Donnell, Abernethy & Kieschnick A Professional Corporation

Donnell, Abernethy & Kieschnick A Professional Corporation

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Firm Overview

Donnell, Abernethy & Kieschnick was founded in 1973 as Meredith & Donnell. The firm has grown to a 14 lawyer firm engaged in a general civil practice. Since its founding it has been actively engaged in major civil trial and appellate litigation, as well as substantial health care litigation in the defense of physicians and health care institutions. The firm maintains two fully-staffed offices with the main office in Corpus Christi, Texas, and an office in McAllen, Texas. Our firm offers staffing and resources which include paralegal and nurse paralegal support in both the Corpus Christi and McAllen offices, to support the vigorous pursuit of all types of civil cases, from the most complex to the most basic.

Donnell, Abernethy & Kieschnick represents both public and private entities in a wide range of civil litigation including complex multi-party and class action lawsuits. The firm has an active practice both in the state and federal courts. The firm also handles matters before various state agencies, which include the Texas Workers Compensation Commission, EEOC, TCHR, and State Board of Medical Examiners. In addition, one member of the firm, in addition to her litigation practice, provides a mediation practice.

Main Office

Main Office
555 North Carancahua, Suite 1770
Tower II Corpus
Christi TX 78403



Real Estate

Donnell, Abernethy & Kieschnick takes pride in providing quality legal representation. We are committed to providing up-to-date legal research, skilled litigators and quality appellate representation.

-Lending transactions, loan enforcement and workout arrangements
-Acquisition, disposition and leasing of properties and other assets, financing arrangements (for acquisition, predevelopment, development, construction, tenant improvements)
Representation of developers/investors in the development of income producing and multiple phase projects
-Due diligence evaluation for investors in auctioned properties
-Infrastructure planning and land use controls
-Entity formation and planning (partnerships, limited liability companies, etc.)
-Environmental issues in real estate and commercial transactions
-Asset based lending transactions and enforcement
-Corporations, profit and non-profit
-Construction contracts, lien and bond claims, construction defect claims, insurance coverage and indemnity matters

Michelle Hoelscher

Donnell, Abernethy & Kieschnick A Professional Corporation

Bill Abernethy is a named shareholder in the Corpus Christi office of Donnell, Abernethy & Kieschnick. He is a trial lawyer whose practice includes medical malpractice defense, products liability, business, commercial and insurance defense.

Bill is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (President of Corpus Christi Chapter 2005). Bill is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and member of the Corpus Christi Bar Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, and a member of the Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Bill received his Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University in 1969. He earned his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in 1974 with honors. While in law school, Bill was a member of the Law Review, Comments Editor. After law school, Bill received an appointment as briefing attorney for the 13th Court of Appeals working with the Honorable Paul W. Nye. He is Martindale-Hubbell AV rated. Bill is admitted to practice as a member of the Texas State Bar, U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Named Shareholder

Area of Practice:
-Personal Injury defense, medical malpractice
-General insurance litigation
-Toxic torts
-Products Liability Law

-Texas, 1974
-U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1983
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1993
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1976
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1983
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1995

-South Texas College of Law, 1974 (with honors)
-Law Journal: South Texas College of Law, Comments Editor, 1973-1974
-Texas Tech University, B.B. A.
-Major: Industrial Management

Honors and Affiliations:
-Corpus Christi Bar Association
-American Board of Trial Advocates
-Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
-Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
-Defense Research Institute
-Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
-Named in "Best Lawyers of America", 1995-2006
-Named in Texas Monthly's "Texas Super Lawyer" 2003 2013

1947, Cleveland, Ohio