Chairman’s Letter

Letter from Our Chairman

Hello Friends,

Let’s start with some good news from the Texas Workforce Commission. Metro Houston added 16,000 jobs last December, which is one of the highest of the past two decades. But that’s not all. The region had the best year for job growth since these records have been kept, going back to the 1980s. Payroll employment is a record high for the region, according to the report.

Additionally, there is more positive news that was released by JPMorgan Chase in its annual Business Leaders Outlook survey. It states that Texas business leaders are confident about how their economies will fare if a recession occurs and about 70 percent of Texas leaders are optimistic about their performance this year. Another encouraging update from the survey is half of Texas midsize-business leaders expect to pursue a merger or acquisition in the next 12 months. It seems there is more optimism in the Lone Star state than there is nationally.

February is Black History Month and a great time to recognize the historical contributions of individuals significant to the Texas legal community. Initiated by Heman Sweatt, the case of Sweatt v. Painter (1950) integrated the University of Texas law school, prompting several undergraduate colleges in the state to desegregate in its wake. Additionally, attorney Barbara Jordan was the first black woman elected to the Texas Senate who then went on to serve in the United States House of Representatives.

We have exciting news at BoyarMiller. Shareholder Whitney Brieck is now one of only 395 board-certified appellate lawyers in the state. She received board certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization by passing an intense six-hour test and an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges, as well as meeting other criteria. Congratulations Whitney on this outstanding achievement.

Lastly, I am happy to announce two well-deserved promotions at our firm. Josie Morgan is now our Chief Operating Officer and Drew Carpenter has been promoted to Marketing Manager. We appreciate their many contributions to the firm’s strategic operations and communications.

Let us know if we can help you achieve your short or long-term business goals.


Chris Hanslik


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Chris Hanslik, Firm Chairman