Kristen Cook is Associate General Counsel for 7-Eleven, Inc. In that role, she manages the real estate legal team responsible for 7-Eleven’s real estate portfolio of over 10,000 properties in the United States and Canada. This real estate work encompasses real estate transactional work, condemnations, land use, real estate litigation and disputes, licensing and construction matters. Kristen also serves as primary legal counsel for 7-Eleven’s fuel and environmental team, including working with the retail and wholesale fuel teams on matters relating to fuel supply agreements, fuel transportation agreements, antitrust issues, retail fuel pricing laws, carbon credit compliance, and environmental compliance. Kristen has additional experience with multi-site acquisitions and obtaining antitrust clearance for acquisitions. A primary focus of Kristen’s practice is on implementing “Lean initiatives” for the in-house practice and implementing a legal operations program. In 2018, 7-Eleven won an Association of Corporate Counsel Value Champion award for reengineering the delivery of the legal real estate work. Kristen regularly presents at a variety of legal conferences around the country.
Prior Experience/Courses: Texas Women’s Foundation, Women’s Leadership Institute, Cohort 2; 7-Eleven’s High Impact Leadership Program, Thayer Leadership Development School, United States Military Academy; Applied MBA Program for Attorneys, SMU Cox School of Business; Senior Associate, Higier Allen & Lautin; Associate, Cowles & Thompson; Law Clerk, Judge George Allen, 54th Criminal District, McLennan County, TX; Externship, Judge Jeffrey Manske, U.S. Magistrate, Western District of Texas; Fellow, Kuwait Information Office, Middle East Foreign Policy, Washington, D.C.; Office of Texas Attorney General, Child Support Enforcement Division
Memberships:Member, Network of Executive Women; Member, Attorneys Serving the Community; Member, Munger Place Church
Education: J.D., Baylor University School of Law; B.A., International Relations, and B.A., Spanish, cum laude and graduate of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core Honors College
Ms. Woodard is a Vice President/Associate General Counsel for AT&T, where she manages a team of more than 25 attorneys and staff. Her team provides legal support for Human Resources, the Chief Diversity Officer, Asset Protection, and Corporate Litigation. Her HR and AP roles includes overseeing investigations and assisting clients in the strategic direction of personnel policies and business practices, to avoid legal and business risks in the handling of employee matters. Her corporate litigation team is responsible for all litigation filed against AT&T Inc., including shareholder demands, and securities and derivative litigation. She also oversees the administrative team responsible for legal operations for the entire legal department.
Prior to this role, Ms. Woodard held various roles in the legal department, including legal support for the Company’s sales operations, global marketing and sponsorships, marketing and advertising support for various products and services, and employment litigation. She has served as the National Co-Chair of the legal department’s Pro Bono Committee and currently oversees the Legal Intern Program for 1Ls.
Ms. Woodard is a native of Michigan and relocated to Dallas in August 2017She is on the Board of Directors for Head Start of Greater Dallas, and Step Up Women’s Network. She is a member of the State Bars of Michigan, Georgia and Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and is also a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as Associate Editor of the Michigan Law Review.
Kelly DiBlasi is a partner in the Firm’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department.
Ms. DiBlasi’s practice focuses on debtors, creditors, and equity interest holders in all areas of domestic and international restructurings and crisis management, both in and out of court. Most recently, Ms. DiBlasi was named a “Rising Star” for Restructuring and Insolvency in the U.S. by IFLR1000 for 2020. She was selected by the American Bankruptcy Institute as one of its “40 Under 40” honorees for 2018 and was recognized by New York Law Journal as one if its “Rising Stars” for 2018. Ms. DiBlasi was also recognized by Turnarounds & Workouts magazine as one of its “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” for 2016 and previously was named a “Rising Star” for restructuring and insolvency in the U.S. by IFLR1000.
Ms. DiBlasi also represents, on a pro bono basis, the N.Y. Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund, and has helped several U.S. military veterans seeking assistance with applying for disability benefits. Her pro bono work has also included assisting a non-profit entity in connection with its out-of-court restructuring.
Ms. DiBlasi has served as a teacher’s assistant at Cardozo School of Law and Harvard Law School. She is on the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Advisory Board. She frequently presents at bankruptcy seminars and participates in a variety of firm activities and initiatives focused on training, mentoring, recruiting, and diversity.
