WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, guided the Promotional Products Association International through a months-long and nation-wide search for PPAI’s next President and Chief Executive Officer. PPAI, with more than 115 years in existence, serves near 14,000 company members across the United ... Continue Reading
Probate, Trusts & Estates Section: A Year Navigating the Pandemic
By Paul D. Strug, Chair
As it has for all of the sections of the Houston Bar Association, this past year has presented unique challenges for the Probate, Trusts & ... Continue Reading
WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, was appointed as Course Director for the 19th Annual Governance of Nonprofit Organizations continuing legal education course presented by ... Continue Reading
On May 15, 2021, WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, completed a 50-mile GoRuck Star Course in Washington, D.C. His team of four finished first out of about 100 participants, which included military, ex-military and civilian teams and individual participants. The 50-mile, 15-hour exercise ... Continue Reading
Each year, Houstonia Magazine sends a survey to Houston’s attorneys, who then cast their votes for the “best lawyers in Houston.” WKPZ is ... Continue Reading
On August 26, 2020, WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, presented to the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The Business-Not-As-Usual In The COVID-19 Era presentation addressed current business and economic climates, challenges in employment and employer management, legislative matters, and what Mr. Halliburton ... Continue Reading
Congratulations to Paul Strug. Mr. Strug begins his term as chair of the Houston Bar Association Probate, Trusts and Estates section. As chair, Mr. Strug will Work with the Probate Council to plan Continued Legal Education events, communicate with the ... Continue Reading
WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, recently presented at AcctTwo’s Faith-Based Finance Conference at Concord Church in Dallas, Texas. AcctTwo is a facilitator organization that provides finance and accounting solutions, education and consultation to a wide-array of its clients and members. Mr. ... Continue Reading
WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, recently provided over five hours of employment and church tax law education to attendees of the Texas Ministry Conference held at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. The well-attended event is constituted by business and ... Continue Reading
WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, recently served as borrower’s counsel through the closing of an eighteen million dollar loan and refinance transaction. The tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) client’s refinance and capital-construction strategy involved a complex blend of government-issued tax-exempt loans, private-lender taxable loans, ... Continue Reading
When do groups of related for-profit businesses or affiliates fall outside of the “500 or fewer employees” threshold?
The CARES Act created a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) within the U.S. Small Business Administration’s loan program commonly referred to as the “Section ... Continue Reading
Emergency Paid Leave Act of 2020 - New Legislation Update
By Frank Sommerville
The new law requires employers with more than one employee and less than 500 employees to provide qualifying paid sick leave.
The paid sick leave must arise from:
1. The employee ... Continue Reading
The article linked below -- Protecting Acronyms, Logos and Names – was written by WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, and was published in the January 2020 edition of PPB Magazine, an award-winning publication of Promotional Products Association International. The article addresses legal protections afforded to ... Continue Reading
WKPZ Shareholder, Misty Gasiorowski, has been selected to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 for 2019. This is a prestigious accomplishment that exemplifies the proven record and abilities of selected trial attorneys.
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under ... Continue Reading
Duke Keller, Jr. was elected as a trustee to Position 1 on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees.
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After 4 ½ years of litigation, Misty Gasiorowski obtained a huge win at the First Court of Appeals for a firm client who provides housing and other services to low-income seniors.
The judgment reversed a decision by the Harris County Appraisal ... Continue Reading
Shareholder Frank Sommerville has provided a simple guide to the new parking lot tax that is imposed on employers. You can find it at Church Law and Tax Report’s website: https://www.churchlawandtax.com/web/2018/december/how-to-calculate-your-church-parking-lot-tax.html... Continue Reading
This year Shareholder Marilyn Sims celebrates 25 years with WKPZ. Early in her career, Ms. Sims was employed as a tax accountant with Ernst & Young. She came to WKPZ to help grow the transactional department of the firm ... Continue Reading
WKPZ attorney, Roslyn Bazzelle will be celebrated in the gala that happens Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Houston Hotel from 7 to 10 pm.
WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton presented at the Annual Conference of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives. The presentation focused on legal, tax, and business leadership strategies for trade associations and their public charity arms. Hosted in Grapevine, Texas, ... Continue Reading
Attorney, Cory Halliburton, recently assisted WKPZ client, Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) in its 2018 Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Through his involvement and advocacy for the industry served by PPAI, Mr. Halliburton ... Continue Reading
Robert Beasley recently represented the seller in a sale of a specialized facility services provider. The selling company services over 1,000 locations and employs nearly 800 people. The transaction involved negotiating the asset purchase agreement, roll-over equity provisions in which ... Continue Reading
WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, recently traveled the State of Texas for presentations to three distinguished groups. On February 21, 2018, he provided an Ethics in Nonprofit Organizations Law and Business seminar to ... Continue Reading
Cory Halliburton served on a "Power Panel" at the North American Leadership Conference hosted by the Promotional Products Association International. The topic, Managing Your Brand Through a Crisis, was presented by Mr. Halliburton, Catherine Graham (CEO, Commonsku), Marc Simon (CEO, ... Continue Reading
HIPLA is pleased to announce a panel discussion on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Matal v. Tam to be held on Wednesday, August 30, at the University of Houston Law Center. This event is co-hosted by the USPTO, ... Continue Reading
Congratulations to Frank Sommerville and Cory Halliburton. They have been included in the “360 West Magazine 2017 Top Attorneys” list in the category of “Attorneys for Non-Profits.” This magazine selects the honorees from Tarrant County based on peer nominations and ... Continue Reading
Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski and Zuber is proudly sponsors the Houston Bar Association’s Communities in Schools summer internship program in 2017. This committee partners with Communities In Schools, Inc. to provide summer internships in the legal profession for high school ... Continue Reading
In a WKPZ article dated May 31, 2017, attorney Cory Halliburton reported on the looming July 1, 2017 effective date for private rights of action under Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). On June 2, 2017, the Canadian government repealed the Private ... Continue Reading
Cory Halliburton was recognized in the May 25, 2017 edition of PPAI Publications™ for his article on the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). The article – Gates to Spam Haven: Closed – was written at the request of the Promotional Products Association International for whom ... Continue Reading
Congratulations to Walker Hanson on being recognized as one of the 2017 Texas Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine in the area of Estate Planning and Probate.
WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton’s article – Charitable Contributions and Grants Beyond the U.S. Border – was published in the January/February 2017 edition of Today’s CPA, a widely circulated magazine published by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. ... Continue Reading
The general purposes of this Association shall be to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general ... Continue Reading
A big thank you to our clients and colleagues, Elvin Hayes with King ‘s Valet, Matthew Spradley with Edward Jones--Deer Park, Bob and Elaine Domec and Hammack & Co. CPAs, LLC and Les Ellard – Farmers Insurance for supporting the ... Continue Reading
Clear Lake Alumni Celebration and congratulates all the award recipients, and particularly Rob Hanson on being awarded the Marilyn S. Sims Leadership Award.
Robert Beasley recently represented the seller in a sale of business transaction. The transaction involved negotiating the asset purchase agreement, real estate contract, employment agreement, non-compete and earn-out provisions. The transaction was valued at approximately $20 million. WKPZ represents sellers ... Continue Reading
Recently, WKPZ Shareholder, Cory Halliburton, endured 9.5miles and 25 obstacles in a Spartan Super held at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas.
