Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of Austin for 2022. Austin is a unique area that has a collaborative culture with great music and food. As big tech companies like Apple, Oracle and Tesla move their business to the city, lawyers have also had the realization that it’s a prime location for career growth and progress. After having moved for the opportunity, many lawyers have decided to stay for Austin’s great quality of life and steady development. This year’s awardees have thrived in their respective industries. They are true law professionals who have exceeded expectations year after year.
Among this year’s awardees are Lowell Brickman, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Indeed.com, who is responsible for the company’s compliance with law and ensuring the company’s risk profile is acceptable. Josh Holleman, Attorney of Cooley LLP, focuses on the representation of technology and other high-growth companies from formation through exit, and advises a number of public and private companies. Also awarded is Bryan Barksdale, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of YETI, who has the opportunity to design and assist uncompromising products that combine durability, and performance and stand up to the world’s harshest conditions.
Please join us in congratulating our awardees for The Top 50 Attorneys of Austin for 2022. Their enthusiasm and passion for not only their career, but their organization and clients, does not go unnoticed.
1. Lowell Brickman
General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Indeed.com
Lowell Brickman is a General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Indeed.com. He first joined the company in 2012. As the world's number one job site, with over 250 million unique visitors every month from over 60 different countries, Indeed has become the catalyst for putting the world to work. The site aggregates job listings from thousands of websites, including job boards, staffing firms, associations, and company career pages—where human resources personnel and hiring managers write a compelling company description, which is an important part of any business plan. These descriptions typically include pertinent information of a business that entices customers, prospective employees and investors or lenders to engage. Indeed is intensely passionate about delivering the right fit for every hire. Since 2004, it has given job seekers free access to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards. Brickman has over 25 years of in-house experience. Brickman graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD and a bachelor of arts from Brandeis University.
2. Estrellita Doolin
Attorney of Ascension
Estrellita Doolin is an Attorney of Ascension. She first joined the company in 2011. Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. The organization includes approximately 156,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.
Previously, Doolin was an assistant general counsel at Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. ("ERCOT"), and before that, a staff counsel at Accor North America. Earlier in her career, she worked with Golfsmith as a corporate counsel. Doolin earned a JD from The University of Texas School of Law, an MBA from Texas McCombs School of Business, and an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma.
3. Cindi Moreland
Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Care.com
Cindi Moreland is a Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Care.com, an online marketplace for childcare, senior care, special needs care, tutoring, pet care, and housekeeping through membership in a two-sided marketplace. They are a consumer tech company with a mission to solve a human challenge we all face: finding great care for the ones we love. We’re moms and dads and pet parents. We have parents and grandparents so we understand that everyone, at some point in their lives, could use a helping hand. Care’s purpose is to help every family at each stage of care and today. They are helping millions of families at home and at work across 17+ countries and growing. They are applying data analytics, AI and the latest technologies to solve universal problems and connect people in new ways. Moreland has 37 years of experience. She began her career in 1985.
Before joining Care.com, Moreland was a SVP and general counsel of Mosaic Group, and before that, a VP of general counsel and chief compliance officer at Samsung Mobile. Earlier in her career she worked with Steptoe & Johnson LLP as an associate. Moreland graduated from the University of Mississippi with a JD and an undergraduate degree.
4. Reema Desai
Senior Counsel of Privacy and Compliance of Wiley
Reema Desai is a Senior Counsel of Privacy and Compliance of Wiley. Wiley develops digital education, learning, assessment, and certification solutions to help universities, businesses, and individuals move between education and employment and achieve their ambitions. From a print shop in New York City to a global and digital presence, Wiley has spent more than 200 years developing and fueling the world's knowledge ecosystem. The company produces books, journals, and encyclopedias, in print and electronically, as well as online products and services, training materials, and educational materials for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. Wiley empowers researchers, learners, universities, and corporations to achieve their goals in an ever-changing world. Desai has 20 years of experience. She began her career in 2002.
Before joining Wiley, Desai was a data privacy attorney at Osano, and before that, a director of technology at FTI Consulting. Earlier in her career she worked with Judicial Clerkship, Superior Court, Civil Law Division as a law clerk. Desai graduated from Rutgers Law School with a JD, and from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in health sciences.
5. James Nortey
Attorney of Morgan Lewis & Bockius
James Nortey began his professional career 11 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Morgan Lewis & Bockius. From their offices in strategic hubs of commerce, law, and government across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, Morgan Lewis & Bockius works with clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to enterprising startups. Their team of more than 2,200 lawyers and legal professionals provides comprehensive corporate, transactional, litigation, and regulatory services in major industries, including energy, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, retail and ecommerce, sports, technology, and transportation. The firm focuses on both immediate and long-term goals with its clients, helping them address and anticipate challenges across vast and rapidly changing landscapes.
Nortey first got his start in 2011 as an associate attorney at Andrews Kurth Kenyon. From there, he went on to Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP as an associate attorney, his most recent position prior to joining Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Nortey graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD, from The University of Texas at Austin with an MS in technology commercialization, and from Baylor University with an undergraduate degree in philosophy and criminal justice.
