Attorney Intel is pleased to announce The Top 50 Attorneys of Houston for 2022. Houston is the fourth most populous city in the nation and continues to grow due to the area’s booming job market. Not only is it a great city for engineers, scientists and tech professionals, it’s home to thriving law professionals. This year’s awardees are committed to a variety of areas, but most importantly, they are experienced and well respected individuals in their profession and provide top tier knowledge and service.
Among this year’s awardees is Leslie Shaunty, General Counsel of Skyward Specialty Insurance Group, who is a seasoned attorney with diverse and broad-ranging experiences with a multitude of legal issues; Daniel Belhumeur, General Counsel of Tellurian Inc., where he is on the ground floor and manages partnerships to continue growing their market share; and David Taylor, Deputy General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Steel Perlot, who represents an organization that is repeatedly building and bringing key products and platform businesses to markets.
Please join us in celebrating The Top 50 Attorneys of Houston for 2022 for their hard and dedicated work for their clients and their respected organizations.
1. Matthew Powers
General Counsel, EVP and Corporate Secretary of ION Geophysical
Matthew Powers is a General Counsel, Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of ION Geophysical. He first joined the company in 2013 as a senior counsel. ION has been a technology leader for 50 years with a strong history of innovation. While its traditional focus for its cutting-edge technology has been on the E&P industry, the company is now broadening and diversifying its business into relevant adjacent markets such as offshore logistics, military and marine robotics. Leveraging innovative technologies, ION creates value through data capture, analysis and optimization to enhance companies’ critical decision-making abilities and returns. ION offerings are focused on improving E&P decision-making, enhancing reservoir management and optimizing offshore operations.
Previously, Powers was an attorney at Sidley Austin LLP, and before that, an attorney at Mayer Brown. Earlier in his career he worked with Duane Morris LLP as an attorney. Powers earned a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Colorado Denver.
2. Leslie Shaunty
General Counsel of Skyward Specialty Insurance
Leslie Shaunty began her professional career 22 years ago. Today, she is a General Counsel of Skyward Specialty Insurance, a property and casualty insurance holding company formed in 2007. They provide admitted and non-admitted solutions to retail and wholesale distributors, managing general agents and captive markets. Skyward has built highly respected businesses in specialty lines including management professional liability, medical stop loss, surety, E&S property and liability, and large commercial property, as well as multi-line solutions for the energy, trucking and construction industries. Skyward Specialty is different from most others in its industry in just about every way. They have the spirit of a start-up with the security of nearly $1 billion in Written Premium. It puts immense brain power and energy into finding greater insights to uncover better opportunities for its clients, partners, and people.
Shaunty first got her start in 2000 as an AVP in legal at HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. From there, she went on to Mattress Firm, before eventually rising to corporate attorney at Shaunty Law Firm, her most recent position prior to joining Skyward Specialty Insurance. Shaunty graduated from the University of Virginia with a JD, and from the University of Texas - Austin with an undergraduate degree in government.
3. Jack Najarian
Attorney of Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Jack Najarian is an Attorney of Chamberlain Hrdlicka, a tax and business-focused law firm providing value at the highest level of client service, with offices in Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia and San Antonio. They are a mid-market, multi-service firm with a nationally-leading tax practice, representing both public and private companies, as well as individuals and family-owned businesses across the nation. The firm has grown over the past five decades to more than 150 attorneys with a wide variety of practice areas and personalized attention to their clients’ needs. The firm remains a hallmark of its heritage, and over the years, individuals and business entities alike have placed their trust in Chamberlain Hrdlicka for its highly-skilled and dedicated attorneys who provide a level of sophistication, client service and a value proposition that is unmatched. Today, the firm’s tradition of personalized service continues to be valued by clients from the smallest start-up ventures to the largest multinational companies. Najarian has 12 years of experience. He began his career in 2010.
Before joining Chamberlain Hrdlicka, Najarian was an attorney at Liskow & Lewis, and before that, an attorney at Abdullah & Associates, PLLC. Earlier in his career he worked with the Harris County Office of the District Attorney as a law clerk. Najarian graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law with a JD, and from the University of Houston Honors College with an undergraduate degree in economics and political science.
4. Joshua Newcomer
Attorney of McKool Smith
Joshua Newcomer is an Attorney of McKool Smith. He first joined the company in 2013. With 120 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, and Washington, D.C., McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has secured 13 nine-figure jury verdicts and 15 eight-figure jury verdicts, obtaining more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal “Top 100 Verdicts” than any other law firm. These courtroom successes have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” McKool Smith represents clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, insurance recovery, and white collar defense matters.
Previously, Newcomer was an attorney at Hogan Lovells. Earlier in his career he worked with L.E.K. Consulting as an associate consultant. Newcomer earned a JD from Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania.
5. Shaun Sethna
Deputy General Counsel of Altisource
Shaun Sethna is a Deputy General Counsel of Altisource. Altisource is an integrated service provider and marketplace for the real estate and mortgage industries, helping servicers, originators and investors maximize results, enhance quality, minimize costs and mitigate risks. The organization built a successful business providing technology and innovative solutions to mortgage servicing and origination clients as well as buyers and sellers of single-family residential real estate. They deliver a comprehensive suite of products and services that can meet the unique needs of each client. Combining operational excellence with a suite of innovative products and technologies, Altisource helps solve the demands of the ever-changing market. Sethna has 17 years of experience. He began his career in 2005.
Before joining Altisource, Sethna was a chief counsel for start-up SaaS data analytics business at Pointillist, and before that, an attorney at Schlumberger. Earlier in his career he worked with King & Spalding as an associate. Sethna graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD, and from Georgia Institute of Technology with an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering.
6. Liza Garcia
Managing Attorney of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston
Liza Garcia is a Managing Attorney of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston. Founded in 1943, the company’s mission is to help people in southeast Texas by providing caring, compassionate services and advocating for social justice in collaboration with parishes and communities. Catholic Charities is a non-profit, United Way agency that serves more than 85,000 annually throughout the Greater Houston area. The organization helps light the way for better lives by assisting people in need through four main service areas: nurturing and caring for children, strengthening families, supporting refugees and immigrants and promoting independence for seniors and other vulnerable adults. Garcia has 12 years of experience. She began her career in 2010.
