Paul Genender is a partner in Weil’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice group. Mr. Genender is a seasoned trial lawyer with an established track record of courtroom experience representing plaintiffs, defendants, debtors and creditors. Mr. Genender represents clients in connection with a wide range of business disputes, including antitrust, breach of contract, business fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair and deceptive trade practices, unfair competition, securities fraud, non-competes and restrictive covenants, and misappropriation and theft of trade secrets matters. He also counsels clients on antitrust compliance, board governance, fiduciary duty and other business law issues, and pre-lawsuit dispute resolution options.
Mr. Genender has experience representing companies across industry sectors, including financial services, chemicals, real estate, retail, business services, energy, telecommunications, as well as non-profits, family trusts, and professional associations
Mr. Genender has been recognized for many years for his work by leading national and regional business publications, including Legal 500 (2017), Best Lawyers in America* (2007-2019), D Magazine (2004-2019), and Texas Super Lawyers** (2004-2019).
Outside of his active practice, Mr. Genender is involved in several of the Firm’s initiatives focused on diversity, inclusion, and attorney advancement. Presently, he serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Taskforce on Women’s Engagement & Retention (TOWER), and sits on the Firm’s Diversity Committee.
Mr. Genender also is actively engaged as a leader in a number of professional and civic organizations. Since 2013, he has served on the Board of Visitors of Duke University School of Law and the Alumni Board of St. Mark’s School of Texas, for which he currently serves as President. He is also a member of St. Mark’s Board of Trustees. Since 2010, he has served on the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas and has chaired its legal committee since 2011 (providing pro bono counsel).
Vicki Blanton is the Assistant Vice President - Senior Legal Counsel for AT&T, Inc., with primary responsibility for the legal compliance of the domestic and international retirement benefit plans, with over $54 billion in assets. She has handled complex retirement plan and health and welfare benefit plan issues for several Fortune 50 publicly traded companies and for large governmental employers. Ms. Blanton brings the real world practical perspective of implementing legal changes with each change’s ripple effects in benefit plan administration and to other areas of business operations. Ms. Blanton has been a frequent speaker on a variety of topics, including substantive legal issues, diversity topics, and career development panels. She is a Past President of the J.L. Turner Legal Association, winning accolades from the State Bar of Texas and the National Bar Association. Ms. Blanton has been named as a Dallas Business Journal Best Corporate Counsel, D Magazine’s List of Best Lawyers, and Eclipse Magazine’s Dynamic Lawyers. Vicki is an American Fellow of the German Marshall Memorial Fund and was a Barrister in the American Inns of Court. Vicki has served on and been appointed to a variety of non-profit, charitable, municipal and state boards; currently serving on the boards of the Dallas Chapter of the American Red Cross and Dallas Bar Association as the Secretary/Treasurer and is a past board member of the Dallas Bar Foundation. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University School of Law. Additionally, she has a Certificate of Study from Georgetown University’s Executive Development Program at the London School of Economics. Vicki has 2 daughters, a 2017 alumna of Howard University and a graduating senior at University of Missouri at Columbia (MIZZOU).
As a leader and General Counsel for four companies, including Smith, NextiraOne, Dresser and LSG Sky Chefs, Anne Sparks knows what it takes to manage complex legal issues within a global organization, build consensus and implement change.
Anne was a 2016 Finalist for the Texas General Counsel Forum Magna Stella Award for Best General Counsel of a Small Legal Department. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Chapter for the Texas General Counsel Forum. She is also a mentor for the Dallas Women Lawyer’s Association and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
Most importantly, she is a mom to Sarah, who graduated from Georgetown University in May of this year, and Lauren, who is a sophomore at Colorado University in Boulder.
Deborah’s practice focuses on complex restructurings and liquidations, as well as complex commercial litigation. With 20 years of experience in the insolvency field, she represents a variety of parties including debtors, trustees, committees of unsecured creditors, landlords, lenders, insurers and receivers in a variety of different venues across the United States. She also has represented parties active in the health care, retail, oil and gas and restaurant industries.
In the past, Deborah held a number of leadership positions within the Firm, including serving as the Shareholder Liaison to the Management Committee and as the Co-Chair of the Recruiting Committee. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Firm's Women's Initiative Group.
Tamara focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction and real estate litigation, brand protection and unfair trade practices, contract disputes, entity breakups and shareholder disputes, fiduciary litigation, and tort defense. She has also helped clients protect several decisions on appeal and obtain reversal of a jury verdict. The breadth of Tamara’s practice allows her to help clients with creative and effective solutions to complex legal issues.
As to her construction litigation experience in particular, Tamara represents owners, general contractors and specialty subcontractors, and she has deep experience handling delay and inefficiency claims. She has also served as advisory counsel on lien and bond issues and other matters for companies operating across multiple states.
