Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of Dallas for 2022. The city is known for its cultural activities and is home to the nation’s largest urban arts district. Dallas is also home to a diverse set of qualified lawyers and attorneys who excel with consistently meeting their clients’ needs. This year’s awardees practice in a variety of industries and fields including asset management, healthcare, education, FinTech, transportation, and more.
Among this year’s awardees are David Roberts, General Counsel of Electronic Transaction Consultants, who keeps up with the constantly evolving cybersecurity and threat actor environment while managing back-office and roadside systems; Warren Westberg, Founder of AbsolutLaw, PLLC, who is known as a hard-hitting and tenacious Texas trial attorney with 35 years’ experience, and David O’Dens, Attorney of SettlePou, who represents creditors in all aspects of workouts and foreclosures with 30 years of litigation and trial experience.
The awardees this year span across many sectors but remain equally committed to their clients’ within the market they serve. Please join us in celebrating this year’s awardees and their achievement of The Top 50 Attorneys of Dallas for 2022.
1. David Roberts
General Counsel, Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary of Electronic Transaction Consultants
David Roberts is a General Counsel, Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary of Electronic Transaction Consultants. He first joined the company in 2016. Electronic Transaction Consultants (ETC) is the cornerstone that brings together all the moving elements of today’s multimodal transportation environment, systems, data, people, and vehicles, to streamline integrated mobility solutions for urban and highway agencies and their customers. As a leading U.S. intelligent transportation systems and services provider, ETC delivers tolling and congestion management, urban mobility solutions, integrated multimodal back office platforms, interoperability hubs, maintenance, and operations. For over two decades, it has delivered sophisticated solutions to many of the country's largest toll authorities and transformed the industry with first-of-its-kind technology advancements.
Previously, Roberts was a general counsel at PonyUp Technologies, Inc, and before that, an SVP, general counsel, chief compliance office, and corporate secretary at RMG Networks. Earlier in his career he worked with Efficient Networks (now Siemens) as a chief counsel, general counsel and corporate secretary. Roberts earned a JD from Emory University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in political science from New York University.
2. Cameron Williams
General Counsel of Berkshire Hathaway Automotive
Cameron Williams began his professional career 24 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, one of the largest dealership groups in America with over $9 billion in revenue and 81 independently operated dealerships with over 100 franchises in 10 states. Berkshire Hathaway sets the industry standard for operational excellence, financial performance and an unmatched customer experience within franchised automobile dealerships. Using extensive experience, innovative strategies and technological expertise, Berkshire Hathaway Automotive works to assure their dealerships obtain and maintain position as leaders and trendsetters in the automotive field. The company focuses on building resilient and adaptive business models that cultivate engaged, strong and proactive leadership.
Williams first got his start in 1998 as an associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. From there, he went on to Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, before eventually rising to corporate counsel at Rural/Metro Corporation, his most recent position prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway Automotive. Williams graduated from Duke University School of Law with a JD and an MLL in international and comparative law, and from Brigham Young University with a double undergraduate degree in French and political science.
3. Jonathan Hustis
Senior Strategic Counsel of Symphony RetailAI
Jonathan Hustis is a Senior Strategic Counsel of Symphony RetailAI. He first joined the company in 2020 as general counsel. With more than 30 years of customer-centricity, Symphony RetailAI helps business leaders and their teams identify, activate, and realize opportunities for profitable growth, more efficiently and effectively, in today’s highly competitive omni-channel environment. From category management and marketing to supply chain and retail operations, Symphony provides the industry’s only truly integrated AI-enabled solutions, tailored for the nuances and volume of FMCG/Grocery retail. Its outstanding team of seasoned retail experts and a strong global partner ecosystem helps the company serve more than 1,200 organizations worldwide – including half of the world’s top 30 grocery retailers and all of the top 25 global CPG manufacturers – all through the Symphony Retail Cloud, powered by Microsoft Azure.
Previously, Hustis was a managing director of corporate development, chief compliance officer and general counsel at Teakwood Capital, and before that, an outside general counsel and executive adviser at Motus Labs. Earlier in his career he worked with Hochberg & Bernstein, P.C. as an associate attorney. Hustis earned a JD from SMU Dedman School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in liberal arts from St. John's College.
4. Adam Hull
General Counsel of Republic
Adam Hull is the General Counsel of Republic. He first joined the company in 2022. Republic is a financial technology company that specializes in investment-related services in the private markets, which include a retail investment platform, a blockchain advisory service, and a private capital division. Republic has deployed over $900 million in investments, supported over 600 companies, with a community of over 1.5M users across 100 countries. It is backed by dozens of leading investment firms and financial institutions and has co-invested with the best names in venture and private equity. Founded in 2016, Republic is headquartered in New York City with offices worldwide.
Previously, Hull was a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, and before that, an associate at Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough. Earlier in his career he worked with Reed Smith LLP as an associate. Hull earned a JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Utah.
5. Jaime Walkowiak
General Counsel of Instil Bio
Jaime Walkowiak is a General Counsel of Instil Bio. He first joined the company in 2020. Instil Bio is a cell therapy company developing tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) for the treatment of solid tumor cancers. TIL are a patient’s own T cells harvested from the patient’s tumor, which are then expanded and reinfused into the patient to target and kill cancer cells. The company is advancing its proprietary manufacturing expertise, technology, and data into clinical trials, including a planned registrational study with its lead candidate and a first-in-human study of its next-generation engineered TIL. The company is led by world-class cell therapy experts and backed by premier global institutional investors. Its optimized TIL therapies leverage its platform for TIL manufacturing, which has been designed to improve the scalability, logistics, and accessibility of TIL therapy.
Previously, Walkowiak was an SVP of research, COO of Baylor Research Institute at Baylor Scott & White Health. Walkowiak earned a JD from SMU Dedman School of Law, and an undergraduate degree from Suffolk University.
