FORT WORTH and ELLIS COUNTY, TX. — Cantey Hanger L.L.P. has affiliated with
The Law Offices of Gregory E. Wilhelm, P.C., a three-attorney firm in Ellis County,
Texas. Wilhelm is a former Ellis County Treasurer and respected former Texas Trial
Court Judge in Ellis County.
“Cantey Hanger is proud to join with Judge Greg Wilhelm in opening our offices in Ellis
County,” said Brian Newby, the firm’s Managing Partner. “Judge Wilhelm is the right fit
as our Partner in Charge. He brings an outstanding legal talent and reputation for
excellence as we expand into this exciting and dynamic market.”
The Law Offices of Gregory E. Wilhelm practices in the areas of probate, guardianship,
estate planning, real estate and as related litigation, wealth management, trust
administration, corporate entities and complex mediation.
The firm is committed to practicing empathy and exactness – “Helping with Compassion.
Solving with Expertise.” – and handling every situation with detail, care and dignity.
“We always want to listen to and understand client needs,” Wilhelm said. “We work to
provide stability during life’s ups and downs, and provide strategic legal representation.
“Being asked to be affiliated with Cantey Hanger, a quality and precise firm with a
legacy history, is quite an honor. It allows us to bring our skills as a firm to a larger
Wilhelm, the President of the Ellis County Bar Association, received his undergraduate
degree from Baylor University. In 1999, he graduated from Regent University, in
Virginia Beach, VA, earning not only his law degree, but also a Master of Arts in Public
While at Regent, Wilhelm served as the Law School Chaplain and today he serves as
Chairman of the Regent Law Alumni Board and Member of the Regent Law Board of
Visitors. He is a former advisor to the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights and the
Rule of Law.
Within weeks of being licensed to practice law in Texas in 1999, Wilhelm opened The
Law Offices of Gregory E. Wilhelm, P.C. Soon, he helped to form Court Appointed
Special Advocates (CASA) of Ellis County, of which he served as its Founding
He later was elected as Ellis County Treasurer before serving as Trial Court Judge for the
Ellis County Court at Law No. One.
Upon leaving the bench, Wilhelm resumed his Law Practice, served as a Vice-President
of the Dallas Chapter of the Christian Legal Society, was appointed by then-Governor
Rick Perry as a Member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Chair of the Parental
Rights Advisory Panel, and began a nine-year term of service on the Statewide Board of
Texas CASA, later serving as its Board President.
Partner Patrick Thorman also received his law degree from the Regent University School
of Law (2013). While at Regent, he received the Counselor at Law Award for his work
with clients in the Civil Litigation Clinic. Additionally, he served as Executive Editor of
the Regent Journal of International Law, in which his writings were published.
He earned his B.B.A., cum laude, in 2003 from LeTourneau University.
Thorman’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of probate, guardianship, estate
planning (Wills and Trusts), business transactions, business disputes, and real estate
transactions. He is on the board of Jlyasdi’s Journey, an East Texas nonprofit that
provides support and services to families with premature babies in the NICU.
Associate Cassandra M. Payton is also a graduate of Regent University School of Law, in She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Biola University (CA.) in 2012.
At Regent, she served on the University’s Moot Court board and served the Law School
as student chaplain. She is a member of the national Christian Legal Society.
Payton successfully guides clients through a variety of estate-related legal processes and
court proceedings, ranging from simple estate plans to complex real estate and trust
litigation. Her practice focuses primarily in the areas of probate, guardianship, estate
planning, trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, property disputes, real estate transactions,
and real estate litigation.
Cantey Hanger LLP, established in 1882, is a full-service firm based in Texas, with
offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Ellis County and Austin (by appointment). Through its
membership in Meritas, a premier global alliance of law firms, the firm’s footprint is
expanded nationally and internationally. The firm represents clients in practice areas
including Administrative Litigation; Aviation; Banking and Real Estate; Bankruptcy;
Commercial Litigation; Condemnation Litigation; Construction Contracts and
Litigation; Corporate and Securities; Estate Planning and Probate; Family Law; Health
and Insurance Law; Immigration; Labor and Employment; Oil and Gas; Professional
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