Celebrating 50 Years With Howard L. Nations

By Cindy Nations –

Fifty years ago today, Howard L. Nations was licensed to practice law. That was the spark that became the sun. The newcomer who became the legend. The ambitious young man who became a force to reckon with in defense of his clients.

I’m not even going to try to list the accomplishments, the achievements, the recognition and the awards. Suffice it to say that Howard L. Nations has been honored in every way an attorney can be honored.

He is an advocate. He is a leader. He is a teacher. He is a role model not only for me, but for so many others whose lives he has touched.

Let me just say, “Well done, Mr. Nations.  Well done.”

Here’s to the next 50 years!

Howard L. Nations, 1966
Howard L. Nations, 1966
Attorney Gerry Spence, Howard Nations
Attorney Gerry Spence, Howard Nations
Howard Nations, Governor Ann Richards
Howard Nations, Governor Ann Richards, 1991
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Mr. Nations giving a speech, 1994
Howard Nations, Hillary Clinton
Howard Nations, Hillary Clinton
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Howard Nations, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Bob Gibbins, Ralph Nader
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Howard Nations, 2014
Howard Nations, Former President Bill Clinton
Howard Nations, Former President Bill Clinton
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Mr. Nations giving a speech
Howard Nations, Cheryl Hines, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Howard Nations, Cheryl Hines, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
President Barack Obama, Howard Nations
President Barack Obama, Howard Nations

HYLA 2015 Liberty Bell Award

HYLA (Houston Young Lawyers Association) hosted their Annual Law Day Luncheon on Monday, May 4th at The Four Seasons Hotel. In 1958, President Eisenhower proclaimed Law Day to honor the role of law in the creation of the United States of America. The American Bar Association defines Law Day as “a day upon which we celebrate the rule of law by underscoring how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms we Americans share.”

The theme of this year’s event was “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.” The keynote speaker was Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown.

Each year HYLA honors an Outstanding Mentor, an Outstanding Young Lawyer and the “Liberty Bell Award” recipient. The “Liberty Bell Award” recognizes one outstanding non-lawyer in Texas who has made a selfless contribution to his or her community to strengthen the effectiveness of the American System of Justice by instilling a better understanding and appreciation of the law.

The Liberty Bell Award recognizes community service that

  • Promotes a better understanding of government, especially the Bill of Rights;
  • Encourages greater respect for the law and the courts;
  • Stimulates a deeper sense of individual responsibility, so that citizens recognize their duties and their rights;
  • Contributes to the effective functioning of our institutions of government; and
  • Instills better understanding and appreciation of the law.

The Nations Law Firm congratulates this year’s recipient, Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief George Buenik. Chief Buenik has served the Houston Police Department for thirty-two years, obtaining the second highest rank. He manages over 1500 police officers and oversees Houston’s Homeland Security Command and Tactical Operations. He co-authored the Houston Regional Amber Alert Plan and in addition, he trains and educates the new cadets and oversees the professional development command in Houston. Chief Buenik is coordinating all police security operations for the Super Bowl 51 that Houston will host in 2017. Particularly important in light of recent events. Chief Buenik serves as the incident comment of all mass gatherings and protests. He embodies the spirit of the Liberty Bell Award and has made countless, selfless contributions to the community to promote a better understanding and respect for the law.

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Chief George Buenik joined by Andrea Schmauss, 2011 recipient of the Liberty Bell Award. Andrea is the IT Administrator for The Nations Law Firm

Komen Houston 12th Anniversary Pink Honor Roll

komen ribbon By Sophie Williams –

Last month The Nations Law Firm was recognized for our participation and outstanding fund-raising efforts by Susan G. Komen Houston. The Nations Law Firm staff was invited to the Komen Houston 12th Anniversary Pink Honor Roll Dinner to celebrate and honor the Top 100 fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The spectacular event was hosted by Samica Knight from ABC13 and the guest speaker was the distinguished Dr. Melissa Bondy, the Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center.

This year’s Top 100 Fundraisers raised over $562,500 which equates to 3,750 mammograms! The proceeds will go to cutting edge research, education, screenings and treatment.

What an incredible accomplishment and we applaud these extraordinary individuals on their commitment to win the fight against breast cancer!

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Howard Nations Selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel

By Sophie Williams

The Nations Law Firm is proud to announce that Howard Nations has been selected as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence.

NADC members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. Only attorneys who demonstrate the highest standard of legal excellence and provide a model for other attorneys to emulate are recognized for this achievement.

Mr. Nations has been at the forefront of civil and personal injury litigation for 45 years and has built a national practice focused on mass tort pharmaceuticals, individual catastrophic injuries, and complex business litigation.

Inspiration, Education and Fundraising

By Andrea Schmauss

The staff of the Nations Law Firm formed the “Jogging for Joanna” team and participated in Saturday’s Susan G Komen’s Houston Race for the Cure.  The team’s formation was inspired by Joanna Meinecke, Office Administrator for the Nations Law Firm, who openly shared her breast cancer diagnosis, encouraged dialogue about women’s health and welcomed questions on her own surgery and treatment.  The stigma of breast cancer was taken away by her willingness to share, and the courage, strength and positive attitude with which she proceeded through her diagnosis and surgery were remarkable.  She had cancer, but life went on as normal.  She had surgery and returned to work two weeks later.

The firm designed and provided t-shirts for everyone who signed up to walk with a catch phrase on the front “Stop Staring at my Ribbons” that elicited many smiles. The design made the top ten in the Komen t-shirt contest.  Fundraising efforts where a huge success.  With an initial goal of $1,000 the final total surpassed $3,000.

Breast cancer strikes 1 in 8 women during their lives. Most of us have been affected by, or know someone who has had, breast cancer. Let us continue to support and encourage each other to have regular screenings.

Click here to see our Jogging For Joanna video at the 2014 Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure

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Joanna on the Pink Bike
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The Nations Law Firm “Jogging for Joanna” team spirit
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Kimberly, Becky W, Cadence
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Joanna modeling the new t-shirts