Tamara has handled matters in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and actions before regulatory and administrative agencies.
While attending law school, Tamara interned for the Honorable Sam A. Lindsay, District Judge, Northern District of Texas.
Ryan Summer Parley is Director, Senior Counsel for Neiman Marcus Group, a luxury retailer which includes both brick and mortar and online operations for Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, Horchow, and mytheresa. Ryan specializes in advertising, marketing, and social media law. She is responsible for drafting/negotiating contracts in several areas, including outsourcing agreements, licensing and web development agreements, maintenance and support, and product and service vendor agreements. Ryan is also responsible for the Company's compliance efforts as it relates to data security.
Ryan was formally Senior Legal Counsel for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, a DXC Technology Company, specializing in labor & employment, ERISA, complex commercial litigation, and technology transactions. Ryan also ran HPE’s affirmative recovery program where she was responsible for recovering $20M in FY16.
Outside of work, Ryan is both an active member of both the legal community and community at large. Ryan is an active member of the Junior League of Dallas, dedicating a minimum of 60 hours a year to community service. Her focus is on a scholarship program created to assist female high school students in pursuing their dreams of higher education.
Kerry Dailey is Head, Legal & Compliance, Latin America & the Caribbean (LACAR) for Alcon Laboratories, the global leader in eye care. Kerry is responsible for leading the LACAR Legal and Compliance function, which handles all legal matters and compliance initiatives and projects in the region. Kerry is a member of the LACAR Region Leadership Team and Alcon’s Legal Leadership Team.
Kerry joined Alcon in 2013 as Associate General Counsel, Regulatory & Development, and most recently, she served as Executive Director, Senior Counsel of the U.S. Vision Care business. Prior to joining Alcon, Kerry worked for Merial Limited, the animal health division of Sanofi-Aventis, where she provided primary general legal support for several key franchises, as well as the business development function, and biological research and development. Before moving in-house, Kerry was in private practice with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, England, focusing primarily on U.S. Securities matters, and with Mayer Brown and Latham & Watkins in Chicago, focusing primarily on corporate, M&A and securities matters.
Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, and received her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where she also served as a member and notes editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Kerry is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Georgia.
Pamela has been a practicing attorney for 31 years and, since February 2016, has served as the General Counsel for Alliance Family of Companies, LLC. Prior to her current position, she was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for NeX Step, Inc., a pharmacogenomic decision support software company. She has served as lead counsel in complex commercial litigation from the pre-trial stage through final appeal. During her career in state and federal public defenders’ offices, she defended capital murder and other violent felony cases in trial and on appeal, arguing frequently in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University. Together with her husband of 24 years, she has raised 2 children who are now in college.
Cheryl Camin Murray advises providers, financial institutions and other businesses, on entity formation, structural, contractual and health care regulatory issues.
Cheryl counsels clients on how to structure arrangements and transactions in compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) and Stark Law, as well as on how to comply with state and other federal health care laws and regulations. She regularly handles professional licensure and liability matters as well as physician alignment strategies.
She speaks and trains clients on health care fraud and abuse, corporate governance, technology, HIPAA compliance, and state privacy and security matters. Cheryl has authored and co-authored numerous publications on health law compliance and e-health issues.
GRETA RAVITSKY is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Houston office of Epstein Becker Green.
Ms. Ravitsky has significant experience representing and counseling employers in a variety of labor and employment matters arising under federal and state law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and Section 1981.
Commercial litigator Skyler Howton has experience in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation, with a focus on business disputes, insurance recovery, real estate, and oil and gas actions. Skyler has represented individuals, corporate policyholders, commercial landlords and tenants, and domestic and international business organizations in numerous jurisdictions, venues and alternative dispute resolution tribunals. Her counsel ranges from providing strategic advice to handling all aspects of litigation, from pre-trial matters to settlement negotiations, discovery disputes, extensive motion practice and trials.
Skyler is also active in the local legal community . She frequently speaks and writes on evolving insurance issues, including practical guidance for in-house counsel, cyber security and cyber insurance affecting various industries. She maintains an active pro bono practice as a Dallas CASA and regularly staffs the East Dallas Legal Clinic, conducting client-intake interviews. Skyler also sits on a committee with Attorneys Serving the Community and has a community placement with the Junior League of Dallas.
Carista Ragan Hill is the Chief Legal Officer for StackPath, a platform of secure services built for the cloud. More than 1 million customers already use StackPath technology, ranging from early-stage enterprises to Fortune 100 organizations. Before joining Stackpath, Ragan Hill served as a general counsel at a 100-year-old FTSE 100 company based in Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to that, she led a global commercial counsel team at a Fortune 500 company, and was on the legal team at Candle Corp., which was acquired by IBM.