6. Mark Johnson
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of PHP Agency
Mark Johnson is a General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of PHP Agency. He first joined the company in 2021. PHP Agency is a national financial services marketing company with a compelling two-part vision: change the culture and diversity of the insurance industry and build the world’s largest financial services marketing company in history. To realize this vision, PHP has partnered with some of the world’s leading insurance carriers to offer clients personally suitable life insurance and annuity products and; provide a part-time or full-time career opportunity to those wishing to pursue a career as life insurance agents.
Previously, Johnson was a VP of ethics & compliance at Zovio, and before that, an SVP and COO at CNO Financial Group. Earlier in his career he worked with HCA Healthcare as an assistant administrator, and COO at the Pulaski Community Hospital of HCA. Johnson earned a JD from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, an MHA in hospital and health care facilities management from Brigham Young University, and an undergraduate degree in microbiology and Immunology.
7. D'Ann Bey
General Counsel of Lewisville ISD
D'Ann Bey is a General Counsel of Lewisville ISD. The organization is committed to educational success through real innovation and limitless opportunities for all its students. Annually, its district receives numerous academic accolades, fine arts honors, athletic championships and finance awards, which is a direct reflection of that commitment. It is dedicated to enriching educational opportunities for its 52,000 students, and is leading the way in classroom technology integration. Utilizing groundbreaking, transformative and flexible learning environments through its 1:X™ initiative gives its students tools to access, create and collaborate as thriving, 21st century digital citizens. LISD’s highly qualified team, technology integration, involved community and hard-working students make its district a premiere school system in Texas. Bey has 7 years of experience. She began her career in 2015.
Before joining Lewisville ISD, Bey was an assistant general counsel at Garland ISD, and before that, an associate attorney at Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo & Kyle P.C. Earlier in her career she worked with the City of Arlington as an assistant city attorney. Bey graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law with a JD in employment law, and from The University of Texas at Arlington with an undergraduate degree in business administration and management.
8. Jason Villalba
General Counsel of Associa
Jason Villalba began his professional career 10 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of Associa. With more than 200 branch offices across North America, Associa is building the future of the community for nearly five million residents worldwide. Its 10,000+ team members lead the industry with unrivaled education, expertise, and trailblazing innovation. From its humble beginnings in 1979, Associa has grown to become the world’s leading community management service company. It delivers all-encompassing solutions to thousands of communities—that’s more than any other company can offer. Many members of its leadership team have established the community management industry from the very beginning. They leverage the company’s collective experience, support, resources, and passion to deliver exceptional service for the satisfaction of every customer and the good of every community they serve. For more than 43 years, Associa has brought positive impact and meaningful value to communities.
Villalba first got his start in 2012 as a representative for Texas House District 114 at Texas House of Representatives, his most recent position prior to joining Associa. Villalba graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with a JD, and from Baylor University with an undergraduate degree in economics and finance.
9. Brittany Perez
Deputy General Counsel of SeatGeek
Brittany Perez is a Deputy General Counsel of SeatGeek. She first joined the company in 2022. SeatGeek was built in 2009 as the only mobile ticketing marketplace created with fan experience top of mind. It is transforming the way fans buy and sell their tickets to their favorite live events across sports, music, and theater. While the company humbly believes that it has the best consumer technology on the market, its mission goes beyond that – by bringing a technology-first approach to an entire industry sorely in need of a better solution, it aims to be a force for good in live entertainment. SeatGeek’s acquisition of TopTix created SeatGeek Enterprise, the premier primary ticketing solution on the market and perfect complement to its best-in-class consumer tech.
Previously, Perez was an SVP and associate general counsel at Tinder, and before that, an SVP and associate general counsel - Americas at Match Group. Earlier in her career she worked with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as a corporate associate. Perez earned a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin.
10. Mark Wigder
Of Counsel of Coats Rose P.C.
Mark Wigder began his professional career 50 years ago. Today, he is an Of Counsel of Coats Rose P.C., a transactional and litigation law firm focused on development: the development of real estate, affordable housing, special purpose districts, business and private wealth. Coats Rose provides legal counsel to businesses, governmental entities, corporate and high-net worth clients across the U.S. and internationally. For over 30 years, the firm has leveraged its vast legal experience to fulfill clients’ needs spanning real estate law, affordable housing and community development, public finance, construction/surety law, commercial litigation, government relations, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, tax, wealth planning and preservation. In addition to its headquarters in Houston, Coats Rose has offices in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans and Cincinnati.
Wigder first got his start in 1972 as an attorney at the United States Navy Judge Advocate General Corps. From there, he went on to Jenkens & Gilchrist, before eventually rising to partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, his most recent position prior to joining Coats Rose P.C. Wigder graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with a JD, and an undergraduate degree in government and economics.
11. Warren R. Westberg
Founder of AbsolutLaw, PLLC
Known as a hard-hitting and tenacious Texas trial attorney with 35 years’ experience representing Fortune 500 companies, closely held entities, entrepreneurs and individuals in complex civil litigation, Warren Westberg is currently the founder of AbsolutLaw, PLLC, a new and innovative problem-solving law firm. His reputation as a smart, tough and aggressive trial lawyer has been earned by winning jury trials for corporations threatened by difficult and highly visible cases in hostile venues, by successfully defending smaller companies in predatory, bet-the-company litigation brought by powerful competitors, and representing individuals seeking justice in cases where the odds are stacked against them. Prior to founding his law firm in 2013, he practiced for 25 years as a Trial Attorney and Partner in various prominent Dallas-based firms, including Arter & Hadden, McCauley, Macdonald, Love and Devin, Godwin Gruber and KL Gates.
Westberg graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with a JD and has an undergraduate degree in Economics.
