David W. Bergquist

Mr. David W. Bergquist grew up in the small town of Moorhead, Minnesota, where he first learned that hard work and integrity are key components to success personally and professionally. After graduation from Moorhead High School in 1994, Mr. Bergquist attended college at the University of North Dakota where he graduated with a degree in the Bachelor of Arts in 1999.

Upon graduation, Mr. Bergquist moved to Houston, Texas to start his career with the accounting giant, Arthur Anderson. With a couple of years of corporate experience under his belt, he enrolled in law school at Texas Southern University.

Mr. Bergquist graduated magna cum laude from Texas Southern University in 2003. He worked for two litigation firms during and subsequent to graduation. His work at those firms eventually led to Mr. Bergquist’s founding of the Bergquist Law Firm.

Throughout his time as an attorney and at his law firm, Mr. Bergquist has been an aggressive trial lawyer. His law practice focuses on litigation matters, including plaintiff’s accident and personal injury, civil and business litigation, and medical field and healthcare litigation.

Mr. Bergquist has successfully litigated personal injury cases involving surgeries, permanent disfigurement, and death. He fights for the highest monetary recovery for victims and their families.

Mr. Bergquist has litigated various civil and business matters, including contract disputes, partnership disputes, non-compete issues, fraud, DTPA, and real estate transactions. Professionals regularly seek Mr. Bergquist’s guidance regarding a wide range of business issues and legal advice.

Mr. Bergquist also has represented individual physicians and practice groups, surgery centers and hospitals, and other companies in the medical field regarding their dealings with one another and insurance companies.

Being an aggressive trial lawyer with an unwavering desire to succeed, Mr. Bergquist uses his knowledge, life experiences, charisma, and hard work ethic to succeed. Mr. Bergquist has the ability to make tough decisions and thrives under pressure.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court - Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past & Present):

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America 
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association 
  • American Bar Association 
  • Houston Bar Association 
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association 
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association 
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association 
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, International 
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 
  • Expert in Field Sobriety Testing


Direct Line: (713) 373-3600

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Tiecia Ayers

Tiecia Ayers was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013 and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Houston Law Center in 2017.  

During the last two years of her law school career, Ms. Ayers clerked for the Honorable Ravi K. Sandill of the 127th Harris County District Court. She also worked as a student attorney in the Civil Practice Clinic and as a certified mediator in the Mediation Clinic. Ms. Ayers had the opportunity to study international law in The Hauge, Netherlands during the summer of 2015.  

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Ms. Ayers gained valuable legal experience working at a mass torts firm, a civil litigation firm, and in the legal department at the U.S. Small Business Administration.  

 

Ms. Ayers is based in our Houston office. 

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, Certified Mediator

Direct Line:  (713) 337-8959

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Keith N. Bakker

Keith N. Bakker grew up in Katy, Texas, and attended Cinco Ranch High School. Mr. Bakker received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Energy Commerce from Texas Tech University. During college, he was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and studied abroad in England, France, and Germany. After college, Mr. Bakker clerked at a general practice law office. He also had the opportunity of aiding in the campaign and election efforts of the current 83rd District Attorney.

Mr. Bakker graduated with his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 2015 from Texas Tech School of Law. During law school, Mr. Bakker interned at the 83rd District Attorney’s Office and performed legal and title work for an energy company. Mr. Bakker was an active member of the Law Student Division of the State Bar of Texas and The Energy Law Interest Group.

In his spare time, Mr. Bakker enjoys sports and spending time with family and friends.

Bar Admissions: 
Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line: 713-373-3606

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Colby Binford

Colby Binford grew up in Cypress, Texas. Mr. Binford received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Upon graduating from Sam Houston State University, Mr. Binford worked as a Technical Sales Representative in the Industrial Coatings Industry.

Mr. Binford attended the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas. During his law school career, he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Binford gained valuable legal experience working at commercial litigation and mass tort law firms as a law clerk.

