Diane is Senior Managing Counsel for J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., responsible for all patent litigation matters. Prior to joining J. C. Penney Corporation, Diane was a shareholder as Winstead PC in Dallas, Texas and a member of its Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. She practiced at Winstead for more than 25 years before leaving private practice to join JCPenney. During her tenure at Winstead, Diane represented clients that were patent owners, defendants accused of infringement by competitors, as well as clients accused of infringement by NPEs.
Adina Owen is Senior Counsel for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, a midstream company providing transportation and storage of natural gas and liquids. For over a decade, Adina has handled commercial transactions and regulatory issues before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Boardwalk.
Adina is a member of the State Bar of Texas. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Energy Bar Association Houston Chapter and has served as Chairman for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America’s Legal and Rates Committee. As a pro bono lawyer for the Tahirih Justice Center, she had the privilege of assisting female trafficking survivors attain permanent residency in the United States. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University Schreyer Honors College and received her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 2006.
Although a native of Greater Philadelphia, she now calls Houston home, where she lives in happy chaos with her husband, her three-year old daughter, her 8-month old boy/girl twins, and a very well-fed and tolerant retriever.
Ann is responsible for managing USAA’s growing patent portfolio, supporting Innovation and licensing efforts, and facilitating the integration of intellectual property across the enterprise.
Holly Chastain Nini is Senior Corporate Counsel at the corporate headquarters for CITGO Petroleum Corporation in Houston, Texas where she manages the legal affairs for several of CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s multi-billion dollar businesses, including Terminals and Pipelines; Product Supply, Distribution and Trading; CITGO’s international non-profit foundation; and previously CITGO’s refining operations in Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition, she was appointed by CITGO’s CEO to serve as legal advisor to Executive Committees which approve major strategic deals and technology for CITGO’s operations. Prior to joining CITGO, she was regional Legal Counsel with Schlumberger where she managed the legal affairs for Schlumberger’s exploration and production oil and gas, IT and meter manufacturing businesses both onshore and offshore. Her experience includes a broad range of strategic and high level domestic and international transactions involving IP and technology matters, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, complex litigation, corporate governance, compliance, risk management, regulatory matters and other legal areas in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland.