Rick Brophy, David Dickson, and Liz Fraley Named Texas Super Lawyers

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Rick Brophy, David Dickson, and Liz Fraley recently were named 2016 Super Lawyers in Texas. Rick was recognized in the area of banking law, while David was recognized for his real estate expertise and Liz was recognized in the area of personal injury-medical malpractice. Each is a long-time recipient of the honor.

Only the top five percent of attorneys in each state are selected. Super Lawyers is a rating service for outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes peer nominations, peer evaluations, and independent research. Attorneys who have been selected are featured in Super Lawyers Magazine, a Thomson Reuters publication.

Rick has significant experience in matters affecting financial institutions, construction companies, and other businesses. His practice includes mergers and acquisitions work, drafting and negotiating complex governance and other agreements, formation of entities, drafting construction-related agreements, and providing general legal advice to local businesses.

Rick has served as an adjunct professor at Baylor Law School for 28 years, teaching banking law for 20 years and mergers and acquisitions for the last eight years. He speaks regularly at meetings of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas and State Bar of Texas. Rick has provided numerous speeches on bank compliance regulations, including Regulation O, Lending Limit, and Section 23A. He also serves as general counsel to the Central Texas Associated General Contractors.

David has been representing business and individual clients for 40 years, primarily in real estate, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, estate planning, and probate matters. He regularly represents parties in transactions involving the purchase and sale of business entities and in complex business transactions. David negotiates bankruptcy and business-related settlements and represents banking institutions.

Since 1983, David has been certified in Commercial, Residential, and Farm & Ranch Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization ("TBLS"), one of only 57 attorneys in Texas to hold all three certifications. He also serves as general counsel for the Waco Association of Realtors and the Heart of Texas Apartment Owners Association. David is an adjunct professor at Baylor Law School in the real estate area. He currently is both Chairman of TBLS and Treasurer of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Liz has extensive experience litigating and mediating medical malpractice claims, personal injury and wrongful death claims, professional licensing claims, business and commercial disputes, partnership dissolution matters, employment disputes, legal malpractice claims, products liability claims, and premises liability claims. She also appears on behalf of professionals before licensing boards.

Liz has tried more than 50 civil jury trials and acts as a mediator. She teaches Practice Court at Baylor Law School. Liz was named to D Magazine's Best Lawyers in Dallas 2016 list. Recognized most recently in the area of "tort product & medical liability litigation: defense," she has been named annually to this list since 2011.

Beard Kultgen has been serving clients throughout Texas for more than 50 years. The Firm's lawyers understand the state's business, legal, and regulatory landscapes and have cultivated a reputation for excellence and cost-efficient representation.