Mary E. Ramos

Mary E. Ramos | Family Law

AT THE HELM OF THE RAMOS LAW GROUP, PLLC, WHICH SPECIALIZES IN ALL ASPECTS OF FAMILY LAW, MARY E. RAMOS IS KNOWN AS THE GLADIATOR OF FAMILY LAW. From adoptions, high-conflict divorce litigation and child custody to high-asset property division and more, the firm provides exceptional service and insight to each and every client. “From the first time I stepped into a family courtroom, my role as a family law attorney was clarified. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else with my life. Few people get the opportunity to do what they love every day, and I am blessed in being able to pursue my dreams as an advocate,” says Ramos, who’s Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization with more than 15 years of experience.

Together with her seasoned associates, Ramos is a firm believer in continuing education. To that end, the team is active in various legal organizations, with Ramos maintaining membership in the Texas Bar College, which warrants four times the education requirement for all attorneys. Membership is an honor bestowed to less than 10 percent of Texas attorneys.

1214 Miramar St.
Houston, TX 77006
713-225-6200 •

Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP

Securities and Investment Fraud

Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP is a Houston, Texas based securities law firm. SSEK is the largest law firm in Texas and one of the largest in the United States whose practice is devoted entirely to securities litigation and arbitration.

For thirty years, the firm has represented thousands of investors nationwide in securities matters. Those cases range from stock and bond cases to complex derivatives and private equity investments. In addition to individual investors, SSEK also represents institutional investors such as pension funds, retirement plans, corporations, family trusts, banks, credit unions, private foundations, charitable organizations, and state and local municipalities. The firm handles cases ranging in value from $100,000 to hundreds of millions in losses.

Many of the firm’s attorneys, staff members and consultants have held positions as officers, compliance personnel or registered representatives of major Wall Street firms, providing the firm with more than 100 years of combined experience in the securities industry and securities law. SSEK is able to use its unique knowledge and experience to champion the rights of all investors (big and small) against brokerage firms, investment advisors and investment banks through negotiation, arbitration and litigation.

1010 Lamar St., Ste. 900
Houston, TX 77002

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC

National Reach. An Honest, Texas Approach.

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC (BCH) is a national litigation practice with a reputation for turning hard cases into meaningful results for clients. Whether the case arises from catastrophic injuries on a Houston freeway caused by trucking company negligence, or from a Navy veteran’s wrongful death from fatal asbestos exposure, or from major pharmaceutical companies targeting state tax dollars to increase drug sales, BCH has been repeatedly called upon and delivered substantial victories for our clients.

We have the resources and experience to take on huge corporations—we literally do it every day. We’re courtroom tested. We’ve taken cases all the way to the United States Supreme Court to fight for our clients—and when we’ve done so, we’ve been successful. Above all, we value honesty, hard work, and service to clients. Learn more about our honest, Texas approach at

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC
5555 San Felipe St., Ste. 900
Houston, TX 77056
713-425-7100 •

Noel A. Suniga & Amanda Waterhouse

Immigration Law

Noel A. Suniga handles complex immigration litigation such as Removal/Deportation Defense, Bond Hearings, Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Convention Against Torture Claims, Cancellation of Removal, Deferred Inspection, Stay of Removal, Orders of Supervision and provides Gonzalez Olivieri LLC’s clients access to a profound depth of wisdom. Attorney Suniga’s extensive experience in Motions to Reopen & Reconsider, VAWA Claims, Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing contributes to Gonzalez Olivieri LLC’s successful handling of these type of cases. Attorney Suniga’s first rate work before the Immigration Courts in Texas, the Board of Immigration Appeals, USCIS, the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and his prior experience as Prosecutor in New Mexico greatly benefits Gonzalez Olivieri LLC’s clients in achieving positive results. He is admitted to the New Mexico bar, the US District Courts of the Southern, Northern, and Western Districts of Texas, and the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Amanda Waterhouse is an experienced immigration attorney with over 12 years of practice in the field. She is a Senior Immigration Attorney with Gonzalez Olivieri, LLC and supervisor of the firm’s associate attorneys. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center. Ms. Waterhouse is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has been admitted to the US Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US District of Court for the Southern District of Texas. She is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and a frequent speaker at conferences for the State Bar of Texas and the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. Difficult cases are Ms. Waterhouse’s specialty and she has successfully represented thousands of clients in cases before the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Department of State, and US Citizenship & Immigration Services over the course of her career. Her dedication to advocating for immigrants is evident from her pro bono work and her limitless determination to seek justice in every case.

