Attorneys

Natalie Duncan

Natalie Duncan has worked on behalf of asbestos victims since 2000. Her primary focus has been ensuring adequate compensation for asbestos victims in the bankruptcies of companies that manufactured asbestos-containing products. Natalie Duncan began her legal career representing defendants in injury cases and realized quickly that her heart and passions were with the victims. She also realized that injured individuals need competent representation when going up against experienced insurance adjusters and corporate lawyers in order to obtain fair compensation.

In addition to working on behalf of her clients, Natalie also devotes time to her community. She has served as the co-chair for the Dallas Bar Association’s Community Involvement Committee and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyer’s Barristers for Babies Committee. As a volunteer for the non-profit organization Trial Lawyers Care, she represented, pro bono, the family of a woman who was working in the World Trade Center on September 11 in seeking compensation from the September 11th Victim’s Compensation Fund. In 2005, she received the Outstanding Clinic Attorney Volunteer award from the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program recognizing her pro bono work.

Natalie was recognized as a “Rising Star of Texas Law in 2008 by Thompson & Reuters as printed in Texas Monthly Magazine, an honor bestowed on less than three percent of the lawyers under 40 practicing in Texas. She is married and has four children.

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law (J.D. 1995)
  • The University of Texas at Austin (B.A. with high honors, 1992)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Michael Hanners

Michael Hanners is a founding member of the firm, and brings over twenty years of legal experience to his clients’ needs. With a background in appellate and legal briefing, he has, since 1999, represented thousands of victims of asbestos exposure. Mike has represented a variety of tradesmen—including boilermakers, pipefitters, welders, insulators, carpenters, and construction workers—from nearly every industry in which asbestos products were used. Beginning in 2009, Mike has dedicated the bulk of his practice to representing asbestos victims navigating the complicated and confusing asbestos-bankruptcy trust system widely used today. As a result of his work with asbestos-bankruptcy trusts, Mike developed an interest in bankruptcy law. He has recently expanded his practice to include consumer bankruptcy representation in the Northern District of Texas. No matter the legal issue, Mike is dedicated to zealously protecting his clients’ interests and to preserving the one-on-one attorney-client experience missing from big law firms

Mike received a B.A. in Psychology from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1993, then received his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas in 1996. He is licensed to appear before any state court in Texas, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. He lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.

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