6. Andrea Leyva
Senior Attorney, Global Litigation and Legal Operations of Itron
Andrea Leyva is a Senior Attorney, Global Litigation and Legal Operations of Itron. She first joined the company in 2021 as a litigation, employment, and HSE attorney. Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Their proven portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps its customers better manage energy and water for the people they serve. At Itron, they are dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Together with their customers, they work to improve the quality of life, ensure safety and promote the well-being of people everywhere.
Previously, Leyva was an assistant attorney general at the Office of the Attorney General, and before that, an associate at Vinson & Elkins. Earlier in her career she worked with Deloitte Consulting as a systems analyst. Leyva earned a JD from Stanford Law School, and an undergraduate degree in management information systems from The University of Texas at Austin.
7. Lauren Damen
Senior Counsel of Regulatory Affairs of NRG Energy
Lauren Damen is a Senior Counsel of Regulatory Affairs of NRG Energy. She first joined the company in 2019. NRG Energy is one of the leading integrated power companies in the U.S. and Canada, powered by people and built on dynamic retail brands with diverse generation resources. Its purpose is to create a sustainable energy future by bringing the power of energy to people and organizations. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers, large and small, the company continually innovates, embraces and implements sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy.
Previously, Damen was an associate at Winstead PC, and before that, an associate at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody. Earlier in her career she worked with Accenture as an analyst. Damen earned a JD from Baylor University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in business from Southwestern University.
8. Alex Tarnow
Senior Counsel of Privacy and Data Security of Unity Technologies
Alex Tarnow began his professional career 11 years ago. Today, he is a Senior Counsel of Privacy and Data Security of Unity Technologies, the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D content. Creators, ranging from game developers to artists, architects, automotive designers, filmmakers, and others, use Unity to make their imaginations come to life. Unity is the foundation upon which the world’s most powerful digital content is created. Specifically, Unity’s platform provides a comprehensive set of software solutions to create, run and monetize interactive, real-time 2D and 3D content for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and augmented and virtual reality devices. The applications developed by these creators were downloaded, on average, five billion times per month in 2021.
Tarnow first got his start in 2011 as a docket clerk at Broad and Cassel Law Firm. From there, he went on to RANE (Risk Assistance Network + Exchange), before eventually rising to VP of global privacy office at JPMorgan Chase & Co., his most recent position prior to joining Unity. Tarnow graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law with a JD, from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law with an LLM in information technology and privacy law, and from Florida State University - College of Business with an undergraduate degree.
9. Daniel Fabian
Attorney of DLA Piper
Daniel Fabian is an Attorney of DLA Piper. He first joined the company in 2019. DLA Piper is a global law firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, the firm represents more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Its lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance. DLA Piper has strong practices in employment, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and has developed key teams in pensions, private equity, real estate, tax, and technology.
Previously, Fabian was an associate attorney at Nixon Peabody LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with Steuben Foods as an associate corporate counsel. Fabian earned a JD from the University at Buffalo School of Law, and an undergraduate degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry.
10. Pike Powers
Attorney of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Pike Powers began his professional career 56 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., a global law firm that provides the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. Recognized for its industry focus, it is strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining, commodities and agribusiness, transport, technology and innovation, and life sciences and healthcare. The firm has more than 4000 lawyers based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. Fulbright & Jaworski operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. It aims to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.
Powers first got his start in 1966 as a partner at Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P. From there, he went on to the Texas House of Representatives, before eventually rising to director of business consulting at Duff & Phelps, his most recent position prior to joining Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Powers graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with a JD, and from Lamar University with an undergraduate degree in government.
11. Kent Love
Attorney of Greenberg Traurig
Kent Love is an Attorney of Greenberg Traurig. He first joined the company in 2021. Greenberg Traurig is a multinational law firm founded in 1967. As of 2018, Greenberg Traurig is the 14th largest law firm in the United States. They utilize a systemic, holistic approach to innovation, helping their clients cut through the noise. GT believes that the most productive models come from an open, transparent, and collaborative relationship with its clients. GT’s 43 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with the largest office in New York City, consists of 2500 attorneys. Greenberg Traurig’s U.S. offices are certified 100% powered by renewable energy. The firm is often recognized for its focus on philanthropic giving, innovation, diversity, and pro bono. On the debut 2022 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard, the firm is a Top 15 firm.
Previously, Love was an attorney at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP, and before that, an attorney at Hiersche, Hayward, Drakeley and Urbach, P.C. Earlier in his career he worked with TruGreen as a warehouse technician. Love earned a JD from SMU Dedman School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin.
12. Amanda Burleigh
Assistant General Counsel of Employees Retirement System of Texas
Amanda Burleigh is an Assistant General Counsel of Employees Retirement System of Texas. She first joined the company in 2013. Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) operates as a financial services firm. It provides retirement benefits and other benefit programs such as TexFlex, a tax-savings flexible benefit program; and the Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 Program on behalf of employees and retirees of State of Texas agencies and higher education institutions. They also manage and invest trust funds for the sole benefit of members. ERS serves state employees, retirees, and their dependents.
Previously, Burleigh was an executive director in the legal division at Morgan Stanley. Earlier in her career she worked with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as an associate. Burleigh earned a JD from the University of Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in psychology and communications studies from Vanderbilt University.
