Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel  (BDFTE) announced five new partners to the Addison, Texas-based law firm. The group services the mortgage servicing default industry.
Ryan Bourgeois will serve as general counsel for BDFTE. Bourgeois is a graduate of Texas Christian University and holds a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Dedman School of Law. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association.
Shawn Carter is a managing attorney in the Consumer Bankruptcy Department of BDFTE. He holds a BA from Texas A&M University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center. His practice is focused in the area of creditor rights in both state and federal court. He was also named a Texas Rising Star in the Super Lawyers edition of Texas Monthly in 2007 and 2009.
Another Aggie was announced as a partner at BDFTE: Jeff Fleming. He attended Texas A&M and obtained a BS before earning his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law. Fleming’s state-wide practice focuses on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and default servicing representing a number of mortgage servicers and banks. He was named a Rising Star in the April 2009 edition of Texas Super Lawyers Magazine.
Robert D. Forster II was named managing attorney in the litigation department. Since joining the firm in 2006, his practice has primarily consisted of real estate, mortgage banking, and probate matters, with an emphasis on reverse mortgage litigation. He attended Arizona State and earned his Juris Doctor from SMU’s Dedman School of Law.
Connie J. Vandergriff was also appointed managing attorney in the litigation department. She attended Baylor University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business. She also earned her Juris Doctor from the SMU Dedman School of Law.
"Each of these individuals have exemplified the knowledge, work ethic and values that are core to our Law Firm," said Jay Frappier, managing partner of the firm. "I look forward to working with them to help develop our strategies that will guide us into the next generation of our Firm."