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Firm History

Lippe & Associates presently has one full-time attorney, and regularly utilizes two additional attorneys on an "of counsel" basis. The firm's offices are located at 600 N. Pearl Street, Suite S2460, Dallas, Texas USA 75201, Telephone: (214) 855-1850, Facsimile: (214) 720-6074 The firm's Internet address is www.texaslaw.com.

Mr. Lippe has been practicing for over thirty-two (32) years in the Dallas area since immediately after obtaining his J.D. Degree, Cum Laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 1973. Mr. Lippe has practiced with two major law firms in Dallas, starting with Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, from 1973-76, and Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, from 1976-83. He was a partner in the litigation section at Akin, Gump, when he left in 1983 to form a smaller law firm, concentrating primarily upon a high quality business and commercial practice, with heavy emphasis upon litigation. Throughout his practice, Mr. Lippe has primarily been involved in a wide range of commercial, corporate, consumer, insurance, and banking litigation, in courts at all levels, involving insurance and bad faith issues, professional liability (primarily defense), securities, general contract issues, unfair competition, antitrust, bankruptcy, oil and gas, banking, lender liability, insurance, real estate, and construction issues, as well as general business litigation. In addition, he has represented clients before administrative agencies, and in arbitration and mediation proceedings. He is Board Certified both as a Specialist in Civil Trial Law and as a Specialist in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has additionally handled corporate and civil matters, and general real estate development matters. Mr. Lippe has had a very substantial experience in intellectual property litigation issues, and has served on the board of directors of a startup internet software company. Mr. Lippe has been actively involved in numerous bar activities, for which he has received various honors, and has been an active and concerned church and community volunteer throughout his professional life.

Throughout the firm's history, its mission has been to provide prompt, highly competent, and cost-efficient professional legal services to a wide variety of business and professional clients, at the same level of quality as the large "blue-chip" law firms, but at a lower cost and with greater client attentiveness. The firm was a "litigation boutique" law firm long before the phrase was coined, and has a twenty year plus history of fulfilling clients' needs through this specialized format.

The firm's practice has consistently involved head-to-head dealing with many major law firms throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the State of Texas, and the United States, and has repeatedly involved extremely complex and difficult matters. The firm is often retained to handle matters in which other competent counsel have encountered difficulties, where deadlines are often short and emergencies a matter of course. The extent of the firm's commitment to a national practice is illustrated by the fact that Mr. Lippe is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth and Eleventh Courts of Appeal, the State of Texas, the United States Tax Court, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Western District of Oklahoma, and the State of Colorado..

Of course, the major areas of the firm's legal practice have changed from time to time with the ebb and flow of various prevailing issues in the legal and business community, and the prevailing financial climate. For example, currently the firm has a substantial number of disputes with mortgage companies/servicing agents concerning violations of State and Federal law regulating mortgage loans and predatory billing practices, and disputes regarding black mold and other mold contamination and the resulting claims involving property and personal injury. However, the wide variety of the firm's practice is illustrated by the published decisionsof cases in which the firm has been involved.

To facilitate the firm's ability to provide business and commercial representation of the highest quality, the firm has maintained an extensive library unmatched by other small firms, and is constantly improving its technological capabilities to enhance efficient delivery of legal services. The firm believes that the practice of law must be capable of dealing with the ever-changing problems created by new technology, and in using new methods to enhance efficiency of service.

The firm recognizes the significance of computer-related developments as the major shaping force in the future practice of business and commercial law. Therefore, the firm works closely with DIGITAL FORENSIC GROUP, INC. in conducting computer-related discovery, and in attempting to recover evidence which parties have unlawfully attempted to delete.

The firm's billing practices have always exhibited flexibility to meet the varying needs of clients, and have included a wide range of variations to traditional approaches. Presently, the firm is positioning itself to confront what is expected to be the next major developing area of business and commercial litigation: business disputes involving computer-related issues, trade-secret/unfair competition, and intellectual property. The firm is pioneering the use of forensic investigation of altered computer evidence.

Mr. Buchan received his J.D. Degree from Oklahoma University and was admitted to practice law in Oklahoma in 1979, then admitted to practice in Texas in 1985. He is a prior associate of the firm, and was also an associate with the Dallas law firm of Riddle & Brown, and general counsel/vice president for CSI and Scott Communications, Inc., a National NASDAQ Company, prior to starting his own private practice in 1993. Mr. Buchan has had extensive experience in corporate law, securities, and commercial litigation, with emphasis on insurance defense, business and bankruptcy litigation, at trial and appellate levels, in state and federal courts.