Before joining Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston, Garcia was a law clerk at Warnock, MacKinlay & Carman, PLLC, and before that, a law clerk at Goldwater Institute. Earlier in her career she worked with The Aguirre Law Firm as a paralegal. Garcia graduated from Arizona Summit Law with a JD, from Rice Business - Jones Graduate School of Business with an MBA, from St. Mary's University with an MA in international relations and conflict resolution, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
7. Joshua Belcher
Attorney of Eversheds Sutherland
Joshua Belcher began his professional career 20 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Eversheds Sutherland, a pioneering global law practice providing high quality legal advice and innovation worldwide. They deliver high quality, innovative solutions to complex business issues for a diverse range of clients. Their 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. Eversheds shape its advice to the unique circumstances and challenges of each project, and ensure 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.
Belcher first got his start in 2002 as an account executive at B&B Marketing Communications. From there, he went on to Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, before eventually rising to attorney at Cozen O'Connor, his most recent position prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland. Belcher graduated from Vermont Law and Graduate School with a JD and an MS in environmental law, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in sociology.
8. Michael Davenport
Attorney of Davenport Law Offices
Michael Davenport is an Attorney of Davenport Law Offices. He first joined the company in 1994. Davenport Law’s cost-effective and personalized legal services enable the firm to assist numerous people in these trying economic times. Its staff is friendly, professional and takes the time to analyze each situation presented and develop the best plan of action for their unique circumstance. Whether it be serving as General Counsel for an 800-employee company or representing individuals in cases dealing with consumer debt, personal injury or family law, Davenport Law's founder, Brandon Davenport, has put all he has into each representative engagement.
Previously, Davenport was an assistant attorney general. Davenport earned a JD from Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
9. Cathy Konwisarz
General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officern of NESR
Cathy Konwisarz began her professional career 17 years ago. Today, she is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of NESR. National Energy Services Reunited Corp. (NESR) was founded in 2017 as one of the largest national oilfield services providers in the MENA and Asia Pacific regions, and was the first national energy company from the MENA region to be listed on the NASDAQ. With over 5,000 employees representing more than 60 nationalities in over 15 countries, NESR helps its customers unlock the full potential of their reservoirs by providing production services such as hydraulic fracturing, cementing, coiled tubing, filtration, completions, stimulation, pumping and nitrogen services. NESR also enables its customers to access their reservoirs in a more efficient manner by providing drilling and evaluation services such as drilling downhole tools, directional drilling, fishing tools, testing services, wireline, slickline, drilling fluids and rig services.
Konwisarz first got her start as an associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, before moving in-house and eventually rising to Assistant General Counsel – Conventional, A&D and US Operations at Marathon Oil Company. Konwisarz graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston with her JD and from the University of Houston Law Center with two Masters of Law, one in tax law, and the other in energy, environment, and natural resources law. She also hold an Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University.
10. Thomas Morrow
Attorney of Axiom
Thomas Morrow is an Attorney of Axiom. He first joined the company in 2021. Axiom is a team of legal, business, and tech-focused individuals from around the globe united in a desire to change the way legal work is delivered. It is where legal teams go to find the right talent for everything from routine in-house tasks to complex outside counsel work. Axiom 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 Axiom, and four out of five rate Axiom lawyers as equal to or better than lawyers from a law firm.
Previously, Morrow was an attorney and advisor at NASA, and before that, an of counsel at Edmonds & Nolte PC. Earlier in his career he worked with The Boeing Company as a manager. Morrow earned a JD from the University of Houston, an MBA from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, and an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland.
11. Jasper Mason
Attorney of Baker Donelson
Jasper Mason is an Attorney of Baker Donelson. For 130 years, Baker Donelson has built a reputation for achieving results for its clients on a wide range of legal matters. While providing legal services is its focus, it is how the firm delivers them that sets it apart. Their goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm. Baker Donelson commits to a deep understanding of a client's business, to enable it to anticipate clients' needs and assist in their decision making processes. They offer consistent, knowledgeable guidance based on their specific goals and objectives. This is why clients view the firm as a valued business partner and allows them to focus on the growth and success of their business, confident their legal issues will be handled by an attentive, responsive team. Clients receive informed guidance from experienced, multi-disciplined industry and client service teams. Mason has 16 years of experience. He began his career in 2006.
Before joining Baker Donelson, Mason was an attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, and before that, an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with IHS as a senior consultant. Mason graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with a JD, from Texas A&M University - The Bush School of Government and Public Service with a master’s in international affairs and national security policy, and from the University of Houston with an undergraduate degree in political science.
12. Tyler Boyd
Company: Houston Baptist University
Title: General Counsel
Tyler Boyd began his professional career 13 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of Houston Baptist University, a Christian liberal arts university dedicated to the development of the intellect, the moral character, and the spiritual lives of its students. Founded in 1960, HBU is a coeducational independent university and a Texas Baptist institution. It offers what few other faith-based colleges or universities can—a dynamic learning environment on a diverse, real-world campus located in one of the nation's largest and most international cities. The curriculum includes many undergraduate and graduate programs. A strong portfolio of scholarships awarded on the basis of merit, talent, leadership and athletics make HBU an attainable choice among private colleges and universities. The beautiful 100-acre campus is located just minutes from the city’s thriving downtown district, and the opportunities for jobs, internships and fun surround it.
Boyd first got his start in 2009 as a commodities buyer and the executive assistant to the president at Buc-ee's, Ltd. Boyd graduated from Texas Southern University with a JD, from the University of Louisiana Monroe with an MA in communication, and from Bethany College with an undergraduate degree in communication.