12. Chnequa Harrison
Staff Attorney of Act
Chnequa Harrison began his professional career 30 years ago. Today, he is a Staff Attorney of Act. Act equips underserved residents to fight crime on their street using the justice system. Its legal advocacy program reduces crime in high-crime Dallas neighborhoods through empowering residents to shut down crime-ridden properties on their street. Act exists to make neighborhood safety a normal reality for everyone. More specifically, it equips brave men and women in underserved communities to fight crime on their street using the justice system.
Harrison first got his start in 1992 as an office administrator, manager, and paralegal at Burt Barr and Associates, LLP. From there, he went on to Dallas ISD, before eventually rising to attorney at Chamblee Ryan, P.C., his most recent position prior to joining Act. Harrison graduated from UNT Dallas College of Law with a JD, from Lamar University with a master’s in educational leadership and administration, and from Northwood University with an undergraduate degree in business administration.
13. Sekou Lewis
General Counsel of Dallas Mavericks
Sekou Lewis began his professional career 15 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of the Dallas Mavericks, an American professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Mavericks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Western Conference Southwest Division, and have won one NBA championship, four division titles, and two conference championships. The team plays its home games at the American Airlines Center, which it shares with the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars. The team was founded in 1980 by Dallas businessman Donald Carter. The team is currently owned by Dallas Billionaire Mark Cuban.
Lewis first got his start in 2007 as a Basketball Player Development Specialist at IMG Academy. From there, he went on to Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLPS as an associate, his most recent position prior to joining Dallas Mavericks. Lewis graduated from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law with a JD in business and entrepreneurship law, and from American University with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice.
14. James O'Sullivan
General Counsel of FC Dallas
James O'Sullivan is a General Counsel of FC Dallas, a professional soccer club that is a part of the Major League Soccer organization. The club was founded in 1995 as the Dallas Burn before adopting its current name in 2004. FC Dallas is one of the ten charter clubs of Major League Soccer having competed in the league since its inception in 1996. It plays its home games at its 20,500-capacity soccer-specific Toyota Stadium (located in Frisco, Texas), where they have played since 2005. Toyota Stadium is also home to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, the most personalized experience in sports. FC Dallas is the 1997 & 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champions and Supporters' Shield winners. O'Sullivan has 15 years of experience. He began his career in 2007.
Before joining FC Dallas, O'Sullivan was an assistant general counsel and director of land administration at Unity Hunt, Inc., and before that, a petroleum landman and title attorney at Kastner-Heritage Group. Earlier in his career he worked with Sandbote, Waggoner & Zopolsky, P.C. as an associate. O'Sullivan graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a JD, from Southern Methodist University with a master of music, and from Royal Northern College of Music with an undergraduate degree in musicology.
15. Robert Garcia
Vice President and General Counsel of Grand Homes
Robert Garcia is a Vice President and General Counsel of Grand Homes. He first joined the company in 2005. Grand Homes is America's Best Builder for 2011 and is a nationally recognized, award-winning leader in the home building industry. Grand Homes' recognition as America's Best Builder by BUILDER Magazine is backed by years of dedication to innovative design, quality craftsmanship and homeowner satisfaction. It is building over 400 semi-custom homes a year in over 35 communities exclusively in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. For over 30 years, Grand Homes has been creating classic, timeless homes of enduring value, quality, and design. They are committed to providing clients with exceptional designs that fit their lifestyle.
Previously, Garcia was an attorney at Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C. Garcia earned a JD from Texas Tech University School of Law, an MBA from Texas Tech University School of Business, and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Texas Tech University.
16. Sarah Bradbury
Vice President and General Counsel of Premier Trailer Leasing
Sarah Bradbury is a Vice President and General Counsel of Premier Trailer Leasing. She first joined the company in 2020. Premier Trailer Leasing is one of the largest trailer leasing and rental companies in the nation, specializing in long-term leasing and short-term rental services for over-the-road vans, flatbeds, refrigerated equipment and chassis. With one of the largest fleets in the industry and a growing nationwide network of locations, Premier is ready to handle clients’ every need, no matter where clients are. And its investment in new trailers and cutting-edge technology offers their clients’ the highest quality equipment on both rentals and leases, including real-time GPS tracking with geofencing provided by FleetLocate, refrigeration monitoring and remote control, fuel savings and CARB compliance with SmartTruck, free access to Premier’s 24-hour emergency roadside assistance, and online customer dashboard for complete access to account information.
Previously, Bradbury was a founding partner at Stewart Bradbury PLLC, and before that, a senior counsel at Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC. Earlier in her career she worked with Fulbright & Jaworski as an associate attorney. Bradbury earned a JD from Vanderbilt University Law School, and an undergraduate degree in communication studies from Vanderbilt University.
18. Norma Iacovo
Vice President and General Counsel and Tenaska Power Services
Norma Iacovo is a Vice President and General Counsel of Tenaska Power Services. She first joined the company in 2000 as associate general counsel. Established in 1997, Tenaska Power Services Co. (TPS) is a conservative marketing company focusing on energy management and the optimization of energy, both physically and financially. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tenaska, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, and a 700-person-strong organization that’s adept in natural gas marketing, power management, development and acquisition of generation assets, operation of power plants and more. Tenaska develops forward-looking solutions to fit customer needs and meet market demands, priding ourselves on adding value for customers, partners and investors.
Previously, Iacovo was an associate general counsel at Vastar Resources. Earlier in her career she worked with Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) as a senior counsel. Iacovo earned a JD from Boston College Law School, and an undergraduate degree in Russian history and journalism from the University of Arizona.