13. Michael Woodson
Attorney of Eversheds Sutherland
Michael Woodson is an Attorney of Eversheds Sutherland. He first joined the company in 2018. Eversheds Sutherland is a pioneering global law practice that provides high quality legal advice and innovative solutions to complex business issues for a diverse range of clients worldwide. Its global teams operate seamlessly to deliver the commercial know-how and strategic alignment that clients need from their advisers to help further their business interests. The firm shapes its advice to the unique circumstances and challenges of each project, and ensures the right people are in the right places to offer insight and certainty every time – from the day-to-day to the most complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions. Woodson has over 10 years of experience.
Previously, Woodson was an attorney at Jackson Walker LLP. Woodson earned a JD from South Texas College of Law Houston, and an undergraduate degree in political science and government from Yale University.
14. Josh Holleman
Attorney of Cooley
Josh Holleman is an Attorney of Cooley. He first joined the company in 2017. Cooley LLP is an international law firm with offices worldwide. They are particularly known for their technology and life sciences practices as well as its experience with marquee initial public offerings (IPOs) and deep-rooted venture capital connections & financings. The firm has consistently been ranked as an elite law firm for technology and life sciences companies, startups and emerging growth companies, and venture capital firms by Above the Law, and U.S. News & World Report. Its practice areas include corporate, litigation, intellectual property, fund formation, public markets, employment, life sciences, clean technology, real estate, financial services, retail, regulatory and energy. Cooley represents over a third of the companies on The Wall Street Journal's Billion Dollar Startup Club. Holleman has 19 years of experience.
Previously, Holleman was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Earlier in his career, he worked with Vinson and Elkins as an attorney. Holleman earned a JD from Harvard Law School, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.
15. Joseph Kirby
Attorney of Perkins Coie
Joseph Kirby began his professional career 14 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Perkins Coie, a leading international law firm that is known for providing high value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to their clients' success. With more than 1,200 attorneys in offices across the United States and Asia, Perkins Coie provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world's most innovative companies and industry leaders as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.
Kirby first got his start in 2008 as an assistant lecturer at China Incarnate Word. From there, he went on to Chinalawinfo Co. Ltd. / Peking University Center for Legal Information, before eventually rising to associate attorney at Graham Adair, his most recent position prior to joining Perkins Coie. Kirby graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a JD, and from the University of the Incarnate Word with an undergraduate degree in English and in business information systems.
16. Sheri Hunter
Attorney of King & Spalding
Sheri Hunter is an Attorney of King & Spalding. She first joined the company in 2015. Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,200 lawyers in 23 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The firm helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries on six continents, delivering tailored commercial solutions through world-class offerings, and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality, and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients.
Previously, Hunter was a counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright, and before that, a special counsel at Sedgwick LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with Jackson Walker LLP as an attorney. Hunter earned a JD from The University of Texas School of Law, and an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
17. Celeste Villarreal
Attorney of Integreon
Celeste Villarreal began her professional career 37 years ago. Today, she is an Attorney of Integreon, a trusted global provider of alternative legal and business solutions to leading law firms, corporations, and professional service firms. They provide integrated knowledge process outsourcing services, offering legal and contract management services. Integreon has been a pioneer and leader in one of the most dynamic industries for more than 20+ years. Its scale of delivery, breadth of clients, and portfolio of services has grown and evolved within the legal department and beyond. The firm applies a highly experienced staff of 3,500 employees, including lawyers, paralegals, statisticians, data analysts, and Six Sigma experts, to a wide range of problems that require scale and expertise.
Villarreal first got her start in 1985 as an account executive at KTVI. From there, she went on to Levenson & Hill, before eventually rising to associate judge at City of Austin, her most recent position prior to joining Integreon. Villarreal graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law with a JD, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in radio, television, and film.
18. Keith Lee
Associate Attorney of Ogletree Deakins
Keith Lee is an Associate Attorney of Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has a reputation for legal excellence and responsive client service. Ogletree Deakins' labor and employment practice is complemented and supported by related practice groups in the areas of business immigration, litigation, employee benefits, occupational safety and health, and construction law. With offices throughout the United States and in Europe, Canada, and Mexico, the firm represents a diverse range of clients. Its depth of experience in labor and employment law has produced a successful track record for its clients - Fortune 50 corporations to start-up companies. Its approach to providing clients with the resources to solve today's business challenges is always forward-thinking and strategic. Lee has 17 years of experience. He began his career in 2005.
Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Lee was an attorney at Erickson Immigration Group, and before that, a staff attorney at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with Forza Resources, LLC as a landman. Lee graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law with a JD, from Southern Methodist University with an MA in dispute resolution and conflict management, and from Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business with an undergraduate degree in accounting.
19. Madelin Meiers
Attorney of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Madelin Meiers is an Attorney of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, one of the world’s most respected law firms. Many of the world’s leading and most innovative companies—from finance to philanthropy and from Fortune 500 to high-tech startups—come to Simpson Thacher for trusted counsel. It is an international white shoe law firm that specializes in litigation and corporate practices, particularly mergers and acquisitions. Since 1884, many of the world’s largest organizations have turned to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for smart solutions to critical commercial challenges. Today, more than 1,000 lawyers in 11 global offices put the collective experience of the firm to work for every client it serves. Its teams start with a deep understanding of its clients’ business objectives. It shares knowledge across practices and regions, and helps its clients not only mitigate risk, but also discover opportunity. Meiers has 10 years of experience. She began her career in 2012.