13. Gregg Goldstein
General Counsel of Cart.com
Gregg Goldstein began his professional career 24 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of Cart.com, the first end-to-end ecommerce software and service provider built to help Brands find more customers, sell in more places, and deliver their products more easily. Brands can attract new customers by meeting them where they shop, improve brands’ advertising ROI, and automate all their ecommerce analytics tasks, then promote products in thousands of channels with Cart Feed Management. Cart.com provides tools that allow for a modular, data-rich, fully integrated approach to scaling up. It is on a mission to put Brands back in charge of their ecommerce journey and in control of their customer relationships.
Goldstein first got his start in 1998 as a legislative analyst at National Multi Housing Council. From there, he went on to Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, before eventually rising to general counsel at ForeFlight, LLC, his most recent position prior to joining Cart.com. Goldstein graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a JD, from the University of Kentucky with an MA in anthropology, and from the University of Colorado Boulder with an undergraduate degree in anthropology.
14. Kara Garcia
Attorney and Senior Litigator of Cordell & Cordell
Kara Garcia is an Attorney and Senior Litigator of Cordell & Cordell. She first joined the company in 2018. With more than 250 attorneys and law offices in 37 states, Cordell & Cordell is a community of talented legal professionals who prioritize growth and success in all our life roles. They specialize in representing men in divorce nationwide with its focus on aggressively championing the rights of men and fathers. Their attorneys understand how the deck is often stacked against guys in family law and are committed to leveling the playing field by providing the legal guidance and resources needed to give them the best chance at success. Cordell & Cordell’s divorce attorneys know how much children count on their fathers and that’s why they strive to ensure that fathers can count on them.
Previously, Garcia was a mathematics teacher at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, and before that, an English teacher at New Caney Independent School District. Earlier in her career she worked with Butler & Harris as a law clerk. Garcia earned a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, an MEd in education administration from Lamar University, and an undergraduate degree in advertising from Texas Tech University.
15. Derrick Baylor
Staff Attorney of Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy
Derrick Baylor is a Staff Attorney of Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy, Inc. The organization is dedicated to identifying potential implementable solutions to legal and social issues disproportionately impacting the communities of color and other disenfranchised populations. ECI’s focus is on providing research based policy advocacy that also involves disproportionate minority involvement including homelessness, teen dating violence, decriminalizing poverty, pretrial diversion, human sex trafficking, incarceration versus education, and issues involving disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile system. Baylor has 15 years of experience. He began his career in 2007.
Before joining Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy, Baylor was a teacher at Alief ISD. Baylor graduated from Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law with a JD, from Baruch College with a master of public administration, and from Texas Southern University with an undergraduate degree in history.
16. Rebecca Andrews
Attorney and Partner of Best Best & Krieger
Rebecca Andrews began her professional career 14 years ago. Today, she is an Attorney and Partner of Best Best & Krieger, a trusted partner and strategist to public and private sector clients across the nation. With offices spanning from coast to coast, the firm’s 250 attorneys provide innovative legal solutions and cost-effective representation, working to protect and advance clients’ interests at every turn. The firm provides full-service counsel and representation on municipal, environmental, employment, business, public finance, telecommunications, government relations matters and more. BB&K is recognized for decades of groundbreaking successes, loyal service, and a culture of inclusion and respect.
Andrews first got her start in 2008 as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court. From there, she went on to California Court of Appeals, Fourth District as law clerk, her most recent position prior to joining Best Best & Krieger. Andrews graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law with a JD, from Emory University with a master of divinity, and from Seattle Pacific University with an undergraduate degree.
17. Michelle Fulton
Owner and Attorney of The Fulton Law Firm PLLC
Michelle Fulton is the owner and an Attorney of The Fulton Law Firm PLLC, a single attorney boutique Family Law Firm operating in the Harris and Galveston County area. Their firm’s purpose is to provid quality, compassionate, and affordable legal services to their clients and assist them in making whatever transition they are experiencing as hassle-free as possible. The Fulton Law Firm offers a flat rate fee in multiple tiers to help reduce the stress of not knowing what your legal fees are going to be. They also offer a free, one time, consultation that will allow you to see if its firm is what you are needing for your particular situation. Fulton has 21 years of experience. She began her career in 2001.
graduated from Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law with a JD, and from Kansas State University with an undergraduate degree in English.
18. Nicole Nordhougen
General Counsel of Netsync Network Solutions
Nicole Nordhougen began her professional career 15 years ago. Today, she is a General Counsel of Netsync Network Solutions, a NMSDC-certified minority business enterprise (MBE), federally certified woman-owned small business (WOSB), and HUB-certified value-added reseller (VAR), specializing in the implementation of comprehensive IT life cycle solutions for a wide array of organizations. As a Cisco Gold, Master Collaboration, and Master Security Partner; an HP and Intel Platinum Partner; and holding certifications and specializations from many of the industry’s leading technology manufacturers, Netsync has extensive experience performing large-scale implementations and deploying complex IT solutions for K-12 and higher education institutions, civic organizations, municipalities, government agencies, and corporate clients across several industries, including energy, healthcare, retail, and financial services.
Nordhougen first got her start in 2007 as an HR generalist at SEI LLC. From there, she went on to Lowe's Home Improvement, before eventually rising to HR manager at Hostgator.com, her most recent position prior to joining Netsync Network Solutions. Nordhougen graduated from The University of North Dakota School of Law with a JD, and from North Dakota State University with an undergraduate degree in political science.
19. Alexis Caughey
Senior Attorney of Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons L.L.P.
Alexis Caughey is a Senior Attorney of Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons L.L.P. She first joined the company in 2020. Thompson Coe is a complex litigation law firm of more than 200 attorneys who have been guiding their clients through high-stakes litigation, business disputes, and regulatory matters for over 70 years. Since its inception in 1951, Thompson Coe has dedicated itself to being recognized as a national authority on insurance defense and sophisticated coverage issues. Thompson Coe’s experience in this highly regulated, cost-conscious industry has enabled the firm to bring a level of discipline and efficiency to its clients that translates into tangible value. Today, Thompson Coe provides this value to its clients through a spectrum of legal services spanning multiple industries. Clients choose Thompson Coe because the firm provides a total, integrated solution to their legal needs.