Mr. Binford is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  •  American Bar Association

Direct Line: (713) 337-8960

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Matthew Birdwell

Matthew Birdwell grew up in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Birdwell received his Bachelor’s Degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. After graduating, Mr. Birdwell returned to San Antonio, earning his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s School of Law. While at St. Mary’s, Mr. Birdwell competed as a varsity advocate on the National Mock Trial Team, earning multiple awards including Most Outstanding Mock Trial Award, and was inducted in The Order of Barristers.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Birdwell gained valuable legal experience clerking for the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office and working in the legal department of the Texas Workforce Commission.

Mr. Birdwell is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  •  State Bar of Texas
  •  American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Direct Line: (713) 337-8961

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Janet Campos

Janet Campos grew up in the small town of Peru, Illinois. Ms. Campos received her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. During her last year in college, Ms. Campos interned at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office in Chicago. After graduating, Ms. Campos moved to Texas to attend law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. During her law school career, she worked as legal researcher and teaching assistant for a professional responsibility professor. In between law school semesters Ms. Campos also worked as a Law Clerk at the Cook County Pension Fund in downtown Chicago.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Ms. Campos gained valuable legal experience working at a Civil Litigation Practice as a Legal Clerk.

Ms. Campos is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

 

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association

 

Direct Line: (713) 373-3602

 

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Amanda Catalani

Amanda L. Catalani was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from TMI High School in the Hill Country, she attended Duke University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Ethics, and Markets & Management with honors.

Upon graduating from Duke University, Ms. Catalani worked as an AmeriCorps Vista for a rebuilding organization in New Orleans, LA, before beginning her career as a Consultant in Boston, MA, and Washington, D.C.

Ms. Catalani moved to Houston, Texas to be closer to her family and attended the University of Houston Law Center, where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2016. During her law school career, she gained valuable experience clerking for a judge and working for a civil litigation firm.

In her spare time, Ms. Catalani enjoys running, spending time with her dog, and traveling.

Bar Admissions:
Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Direct Line:  (713) 337-8957

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Jordan R. Corn

Jordan R. Corn grew up in the small town of Florence, Texas just north of Austin. Mr. Corn graduated from Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a “Criminology Concentration” and a minor in Legal Studies.

Mr. Corn graduated with his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Corn clerked for a family law firm here in Houston. Mr. Corn was also a member of the Board of Advocates and participated in mock trial during his time at South Texas.

In his spare time, Mr. Corn enjoys spending time with his friends and family, watching movies and T.V. shows, doing almost anything active, and rooting for his favorite sports teams.

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line: (713) 559-6957

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Josh A. Daws

Josh Daws was born and raised in Evadale, Texas – a tiny town located in Southeast Texas. After graduating high school, Mr. Daws spent the next two years of his life serving as a missionary for his church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he learned Spanish and developed a stronger desire to serve others.

Mr. Daws received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management and a minor in Spanish from Lamar University. He then attended Texas Tech School of Law where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence. While attending school, Mr. Daws gained experience in personal injury and other areas of civil litigation as a law clerk.

During his free time, Mr. Daws enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, as well as serving in his church.

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line:  (713) 559-6958 

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Jovani Diaz

Jovani Diaz was born and grew up in Houston, Texas. Ms. Diaz received her Bachelor of Science in both Political Science and Psychology from Houston Baptist University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She then attended South Texas College of Law and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence. While attending school, Ms. Diaz worked full time and gained experienced in the legal career as a law clerk in a number of law firms. Additionally, she was a member of South Texas’ Law Review, she was the research assistant to one of her professors, she edited articles for the State Bar of Texas’ Oil and Gas Journal, and she participated in the advocacy program. Ms. Diaz likes to read and write as her hobbies, and enjoys cooking and baking.

