Memorials December 2022
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Patrick M. Flachs
Flachs, 72, of Wildwood, Missouri, died June 22, 2022. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. Flachs was also a member of the Missouri Bar. He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve and was in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1972 to 1985. Flachs was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C., from 1985 to 1990; an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1990 to 2004; a partner in Husch Blackwell in St. Louis from 2004 to 2010; and assistant chief counsel in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division in Portland, Oregon, from 2012 to 2019. He is remembered for his love of Army football, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and family and friends. Flachs is survived by his wife of 17 years, Lorraine Flachs; son, Sean P. Flachs; daughters, Angie M. Rock, Karen Terry, Tami Percifull, and Kelly Berger; brother, Michael T. Flachs Sr. (Maureen); 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Herbert David Everitt
Everitt, 80, of Fort Worth, died September 26, 2022. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1990. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve. Everitt was a sales representative and a Texas regional manager for Bancroft-Whitney Law Publishers, and a criminal defense lawyer for 36 years. He is remembered for being a kind man with a huge heart. Everitt is survived by his wife, Susan; son, Mark; and stepsons, Derek Heck, Mat Heck, and Butch Heck.
Bill J. Zimmerman
Zimmerman, 90, of Fort Worth, died July 27, 2022. He received his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974. Zimmerman served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He was also a member of the Colorado, Oklahoma, California, and New York State bars. Zimmerman was an attorney with Seaboard Oil Company in Dallas from 1953 to 1958; held various positions with Shell Oil Company from 1958 to 1976; senior group counsel with NL Industries in Houston from 1976 to 1977; associate general counsel to the Kerr-McGee Corporation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from 1977 to 1980; vice president and general counsel to the Superior Oil Company in Houston from 1980 to 1983; vice president and general counsel to Union Pacific Resources Company, previously Champlin Petroleum, in Fort Worth from 1983 to 1996; and of counsel to Cantey & Hanger from 1996 to 2000. He was a former chair of the State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section; former director of the American Corporate Counsel Association; and member of several boards at Southern Methodist University, including the Alumni Board, Law School Advisory Board, Mustang Club Board, and Lettermen’s Club as president. Zimmerman is remembered as a swimmer at SMU, having been a member of the swim team that won the Southwest Conference championship for the first time; playing trumpet in dance bands in high school and college; and a frustrated golfer who drove a golf cart sporting SMU red ponies to play with his Texas Christian University friends at Shady Oaks Country Club. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Patsy Cantrell Zimmerman; son, Kurt R. Zimmerman; daughters, Julie Zimmerman Zorn and Jennifer Zimmerman Stevens; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Michael J. Thompson Sr.
Thompson, 85, of El Paso, died August 19, 2022. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961. Thompson was assistant district attorney of El Paso County from 1960 to 1965, in private practice in El Paso County from 1965 to 1967, an associate of Huff & Bowers in Lubbock from 1967 to 1970, owner of Mike Thompson & Associates in El Paso from 1970 to 1980, assistant city attorney and El Paso Police legal adviser from 1980 to 1986, and an appointed family law judge (IV-D Master) in El Paso County from 1986 to 2003. He was a member of a State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charges committee, and president of the West Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Thompson is remembered as an active mentor, coach, and spectator of his brilliant son; an active runner and marathon survivor; and his infectious sense of humor, which he often noted got funnier after he was appointed to the bench. He is survived by his son, attorney, Michael Thompson Jr. (Cindy); and three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Susan R. Richardson
Richardson, 75, of Midland, died August 23, 2022. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976. Richardson was an attorney with the Office of the Texas Attorney General under Attorney General John Hill in 1976; an employment law and oil and gas litigator with Gulf Oil from 1977 to 1985; and an associate of Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson in Midland from 1985 to 1988 and shareholder from 1989 to 2015. She was certified in oil, gas, and mineral law and labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, chaired the very first Oil, Gas and Energy Pattern Jury Charge Committee as well as the State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas and Energy Section, and was honored by the Women’s Energy Network of the Permian Basin in 2017. Richardson is remembered for her and her husband sharing their lives with their horses and Boston terriers, Boots, Deuce, Amos, and Andy, as well as many cats along the way, including the last pair, Bonnie and Clyde; enjoying cruises to Alaska, special trips with friends to New York City, and an extended trip to Switzerland in addition to owning a two-acre campsite outside of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, where her husband spent many happy days riding his quarter horse in the Lincoln National Forest; and for truly loving the law and believing practicing law at Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson was one of the most profound blessings in her life. She is survived by her spouse, Reuben Richardson; brother, Edward Rafferty; and sisters, Nancy Rafferty and Colleen Rafferty.
