Don’t mess with Texas women lawyers. That’s the takeaway from a long list of accomplishments racked up by this group of outstanding female attorneys.
Texas Lawyer first honored the Lone Star State’s winning women in 2011. We decided to see who had risen to the top in the intervening three years. Texas Lawyer’s editorial department began the five-month selection process by asking readers to nominate lawyers who have achieved significant recent victories and established a track record of prevailing in high-stakes cases; won large monetary awards; successfully defended against actions seeking substantial damages; handled first-of-their-kind cases; made a substantial changes to the practice of law; or claimed victory in cases that had a national or statewide impact.
We read each of the nearly 150 nominations that we received and then conducted our own research to arrive at this list of 19 Winning Women plus a lifetime achiever—a women who clearly stands out among her peers.
Texas Lawyer will publish “Winning Women” on Sept. 1, profiling these amazing female Texas lawyers.
On Oct. 8, Texas Lawyer will celebrate the honorees with a luncheon at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. I hope to see you there to help me congratulate the following honorees.
Natalie Arbaugh, principal, Fish & Richardson, Dallas
Amber Vazquez Bode, solo, Vazquez Law Firm, Austin
Nina Cortell, partner, Haynes and Boone, Dallas
Patricia Cummings, solo, Patricia J. Cummings Attorney at Law, Round Rock
Michelle Fernald, deputy chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Texas, Austin
Kathleen Galloway, enforcement attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission, Fort Worth
Erica Harris, partner, Susman Godfrey, Houston
Karen Hart, partner, Bell Nunnally & Martin, Dallas
Paula Hinton, partner, Winston & Strawn, Houston
Ann Hurwitz, partner, Baker & McKenzie, Dallas
Brandy Manning, partner, Burleson LLP, Midland
Mandy Price, associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Dallas
Marisa Secco, associate, Vinson & Elkins
Rebecca Simmons, Former Justice, Fourth Court of Appeals, San Antonio
Katherine Staton, partner, Jackson Walker, Dallas
Rachel Powitzky Steely, partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell, Houston
Macey Reasoner Stokes, partner, Baker Botts
Jane Webre, partner, Scott, Douglass & McConnico
Jani Maselli Wood, assistant public defender with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office, Houston
LIFETIME ACHIEVER: Kim Askew, partner, K&L Gates, Dallas