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Our Board Leadership

Michael Clinton


As an attorney at Perdue & Kidd, Michael Clinton represents plaintiffs in personal injury claims as well as pharmaceutical and medical device litigation across the country...

Lori Yount


Lori Yount is a Senior Assistant City Attorney at the City of Houston, where she represents the City in complex commercial and constitutional litigation. 


Samantha-Anne Nadolny


Samantha-Anne Nadolny is an accomplished, driven and business-savvy professional, experienced corporate lawyer, compliance professional and business leader with a demonstrated history in the multiple industries, specializing in construction, oil & [...]

Anietie Akpan


Brenda Adimora

Past Chair

Brenda represents plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of commercial litigation matters at Susman Godfrey...


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Mariame Aana

Mariame is an attorney licensed in Texas, New York, and Washington D.C. She has been working as a Houston-area non-profit lawyer since 2014, practicing in the fields of immigration and family law...


Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell is an associate in M&R’s Houston office and member of the firm’s Energy Practice Group. A dynamic litigator, Andrew’s experience includes complex royalty and mineral interest cases and representing upstream oilfield companies in contractual, commercial and catastrophic personal injury disputes, including surface and downhole tool


Drew Bivona

Brooksie Boutet

Brooksie is a Snell Montgomery, LLP. Over her five years as a HYLA member, Brooksie has co-chaired the Mentorship & Transitions Committee and been highly involved in the Adopt-an-Angel Program. In 2019, she completed the Leadership Academy and was [...]


Zachary Caballero 

Zachary Caballero is a Poet and First-Generation Trial Lawyer at Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP. He graduated from South Texas College of Law-Houston with honors in 2017 as a National Moot Court Champion and Member of the Order of Barristers. Since then,  LEARN MORE

Akilah Craig

Akilah is an associate in the Houston office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment group. 


Barbara DePeña

Amy Farish

Amy’s practice at Yetter Coleman focuses on commercial litigation with experience that includes representing clients in a diverse range of disputes involving class action securities, intellectual property, and complex contract issues...


Rick Houghton 

Austin Muck

As Bryant’s General Counsel and Chief Business Officer, Austin Muck handles Bryant’s legal matters, oversees forensic litigation projects, and identifies and pursues areas of strategic growth.


Leah Buenik Nommensen

Chizoba "Zo" Onyeise

Daniel O'Neil

Daniel O’Neil is a professional liability defense trial lawyer and partner at Thompson, Coe, Cousins and Irons, LLP. Daniel is an alum of Leadership Houston (Class XLI) and a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, Houston Bar Foundation, and HYLF. Mayor Turner proclaimed October 1, 2018 “Daniel O’Neil Day” in the City of Houston, honoring his history of volunteer service uplifting and supporting the community’s most vulnerable and disaster impacted families. Daniel regularly serves as a volunteer lawyer with the Texas Legal Services Center and at the Houston Food Bank as a non-legal volunteer.

Sherry Rodriguez

Lisa Luz Parker

Benjamin Ritz

Ben, a former government attorney and law clerk, practices complex commercial insurance litigation and appeals at Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP. Benjamin Ritz served as HYLA Secretary and co-chair of the HYLA CLE Committee and Leadership Academy before becoming an HYLF Trustee. He also serves as an editor of the ABA’s Insurance Coverage Journal. He enjoys board games, theater, Houston’s food scene, and volunteering with his son, Charlie, at the Food Bank.

Emily Rohles

Kristy Sledge

Robert Tsai

Robert is the managing attorney of the Law Office of Robert Tsai, PLLC, and handles complex divorce, child custody, and family law cases. Robert is board certified in family law as of December 2020 and previously practiced at a mid-size family law firm in Houston for six years before starting his practice. 

Our Board Ex Officios

Brittny Mandarino Curry

HYLA President

Lucy Fisher Cain, 

Excutive Director 

Lucy has been with HYLA/HYLF since May 2015. Prior to HYLA/HYLF, she was  with the Houston Bar Association (HBA) for over 30 years.   She enjoys working in the legal community.  Graduate from the University of St. Thomas (Houston) and a native Houstonian. She is married to Greg, tax attorney, and has five children, two cats and a rescued dog. 


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