Graves Dougherty names new Shareholders

Graves Dougherty is pleased to announce John Conner, Brian Cumings, and Natasha Martin have been elected new Shareholders of the firm.

John Conner joined the firm’s Estate Planning practice in 2015, where he represents clients in estate and gift tax planning, management and preparation of estate plans, and the creation of various estate planning documents. John also works with families and business owners on corporate matters involving LLCs, Family Limited Partnerships, and other closely-held and family owned businesses.  In 2018, John created The Estate Planning Toolbox podcast where he shares tips for how to best prepare your estate and other related matters. Active in Austin’s legal community, John currently serves as 2019-2020 Chair of the Austin Bar Association’s Estate Planning & Probate Section.

Brian Cumings joined the firm’s Creditors’ Remedies practice in 2012, where he focuses on representing creditors, Chapter 7 trustees, and parties-interest in bankruptcy cases across Texas. Outside of work, Brian is an active member of the Executive Council of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Austin Bar and a frequent author and panelist for CLE presentations. He was recently awarded the 2019 Pro Bono Service Award by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for his work with the University of Texas Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project.

Natasha Martin joined the firm’s Administrative and Regulatory Litigation practice in 2016, where she counsels clients on regulatory permitting, compliance, and enforcement on air, water, and waste issues. Natasha represents city, district, non-profit, and industrial clients before state agencies and the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Natasha can be found presenting on water and environmental resources at numerous seminars each year. She currently serves as Vice Chair for the Air and Waste Management Association of Central Texas, and on the State Bar of Texas’ Water Rights Council. Committed to the Austin community, Natasha plays an active role in the YMCA of Austin Youth & Government, the Texas CBAR providing free legal help to non-profits, and was recently appointed to the United Way for Greater Austin’s Women United Executive Committee.