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Airmen Medical Certification And Substance Dependence As you may know, an airman who has an alcohol or substance dependence does not qualify for issuance of an unrestricted airman medical certificate under 14 C.F.R. §§ 67.307(a)(4), 67.207(a)(4), and 67.107(a)(4). However, the Federal Air Surgeon in the FAA’s Office of Aerospace Medicine may issue an Authorization for Special Issuance of Medical Certificate (“Special Issuance”) to an airman who does not qualify for an unrestricted…
By David Norton | November 11, 2020 | The Texas Lawbook I was probably 4 years old, and I instantly fell in love. She was a Ford Tri-Motor (commonly called a “Tin Goose”), built sometime in the 1920s and now being used by a small charter airline to fly passengers on a short hop out to an island in Lake Erie. Climbing up into the airplane, I looked up the aisle, saw the cockpit and was…
By David Odom | November 10, 2020 | The Texas Lawbook Unconventional paths and hard work highlight my life, professionally and personally. My life started in the rural farmlands of northeast Arkansas by my “farmer” parents who valued hard work and personal sacrifice. My father could neither read nor write. As fate would try and have its way in my life, I was destined to continue the family farming tradition. However, I had two God-given callings…
As you might imagine, the FAA has a dim view of intentional falsification cases.  These situations arise when the FAA believes that a certificate holder (whether airman, mechanic, air carrier, repair station etc.) has intentionally falsified a required record.  They range from airmen who have failed to disclose information on their applications for medical certificate to mechanics who have either omitted information or included incorrect information in aircraft maintenance records. According to the FAA’s Compliance
We are proud to announce that 11 Shackelford litigators were selected to be recognized on The Best Lawyers in America© list. These nominees include Jay Bowen, Hilary Borow, Talmage Boston, Jay Brown, David Elrod, Martha Hardwick Hofmeister, Mark McQuality, Josh Northam, Will Parsons, Steven Pawlowski and Worthy Walker. The Best Lawyers in America list is formed by peer review and acknowledges the top legal talent…
Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, whose 30-year legacy of public service includes senior positions under three U.S. presidents, will be interviewed at the 2020 Starr Federalist Lecture at Baylor Law on Monday, October 13 at noon CDT. Secretary Baker will be interviewed by accomplished author and distinguished trial lawyer Talmage Boston, as they discuss Secretary Baker’s remarkable career, the leadership lessons learned from his years of experience in public service,…
Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP is proud to sponsor a Virtual Wine Tasting hosted on October 2nd from 6:00-7:00 PM CDT in connection with the HIPLA/IPIL 2020 36th Annual Fall Institute on Intellectual Property Law being held virtually and in-person Oct. 1-3, 2020 (https://hipla.org/event-3941257). Nice Winery and their renowned Sommelier and winemaker, Ryan Levy, will be educating and entertaining us about the experience and enjoyment of wine.   Our Wine Makers Winemaker…
Ross T. Robinson Partner rrobinson@shackelford.law David L. Odom Partner dodom@shackelford.law The USPTO is setting or adjusting certain patent fees for Fiscal Year 2020. The new fees become effective on October 2, 2020 and will be the first fee increase in almost three years. Also included are newly established fees of $400 for non-DOCX filings. However, the implementation of DOCX filings has been delayed until January 2022. According to the USPTO, a primary justification for the…
The attorneys of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP continue to prove their excellence as lawyers across the country. Two key principles from our Dallas office have been selected as Best Lawyer for 2020. Ross Robinson, Partner, and Stanley “Stan” R. Moore, Of Counsel, have been selected for their respective area of practice. Our congratulations to them both for earning this prestigious award. The post Ross Robinson and Stan Moore Selected to 2020 Best
McKinley to Lead as the Service Organization Culminates its 100th Anniversary Year Dallas, Texas (September 10, 2020) – A longtime champion of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and its impactful community service, Mike McKinley has been tapped to serve as the organization’s 101st president.  Since 1920, the nonprofit service organization has been committed to changing the odds for children through the educational and therapeutic programs of Momentous Institute. The Salesmanship Club of Dallas is also…