December 3, 2012

Polsinelli Shughart shareholder Leane C. Medford, who is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, was one of two Texas appellate attorneys who were selected by the ABA’s Counsel of Appellate Lawyers to author the Texas chapter of the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Compendium. The Appellate Practice Compendium (2012), a two-volume insider’s guide to appellate practice rules and procedures for any court in the United States, was published in August and is currently available through the ABA exclusively until April 2013 when it will be made available through retail sales outlets. The ABA describes the work as a “practical, one-of-a-kind guide” that is “a must-have reference for any law firm library.” Joining Medford as a co-author of the “Texas Appellate Courts” chapter was Houston appellate attorney Robert Dubose of Alexander Dubose & Townsend LLP.

“This was an opportunity for the two of us to contribute to a unique, national resource for appellate and trial attorneys that have cases in Texas,” said Medford, who serves in the national firm’s Litigation Department in the commercial and appellate practice areas. “The Compendium’s Texas chapter offers an insider’s guide – essentially, the top tips – to the processes and procedures that can help both in and out-of-state attorneys plan a successful appeal in the Courts of Appeal or the Texas Supreme Court.”

Medford’s innovative approach to commercial litigation and appeals have resulted in her selection for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, and in Texas Super Lawyers. She has been repeatedly named by Texas Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 50 Women Attorneys” in Texas. She serves on the Executive Board of the ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers, was a faculty member of the Appellate Practice Institute and also serves on the Leadership Council of the Texas State Bar Appellate Section.

Medford assists clients with a variety of litigation and appellate matters involving intellectual property disputes, copyright, trademark and source code enforcement, covenants not to compete, trade secret litigation, energy litigation and employment law matters. She has significant experience defending companies in federal and state litigation and in addition to her Texas appellate practice has represented clients in the Third, Forth, Sixth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. She has earned a reputation as a pioneer in the use of technology at the trial and appellate level and on the effective use of e-briefs.

Medford earned her law degree from Baylor University School of Law, cum laude, and her B.S. from Texas Christian University.

Medford is a great source for reporters working on stories about:

• Commercial litigation
• Trends in litigation and arbitration
• Appellate practice, including recent significant appellate decisions
• Using technology to improve litigation, trial and appellate advocacy

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-223-8780,

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