19. Bryan Pope
Managing Partner of The Cochran Firm
Bryan Pope is a Managing Partner of The Cochran Firm, a national personal injury and criminal defense law firm. With regional offices across the country and a team of experienced and aggressive personal injury attorneys and criminal defense lawyers, The Cochran Firm has developed a well-earned reputation for tireless and effective legal representation. While The Cochran Firm is a national law firm with multiple attorneys, it handles each case it takes with equal dedication and tenacity. It has been recognized nationally for its litigation achievements in the courtroom. Through these efforts, the attorneys with The Cochran Firm are committed in their continued fight for social justice by impacting the law, communities and industry practices. Pope has 30 years of experience. He began his career in 1992.
Before joining The Cochran Firm, Pope was a partner at McLarty Roper Pope, LLP, and before that, a partner at Roper Pope, LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with Misko, Howie & Sweeney, LLP as an associate. Pope graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law with a JD, and from Southern Methodist University with an undergraduate degree in history.
20. Jonathan Allen
Partner of Resnick & Louis P.C.
Jonathan Allen began his professional career 25 years ago. Today, he is a Partner of Resnick & Louis P.C. This law firm retains an unparalleled team of professionals with diverse backgrounds from across the United States. Its experienced attorneys are versed in all aspects of negotiation, arbitration, mediation, trial and resolution of litigated and non-litigated matters. The firm consistently approaches each case differently, finding & focusing on the strategies that will achieve the most beneficial results for each client. It continuously involves its clients in its process to ensure their needs are met throughout their entire experience and takes pride in being highly responsive to its clients' requests. It is the firm’s goal to maintain direct and open communication in order to ensure their satisfaction.
Allen first got his start in 1997 as an attorney at Brown McCarroll. From there, he went on to MehaffyWeber, P.C., before eventually rising to managing attorney at State Auto Insurance - Texas, his most recent position prior to joining Resnick & Louis P.C. Allen graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law with a JD, and from Stephen F. Austin State University with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
21. John Crews
General Counsel and Legal Director of Toyota Industries Commercial Finance
John Crews began his professional career 37 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel and Legal Director of Toyota Industries Commercial Finance, the proud lender for Toyota Forklifts & Hino Trucks. As part of the Toyota family, it has been a leading provider of financing solutions since 1985. TICF is committed to providing its customers and dealers with flexible, scalable solutions designed to help achieve its clients’ goals. Over the years, TICF has proven its unwavering commitment to its customers through quality service. During the highs and lows and economic ups and downs, TICF is always here to support its customers, and is proud to continue that legacy today by helping businesses thrive.
Crews first got his start in 1985 as a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. From there, he went on to Crews, Shepherd & McCarty, LLP, before eventually rising to owner of Law Offices of John R. Crews, his most recent position prior to joining Toyota Industries Commercial Finance. Crews graduated from Pepperdine Law with a JD, from Liberty University Theological Seminary with an MA in theological studies, and from Whittier College with an undergraduate degree in political science.
22. Andrew Zollinger
General Counsel of North Texas Food Bank
Andrew Zollinger is a General Counsel of North Texas Food Bank, a top-ranked nonprofit hunger-relief organization operating a state-of-the-art volunteer and distribution center in Plano — the Perot Family Campus. Last year, the Food Bank worked hard in partnership with member agencies from its Feeding Network to provide access to almost 77 million nutritious meals across a diverse 13-county service area— this means more than 200,000 meals per day for hungry children, seniors and families. But the need for hunger relief in North Texas is complex and in order to meet the need the NTFB is working to increase its food distribution efforts. NTFB’s goal is to provide access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025. Zollinger has 19 years of experience. He began his career in 2003.
Before joining North Texas Food Bank, Zollinger was a law clerk of the legal department at Guaranty Bank. Earlier in his career he worked with Cell Charge, Inc. as a national sales manager. Zollinger graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law with a JD, and from Brigham Young University with an undergraduate degree in international studies.
23. Wayne Taylor
Owner/Attorney of Allegiance Title Company
Wayne Taylor is the Owner and an Attorney of Allegiance Title Company. Allegiance Title Company is an independent title insurance agency specializing in the Real Estate area, providing residential, commercial and lender services for Texas and throughout the nation. Allegiance also provides a single source to support the settlement of clients purchase, refinance, REO, reverse mortgage and equity transactions, enabling clients to avail suitable and desired financial services. Allegiance Title Company strives to deliver the highest standards in real estate transactions. Its success is derived from its pledge to always deliver an experience beyond expectations in residential, commercial and lender settlement services and be clients trusted resource for results.
Previously, Taylor was an attorney at Dorsett Johnson & Swift, LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with The Farah Law Firm, P.C. as an attorney. Taylor earned a JD from Texas A&M University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in economics from Texas A&M University.
24. Michelle Heron
Attorney of CitySquare
Michelle Heron is an Attorney of CitySquare LAW Center. CitySquare - Legal Action Works (LAW) provides legal services to low-income families who could not otherwise afford legal representation to handle family crises and evictions. Resolving legal issues increases the level of safety, security and stability for its clients and their families as they work toward lifting themselves out of poverty. Fees are based on a sliding scale for those who do not make enough to pay for traditional legal services. CitySquare LAW team assists with family law and some civil matters locally. Heron has 13 years of experience. She began her career in 2009.
Heron graduated from Southern Methodist University with a JD.
25. Jesus Payan
General Counsel of Crestline Investors
Jesus Payan began his professional career 21 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of Crestline Investors, a credit-focused institutional alternative investment management firm. Crestline specializes in credit and opportunistic investments, including providing flexible capital solutions to middle market companies, asset backed investing and financing and restructuring solutions for mature private equity funds. In addition, the firm manages a multi-PM equity market-neutral hedge fund, and provides Beta and Hedging Solutions for Institutional clients. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the company maintains affiliate offices in New York City, London, Toronto and Tokyo.
Payan first got his start in 2001 as an attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Payan graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a JD, and an undergraduate degree in history and ethnic studies.
