Board of Trustees

Officers

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HYLF Chair

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Joshua L. Fuchs is a Partner at Jones Day. He is a trial lawyer with first chair trials in both federal and state court. In addition, he has substantial experience representing clients responding to investigations by the CFTC, DOJ, FTC, and SEC. Josh also has a broad base of practical experience in the oil and gas industry. He is extremely involved in pro bono activities, has chaired the office's United Way campaigns, is heavily involved in training programs for law firm associates, and has chaired the HYLF...

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Chair-Elect

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Cristina K. Lunders is a Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright focusing on investigations and compliance, including anti-corruption investigations, due diligence, and compliance. Cristina has represented clients in front of the U.S. DOJ and SEC, has conducted due diligence for M&A activities, agents, and joint venture partners, and has assisted both public and private entities in developing and strengthening their compliance programs. Cristina is the chair-elect for HYLF, and the chair of the...

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Secretary

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Phil Haines is a senior associate at Andrews Kurth LLP where his practice focuses on M&A and securities transactions. Phil is co-chair of HYLF’s Golf Committee and has been running HYLF’s annual charity golf tournament since 2012. Phil grew up outside Boston and wisely decided to venture to TX to get his J.D. and start his career. His wife, Roxanne, is a yoga instructor at Revolution Studios.

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Treasurer

Kristy Gabrielova is a long time member of the Houston Young Lawyers Association and the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation. She has served on the Board of HYLA from 2012 to 2016, acting as the Treasurer and Secretary in the more recent years on the Executive Committee. Prior to that, between 2008 and 2012, Kristy chaired the Arts & Entertainment Committee, which puts many HYLA functions such as the yearly favorite, Evening with the Judiciary. On HYLF side, Kristy has been involved with both Adopt an Angel program, helping deliver gifts to underprivileged children in Houston area...

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Immediate Past Chair

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Eric Cassidy is a trial lawyer who moved to Houston after graduating from the University of Texas Law School in 2001. He is a partner at Berg & Androphy, a well-known boutique litigation firm based in Houston and New York, specializing in white collar criminal defense, complex federal court litigation, and local and international matters. Before joining Berg & Androphy, Eric was a partner at an Am Law 20 firm, Squire Patton Boggs, where he focused on international arbitrations, investigations, and trials....

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Directors

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Lauren Brogdon is a litigation associate at Norton Rose Fulbright, focusing on energy, environmental, and commercial disputes, including those related to royalty payment practices, oil and gas operations including hydraulic fracturing, and contractual disputes. Before becoming HYLA President-Elect, she served as the chair and founding member of the HYLA Energy Counsel Committee from 2014-2016. She also spearheads HYLA’s Lean In to Law program.

Lauren is on the Board of Directors for Houston Volunteer...

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Chevazz G. Brown is a Houston lawyer, specializing in resolving a broad range of business and commercial disputes. Chevazz handles disputes involving breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, fraud, and other torts; oil and gas; real estate; media defendants; employment; insurance coverage; investor; professional and amateur athletes; and more. Before joining Jackson Walker, Chevazz served as law clerk to the Honorable Kenneth M. Hoyt of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston...

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Arthur L. Bryan, II is a transactional attorney working on the Franklin Project for Bechtel Group Inc.'s Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. Global Business Unit where he negotiates and advises on engineering, procurement and construction, purchasing and subcontract, and technical services agreements. In addition, he advises on intellectual property, joint-venture and confidentiality/non-disclosure matters.

In addition to serving as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees, Arthur is the President of the Houston Young...

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Andrew Edelman is a litigation associate at Winstead PC. He represents clients in various state and federal civil trial and appellate matters, including commercial litigation, energy litigation, civil rights litigation, personal injury litigation, and insurance coverage disputes. Prior to entering the practice of law, Andrew interned for U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of the Western District of Texas.

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Alex Farias is a litigation associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, counseling clients involved in complex commercial disputes, and insurance recovery, toxic tort, and environmental litigation. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Alex served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Texas.

Alex is actively involved in the Houston Bar Association, and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree from the...