Gonzalez Olivieri LLC
2200 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 550
Houston, TX 77098
713-481-3040 •

Brann Sullivan Trial Lawyers, PLLC

October 22, 2019 by  
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Personal Injury

IN 2017, SCOTT BRANN AND ROGER SULLIVAN JOINED FORCES WITH THE SHARED VISION OF ACHIEVING THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOMES FOR THEIR CLIENTS. Brann Sullivan|Trial Lawyers brings a formidable combined five and a half decades of personal injury litigation experience to work on clients’ behalf. In their first two years practicing together, Scott and Roger have assembled a strong team of professionals who are making that vision a reality every day, obtaining millions of dollars in settlements for the firm’s clients.

Scott received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and is licensed by the Texas, Florida, and U.S. Supreme Courts. Roger earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. Both are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and both are proud to have been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Over the years, they have earned numerous awards from a variety of professional organizations recognizing their accomplishments.

Amid the ever-changing world of personal injury litigation, Brann Sullivan|Trial Lawyers remains steadfast in our commitment to fight for our clients against powerful interests. We work hard to make sure that our clients secure a fair process that delivers just compensation for the harm they have suffered.

602 Sawyer St., Ste. 700
Houston, TX 77007
713-BS-TRIAL •

Greco Neyland, PC

October 22, 2019 by  
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Criminal Defense

Greco Neyland, PC is a criminal defense law firm practicing State and Federal criminal defense. With a full legal staff of attorneys, paralegals and investigators with offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles, the firm has the reputation, experience and resources to provide effective legal representation and get great results.

The attorneys with Greco Neyland, PC have years of experience trying cases to juries across the state of Texas and in Federal Courts. Managing Partner, Dustan Neyland (right) and Senior Associate, Ben Pearce (left) are both located in the Houston office. Call us today at 713-972-1100 to schedule a meeting to discuss your case.

Greco Neyland, PC
701 N. Post Oak Rd., Ste. 425
Houston, TX 77024
713-972-1100 •

Simon Law Group, PLLC

Immigration Law

If you’re in need of an immigration lawyer with personal experience, look no further than Simon Law Group PLLC. Helmed by dynamic husband-and-wife team Sebastian Simon and Aseel Saqer Simon, the full-service immigration law firm specializes in immigration, nonimmigrant visas, business and investor visas, naturalization and citizenship, deportation defense and asylum. The attorneys and staff work with clients worldwide in English, Spanish, and Arabic.

Sebastian Simon, a native of Chile who underwent the arduous process of immigrating to the U.S., has more than a decade of experience practicing immigration law. Bringing her legal corporate background and cultural upbringing to the practice, Aseel Saqer Simon focuses on assisting employers, entrepreneurs and investors with their immigration needs. The couple takes pride in identifying solutions for families who have chosen the U.S. to make their dreams come true.

Simon Law Group, PLLC
1111 N. Loop W., Ste. 1111
Houston, TX 77008
713-839-0639 •

Mekisha Jane Walker

October 21, 2019 by  
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Criminal Defense

Mekisha Jane Walker is a criminal defense attorney who specializes in aggressive and zealous representation. Ms. Walker handles all types of criminal matters from domestic violence to DWI and drug possession, including both misdemeanor and felony cases. Ms. Walker provides an extraordinary level of service to her clients while remaining committed to delivering the best possible results. As a former Assistant District Attorney and Chief Prosecutor for Harris County, Ms. Walker is a seasoned trial attorney with excellent communication skills and a necessary understanding of the law and criminal justice system.

1714 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
713-228-2611 •

Benjamin K. Sanchez

October 20, 2019 by  
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Business and Civil Litigation

BENJAMIN K. SANCHEZ, A 22-YEAR ATTORNEY, IS CONSISTENTLY RATED AS ONE OF HOUSTON’S TOP LAWYERS IN BUSINESS AND CIVIL LITIGATION. Benjamin is a Houston native who is proud to call Houston home. He was born and raised in The Heights, obtained degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and University of Houston Law Center, and now offices in The Montrose District. Half of his firm’s docket is business and civil litigation, while the other half is family, consumer, and criminal. Benjamin is an award-winning writer and dual-certified (John Maxwell and Les Brown) speaker, trainer, and coach.