26. Sarah Bush
General Counsel of Mayweather Boxing + Fitness
Sarah Bush is a General Counsel of Mayweather Boxing + Fitness. She first joined the company in 2021. Mayweather Boxing + Fitness franchises offer a best-in-class group fitness experience, developed throughout two decades of Floyd’s career. Its franchisees are supported by an industry-leading team with deep expertise in developing multiple global fitness franchise brands. Mayweather Boxing + Fitness offers an authentic experience for those who want to learn from Floyd’s techniques and training regimens, while getting in the best shape of their lives in a high-intensity group fitness setting. Become part of the tight-knit community, and build the strength, confidence and passion needed to triumph in any fight that life presents.
Previously, Bush was an of counsel at DLA Piper, and before that, a special counsel at Foley & Lardner LLP (merged with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP). Earlier in her career she worked with Chicago Neuropsychological Services as a neuropsychometrist. Bush earned a JD from the University of Tennessee College of Law, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Houston.
27. Guy Kerr
General Counsel of George W. Bush Presidential Center
Guy Kerr began his professional career 44 years ago. Today, he is the General Counsel of George W. Bush Presidential Center. The center is home to the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Bush Institute, and the offices of the George W. Bush Foundation. The Bush Center's 226,000-square-foot building and 15-acre urban park reside on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. President and Mrs. Bush founded the Bush Institute to continue their work expanding freedom at home and around the globe. Built with private donations, the Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened to the public on 2013.
Kerr first got his start in 1978 as a partner at Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP. From there, he went on to Belo Corp., before eventually rising to of counsel at Locke Lord LLP, his most recent position prior to joining George W. Bush Presidential Center. Kerr graduated from SMU Law School with a JD, and from Washington and Lee University with an undergraduate degree in commerce and accounting.
28. Colleen McCoy
Attorney of Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary
Colleen McCoy is an Attorney of Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary. She first joined the company in 2019. Scopelitis is the largest law firm in the country dedicated solely to the transportation and related industries. Its attorneys provide advice and counsel to over 5,000 clients in virtually every segment of the transportation industry - from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, family-owned businesses - including motor carriers, brokers, logistics companies and warehouses. Scopelitis clients have access to attorneys in the Firm’s Indianapolis headquarters, as well as 9 additional offices across the country. Drawing from decades of collective knowledge, Scopelitis attorneys offer innovative, tailored advice for both pending legal questions and anticipated potential problems with dedicated teams in over 25 practice areas, including Regulatory, DOT and HAZMAT Compliance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Labor and Employment, Class Action Defense and Complex Litigation, and Independent Contractor Issues.
Previously, McCoy was an attorney at Sargent Law, P.C., and before that, a transportation and litigation attorney at Hermes Sargent Bates. Earlier in her career she worked with Hill Gilstrap P.C. as an attorney. McCoy earned a JD from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in dietetics from Texas Christian University.
29. John Parsons
Attorney of Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson
John Parsons is an Attorney of Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson. He first joined the company in 2015. Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy is a national law firm based in Wilmington, Delaware, with offices in Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. Its practice focuses on mass toxic tort, products liability, pharmaceutical, medical device, environmental and complex commercial disputes. It is proud to represent public and private entities of all sizes. For its national and regional toxic tort coordinating counsel practice, the firm has assembled a team of lawyers and other professionals with deep experience in the specialized skills appropriate for that unique type of litigation. Its business process approach breaks representation down into discrete tasks, permitting the firm to manage voluminous cases across multiple jurisdictions in a cost-efficient and effective manner, minimizing risk to its clients and ensuring consistent implementation of strategy.
Previously, Parsons was an attorney at Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy, and before that, an attorney at Brown McCarroll. Earlier in his career he worked with the Law Office of John Philip Parsons as an attorney. Parsons earned a JD from Oklahoma City University, and an undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University.
30. David O'Dens
Attorney of SettlePou
David O'Dens is an Attorney of SettlePou. He first joined the company in 1991. SettlePou first opened its doors in 1978, with a focus on commercial lending and real estate transactions, and gradually expanded its services in response to its clients’ needs. Today, the firm has grown to include more than 35 lawyers and more than a dozen practice areas — but its commitment to client service remains the same. As it enters the next 35 years, SettlePou continues to provide exceptional service and to put its clients’ needs first. Its clients depend on its legal expertise to navigate complex business issues and provide aggressive courtroom support. The firm is driven by core values that translate into genuine relationships and powerful advocacy. SettlePou attorneys work collaboratively across practice areas to bring a comprehensive range of legal expertise and guidance to each client, and to find resolutions that best fit within their clients’ individual goals.
O'Dens earned a JD from Oklahoma City University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in speech communication from The University of Texas at El Paso.
31. Isaac Haas
General Counsel of HBK Capital Management
Isaac Haas began his professional career 18 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of HBK Capital Management, a global, multi-strategy alternative investment management firm managing approximately $7.8 billion in assets, as of 2021. The firm was founded in 1991 and employs approximately one hundred and seventy individuals in Dallas, New York, London, and Charlottesville. Among the top rated and longest-tenured hedge funds in the world, HBK has a refreshingly transparent and team-focused culture, low turnover, and a fun work environment. In 2015, Institutional Investor/Alpha magazine gave HBK an A grade and the #13 ranking among hedge funds worldwide.
Haas first got his start in 2004 as an assistant manager at Sewell Automotive Companies. From there, he went on to Cooper & Stebbins, L.P., before eventually rising to associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP, his most recent position prior to joining HBK Capital Management. Haas graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law with a JD, and from Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business with an undergraduate degree in finance.
