Press Release

Munsch Hardt Welcomes its Largest First Year Associate Class

Oct 20, 2021
Eight New Associates Join Texas-Based Law Firm

(DALLAS) Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. (Munsch Hardt) is pleased to welcome eight new associates: Sarah Biemer, Jordan CurryKristy Uyen LeSelika Ramirez, Kala Simpson, Conor White and James Wilson joining the Firm in Dallas, and Deryck Van Alstyne joining the Firm in Houston. 

“Our incoming class of Associates this year is a diverse group of stellar young lawyers,” said Phil Appenzeller, CEO of Munsch Hardt. “They represent many different backgrounds and interests, and are some of the top law graduates Texas has to offer. We are pleased to welcome both these new and familiar faces to Munsch Hardt.”

In a year when all sections are busy and growing, we are especially grateful they chose to join Munsch Hardt. We look forward to introducing them to clients and allowing them hands on experience from day one.

Sarah Biemer: Real Estate – Dallas

Biemer is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate practice. She received her Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law, where she was the Senior Executive Editor of the Baylor Law Review, a member of the Baylor Barrister Society and a recipient of the Dean’s Academic Excellence Scholarship. Prior to joining Munsch Hardt as a first year associate, Biemer served as a summer associate in the Firm’s Dallas office, and she formerly served as a judicial extern for Judge Jeffrey C. Manske in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Biemer earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. 

Jordan Curry: Litigation – Dallas

Curry is a member of the Firm’s Litigation practice. She received her Juris Doctor from Texas A&M University School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude and first in her class. While in law school, Curry served as Articles Editor of the Texas A&M Law Review and was the recipient of the Dallas Bar Foundation Bob Mow Judicial Internship Grant. She was also a member of the Order of the Coif, a pupil of Patrick E Higginbotham American Inn of Court, a competitor in the ABA Labor & Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition and a Public Interest Law fellow. Prior to joining Munsch Hardt, Curry served as law clerk for the Honorable Rebecca Rutherford and Honorable Jane J. Boyle, both of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Curry earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University.

Kristy Uyen Le: Corporate Immigration – Dallas

Le is a member of the Firm’s Corporate Immigration practice. She received her Juris Doctor from Texas A&M University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and served in leadership positions for the Asian Pacific American Student Association, Student Bar Association and Delta Theta Phi. Le was a 2020 selection for the Dallas Women Lawyers Association Leadership Class and the recipient of the 2020 Dallas Asian American Bar Association’s Taryn Vu Memorial Scholarship. Prior to joining Munsch Hardt, Le gained in-house experience as an intern with Ben E. Keith Corporation, a food and beverage distribution company, and People Performances Resources, a human resources consulting firm. She also clerked with Pearl Law Group (San Francisco, CA) and clerked and served as a paralegal and HR Immigration Coordinator at Fragomen, Del Ray, Bernsen & Loewy (Santa Clara, CA and Dallas, TX). Le is a member of the Dallas LGBT Bar Association and speaks fluent Vietnamese. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Selika Ramirez: Real Estate – Dallas

Ramirez is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate practice. She received her Juris Doctor from Texas A&M University School of Law, where she served as the Articles Editor for the Journal of Property Law and as Secretary of the Latinx Law Student Association. Prior to joining Munsch Hardt as a first year associate, Ramirez served as a summer associate in the Firm’s Dallas office, as well as a judicial intern for both the Honorable Judge Reed O’Connor in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the Honorable Diana Song-Quiroga in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Additionally, she was a legal intern at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, the Webb County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Texas Senator Judith Zaffirini. Ramirez earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

Kala Simpson: Corporate & Securities – Dallas

Simpson is a member of the Firm’s Corporate & Securities practice. She received her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where she served as the CLE Editor of the SMU Law Review Journal. She was also an active member of the Corporate Law Association, the Women in Law organization and the Dallas Bar Association. Prior to joining Munsch Hardt as a first year associate, Simpson served as a summer associate in the Firm’s Dallas office, a legal intern for Rug Doctor, LLC, the global market leader in consumer deep carpet cleaning systems, and a student attorney for the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic. Simpson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas.

Deryck Van Alstyne: Litigation – Houston

Van Alstyne is a member of the Firm’s Litigation practice. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center, graduating in the top 15% of his class. While in law school, he served as Chancellor of the Order of the Barons, Senior Articles Editor of the Houston Journal of International Law and was the recipient of the State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas, & Energy Resources Law Section Scholarship. Prior to joining Munsch Hardt as a first year associate, Van Alstyne served as a summer associate in the Firm’s Dallas office and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Isgur in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami.

Conor White: Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency – Dallas

White is a member of the Firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency practice. He received his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he was involved with the SMU Science and Technology Law Review as a Senior Articles Editor, the American Constitutional Society as its Director of SMU Finance, the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition Team, Board of Advocates (Student Advocate) and the Metroplex Mock Trial Competition Team. Prior to joining Munsch Hardt as a first year associate, White served as a summer associate in the Firm’s Dallas office, as a judicial intern and extern for Judge Edward L. Morris in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, as well as a judicial intern for Judge Tiffany Haertling in the 442nd District Court for the State of Texas. White earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University. 

James Wilson: Real Estate – Dallas

Wilson is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate practice. He received his Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law, where he was Technical Editor and Administrative Editor of the Baylor Law Review, a semi-finalist and recipient of the Best Speaker Award at the Dawson & Sodd Fall Moot Court Competition and was a member of the Baylor Barrister Society. Prior to joining Munsch Hardt as a first year associate, Wilson served as a summer associate in the Firm’s Dallas office, clerked with Leach Fox Law and served as a judicial intern for Judge David S. Morales in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Wilson earned his undergraduate degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University.