Five Attorneys From Dallas Office of Lyons & Simmons Named to Texas Rising Stars List

DALLAS – All five eligible attorneys at Dallas-based Lyons & Simmons, LLP, have earned selection to the 2015 Texas Rising Stars listing of the state’s top young lawyers.

Selected to the 2015 list are partner Robert McNiel and associates Robert Bogdanowicz III, Courtney Bowline, Kathleen Kilanowski, and Christopher Simmons.

“When you stand up in court to represent your client’s interests, how long you have been an attorney is no longer a consideration. All that matters is your effectiveness, and each of these attorneys can stand toe to toe with the very best in the profession. They prove it every time they enter a courtroom,” says firm co-founder Michael Lyons.

The 2015 Rising Stars selection is Mr. McNiel’s fifth. He focuses his complex commercial litigation practice on real estate and construction disputes in state and federal courts. His clients include owners, developers, lenders, brokers, realtors, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, escrow agents, and title insurers.

This is the fourth consecutive selection for Mr. Bogdanowicz, whose practice emphasizes complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, construction litigation, and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Ms. Bowline represents clients in state and federal courts, handling litigation matters involving complex commercial disputes, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases, premises liability, and product liability. This is her second Texas Rising Stars selection.

Ms. Kilanowski focuses on the mortgage, homeowners’ and condominium association foreclosures, representing property owners’ associations, developers, banks, lenders, creditors, and mortgage servicers as well as a variety of other complex business disputes. This is her first Texas Rising Stars selection.

Mr. Simmons represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex tort, product liability, and commercial litigation cases at trial and in appellate courts throughout Texas. These matters range from large business disputes to catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters before state courts, federal courts, and arbitrators. This is his second Texas Rising Stars selection.

Texas Rising Stars recognizes the state’s leading attorneys who are 40 or younger, or who have been in practice for 10 years or less. Selection is based on peer nominations and editorial review, with only 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys chosen for the honor each year. The complete 2015 list can be found online at and also appears in the April 2015 print editions of Texas Monthly and Texas Rising Stars magazines.

Lyons & Simmons, LLP, has offices in Dallas and Houston and maintains a reputation as one of the state’s premier trial law firms. Its lawyers routinely handle high-stakes cases of all kinds, including business disputes, intellectual property, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, real estate, securities, and construction cases. To learn more, visit

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