Introducing Munsch Hardt's Newest Shareholders

By: Meredith Falke Plunkett
Related Attorney(s): John D. Cornwell, Sameer S. Karim
May 01, 2017

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. (Munsch Hardt) is pleased to announce the promotion of two Houston-based attorneys, John Cornwell and Sameer Karim, to shareholder, effective May 1. 

“This is a significant and memorable milestone in one’s legal career, and both John and Sameer have distinguished themselves through their dedication to client service, significant legal accomplishments and integrity,” said Phil Appenzeller, CEO of Munsch Hardt. “As our firm, and in particular our Houston office, continues to grow, strong leaders like John and Sameer will serve the firm and our clients well. We are very excited to name them as our two newest shareholders.”

John Cornwell, who joined Munch Hardt in 2016 as a Senior Attorney, is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency practice group. With more than 10 years of experience, his work includes representing secured and unsecured creditors, chapter 11 debtors, trustees, governmental entities, third-party purchasers/investors, and a variety of other stakeholders in bankruptcies across industries such as oil and natural gas exploration, oilfield services, telecommunications, pharmaceutical compounding, timber harvesting, and intellectual property and technology creation and dissemination. He is recognized by Thomson and Reuters as a Texas Rising Star (2010-2017).  

Sameer Karim, who joined Munsch Hardt as an Associate in 2011, is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Labor & Employment practice groups. His pratice focuses on representing clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in disputes involving employment laws and regulations. Recently Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he is knowledgeable about the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Texas Payday Act, and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN). Karim is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, and he is recognized by Thomson and Reuters as a Texas Rising Star (2014-2017).

About Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. is a Texas-based, mid-sized commercial law firm with 120 attorneys in Dallas, Houston and Austin. From corporate transactions to dispute resolution, Munsch Hardt provides wide-ranging legal expertise to its clients, navigating each step with in-depth knowledge and responsive action. Munsch Hardt attorneys are known for having large law firm backgrounds and providing clients with a personal and focused approach. Practice groups include Admiralty & Maritime; Business Litigation; Construction; Corporate & Securities; Energy; Environmental; Finance; Franchise; Health Care; Immigration; Insurance; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment; Real Estate; Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights and Tax. For more information about the Firm and its services, visit

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