Bar Admissions: 
Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line: 713-337-8952

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David Ghably

David Ghably was born in Aleppo, Syria, and was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Ghably received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on national policy from The University of Houston.  After graduating, Mr. Ghably attended The University of Houston Law Center. During his law school career, he served as Editorial Board Chief Recent Developments Editor for the Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law. Mr. Ghably was selected to join the Mock Trial and Moot Court Teams. Through the Mock Trial Team, he was able to gain valuable litigation experience. Mr. Ghably was selected to compete in an international Moot Court competition, which allowed him to learn the intricacies of international bilateral investment treaty arbitration.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Ghably gained valuable legal experience working in a midsized family law practice and at a boutique personal injury litigation firm. In addition, He clerked for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas Financial Litigation and Charitable Trust division.

Mr. Ghably is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  •  Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association

Direct Line: (713) 373-3611

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Matthew P. Gigliotti

Matthew P. Gigliotti grew up in southern California.  He earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting and Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.  After graduating, Mr. Gigliotti relocated to Dallas, Texas and started a business that sold therapy and exercise devices to wellness and fitness markets.  Mr. Gigliotti then attended law school at UNT Dallas College of Law.  During his law school career, he served as Treasurer for the Student Bar Association and successfully competed in alternative dispute resolution competitions.  Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Gigliotti gained valuable legal experience clerking at the 5th District Court of Appeals.

Mr. Gigliotti is based in our Dallas office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association

Direct Line: (972) 861-5809

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Noe A. Gonzalez

Noe A. Gonzalez grew up in Edinburg, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. In 2014, Mr. Gonzalez received his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas.

After graduating, Mr. Gonzalez moved to Houston to attend law school at the University of Houston Law Center. While in law school, Mr. Gonzalez served as Chief Articles Editor on the Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law and as Treasurer for the Hispanic Law Students Association. He honed his advocacy skills through multiple mock trial, moot court, and alternative dispute resolution competitions.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Gonzalez gained valuable legal experience working as a law clerk for the 13th Court of Appeals in south Texas and for a litigation firm in Houston.

In his spare time, Mr. Gonzalez enjoys watching films, spending time with his family, rooting for his favorite professional sports teams, and running at the park with his dog, Luna.

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line: (713) 559-6950

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Robert C. Goodwill Jr.

Robert grew up in the rural city of Ruston, Louisiana. Mr. Goodwill received his Bachelor’s and Master of Accountancy from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

After graduating, Mr. Goodwill attended law school at the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas. During his law school career, he advocated as a member of his university’s Interscholastic Mock Trial Team and served as the Executive Editor of the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal. As a member of the journal, Mr. Goodwill published a Comment, which was awarded the Chamberlain Hrdlicka Writing Award for Distinguished Paper in Taxation.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm as an associate, Mr. Goodwill gained valuable legal experience by working for a criminal defense firm, a tax firm, as well as clerking part-time during law school for the Bergquist Law Firm.

Mr. Goodwill is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Direct Line: (713) 373-3603

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Hellieth J. Pedroza Guzman

Hellieth J. Pedroza Guzman was born and raised in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. Ms. Pedroza received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. After graduating, Ms. Pedroza attended law school at University of Houston in Houston, Texas. During her law school career, she worked as a student attorney for the Immigration Clinic. Ms. Pedroza Guzman also worked in Mexico City for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. 

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Ms. Pedroza gained valuable legal experience working at an Immigration Labor and Employment Law Firm as a law clerk.   

Ms. Pedroza is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association

Direct Line:  (713) 337-8958

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Courtny Haning

Courtny Haning was born and raised in the greater Dallas area. Ms. Haning obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2014. While attending SFA, Ms. Haning was a member of the Order of Omega Honors Society. 

Ms. Haning graduated with her Doctor of Jurisprudence in May of 2017 from the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law. During law school, Ms. Haning served as the Editor-in-Chief for the On The Cusp Law Journal, and was appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve as the UNT System Student Regent. 

In January of 2018, Ms. Haning joined the Bergquist Law Firm and is based fulltime at our Dallas office. 

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Women Lawyer's Association
  • Dallas Young Lawyer's Association

Direct Line:  (972) 861-5804

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Joshua Harrison

Joshua Harrison grew up in Sinton, Texas. After high school, Mr. Harrison attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. 