Shown here: Mr. Halliburton (L) and his good friend and Chief of Police for the City of Arlington, Texas, ... Continue Reading
Congratulations to WKPZ Shareholder, Cory Halliburton. He is one of few in the Grapevine, Texas area who have been nominated for a 2015 Community Award from the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce. Nominations for these awards are peer-driven, and Mr. Halliburton ... Continue Reading
Open Carry Law Takes Effect January 1, 2016, for more information, please contact Dov Rosen at 713-961-9045 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Effective January 1, 2016, any individual who is licensed to carry a handgun in Texas (under a concealed handgun license issued prior ... Continue Reading
Ms. Williams specializes in the representation of tax-exempt organizations on a wide range of matters, including governance, tax compliance, endowments, complex gifts, fiscal sponsorship structures, intellectual property and employment matters. Ms. Williams joined Weycer Kaplan Pulaski & Zuber, PC as an ... Continue Reading
The current rage among nonprofit organizations is to use a single member limited liability company for asset protection or risk isolation. Because single member LLCs are ignored for federal income tax purposes, charities reason that the use of the single ... Continue Reading
Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) recently hosted its Leadership Development Workshop in Grapevine, Texas. The four-day event involved volunteer and staff leaders from the PPAI Regional Associations across the U.S. Shown here is PPAI's General Counsel (and WKPZ's own) Cory ... Continue Reading
Bransford Elementary hosted a Constitution Day event for their first and fourth graders. Local lawyer Cory Halliburton spoke to the students about the origins of the Constitution, and explained all the rights and privileges that the Constitution provides.
Constitution Day is ... Continue Reading
The genesis of property tax exemption for churches goes back to the book of Exodus. During the time of the Old Testament, the Egyptians exempted their religious entities and priests from taxation by the pharaoh, according to attorney Frank Sommerville, ... Continue Reading
Ethics and Texas Supreme Court case update was the presentation topic of WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, at the State Bar of Texas Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Conference held in Austin, Texas, August 13-14, 2015. Mr. Halliburton guided the attorney-audience through ... Continue Reading
Frank Sommerville is a shareholder in the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C. in Dallas, Texas. He has served nonprofit organizations as an accountant, auditor, tax adviser and legal adviser.
His experience includes representing clergy, churches and nonprofit ... Continue Reading
Tanya Garrison successfully reversed a $1.8M jury verdict entered against her client.
A Harris County jury determined that damages exceeded this amount; however, the Court entered judgment not withstanding that verdict holding that the Plaintiff take nothing on its claims of ... Continue Reading
Jon Saikin and Tanya Garrison successfully challenged an expert’s opinion and testimony decreasing the plaintiff’s damage model by approximately 90% in a multi-million dollar fraudulent transfer and alter ego case.
The trial court’s decision to disregard the expert’s testimony was successfully ... Continue Reading
“Convergence", being the coordinated turning of the eyes inward to focus on an object at close range, was the focus of the Dallas Society of CPAs annual Professional Education Conference recently held in Dallas, Texas. Shown here is WKPZ shareholder, Cory ... Continue Reading
WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, recently accepted a generous donation on behalf of the Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE), a social service charity in Grapevine, Texas. The donation was a result of selfless efforts of 3 boys from Colleyville Elementary ... Continue Reading
On March 8, team WKPZ competed in the Houston Kosher Chili Cook-off. The chili cook-off raises funds for important non-profit organizations in the Houston Jewish Community.
Despite the rain, a great time was had by all!... Continue Reading
THE CENTER, a private, non-profit corporation, is a United Way agency dedicated to offering people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to reach their full potential and to contribute to their community. The Fun Run helps support a variety of programs ... Continue Reading
Marilyn Sims was invited to speak at the University of Houston Clear Lake Heroic Leadership Conference. The conference highlighted female leadership in action.
The conference was presented by the Intercultural Student Services department.
