Press Release

Phil Appenzeller Named Section Head of Firm's Litigation Practice 


Phil Appenzeller, a shareholder of Dallas-based Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C., has been named Chair of the firm’s litigation practice, effective January 1, 2007. Phil’s practice focuses on commercial/business litigation, technology, securities, officer & director liability, professional negligence, manufacturing and financial industries.

Phil joined the Firm in 2000 after serving three years in the Judge Advocate General Corp. and three years at McKool Smith in Dallas.

Phil obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government and Public Administration, with honors, from Evangel University. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1992 where he was Administrative Editor of the UMKC Law Review. Phil also practiced for three years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corp. where he obtained the rank of Captain and tried cases in the United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia and U.S. Courts Martial.

Phil’s experience involves large commercial/complex litigation cases. Recently his practice focus has been representing bankruptcy trustees and creditors’ committees in litigation against former officers and directors and other professional advisors of failed companies. Phil also has experience in large breach of contract disputes, commercial mortgage backed securities litigation, patent infringement litigation, stockholder derivative litigation, officer & director liability, professional negligence partnership disputes, and governmental contract disputes. He frequently represents clients in the technology, manufacturing, banking and financial industries.

Phil is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and the Criminal Justice Panel for the Federal Court of Northern District of Texas. He was named a Texas Rising Star in 2004 and 2005 by Texas Monthly Magazine.

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