Paul Francis Seiler
Seiler, 72, of San Antonio, died October 11, 2022. He received his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. Seiler was an attorney with Winstead, McGuire, Sechrest & Minick from 1981 to 1990, a partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in Houston from 1990 to 1993, a founding partner in Seiler, Cohn & Stebbins in Houston from 1993 to 1997, owner of the Seiler Law Firm from June 1997 to November 1997, shareholder in McGuire, Craddock & Strother in Dallas from December 1997 to December 1998; a shareholder in Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas from 1999 to 2018, and a shareholder in Winstead in Dallas from 2018 to 2019. He was a member of the Texas Bar College. Seiler is remembered as a dedicated and accomplished attorney; avid reader; and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Seiler is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara Seiler; sons, attorneys Robert Francis Seiler and Carl Ulrich Seiler; daughter, Reina Seiler Burnett; brothers, retired attorney Francis Scott Seiler, Eric Louis Seiler, and R. Kirk Seiler; sister, Catherine Carlson; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Charles Nelson Cartwright
Cartwright, 89, of Beeville, died August 19, 2022. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960. Cartwright served in the military from 1956 to 1964. He an assistant city attorney in Corpus Christi from 1960 to 1963, an associate of Utter, Chase, Cartwright & Bennett in Corpus Christi from 1964 to 1967 and a partner in the firm from 1967 to 1973, a firm member in Howard, McDowell & Cartwright in Corpus Christi from 1973 to 1976, a partner in Pritchard, Peeler, Cartwright & Hall in Corpus Christi from 1976 to 1996, a senior partner in Peeler & Cartwright in Corpus Christi from 1996 to 2015, and a senior partner in Peeler, Cartwright & Mann in Corpus Christi from 2015 to 2017. Cartwright was a member of the American Bar Association from 1972 to 1978, vice president of the Nueces County Bar Association from 1974 to 1975 and president of the bar from 1975 to 1976, and a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is remembered for being ethical, honorable, and trustworthy; collecting guns, coins, and stamps; and enjoying camping, gardening, and touring historic places. Cartwright is survived by his wife of 20 years, Nora R. Cartwright; son, Charles Rea Cartwright; stepson, Christopher J. Ulmer; and two step-granddaughters.
Alex Bill III
Bill, 52, of Baytown, died August 14, 2022. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2008. Bill served in the U.S. Army. He was owner of the Law Office of Alex Bill III. He is survived by Christina Kelli Ferreira-Bill and son, John Alex Isaac Ferreira-Bill.
Bellatti, 77, of Houston, died August 5, 2022. She received her law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987. Bellatti was an attorney with the Social Security Administration; Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay in Houston; and the Texas Lawyers’ Insurance Exchange. She is remembered for her love of art, travel, and culture. Bellatti is survived by her sister Rebecca Jane Abbott Schroeder.
Evelyn A. Derrington
Derrington, 60, of Edmond, Oklahoma, died August 11, 2022. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988. Derrington was a law clerk for Richard Orsinger at Heard, Goggan, Blair & Williams in San Antonio in the summers of 1987 and 1988; a briefing attorney for Texas Supreme Court Justices William Kilgarlin and Nathan L. Hecht during the 1988-1989 term; and director of Phillips & Akers, and head of its appellate section, in Houston, from 1992 to 2014. She was the editorial board research/note and comment editor for St. Mary’s Law Journal, a member of the John M. Harlan Honors Society, and certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1994. Derrington is remembered for being kind and loving, riding horses in her youth and college years, and her passion and gift for law studies. She is survived by her sisters, Carol Johns, Amy Munhall, and Karla Launhardt; and brother, Rick Ailts.TBJ