Throughout her career, she managed a global team of attorneys in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the UK, and North America where she traveled and trained more than 25,000 employees on global anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws, anti-trust, employment law, ethics and compliance, and commercial contracts. Ragan Hill was a featured legal panelist at Baker & McKenzie’s Global Oil & Gas Institute in 2016.
Monica Pace Messick is a Dallas corporate and finance lawyer and focuses her practice on energy lending transactions, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), business entity formation and governance, contract negotiations and general corporate work. In her finance practice, she advises regional and national banks, private equity companies and oil and gas companies on oil and gas-secured credit facilities, of both the single-lender and agented variety. As part of this practice, Monica has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating credit agreements, intercreditor agreements (both in the first lien/second lien lender context and to facilitate sharing of pari passu liens with outside hedge providers), subordination agreements, guaranties, mortgages, and other security documents, and in advising clients with respect to perfection, hedging and usury matters. She has also guided lenders through workouts and the complex considerations faced with distressed loans.
Monica’s corporate practice includes a broad variety of transactions, extending from mergers, acquisitions and private placements to entity formation, governance issues and general contracting needs. This diversity of experience enables her to issue-spot and guide clients through the myriad issues faced by small and mid-sized companies in their formation and growth stages, financing needs, and day-to-day operations.
Beverly Bond specializes in developing and implementing national litigation strategies based on individual client needs. Specializing in complex litigation, she represents clients on both a local and national level in toxic tort, catastrophic injury, and employment matters.
Ms. Bond serves as National Coordinating and Trial Counsel to several global corporations for their toxic tort litigation. As national counsel, Ms. Bond develops case and trial strategies, prepares and develops expert witnesses, and tries cases. She also manages client’s complex discovery by developing a deep understanding of each client’s business and customizing cost-effective discovery solutions.
She has also served as national and local counsel for industrial and commercial equipment manufacturers in both products liability and toxic tort litigation. She has tried cases in Texas, California, Missouri, and Kentucky.
Ms. Bond spent much of her early career dividing her practice between toxic torts and labor and employment litigation. In recent years, erosions of the exclusive remedy provisions of various state workers’ compensation laws provided an unusual intersection of her practice areas. Her dual experience provides her with a unique understanding of the legal arguments and risk posed by civil employer liability cases. Ms. Bond uses this experience to develop litigation and trial strategies for employer clients in high risk litigation.
Jennifer DeBoy is a native Texan. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Dallas and went on to study law at Southern Methodist University. She focused her studies on international tax, consumer, and intellectual property law. She also clerked at a mid-size international tax firm, a boutique estate planning firm, and the Federal Trade Commission while in law school. She went straight in-house at Copart, Inc., the top performer on Deloitte’s Exceptional 100 Companies list. She then worked at EZCORP, Inc. as Associate General Counsel. She gained omni-channel experience at KidKraft, Inc. and is now at T-Mobile USA, Inc. She has two young children who make her laugh (or sometimes cry) and when time permits, she travels with her husband or sneaks in an early morning run.
With 20 years In-house and Law Firm experience, at Counsel On Call I broadened my practice exposure working directly with in-house lawyers and law firms to create and streamline legal solutions. As Senior Litigation Counsel at Hewlett-Packard Company I managed a range of employment-litigation matters, monitored case budgets, worked closely with outside counsel, and advised management teams.
Promotion to positions of increasing responsibility and the establishment of meaningful internal and external relationships are constant throughout my career. Acknowledged for my ability to effectively manage a high-volume case load in an organized, efficient, and effective manner and explain complex legal issues and trends clearly.
Amy Harris joined Macdonald Devin in 1989 and represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, primarily in insurance defense litigation and insurance coverage. She has served as state and national counsel for clients to ensure their interests are consistently protected, and is currently serving as national defense counsel for a client in major pharmaceutical litigation. She also has experience in representing clients in class actions and mass tort litigation.
Amy has represented a myriad of businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, insurers, product manufacturers and distributors, major retailers, hotels, property owners and managers, and construction companies. Her areas of expertise include appellate, insurance, products liability, personal injury and tort litigation, employment and labor law, hospitality law, premises liability, and toxic tort.
Amy provides seasoned representation for insurance companies in coverage lawsuits and disputes, including pursuing or defending the insurance company’s position in declaratory judgment actions, defending bad faith claims, analysis of coverage issues and disputes, preparation of coverage opinion letters, preparation of the carrier’s reservation of rights and denial letters, and monitoring significant claims and lawsuits in order to protect the interests of primary and excess carriers.
