News & Announcements

K. B. Battaglini has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court

On June 5, in Washington, D.C., in formal proceedings and after announcements by Justices Kagan, Sotomayor and Alito of the court’s decisions for the day, a motion for admission was presented orally to the court by Donald Guter, Dean of South Texas College of Law-Houston, and was granted by Chief Justice John Roberts.  Later, following the formal hearing, Justice Roberts stopped by the lawyer’s lounge to offer congratulations to Mr. Battaglini and the other attorneys admitted that day to the bar of the supreme court.

Strong Pipkin has received the Texas Treasure Business Award from the Texas Historical Commission

Senator Brandon Creighten, District 4, along with John L. Nau, III, Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission, recognized Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. with a Texas Treasure Business Award.  The Texas Treasure Business Award program pays tribute to businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for 50 years or more.  Created in 2005, the program recognizes well-established Texas businesses and their exceptional historical contributions to the state’s economic growth and prosperity.  Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. celebrates its 82nd  anniversary this year.

David Kirby has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers 2017 Texas Rising Stars list published by Thomson Reuters. 

A Rising Stars selection is an honor reserved for those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice.  Kirby has been chosen for his excellence in Insurance Coverage.

K. B. Battaglini has been selected by the American Arbitration Association to serve on its National Panel of Arbitrators.
David A. Kirby Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

David Kirby has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.  Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas.  Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of David’s contributions to the legal profession.

Mike Hendryx selected in Top 100 Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 Lawyers in Houston by Texas Super Lawyers.
Mike Hendryx has been installed as the President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for the 2016-2017 term.

Mike Hendryx was elected as President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for 2016-2017 at the Annual Meeting on September 23rd in Fort Worth. His term runs from September 23, 2016September 23, 2017. With a membership of approximately 1530 attorneys, the TADC is one of the largest professional associations of Commercial Litigation, Business Defense and Personal Injury Defense Attorneys in the United States. Mike served on the TADC Executive Committee, as Chairman of the TADC PAC Trustees, Co-Chair of the Trial Academy and as the Vice-President for Legislation, Vice –President for Programs and Vice-President of Publications. Mike was the recipient of the President’s Award in 2007 and the TADC Special Recognition Award in 2016.

Three Strong Pipkin attorneys on the board of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Mike Hendryx has been installed as the President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for the 2016-2017 term.

David Kirby was elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel as the Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee for the 2016-2017 term.

K. B. Battaglini serves as Vice President – Membership of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.

Eight Strong Pipkin attorneys have been selected as 2016 Texas Super Lawyers

Only 5% of the total lawyers in Texas are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers. Strong Pipkin is proud to have the following attorneys recognized in that elite group:

  • Michael L. Baker – Personal Injury General: Defense
  • John G. Bissell – General Litigation
  • John W. Bridger – Civil Litigation: Defense
  • Michael T. Bridwell – Personal Injury General: Defense
  • Joe Michael Dodson – Civil Litigation: Defense
  • Greg M. Dykeman – Business Litigation
  • Michael Hendryx – Business Litigation
  • David W. Ledyard – Civil Litigation: Defense
Greg Dykeman Named "Lawyer of the Year"

Greg M. Dykeman has been named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Beaumont Litigation – Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year."

Nine Lawyers from Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. are listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017
  • Beaumont, TX
    • David W. Ledyard
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
    • Greg M. Dykeman
      • Litigation - Construction
      • Litigation - Real Estate
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    • Michael L. Baker
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
    • Michael T. Bridwell
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Houston, TX
    • John G. Bissell
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Litigation - Environmental
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
    • John W. Bridger
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    • K.B. Battaglini
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Natural Resources Law
    • Michael Hendryx
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Litigation - Environmental
      • Litigation - Labor and Employment
      • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    • S. Margie Venus
      • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
      • Litigation - Bankruptcy
David Ledyard Has Been Bestowed Honors By America’s Top 100 Attorneys™ And The Best Lawyers In America®

David W Ledyard has been honored with his selection to Americas Top 100 Attorneys™ for Southern Texas for his Lifetime Achievements. The comprehensive multi-phase selection process is meant to identify and highlight the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled attorneys in all areas of practice. Only 100 attorneys in each state (Texas is divided into Northern and Southern) receive this honor.

The Best Lawyers in America® also selected Ledyard in 2016 as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Beaumont Texas for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and honored Ledyard in 2015 as Lawyer of the Year in Beaumont for Mass Tort Litigation – Class Actions-Defendants. He has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America® for the last five years in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability – Defendants, and Mass Tort Litigation – Class Actions - Defendants.