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Iman is a native Houstonian who graduated from Kinkaid High School. She earned her BS, cum laude, from Tulane University, where she played Division-I volleyball. She then earned her JD, with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law. After beginning her career at Vinson & Elkins LLP as a corporate securities attorney, Iman went on to work as a corporate attorney for Exxon Mobil Corporation. Thereafter, Iman co-founded a business consulting and management firm, and with her real estate...

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Michelle is a partner at Fogler, Brar, Ford, O’Neil & Gray, LLP, a boutique trial firm, where she represents both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation ranging from commercial disputes to will contests. Michelle also represents attorneys who have been sued. While in law school, Michelle was Editor-in-Chief of the Houston Law Review and a member of the mock trial team. She graduated valedictorian at the University of Houston Law Center, and following law school she clerked for the Honorable David Hittner in...

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Robert Horn is a Senior Counsel in Houston office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP. Mr. Horn represents companies and individuals in many industries including consumer finance, banking, retail, insurance, energy, real estate, manufacturing, medical, construction, and securities. Mr. Horn has appeared on behalf of his clients in Texas state courts and Texas courts of appeals, federal district courts, bankruptcy courts, and in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Horn’s experience includes serving...

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Veronica is a third-year associate at McCathern’s Houston office where her daily docket primarily consists of business and commercial litigation disputes. She is thrilled to serve as a Director on HYLA's Board of Directors for a second year, and as Chair of HYLA's Arts and Entertainment Committee. She and A&E are working on some exciting things for the 2016-17 year, so keep an eye out! Veronica is a native Houstonian and a graduate of Duchesne Academy, Southwestern...

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Alex is a partner at Beck Redden LLP. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation, business disputes, employment, trade secret, products liability, personal injury, and professional liability matters. Alex represents clients in the energy, legal, financial, and real estate sectors, among many others. He also maintains a strong commitment to pro bono legal work and is actively involved in community service activities across Houston. Before joining the firm, he served as a law...

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Jason M. Ryan is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at CenterPoint Energy, where he leads the legal team responsible for regulatory matters throughout the company’s footprint.

Jason was commissioned by President Bush as an intelligence officer in the Navy after the 2001 terror attacks and served in the reserves for 10 years. He was appointed by Texas Governor Perry to the Texas Diabetes Council in 2013 for a term ending 2019.

Jason has served on the boards of Houston Urban Debate League,...

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Darren Ticer has been licensed to practice in Texas since 2009. Mr. Ticer joined Tekell, Book in 2010 and primarily focuses on litigation in insurance defense, commercial, construction and general liability. His areas of concentration are product liability, personal injury, property damage, contract disputes, and construction defects. He obtained his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2008. He obtained his B.A. from the University of Houston in 1999. He has chaired the annual Houston Young Lawyers Foundation 5-K Fun...

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Nicole Voyles is a board certified family lawyer at Tindall England P.C. She attended the University of Texas- Austin for undergrad and Southern Methodist University for law school. Nicole moved to Houston in 2009 from Dallas and became involved in many legal activities for the Houston Bar Association including co-chairing the Fun Run for two years. She also sits on the board of trustees for the Houston Volunteer Lawyers and is a sustainer in the Houston Junior League

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Brittany Ringel Walton is legal counsel for Dresser-Rand – A Siemens Business and Immediate Past President of HYLA. She attended UCLA and played volleyball and basketball for the Bruins. After five years in Los Angeles, she made the smooth transition to Waco and attended Baylor Law School. Today she enjoys raising the roof....of her house and all things real estate and Houzz.com related. Brittany and Nate Walton are getting married in July in Colorado and their Jack Russell Terrier, Milo, has a pronounced...

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Jim Zucker is in his second year as a HYLF trustee. Jim is a partner at litigation boutique Yetter Coleman. As a trial attorney, Jim focuses on complex commercial litigation, namely contract disputes, business torts, and antitrust. Jim serves all sorts of plaintiffs and defendants, particularly in the energy sector, but also in healthcare and finance. Jim clerked for Judge Smith on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals after graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to law school, he taught elementary school...

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