Mr. Harrison went on to attend law school at the University of Houston Law Center. During law school, he participated in mock trial and also clerked at a prestigious criminal defense firm in Houston. As a member of the mock trial team, Mr. Harrison competed in numerous national trial competitions where he gained valuable litigation experience. He received his J.D. in May 2017 and joined the Bergquist Law Firm in July of the same year. 

In his spare time, Mr. Harrison enjoys reading historical novels, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. 

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line:  (713) 337-8968

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Meghan Hennessy

Meghan Hennessy was born and raised in Florida. Ms. Hennessy graduated from Florida State University in 2013, with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Psychology. She moved to Texas to attend The University of Texas School of Law, where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 2017. During her law school career, Ms. Hennessy served as the Executive Editor of the American Journal of Criminal Law and was a member of the school’s mock trial team.

Prior to joining Bergquist Law firm, Ms. Hennessy worked in the Human Trafficking Unit of the Orange County’s District Attorney’s Office in California and at an environmental litigation firm. In her spare time, Ms. Hennessy enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with her friends.

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line:  (713) 337-8967

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Horacio L Hernandez

Horacio L Hernandez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Hernandez received Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. After graduating, Mr. Hernandez attended law school at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. During his law school career, he served as a staff editor on the Mississippi Law Journal.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Hernandez gained valuable legal experience working at several litigation firms as a law clerk across the Southeastern United States during law school.

Mr. Hernandez is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

 

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  •  State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association

 

Direct Line: (713) 337-8966

 

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Aaron Howard

Aaron Howard grew up in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Howard attended Texas Tech University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in legal studies. During college, Mr. Howard had the opportunity to intern for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and study abroad in Seville, Spain, where he took courses comparing the American and European legal systems.

In 2014, Mr. Howard entered law school and graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in May 2017. While in law school, Mr. Howard served as a contributing editor of the University of Houston Journal of Commercial and Consumer Law. In addition, he gained valuable experience clerking for United States District Judge Andrew S. Hanen and working as a law clerk at a boutique personal injury litigation firm.

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line: (713) 559-6954 

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Eduardo Kosturakis

Eduardo Diaz Kosturakis was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. He attended the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mexican Law. During the first half of his undergraduate studies, Mr. Diaz Kosturakis worked for a pro-bono law firm specialized in criminal and family litigation. During the second half of his undergraduate studies, Mr. Diaz Kosturakis worked for an international law firm in the Criminal White Collar Litigation and Commercial Litigation departments.

After graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree Mr. Diaz Kosturakis moved to Houston, where he worked for a boutique law firm as a Mexican Law Consultant. In 2014 Mr. Diaz Kosturakis started law school at South Texas College of Law Houston where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 2017. For the last two years of law school, Mr. Diaz Kosturakis worked for the litigation department of a personal injury law firm. 

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.
  • Licensed to practice in all Federal and State Courts of Mexico

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past & Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Exa-Tec Association, Houston Chapter

Direct Line: 713-373-3607

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Mark Kyprios

Apostolos “Mark” Kyprios was born and raised in Plano, Texas where he attended John Paul II High School. Mr. Kyprios went on to attend the University of Texas at Dallas, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2013.  

Mr. Kyprios earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 2017 from The University of Texas School of Law. During law school, Mr. Kyprios was a staff editor for the Texas International Law Journal.  

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Kyprios gained valuable legal experience working as a clerk at a litigation law firm, a public defender’s office, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

In his spare time, Mr. Kyprios enjoys going to concerts, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. 

Mr. Kyprios is based in our Dallas office.

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line:  (972) 861-5803

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Cyrus Mahdavi

Cyrus Mahdavi grew up in the surrounding Houston area. Mr. Mahdavi graduated with honors from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Mr. Mahdavi then attended the University of Texas School of Law, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 2017. During law school, he worked as a student attorney in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, and was an active member of the Business Law Society. 

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Mahdavi gained valuable experience as a law clerk at the Texas First Court of Appeals, the Harris County District Attorney's Office, and at a national accounting firm. 

