Seven FBFK Attorneys Named to 2023 Texas Super Lawyers

DALLAS (Sept. 20, 2023) – Dallas-based FBFK Law Firm today announced that seven of its shareholder/ attorneys, Dan Baucum, Kelly Kubasta, Todd Shadle, Richard Spencer, Rachael Smiley, Steve Toland and Chris Williams have been selected to the distinguished 2023 Edition of the Texas Super Lawyers list.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Of those nominated, only five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion.

FBFK attorneys selected as 2023 Texas Super Lawyers include:

Dan Baucum

Dan Baucum

Tax Law

A tax and business attorney with extensive private practice and IRS experience, Baucum represents business owners and investors with tax planning, business issues, and federal tax disputes. He also consults with legal and accounting professionals on federal tax matters and IRS practice. Baucum is a past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and at Baylor Law School. He is a six-time The Best Lawyers in America honoree.

Kelly Kubasta

Kelly Kubasta

Intellectual Property Litigation

A 12-year Texas Super Lawyer and co-leader of FBFK’s intellectual property practice group, Kubasta counsels on a wide array of intellectual property issues, including developing and maintaining patent and trademark portfolios, monetizing intellectual property assets through technology and marketing transactions, and enforcing and defending intellectual property assets through the courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He is an eight-time The Best Lawyers in America honoree, has previously served as a Board Member of organizations such as TeXchange DFW and My Possibilities and works with various non-profit organizations.

Todd Shadle

Todd Shadle

Employment & Labor

A three-time Texas Super Lawyer and Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, Shadle has spent nearly 30 years handling complex employment law cases before state and federal agencies, and litigating claims that cannot be resolved. He also handles complex business disputes including cases involving breach of contract, partnership disputes and others. Shadle has been selected as one of the nation’s 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers by Lawdragon, named among the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine, a four-time honoree by The Best Lawyers in America, and is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Richard L. Spencer

Richard L. Spencer

Real Estate

Recognized for 21 consecutive years as a Texas Super Lawyer, Spencer is triple-Board Certified in real estate law and was a member of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization real estate advisory commission. He is a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Attorneys, a Director of the Texas Bar College, and was Chairman of both the Real Property Probate and Trust Law (REPTL) Section of the State Bar Texas and the Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys. He is also a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a recipient of the REPTL Distinguished Real Estate Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award, State Bar of Texas Weatherbie Workhorse Award and Standing Ovation Award, and the State Bar College Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award. He’s also a Society of Legal Scholars member and a well-recognized Course Director, author, and presenter in advanced real estate law courses.

Rachael Smiley

Rachael Smiley

Business Bankruptcy

A seasoned bankruptcy and restructuring attorney and chair of the FBFK litigation group, Smiley has specific expertise in all steps of the Chapter 11 reorganization process, including asset sales, plan confirmation, and post-confirmation plan administration. A two-time Texas Super Lawyer and a four-time “Ones to Watch” by The Best Lawyers in America, she is a Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and the Dallas Bar Association – Bankruptcy and Commercial Law section, a Global Executive Board Member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and has served as Chair of the DFW network of IWIRC (International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation).

Stephen Toland

Stephen Toland

Criminal Defense: White Collar

A four-time Texas Super Lawyer and Board Certified in Criminal Law, Toland has more than 20 years of experience focusing on federal and state criminal defense, with an emphasis on federal white-collar defense and investigations. He has argued more than 300 contested matters in federal court and tried 60 cases in state court and represents individuals and companies in all phases of investigation and criminal prosecution. Toland is an honoree by The Best Lawyers in America, an active member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Securities & Corporate Finance

A more than 25-year corporate attorney and chair of FBFK’s corporate transactional group, Williams has extensive experience in corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, transactional and compliance areas including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions. He has represented public and private companies on a broad range of corporate governance issues and provided corporate secretary duties, including providing counsel directly to boards of directors and C-level executives.