Previously, Caughey was a senior counsel at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP, and before that, a senior counsel at Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with Sullivan & Holston as a law clerk. Caughey earned a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, and an undergraduate degree in political science and government from The University of Texas at Austin.
20. George Rustay
Attorney of Gray Reed
George Rustay began his professional career 52 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Gray Reed, a full-service Texas law firm in Dallas and Houston. Since 1985, Gray Reed’s philosophy has been to provide high-quality legal services in a streamlined manner, to provide sophisticated and complex legal advice that is reasonably priced, and to provide big-firm results with small-firm efficiency. They are dedicated to achieving success for their clients, as they define success – whether that is winning a critical lawsuit, closing a key deal, consulting to save taxes, or just giving good business advice. The firm seeks to define success at the outset of the engagement. It gets to know its clients, its clients' business and the nature of the engagement so the firm can identify the optimal result(s) for its clients. But achieving an end result without regard to how long it takes or how much it costs would be irresponsible, and Gray Reed believes these considerations are also paramount when it defines what success will be on the front end with its clients. The vast majority of the business is from repeat clients and word of mouth referrals.
Rustay first got his start in 1970 as a trial defense attorney at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. From there, he went on to the Law Office of George A. Rustay, before eventually rising to attorney at Dow Cogburn and Friedman PC, his most recent position prior to joining Gray Reed. Rustay graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a JD and from Austin College with an undergraduate degree in history and political science.
21. Daniel Belhumeur
General Counsel of Tellurian
Daniel Belhumeur is a General Counsel of Tellurian. He first joined the company in 2016. Tellurian is committed to supplying energy to the global market with a priority on decreasing urban pollution, reducing worldwide carbon emissions and slowing the pace of climate change. It is developing natural gas infrastructure efficiently and responsibly, providing consumers with a more reliable, cleaner energy supply and enabling advances in renewable energy alternatives. The first-class management team at Tellurian has collectively delivered over 79 million tonnes of LNG through their past endeavors over the past 50 years. Their first project at Tellurian is Driftwood LNG, a 27.6 mtpa LNG facility near Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Driftwood project has all the required permitting to begin construction and has achieved significant commercial momentum. Tellurian’s combination of talents sets it apart from every other developer and their leadership is underpinned by a team with unmatched experience.
Previously, Belhumeur was a VP of tax and general tax counsel at Cheniere Energy, Inc. Belhumeur earned a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law, an LLM from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in taxation and an undergraduate degree in accounting from Texas A&M University.
22. Clay Allen
General Counsel of Houston Rockets
Clay Allen is a General Counsel of Houston Rockets, an American professional basketball team based in Houston. The Rockets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member team of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. Back-to-back NBA World Champions, the Houston Rockets brought the first ever professional sports championships to the city in 1994 and 1995. Throughout its history, Houston has won two NBA championships and four Western Conference titles. The Rockets continue to provide for Houston through their efforts on the court and in the community via the Clutch City Foundation. Allen has 20 years of experience. He began his career in 2002.
Before joining Houston Rockets, Allen was an associate attorney at Locke Lord LLP. Allen graduated from Baylor University School of Law with a JD, and from Trinity University with an undergraduate degree in international studies.
23. Aakash Parekh
General Counsel of SparkCognition
Aakash Parekh began his professional career 18 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of SparkCognition. Their mission is to deliver world-class AI solutions that allow you to solve your most critical problems, empowering you to run a more sustainable, safer, and profitable business. Its award-winning AI solutions predict future outcomes, optimize processes, and prevent cyberattacks. It partners with the world’s industry leaders to analyze, optimize, and learn from data. Their patented AI, machine learning, and natural language technologies lead the industry in innovation and accelerate digital transformation. SparkCognition’s solutions allow you to solve critical challenges—prevent unexpected downtime, maximize asset performance, optimize prices, and ensure worker safety, all while avoiding zero-day cyberattacks on essential IT and OT infrastructure. SparkCognition’s product portfolio enables you to quickly capitalize on your data, providing actionable insights based on real-time analysis, amplifying your return on investment, and redefining best practices.
Parekh first got his start in 2004 as a software engineer at FactSet Research Systems. From there, he went on to Biggers & Ohanian LLP, before eventually rising to principal at Toler Law Group, his most recent position prior to joining SparkCognition. Parekh 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 computer science.
24. Bradford Gilde
Attorney and Owner of Gilde Law Firm
Bradford Gilde is an Attorney and Owner of Gilde Law Firm. He first formed the company in 2012. Gilde Law Firm encapsulates the beliefs and ideals that guide their actions on behalf of every client and every case. They believe in their clients' case; they fight during every phase of litigation and win the compensation for their clients’. While neither Gilde Law Firm nor any other firm can guarantee victory in any case, they strive for their clients’ satisfaction and ensure, at a minimum, their clients get their “day in court.” They take the time to get to know their clients and understand their needs. They want to help bring order back to everyday life, and they put all their years of education, knowledge, skill, and experience toward fighting on their clients behalf and obtaining excellent results, as they have done for many clients many times before.
Previously, Gilde was an attorney at Matthews & Associates, and before that, an attorney at Aaron J. DeLuca, PLLC. Earlier in his career he worked with Lanier Law Firm as an attorney. Gilde earned a JD from South Texas College of Law, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy and government from The University of Texas at Austin.
25. Judith Meyer
Attorney and Mediator of Kean Miller
Judith Meyer is an Attorney and Mediator of Kean Miller. With more than 160 attorneys in Louisiana and Texas, Kean Miller serves as legal counsel to the people and industries that drive the regional economy. From Fortune 1000 companies to local and regional businesses, they provide efficient and effective legal services in a cost-efficient manner. In the courtroom and the boardroom, their attorneys serves clients in numerous industries, including energy, petrochemicals, maritime, construction, manufacturing, drilling and exploration, midstream, technology, transportation, advertising, retail, food and beverage, financial services, shipping, gaming, education, health care, refining and real estate. Kean Miller attorneys create unique solutions, practical strategies, and unparalleled value that allow its clients to perform at the highest level. Meyer has 24 years of experience. She began her career in 1998.