Sanchez Law Firm
1122 W. Bell St.
Houston, TX 77019
713-780-7745 •

Adams Law Firm

October 20, 2019 by  
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Personal Injury | Family Law & Divorce

Personal Injury

WILL ADAMS AND HIS TEAM REPRESENT PLAINTIFFS IN SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUITS. He is Double Board Certified in Personal Injury by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocates. Will has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Trucking Trial Lawyer in Texas and has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer® in Texas Monthly every year since 2010 and one of the ‘Top Lawyers for Personal Injury’ in Houston every year since 2006. Will currently serves as President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Family Law & Divorce

THE FAMILY LAW GROUP AT ADAMS LAW FIRM STANDS TALL FOR TEXANS DURING DIFFICULT TIMES. The firm has been representing families and individuals in a wide range of challenging family law and divorce matters since 1977. The firm is proud of the recognition of Attorneys Heather M. Bachman and John F. Lemos as among Houston’s Top Lawyers for Family & Divorce for 2018. Heather is serving as President of the Fort Bend County Bar Association for 2019.  

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. H205
Katy, TX 77494
281-391-9237 •

Tyrone C. Moncriffe

Attorney at Law


Tyrone C. Moncriffe is board certified in criminal law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and certified first chair in death penalty cases in Harris County. Currently, he is a faculty member of the Criminal Law Institute. Moncriffe handles serious felony cases and always strives for excellence in the courtroom.

He graduated from Texas Southern University Magna Cum Laude and received his Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1982. Texas Super Lawyers® in Texas Monthly magazine voted Moncriffe as one of the best in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and Top Lawyers in H Texas magazine from 2008 to 2018.

He always believed that no goal is accomplished by one person. He acknowledges his wife Brenda and his daughter Chantel for constant support. His brothers Randy, Errol, Brian, and Burford and best friend Alvin Hubert have provided years of encouragement. He thanks his grandparents, Mary Moncriffe, Morris and Annie Conner and also his father Richard and Uncle Charles Moncriffe for never allowing him to give up his dreams, and the loving memory of his beloved mother Lois Moncriffe, who told him to, “always reach for the sky and even if you fail you will be among the stars.”

Moncriffe gives acknowledgement to Sandra Zimmer of Self Expression Center; she taught him the importance of, “being with the audience and not performing for them.”

Moncriffe has dedicated himself to constant self-improvement and providing the best representation possible for his clients.

Tyrone C. Moncriffe Associates
1001 Texas Ave., Ste. 720
Houston, TX 77002
713-224-6628 •

Catherine Herrington Hale

Family Law and Civil/Probate Litigation

Cathy Hale is the founder of The Herrington Law Firm and has represented hundreds of clients since 1998 in family law and civil/probate disputes. She is committed, along with her team of associates and paralegals, to providing quality legal representation to her clients and obtaining the best outcome through trial or mediation. Clients often note her passion for the law, respect in the legal community and accessibility of her firm. At The Herrington Law Firm, you will receive personal service and experienced advocates in the courtroom.

The Herrington Law Firm, PC
10190 Katy Freeway, Ste. 440
Houston, TX 77043
713-227-0050 •

Julia Dean

October 20, 2019 by  
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Appellate Law & Estate Planning

In the legal profession, the trust built between attorney and client is just as important as the legal expertise the attorney possesses. Julia Dean is an attorney who values each client and takes the time to ensure their concerns are addressed. Ms. Dean has a dual emphasis, handling complex civil cases on appeal in both the state and federal courts. Further, Ms. Dean designs custom Estate Plans to suit the needs of each individual client, and her expertise extends beyond Estate Planning into Elder Law, Probate and Guardianship in order to support the client’s Estate Planning needs holistically. Not only are the practical elements of the Estate Plan addressed, Ms. Dean incorporates planning which focuses on the legacy of the individual or family. Ms. Dean explains, “We are unique in that we strive to not only create excellent legal work, but to care for and truly listen to our clients.”

