CHAIR OF THE BOARD <b>MICHAEL C. SMITH</b>, of Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, L.L.P. in Marshall, specializes in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. He is a former chair of the Eastern District of Texas’ Local Rules Advisory Committee; publishes <b>www.EDTexweblog.com</b>, a blog on practice in the Eastern District; and edits <i>O’Connor’s Federal Rules — Civil Trials.</i> He is chair-elect of the State Bar Litigation Section and has served on the State Bar Board of Directors. VICE CHAIR <b>RHONDA HUNTER</b> is certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a past president of the Dallas Bar Association, the J.L. Turner Legal Association, and the Dallas Association of Black Women Attorneys. She has served on the State Bar Board of Directors, the Child and Family Guidance Centers, the North Texas Food Bank, and as chair of the Dallas Bar Community Service Fund. <b>BEN L. ADERHOLT</b> is a member in Looper, Reed & McGraw, P.C. in Houston, where he focuses his practice on commercial transactions and litigation in the construction industry. He is a past president of the Houston Bar Association and a past director of the State Bar of Texas. He is chair of the Houston Mayor’s International Affairs and Development Council — Americas. He teaches commercial law at the University of Houston. <b>TALMAGE BOSTON</b> is a shareholder in the Dallas office of Winstead, P.C. He is a past director of the State Bar of Texas and has served as chair of the State Bar Litigation Section, State Bar Council of Chairs, and State Bar Annual Meeting Committee. He is certified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In the last three years, he has written three featured articles in the <i>Texas Bar Journal</i>. <b>JOHN G. BROWNING</b> is a partner in Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, L.L.P. in Dallas, where he handles commercial litigation, employment, health care, and personal injury defense matters in state and federal courts. He is an awardwinning legal journalist for his syndicated newspaper column “Legally Speaking” and the author of <i>The Lawyer’s Guide to Social Networking</i>. He is an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. <b>SYLVIA A. CARDONA</b> is a shareholder in Langley & Banack, Inc. in San Antonio, where she practices business litigation and international law. She serves on the State Bar Board of Directors and on the boards of the San Antonio Bar Association Litigation Section and the San Antonio Women’s Pavilion at HemisFair Park. Cardona is a past president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and a former member of the State Bar Executive Committee. <b>DAMON D. EDWARDS</b> is a lawyer in the Houston office of Linebarger, Groggan, Blair & Sampson, L.L.P. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and South Texas College of Law. Edwards serves on the State Bar Board of Directors and is a past president and board member of the Houston Lawyers Association. <b>HARPER ESTES</b> is a shareholder in Lynch, Chappell & Alsup, P.C. in Midland. He is a past president of the State Bar of Texas and the Midland County Bar Association. Estes is certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His practice focuses on commercial litigation. He also frequently serves as a mediator and arbitrator. <b>STEVE FISCHER,</b> of Rockport, serves on the State Bar Board of Directors. He has been a professor at the University of Texas–Permian Basin and worked on cases in Midland and Odessa. Before that, he was Willacy County district attorney. He has also practiced in El Paso, Denton, and Huntsville and has authored numerous articles on demographics and education. He has a B.A. with honors from the University of California-Berkeley, a J.D. from Indiana, an M.P.A. from the University of North Texas, and an M.A. in Criminology from Sam Houston State. <b>FRANK A. KING</b> is an assistant attorney general with the General Litigation Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office. He is cochair of the Austin Bar Association Membership Committee; treasurer of the Civil Litigation Section; and co-chair of the New Courthouse Committee. King formerly served on the Austin Bar Association Board of Directors, where he received the Outstanding Director Award. <b>MILES J. LEBLANC</b>, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, is an assistant general counsel in the Legal Services Department of the Houston Independent School District. His public sector law career includes serving as in-house legal counsel at Houston Community College and the University of Houston and as a federal judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Jorge A. Solis, Northern District of Texas. <b>LYNNE LIBERATO</b> is a partner in the appellate section of Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. in Houston and a member of the firm’s board of directors. Awarded the 2010 Leon Jaworski Award for community service, she is past chair of the board of the United Way of Greater Houston and is a past president of the State Bar of Texas and Houston Bar Association. <b>ABBAS E. MAHVASH</b> is an attorney at Baker & McKenzie, L.L.P., in Dallas, where he previously practiced in the international transactional group and currently specializes in corporate & securities issues. He is a graduate of the State Bar of Texas leadership academy and has served on the board of the Cameron County Young Lawyers Association. <b>DAVID R. MCATEE</b> II is an in-house lawyer at AT&T, where he is a senior vice president and assistant general counsel of AT&T Services, Inc. He is a past president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and a former chair of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. <b>WILLIAM L. POPE</b> is a partner in Adams & Graham, L.L.P. in Harlingen, where he practices in transactional, commercial, health care, and employment litigation and counsel. He is a qualified general and family law mediator and has served for more than two decades as a municipal judge and state magistrate. <b>KAREN S. PRECELLA</b> is a partner in Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., in Fort Worth, where she specializes in civil appeals and provides legal support for all phases of complex commercial trials. She is co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Appellate Practice Committee. She has served as chair of the State Bar Pattern Jury Charges — Business, Consumer, and Employment Committee and on the State Bar Appellate Section Council. <b>C.E. RHODES</b> is U.S. operations and compliance counsel to Baker Hughes, Inc. in Houston, where he advises management on complex legal and compliance issues relating to the company’s operations. He is president-elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. <b>J. MITCHELL SMITH</b> is a partner in Germer Gertz, L.L.P. in Beaumont, where he practices commercial litigation, FELA litigation, intellectual property litigation, and civil appellate law. He is an active member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and International Association of Defense Counsel and serves on various boards in the Southeast Texas area. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and editor of the <i>Jefferson County Bar Journal.</i>
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