Her practice also includes substantial experience in trial and litigation support, including providing guidance to trial counsel in the analysis and presentation of legal issues, trial strategy, concentration on procedural issues and motions, summary judgment and dispositive motions, preparation of jury charges, presentation of arguments throughout the litigation and at trial, and briefing of complex legal issues.
Amy frequently speaks and conducts presentations for clients on legal developments and trends, as well as other issues of significance to her clients.
She is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts, U.S. District Courts for Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Yvette Ostolaza is a member of Sidley’s Management and Executive Committees, the managing partner of the Dallas office and global co-leader of the Litigation practice. She has developed a national reputation as a versatile lawyer who excels in all aspects of complex disputes and investigations.
Yvette litigates matters in U.S. state and federal trial and appellate courts on behalf of sophisticated, global clients. She coordinates and tries proceedings in a variety of arbitration venues, serves on the Roster of Neutral Arbitrators for the AAA for commercial litigation matters and on CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals as an arbitrator for the International Institute of Conflict Prevention & Resolution. Yvette also serves as the Vice Chair, Ethics and Investigations Subcommittee of the ABA Corporate Governance Committee. She regularly leads complex internal investigations on behalf of companies, board committees and individual directors and defends companies/directors in shareholder and securities class actions.
Yvette’s range, experience and results have earned her extensive recognition, most recently as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for Northern Texas and in the inaugural Benchmark Labor & Employment guide in 2018. Yvette has been selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” 2016, 2017 and 2019 in the Business/Commercial Litigation category, 2018 in the Security Litigation/Enforcement category and featured on DCEO’s “Dallas 500” list from 2015–2017, receiving the 2015 Texas Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013 she was named a “Rainmaker” by Diversity and the Bar magazine and honored in 2012 as one of the 20 “Most Powerful and Influential Women” in Texas by the Texas Diversity Council, and in 2012–2018 as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the United States by Benchmark Litigation. In 2009–2017, Yvette was selected as a leading General Commercial Litigator in Texas by Chambers USA, which has noted that clients call her “a force of nature” with “every arrow in her quiver that you would want,” who “doesn’t look for the usual cookie-cutter, classic legal responses,” who has particular “expertise in whistleblower and investigation matters,” and is “so dynamic, her command of a room and her ability to get what she needs for a client is unmatched.” One enthusiastic client, added: “In litigation no matter what your circumstances, she can put you in the position — no matter what happens she’ll be there with you.” She has also been selected as one of 20 “Women of Excellence” honored nationwide by Hispanic Business Magazine. In 2016, Yvette was named a recipient of Girls Inc. 2016 Women of Achievement Awards. Yvette most recently received the prestigious Dallas ADL Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award for her outstanding leadership, and exemplary contributions to the community. Most recently, Yvette has been selected to appear in Latino Leaders Magazine 2018 Top Latino Lawyers and listed as one of the Most Powerful Latinas in Law.
Katie is a passionate leader and problem-solver who excels at navigating complex legal and business issues across a number of key functions, including operations, human resources, risk management, compliance, finance, information technology, and sales. She has more than 12 years of experience advising public and private organizations of all sizes on a wide variety of matters. With these skills, Katie has established a successful track record of employing innovative strategies to increase operational efficiency and promote effective collaboration between business units.
Faith Lleva Anderson is Senior Vice President & General Counsel for American Airlines Federal Credit Union headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. The credit union has $7.3 billion in assets with over 300,000 members, and 47 branches located in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Anderson oversees legal, compliance, anti-money laundering, government relations and vendor management.
Anderson has served on the CFPB’s Credit Union Advisory Council where she was also the Subcommittee Chair of the Card, Payment and Deposit Markets Subcommittee. In 2017, she testified before the House of Representatives’ Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee at a hearing titled Examining the BSA/AML Regulatory Compliance Regime and participated in Treasury’s Roundtable meeting with credit unions. In 2016, she also participated in NCUA’s Exam Flexibility Initiative for billion dollar credit unions chaired by Regional Director Keith Morton.
Anderson has served as Chair for the American Bar Association Business Law’s Committee on Credit Unions. She testified at a HMDA hearing before Federal Reserve Board Governor Elizabeth Duke. Anderson also served a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) representing credit unions where she also chaired its Depository & Delivery Systems Committee. She has spoken to various groups including compliance officers, CEOs, board members and attorneys regarding regulatory, legal, compliance and diversity issues.
Prior to joining American Airlines Credit Union, Anderson was in private practice in Wisconsin. She was also a former Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and also served as a staff attorney to the chief bankruptcy judge there.
Anderson holds a Juris Doctor from Marquette University where she was also a member of the Marquette Law Review. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and Wisconsin.
Molly Whitman focuses on complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts. She has experience representing companies in a wide range of commercial disputes often involving contract, business tort, antitrust, and employment matters.
