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alcantara Ramona Kantack Alcántara is Board Certified in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law in Texas.  She has been advising property owner associations, business entities, and individuals on legal issues for more than 35 years in four different states. Her office is currently located on beautiful South Padre Island. She is a frequent contributor to publications on real estate, business entity, and probate and estate planning law.
 blizzard Jacob Blizzard is the managing partner of Blizzard & Zimmerman, with offices in Abilene and Midland. He practices primarily criminal defense in trials and appeals. Jacob is the immediately past president of the Abilene Young Lawyers Association, and two term vice-president of the Big Country Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Jacob received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Houston, and his doctor of jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law.
 browning John G. Browning is a shareholder in the Dallas law  firm of Passman & Jones, where he handles a wide variety of civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout Texas. He is a nationally-recognized authority on social media and the law and has authored four books and numerous articles on the impact social media has had on the law and the legal profession. He also serves as Chair of the Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors, as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the State Bar of Texas, and as an adjunct law professor at SMU Dedman School of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, and Texas A&M University School of Law.
 buchanan Bree Buchanan, J.D., practiced law in the public and private sector with a focus on representing victims of family violence. In 2010, Ms. Buchanan joined the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program of the State Bar of Texas and now serves as its Director. She is co-chair of the Education Committee of the ABA’s Advisory Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs. Ms. Buchanan is a graduate student at the Seminary of the Southwest.
 chriss William J. Chriss, J.D., Ph.D., graduated from Harvard Law School and represents property owners and injury victims in large insurance and liability lawsuits and appeals. He served two years as Dean of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, and in 2016 he received the Jack Pope Award for an appellate lawyer or judge who epitomizes the highest level of professionalism and integrity.
 coggins Paul Coggins is a partner at Locke Lord LLP, where he cochairs the firm’s national White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice.  Paul served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 1993 to 2001.  He received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and both a B.A. and a Diploma in Law from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, before graduating from Harvard Law School.  Paul is a former radio host, a published author, a frequent speaker, and is involved in numerous public service organizations.
 donaldson David H. Donaldson, Jr. has a law degree from the University of Texas. He spent 30 years representing media clients on issues involving defamation, invasion of privacy, access to government records and meetings, and First Amendment issues, working at Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody and at George & Donaldson. He now teaches Media Law and Ethics at the University of Texas at Austin.
 murray Carly Gallagher Murray practices family law with the Law Office of Carly A. Gallagher, and she has been a family law practitioner in the Austin area since 2009.  She holds a J.D. from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, Tennessee, Class of 2007, and an M.A. in Philosophy, also from the University of Memphis, Class of 2004.
 horowitz Daniel Horowitz received his bachelor of business administration from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and his doctorate of jurisprudence from South Texas School of Law. Daniel is a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, and Friend. His practice is devoted to plaintiffs’ personal injury, and he is devoted to the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, having spent countless hours defending and protecting the rights of Texans who might otherwise be denied justice.
 key Alicia Key is a family law practitioner in Austin, Texas. Before recently establishing her practice, she served for many years as Director of the Texas Child Support Division in the Office of the Attorney General. She is a member of the State Bar Family Law Practice Manual Committee and a board member of the National Child Support Enforcement Association.
 kroll In the 1970s, David Kroll created commercials without any budget for actors—and thus cast himself in them. After appearances in plays, videos, films, TV episodes, and CD-ROM games (remember those?), as well as years as a lawyer, video director, marketer, copywriter, and graphic designer, David retired from the State Bar in 2014, but still freelances when opportunity knocks.
 maslanka Michael P. Maslanka litigates and tries employment law cases across Texas. He shares his knowledge through his Work Matters blog, his books, and his monthly “Work Matters” column for In-House Texas. He uses his practical knowledge to help clients simplify their issues and to be a cost-effective partner to them. He opened the Dallas office of Constangy Brooks & Smith, LLP in January 2011.
matlock Mandi L. Matlock is a managing attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., where she focuses on consumer rights and federal tax litigation. She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.
 mccloud Karen McCloud owns and operates Karen D. McCloud, P.C.  She represents employees in disputes against employers.  She is a member of the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors.  She is also a member of DFW-National Employment Lawyers Association and the Texas Employment Lawyers Association.
 munsinger Kim M. Munsinger practices family law in San Antonio with an emphasis on collaborative law and mediation.  She’s also a writer who edited Collaborative Law—Start to Finish for TexasBarBooks.  Collaborative law is a new, peaceful, out-of-court way to handle divorces and other family law matters.  Ms. Munsinger is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.
 painter  Robert Painter is Interim Executive Director of the Austin-based nonprofit immigration legal services provider, American Gateways. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law (J.D. 2012) and Macalester College (B.A. 2009). While in law school, Bobby was a recipient of the Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship and worked as a student attorney with the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Before joining American Gateways, Bobby was a VISTA staff attorney with The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis, where he worked with asylum seekers.
 adams Carla Sanchez-Adams practices consumer law at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, representing low-income Texans in legal matters related to debt collection, credit reporting, autofraud, debt management, and other consumer-related disputes. She pioneered a project to address the economic abuse suffered by domestic violence survivors, specializing in addressing identity theft, fraud, and coerced debt that often results from domestic violence.
 schuler  Christina A. Schuler is an associate with Russell W. Hall & Associates, P.C. in Bellaire, Texas. Her primary focus is on estate administration. She was awarded a B.A. in Business Management by the University of Houston and received her J.D. from South Texas College of Law. Christina is a contributor to the Texas Probate System.
 smaby Jonathan E. Smaby is the Executive Director of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics in Austin.  Previously he practiced law in Dallas, where he was the managing shareholder of Roberts & Smaby, PC. He speaks and writes frequently on the topics of legal ethics, professionalism, and lawyer advertising.
 stone Briana Stone works in the Legal Access Division of the State Bar of Texas, where she focuses on expanding the culture of pro bono. Before joining the Bar, she was Director of Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project and a staff attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. She practiced mostly in the areas of civil rights, immigration, and special education.
 thomas Barrett Thomas is Assistant District Attorney in Falls County and a family lawyer with Blanchard & Thomas, LLP, which has offices in Waco and Dallas.  Thomas is Immediate Past-President of TYLA.  He co-authored the projects Remaining Civil, And Justice for All, and Strength Through Unity.  Thomas earned degrees from Texas Tech, Tarleton State, and Hardin-Simmons and received a Master Peace Officer Certification from TCOLE.
 webb  Natalie L. Webb is the managing partner at the Webb Family Law Firm in Dallas, Texas and practices exclusively family law.  She is board certified in family law and is a frequent author and speaker on various family law topics for the State Bar of Texas.  Natalie is a graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Contributors Not Pictured

Mark Andrews
Suzanne Bryant
Jack B. Peacock, Jr.
John Shaw