She graduated from Tulane University Law School with a JD and from Louisiana State University with an undergraduate.
26. Victoria Nemeth
Principal of Filippov Law Group, PLLC
Victoria Nemeth began her professional career 22 years ago. Today, she is a Principal of Filippov Law Group, PLLC, a reliable full-service business law firm dedicated to delivering cost-effective services. Filippov believes in worldwide access to unique, cost-saving, ethical legal solutions to business owners and managers who want to improve efficiency, simplify complex legal matters, and streamline operational processes. When clients’ business grows beyond their existing capacity, the firm provides experienced business counsel to handle legal work at a fraction of the cost of law firm rates. Filippov handles a wide variety of corporate, regulatory and strategic issues and creates legal and business solutions that allow organizations to fulfill their financial goals. The firm fosters relationships and efficiently resolves complex matters surrounding business development, employment, operation and management of construction, engineering, real estate, manufacturing, and oil and gas projects.
Nemeth first got her start in 2000 as an associate at Ireson, Weizel & Hightower, P.C. From there, she went on to Golden & Owens, LLPGolden, before eventually rising to general counsel at Production Partners, LLC, her most recent position prior to joining Filippov Law Group, PLLC. Nemeth graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston with a JD, and from University of Houston with an undergraduate degree.
27. Ryan West
General Counsel of Utegration
Ryan West is a General Counsel of Utegration LLC. She first joined the company in 2017. Utegration is a full-service consulting and solution provider specializing in analytics and SAP technology for the utilities and energy sector. Its industry experts have earned the trust of electric, gas and water utilities across North America with its outcome-driven road maps and a track record of flawless implementations. Utegration builds and optimizes new technology for finance, regulatory reporting, customer experience and asset operations to maximize its clients’ return on investment, while minimizing risk and complexity. Utegration’s single-minded mission is to provide the expertise and innovative products that clients need to drive success across all operations, and turn utilities into data-driven businesses that can thrive in the future.
Previously, West was a counsel at Walker & Eisenbraun - Aspire Holdings, and before that, a legal counsel for research, engineering, manufacturing and sustaining (REMS) teams at Schlumberger. Earlier in her career she worked with Weatherford International as a corporate counsel. West earned a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, and an undergraduate degree in journalism from Texas A&M University.
28. Sky Brown
Attorney of Stress Engineering Services
Sky Brown began his professional career 10 years ago. Today, he is an Attorney of Stress Engineering Services, an innovative engineering solutions company. They specialize in taking on the toughest technical problems. The company’s commitment is to provide the most comprehensive design, analysis, and testing services with an unsurpassed level of engineering integrity and skill. Their devotion to quality stems from the two basic principles on which the company was founded - technical excellence and a passion to serve. From upstream oil & gas to downstream chemical & refinery, plastics to packaging, materials to testing, medical to pharmaceutical, pipelines to power, and measurements to forensics, stress engineering has the experience, knowledge and tools to take on your toughest technical challenges and deliver the right answers.
Brown first got his start in 2012 as an attorney at Mabry, Herbecks & Roberts. From there, he went on to JPMorgan Chase & Co., before eventually rising to attorney at Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, his most recent position prior to joining Stress Engineering Services. Brown graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston with a JD, from Texas A&M University with a master's in public safety administration, and an undergraduate degree in political science.
29. Christian Bossley
Senior Attorney of Callon Petroleum Company
Christian Bossley is a Senior Attorney of Callon Petroleum Company. He first joined the company in 2018 as an attorney. Callon Petroleum is an independent oil and natural gas company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of high-quality assets in the leading oil plays of West and South Texas. Their portfolio of highly productive acreage offers both a low risk profile and robust margins from a deep inventory of delineated, high-return drilling locations. This is what drives Callon’s differentiated performance in the oil and gas industry. Callon strives to foster an entrepreneurial environment where they empower their people to be leaders and innovators. Mutual respect, collaboration, and drive are the hallmarks of the Callon culture.
Previously, Bossley was a land professional III at Marathon Oil Corporation. Bossley earned a JD from South Texas College of Law Houston, an MBA and an undergraduate degree in communication from the University of Saint Thomas.
30. Anna Haddad
Attorney of Susman Godfrey
Anna Haddad is an Attorney of Susman Godfrey, America’s premier litigation boutique. Their talented group of lawyers handle high-stakes litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants nationwide. With more than 150 trial lawyers in four offices from coast to coast, Susman Godfrey handles the most challenging cases throughout the country. They offer a broad range of creative, flexible fee structures which align the firm and their clients’ interests. Since its founding, the firm has grown organically, and a majority of its lawyers have opted to spend their entire careers in the company. All partners, of counsel, and associates meet weekly to discuss and act on case acceptance matters and other issues. Each of these lawyers has the same vote on most questions, including employment and case acceptance decisions. Haddad has 14 years of experience. She began her career in 2008.
Before joining Susman Godfrey, Haddad was an attorney at De La Rosa Law Firm, and before that, an attorney at Hagans Montgomery Rustay. Haddad graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with a JD, and from The University of Texas at Austin with a double undergraduate degree in microbiology and history.
31. Jessica Steinmann
General Counsel of America First Policy Institute
Jessica Steinmann is a General Counsel of America First Policy Institute. She first joined the company in 2021. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan research institute. The organization was created following the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2017 to promote the America First policy agenda of his administration. The organization describes their mission as "supporting key policy initiatives that will work for all citizens in the country and put America first.” The guiding principles are liberty, free enterprise, national greatness, American military superiority, foreign-policy engagement in the American interest, and the primacy of American workers, families, and communities in all they do.
Previously, Steinmann was an elections committee clerk and counsel at Texas House of Representatives, and before that, the director of the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice. Earlier in her career she worked with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP as an attorney. Steinmann earned a JD from Baylor University School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in business administration from The University of Texas at Austin.
