Board of Trustees


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HYLF Chair

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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.

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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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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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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...


Immediate Past 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 Golf and Grant...




Email Kristen

Kristen Bates is an associate attorney at Hughes Watters & Askanase, LLP. Kristen has participated in the Adopt An Angel program since her first year with HWA in 2010. She has served on the Adopt An Angel committee since 2015, including holding a co-chair position for the past two years. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation and the Houston Young Lawyers Association in a program that brings joy to the lives of underprivileged children and their families year after year.

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Email Kelley

Kelley Clark is a litigation associate at Gray Reed & McGraw LLP, focusing on energy and commercial disputes and appellate matters. Kelley also serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Young Lawyers Association and completed the HYLA Leadership Academy in 2016. Kelley is a HYLF Fellow and served as the HYLF Law Day Luncheon Co-Chair from 2015-2017. Through her involvement with the Junior League of Houston, Kelley regularly volunteers at the Children's Museum of Houston. She received her B.A. and B.B.A. from University...

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Email Michael

As an attorney at Blizzard & Nabers, Michael Clinton handles pharmaceutical and medical device litigation in courts around the country. Michael earned his B.B.A. in Financial Consulting from Southern Methodist University while also performing as a drummer in SMU’s Mustang Band (a.k.a. “The Best Dressed Band In The Land”). Michael then earned his J.D. from Baylor Law School and competed in multiple interscholastic advocacy competitions. Before leaving Waco, Michael worked at Baylor Law in its feared and revered third-year...

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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 Sorrels 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...

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Tara Grigg Garlinghouse is a native Houstonian and Rice graduate who returned home after completing a joint JD/MPP with the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Tara spent her time in graduate school specializing in child welfare law and then clerked for the Honorable Micaela Alvarez in the Southern District of Texas in McAllen. In 2015, Tara was named a Skadden Fellow and worked in the Disability Rights Texas Houston office representing children in foster care with...

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Email Ray

Raymond A. Hafner, IV (Ray) is an in-house attorney with expertise in all manners of dispute resolution, particularly in the oil and gas industry. He currently serves as counsel for Linn Energy, Inc., a Houston-based E&P company with significant assets in Oklahoma and Kansas. His in-house role includes managing litigation, compliance, and advising the company’s EH&S group on environmental and regulatory issues. Before joining Linn, Ray was an associate at the global law firm Jones Day, where he primarily represented...


Email Veronica

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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Monique Steele Powell is the Bankruptcy/Credit Legal Counsel for Shell Oil Company’s Downstream Commercial businesses. She has been actively involved on Shell’s D&I Mentoring and External Outreach Committees, participating in Texas Southern University Law School’s Career Awareness Program, “The Day in the Life of an Energy Lawyer” and leading the efforts along with her committee members to revitalize the award-winning Tomorrow’s Attorney Pipeline Program.

Monique graduated with a BBA in Economics...


Email Darren

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...


Email Jason

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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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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Email Zahra

Zahra Usmani is a corporate associate at Baker Botts L.L.P. She represents public and private companies in mergers & acquisitions, securities, private equity, and general corporate concerns. She also advises clients on securities compliance issues, including Exchange Act reporting.

Zahra is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and the University of Houston.