The Dean Law Firm, PLLC
1650 Hwy 6 South, Ste. 100
Sugar Land, TX 77478
281-277-3326 •

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz

Personal Injury/Business Litigation Since 1951

While clients have trusted us with their legal matters for close to 70 years, attorneys across the state have trusted us too. Our firm is proud to note that our partners have set a new benchmark in the firm’s long history of leadership and recognition.

Randy Sorrels – President, State Bar of Texas – the third largest bar in the country

Benny Agosto, Jr. – President, Houston Bar Association – the largest local bar in Texas

Mo Aziz – Recipient of the Distinguished Member Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Houston

Brant Stogner President, South Texas College of Law
Houston Alumni Association – an organization with more than 15,000 members

800 Commerce Street
Houston, TX 77002
713-222-7211 •

Back Row, left to right: Angelina Wike, Imrana L. Manzanares, Lena B. Laurenzo, Jonathan D. Sneed, Alexandra L. Farias-Sorrels, Jennifer O’Brien Stogner, Ciro J. Samperi, Kelly M. Woods, Michelle A. Ciolek, Karl P. Long

Front Row, left to right: Muhammad S. Aziz, Benny Agosto, Jr., Randall O. Sorrels, Nick C. Nichols, Brant J. Stogner

Scott M. Brown

October 17, 2019 by  
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Family Law

At Scott M. Brown and Associates, success in the courtroom is not something that’s taken lightly. Whether it’s a matter of family law, including high-asset divorce and complex child custody battles, criminal law or personal injury, Scott M. Brown and his team are steadfast in their commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for their every client. “Our number-one goal is to help our clients achieve success with their legal problems,” says Brown, who’s board certified as a family law specialist through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction held by less than one percent of the attorneys in Texas. A 2016-2018 Texas Super Lawyer®, Brown also holds the highest possible Avvo rating.

17210 Mercury Dr.
Houston, TX 77058
281-488-1918 •

Raed Gonzalez, JD LLM

October 17, 2019 by  
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Raed Gonzalez, JD LLM | Immigration Law

RAED GONZALEZ IS THE CHAIRMAN OF GONZALEZ OLIVIERI LLC. His firm has developed into an immigration powerhouse, obtaining success in a number of difficult and complicated cases for his clients. Mr. Gonzalez is skilled in all aspects of civil and federal litigation. He is admitted to practice before: the nation’s Immigration Courts; the Board of Immigration Appeals; the Texas Supreme Court; the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico; the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 9th, and 11th Circuits; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Gonzalez has fought for the rights of his clients all the way to the Supreme Court, where he has had four victories: Dada v. Mukasey, 128 S. Ct. 2307 (2008) (winning a groundbreaking triumph before the U.S. Supreme Court where the Court granted and remanded the case); Alexis v. Holder, No. 09-955, unpublished (June 21, 2010) (receiving a second grant of certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court on a collaborative effort); Mata v. Lynch, 135 S.Ct. 2150 (2015) (holding in an 8-1 decision that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals erred in finding that it did not have jurisdiction to review the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of an untimely motion to reopen); and Diaz-Esparza v. Sessions, No. 17-820, unpublished (June 15, 2018).

Under his leadership, Gonzalez Olivieri LLC has experienced significant growth. The firm currently employs 16 attorneys, all of whom strive to achieve the best results possible for their diverse clients. In light of Mr. Mr. Gonzalez considerable experience, his firm is able to offer legal expertise in the areas of business immigration, family-based immigration, and removal defense. Mr. Gonzalez also serves as a frequent contributor in the media, making appearances on CBS, CNN, ABC News, FOX News, Univision, Telemundo, among others. His cases have been covered by the New York Times, the Houston Chronicle and National Media newspapers. Under his leadership, Gonzalez Olivieri LLC provides tactical solutions and expert knowledge to each client’s case.

Under the leadership of Mr. Gonzalez, Gonzalez Olivieri LLC provides tactical solutions and expert knowledge to each client’s case.

Gonzalez Olivieri LLC
2200 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 550
Houston, TX 77098
713-481-3040 •

Robert Woods

October 17, 2019 by  
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Personal Injury–Criminal

As a retired police lieutenant and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, attorney Robert Woods of Woods Law Firm has an advantage over most criminal and personal injury attorneys. With more than 20 years of experience in investigation and law enforcement, he knows how to build and defend cases.

