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2006 Texas “Super Lawyers”

Andy Waters, Peter Kraus, Charles Siegel & Troyce Wolf Recognized Among the Best in the State by Peers

DALLAS — Waters Kraus & Paul partners C. Andrew Waters, Peter A. Kraus, Charles S. Siegel and Troyce G. Wolf have been named 2006 Texas “Super Lawyers” by Texas Monthly magazine.

The award recognizes the men as among the top five percent of Texas plaintiffs’ attorneys in the area of personal injury product liability. Waters and Siegel were additionally recognized for their work in product liability litigation. Siegel also earned recognition for his appellate work.

“We are very pleased for the firm,” said Kraus, who has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for four consecutive years. “The recognition validates how we choose to practice law, and underscores the importance of the work we do on behalf of our clients.”

“That we earn this recognition from our peers — on both sides — is particularly humbling,” continued Waters, a three-time Super Lawyer. “There are so many outstanding lawyers in the state. We’re honored to be considered among them.”

The Super Lawyers publication was developed in 1991 as a resource to assist attorneys and sophisticated consumers in the search for legal counsel. The annual magazine was initially produced for the Minnesota market, and now is published for markets around the country.

Kraus and Siegel have both been recognized as Texas Super Lawyers since the program’s inception in 2003. Waters has earned the designation in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Wolf was recognized in 2005 as well as the current year. The four attorneys will be featured in the October 2006 issue of Texas Monthly as well as in a special supplemental magazine that is distributed to attorneys in 20 states.

About Texas Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers®, a publication of Law & Politics, names Texas’ top lawyers as chosen by their peers and through Law & Politics independent research. 2006 Texas Super Lawyers is based on surveys of the more than 55,000 attorneys across the state who have been licensed to practice for five years or more. The goal is to select as Super Lawyers the top 5 percent of Texas attorneys in more than 60 practice areas.

About C. Andrew Waters

Andy Waters is a founding partner of Waters Kraus & Paul, LLP, He has litigated civil matters for almost 20 years, first as a defense attorney, and since 1991, on behalf of plaintiffs. His experience includes litigation of personal injury cases, particularly in the areas of asbestos and vaccination and pharmaceutical injury, where he has won numerous individual verdicts. Born in Washington, D.C., Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor. Andy has been admitted to practice law in Texas, California, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia. He has been named one of the best lawyers in Texas by Texas Monthlymagazine in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Dallas County Bar Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

About Peter A. Kraus

Peter Kraus is a founding partner of Waters Kraus & Paul, LLP, as well as the firm’s managing partner. A native of Dallas, Texas, Peter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas. He began his career as a commercial litigator in Washington, D.C., but has since focused his practice on toxic torts and pharmaceutical injury litigation. Peter has been twice recognized as one of the best lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, four times recognized as one of the best lawyers in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine, and elected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates by his peers. Peter has more than 25 individual asbestos and pharmaceutical verdicts to his credit, including several of the largest ever awarded. He is an ardent supporter of plaintiffs’ rights, and frequently appears before congressional and other governmental committees. Licensed to practice in Texas and Virginia, Peter is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and the Dallas Bar Association.

About Charles S. Siegel

Charles Siegel is a partner at Waters Kraus & Paul, LLP, with a special interest in appellate issues. A graduate of the University of Texas, where he earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees, Charles has argued appeals in several federal appellate courts, the supreme courts of Texas, Florida, and Alabama, and intermediate appellate courts in various states. He has obtained a grant of certiorari and vacatur of a lower court result from the U.S. Supreme Court. Charles is also an experienced commercial and toxic tort litigator. He served as lead counsel in Dow Chemical Co. v. Castro Alfaro, the landmark case in which the Texas Supreme Court held that Texas did not recognize the doctrine of forum non conveniens in personal injury cases. A respected author and speaker, Charles has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and a guest lecturer at the University of Texas, Southern Methodist University, and the West Indies College of Law.

He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ), the American Bar Association, and the Dallas County Bar Association. He has been recognized in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 as one of the best lawyers in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine, and was a finalist for the TLPJ’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award. Charles is a native of Houston, Texas. He was admitted to the Texas state bar in 1985.

About Troyce G. Wolf

Troyce Wolf is a partner at Waters Kraus & Paul, LLP, specializing in toxic torts and asbestos litigation, as well as personal injury law. Troyce earned his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and his law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He was admitted to the Texas state bar in 1988, and is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has won numerous jury verdicts throughout Texas, and has been recognized as one of the best lawyers in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine in 2005 and 2006. A native of Big Spring, Texas, Troyce is a member of the American Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

About Waters Kraus & Paul, LLP

Waters Kraus & Paul, LLP, is a plaintiffs’ firm concentrating on complex product liability and personal injury/wrongful death cases. The firm’s diverse practice includes toxic tort litigation, pharmaceutical product liability, malpractice and negligence, and consumer product liability, as well as qui tam (whistle-blower), employment and labor, insurance and commercial litigation. With offices in Texas and California, Waters Kraus & Paul has litigated cases in jurisdictions across the United States on behalf of individuals from all 50 states, as well as foreign governments.

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