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New Executive Director of Bailey & Galyen

Effective July 12, 2016, Rick Cruz CPA became the new Executive Director of Bailey & Galyen. As Executive Director, Mr. Cruz oversees the Firm operations including finance, human resources, information technology, facilities, and marketing and business development.

“Rick’s extensive legal management experience will take Bailey & Galyen to the next level as the premier law firm for consumers in North Texas,” said Phillip Galyen, President and CEO of the Firm.

Mr. Cruz has over 30 years of experience serving as Executive Director and Controller for Cantey Hanger, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Tarrant County. He is actively involved in the Association of Legal Administrators, having served as past President of the local chapter, and is currently serving as Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Tarrant County Bar Association. He received his accounting degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and obtained his CPA in 1990. Rick and his wife Cindi, have been married for 34 years. They have six children and will have six grandchildren by the end of the year.

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NEW TEXAS OPEN CARRY LAW

 
Beginning January 1,2016 Texans with a concealed handgun license (CHL), now to be called license to carry (LTC), will be able to openly carry their handgun in most public places as long as the handgun is in a shoulder or belt holster. Surprisingly, with the passage of this law Texas becomes the 45th state in the nation to allow some form of open carry. This law is essentially an extension of the current concealed carry law that Texas enacted many years ago. The requirements to obtain a LTC remain the same; 6 months Texas residency, no felony conviction, 21 years old, training course, etc. The law makes no distinction between a loaded and unloaded firearm.

The new law, as with the old law, allows a person with a LTC to carry their handgun onto private property as long as the owner of the property does not display specific signage prohibiting it. Further, a private property owner could disallow only open carry while allowing concealed carry and vice versa. To prohibit any firearms on private property requires the owner to display two separate signs addressing each. There are other exceptions to where a person may carry a handgun. These apply whether the firearm is concealed or openly carried.

A person with a LTC may not do so at places that have a permit to serve alcohol and derives 51 percent or more of its income from the sale of alcohol (bars), on the premises where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting event or interscholastic event is taking place, on the premises of a correctional facility, on the premises of a licensed hospital or nursing home, at an amusement park, on the premises of a church, synagogue or established place of religious worship and at a meeting of a governmental entity. It is also illegal to carry while intoxicated.

School grounds or buildings where a school activity is being conducted, polling places, government court or court offices, the premises of a racetrack, a secured area of an airport and within 1000 feet of a premises designated as a place of execution on the day a sentence of death is set to be imposed are also prohibited. The new law prohibits openly carrying on the premises of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education or any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage or other parking area of these institutions. However, a law which becomes effective on August 1, 2016 will allow a LTC holder to possess a concealed handgun essentially anywhere on a college campus.

Colleges will have some discretion in making rules concerning exactly where a person may carry. Current law allows one to carry a concealed handgun only on driveways, walkways, sidewalks and parking areas of a university campus. Since one must be 21 years of age to obtain a LTC, many students could not obtain a license anyway. Further, open carry is not permitted by an individual who is acting as a personal protection officer under Chapter 1702 Occupations code and is not wearing a uniform.

Obviously the big change is the open carry portion of the law. In day to day life it will be interesting to see which private businesses and places of large public drawings will prohibit open carry.

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Bailey & Galyen Super Lawyers 2015

Bailey & Galyen is pleased to announce that Stephen C. Maxwell, Randall E. Turner and Dana F. Manry were named Super Lawyers 2015 by Thomson Reuters and the publishers of Texas Monthly Magazine. Super Lawyers selects certain attorneys for this distinction through a multiphase selection process. The process includes peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. Once an attorney is nominated by his or her peers, the Super Lawyers group researches each nominee and reviews achievements such as verdicts/settlements, representative clients, experience and other outstanding achievements.

In a competitive field, it is truly an honor to be recognized for professional achievement by one’s peers. Stephen C. Maxwell, Randall E. Turner and Dana F. Manry have all excelled in their respective practice areas. The Super Lawyer recognition reflects their commitment to their clients and the respect they have earned in their field. At Bailey & Galyen, we strive to provide the best representation possible for our clients and these three attorneys have gone above and beyond in providing the best service possible to their clients and the legal community as a whole. We congratulate them on their excellent achievements.