32. Ryan McComber
Partner of Figari & Davenport
Ryan McComber is a Partner of Figari & Davenport, one of the first commercial litigation boutiques in Dallas, and is known for its excellence today. This is why the firm is rated AV Premier, and it has had clients name the firm a “Go-To-Law-Firm of the Top U.S. Companies in the Labor and Employment Practice Area” and a “Go-To-Law-Firm for Financial Services Companies.” Figari & Davenport has six lawyers named Best Lawyers in America for business litigation, six lawyers recognized as Texas Super Lawyers including four who have been selected as "Super Lawyers" for 10 consecutive years. Four others have been called "Texas Rising Stars." The firm has an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. McComber has 19 years of experience. He began his career in 2003.
Before joining Figari & Davenport, McComber was an associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP. McComber graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law with a JD, and from the University of Oklahoma with an undergraduate degree in letters.
33. Amanda Greenspon
Intellectual Property Partner and Attorney of Munck Wilson Mandala
Amanda Greenspon is an Intellectual Property Partner and Attorney of Munck Wilson Mandala. She first joined the company in 2012. Munck Wilson Mandala is recognized as one of the nation’s leading technology-focused law firms with offices in Dallas, Austin and Marshall, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. The firm offers full-service counsel in the areas of intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property portfolio development, corporate transactions and securities, and employment law. It represents clients from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Its attorneys have established a substantial track record of handling complex legal matters in courtrooms and boardrooms around the world. Many of these attorneys hold engineering degrees and have worked as technologists and engineers themselves, providing clients with an uncommon level of expertise.
Previously, Greenspon was an associate at St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens LLC, and before that, a recruiter at Banister International. Earlier in her career she worked with Accenture as an analyst. Greenspon earned a JD in intellectual property and litigation from Cardozo School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College.
34. Frank Tolin
Of Counsel of Patterson + Sheridan
Frank Tolin is an Of Counsel of Patterson + Sheridan, a technology law firm specializing in the protection of client’s assets and rights, and does so by providing variety of services including: patent preparation and prosecution, trademark and brand protection, litigation, technology licensing, portfolio and risk management, and assistance with mergers and acquisitions. With seven offices strategically located across the country, Patterson + Sheridan is able to provide greater service, value, and expertise locally, while maintaining a recognized national presence and international reach needed to achieve client’s business goals. Tolin has 20 years of experience. He began his career in 2002.
Before joining Patterson + Sheridan, Tolin was an associate at The Mason Group Patent Specialist, and before that, a consultant and patent attorney at General Electric Company. Earlier in his career he worked with Moser Patterson & Sheridan LLP as an associate. Tolin graduated from Touro University Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center with a JD, from The George Washington University Law School with an MLL in intellectual property law, and from New York Institute of Technology with an undergraduate degree in electromechanical engineering technology.
35. Matthew Good
Attorney of Conner & Winters
Matthew Good began his professional career 19 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Conner & Winters. As one of the top full-service business and litigation law firms, Conner & Winters has dedicated nearly 90 years to serving clients throughout the central United States and Washington D.C. It attributes its diversity of practice and its reputation as one of the region's leading firms to the individual and collective talent of its attorneys and staff. The work of its lawyers spans a variety of industries from multinational corporations, municipalities and charitable foundations to local businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. The firm has been able to attract well-qualified graduates from Ivy League and other nationally prominent law schools as well as important regional and state law schools. With more than 100 attorneys covering a broad range of practice areas, Conner & Winters is committed to providing insightful counsel and excellent service to its clients.
Good first got his start in 2003 as an associate attorney at Coddington Hicks & Danforth. From there, he went on to Geary, Shea, O'Donnell, Grattan and Mitchell as an associate attorney, his most recent position prior to joining Conner & Winters. Good graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law with a JD, and from Colorado College with an undergraduate degree in history.
36. Ashley Parrish
Partner of McGinnis Lochridge
Ashley Parrish is a Partner of McGinnis Lochridge. She first joined the company in 2022. For 90 years, McGinnis Lochridge has served to protect the interests of its clients in continuously changing landscapes including cutting-edge technology, oil and gas litigation, regulatory matters and more. The quality of its work is reflected in its clients’ long-lasting loyalty and in its top-tier external rankings. McGinnis attorneys are dedicated to providing senior-level attention to clients’ legal matters. This level of focus ensures they receive maximum value, efficiency, and results. McGinnis is proud to have attorneys drawn from the ranks of top law school graduates, who are experienced lawyers with proven track records of client focus, exemplary service, and earning positive results for their clients. McGinnis Lochridge is a member of SCG Legal (formerly the State Capital Group). Membership in this global network is by invitation only, currently comprising more than 145 preeminent, independent law firms worldwide.
Previously, Parrish was a partner at Cantey Hanger LLP. Parrish earned a JD from St. Mary's University, and an undergraduate degree in political science and government from Texas Christian University.
37. Daniel Chang
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of Splash Financial
Daniel Chang is a General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of Splash Financial, a leading digital lending platform that helps borrowers easily shop and compare financial products from a Splash-powered network of credit union and bank partners. It is also a student loan refinancing company that provides online lending options to help college graduates consolidate and refinance their student loan debt. Its mission is to help young professionals tackle student loan debt, so they can find financial freedom earlier in their careers. Recently named among the top 250 private FinTech companies in the world by CB Insights, Splash’s unique hybrid marketplace model and automated underwriting platform has helped the average person refinancing their student loans save thousands. Splash’s mission is to create a faster and less expensive financial world. Chang has 16 years of experience. He began his career in 2006.
Before joining Splash Financial, Chang was a general counsel and chief compliance officer at Meritize, and before that, a VP and chief compliance officer in the marketplace lending at Cross River. Earlier in his career he worked with Cook County as a 711 licensed attorney in the public defender office. Chang graduated from DePaul University College of Law with a JD, and from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with an undergraduate degree in economics and political science.
