Matt Anthony is licensed to practice law and is a member of the State Bars of Texas, New York and Georgia. His practice focuses in the area of nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on compliance issues, real estate, commercial constructions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation and litigation/arbitration. His clients include all type of charitable, religious, educational organizations as well as individuals. Mr. Anthony attended Baylor University receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in the areas of Finance and Real Estate.
He then attended St. Mary’s University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1989 with honors in the study of Secured Transactions. Mr. Anthony is licensed in all Texas, New York and Georgia State Courts, as well as the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Federal Jurisdictions in Texas, the Federal Middle District of Georgia and the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also licensed in the United States Tax Court.
Mr. Anthony began his career litigating cases as a criminal prosecutor and assistant district attorney before entering private civil practice. He is AV Rated by the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating System. An AV rating is a testament to the fact that his peers rank Mr. Anthony at the highest level of professional Excellence. Mr. Anthony is also a member of the Christian Legal Society and National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA). Mr. Anthony has been selected by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, as a “Top Attorney” in the area of Religious/Nonprofit Law.
Harrison M. Smith
Harrison M. Smith is an associate attorney with Anthony | Kennedy PLLC who dedicates his practice to addressing the legal needs of nonprofit organizations and social enterprise entities. Harrison regularly advises clients on a wide range of issues related to corporate governance, tax-exempt status, risk management, internal investigations, employment, IRS audits, real estate, construction, contracting, and litigation. His clients include churches of all sizes and denominations, other religious organizations, ministries, educational institutions, and social enterprises. Harrison is licensed to practice law in Texas, Connecticut and the District of Columbia.
Harrison’s unique combination of legal, ministry and seminary experience provide his clients with a well-rounded perspective in addressing the myriad of issues specific to religious and nonprofit organizations. Having served on the pastoral and preaching staff of a local church, Harrison understands firsthand the need and impact of good counsel. As a result, Harrison is equipped with seven years experience of practicing law and a biblical and theological education from Dallas Theological Seminary to ensure that you will have the good, sound biblical and legal counsel you need so you can remain focused on advancing your mission.
Prior to joining Anthony | Kennedy PLLC, Harrison practiced law at a highly regarded east coast law firm, where he focused on labor and employment litigation and pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Upon returning to Texas, he served as in house counsel for a real estate company before starting his own law firm dedicated to serving nonprofit organizations and social enterprises.
Harrison is a graduate of Baylor University (B.A. 2009) and Howard University School of Law (J.D. 2012), where he served as a staff editor of the Howard Law Journal, taught as a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Fellow, and interned for the Honorable Wendell P. Gardener, Jr. of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Harrison is a member of the Texas Bar Association, Tarrant County Bar Association, Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Young Lawyers Association, J.L. Turner Legal Association, Eldon B. Mahon American Inn of Court, Connecticut Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, and American Bar Association.
Harrison, his wife and newborn son live in Fort Worth, Texas, where they are active members at The Paradox Church, serve on local ministry and nonprofit boards, and engage the local community.
Ms. Fallin serves as “of counsel” for the firm and is licensed to practice law in the States of Texas and Tennessee, as well as in the Supreme Court of the United States. Her primary practice areas are transactional law, nonprofit and profit corporate law, and probate and estate planning.
Ms. Fallin graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas and received her Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Prior to attending law school.
Ms Fallin worked in the corporate world where she gained experience in the insurance and oil & gas industries.
David Joe serves as “of counsel” to the firm and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Mr. Joe’s practice focuses primarily of civil litigation including corporate law and employment law.
Mr. Joe also practices in the area of nonprofit law handling a wide range of issues affecting churches and ministries. Within the field of nonprofit law. Mr. Joe advices clients on a wide range of issues arising under the laws of more than 25 states. Additionally, Mr. Joe’s practice also includes demonstrated expertise in alternative dispute resolution.
Mr. Joe graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1997 where he participated in moot court competition and was a staff editor of the Texas Forum on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.
In the course of earning his Juris Doctor, Mr. Joe completed training in mediation and was certified to mediate in his third year of law school. Prior to law school Mr. Joe attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.
Samantha R. Burns is an associate attorney with Anthony | Kennedy, PLLC. and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Samantha assists clients with various issues related to corporate governance, employment, real estate, and transactional law. Prior to joining Anthony | Kennedy, PLLC, Samantha worked as a Plaintiff’s attorney, where she focused on pharmaceutical and medical device claims and federal workers’ compensation.
Samantha graduated from Texas A&M School of Law in 2016 where she was a Board of Advocates Member, competing in several ADR Competitions involving Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration. She also completed mediation training during her third year of law school. Prior to law school, Samantha attended Southern Methodist University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History and English.