Snow and formidable Texas ice did not deter WKPZ Shareholder, Cory Halliburton, from participating in the 2015 Fort Worth Cowtown Half-Marathon on Sunday, March 1st. He was prepared to run the Ultra-Marathon (50K) as part of a fundraiser for The ... Continue Reading
On February 19, 2015, WKPZ Shareholder attorneys, Frank Sommerville and Cory Halliburton, provided tax and business law presentations to participants of the Texas Ministry Conference held in Houston, Texas. Mr. Sommerville provided a Tax and Legal Update and also presented on ... Continue Reading
WKPZ has been selected to receive the Houston Bar Foundation award for Outstanding Boutique Firm Contribution to the Houston Volunteer Lawyers for 2014. Through Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a service of the Houston Bar Association, attorneys volunteer their time at various ... Continue Reading
Leadership Award RENAMED TO HONOR ALUMNA
Recognizing the strong and stoic leadership qualities of a longtime university friend, University of Houston-Clear Lake announced the renaming of its Alumni Association Leadership Service Award as the Marilyn S. Sims Leadership Service Award. The ... Continue Reading
The American Board of Trial Advocates is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Membership is by invitation, ... Continue Reading
Candor for the Court and Zealous Client Representation - That was the topic of a continuing legal education presentation given by WKPZ attorney, Cory Halliburton, to the Texarkana Bar Association on May 13, 2014. The presentation focused on select Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional ... Continue Reading
Team WKPZ participated in the 2014 Houston Bar Association John Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run. Since 1986, the Houston Bar Association has raised over $1 Million for The Center.
The Center, a private, non-profit corporation, is a United Way agency ... Continue Reading
Mark Levine and Tanya Garrison obtained a judgment in favor of two executives who were wrongfully denied benefits and compensation after a change in control in their oil field exploration company. The firm’s clients were collectively awarded $1,366,453.92, plus their ... Continue Reading
Congratulations to Jonathan Saikin (Real Estate) Cory Halliburton (Nonprofit Organizations) and Roslyn Bazzelle (Real Estate.) They were selected to the 2014 Texas Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected ... Continue Reading
WKPZ participated in the 2014 Houston Kosher Chili Cook-off. The event is all about bringing the entire Jewish Community together for a day of food, fun and festivities to raise funds for important non-profit organizations in the Houston Jewish Community.
The ... Continue Reading
Paul Strug gave a presentation on charitable giving at the Texas Society of CPA’s 60th Annual Texas Tax Institute. The Institute was held in Dallas and San Antonio.
WKPZ Shareholder, Cory Halliburton, was recently engaged to make presentations of the law to two very distinct, yet equally impressive groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. On September 17, 2013,
Mr. Halliburton presented the topic of “The U.S. Constitution” to Heritage ... Continue Reading
Paul Strug chairs Professional Advisors Seminar sponsored by the Houston Jewish Community Foundation.
Each year, the Houston Jewish Community Foundation hosts a program that provides professional advisors with continuing education opportunities, networking and a chance to learn from seasoned experts from ... Continue Reading
On June 19, 2013, the Belo Nonprofit Organization Law Group hosted WKPZ Shareholder, Cory Halliburton, to present the topic of Nonprofit Organization Board Conflicts: Director/Officer Internal and External Affairs Meet the Law and Good Judgment. The well-received presentation was held ... Continue Reading
The Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants invited WKPZ Shareholder, Cory Halliburton, to provide an hour-and-a-half presentation on Tax-Exempt Organizations Legal Update & IRS Activity at the Society’s 18th Annual CPE By The Sea Conference. This popular Continuing Professional Education ... Continue Reading
On May 15, 2013, WKPZ Associate Angela Robertson will be addressing the Dallas Bar Association's Nonprofit Study Group regarding the " PPACA: Preparing for the Employer Mandate and what you should consider now."
She will be training other Dallas nonprofit attorneys ... Continue Reading
From Vision to Execution: Navigating the Maze
7th Annual 2013 Ultimate Financial and Legal Conference
Plan to attend - You don't want to miss it!
Presented by Faith & Philanthropy Institute
in collaboration with
Sommerville & Associates, P.C.,
Ratliff & Associates, P.C., and
Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski, and ... Continue Reading
WKPZ wins the bronze medal at the John Eikenburg Law Week 8k run. Sandy Cohen, Paul Strug, Jonathan Saikin and Marlyn Esparza represented WKPZ. Congratulations to all of the participants in the race!
Tanya Garrison, Jonathan Saikin and Roslyn Bazzelle were selected to the 2013 Texas Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to ... Continue Reading
The Tarrant County Bar Association awarded WKPZ Partner Cory Halliburton the Young Lawyer of the Year Award.