Munck Wilson Mandala Elects Alison Battiste, Sarah Lopano, and Jordan Strauss 2021 Partners
GGI member firm Munck Wilson Mandala unanimously elected three new Partners, effective 01 January 2021. Alison Battiste, Sarah Lopano, and Jordan Strauss work in MWM’s Dallas offce in the complex litigation/ dispute resolution section. As part of the MWM team that earned the title of Litigation Department of the Year in 2020, these three attorneys demonstrated excellence in their legal practice and significantly contributed to the firm’s successful year.
“This is a defining moment in the legal careers of Alison, Sarah, and Jordan, and we are proud to call them MWM Partners”, said Jenny Martinez, Co-Chair of the complex litigation/ dispute resolution section. “They excel as litigators and have impressed all of us this past year with their ability to adapt and bring value to our work.”
Alison Battiste has more than 13 years of experience working in commercial and high-stakes litigation. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in business, intellectual property, and technology-related disputes. Battiste has been honoured as a Texas Rising Star and a Texas Super Lawyer. In 2020, she was elected to the board of Family Gateway, and she is a member of Leadership Dallas Class of 2021, the Dallas Regional Chamber’s flagship leadership programme. Battiste also completed the Leadership Arts Institute, the Business Council for the Arts’ programme, in 2018.
Battiste earned her BS in chemistry and MBA from the George Washington University and her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, Battiste participated in the International Law Study summer programme at University College London in the United Kingdom and clerked for a prominent law firm in São Paulo, Brazil. After law school, she worked at Merrill Lynch International in London, England. She is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, Dallas Bar Foundation, and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation and a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association.
Sarah Lopano has more than eight years of legal experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes. She is a graduate of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Lead YP programme and stays active in firm events focused on diversity and inclusion and business development. Lopano is recognised annually as a Texas Rising Star and a Best Lawyers Ones to Watch.
Lopano graduated magna cum laude with a BBA in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, and she received her JD from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, graduating cum laude. While in law school, Lopano was the managing editor of the Journal of Air Law & Commerce, and she worked with the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
Jordan Strauss has over seven years of legal experience representing clients in commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes, including complex patent disputes. She has been involved in all phases of numerous patent infringement cases, including her role as the lead associate in a USD 10.1 million infringement lawsuit. Strauss is recognised annually as a Texas Rising Star and a Best Lawyers Ones to Watch. She also serves as a member of the Genesis Alliance Board.
Strauss graduated summa cum laude with a BA in political science from Southern Methodist University, receiving the Ora Nixon Arnold Award in Outstanding Academic Achievement as the highest-ranking political science graduate. She received her JD, graduating magna cum laude, from the SMU Dedman School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
This year marks a significant milestone for MWM, having three female attorneys elected to Partner. The firm has focused on hiring and developing strong female attorneys and, with the addition of Martinez in 2018, a collaborative effort among firm leadership and its recruiting team has led to the successful hiring of several strong female laterals, who now serve as key mentors in developing the firm’s younger attorneys.
“Alison, Sarah, and Jordan play major roles in the success of our law firm. This past year, they each demonstrated their ability to acclimate when the pandemic forced us to operate a large portion of case work virtually,” said Managing Partner, William A. Munck. “I could not be prouder of the firm, Jenny’s leadership, and our three new Partners.”
“Alison, Sarah, and Jordan continue to impress us with their hard work and excellent litigation skills,” said Michael McCabe, Co-Chair of the MWM’s commercial litigation/ dispute resolution practice. “Their partnerships are well deserved.”
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Published: GGI Insider, No. 112, March 2021