Wen Butcher has a proven track record as a business leader and attorney. Wen joined Emerson over 10 years ago and has held various roles of increasing responsibility. She is currently Associate General Counsel of Emerson Automation Solutions and serves as the Global Lead Counsel and Trade Compliance Officer for the Pressure Management, Isolation Valve, and Actuation Technologies business. Wen has a passion for mergers and acquisitions, deal architecture, compliance, and strategic negotiations and has leveraged her strong business acumen to support her team’s ability to deliver consistent performance.
Wen began her legal career in the Midwest but is currently based in Dallas, TX. She is a member of the board of directors for The Samaritan Inn, a North Dallas based non-profit homeless shelter. She holds a Juris Doctorate, a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, all from The Ohio State University. She is a licensed attorney in Ohio and Texas and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and American Bar Association.
Alicia Barrs concentrates her practice on antitrust counseling, compliance, eminent domain litigation, white collar criminal defense and internal investigations. Alicia is experienced in virtually all phases of traditional litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including injunctions, written discovery, depositions, pretrial motions, mediations and jury trials. She litigates antitrust cases concerning allegations of price fixing, customer allocation, exclusive contracts, tying, bundling, boycotts and monopolization and attempted monopolization brought under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act and state competition laws. She also tries cases related to white collar crimes and complex commercial disputes.
On the corporate side, Alicia represents and advises clients concerning potential antitrust issues with proposed mergers and acquisitions in Hart-Scott-Rodino filings before the Federal Trade Commission and United States Department of Justice. She conducts market definition and competitive impact analyses and responds to civil investigative demands and subpoenas for documents and testimony.
Notably, Alicia has served as litigation counsel for large electric transmission line projects involving the acquisition of utility easements through eminent domain. These projects involve new transmission lines spanning hundreds of miles over thousands of parcels. As part of these projects, she was responsible for hundreds of lawsuits filed in more than a dozen courts. And currently, she serves as a member of the team assisting the special compliance coordinator appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to monitor, assess and report on the U.S. export control compliance of Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, of Shenzhen, China, and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. of Hi-New Shenzhen, China (collectively, ZTE).
Lisa Abram is a graduate of Howard University and Tulane Law School. Lisa was commissioned as a 1LT in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG Corps) in January 1998. During her six years of active duty service, Lisa held a variety of positions including Legal Assistance Attorney - assisting soldiers with their individual legal issues; Administrative Law Attorney - advising Commanders on military, federal and state law issues involving employment law, tort liability, and administrative law; and, Senior Trial Counsel – litigating a variety of criminal cases.
In December 2003, Lisa left the Army and joined JCPenney’s Legal Department where she has held positions in both the Litigation and Labor and Employment Groups. As a Labor and Employment attorney, Lisa provided advice and counsel to store leaders and company executives on state and federal laws. Lisa also represented JCPenney before the EEOC and various state and municipal equal employment agencies.
Lisa currently is a member of JCPenney’s Litigation Group where she has held roles as a first chair employment litigator and manager of the Company’s docket of general liability claims and lawsuits. In her current role, Lisa manages single plaintiff and representative action litigation and provides advice and counsel on matters that could impact the company’s tort liability exposure.
Renee Gately is a graduate from the southern Methodist university Dedman School of Law and is currently working as a VP and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgen Chase & Co.
She is an innovative business attorney with broad experience in international technology and outsourcing contract negotiations, legal analysis, leadership, dispute resolution, risk management, and corporate policy development. She is passionate about creating business-oriented solutions to drive successful results.
Her specialties are complex international negotiations focusing on cloud computing, software licensing /development, product distribution, and consulting serices.
Beth Bedell is the Senior Counsel, Employment at Texas Instruments. Prior to working in this role. She was a staff Attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Beth acquired her J.D from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Dania Duncan Moreno focuses her practice in real estate transactions. Dania has broad experience representing international and U.S. companies in the acquisition, disposition, lease and development of real estate properties for hospitality, retail, industrial and residential projects throughout Mexico.
She advises clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances in a broad range of industries. She also advises developers, buyers, and financing parties in real estate development projects and construction financing secured by real estate.