Meiers graduated from New York Law School with a JD.
20. Adela Coman
Investment Funds Attorney of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Adela Coman is an Investment Funds Attorney of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. She first joined the company in 2021. Akin Gump is a global law firm with more than 900 lawyers and advisors who pride themselves on dedication to their clients and their communities. With 19 offices worldwide, the firm is renowned for numerous market-leading practices; its strengths in complex transactions and restructurings, high-stakes litigation, and public policy and regulatory matters; and its unyielding pro bono commitment. Akin Gump partners with clients from both established industries and cutting-edge markets to deliver creative solutions to business-critical issues, helping them seize opportunities and anticipate challenges. Driven by its forward-thinking leadership, the firm has built a strong culture of innovation and collaboration as well as a talented and diverse workforce committed to the success of its clients and each other.
Previously, Coman was an investment funds attorney at DLA Piper, and before that, an investment funds attorney at Jackson Walker LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology as a legal counsel. Coman earned a JD from The University of Texas School of Law, a master’s degree from Columbia University in the City of New York, and an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
21. Cassandra Cuellar
Attorney of Shearman & Sterling
Cassandra Cuellar is an Attorney of Shearman & Sterling. She first joined the company in 2018. Shearman & Sterling has a long and distinguished history of supporting its clients wherever they do business, from major financial centers to emerging and growth markets. They represent many of the world’s leading corporations and major financial institutions, as well as emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises, often working on ground-breaking, precedent-setting matters. With a deep understanding of its clients' businesses and the industries they operate in, its work is driven by their need for outstanding legal and commercial advice.
Previously, Cuellar was an attorney at Andrews Kurth Kenyon. Cuellar earned a JD and an undergraduate degree in government and american studies from The University of Texas School of Law.
22. Brandon Middleton-Pratt
Attorney of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Brandon Middleton-Pratt began his professional career 15 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. They represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities litigation, employment law, intellectual property, and antitrust, among many other areas of law.
Middleton-Pratt first got his start in 2007 as an M&A and strategy analyst at Tesoro Corporation. From there, he went on to Boston University School of Law, before eventually rising to private equity associate at Goodwin, his most recent position prior to joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Middleton-Pratt graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD, from The University of Texas at San Antonio with an MBA, and from the University of Denver - Daniels College of Business with an undergraduate degree in finance.
23. Gregg Sofer
Partner and Attorney of Husch Blackwell
Gregg Sofer is a Partner and Attorney of Husch Blackwell. He first joined the company in 2021. Husch Blackwell is an industry-focused law firm with more than 20 offices across the United States, including its virtual office, The Link. The firm represents clients around the world in major industries including energy and natural resources; financial services and capital markets; food and agribusiness; healthcare, life sciences and education; real estate, development and construction; and technology, manufacturing and transportation. Husch Blackwell’s culture sets the firm apart with its efficiency and achieve superior results; integrity, accountability and personal attention. The firm believes that the talent, knowledge and perspectives of its people will lead its clients to successful outcomes.
Previously, Sofer was a U.S. attorney, Western District of Texas in the U.S. Department of Justice. Earlier in his career he worked with the New York County District Attorney's Office as an assistant district attorney in the trial division. Sofer earned a JD from New York University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in political science and government from Rutgers University.
24. Ross Cockburn
Attorney of Axiom
Ross Cockburn is an Attorney of Axiom. The organization was founded in 1988 as a primary provider of government information technology and consulting services. Since then, the company has expanded to the areas of program management, engineering, training, technical staff outsourcing and strategic planning. Axiom law is where legal teams go to find the right talent for everything from routine in-house tasks to complex outside counsel work. It shares and meets the higher standards of its clients and lawyers, with its “work smarter, adapt faster, go further” approach – connecting growing mid-market and Fortune 500 companies with the world’s deepest bench of experienced, specialized legal talent. With a net promoter score of 58, 99% of clients recommend the firm, and four out of five rate its lawyers as equal to or better than lawyers from a law firm. Cockburn has 32 years of experience. He began his career in 1990.
Before joining Axiom, Cockburn was an attorney at Greathouse-Holloway PLLC, and before that, an owner at Ross Cockburn, Attorney at Law. Earlier in his career he worked with Baker Botts LLP as an associate in labor & employment. Cockburn graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law with a JD, and from Arkansas State University with an undergraduate degree in philosophy.
25. Andy Liddell
Attorney of Duane Morris
Andy Liddell is an Attorney of Duane Morris. The law firm, with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today's legal and business challenges. From a partnership of four Philadelphia attorneys in 1904, the firm has grown to be among the 100 largest in the world. Duane Morris' lawyers now work out of offices in North America, Europe and Asia to address clients' issues around the globe. At the heart of the firm is a partnership, an agreement to work together in the pursuit of its clients' goals. Under the leadership of the firm's founders, and the influence of past and present chairman, Duane Morris has embraced a culture of inclusiveness, congeniality and consensus building that is rare among law firms. Liddell has 12 years of experience. He began his career in 2010.
Before joining Duane Morris, Liddell was a CEO, head of product, and chief legal counsel at Ellodee. Earlier in his career he worked with Norton Rose Fulbright as an associate. Liddell graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with a JD, and from Texas A&M University with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.