Molly has managed a large docket of cases that span numerous jurisdictions. Within the bounds of each case, she works effectively with a range of co-counsel and opposing counsel, as well as with other attorneys on the Akin Gump team. Highly organized, Molly is adept at keeping the work streams of numerous ongoing cases moving in a timely and cost-effective way.
Since joining Akin Gump, Molly has tried several cases to verdict, with some of those trials coming as a prosecutor in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office as a lawyer on loan.
Molly is also very active in the firm’s pro bono practice—accruing over 200 pro bono hours per year—and has been honored multiple times by the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas.
Krista Hanvey is a partner in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She practices in the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation and Corporate Departments. Ms. Hanvey has significant experience with all aspects of health and welfare benefit plan, retirement plan, and executive compensation compliance, planning, and transactional matters. She has also advised clients with respect to general corporate governance matters and non-profit governance and pro bono adoption cases.
Her practice focuses on all aspects of equity compensation and employee stock purchase plans; 401(k), ESOP and 403(b) tax-qualified retirement and nonqualified deferred compensation plans; executive employment, severance, retention, change in control and non-compete agreements; performance bonus, sales commission and other incentive pay plans; and retiree medical, cafeteria and other welfare benefit plans. She regularly advises clients on the requirements of and compliance with tax laws, ERISA, HIPPA, COBRA, the Affordable Care Act and securities disclosure requirements.
Ms. Hanvey graduated first in her class from William and Mary School of Law, where she served as Senior Articles Editor of the William & Mary Law Review. In 2006, Ms. Hanvey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors in Government from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa.
Ms. Hanvey is admitted to practice law in the state of Texas.
Purvi Patel Albers is a member of the firm’s board of directors and serves as trusted adviser and counsel to Fortune 500 companies and high-growth ventures on the management of their valuable brand investments. Purvi has been recognized for bringing "an amazing personality and a fantastic reputation" to her work on portfolio management and trademark enforcement for domestic and multinational companies. (Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, 2017). She also has been highlighted by World Trademark Review for her "sophisticated brand management skills" and "incisive analysis, commercial awareness, and fast turnaround times."
Purvi’s primary practice focus includes:
Purvi previously served on the board of directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and co-chaired INTA's 2013 annual meeting.
Chasity Henry is an Assistant General Counsel at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in the company’s Dallas World Headquarters. She is the lead attorney globally for strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures. In addition, Chasity assists with a number of strategic and operational initiatives and corporate governance matters.
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 nearly 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.
In 2019, Texas Lawyer named Chasity a Diversity and Inclusion Champion. In 2018, Chasity was recognized 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 Association of Corporate Counsel (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.
Rebecca Cohenour is a Senior Counsel at AmerisourceBergen. She has experience in the areas of supply chain matters, commercial contracts and corporate law. Rebecca graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2011; she practiced at both large law firms and a corporate legal department before joining AmerisourceBergen's legal department in February 2018.
Stephanie Gause Culpepper joined ORIX USA Corporation as Assistant General Counsel in 2017. Culpepper is responsible for driving internal legal matters for ORIX Real Estate Americas and counsels internal clients with respect to all aspects of real estate related transactions. She assists ORIX Real Estate Americas in commercial mortgage loans, mezzanine financing, construction financing, and preferred equity originations, with a particular focus on self-storage, multifamily, and hospitality property types, and supports the origination and management of CRE commercial loan obligation securitizations.
Prior to joining ORIX, Culpepper was a partner at Frost Brown Todd, a super-regional Midwest based law firm with more than 500 lawyers in eight states. Frost Brown Todd entered the Dallas market in 2015 and Culpepper was recruited to head the firm’s Texas real estate practice.
Preceding Frost Brown Todd, Culpepper practiced for five years at Bell Nunnally & Martin, a full-service law firm based in Dallas, in the areas of real estate, corporate and finance. She was elected as a partner in 2014. Culpepper started her career in the Global Projects section of Baker Botts where she worked on complex domestic and international commercial real estate matters for multinational companies.
Culpepper is actively involved in the legal community. She was elected to President Elect of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association in 2019 and has served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association since 2015. In 2016, Culpepper served as President of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) - a professional development and civic organization of more than 3,500 young lawyers. Under her leadership, the DAYL was awarded first place in its division for outstanding comprehensive programming by both the American Bar Association and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
Culpepper was selected by the Dallas Business Journal for inclusion on its “40 Under 40” list in 2014, highlighting her professional success and community involvement. She served as Chair of the 40 Under 40 Alumni Advisory Board in 2018. Through the Junior League of Dallas, Culpepper has contributed over 600 hours of service to the Dallas community, working with non-profits such as Stewpot, Our Children’s House, and many others. She is also an advocate for the arts and served on the Steering Committee of Dallas Museum of Art Junior Associates from 2012-2018.
Culpepper earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with honors, in Finance and the Business Honors Program from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law.
Courtney S. Marcus is co-Managing Partner of Weil’s Dallas Office and a partner in the Firm’s Banking and Finance practice. Ms. Marcus concentrates on representing private equity firms, public and private corporate borrowers, and financial investors in connection with a wide variety of financing transactions.
Ms. Marcus has extensive experience with leveraged acquisition and recapitalization transactions, bridge and mezzanine financing, cash flow and asset-based lending, debtor-in-possession financing and loan restructurings and workouts. Ms. Marcus’ experience extends to such industries as energy (including E&P, midstream and energy service companies), sports franchises, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, business services and consumer products.
Ms. Marcus was recently named as an honoree for the Dallas Business Journal’s 2018 Women in Business Awards and to the Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Dealmakers list. She was named among the 2016 Women in Energy award honorees by Texas Lawyer. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer for Banking & Finance in Texas by Chambers USA from 2005 to 2018. She is also "Highly Regarded" in Banking & Finance by IFLR1000 2018, a recommended lawyer in Commercial Lending by The Legal 500 US 2018, one of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas 2018 and was named one of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty in 2009. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum--Dallas, The Dallas Assembly and the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Board of Advisors.
Kimera is a member in the Dallas office of Frost Brown Todd LLC. She represents clients in a variety of general corporate, commercial and day-to-day business matters, including commercial contract negotiation, review and drafting, with an emphasis on supply and distribution arrangements.
Additionally, Kimera focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions. She has assisted in acquisition and joint venture deals involving various industries. Most recently she has completed M&A transactions in both the food and beverage industry and the insurance industry.
Kimera also has experience with the licensing and protection of intellectual property, including trademarks and copyrights. She has drafted trademark license agreements for the use of many well-known marks and has drafted agreements permitting the use of the name and likeness of well-known professionals.
Marisa Secco is an experienced lead litigator who represents businesses and individuals in an array of high-stakes disputes, including contract disputes, construction litigation, securities litigation, tax controversies, trade secret litigation, restructuring litigation, and civil appeals.
When working on a matter, Marisa leverages both her skills as a trial attorney as well as her experiences serving in prestigious roles in public service. She spent two years as a Rules Attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas, where she developed a deep knowledge of civil procedure and the state appellate process. Marisa also previously served as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Her experiences both there and at the Texas Supreme Court provided her valuable insights into how judges approach cases.
Marisa's success representing clients and in public service earned her recognition from Texas Lawyer magazine, which named her one of 20 "Winning Women" in 2014. In the magazine, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht praised Marisa as "an outstanding talent" who "can see the big picture."
As a lead lawyer in Thompson Coe’s insurance litigation and coverage practice group, Ellen represents primary and excess insurers nationwide on questions of coverage and claims handling. Her practice focuses on significant losses in a variety of industries including construction, oil and gas, financial products, trucking and products liability across the country. Ellen regularly represents insurers in disputes arising out of catastrophic bodily injury and property damage claims, intellectual property and cyber law claims, environmental claims, and professional malpractice claims. Ellen frequently counsels her clients in matters of policy contract rights and obligations, good faith duties to insureds and settlement and allocation issues involving single and multi-carrier cases in areas of liability, professional errors and omissions, pollution, umbrella and excess coverage, Stowers’ liability and “bad faith” litigation.
Ellen has been recognized in Chambers USA for Insurance as a Leading Lawyer since 2013 and was named a Top 50 Woman Lawyer in Texas in Texas Monthly magazine in 2018.
Gemma L. Descoteaux is a partner in the Corporate Practice group in the firm's Dallas office. She is Chair of lateral partner recruiting for the Dallas office.
Gemma is a seasoned and practical business partner to clients as they strategically merge, acquire, divest, collaborate and align within the marketplace. She combines her 12 year business background in advanced technology with 20 years of legal experience to work with her clients as they strive to achieve their business, strategic and financial objectives.
She represents buyers and sellers in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; participants in complex domestic, international and cross-border joint ventures and partnerships; providers and customers of outsourcing services; and companies who are in need of sound corporate commercial counsel in a wide range of industries, including technology, real estate, entertainment/news media, manufacturing, business process outsourcing, and healthcare.
Gemma has a unique and practical perspective on legal matters as a result of her work on a seconded basis at Olin Corporation (negotiating and drafting commercial agreements, managing a large inter-disciplinary team, and coordinating acquisition integration related matters), her work as a contract negotiator on the business side at Texas Instruments (negotiating complex defense systems and electronics joint venture agreements, advanced development agreements, and intermediate and high volume production contracts ), her work in house at EXE Technologies (providing commercial counsel and IPO counsel), her work on a seconded basis at Computer Sciences Corporation (managing M&A and negotiating strategic alliances), and at ACS (handling securities and board governance matters and negotiating M&A transactions).
