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Rising Stars

The publishers of Texas Monthly magazine have again recognized the accomplish­ments of SettlePou attor­neys. For the second year in a row, Michael Byrd was selected for the publisher's Rising Stars list, joined this year by Michael Steinmark. The announcement of these awards comes just a few months after Allen Smith of SettlePou was selected for the publisher's 2009 Super Lawyers list for the third straight year.

TexasSuper Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition is described by the publisher as a "listing of top lawyers who are under 40 years old… or who have been in practice 10 years or less." Selection is limited to only 2.5 percent of all lawyers in Texas, and is based on the collection and evaluation of objective criteria on 12 indica­tors of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Michael Byrd is a shareholder at SettlePou and Chair of its Business Counsel Services practice group. He has been practicing law since 1995 and focuses his practice on health care and private business.

 Michael Steinmark is an asso­ciate in SettlePou's Commer­cial Litigation and Insurance

Defense practice groups. He has been practicing law since 2005.SettlePou's two Rising Stars can be found on pages 5, 26, and 34 of the 2010 TexasSuper Lawyers, Rising Stars  Edition magazine, and at

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