Founding Members

Susan Blount

Susan L. Blount served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Prudential Financial, Inc., where she was responsible for the company’s 700-person global law, compliance, business ethics and external affairs (LCBE) organization.

Katy Civins

Ms. Civins received her B.A. degree in history with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma in 1968 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She then spent a year studying Russian at the Munich Institute for the Study of the U.S.S.R.

Phyllis J. Cohen

Phyllis is a dedicated activist and advocate for progressive values, with particular emphasis on women’s autonomy and rights, democratic processes and voting, and health care access.   Phyllis is Houston-based, but her involvement encompasses local, statewide, and national issues. 

Nina Cortell

Nina Cortell currently serves as a Partner at Haynes and Boone LLP, an international corporate law firm. For almost four decades, Nina has represented corporations, public entities and individuals in cases that have put her at the forefront of the Texas litigation practice.

Claudia Frost

Claudia Wilson Frost is a partner in the Houston office of Steptoe, LLP and is a nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer. She represents energy, technology, and finance companies in complex commercial and patent litigation.

Lisa Atlas Genecov

Lisa Genecov is the national co-chair of Katten Muchin Rosenman's Health Care practice, concentrating on the regulatory, business, corporate, governance, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and transactional aspects of health care law, with a particular focus in the private equity space.

Melanie Gray

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP (Retired)

Melanie Gray was Chair of the Bankruptcy Litigation Practice and partner in the Houston office of Winston & Strawn LLP before she retired in early 2020.  Prior to joining Winston & Strawn in 2013, Melanie enjoyed almost three decades with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Marcy Greer

Marcy Hogan Greer is a partner with Alexander, Dubose, Jefferson & Townsend in Austin. She is recognized for her work in federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the country.

Laura Hagen

Now retired, Laura Hagen was a principal at Early Cochran & Olson, LLC. Prior to joining Early Cochran & Olson, Laura spent 17 years with one of the search industry’s leading firms, where she was a founder and led the Chicago office.

Peggy Heeg

Peggy Heeg is a partner at Reed Smith LLP. She is past partner of the Energy Practice Group at Norton Rose Fulbright and a past member of Fulbright’s Executive Committee. She also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of El Paso Corporation.

Tracey A. Kennedy

Tracey A. Kennedy is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Los Angeles and New York offices. She is also a member of her firm’s Executive Committee.

Terri Lacy

Terri is a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth L.L.P. As the co-head of the firm’s Business Practice Group, Terri focuses her practice on personal tax planning, with particular emphasis on structuring estate plans for high wealth individuals.

Kathy Lake

Kathleen C. Lake is a retired partner of the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP. For over 32 years prior to her retirement at the end of 2012, Kathy’s practice focused on state and federal utility law and energy regulation, energy transactions, and administrative law and litigation.

Catherine Lamboley

Catherine Lamboley, retired Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of Shell Oil Company, is a native of Monroe, Wisconsin. Cathy graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a secondary education degree and from the University of Texas School of Law where she graduated Order of the Coif.

Karen Hirschman Larsen

Karen has more than 27 years of experience as a top-rated litigator handling major commercial disputes. She was a partner with Vinson & Elkins LLP until December of 2010, and now serves as a neutral on the American Arbitration Association’s national Commercial litigation panel.

Jane Macon

Jane Macon is a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani’s San Antonio office. She centers her legal practice on public finance and administrative law, public and private partnerships, real estate, zoning, platting, condemnation and municipal bonds. Ms.

Laura McMahon

Laura McMahon focuses her international practice on securities matters, business transactions, and corporate governance. She regularly advises clients in capital market transactions, compliance with securities laws, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Meredith S. Mouer

Meredith Mouer has served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Tellurian Inc. since February 2017. Prior to joining Tellurian, she was a Partner in the corporate securities section at the law firm of Andrews Kurth LLP since 2003. While at Andrews Kurth, Ms.

Carrin F. Patman

Carrin Patman is a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP where she maintains an active trial docket, representing diverse business and energy industry clients in litigation, including class actions, involving commercial disputes, securities matters, antitrust and competition issues, environment

Sandra L. Phillips

Sandra Phillips Rogers is group vice president, general counsel, chief legal officer, corporate secretary, and chief diversity officer of Toyota Motor North America (“TMNA”). In this role, she leads the legal services function for Toyota's operations in North America, Toyota Legal One (“TL1”).

Yvonne K. Puig

U.S. Chief Integration Partner, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Norton Rose Fulbright

Ms. Puig has a substantial commercial litigation practice in both state and federal courts. She represents large health systems, medical schools, institutional health care providers, for profit educational companies, and managed care organizations across the US. 

Martha E. Smiley

Martha Smiley received the J.D. degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 1972 and the B.A. from Baylor University in 1969. Martha is a counsel to the firm of Enoch Kever PLLC’s administrative, energy, public law and appellate practice.

Jane Snoddy Smith

Jane Snoddy Smith is a partner with the JAE Law Group. Founded by three women with a deep bench of real estate knowledge and headquartered in Austin, Texas, JAE represents clients throughout the US and globally.

Kathleen Wu

Kathleen Wu is a partner in the international law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth. Her real estate transactions practice has a broad wingspan, crossing multiple industries and disciplines, serving a national clientele from Wall Street to California.