32. Jennifer Webb
Attorney and Senior Landman of Citation Oil & Gas
Jennifer Webb began her professional career 17 years ago. Today, she is an Attorney and Senior Landman of Citation Oil & Gas, one of the largest privately-held independent oil & gas acquisition, development and production companies in the United States. Founded in 1981, Citation has built a significant portfolio of mature, long-life producing properties through a combination of disciplined acquisitions, focused operations and subsequent development. Since 1985, Citation has invested $2.0 billion in over 80 oil and gas reserve acquisitions. As a result of these acquisitions and subsequent property development, Citation now has ownership interests in approximately 15,400 wells in over 419 separately designated fields that contain over 208 million net equivalent barrels of proved reserves, and has net production of approximately 25,600 barrels of oil and 27 million cubic feet of gas per day. Citation’s reserves are 90% oil and 81% are proved developed and have a reserve life index of 17 years.
Webb first got her start in 2005 as a contract attorney at Plains All American. From there, she went on to Caza Petroleum, Inc. as contract attorney and landman, her most recent position prior to joining Citation Oil & Gas. Webb graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston with a JD, and from the University of Houston with an undergraduate degree in behavioral science.
33. Alaina Richard
General Counsel of Edgen Murray
Alaina Richard is a General Counsel of Edgen Murray. She first joined the company in 2018 as associate general counsel. Edgen Murray, a Sumitomo Corporation Company, is a leading supplier of quality PVF products for the energy and infrastructure market. It manages procurement, provides value-add services, and delivery of high-performance pipe, valves, fittings, and related components through its Americas distribution network. Edgen Murray goes beyond traditional sourcing. It employs personnel who ensure AML and technical requirements are met while delivering quality products and services on schedule—no matter the time, day or location. Edgen Murray listens and provides individualized service and solutions for the challenges its customers face in ever-changing markets.
Previously, Richard was a judicial law clerk at Baton Rouge City Court, and before that, a law clerk at Wray & Pierce, L.L.P. Earlier in her career she worked with Frock Candy as a media specialist. Richard earned a JD and an undergraduate degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University.
34. Carrie Schadle
Senior Attorney of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC
Carrie Schadle began her professional career 30 years ago. Today, she is a Senior Attorney of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC, a mid-size, full-service, commercial law firm with more than 150 attorneys and offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin. From inception to expansion, to the ultimate disposition of a business, Munsch Hardt provides clients with wide-ranging legal counsel, navigating each step with in-depth knowledge and responsive action. The foundation of Munsch Hardt’s service philosophy includes four key points: focus, innovation, value and results. Practice groups include all aspects of admiralty & maritime; business litigation; corporate & securities; energy & environmental; health care; immigration; insurance; labor & employment; restructuring, creditors’ rights & finance; and real estate.
Schadle first got her start in 1992 as a children's librarian at New York Public Library. From there, she went on to Beginning with Children Charter School, before eventually rising to attorney at Harrison, Bettis, Staff, McFarland & Weems, her most recent position prior to joining Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC. Schadle graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with a JD, from Pratt Institute with a master's in library science, and from Vassar College with an undergraduate degree in English and German studies.
35. Ricardo Yepez
Senior Attorney of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner P.A.
Ricardo Yepez is a Senior Attorney of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner P.A. He first joined the company in 2022. Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner is a boutique law firm dedicated to the practice of intellectual property law. They focus on strategic patent portfolio planning and management, infringement, validity and clearance investigations, opinions and all phases of intellectual property prosecution practice. This includes preparation and prosecution of patent applications, appeals, re-examinations, interferences and foreign oppositions. SLW cooperates with and advises clients' litigation firms regarding their intellectual property litigation. In this fashion, SLW is able to provide its clients with a realistic appraisal of litigation risks and can work towards its mission of providing high quality corporate IP services.
Previously, Yepez was an associate attorney at Fletcher Yoder. Earlier in his career he worked with Knowledge Based Systems, Inc. as a researcher, engineering and Sr. information consultant. Yepez earned a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, and an MS and undergraduate degree in computer science and economics from Texas A&M University.
36. Regan VanSteenis
General Counsel of Lakewood Church
Regan Vansteenis is a General Counsel of Lakewood Church, America’s largest and one of the most diverse churches. Joel Osteen’s, senior pastor of Lakewood Church, weekly services are broadcast in the U.S. and around the world in over 100 nations. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel Osteen is the most watched minister in America and reaches 95% of all U.S. television households. Since 1999, under the leadership of Joel and his wife Victoria Osteen, Lakewood has grown to over 50,000 attending each week and unprecedented outreach through television, online and stadium events across the U.S. Lakewood offers different types of ministries, fellowships, and services depending on the age, marital status, and need of its members. In 2005, Lakewood moved into its present location, the former Compaq Center, a 16,000-seat arena that was once home to the Houston Rockets professional basketball team. Vansteenis has 20 years of experience. He began his career in 2002.
Vansteenis graduated from Regent University School of Law with a JD.
37. David Taylor
Deputy General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Venture Funds and Regulatory of Steel Perlot
David Taylor is the Deputy General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Venture Funds and Regulatory of Steel Perlot. Steel Perlot is a deep tech management company incubating, investing, and scaling companies in today’s most challenging technical industries, focused on four primary verticals: new money and distributed systems, physical sciences, applied AI/ML, and synthetic bio/life sciences. Steel Perlot is here to repeatedly build and bring key products and platform businesses to market through a strengthened research pipeline, owning and scaling key underlying technologies and thereby shaping disruptive global markets through hard technical innovation. Taylor has 19 years of experience. He began his career in 2003.
Before joining Steel Perlot, Taylor was a special counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, and before that, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with Kelly Hart & Hallman, PC as an associate. Taylor graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law with a JD, Georgetown University Law Center with an LLM in securities & financial regulation, and from Texas A&M University - Mays Business School with an undergraduate degree in business administration and management.
