Levon G. Hovnatanian

Mr. Hovnatanian is the head of Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom’s Appellate Section. Mr. Hovnatanian is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a former Chief Staff Attorney of a court of appeals, and a product of the nationally-renowned Appellate Advocacy Program at South Texas College of Law, where he won several championships and numerous individual awards. He handles civil appeals in state and federal courts across the nation. His appeals are frequently on the cutting edge of the law, recently in the areas of employment law and insurance contract construction.  In addition to handling appeals and original proceedings, Mr. Hovnatanian frequently works with clients and trial attorneys on trial court matters such as law-intensive motions, charge conferences, and all types of error preservation.  He writes and speaks on appellate topics. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the South Texas College of Law Appellate Advocacy Program and has coached numerous teams to a championship.

Employment

Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P., October 2000 - Present

The Holman Law Firm, P.C., October 1998 – September 2000

Feldman & Rogers, L.L.P., May 1997 – September 1998

Chief Staff Attorney, First Court of Appeals, January 1996 – May 1997

Senior Staff Attorney, First Court of Appeals, May 1993 – January 1996

Research Attorney, First Court of Appeals, December 1991 – May 1993

Marshall, Gonzalez & Carlson, April 1988 – October 1991

Lecturer in Appellate Advocacy, South Texas College of Law, 1989 - Present

Certification

Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Texas

Houston Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Named to the Texas Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as featured in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines (2004-2018)

Order of the Barristers

Phi Delta Phi

Dean’s Student Advocacy Service Award, 1989

South Texas College of Law Outstanding Individual Advocate, 1988-89

South Texas College of Law Outstanding Individual Advocate, 1987-88

 

Publications

Poetry in Motions: Motion Practice in the Court of Appeals, State Bar Appellate Practice Institute, 1998

Motion Practice in the Courts of Appeals: What You Should Say and How You Should Say It, South Texas College of Law, 1997

Techniques of Persuasion: Drafting an Effective Legal Argument, Houston Bar Association Appellate Law Section, 1998 (Co-Author)

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Austin
Wild Basin
115 Wild Basin Rd.
Suite 107
Austin, TX 78746
Dallas
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9111 Cypress Waters Blvd
Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75019
Houston
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Houston, TX 77002
T: 713.632.1740
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Education

South Texas College of Law, J.D. 1988

Baylor University, B.A., 1982