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Carrington Coleman is proud to announce our newly promoted partner, Laura Hebert. Laura’s practice focuses on corporate, M&A, private equity, and healthcare transactions. She also handles real estate and lending transactions. Laura has experience across a broad range of industries, including restaurants, hotels, and manufacturing. In her healthcare practice, she has also formed and overseen the certification of healthcare non-profit corporations, negotiated physician employment agreements, and formed management services organizations (MSOs).

She joined Carrington Coleman after obtaining her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. She also holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient Art and Archeology from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.


Carrington Coleman has added three attorneys to its Dallas office, bolstering its corporate finance, tax, and public securities practices.

The addition of partners Bruce Hendrick and George Lee, and senior associate Andrea Perez will enhance the firm’s capability in handling corporate, mergers and acquisition and finance matters.

“These attorneys each have significant experience and expertise in transactional and regulatory matters here in Texas and nationally,” said Carrington Coleman’s Corporate & Finance practice group leader, Bret Madole. “Their addition is an exciting development in the continued expansion of our firm’s work on behalf of middle market clients.”

Mr. Hendrick’s practice focuses on business transactions within Texas. With a background as a certified public accountant and holder of an LL.M in taxation, he provides small companies, family businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, and social enterprises with a unique combination of legal, tax planning, finance, and accounting expertise, as well as deal negotiation and execution experience. Before launching his legal practice, Mr. Hendrick had a successful career on Wall Street, closing a number of deals for Fortune 100 companies while with Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Citigroup.

Mr. Lee represents registered investment advisers, family offices, and private investment fund sponsors in matters intrinsic to the investment management industry, including fund formation, portfolio transactions, and securities compliance matters. He has been instrumental in helping shape state and federal rules including the SEC “Family Office Exception” under the Dodd-Frank Act and the Texas State Securities Board’s Exemptions from Registration rules for private fund management.

Ms. Perez works with public and private companies, private equity firms, and family businesses on a comprehensive range of complex corporate matters including mergers, entity formation, governance, intellectual property protection, and commercial contracts. Andrea also has a unique and thriving art law practice through which she assists galleries, museums, auction houses, collectors, artists, and art professionals with their unique art-related legal needs. She is also an adjunct professor of International Law and the Arts at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts.




Congratulations to Debrán O’Neil! Debrán was named to D Magazine’s 2020 list of Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas. Debrán is a commercial litigator with a focus on the healthcare industry. She represents healthcare facilities and providers in commercial litigation and medical negligence cases and advises them on regulatory compliance issues. Debrán also represents other industry clients in commercial litigation, products liability, and personal injury defense matters.

D Magazine’s Best Lawyers Under 40 list honors Dallas’s up-and-coming attorneys. The list was compiled from nominations by area lawyers with a valid license to practice law in Texas and a final selection is made through an independent panel of distinguished attorneys working in conjunction with the magazine’s editors.



Carrington Coleman joins the Martin family in mourning the passing of John Andrew Martin, a member of the firm since its beginning in 1970.  John officially retired in 2014 but continued to be a trusted advisor, mentor, and dear friend to the firm until a move earlier this year to be closer to family.

“I was fortunate to have John as my supervising partner when I joined the firm. John embraced the joy of practicing law,” said Bruce Collins, Managing Partner of Carrington Coleman. “He contributed his considerable skills and talents not only to the firm but to the Dallas community at large.”

Mr. Martin earned his law degree at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude in 1962. He earned his undergraduate degree at Birmingham-Southern in Alabama.  Prior to joining Carrington Coleman, John was an attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.  In that role, he was at the forefront of the civil rights struggles in the South in the early ’60s.

Although John was from Alabama, he was committed to Dallas.  He was on the Board of Trustees for the Dallas Independent School District and served as president from 1981-1982.  He was also a long-time Board Member and a Board Chair for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. For his dedication to Dallas, he received the Justinian Award in 2003.  The award was the most esteemed honor presented to an attorney by the Dallas Lawyers’ Auxiliary, from 1983-2013, in recognition of long-standing dedication to volunteer service benefiting the community of Dallas.

Services for Mr. Martin will be held on November 11, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.

Click to read John’s obituary.


Carrington Coleman has been recognized for its legal expertise and quality of law practice by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. For 2020, the Firm is ranked nationally in 5 areas and in 21 areas for the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Sixteen Carrington Coleman attorneys were recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

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METROPOLITAN TIER 1 – Dallas/Fort Worth
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Employment Law – Management
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METROPOLITAN TIER 2 – Dallas/Fort Worth
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
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Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Family Law
Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Intellectual Property
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Litigation – Securities

METROPOLITAN TIER 3 – Dallas/Fort Worth
Environmental Law
Trusts & Estates Law

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