2009 Awards Night and Celebration – Old Red

DAABA’s Second Annual Awards Night was held at the Old Red Museum of Dallas on October 22, 2009.

DAABA appreciates all of its sponsors, including:

  • VIP RECEPTION SPONSOR: Shore, Chan, Bragalone, LLP
  • PLATINUM SPONSORS: American Airlines, Fulbright & Jaworksi, LLP
  • DIAMOND SPONSOR: RIM
  • GOLD SPONSORS: Exxon Mobile, Esquire Solutions, DLA Piper, Haynes and Boone, LLP and Godwin Ronquillo, PC
  • JADE SPONSOR: Baker & McKenzie
  • SILVER SPONSORS: Akin Gump, Andrews & Kurth, Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas, AT&T, Baker Botts, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, Cowles & Thompson, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, Jones Day, Kelly Hart & Hallman, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, McKool Smith, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C., Reyes Bartolomei Browne, Rose Walker, LLP and Storm LLP
  • BRONZE SPONSORS: Justice Carolyn Wright, Adorno Yoss White & Wiggins, Alston & Bird LLP, Architel, Bell Nunnally & Martin, DFW Asian American Citizens Council, Diamond McCarthy, Dykema Gossett, Fish & Richardson P.C., Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Jackson Walker, Jones Carr McGoldrick, LLP, K&L Gates LLP, Loren Hsiao – Texas Financial Group, Organization of Chinese Americans –DFW, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP and Vinson & Elkins

DAABA’s key note speaker was Mr. Gary F. Kennedy, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of American Airlines. Mr. Kennedy was responsible for directing all of the company’s legal affairs worldwide, including all commercial litigation, employment litigation, labor disputes and commercial transactions. He also directed the company’s corporate compliance program and is responsible for all corporate governance matters. Kennedy, an attorney, started his legal career in 1980 and practiced law at two law firms in Salt Lake City for four years. He joined American Airlines in 1984 as a staff attorney and in 1987 was named Senior Attorney in the Legal Department. In 1991, he joined American’s Corporate Real Estate Department, where he served as Managing Director before being named Vice President in 1996. As Vice President–Corporate Real Estate, he was responsible for all of the company’s facility and real estate activities, including acquisition and development of airport properties, maintenance facilities and office buildings.  Mr. Kennedy retired from American Airlines in 2014.

Congratulations to DAABA’s 2009 Award Winners:

  • NAPABA Convention Award: Mason Ho, Walker Sewell LLP
  • Student Scholarship Award: Dolly Wu, PhD, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Outstanding Member Award: Albert Tan, Haynes and Boone
  • Inspirational Leader Award: Michelle Wong Krause
  • Community Leadership Award: Linda Kao, Assistant Dean; Office of Global Operations at SMU Cox School of Business
  • Lifetime Community Advocate Award: Philip Shinoda, Director, Memnosyne Center for the Environment, Science and Economics

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