38. Alex Rose
General Counsel of Ashford
Alex Rose began his professional career 15 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of Ashford, an alternative asset management company with a portfolio of strategic operating businesses that provide global asset management, investment management and related services to the real estate and hospitality sectors. Its principals have a long track record of success and many years of experience investing and operating in the hospitality industry. Currently, Ashford serves as the advisor to two NYSE-listed real estate investment trusts, Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) and Braemar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: BHR). Ashford also has a Hospitality Products and Services initiative, where it strategically invests in operating companies that service the industry, and it acts as an accelerator to grow those companies, through both its advised platforms and other third parties.
Rose first got his start in 2007 as a financial analyst at George K. Baum. From there, he went on to Milbank LLP, before eventually rising to partner at Kirkland & Ellis, his most recent position prior to joining Ashford. Rose graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD, and from The University of Kansas with an undergraduate degree in finance.
39. Leslie Pitts
Attorney of Martin Disiere Jefferson & Wisdom
Leslie Pitts is an Attorney of Martin Disiere Jefferson & Wisdom. She first joined the company in 2010 as of counsel. Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P. is a litigation boutique with offices in Houston, Dallas and Austin, Texas. The firm was founded in 2000 and has received repeated accolades, recognition and awards for its trial prowess and its substantive expertise. The firm has achieved state and national recognition for its expertise in the five areas in which it practices. The substantive expertise of its lawyers has been recognized in multiple state and national surveys of both American business leaders and lawyers. Martin Disiere Jefferson & Wisdom does not have to figure out the law when handling its clients’ cases – in many instances, it helps to create the law.
Previously, Pitts was a partner at Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, PC. Earlier in her career she worked with Broude, Smith, & Jennings, PC as an associate. Pitts earned a JD from Texas Tech School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in marketing and communications from Texas Tech University.
40. Elizabeth Nielsen
Attorney of Bailey & Galyen Attorneys at Law
Elizabeth Nielsen is an Attorney of Bailey & Galyen Attorneys at Law, one of the most recognized consumer law firms in Texas who has provided legal services for over 30 years with 15 offices located throughout DFW & Houston, TX and expanding. Bailey & Galyen specializes in the following legal areas: Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Father's Rights, Immigration, Criminal, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Worker's Compensation, Social Security, Intellectual Property, Wills & Probate, Employment Law and Civil Litigation. When their clients’ come to Bailey & Galyen for help with legal matters, they can rest assured that they are working with highly experienced attorneys who are committed to resolving their legal matter. Nielsen has 16 years of experience. She began her career in 2006.
Before joining Bailey & Galyen Attorneys at Law, Nielsen was an associate attorney at Bohach Law Group, and before that, an associate attorney at Warmbrodt & Associates, PLLC. Earlier in her career she worked with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas as a staff attorney. Nielsen graduated from St. Mary's University with a JD, and from the University of North Texas with an undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies and education.
41. Allan Howeth
Attorney of Cantey Hanger
Allan Howeth began his professional career 59 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Cantey Hanger. Cantey Hanger attorneys counsel with and appear in court on behalf of an impressive array of clients in the public and private sectors, both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. While many will recognize the names of its larger business clients, the firm is proud to represent a broad range of clients, including individuals, families and charitable organizations. Its attorneys handle the legal needs of entities ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small, family-owned businesses. Cantey Hanger has been privileged to be actively involved in the evolution and development of North Texas, having served as legal counsel in forming the first electric utility in Fort Worth (a client that Cantey Hanger represented for more than 100 years) and bringing the Stockyards to Fort Worth. There are now three streets in Fort Worth named in honor of the firm’s original partners.
Howeth graduated from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law with a JD, and from Texas Christian University with an undergraduate degree.
42. Brandon Thomas
Attorney of Hartline Barger
Brandon Thomas is an Attorney of Hartline Barger. He first joined the company in 2022. A Texas-based litigation and trial firm, Hartline Barger LLP serves clients throughout the state and across the nation, with offices in Dallas, Houston, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Waco, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. Nationally recognized for its litigation prowess in high-profile cases, it has built its firm with lawyers who, simply stated, like to try cases. Hartline attorneys pride themselves on providing uncompromising excellence to their clients in a variety of areas, including product liability, commercial litigation, class action and multidistrict litigation, insurance defense, personal-injury defense, intellectual property, premises liability, labor and employment, healthcare, construction, and dealer/franchise litigation.
Previously, Thomas was an attorney at Rasansky Law Firm. Earlier in his career he worked with Bergquist Law Firm as an attorney. Thomas earned a JD from Texas Tech University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Texas State University.
43. Carron Nicks
Attorney of Nolo
Carron Nicks is an Attorney of Nolo, a wholly owned subsidiary of MH Sub I, LLC, is the integration of some of the Internet's first legal sites, including Nolo.com, Divorcenet.com and AllLaw.com. These sites were combined with the ExpertHub technology platform in 2011 to form the Nolo Network. Nolo began publishing “do-it-yourself” legal guides in 1971. In the 40 years since its founding, Nolo has evolved with technology, developing “do-it-yourself” software and building Nolo.com into one of the Internet's leading legal websites. The law can be hard to find, complex, and intimidating. Nolo strives to make it accessible to everyone—to help people find answers to their everyday legal and business questions. It has an extensive library of legal articles—all for free. Nicks has 30 years of experience. She began her career in 1992.
Before joining Nolo, Nicks was a professor in the legal studies department at Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth. Nicks graduated from Tulane University Law School with a JD, and from the University of South Alabama with a master’s in counseling and an undergraduate degree in psychology.
44. Chris Mallou
Attorney of Steinger Greene & Feiner
Chris Mallou is an Attorney of Steinger Greene & Feiner, a proven legal team whose number one goal is to get injury victims every dollar they truly deserve. Since 1997, the firm has been serving and defending the rights of its clients and their families through some of life's most challenging times. The firm’s entire legal team is committed to representing and fighting for injury victims' best interests, giving each client insight into Florida and California law and their rights. Steinger, Greene & Feiner values the livelihood and well-being of its clients; it lends whatever help, guidance, or professional resources it can as it strives to put the pieces of injury victims' lives back together as quickly and efficiently as possible. The firm looks forward to being able to lend all its legal ability and knowledge toward getting the greatest possible recovery for clients and their family. Mallou has 7 years of experience. He began his career in 2015.