Ledyard has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Litigation for the last 36 years. His forty one years of experience and success in defending corporations has culminated in these most recent honors.

Strong Pipkin congratulates attorney David A. Kirby who has been chosen as Super Lawyers a 2016 Texas Rising Stars
Strong Pipkin Prevails in Arbitration on Novel Louisiana Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act Issue

Partner John Bridger assisted by senior associate David Kirby recently obtained an arbitration award on behalf of a major energy partnership in a breach of contract suit arising out of a demand for indemnity. The case involved a novel issue under the Louisiana Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act (LOIA). A contractor’s employee fell on the energy partnership’s platform located on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Louisiana. The injuries required immediate emergency medical care resulting in significant expense incurred by the energy partnership. Despite the serious injuries, the injured worker never filed a third-party lawsuit against the energy partnership. In a case of first impression, Messrs. Bridger and Kirby successfully argued that, under these circumstance, the LOIA did not prevent the energy partnership from obtaining indemnity from the employer for 100% of the cost of emergency medical care incurred by the energy partnership.  

Strong Pipkin has been listed in the U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers2016 “Best Law Firms.” Firms included in the list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Metropolitan Tier 1

    • Beaumont
      • Litigation - Construction
      • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
      • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
    • Houston
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Litigation - Environmental
      • Litigation - Labor & Employment
      • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Strong Pipkin Supports Habitat for Humanity's World Build Day

In celebration of World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County hosted a Sponsored Build Day.  Strong Pipkin, along with other area businesses, collected donations and provided volunteers for the event.  The event brings attention to the need for adequate housing around the world and in our community.  Strong Pipkin won the award for the largest contribution.

Mike Baker and Mike Hendryx are Super Lawyer’s Best of the Best

Mike Baker and Mike Hendryx were recognized in the 2015 Texas Super Lawyer Top 100 Houston List.  This list is compiled of those attorneys who receive the highest point totals during the Texas Super Lawyers nomination, research, and peer review process. 

Eight Strong Pipkin attorneys have been selected as 2015 Texas Super Lawyers. 

Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Only 5% of the total lawyers in Texas are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

  • Michael L. Baker – Personal Injury General: Defense
  • John G. Bissell – General Litigation
  • John W. Bridger – Civil Litigation: Defense
  • Michael T. Bridwell – Personal Injury General: Defense
  • Joe Michael Dodson – Civil Litigation: Defense
  • Greg M. Dykeman – Business Litigation
  • Michael Hendryx – Business Litigation
  • David W. Ledyard – Civil Litigation: Defense
K.B. Battaglini Presented with President’s Award from TADC

The Texas Association of Defense Counsel has presented K. B. Battaglini with its President’s Award, given for leadership, service and dedication to the organization.  The award was presented at TADC’s 2015 Annual Meeting held at the Millennium Hotel in New York City.

Two Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"

David W. Ledyard was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Beaumont Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year." And Michael L. Baker was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Beaumont Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.”

Nine Lawyers from Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Michael Baker
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

K.B. Battaglini
Commercial Litigation
Natural Resources Law

John G. Bissell
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Environmental
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

John W. Bridger
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Michael T. Bridwell
Commercial Litigation
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Greg M. Dykeman
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Real Estate
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Michael Hendryx
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

David W. Ledyard
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

S. Margie Venus
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation - Bankruptcy

K. B. Battaglini has completed training at the A. A. White Dispute Resolution Center of the University of Houston Law Center to become a certified mediator.
Strong Pipkin Attorney David A. Kirby has been selected as a Super Lawyers 2015 Texas Rising Stars.
K. B. Battaglini has been selected to judge the final round of the Energy Law Negotiation Competition at South Texas College of Law on Sunday, February 22.
John Bridger, as an editors of the TADC Commercial Litigation Newsletter, has published the Fall 2014 Edition.

The newsletter is intended to summarize significant cases and issues impacting the commercial litigation practice area for the past six months.

John Bridger donates his time to the HBA Speakers’ Bureau program. 

The HBA Speakers’ Bureau program provides attorneys willing to speak on legal topics to schools, churches, and other community groups without charge. John was recognized for his valuable contribution to the November 2014 George Washington Carver Magnet High School College and Career Day.  He spoke to individual classes on the importance of education and careers in the legal field.  He also spoke to Elsik High School government classes in December on the importance of jury service.

KB Battaglini has been elected to serve as Legislative Vice President for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for the year beginning November 2014.
Houston Partner Mike Hendryx has been elected to serve as the Executive Vice President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.

On September 26, 2014, Houston Partner Mike Hendryx was elected to serve as the Executive Vice President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel for 2014-2015. The Texas Association of Defense Counsel is an organization of Texas civil trial attorneys in private practice whose purpose is to bring together by association, communication and organization, lawyers of Texas who devote a substantial amount of their professional time to the handling of litigated civil cases.

