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V. Scott Kneese

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V. SCOTT KNEESE Nov. 7, 1939~Nov. 25, 2008 V. SCOTT KNEESE was born on November 7, 1939, the son of Victor Carl Kneese and Mary Kathryn Dunne Kneese. Scott attended public schools in Dallas, Texas where he graduated from Greenhill High School in 1957. In 1957, Scott enrolled at the University of Texas where he belonged to the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and graduated with a BBA in 1961. Following his undergraduate studies, Scott entered the University of Texas Law School in 1961 and graduated with an LLB in 1964. After beginning his law practice in Dallas, Scott soon moved to Houston where he practiced law with the firm of Childs, Fortenbach, Beck & Guyton from 1967 until 1977. In 1977, Scott joined the law firm of Bracewell & Patterson (now Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP) to begin the firm's labor and employment section. Scott successfully grew Bracewell's labor and employment practice to national prominence and remained with the firm until his death 31 years later. Scott excelled in the courtroom. He was particularly proud of his 2001 successful defense of a client by winning an appeal in the Fifth Circuit reaffirming criteria for class action lawsuits and his 1993 successful defense of an international client for age discrimination claims brought by over 150 employees of the client in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Scott was recognized as a Labor Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and was licensed to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit and a number of federal district courts. He was a member of the Houston Bar Association, Texas Bar Association and American Bar Association where he served on numerous committees. Scott was also a fellow of the American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Recognized for his successful career, Scott was named multiple times among the The Best Lawyers in America: Labor & Employment Law and was twice selected by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer. He was a former Chairman of the US Law Firm Group Labor & Employment Section and a former Chairman of the Labor Lawyers Advisory Committee on the Council on Union Free Environment. Scott was a Former Chairman of the Houston Management Lawyer's Forum and served on the Board of Directors of The Association for Community Broadcasting (where he was Chairman of the Board at the time of his death), Society for the Performing Arts and the Houston Heart Association. In 2004, Scott served as President of The Coronado Club of Houston, Texas. Most rewarding for Scott were his hobbies and interests outside of the legal realm. An avid bird hunter and fisherman, Scott can lay claim to many enjoyable quail hunts in South Texas, dove hunts on his lease near Cuero, Texas, and duck hunts wherever he could find them. The hunting labs of his life, either Lacy, Samantha, or Minx, were often close by Scott on these trips. Scott also loved to fish and was particularly fond of fly fishing in Colorado and Alaska. Not by accident, Scott combined his love of hunting and fishing with his love of travel- Argentina for dove and pigeons, England and Scotland for grouse and Spain for partridge. Appreciated by his peers and colleagues for his uncanny ability to recall essential case facts and dates, it should come as no surprise that Scott was also a huge history buff and especially enjoyed reading World War II and Korean War military history. Many of his friends can attest to his history-teaching skills as they traveled together to a favorite hunting or fishing spot. Scott is survived by his wife, Ruth Chow Kneese, his son, Kyle Calvin Kneese, and Kyle's wife, Caroline Kneese, of Dallas, Texas, his son Reagan Scott Kneese of Houston, Texas, and his brother Carl Kneese of Park City, Utah. The family would like to thank the special group of doctors and caretakers of Methodist Hospital's NW Main 8th floor. It was there that Scott remained during his three month fight against cancer. The special care given to Scott during this time by Methodist Hospital was incredible and means a great deal to the family. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions in memory of V. Scott Kneese may be made to The Association for Community Broadcasting, 4343 Elgin, Houston, TX 77024-0008, or Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University Kingsville, 700 University Blvd., MSC 218, Kingsville, TX 78363, or the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org . There will be a private memorial service.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 4, 2008
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