As we begin the second quarter of the year, I hope you are remaining as optimistic as the Greater Houston Partnership and its’ job-creation forecast. GHP expects the Houston metro area to create 71,000 net new jobs this year. If the forecast holds up, the region will end this year with a net gain of more than 600,000 jobs over the past decade and the fourth largest gain of any metro in the nation. Good news for us all!
We heard about capital discipline in the oil and gas industry at our annual Energy Breakfast Forum earlier this month where three local industry experts shared their thoughts about the current state of oil and gas activity and its impact on Houston. Let me thank James Baker of Piper Jaffray, Matt McCarroll of Fieldwood Energy, and Laura Schilling from Pumpco Services. We host our breakfast forum series to bring our clients and friends perspectives and insights that can impact business decisions. And we enjoy sharing what we learn. Our team is developing an ebook that summarizes the discussion and it will be available for download soon.
Congratulations to our Senior Associate Christopher Burt who received a favorable ruling April 12 from the Texas Supreme Court for his client regarding a probate dispute. After many rounds of briefings and a final argument last December, Chris was successful in getting the court to overturn a ruling from the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in his client’s favor, effectively changing a Texas statutory law from 1879. The vast majority of cases appealed to the Texas Supreme Court are not even considered, so it is a monumental win to have caught the court’s attention and then persuade it to change Texas law.
Our attorneys have also been sharing their knowledge by moderating and delivering presentations recently.
Bill Boyar moderated the Real Estate Outlook Panel at the Gulf Coast Regional Family Forum hosted by PKF Texas. Among the three panelists was Justin Boyar, Bill’s son, a Market Economist and Director of Research for CoStar Group. It was a proud father-son moment as both are excellent professionals in their chosen fields.
In addition, Shareholder Andrew Pearce delivered a presentation to the Houston Bar Association’s Mergers & Acquisitions section for Continuing Legal Education credit.
BoyarMiller was the marquee sponsor of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s 20th Annual Ethics Seminar and Golf/Spa Event. It was a great event that included a timely review of ethical issues with the latest disruptions in technology.
Recently, we welcomed two new associates to our firm. Taylor Gaver is a Business Group Associate and joins us with about 10 years of legal experience. Brooks Tobin joins our Litigation Group as an Associate and has broad-based legal experience including a Federal clerkship for The Honorable Rolando Olvera. I hope you get the opportunity to meet these young professionals who share a passion for client service and innovative problem-solving.
Lastly, close to my heart is SEARCH Homeless Services, where I am currently serving as Chairman of the Board. SEARCH pursues a mission of providing hope, creating opportunity, and transforming lives of men, women, and children who are trying to break free from the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Our vision is Houston without homelessness. We hosted our annual fundraising luncheon celebrating SEARCH’s 30th Anniversary on April 18 and there is such a strong outpouring of support. I am so honored to be involved in an organization that has such a tremendous impact on people’s lives by helping them build a better future.