26. Michelle Apodaca
Attorney of Katten Muchin Rosenman
Michelle Apodaca began her professional career 22 years ago. Today, she is an Attorney of Katten Muchin Rosenman, a full-service law firm with nearly 700 attorneys in locations across the United States, London, and Shanghai. They strive to be a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services nationally and globally. While Katten offers an extensive range of legal services across numerous industries, its core areas of practice include corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, commercial finance, intellectual property and trusts and estates. Among its clients are a wide range of public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals.
Apodaca first got her start in 2000 as an in-house counsel and compliance officer at El Paso First Health Plans. From there, she went on to Brown McCarroll, LLP, before eventually rising to attorney and lobbyist at Haynes and Boone, LLP, her most recent position prior to joining Katten Muchin Rosenman. Apodaca graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law with a JD, and from Austin College with an undergraduate degree.
27. Shawn Shillington
General Counsel, Vice President and Secretary of Enverus
Shawn Shillington is a General Counsel, Vice President and Secretary of Enverus, the largest SaaS company solely dedicated to the largest market in the world – Energy. Enverus empowers companies to transform the traditional way of making decisions by accessing world-class intellectual capital, innovative cloud technology and collaborative partnerships. It provides value to customers across the entire energy mix with more than 1,400 professionals dedicated to the evolution of the industry and striving to deliver reliable, cost-effective energy to the world. A global company that serves more than 6,000 customers across 50 countries, Enverus is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with offices in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Midland, Texas, New York, Oklahoma City, Savannah, Tennessee, Bangalore, India, Calgary, Alberta, London, Santander, Spain, Singapore, and Stonehouse, U.K. Shillington has 23 years of experience. He began his career in 1999.
Before joining Enverus, Shillington was a special counsel at Baker Botts, and before that, an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton. Earlier in his career he worked with Testchip Technologies as a semiconductor engineer. Shillington graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.
28. Tiffany Walker
Attorney of Haynes and Boone
Tiffany Walker is an Attorney of Haynes and Boone, a top 100 law firm with more than 600 lawyers in 18 offices around the world and providing services for more than 40 major legal practices. They are an international corporate law firm providing a full spectrum of legal services in energy, technology, financial services and private equity. With more than 575 lawyers, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest U.S.-based firms by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and The Lawyer. It also was recognized across the board for excellence in the BTI Consulting Group’s 2020 “A-Team” report, which identifies the law firms that in-house counsel commend for providing superior client service. Areas of law practiced by Haynes Boone include Corporate/Securities, Banking & Finance, Energy, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Technology, Healthcare, and all aspects of Business Litigation. Walker has 20 years of experience. She began her career in 2002.
Walker graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with a JD, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in English language and literature.
29. Olivia Kim
Attorney of Clark Hill Law
Olivia Kim began her professional career 22 years ago. Today, she is an Attorney of Clark Hill Law. They are a full-service law firm that offers an unmatched depth of integrated resources, talented attorneys and other professionals who can anticipate and respond to the ever-changing business needs and challenges of its clients. They recruit and develop talented individuals and empower them to contribute to the firm’s rich diversity of legal and industry experience. Whatever the size or the complexity of the issue at hand, Clark Hill’s clients know they can count on more from the firm. Since 1890, they have been serving the business, government, non-profit and personal needs of clients throughout the country. Clark Hill has more than 190 attorneys and offices in Detroit, Birmingham, Grand Rapids, and Lansing, Michigan, Chicago, Phoenix, and Washington, DC.
Kim first got her start in 2000 as an English instructor at Pagoda Academy. From there, she went on to Nielsen, before eventually rising to an attorney at Foster LLP, her most recent position prior to joining Clark Hill Law. Kim graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law with a JD, and from Yonsei University with an undergraduate degree in English and sociology.
31. Christopher Baker
General Counsel of Nations Lending
Christopher Baker is a General Counsel of Nations Lending. He first joined the company in 2017. Nations Lending is a private company founded in 2003 by two mortgage industry professionals who knew they could treat customers and their employees better. The firm’s mission is to treat every customer like a person, not a number. Nations Lending invests in its customers, striving to help them achieve the dream of owning their own home when other lenders tell them it’s not possible – no matter the loan amount. The firm specializes in FHA and VA loans, providing those home buyers with focused attention to detail. Nations Lending is a great company because it empowers its employees to pursue their career goals by supporting their individual and creative ideas. They support a diverse workplace and meaningful work-life balance, and give back to the community – Nations Lending employees generously give their time to a variety of causes where needs are most critical.
Previously, Baker was a compliance counsel at AmCap Mortgage, LTD, and before that, an associate attorney at ClaytonRamirez, PLLC. Earlier in his career he worked with OneWest Bank as a project specialist. Baker earned a JD from St. Mary's University School of Law, an MBA in general management from Greehey School of Business at St. Mary's University, an MFA in theater management from Yale University, and an undergraduate degree in design and production technology from Carnegie Mellon University.
32. Chad Costello
General Counsel of WP Engine
Chad Costello is a General Counsel of WP Engine, a new breed of a technology company, and the world’s most trusted, at the intersection of software innovation and service. The platform provides brands the solutions they need to create remarkable sites and apps on WordPress that drive their business forward faster. Its managed WordPress hosting, eCommerce solutions, and enterprise offerings, including its WordPress experience platform and headless WordPress solution power 1.5M digital experiences globally for companies and agencies of all sizes. WP Engine keeps websites secure with proactive threat detection, managed WordPress hosting updates, & daily backups. Costello has 27 years of experience. He began his career in 1995.
