United States: Strasburger Attorneys Elected To North Texas Leadership Roles
Last Updated: February 9 2016

Kimberly S. Moore, Kathryne M. "Kate" Morris, Alyson Blatney and Tate Hemingson and have recently been elected to important leadership roles in the North Texas legal and business communities, including with the Plano Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Bar Association (DBA) and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) Foundation.

The Plano Chamber of Commerce elected Kim to serve as Chairman of the Board for 2016. She has long served the Plano Chamber including holding the positions of Secretary, Vice Chair Education, Women's Division Director  and as Political Action Committee Member-at-Large. The Plano Chamber of Commerce seeks to maximize business development and growth in the local community through advocacy, education, innovation and collaboration.

Kim represents business clients in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law. Her experience includes the defense of discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, wage and hour class actions, non-compete and theft of trade secrets disputes. Kim is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She serves as Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment team. Kim holds an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, which she obtained in 2013. She graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law with a J.D. in 1992 and cum laude from West Texas State University in 1989 with a B.S.

The DBA has elected Kate to its Board of Directors. Kate will serve on the board as a Director At-Large through December 2017. The DBA's purpose is to serve and support the legal profession in Dallas and to promote good relations among lawyers, the judiciary and the community. Founded in 1873, the DBA has over 11,000 members and is considered one of the most prestigious bar associations in the country.

Kate represents businesses and individuals in business litigation and intellectual property matters. In addition to handling disputes involving contract and business tort claims, Kate helps clients evaluate, secure and manage their intellectual property and data. She was recently elected to the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court as a barrister and is a fellow in the Dallas Bar Foundation. Kate is a 2008 graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law where she received her J.D. and received a B.A. from Southern Methodist University's Honors Program in 2001 magna cum laude.

Alyson has been chosen to serve as a trustee for the DAYL Foundation. Organized as a non-profit in 1988, the foundation provides grants for law-related matters to local non-profit organizations and scholarships for law students who have demonstrated a passion for community service. It also supports other DAYL philanthropic activities, including the Freedom Run, the annual Wine Tasting benefiting the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and many leadership class projects.

Alyson is a litigator who primarily represents and defends clients in matters involving business and commercial matters. Her experience includes representation of clients in all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts. Alyson is a fellow in the Dallas Bar Foundation and has held several leadership roles in the Dallas Women Lawyer's Association. Alyson graduated cum laude from St. Mary's University School of Law with a J.D. in 2008 and The University of Texas with a B.A. in 2005.

Tate has been elected to chair the DBA's Franchise and Distribution Law Section for 2016. This section provides programs and information for the general practitioner and beginning practitioner to facilitate a greater understanding of the basics of franchise law by providing speakers and information which give insight into the practice of franchise law for the seasoned practitioner.

Tate represents a variety of clients in a broad range of franchise, business, contractual and real estate matters as well as business torts and professional negligence claims. He is experienced in all facets of litigation and hopes to use this experience to the benefit of clients in the franchise industry. Tate is also actively expanding his knowledge and experience in the transactional and regulatory side of franchise law to better serve clients. He received a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Texas.

"Kim, Kate, Alyson and Tate exemplify the spirit of service to the community and the legal profession that we prize and foster at Strasburger," said Dan Butcher, Strasburger's managing partner. "From our pro bono activities, to the actions of the many individuals who participate in charitable activities, to our lawyers' many, many roles in professional organizations, we are proud to provide leadership in the legal, business and charitable communities."

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