Diane Waters is a partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Her practice focuses on providing general employment counseling and advice on a broad range of issues impacting the employer/employee relationship including pre-employment screening, interviewing and hiring, onboarding, performance management, wage/hour compliance, leaves of absence management, disability accommodations, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, HIPAA, COBRA, and health care reform (ACA) compliance, reductions in force, discipline and termination counseling, and separation agreements. Ms. Waters also has extensive experience representing employers before federal and state administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division, Colorado Civil Rights Division, and Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Waters serves as a trusted advisor to employers of all sizes, from small family businesses to national multi-state employers. By taking the time to understand the unique needs and organizational goals of each client, Ms. Waters is able to effectively partner with human resource professionals, management, and C-Suite leadership to develop effective solutions to protect against legal liability and costly litigation.
Stefani Williams is a senior associate in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Healthcare and General Liability Practices. Her practice consists of representing major corporations in premises liability and product liability matters. She also represents healthcare institutions and medical providers in suits stemming from care provided at nursing facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, clinical laboratories, and correctional facilities with respect to claims of professional liability, healthcare or medical malpractice liability, premises liability, and wrongful death. She has over 10 years of litigation experience ranging from medical malpractice, civil rights, torts, personal injury, family, and legislative law. Along with her litigation and trial experience, she has successfully resolved numerous appellate matters. Her past experience includes representing the City of Dallas in an array of legal matters, representing the State of Texas and its different agencies, and overseeing Texas legislative matters as a legislative aide. Upon completing law school, she clerked for the Honorable Cheryl Johnson with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Ms. Williams has successfully litigated cases in both federal and state court, and has been admitted to practice in all Texas federal districts court and the U.S. 5th Court of Appeals. She is also an adjunct professor.
A board-certified labor and employment lawyer, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Claudine Jackson practices in the areas of labor and employment, workplace injuries, medical and professional liability, as well as commercial litigation. Claudine has over 20 years of litigation and trial experience and has tried employment, personal injury, and commercial cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. She has represented parties in arbitration and in claims with the EEOC, Department of Labor, Texas Workforce Commission, and Texas Education Agency.
In addition to litigation, Claudine focuses her practice on counseling management and human resources representatives on a range of workplace and employment law matters. She advises employers on developing and applying personnel policies, document retention policies, compensation/bonus plans and protecting their business interests through implementation and enforcement of non-competition and non-disclosure agreements. Claudine assists and serves as personal counsel for employees in negotiating employment and executive agreements, separation packages, and non-compete provisions.
Claudine’s previous experience as in-house employment counsel for an international aviation corporation enables her to understand and translate complex labor issues to her clients. Her clients have included companies and organizations in professional services, life sciences, healthcare, manufacturing, video gaming, retail, transportation, and aviation industries, as well as public and private schools.
In her community, Claudine currently serves on the board of directors for The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, including its Business Operations Committee. She has also served as a Director of the Tarrant County Bar Association, Director of the Texas Legal Services Center and, for over 10 years, as a Director of the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas Private Attorney Involvement Board (formerly West Texas Legal Services). Claudine graduated from the Leadership Fort Worth Program, one of the oldest community leadership-development organizations in the nation.
Andrea Paris primarily practices in the area of labor and employment law. As part of her practice, Andrea regularly represents and counsels employers and organizations in state and federal employment litigation.
She has experience handling claims of sexual harassment; discrimination; unpaid wage and hour issues; worker misclassification; wrongful discharge; retaliation; breach of contract; breach of non-disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements; misappropriation of trade secrets; and breach of fiduciary duties. Andrea has represented businesses and entities before the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in state and federal courts.
In addition to her litigation practice, Andrea counsels human resources professionals, in-house counsel, and clients in all aspects of employment law, including, hiring, retention, and termination of employees; reductions in force; internal investigations; pre-suit resolution of claims; on-the-job injuries and other workplace issues. Andrea also advises clients regarding the development, revision, and application of personnel policies and the protection of business interests through implementation and enforcement of non-disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements.
Andrea regularly provides in-house training to clients, including their management, supervisory, and human resources personnel, regarding labor and employment issues. She has provided in-house training to educational entities and human resources associations regarding issues of sexual harassment, internal investigations, employee leaves of absence, disability discrimination, and employee background checks.