Before joining WP Engine, Costello was an in-house counsel at Spredfast, and before that, an in-house counsel at Dachis Group. Earlier in his career he worked with Fidelity Investments as a senior software development manager. Costello graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with a JD, from Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business with an MBA, and from Hillsdale College with an undergraduate degree in economics.
33. Bryan Barksdale
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of YETI
Bryan Barksdale began his professional career 27 years ago. Today, he is a Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of YETI. YETI Holdings, Inc. engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of products for the outdoor and recreation market. They target niche markets of high-end hunting and fishing enthusiasts, outdoorsmen, beach goers, and water enthusiasts. Their products include coolers, vacuum-insulated stainless-steel drinkware, travel bags, backpacks, multipurpose buckets, outdoor chairs, blankets, dog bowls, apparel, and accessories. In 2006, it was decided early on that product innovation would come from necessity and firsthand experience – not from market research and data analysis.
Barksdale first got his start in 1995 as an assistant dean of students at the University of Mississippi. From there, he went on to Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, before eventually rising to general counsel at iFLY Indoor Skydiving, his most recent position prior to joining YETI. Barksdale graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law with a JD, from the University of Mississippi with an MEd in higher education administration, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
34. Nathan Bigbee
Deputy General Counsel of ERCOT
Nathan Bigbee began his professional career 20 years ago. Today, he is a Deputy General Counsel of ERCOT. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to 26 million Texas customers - representing about 90 percent of the state's electric load. As the independent system operator (ISO) for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects more than 52,700 miles of transmission lines and 1,030 generation units. It also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 7 million premises in competitive choice areas. ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature.
Bigbee first got his start in 2002 as an associate attorney at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. From there, he went on to the Office of the Attorney General of Texas as assistant attorney General, his most recent position prior to joining ERCOT. Bigbee graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with a JD, from The University of Edinburgh (UK) with an LLM, and from Texas A&M University with an undergraduate degree in economics and political science.
35. Seth Bills
General Counsel of Membersy
Seth Bills is General Counsel of Membersy, an Austin-based digital health company providing
dental membership software and administration solutions to dental service organizations
nationwide. Membersy is the nation’s largest dental subscription platform, serving over 5,000 dental practices and one million members, with a focus on designing membership plans that increase pricing transparency and make dental services more approachable for all consumers. During Seth’s tenure, Membersy acquired its chief competitor, the CDI Group, in 2020, and secured $66 million in funding from Spectrum Equity in 2021.
Before joining Membersy as Executive Vice-President and In-House Counsel in 2018, Seth was an associate with the Rogaliner Law Firm, a boutique health law firm in Dallas, Texas. Seth graduated from the SMU Dedman School of Law in 2013, and earned a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
36. Scott McGlasson
Attorney and Managing Partner of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson
Scott McGlasson is an Attorney and Managing Partner of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, a national law firm with a practice dedicated to the collection of delinquent accounts receivable for the government. For over 46 years, Linebarger has been providing customized collection programs for its public sector clientele. Its services allow its clients to spend more of their time and limited resources on providing the core services their constituents expect, while avoiding unnecessary tax increases and cuts to essential public services. McGlasson has 19 years of experience. He began his career in 2003.
McGlasson graduated from Washburn University Law School with a JD, and from Emporia State University with an undergraduate degree in business marketing.
37. Alex Allemann
Attorney of Winstead PC
Alex Allemann is an Attorney of Winstead PC. He first joined the company in 2007. Winstead is a national business law firm with more than 300 attorneys who serve as trusted advisors to emerging, mid-market and large companies, both public and private. They provide a range of core legal services that are critical to its clients achieving their business goals. Winstead’s business transactions and litigation practices serve key industries including airlines, financial services, higher education, healthcare, investment management & private funds, life sciences, real estate, and sports business & media.
Previously, Allemann was an associate at Jenkens & Gilchrist PC. Earlier in his career he worked with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia as a judicial clerk for Honorable James H. Michael. Allemann earned a JD from The University of Texas School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in economics from William & Mary.
38. Kim Bueno
Attorney of Butler Snow
Kim Bueno is an Attorney of Butler Snow. She first joined the company in 2021. With nearly 400 attorneys in offices worldwide, Butler Snow is a team of talented legal professionals who share a commitment to serve clients – from Fortune 1000 firms to emerging-technology start-ups. Surveys by respected national consultants consistently rank Butler Snow among the best nationwide in client service – in anticipating needs, in a commitment to help, in providing value, in client satisfaction. With that standard to guide us, Butler Snow has grown from a regional firm to one with national scope. Butler Snow has represented clients in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia, as well as internationally in more than 20 countries.
Previously, Bueno was a partner at Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP, and before that, a public affairs administrator at State Bar of Texas. Earlier in her career she worked with Fulbright & Jaworski as an associate. Bueno earned a JD from The University of Texas at Austin, and an undergraduate degree in journalism and political science from Southern Methodist University.
39. Tenia Ouellette
Managing Attorney of Zwicker & Associates P.C.
