Education & Admissions
- Tulane University Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 1987 (Tulane Law Review: Notes & Comments Editor; Order of the Coif)
- Newcomb College of Tulane University, B.A. magna cum laude, 1984 (Phi Mu Award in Sociology)
- State Bar of Texas
- District courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
- Texas state courts
From law school, I accepted a job in the General Litigation section of Vinson & Elkins. I worked on all sorts of lawsuits, including general commercial, energy contracts, product liability, and mass tort. During those years, I was fortunate to work with and learn from several top-notch trial lawyers, including Morgan Copeland. My work involved legal research and writing, motion practice, written discovery, and depositions.
When my husband’s job necessitated that our family move to London, England, I took a break from practicing law. Eventually, we returned to Houston and I to Vinson & Elkins, this time in the Appellate Section. I represented clients in appeals to state and federal courts in commercial cases, and also assisted trial lawyers with preservation of error and other matters attendant to litigation practice.
Desiring to see the other side of appellate practice, I moved to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston as a staff attorney. My first job at the court was as mandamus attorney, working with all nine judges on the original proceedings arising out of trial courts in ten counties. I then joined the chambers of Justice Jeff Brown, who now serves on the Texas Supreme Court. In both roles at the court of appeals, I participated in briefing conferences with judges on the panel assigned to each particular case and attended oral arguments. After reviewing the record and briefs, I prepared drafts of opinions for Justice Brown or, in the case of mandamus, for the authoring judge.
Now in private practice again, I enjoy a mix of trial and appellate work.
- Represented French apartment owner and Massachusetts-based short-term apartment rental booking agency in lawsuit arising out of alleged burglary of Paris apartment during Dallas resident’s vacation; plaintiff non-suited case after court of appeals issued opinion that trial court erred in asserting personal jurisdiction over booking agency.
- Represented Alabama company in Texas Supreme Court in opposing a petition for discretionary review of court of appeal’s judgment affirming trial court’s denial of Texas company’s attack on a default judgment, entered in Alabama, that had been filed for enforcement in Texas; petition denied.
- Represented airline caterer in flight attendant’s suit alleging that handling a damaged beverage cart caused severe injury to her back; in moderated settlement conference, suit settled for small fraction of original demand.
- Assisted in briefing global E&P company’s response to the appeal of a trial court’s dismissal of claims, including theft of trade secrets, against it based on forum selection clause requiring suit to be filed in European venue; court of appeals affirmed the judgment.
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.