Dianna is currently Senior Counsel, Legal Compliance at Uber Technologies, Inc. providing advice on a wide range of legal issues primarily involving anti-corruption compliance matters. Dianna was previously Region Compliance Counsel - Western Hemisphere at Wood PLC (LON:WG; FTSE250), a global leader in project, engineering and technical services delivery for industries, including oil and gas, mining and environment and infrastructure sectors. During her 10+ years at Wood PLC, Dianna advised the company on anti-corruption compliance and business ethics matters as well as complex mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Wood PLC, Dianna was with the international law firm, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where she advised clients on complex mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity and sports facility project finance transactions, as well as anti-corruption compliance matters. Dianna is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BBA - International Business) and Vanderbilt University Law School (Juris Doctorate). She is also a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional – International (CCEP-I). After 17 years as a legal practitioner, Dianna still enjoys her global practice immensely.
Debera W. Hepburn, Esq., is a Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Goldman Sachs, focusing on Intellectual Property. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Debera was an attorney at JC Penney (where she focused on Corporate Compliance and Intellectual Property), FTS International (where she focused on Corporate Compliance and Intellectual Property), and the law firm of Sidley Austin (where she focused on litigation and transactional Intellectual Property). She received her law degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. Before then, she worked as a finance analyst at Frito Lay after earning her MBA from the University of Notre Dame and as a products research and development engineer at Procter & Gamble after earning her Chemical Engineering degree from Purdue University. Debera has been active in various organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn Inn of Court for Intellectual Property attorneys, the NEW Roundtable, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, alumni clubs at her alma maters, and various veteran legal aid clinics.
Mary is a partner in the Nashville office with experience involving every aspect of the employment relationship. She has been involved in complex litigation involving all aspects of Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the FLSA, USERRA, retaliatory discharge, and state law claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Before joining Constangy, Mary worked in human resources in both unionized and non-unionized facilities. As a result, Mary believes strongly in working closely with clients to resolve issues before they become lawsuits. Mary also enjoys speaking and providing training on relevant legal topics based on her experience, such as the re-employment of soldiers pursuant to USERRA, harassment and termination procedures.
Veronica S. Lewis is a litigation partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas office. She serves as lead counsel on highly complex matters in a wide variety of disciplines, including antitrust, intellectual property, class actions, and commercial/business disputes. She serves on the Firm’s Management and Executive Committees and is nationally recognized for her abilities and accomplishments as a trial lawyer.
BTI Consulting named Ms. Lewis to its 2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars list, and, in 2015, to its list of Client Service All-Star MVPs. The list features an “elite group of standout attorneys” identified by corporate counsel as those who provide “the absolute best client service,” demonstrating attributes such as “putting the clients’ needs first, understanding the clients’ legal and business objectives – and how legal advice impacts them, responsiveness, anticipating the needs of clients – and proactively solving or preventing issues, achieving the clients’ targeted goals.” She has been recognized for her antitrust work by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers in 2010-2019 and named to “The Defenders,” list of the best defense lawyers in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal in 2009 as a result of the unanimous defense verdict she obtained when representing writer, producer, director, and actor Tyler Perry during trial of a copyright infringement claim in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She was also named as one of The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Antitrust (2013-2019). Texas Lawyer named Ms. Lewis one of the Extraordinary Minorities in Texas law in 2015, and Dallas Business Journal named her one of the leading Women in Business in North Texas in 2011.
Ms. Lewis previously served as general counsel of the nation’s largest healthcare Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), and in that role, she had overall responsibility for all legal matters as well as for advising the company’s senior management, board of directors, and business units regarding the myriad of antitrust, legislative, procurement, and compliance issues it faced. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in 2011, she was a Partner at Vinson & Elkins, where she was a member of that firm’s Management Committee and Co-Head of its Antitrust Practice Group.
Ms. Lewis received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1986. She holds a S.B. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she graduated in 1983.
Ms. Lewis is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York, New Jersey and Texas. She is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fifth, and Eighth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.
LaToyia Watkins Pierce is currently the Vice President, Legal Affairs with FirstService Residential in Dallas, Texas. LaToyia is responsible for overseeing and developing the legal strategy for all issues effecting the company throughout the United States and Canada.
