What is your specific title?
Senior Attorney, Issues & Appeals Section
What led you to a legal career?
I graduated from Baylor University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. I loved my constitutional law courses during undergrad and decided to attend law school because of that. After law school, I clerked for the Honorable Kent C. Sullivan at the 14th Court of Appeals. Then, I went to work for an insurance defense firm but had no passion for that type of law. I had clerked for the Lanier Law Firm during law school, and I really enjoyed the experience. I loved the type of cases, tort law, and feeling like I was making a difference. When a position opened up in the appellate section, I was excited to make the transition back to the firm.
What has been your most interesting or memorable case and why?
Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson. I began working on our talc cases when I returned from maternity leave in 2013. As a woman and a mother, these cases struck a chord with me. I enjoyed learning the science behind what was wrong with the product, working with our experts, and fighting to keep the cases on track for trial, despite the litany of tactics the defendants used in hopes to dismiss, transfer, and remove the cases. Trial was meaningful and rewarding, and our plaintiffs’ lives were changed for the better.
What litigations or projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on our opioids cases, 3M litigation, a case against the operator of the Texas lottery, and some personal injury cases.
What are one or two things about you that most people don’t know?
I love to travel, and I recently started oil painting.