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Scheef & Stone, L.L.P. Announces Eleven Attorneys Recognized As 2017 Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine

By April 28, 2017October 7th, 2021News & Events


DALLAS – Scheef & Stone, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that Partners Ann Badmus, Robert Bolton, Rebekah Steely Brooker, Byron Henry, Charlene Koonce, Tom Kulik, Mitch Little, John Scheef, Bill Stone, Shawn Tuma, and Brad Whitlock, have been selected as D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for 2017. The Best Lawyers list is featured in the magazine’s May issue.

“Our attorneys strive to forge innovative solutions to build lasting relationships for our clients so I am pleased their hard work is recognized”, said Bill Stone, one of the Firm’s co-founding partners. “I’m grateful our peers and D Magazine’s editors have acknowledged our attorneys among the best lawyers in Dallas.”

The 2017 listing of the top attorneys in Dallas was determined through an extensive peer-review voting process, with ballots submitted by approximately 9,000 local lawyers. The final list of attorneys was determined by an independent panel of distinguished lawyers and the magazine’s editors. The complete list is included in the May 2017 edition of D Magazine and available online at

Ann Badmus’ practice consists primarily of employment and business related immigration matters, representing employers and their employees before various state and federal agencies with immigration oversight. Badmus appears frequently on national and local radio and television as a guest commentator on immigration law.

Robert Bolton has experience in the area of tax law, including estate planning and asset protection strategies to protect business and investment assets from unwarranted claims and the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes. His practice also includes tax and business planning for partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations.

Rebekah Steely Brooker focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, probate matters, trust and asset protection planning, guardianship matters, and probate litigation. Rebekah helps her clients administer trusts and estates, and counsels clients on estate planning, charitable planning, and estate and trust management.

Byron Henry is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and centers his practice on the areas of business litigation and civil appeals. He provides advice to clients and attorneys on legal and business strategies, as well as trial support in complex civil cases in the area of experts, summary judgment, jury charge practice, and post-judgment motion practice.

Charlene Koonce prosecutes and defends commercial disputes on behalf of large and small clients. She has obtained favorable results through bench and jury trials, summary judgment, and settlement in cases involving complex international contract disputes, CGL insurance defense matters, commercial tenancy, and consumer disputes. Her practice emphasis is in federal litigation, and her experience includes extensive service as a representative of equity receivers in government enforcement cases.

Tom Kulik strategically counsels clients as outside general counsel on matters involving the evaluation, acquisition, development and protection of intellectual property rights, with an emphasis on creatively leveraging such assets both domestically and internationally. His practice focuses on intellectual property within the context of the IT transactions and computer software development/licensing.

Mitch Little counsels individuals and business organizations in state and federal courts in Texas and beyond, with an emphasis on cases involving securities fraud. Having a variety of experience dealing with victims of oil and gas promotional fraud, Ponzi schemes, and all types of investment theft, he has represented investors from all over the United States.

John Scheef’s practice is centered on commercial litigation, construction law and construction litigation. As a primary advisor and outside general counsel, he assist clients with business decisions regarding development projects, dispute resolution, and business negotiations. His impressive technical background in the construction industry assists John in evaluating his client’s needs and remedies under the law.

Bill Stone assists clients with all types of business transactions, including business acquisitions and dispositions, complex debt, and equity financings. He also counsels his clients on securities issuance transactions and compliance issues, contract disputes, employment contracts, executive compensation, shareholder disputes, and a broad variety of other types of legal arrangements and agreements.

Shawn Tuma focuses his practice on issues involving digital information law such as computer fraud, cybercrimes, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the Texas Computer Crimes statute. He also assists clients with matters involving misappropriation of trade secrets; data and information security, and compliance; data privacy; and data breach response.

Brad Whitlock’s practice focuses on representing small and midsized business clients on corporate law matters such as business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity securities financings, company formation, contracts, employment matters, corporate governance issues, and a broad variety of other legal arrangements and agreements.

Scheef & Stone, LLP provides solid counsel to its valued clients by forging innovative legal solutions to build treasured and lasting relationships. From its offices in Dallas and Frisco, members of the firm recognize their services are not about them and hold themselves to the highest standards, by embracing the art of going above and beyond the extra mile. These values have led to strategic growth, bringing our attorney count to approximately 60 lawyers practicing in a full-service transactional and business law firm with services including immigration, corporate, cybersecurity, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, tax, construction law, banking, intellectual property, healthcare, and employment law.