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Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys Named 2024 Texas Rising Stars

March 21, 2024

Michael Feibus, Kevin Navetta, Kelly Shields, Leo Unzeitig, and Brittney Williams named Texas Rising Stars

Five Texas-based attorneys with Chamberlain Hrdlicka have been named to the 2024 Texas Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine, including Michael Feibus, Kevin Navetta, Kathryn “Kelly” Shields and Brittney Williams in Houston as well as Leo Unzeitig in San Antonio. Part of the national Super Lawyers rating service, Texas Rising Stars recognizes the best attorneys age 40 or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.

Michael Feibus is an experienced trial lawyer with an emphasis on complex personal injury and commercial litigation. He has prosecuted and defended claims on behalf of both individuals and businesses of all sizes, from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies, in areas including commercial business disputes, commercial and residential construction, personal injury defense, insurance fraud and consumer law violations. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate from the Florida State University and earned his law degree from the South Texas College of Law Houston. He’s been recognized among Texas Rising Stars in 2023 as well.

Kevin Navetta is a trial attorney in the firm’s commercial litigation practice, where he focuses on resolution of a broad range of state and federal complex commercial and business disputes, including those in the discovery, dispositive, and trial stages. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University and earned a law degree, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center. While in law school, he served as senior articles editor of the Houston Law Review. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has been named to Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch in 2023 and 2024.

Kathryn "Kelly" Shields is a litigation attorney who maintains a diverse litigation practice, representing clients in probate and fiduciary litigation, labor and employment litigation, complex commercial litigation and arbitration. She has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts in a variety of cases including will contests, trust disputes, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, FLSA, Title VII, ADA/ADEA, contractual disputes, and construction disputes. Shields graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology. She received her law degree, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law. She’s been named to Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch each year since 2021 and was previously recognized as a Texas Rising Star in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Leo Unzeitig is a member of the Tax Controversy and Litigation Section in San Antonio. He focuses on a wide range of federal tax controversy and litigation matters at all stages before the IRS and federal courts. He has successfully represented clients in significant cases involving worker classification issues, method of accounting issues, international tax issues, captive insurance, and general collection matters. Prior to joining Chamberlain Hrdlicka, he served as a judicial clerk to Judge Juan F. Vasquez at the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C. He earned his undergraduate degree from Trinity University, his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and his Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center. Unzeitig is a Certified Public Accountant, has been board certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He’s been previously named a Texas Rising Star in 2022 and 2023, has been recognized among Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch in 2022, 2023 and 2024, and received the Texas Legal Award – Rising Star from the Texas Lawyer in 2023.

Brittney Williams practices labor and employment law, as well as commercial litigation.  She advises and represents employers in various types of employment matters involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour disputes, and employment-related contracts.  Additionally, she represents clients in a variety of commercial disputes, including claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, misrepresentation, Deceptive Trade Practices Act violations, and Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act violations.  She graduated with Honors and on the Dean’s List from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Red McCombs School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science from the College of Communication.  She earned her law degree at UCLA School of Law. Williams has been named to the Top 40 Under 40 by The National Black Lawyers from 2020 to 2024, Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch in 2023 and 2024, and was previously recognized by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star in 2022 and 2023.

About Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Chamberlain Hrdlicka is a diversified business law firm with offices in Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia, and San Antonio. The firm represents both public and private companies, as well as individuals and family-owned businesses across the nation. The firm offers counsel in appellate law, bankruptcy, commercial and probate litigation, construction law, corporate, data security & privacy, employee benefits, energy and maritime law, ERISA, estate planning and administration, intellectual property, international and immigration law, labor and employment, real estate, securities and finance, tax controversy and tax planning & business transactions.

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of attorneys from more than 70 practice areas. Those recognized have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of lawyers in Georgia are selected as Super Lawyers. Sections are determined by independent, attorney-led research and peer evaluations. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, including verdicts/settlements, transactions, special licenses and pro bono service.