Eight Strong Pipkin Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition. 

Strong Pipkin congratulates the following eight attorneys who were selected for inclusion in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition magazine.

  • Michael L. Baker – Personal Injury General:  Defense
  • John G. Bissell – General Litigation
  • John W. Bridger – Civil Litigation:  Defense
  • Michael T. Bridwell – Personal Injury General:  Defense
  • Joe Michael Dodson – Civil Litigation:  Defense
  • Greg M. Dykeman – Business Litigation
  • Michael Hendryx – Business Litigation
  • David W. Ledyard – Civil Litigation – Defense

Super Lawyers Business Edition is a national publication that features attorneys selected for Super Lawyers in 2014. 

Nine Lawyers from Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015

Mike Baker:  Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

K.B. Battaglini: Commercial Litigation and Natural Resources Law

John G. Bissell: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

John Bridger: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Michael T. Bridwell: Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Greg Dykeman:    Litigation – Construction, Litigation - Real Estate, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Mike Hendryx:  Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation - Labor and Employment and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

David W. Ledyard: Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants.

S. Margie Venus:  Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency, and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy

Additionally, David W. Ledyard was named the Best Lawyers® 2014-15 Beaumont Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year." 

Strong Pipkin Appellate Victory Streak Continues (now 17 in a row)

On May 8, 2014, the Houston First Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Cause No. 01-12-01015-CV, Millard Interest, Inc. v. J&A Leisure, Ltd, d/b/a Massage Envy-Meyerland, CJ's Place, LLC, Jerald Henry and Angela Henry granting all of the relief requested by Strong Pipkin’s client, the Appellant Millard Interests. The case involved a business dispute arising out of the sale of a business. Holding that the language: “The Seller, General Partner and Limited Partners, jointly and severally, represent and warrant to the Purchaser … .” constituted an obligation of the limited partners in their individual capacity, the First Court of Appeals rendered judgment against the Henrys, who were the limited partners. Senior Partner John Bridger tried the case led the appellate effort. He was assisted in the appeal by Elliot Taliaferro. This continues Strong Pipkin's recent streak of appellate victories. The Millard Interests case was the 17th consecutive appeal by Strong Pipkin where the firm represented the prevailing party.

John Bridger, as an editor of the TADC Commercial Litigation Newsletter, has published the Spring 2014 Edition. The newsletter is intended to summarize significant cases and issues impacting the commercial litigation practice area for the past six months.
K. B. Battaglini has awarded the Master of Laws degree in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law on May 10th at the University of Houston commencement ceremonies.
Mike Hendryx was elected to serve as the Secretary of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.

The Texas Association of Defense Counsel is an organization of civil trial attorneys, in private practice, who devote a substantial amount of their professional time to the handling of litigated civil cases.

K. B. Battaglini was elected to serve as Legislative Vice President of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.
Strong Pipkin is also pleased to announce that three new associates, Vanessa D. Durante, David A. Kirby, and David May, have joined the firm.

Vanessa D. Durante was an associate with a large national law firm before joining Strong Pipkin in our Houston office. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters arising under commercial general liability, directors and officers liability, and employment practices liability policies. Ms. Durante graduated from Cornell University and earned her law degree from New York University School of Law in 2010.

David A. Kirby gained experience as an associate with a large multi-state law firm before joining Strong Pipkin in our Houston office. He has represented businesses and individuals in a wide variety of arbitration, litigation, and appellate matters, including insurance, oil and gas, contract, personal injury, products liability, and commercial disputes. Mr. Kirby obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Sewanee: The University of the South and obtained his law degree from South Texas College of Law where he was Managing Editor of the South Texas Law Review in 2010.

David W. May had two years experience practicing law in Louisiana for a prominent law firm before joining the firm in our Beaumont office. He has represented Fortune 500 companies in toxic tort, premises liability, Jones Act, and products liability actions. He is an Air Force veteran who served in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Louisiana Air National Guard. David earned a Masters Degree at St. Mary’s University and obtained his law degree from Louisiana State University in 2011 where he was also a member of the International Law Moot Court team 2010 regional champions.

Mike Hendryx also was elected to serve as the President of the Houston Area Parkinson's Society (“HAPS”).

Founded in 1974, HAPS is one of the oldest independent, local Parkinson's disease social service organizations in the United States. HAPS provides comprehensive services to eight counties in metropolitan Houston, with an estimated population of more than 6 million people.

Greg Dykeman was a speaker at the Jefferson County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics seminar that was held on February 18, 2014.