38. Shannon Skurner
General Counsel of Greenwood King Properties
Shannon Skurner began her professional career 25 years ago. Today, she is a General Counsel of Greenwood King Properties, one of Houston’s most resourceful, responsive and respected real estate firms. One of only a handful of privately-owned firms in Houston, the over 160-agent company is a leader in the city’s high-end market with yearly sales over $1.5 billion. Greenwood King has earned its reputation for: award-winning and innovative marketing; Realtors who fully understand the subtle nuances of each neighborhood the firm serves—street-by-street; and efficient and thoughtful use of the latest technology. The hands-on principles of Greenwood King are firm believers in active participation in the local community and support a high level of volunteerism with significant financial contributions to schools, organizations and community programs.
Skurner first got her start in 1997 as an associate attorney at Jackson Walker L.L.P. From there, she went on to Old Republic National Title Insurance Co., before eventually rising to regional underwriting counsel at Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, her most recent position prior to joining Greenwood King Properties. Skurner graduated from the University of Houston with a JD, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
39. Sara Morton
Attorney of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith A PLC
Sara Morton is an Attorney of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith A PLC. This Gulf South based litigation firm is dedicated to delivering value in legal counsel for more than thirty years to local, national, and international clients in dozens of industries. Galloway’s recent expansion has resulted in over 130 attorneys in twelve cities located in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and Georgia. Galloway’s attorneys are experienced in handling insurance defense, admiralty and maritime law, energy, oil and gas, products liability, employer’s liability, general casualty, professional liability, property, construction, transportation, title resolution, amusements, sports and leisure law, restaurant and retail law, as well as corporate transactional matters. Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith’s 17 lawyers have been included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Morton has 16 years of experience. She began her career in 2006.
Before joining Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith A PLC, Morton was an attorney at Josephson Dunlap, and before that, an attorney at The Lanier Law Firm. Earlier in her career she worked with Heard Robins Cloud & Lubel as an attorney. Morton graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston with a JD, and from Texas A&M University with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
40. Garland McInnis
Attorney of Harris County Attorney's Office
Garland McInnis is an Attorney of Harris County Attorney's Office. The office represents the County, its departments, elected and appointed officials, and employees in all civil matters that involve county business. It also represents the Harris County Hospital District, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Harris County Appraisal Review Board, and the Greater 911 Emergency Network, which are separate legal entities. The Office represents the State of Texas in mental health commitments and children's protective services cases. It assists Harris County in administration of the guardianship program, which cares for elderly and disabled individuals who are unable to care for themselves. The Harris County Attorney's Office also provides a full spectrum of legal services such as state and federal civil litigation, drafting and negotiating contracts, conducting condemnation proceedings, issuing County Attorney Opinions, collecting monies owed to Harris County, and preparing documents for bond issues.
Previously, McInnis was the owner of Law Offices of Garland McInnis. McInnis earned a JD from the University of Houston Law Center.
41. Robert Montoya
Attorney of Liskow & Lewis
Robert Montoya is an Attorney of Liskow & Lewis. The firm was founded in 1935 and includes nearly 140 lawyers in four offices, strategically located in New Orleans, Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Houston, Texas. Since its inception, the firm’s practice has focused on the energy and oil and gas industry, and has grown to meet the evolving demands of its clients, diversifying into a wide-ranging litigation and transactional practice across the Gulf Coast. From selective recruiting practices to a strategic lateral process, Liskow & Lewis’ focus is on academic excellence and exemplary professional credentials. The firm believes that the highest quality representation for clients begins with the highest levels of talent. This manifests in the fact that over half of its lawyers were selected to the Order of the Coif, and over two-thirds were members of the law review at their respective law schools. Montoya has 26 years of experience. He began his career in 1996.
Before joining Liskow & Lewis, Montoya was an attorney at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, and before that, an attorney at Winstead PC. Earlier in his career he worked with Cash Allen LLP as an attorney. Montoya graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with a JD, and from Trinity University with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
42. Christopher Demerson
Managing Attorney of Lone Star Legal Aid
Christopher Demerson began his professional career 13 years ago. Today, he is a Managing Attorney of Lone Star Legal Aid, the third largest service provider of free legal aid in the United States. They serve 72 counties in Texas and 4 in Arkansas, an area that covers one-third of the state, including almost 60,000 square miles from Texarkana, down the Louisiana-Texas Gulf Coast state-line, to Matagorda Bay, and into Central Texas, an area with over 2 million Texans eligible for free legal services. Lone Star’s mission is to protect and advance the civil legal rights of the millions of Texans living in poverty by providing free advocacy, legal representation, and community education that ensures equal access to justice. With 14 offices, Lone Star covers many practice areas including consumer, landlord tenant, foreclosure, public benefits, environmental justice, disaster recovery, tax relief, fair housing, family law, domestic violence, sexual assault, crime victim rights, veterans benefits, and more.
Demerson graduated from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law with a JD.
43. Dave O'Neil
General Counsel of New Tech Global
Dave O'Neil is a General Counsel of New Tech Global. He first joined the company in 2011. For nearly 2 decades, New Tech Global has been recognized as a leader in Project Management and Consultancy Services in the Oil & Gas Industry. With its global network of expert engineers and consultants, NTG understands that outsourced technical services are crucial to the economies and efficiency of the company’s ever-changing energy industry. NTG Staffing is a full-service staffing agency. They adapt its services to meet the ever changing needs of its clients in every industry and discipline.
Previously, O'Neil was an Assistant General Counsel at PetroCosm Corporation, and before that, a partner at Stibbs & Burbach. Earlier in his career he worked with Brill, Brooks, Elkins & Yount as an associate. O'Neil earned a JD from South Texas College of Law Houston, an MLL in intellectual property law and in international law from the University of Houston Law Center, and an undergraduate degree in political science from The University of Texas at Austin.