Tenia Ouellette is a Managing Attorney of Zwicker & Associates P.C. She first joined the company in 2021 as an attorney. Working on behalf of prestigious financial institutions, Zwicker & Associates P.C. has navigated the complexities of debt collection and debt recovery solutions, and has been providing an extensive range of legal services to the financial services industry since 1991. Their practice is concentrated on the preservation and promotion of creditors' rights. The firm’s services include bankruptcy, commercial collections, consumer collections and litigation, backed by a history of positive, efficient returns. Zwicker & Associates collection agency employs or contracts with debt collection lawyers in almost all US states. They have a reputation for filing lawsuits relatively quickly.
Previously, Ouellette was an attorney at Thomas J. Henry Law, and before that, an associate attorney in personal injury and social security disability at David Kohm & Associates. Earlier in her career she worked with Arbors of Sam Houston as a leasing consultant. Ouellette earned a JD from the University of Missouri School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in general studies from the University of North Texas.
40. David Garcia
Partner and Attorney of Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis
David Garcia is a Partner and Attorney of Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis. He first joined the company in 2014. Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis is a full-service firm with more than 270 attorneys in five offices serving clients with interests across the country and abroad. The firm is proud of its depth in transactional matters, litigation and dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, real estate, labor and employment, government investigations and enforcement, intellectual property and more. Since being responsive to client needs is no longer enough, Waller believes that helping clients achieve their objectives requires more.
Previously, Garcia was an attorney at Jackson Walker LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with Solectron as a material planner. Garcia earned a JD, an MBA, and an undergraduate degree in international business from The University of Texas School of Law.
41. Matt Kelley
Trial Attorney of Howry Breen & Herman
Matt Kelley began his professional career 6 years ago. Today, he is a Trial Attorney of Howry Breen & Herman, Austin’s go-to trial and serious injury law firm with attorneys that are proven courtroom champions with record-setting results that set them apart from other lawyers. Over the past 25 years, the firm’s Austin trial and personal injury attorneys have collected over 250 million dollars in verdicts and settlements with 50 of more than one million dollars each. Clients from all over the country call Howry Breen & Herman in times of need and it delivers time and again. Its award-winning Austin-based lawyers are among the best in the business. The firm has the experience, resources and track record to take on a case and fight to win the very best results for its clients.
Kelley first got his start in 2016 as an associate attorney at Hoffman Kelley. From there, he went on to Walters Balido & Crain Attorneys at Law as an associate attorney, his most recent position prior to joining Howry Breen & Herman. Kelley graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law with a JD, and from Texas A&M University with an undergraduate degree in philosophy.
42. Alex Matthews
Managing Attorney of Thomas J. Henry Law
Alex Matthews is a Managing Attorney of Thomas J. Henry Law, a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, Texas, representing accident victims nationwide. Their priority is to provide their clients with the best legal representation. The firm’s experienced trial attorneys are committed to defending their rights in personal injury matters including defective products, trucking accidents, maritime accidents, and other catastrophic accidents. Over the years, Thomas J. Henry Law has gone from being the go-to auto and on-the-job injury firm in Texas to becoming a nationally-recognized personal injury practice handling all types of accident claims and representing clients in mass tort, product liability, child injury, and whistleblower protection cases nationwide. Matthews has 6 years of experience. He began his career in 2016.
Before joining Thomas J. Henry Law, Matthews was a recruiter at Generation Sports Group, and before that, a founder and president at The Law Society for Sports, Entertainment, and Media. Earlier in his career he worked with New Horizons Computer Learning Centers/5Point Enterprises as a marketing communications specialist. Matthews graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law with a JD, and from Texas State University with an undergraduate degree in mass communication & advertising.
43. Stephanie Schmidt
Associate Attorney of Norton Rose Fulbright
Stephanie Schmidt began her professional career 9 years ago. Today, she is an Associate Attorney of Norton Rose Fulbright, a global law firm that provides the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. Recognized for their industry focus, they are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining, commodities and agribusiness, transport, technology and innovation, and life sciences and healthcare. Norton Rose has more than 4000 lawyers based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. Norton Rose operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. It aims to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.
Schmidt first got her start in 2013 as an administrative assistant at USC Department of Public Safety. From there, she went on to Blum Collins LLP as a legal assistant, her most recent position prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright. Schmidt graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Southern California with an undergraduate degree in business administration, psychology and law.
44. Kira Richards
Corporate Counsel of CrowdStrike
Kira Richards is a Corporate Counsel of CrowdStrike. CrowdStrike is a global cybersecurity leader that has redefined modern security with one of the world’s most advanced cloud-native platforms for protecting critical areas of enterprise risk – endpoints and cloud workloads, identity and data. Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud, the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence, evolving adversary tradecraft and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities. Richards has 9 years of experience. She began her career in 2013.
Before joining CrowdStrike, Richards was an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP, and before that, an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme as an assistant language teacher. Richards graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Miami with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
45. Jaime McNair-Benn
Attorney of McNair Law and Mediation, PLLC
Jaime McNair-Benn began his professional career 9 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of McNair Law and Mediation, PLLC. Their goal is to provide quality estate planning services to clients throughout Texas. They help their clients’ explore all legal options to create a legal plan that best protects any hard-earned assets and property while ensuring that their clients’ heirs are well-taken care of and that wishes are heard. Their services include wills and trusts, medicaid/ nursing home planning, special needs planning, asset protection planning, and probate and trust administration.
