Ford + Bergner LLP Attorneys Named 2019 Texas Rising Stars by Super Lawyers


Ford + Bergner LLP Senior Associate Matthew R. Baughman and Associate Stephen P. Crowder have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Texas Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars, which will appear in the April issues of Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars magazines.

Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate law, Matthew Baughman leads F+B’s Estate Planning and Administration section.  Mr. Baughman has spent his entire legal career devoted to working with individuals, families, executors, and trustees on areas relating to estate planning, tax planning, and estate administration.  Mr. Baughman earned a J.D. and B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Houston.

Stephen Crowder is an associate in F+B’s Litigation and Appellate sections.  Mr. Crowder earned his J.D. from Baylor Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from Harding University.  During law school, he was a member of the Baylor Law Review, serving as an Articles Editor and then as a Notes and Comments Editor. Mr. Crowder was also a quarter-finalist in the Dawson & Sodd Moot Court competition and a member of the Order of the Barristers.  Mr. Crowder is currently a member of the Houston Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy Class of 2018-2019.

Rising Stars recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys aged 40 or younger or those who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. The survey from which Rising Stars are selected is based on nominations, personal observation and attorney-led research. Only 2.5 percent of eligible Texas attorneys are chosen as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Ford + Bergner LLP wishes to congratulate Matthew R. Baughman and Stephen P. Crowder on achieving such a high honor.