44. Ben Elmore
Vice President and General Counsel of Seneca Resources
Ben Elmore is the Vice President and General Counsel of Seneca Resources. Seneca Resources Company, LLC, the exploration and production segment of National Fuel Gas Company, explores for, develops and produces natural gas and oil reserves in California and the Appalachian Region including the Marcellus and Utica Shales. They have been providing energy and jobs for more than 100 years and remain committed to its corporate guiding principles of safety, environmental stewardship, community, innovation, satisfaction and transparency. Approximately 65 percent of the company’s holdings are fee acreage, with the mineral rights owned outright by Seneca Resources and no royalty obligation or lease expiration. This industry-leading mineral ownership position greatly improves its production economics compared to other companies active in the basin. Elmore has 22 years of experience. He began his career in 2000.
Before joining Seneca Resources, Elmore was an of counsel at Watt Beckworth Thompson Henneman & Sullivan, L.L.P., and before that, a senior associate at Perdue & Kidd, LLP. Earlier in his career he worked with Vinson & Elkins as a senior associate. Elmore graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston with a JD, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
45. Michael Silver
General Counsel of VAALCO Energy
Michael Silver began his professional career 32 years ago. Today, he is the General Counsel of VAALCO Energy, an independent energy company principally engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. VAALCO's strategy is to increase reserves and production through the exploration of oil and gas properties with a high emphasis on international opportunities. They strive to utilize technical expertise and operational infrastructure with its Gabon resources while expanding into new development opportunities in West Africa. Its growth will come from a mixture of organic and inorganic opportunities.
Silver first got his start in 1990 as a counsel at ExxonMobil Corporation. From there, he went on to Constellation Energy Commodities Group, Inc. as a senior counsel, his most recent position prior to joining VAALCO Energy. Silver graduated from Duke University School of Law with a JD, from Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business with an MBA, and from Lafayette College with an undergraduate degree in internal affairs.
46. Tammye Curtis-Jones
Attorney of Houston Housing Authority
Tammye Curtis-Jones is an Attorney of Houston Housing Authority. She first joined the company in 2018. The Houston Housing Authority provides affordable homes and services to more than 58,000 low-income Houstonians, including over 17,000 families housed through the Housing Choice Voucher Program and another 5,700 living in 25 public housing and tax credit developments around the city. HHA also administers the nation's third largest voucher program exclusively serving homeless veterans. The Agency does more than just provide safe, affordable homes. It also offers a host of programs to help public housing residents and voucher holders increase their education, live healthier lives and reach their economic goals. Whether through an HHA funded activity like the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) or the company’s affiliate nonprofit Houston Housing Resources Inc., HHA strives to provide the low-income Houstonians it serves with a full menu of opportunities to help them achieve their goals.
Previously, Curtis-Jones was an associate general counsel at The Texas State University System. Earlier in her career she worked with Texas Southern University as an associate general counsel. Curtis-Jones earned a JD from Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and corrections from Sam Houston State University.
47. Jerrad Bloome
Senior Attorney of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC
Jerrad Bloome is a Senior Attorney of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC, a full-service law firm with offices in Dallas and Houston. For over 25 years, the firm has provided professional services for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to medium-sized public and private companies to entrepreneurs. They handle transactional, litigation and bankruptcy matters in Texas and throughout the country. KRCL has built its practice on the idea that it must do more than provide excellent legal services. Its attorneys recognize that the firm’s success depends on its success. So they build deeper relationships and work harder to protect your interests. The firm’s dedication, paired with its deep bench of experienced lawyers has established its reputation as a go-to law firm. Bloome has 17 years of experience. He began his career in 2005.
Bloome graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with a JD, and from Brandeis University with an undergraduate degree in political science and government.
48. James Stinson
General Counsel of Cima Energy LP
James Stinson began his professional career 20 years ago. Today, he is a General Counsel of CIMA Energy LP, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation. They are a full-service crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids marketing company with an elite team that brings over a century of combined oil and gas sales, marketing and trading experience to the marketplace. With a nationwide presence and partnership with Mitsubishi in North America, CIMA has established a well-earned reputation over the past 22 years as one of the most reliable and respected oil and gas mid-market firms in North America. CIMA has a proven track record of delivering expertise, support, reliable service and access to opportunities for producers, royalty owners and energy buyers in the United States and Canada.
Stinson first got his start in 2002 as a senior counsel of wholesale and retail power transactions at Strategic Energy. From there, he went on to Constellation Energy Services, before eventually rising to senior corporate counsel of power and natural gas transactions at Dynegy Inc., his most recent position prior to joining Cima Energy LP. Stinson graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law with a JD.
49. Katie Ryan
Attorney, Vice President, Chief Legal Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Ranger Oil Corporation
Katie Ryan is an Attorney, Vice President, Chief Legal Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Ranger Oil Corporation. She first joined the company in 2014. Ranger Oil Corporation is a pure-play independent oil and gas company engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil, NGLs, and natural gas, with operations in the Eagle Ford shale in various domestic onshore regions of the United States, with a primary focus in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. Incorporated in 1882, the company was formerly known as Penn Virginia Corporation and changed its name to Ranger Oil Corporation in 2021. As of December 31, 2021, it had total proved reserves of approximately 241 million barrels of oil equivalent; and 860 gross productive wells, as well as leased approximately 172,000 gross acres of leasehold and royalty interests.
Previously, Ryan was an associate at Baker Botts. Ryan earned a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.
50. Peter Tropoli
General Counsel of Whitestone REIT
Peter Tropoli is a General Counsel of Whitestone REIT, a community-centered shopping center real estate investment trusts (REIT) that acquires, owns, manages, develops, and redevelops high-quality neighborhood centers primarily in the largest, fastest-growing and most affluent markets in the Sunbelt. Whitestone seeks to create communities that thrive through creating local connections between consumers in the surrounding communities and a well-crafted mix of national, regional, and local tenants that provide daily necessities, needed services, entertainment, and experiences. Whitestone’s strong balanced and managed capital structure provides stability and flexibility for growth and positions the company to perform well through economic cycles. Tropoli has 21 years of experience. He began his career in 2001.
Before joining Whitestone REIT, Tropoli was a senior counsel at Chamberlain Hrdlicka. Earlier in his career he worked with Luby's Inc. as an SVP administration and general counsel. Tropoli graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with a JD, and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in history.