McNair-Benn first got his start in 2013 as a legal assistant at Mulder Law Group. From there, he went on to Children's Home Society of Florida, before eventually rising to visiting assistant professor at Jackson State University, his most recent position prior to joining St. Edward's University. McNair-Benn graduated from Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law with a JD, from Southern New Hampshire University with an MA in English and creative writing, and from Georgia Southern University with an undergraduate degree in communication arts.
46. Amanda Neinast
Attorney of Jackson Walker
Amanda Neinast is an Attorney of Jackson Walker. With more than 400 attorneys, Jackson Walker is one of the largest firms in the state and provides comprehensive services in a broad range of practice areas. At the same time, by keeping its offices in Texas—Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Angelo, San Antonio, and Texarkana—it provides excellent value for clients and maintains the nimbleness to adapt to their needs. For more than 130 years, Jackson Walker has represented companies that have changed the face of Texas business. It is proud to represent 109 of the Fortune 500 companies and seven of the Fortune 10. Internationally, their attorneys have represented clients in over 85 countries and territories, and it is a founding member of Globalaw, a worldwide network of law firms with offices throughout the U.S. and in over 165 cities internationally. Neinast has 8 years of experience. She began her career in 2014.
Before joining Jackson Walker, Neinast was an associate at Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson P.C. Earlier in her career she worked with Veritas 321 Energy Partners, LP as an in-house counsel. Neinast graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law with a JD, and from Texas State University with an undergraduate degree.
47. Ashley Bunyard
Senior Attorney of Dykema
Ashley Bunyard began her professional career 7 years ago. Today, she is a Senior Attorney of Dykema. Dykema is distinguished by its cost-effective and collaborative partnerships with its clients. It delivers practical, results-oriented counsel earning accolades from clients nationwide for its efforts on their behalf in the courtroom and in the boardroom. Dykema is focused on delivering outstanding results and it strives to develop relationships with its clients built on trust and mutual respect. Unparalleled client service is at the heart of its approach to the practice of law. That focus has been a cornerstone of the firm’s success for the past 85 years.
Bunyard first got her start in 2015 as an attorney at Sumner Schick LLP. Bunyard graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with a JD, and from the University of Oklahoma with an undergraduate degree in marketing.
48. Adam Walton
Attorney of Dickinson Wright PLLC
Adam Walton began his professional career 7 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Dickinson Wright PLLC, a growing, full-service firm of experienced, creative, diverse and dedicated legal professionals. Their attorneys are respected by their peers, honored by industry endorsements and recognized through significant appointments to bar associations and the judiciary system. For more than 138 years, Dickinson Wright has put its clients first across its 40 practice areas, and with a team of over 475 lawyers, Dickinson Wright has an unwavering focus on providing unmatched client service and the highest quality legal advice. From Fortune 500 companies to small and emerging businesses to governmental entities, nonprofits and individuals, every client is important to the firm.
Walton first got his start in 2015 as a law clerk for the Honorable Alice M. Batchelder at United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. From there, he went on to District Attorney's Office for Comal County, Texas, before eventually rising to litigation attorney at Pierce / McCoy, his most recent position prior to joining Dickinson Wright PLLC. Walton graduated from Liberty University School of Law with a JD, and from Whitefield College with an undergraduate degree in Christian philosophy.
49. Josh Mathews
Corporate Attorney of Arrive Logistics
Josh Mathews began his professional career 5 years ago. Today, he is an Corporate Attorney of Arrive Logistics, a multimodal transportation and technology company providing strategic solutions for both shippers and carriers. They are one of the fastest-growing freight brokerages in the nation, with exponential growth in both size and revenue each year since its founding in 2014. What was once a 10-person team in a small office in Austin is now an organization of more than 1,000 world-class problem solvers working out of Austin and Chicago. Arrive Logistics is focused on one thing: defining a new standard for service in freight, pushing the limits of what’s possible for ourselves and its partners every day.
Mathews first got his start in 2017 as a law clerk at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler. From there, he went on to Karni Law Firm, P.C., before eventually rising to associate attorney at Fulton Strahan Law Group, PLLC, his most recent position prior to joining Arrive Logistics. Mathews graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with a JD, and from San Diego State University with an undergraduate degree in finance.
50. Leanne Flatter
Attorney of Fish & Richardson P.C.
Leanne Flatter is an Attorney of Fish & Richardson P.C., a premier global intellectual property law firm that is sought-after and trusted by the world’s most innovative brands and influential technology leaders. Fish offers litigation, prosecution and counseling services for patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as trade secret counseling and litigation services. Its deep bench of attorneys with first-chair trial experience in every technology makes it the go-to firm for the most technically complex cases. It has an established reputation as a top-tier firm for patent portfolio planning, strategy and prosecution, as well as post-grant proceedings at the PTAB. Established in 1878, and now with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists in the U.S. and Europe, the firm’s success is rooted in its creative and inclusive culture, which values the diversity of people, experiences and perspectives. Flatter has 5 years of experience. She began her career in 2017.
Flatter graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with a JD, and from Clemson University with an MS and an undergraduate degree in bioengineering and biomedical engineering.