“I’ve dedicated my life to protecting Texans and upholding the law. As your attorney, I will investigate and process your case with the utmost integrity and zeal,” says Woods.

The Woods Law Firm represents individuals and families facing personal-injury crises as well as those facing criminal charges. The primary focus of the firm has been representing victims injured in 18-wheeler, auto and motorcycle accidents, DUI accidents, commercial vehicle accidents and animal bites and attacks. Woods is well-known among his peers for his quick recognition of liability and aggressive pursuit of justice.

“At the Woods Law Firm, you get personal attention regarding your case. Our firm is small enough to give you the personal attention you deserve, but large enough to go against the big insurance companies,” explains Woods.

Attorney Woods holds a degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.

2016 Main St., Ste. 111
Houston, TX 77002
713-651-1115 •

Travers & Travers

October 17, 2019 by  
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Family Law, Appellate Law, Mediation

PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS MOST, Travers & Travers is a family of family lawyers.

These dynamic lawyers are family law leaders throughout Harris and Fort Bend Counties. From divorce, complex property cases, and custody disputes to mediation and appellate practice, Travers & Travers is experienced in all aspects of family law.

Travers & Travers is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Both Mack and Sherrie are Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Lawyers. Sherrie is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Travers & Travers
20501 Katy Freeway, Ste. 124
Katy, TX 77450
281-492-2166 •

Clockwise from left: Sherrie Haussner Travers, Allison Travers Hamilton and Annilee Travers Reed.

Jared R. Woodfill

October 17, 2019 by  
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Attorney at Law

FOUNDING PARTNER JARED WOODFILL IS A DYNAMIC COURTROOM TALENT WITH BROAD LITIGATION EXPERIENCE IN FAMILY LAW, BUSINESS LITIGATION, PERSONAL INJURY AND ISSUES INVOLVING CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS. Mr. Woodfill is a 1990 graduate of the University of Texas and received his law degree from St. Mary’s University in 1993 where he was cum laude graduate. He is active in Houston-area community issues and served as Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party from 2002-2014. Mr. Woodfill has tried hundreds of cases around the country and handled numerous appeals.

Mr. Woodfill is licensed to practice in Texas and New York state courts, as well as the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, United States Court of Federal Claims and U.S. District Courts for Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

In 2015, Mr. Woodfill was named Local Person of the year by Fox 26 Roundup. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 Woodfill was named one of the Houston’s top lawyers by Houstonia magazine. He has also received the TRL Defender of Life Award, Texas Values’ Kelly Shackleford Award, San Jacinto Republican’s Patriot Award, and Vision America’s Local Hero of the Faith Award.

Woodfill Law Firm and its team of lawyers and paralegals guide each client through the legal process with passion and attention to detail utilizing modern technical trial practices. The firm utilizes state-of-the-art technology, powerful graphic presentations and the latest trial science techniques to achieve favorable results. Mr. Woodfill’s commitment to superior client service is reflected throughout Woodfill Law’s attitude, philosophy and our approach to the law- that’s why people turn to Woodfill Law Firm.

3 Riverway, Ste. 750
Houston, TX 77056
713-751-3080 •

Larry Chamberlin

October 17, 2019 by  
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Family Law & Mediation


In the young child’s father’s house there is a photograph of the two of them his dad is on his left and the child, about nine, stands all the way to the picture’s side with his dad’s arm behind him, hand resting on his left shoulder. The child is beaming in delight, pure joy of living written on his face and dad looks admirably proud. Another arm comes from off frame held behind the child and smaller hand rests upon his right shoulder.

 In his mother’s house is another photo: he is on the right and his mother the left; he wears the same beatific countenance and his mother looks spirited with love. The arm which comes from off frame is held behind the child and familiar hand rests upon his left shoulder.

LMC 19 July 2019

YOU CANNOT POSSESS THE HAPPINESS OF A CHILD. You must share it with the sun, the moon and the other parent.

Before earning his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School, where he was elected to the National Order of Barristers in 1988, Mr. Chamberlin received a Masters of Arts in International Business Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also Board Certified in Family Law, a member of Mensa and in 2006 while in the Juvenile Forensic Psychology Masters program, he was elected to Psi Chi, the prestigious psychology honor society.

Chamberlin Law & Mediation
3724 FM 1960 Road W., Ste. 222
Houston, TX 77068
281-580-2222 •

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