuses his practice on white collar criminal and regulatory defense and has represented numerous corporate and individual clients in high stakes litigation before federal courts, the SEC, and other federal and state agencies. Ansley has also conducted internal investigations involving alleged securities fraud, tax fraud and health care violations. In addition, he develops compliance and ethics programs for corporations and other business entities. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law (J.D., 1994) and Texas A&M University (B.A., 1991).

    Gause is a member of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate practice areas. She counsels clients in a variety of real estate and corporate transactions, including: the acquisition and sale of real property; office and retail leasing matters; and stock and asset purchase agreements. She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2006) and the University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., 2003).

    New heads the firm's Appellate Litigation practice and handles all aspects of appeals on both the state and federal level. In addition to providing traditional appellate assistance with brief writing, oral arguments, mandamus filings and interlocutory appeals, New takes a proactive approach to reducing the financial and non-financial costs of appeals by assisting her trial team with legal issues that arise before an appeal is ever filed. These include dispositive motions, motions to qualify expert witnesses, motions for class certification, jury charges, judgment formation, post-judgment motions, arbitrations and mediations. She served as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Priscilla Owen at the Supreme Court of Texas and is a graduate of Baylor Law School (J.D., 1998) and Stephen F. Austin University (B.A., 1993).

    Pollak heads the firm's Immigration practice and provides full-service legal immigration counsel to large corporations, small businesses and individuals. Her docket routinely includes representing businesses and families in obtaining immigrant and non-immigrant visas to live and work in the United States. Pollak also assists corporations in compliance audits and immigration-related corporate policy formulation. Her immigration litigation practice focuses on federal court litigation under the Administrative Procedure Act and removal defense. Pollak is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, where she earned both her undergraduate and law degrees (B.A., 1989; LLB, 1993).

    About Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP
    With more than 50 attorneys and three decades of doing business, Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP is among the most respected business law firms in Texas. The depth of the firm's knowledge and breadth of its expertise sets Bell Nunnally apart. The firm provides a full range of services, including litigation, appellate law, commercial finance, corporate and securities, creditors' rights, bankruptcy, health law, intellectual property, labor and employment, immigration, real estate, entertainment, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, tax and white collar criminal defense. Bell Nunnally is regularly singled out as a "Go-To" firm by America's largest companies each year in Corporate Counsel magazine. For more information, please visit

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