Prior to joining FirstService Residential, LaToyia retained and managed outside counsel to defend professionals who are sued in courts, before regulatory bodies, and in arbitrations across the country. She oversaw cases involving errors and omissions insurance, miscellaneous professional liability insurance and other forms of insurance coverage and actively participated in all aspects of litigation and practice and risk management for insureds and their counsel.
Prior to joining AXA XL, LaToyia had more than 10 years of experience handling complex and diverse litigation, representing individuals, companies and professionals. Her practice was devoted primarily to commercial litigation and professional malpractice, in which she defended claims for broker-dealers, investment advisers, insurance agents, lawyers and real estate professionals, among others. She handled cases involving errors and omissions insurance and provided all associated services, including litigation and regulatory investigations. She often counseled clients on risk avoidance issues and was called upon regularly to provide in-house continuing education seminars. LaToyia has successfully settled and tried cases in state and federal court as well as in arbitration hearings before FINRA panels.
LaToyia holds a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas, an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas, and a B.S. in Economics from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. LaToyia also serves on the school board for Legacy the School of Sport Sciences in Houston, TX; the advisory board for the NBA Retired Players Association North Texas Chapter; and the board for Children at Risk.
Evelyn Pulliam currently serves as Managing Counsel with Toyota Financial Services and leads a team of transactional attorneys who assist in the negotiation of supplier contract in support Toyota’s multi-billion-dollar procurement portfolio.
Prior to joining Toyota in 2016, Evelyn enjoyed a 25+ year career in various positions of increasing responsibility and varying disciplines. She began her career in the energy industry serving as contracts and commercial transactions attorney in the Legal departments of Fortune 500 oil and gas companies industry. She also held senior legal positions in the legal departments in medical device industry and with North America’s largest foodservice distributor, Sysco Corporation where she handled multiple organization restructurings and corporate acquisitions before taking on the role of employment counsel and eventually being appointed to the position of Vice President, Human Resources.
Evelyn is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and The University of Texas School of Law.
Arezou Arefi-Afshar is currently the General Counsel at Securonix, Inc., a cyber security company that provides security analytics services to companies worldwide. Arezou partners in cross-functional planning of strategic, growth, and operational goals, and provide counsel on a variety of legal matters including contract negotiation, transactions, business development, corporate governance, human resources, marketing, risk reduction, compliance and privacy, and dispute resolution.
She prides herself as a true "full stack" GC and get excited by opportunities to partner with high growth companies to scale business.
She is also dedicated to issues around diversity, inclusion, and equality in the legal profession, and am a passionate supporter of Open Arms, a nonprofit that offers community-based perinatal and doula services to low-income women and families.
Keitha is an attorney and trusted business partner with experience successfully counseling and representing corporate clients in a broad range of legal matters, with an emphasis on labor and employment disputes. Keitha is a problem-solver who is adept at reducing client exposure and employing sound legal advice to advance business objectives. In addition, she has spoken widely on a variety of labor and employment topics including, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII and other civil rights laws, and restrictive covenants. Keitha is also a zealous advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and routinely speaks on such topics. She is currently Vice President of The NEW Roundtable, Inc., a non-profit organization that drives the inclusion and advancement of African-American women attorneys within the legal profession through targeted relationship-building and professional development initiatives.
Helen Yoon is Assistant General Counsel – North America for Brink’s, Incorporated. Brink’s is the world’s largest cash management company with services including Cash-In-Transit, ATMs, international transportation of valuables, and payment services. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from The University of Texas at Austin and her Juris Doctorate from The University of Houston Law Center. Her responsibilities include:
TINA C. GREEN is an Assistant General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Bank of America, N.A. in the Consumer Banking Legal Group in Plano, Texas. Tina currently provides legal support to the Consumer Deposit Products line of business. She is responsible for providing broad legal support to help her clients understand and respond to nuances in the law to reduce risk and operate efficiently. She has previously supported and served as a governance partner for the various front line units that comprise Document Oversight and Centralized Services, Mortgage Document Processing, Lien Release Research and ReconTrust Company, N.A.