Before joining Steinger Greene & Feiner, Mallou was an attorney at Rad Law Firm, P.C., and before that, an associate at Bergquist Law Firm. Earlier in his career he worked with Locke Lord LLP as an audit response coordinator and assistant client intake coordinator. Mallou graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston with a JD, and from Texas A&M University with an undergraduate degree in history.
45. Casey O'Neill
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of USHEALTH Group
Casey O'Neill began his professional career 11 years ago. Today, he is the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of USHEALTH Group Inc., provides insurance services. It offers life, specified disease, sickness, accident, and disability insurance solutions for self-employed individuals, families, small business owners, and employees. With over 50 collective years of insurance experience, USHEALTH provides a broad choice of flexible solutions and secure insurance plans that offers an array of options for customers on a limited budget, as well as those who are looking for additional benefits. No matter the type of plan clients choose, USHEALTH works with their clients to build the health coverage that’s best for clients and their family.
O'Neill first got his start in 2011 as an associate at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. From there, he went on to Nelson Bumgardner Casto, P.C., before eventually rising to commercial litigation associate at Wick Phillips, his most recent position prior to joining USHEALTH Group. O'Neill graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with a JD, and from United States Military Academy at West Point with an undergraduate degree in economics.
46. Nigel Wheeler
General Counsel of Carolina Hurricanes
Nigel Wheeler is the General Counsel of Carolina Hurricanes, a division of the National Hockey League (NHL), Carolina Hurricanes is an operator of a professional ice hockey team based in North Carolina. Hurricanes Holdings, LLC owns the Carolina Hurricanes and operates the PNC Arena, an indoor arena that seats 18,680 for ice hockey and 19,722 for basketball, including 61 suites, 13 loge boxes and 2,000 club seats. Carolina Hurricanes’ services include organizing ice hockey tournaments worldwide, enabling a stable of bankable players waiting to prove their mettle globally. It also provides sports news including highlights, roster, schedule, scores and archives. Wheeler has 7 years of experience. He began his career in 2015.
Before joining Carolina Hurricanes, Wheeler was an associate at Bracewell LLP. Wheeler graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law with a JD, and from the University of California, Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in Spanish and mass communications.
47. David Rost
Deputy General Counsel of The Beneficient Company Group L.P.
David Rost began his professional career 6 years ago. Today, he is the Deputy General Counsel of The Beneficient Company Group L.P., provides unique products and services that offer valued liquidity and trusted solutions, including the financing and purchasing of alternative assets and comprehensive administration services for owners of alternative assets. Its products can also support tax and estate planning objectives, facilitate a diversification of assets or simply provide administrative management and reporting solutions tailored to the goals of the investor. Its suite of innovative products and services was developed to effectively serve high net worth individuals, institutions and their asset managers, and the executives and owners of private companies financed by alternative asset managers.
Rost first got his start in 2016 as a corporate attorney at Haynes and Boone, LLP. Rost graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law with a JD.
48. Jenifer Grace
Chief Legal Officer of bHIP Global
Jenifer Grace is the Chief Legal Officer of bHIP Global. bHIP Global’s mission is to deliver a rock-solid infrastructure, high impact products, and a unique global delivery system. It strives to provide its distributors and their customers with an experience that reaches beyond their highest expectations, making them proud to share bHIP with the people they know, love, and trust the most. bHIP Global's world-wide management team is committed to providing a truly global playing field for people who are looking to build a long-term business around the world. bHIP Global is recognized as the first company to introduce “a new breed of energy” into the marketplace. The proprietary energy blend formula that is a “herbal clean energy” is considered a category creator in the beverage industry. bHIP Energy is a premium beverage offered to consumers that desire the feeling of results in minutes and energy that lasts for hours. Grace has 12 years of experience. She began her career in 2010.
Grace graduated from Southern Methodist University with a JD, and from the University of Nevada-Reno with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
49. Young Fei
Patent Attorney of Miller Johnson
Young Fei began his professional career 5 years ago. Today, he is the Patent Attorney of Miller Johnson. Founded in 1959, Miller Johnson is committed to excellence in service to its business, institutional and individual clients. Its diversified and challenging full-service civil practice is divided into three major practice areas: Business and Corporate Law, Employment and Labor Relations and Litigation. It works in partnership with its clients to promote their success by providing innovative, solution-oriented, cost-effective services. The firm's attorneys are top-ranked by many third parties including Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.
Fei first got his start in 2017 as a patent attorney at the Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel. From there, he went on to Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C. as patent attorney, his most recent position prior to joining Miller Johnson. Fei graduated from Notre Dame Law School with a JD, and from the University of Southern California with an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering.
50. Meagan McNeil
Public Interest Attorney of South Texas College of Law Houston
Meagan McNeil began her professional career 4 years ago. Today, she is the Public Interest Attorney of South Texas College of Law Houston, a private law school that provides a diverse body of students with the opportunity to obtain an exceptional legal education, preparing graduates to serve their community and the profession with distinction. Founded in 1923, it is accredited by the American Bar Association. South Texas College of Law Houston is the oldest law school in the city of Houston. South Texas College of Law Houston was named the #1 law school of the decade in moot court competitions, holding the most national championships of any public or private law school in the U.S., by PreLaw Magazine.
McNeil first got her start in 2018 as a staff attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. From there, she went on to Thomson Reuters, before eventually rising to staff attorney at Denton County Friends of the Family, her most recent position prior to joining South Texas College of Law Houston. McNeil graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law with a JD, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in government.