Dena DeNooyer Stroh has 20 years of legal experience. She joined North Texas Tollway Authority in March 2015 as General Counsel and Ethics Officer. She previously served as General Counsel and Board Secretary for Murchison Oil and Gas for three years. Prior to her in-house counsel positions, she practiced complex commercial litigation at Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank, LLP and Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP and was elected to the partnerships of both firms. In 1999, she graduated from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, cum laude, and Order of the Coif, and in 1996, graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Psychology. She “ran” her first half marathon in December 2015 and finished her sixth half marathon in February 2019.
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.
As Senior Associate General Counsel of Litigation, Environmental, Health & Safety and Quality for Celanese Corporation, Anne Brooksher-Yen leads three main areas of responsibility within the large legal department of a prominent, DFW-based Fortune 500 manufacturing and chemicals company. Anne moved down south to Texas in 2016 after a decade of working in private practice at some of New York’s leading law firms, including DLA Piper, Winston & Strawn and Arnold & Porter. Today, overseeing the multi-billion-dollar company’s substantial litigation and environmental dockets, Anne’s day-to-day responsibilities include helping business partners navigate a variety of complex legal problems related to Celanese's core business units, acetyls and engineered materials. She manages legal issues common to both chemicals and specialty products, helping to mitigate risk, navigate regulatory hurdles, avoid unnecessary legal battles, and resolve disputes favorably for the company.
Throughout her career, Anne has been a strong advocate for diversity. While in private practice, she participated in her firms’ Diversity committees, and she leveraged the resources of the firms to represent disadvantaged groups, especially those within the LGBTQ community. One career highlight was when Anne helped a dying veteran obtain an Honorable Discharge after he had been dishonorably discharged from the Marine Corps decades earlier for being gay. In her current role leading the litigation function, Anne has focused on increasing the representation of women and minorities in her outside counsel roster.
Alison Ashmore works with clients to resolve all manner of business issues. Her practice includes a broad range of business issues and business disputes including contractual disputes, protection of confidential information and intellectual property, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, unfair competition, and other business claims, as well as employment issues and bankruptcy claims. Ms. Ashmore’s practical approach to dispute resolution is tailored to the needs of her clients and covers a variety of industries including construction, real estate, insurance, aviation, health care, and technology. She has broad experience advising businesses and representing employers in both state and federal court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and regularly appears in complex Chapter 11 cases. Ms. Ashmore also has experience representing clients pursuing appeals in both Texas appellate courts and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to advising businesses, Ms. Ashmore has extensive experience advising lawyers on professional obligations and defending lawyers and law firms from claims of malpractice, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty, and advising individuals in will contests and guardianship matters.
Jennifer Rudenick Ecklund focuses her practice on litigation and dispute resolution, representing clients before state and federal trial courts. Jennifer practices primarily in the healthcare, complex commercial litigation, and white collar litigation sections.
Jennifer has significant experience handling healthcare litigation matters, including representing healthcare providers in coverage and reimbursement disputes, fraud, defamation, and civil RICO claims. She has resolved affirmative claims on behalf of providers regarding violation of the Texas Prompt Pay Act, claims under ERISA for an insurer’s failure to pay a provider’s claims, and contractual disputes and employment issues between provider entities and individual healthcare providers. Jennifer has also represented healthcare providers in litigation related to qui tam and False Claims Act cases and federal and state anti-kickback provisions and Stark laws. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in these types of matters.
Jennifer also has expertise handling white collar fraud matters in both the civil and criminal contexts. She regularly handles cases in securities fraud, healthcare fraud, tax fraud, and mortgage fraud, as well as matters related to Ponzi schemes and resulting receiverships. She has also litigated numerous complex commercial matters and various contract, tort, employment, business, and tax disputes. Jennifer was previously a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, representing the United States in all phases of litigation before federal district and bankruptcy courts.
Brenda leads the business development initiatives of Horvitz & Levy, the nation's largest appellate law firm. She also spearheads the firm's diversity and inclusion program and serves as the firm's administrative management liaison with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization consisting of general counsel of major corporations and managing partners of leading law firms, all dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession.
Brenda began her career at Vinson & Elkins where she sold ad valorem tax collection services to real estate developers and residential water boards. She leveraged her knowledge of law firms to build a business development infrastructure for Deloitte’s litigation support services group and went on to lead Ernst & Young’s largest sales support team during the demise of Arthur Andersen, resulting in a 67% win rate for regional audit work in relation to the other three global accounting firms.
Brenda’s background includes designing and implementing client teams, key account retention programs, and consultative cross-selling strategies covering a multitude of industries, particularly financial services, healthcare, hospitality, technology, life sciences, and oil and gas. She is a recognized strategic war room leader, significantly increasing engagement wins by positioning firm credentials to meet known and unknown needs of the potential client.
Brenda currently serves on the Legal Marketing Association’s Los Angeles Steering Committee and is a long-time volunteer for the Screen Actors Guild’s BookPals program.