In 2010, Tina joined the bank as Vice President, Senior Group Operations Manager in the Legal Support Group in ReconTrust Company, N.A. providing legal support to the ReconTrust Trustee Services team in vendor management/contracting, legislation and operations. In 2012, Tina was named interim Senior Counsel, where she managed a team of thirteen, was a member of Trustee Services Executive Committee and chief legal advisor to ReconTrust Trustee Services senior management. Tina participated in several division and enterprise wide projects and initiatives providing legal oversight and input including compliance efforts with the OCC and FTC consent orders and the National Mortgage Settlement as well as the lateral foreclosure review. Upon being named Assistant General Counsel in Bank of America’s Legal Department in September 2012, Tina expanded her role and area of support as line of business attorney and was quickly promoted to Senior Vice President.
Tina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Spelman College in 1998 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami, School of Law (FL) in 2001. She was licensed to practice law in the state of Texas in 2003.
Tina is an active member of the Legal Department’s Diversity and Business Council where she previously served as co-chair of the Sponsorship Committee for 3 years and currently serves as co-chair of the Employee Inclusion Committee. She is also the Co-Chair of the Legal Department’s Pro Bono Committee, on which she previously served as the Regional Representative for North Texas and was recently named co-Executive Sponsor of LEAD for Women North Texas. In addition, Tina volunteers regularly with Minnie’s Food Pantry, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the Plano West Senior High Quarterback Club.
Tina and her husband, Carlos and two children, Jayden (17) and Kendall (14) live in Plano, Texas.
Kimera’s practice focuses on representing clients whose products and activities are regulated by the FDA and USDA. She advises clients on a variety of regulatory matters, and also provides advice with respect to general, corporate, commercial and day-to-day business matters with an emphasis on supply and distribution arrangements. Additionally, Kimera represents clients in merger, acquisition, and joint venture transactions. She has assisted in acquisition and joint venture deals involving the food & beverage industry and various other industries.
Michelle Carey Jones is an Associate General Counsel in the Global Transactions and Compliance group for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Ft. Wirth, Texas. In this role, Michelle provides legal support for international transactions and legal compliance.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2018, Michelle served as General Counsel for Wells Fargo Rail Corporation, an $8 billion railcar leasing company, NCH Marketing Services, Inc., an international coupon clearing and settlement company of over $4 billion in coupons annually, and Trinity Rail Group, Inc.,a $2 billion international railcar manufacturing and leasing company. Michelle has a law firm background as an international commercial and employment litigator at Donovan, Leisure and Orrick.
She was a Phi Bete Kappa and received her J.D. from the Univeristy of California, Hastings College of the Law and B.A. in Economics/Business from UCLA. Michelle is involved in various charities, including Attorneys Serving the Community and Taste Community Project.
Michelle is married to a Welsh rock climber and engineer, Peter Jones, and has two children, Kailey and Will, as well as her rescue dog, Sierra. She enjoys hiking, working out, travelling, food and wine and reading.
Casey Moore is a graduate from the Baylor Law School and works currently as a Senior Counsel for Vistra Energy. Prior to that she was a Shareholder for Greenberg Traurig LLP.
Chasity Henry is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CECO Environmental Corporation, a global leader in air quality and fluid handling serving the energy, industrial and other niche markets. CECO helps companies grow their business with safe, clean and more efficient solutions that help protect our shared environment. As a key member of CECO’s senior leadership team, Chasity leads the legal department and helps drive the formulation and execution of the company’s corporate strategy.
Prior to joining CECO, Chasity was an Assistant General Counsel at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in the company’s Dallas World Headquarters. She was the lead attorney globally for strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures. In addition, Chasity assisted with corporate governance and a number of strategic and operational initiatives.
Chasity is a 2006 graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. Upon graduation, she practiced in the M&A and Securities group at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas and then transitioned in-house to Vizient, Inc. and, subsequently, to Dr Pepper Snapple Group prior to joining Kimberly-Clark.
Chasity is a zealous advocate for diversity and inclusion, particularly in the legal profession. To that end, Chasity is the founder and President of The NEW Roundtable, Inc., a nonprofit organization that drives the inclusion and advancement of African-American women attorneys through targeted relationship-building, professional development initiatives, and mentoring. The group is currently comprised of over 100 African-American women practicing in Dallas in-house, at law firms, in academia and in government. Chasity also serves on the Board of Directors of The Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) and helped launch the DAPP Direct job placement program in 2018. The program seeks to connect law firms and corporations with talented, client-ready women of color who have excelled during their first year of law school.
Chasity was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Corporate Counsel of the Year for Diversity by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) DFW Chapter and Texas Lawbook. In 2018, Chasity was recognized as Corporate Counsel of the Year by the TMCP Committee at the Texas Minority Counsel Program, as a Rising Star by D CEO Magazine at the Women Leaders in the Law Breakfast Roundtable, and one of the National Bar Association's (NBA) "40 Under 40 Nation's Best Advocates." In 2017, The Texas Diversity Council named Chasity a Texas Top 50 Multicultural Lawyer and Dallas Top 50 Women Lawyer. She was named a Finalist for Outstanding Corporate Counsel of the Year for 2017 and Diversity of the Year for 2018 by the ACC DFW Chapter and Texas Lawbook. Chasity was recognized as the Outstanding In-House Counsel for 2016 by D Magazine and the ACC, and she was a finalist for the award in 2015.
Chasity is also deeply committed to non-profit board service. In addition to the DAPP and NEW Roundtable boards, Chasity serves on the Board of Directors for the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, Texas.
Mandy Price (she/her/hers) is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as the CEO and co-founder of Kanarys, Inc. Kanarys is a technology platform that fosters collaboration between companies and employees on DEI in the workplace. Kanarys allows company partners to measure its performance against DEI benchmarks and identify areas of improvement and growth, by gathering and analyzing cultural and demographic data, industry rankings and trends. Data from employee submissions is analyzed through artificial intelligence and natural language processing, allowing partner companies to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing them and to build a more inclusive workplace culture. Kanarys has been covered by Forbes, AfroTech, Business Insider and HR.com.
Mandy’s interest in DEI began early in her career when she helped create the division of diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin as an undergrad. She then held the role of outreach editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. In her previous legal career, she served on the Women's Task Force at Barnes & Thornburg, the board of directors of the Texas Civil Rights Project, as a member of the Diversity Committee at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and as the former president of the J.L. Turner Legal Association, the African-American Bar Association of Dallas.
Mandy earned her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and two children.
Andrea M. Palmer is the Director of Coverage & Litigation at Higginbotham in Fort Worth, Texas. Andrea graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of Texas and cum laude from Baylor School of Law, which she attended on a full academic scholarship.
After law school, Andrea spent five years litigating with the law firm of Anderson & Riddle, LLP, in Fort Worth, Texas. Andrea represented pilots, manufacturers, MROs/FBOs, and common carriers in state and federal court throughout the United States. In 2018, Andrea joined Higginbotham, where she serves a dual role. Andrea provides in-house legal services to Higginbotham, as well as contract review, coverage analysis, and escalated claims handling to the firm’s clients, in addition to overseeing all aviation matters.
Over the past 20 years, Kelli Roach has helped companies navigate through transitions and ever-changing business landscapes. A recognized expert in the energy industry, she is currently the General Counsel and member of the executive leadership team for Black Mountain Sand, the premier in-basin frac sand provider in the Permian, Eagle Ford, and Mid-Con regions. Prior to Black Mountain Sand, Kelli served as General Counsel, VP, Land and Corporate Secretary for a private equity-backed upstream oil and gas company where she oversaw land, infrastructure development, human resources, administrative, legal and corporate matters. She has closed almost $1B in acquisitions/divestitures on behalf of private equity, public and privately-owned companies, always focusing on preserving value post-transaction for the shareholders, employees, customers and other constituents. Kelli is a practical and insightful strategist who is consistently called upon for her perspective and guidance on matters of corporate governance, risk management/mitigation and strategic planning. She is a respected leader with an innate ability to put people at ease and elicit differing perspectives
In addition to her expertise in the energy industry, Kelli has also worked in healthcare technology (Phytel, Inc., an IBM Company) and has been a partner in law firms. She has served on both public company and non-profit boards, most recently as a member of the boards of Antares Energy Limited (ASX listed), Baja School Friends, Plano Rotary Club, Hope’s Door and Plano Children’s Medical Clinic.
Kelli holds a J.D. from Southern Methodist University and an M.A. in International Management and B.A. in Government and Politics, both from the University of Texas at Dallas.