During his spare time Mr. Mahdavi enjoys spending time with his family, taking his dog to the park, and playing golf. 

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line:  (713) 373-3609

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Terry McGovern

Mr. Terry McGovern was born in San Antonio, Texas. At a young age, Mr. McGovern moved to Mexico, where he was raised. While growing up in Mexico, Mr. McGovern learned Spanish and most importantly the Hispanic culture.

After graduating from high school, Mr. McGovern moved back to his native town, San Antonio, where he attended college at the University of Texas at San Antonio and received his degree in Bachelor of Arts. During his undergraduate career, Mr. McGovern worked at the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office and for Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte. Among his undergraduate academic achievements, Mr. McGovern, graduated with honors and received a certificate in legal reasoning.

Thereafter, Mr. McGovern moved to Houston, Texas to attend law school at Houston College of Law, formerly known as South Texas College of Law. Among his numerous achievements in law school, Mr. McGovern graduated in the top third of his class, became a varsity advocate, a member of the South Texas law review, and an officer for the Board of Advocates.

Throughout his time in law school, Mr. McGovern was eager to both apply and enhance his lawyering skills. As part of this process, Mr. McGovern interned at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the First Court of Appeals of Texas, and several litigation firms, including the Bergquist Law Firm during the summer of 2015. Mr. McGovern was inspired by his supervising attorney, Gloria Villatoro, so much that he decided to begin his legal career at the Bergquist Law Firm.

Among his interests, Mr. McGovern enjoys mountain biking, wakeboarding, and spending time with his family.

Bar Admissions: 
Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line:  713-337-8956

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Hugo R. Montes

Hugo R. Montes was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Splendora High School in 2008, Mr. Montes attended Texas A&M University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2013.

Upon graduating from Texas A&M, Mr. Montes attended South Texas College of Law, Houston, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May of 2016. Among his numerous academic achievements in law school, Mr. Montes received a CALI award for excellence in Contract Drafting and Negotiation, made the dean’s list, and qualified for the Pro Bono Honors Program Certification for his extensive public service. Furthermore, understanding that academia was only half the battle in his pursuit of becoming a litigating attorney, Mr. Montes refined his advocacy skills as a recognized member of the varsity alternative dispute resolution team, receiving his mediator certification, and winning the Garland Walker Mock Trial Intramural Championship and Best Advocate awards in 2014.

Prior to joining Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Montes gained valuable legal experience working as a law clerk at a boutique personal injury litigation firm and as an intern with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Through his experiences, Mr. Montes was able to refine his knowledge of personal injury practice, solidify his legal research and writing skills, and gain the practical skills necessary to effectively represent his clients.

Utilizing all of his prior and ever-growing experiences, Mr. Montes is now dedicated to the effective and zealous representation of plaintiffs in personal injury cases.

In his spare time, Mr. Montes enjoys spending time with his family and friends, mountain biking, running, and Formula One racing.

Bar Admissions:
Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
  • Frank Evan's Center for Conflict Resolution, Certified Mediator

Direct Line:  (713) 337-8953

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Florencio J. Moreno

Florencio J. Moreno was born in San Antonio, TX. Mr. Moreno received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Texas Tech University and has a Master’s in Business Administration. After graduating with his Bachelor’s, Mr. Moreno commissioned as an Officer in the United States Air Force and has over 1,300 flight hours in the B-52 Bomber. Mr. Moreno continues to serve part-time as a Major in the Missouri Air National Guard. After leaving active duty, Mr. Moreno attended law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. During his law school career, he served as president of the Student Veterans Association, and received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for being the top student in his Civil Trial Advocacy class.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Moreno gained valuable legal experience working as an intern at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and at a white collar criminal defense firm as a law clerk.

Mr. Moreno is based in our Dallas office..

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past & Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association 


Direct Line: (972) 861-5805

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Shiv Parikh

Shiv Parikh was born and raised in Richardson, Texas. Mr. Parikh received his Bachelor’s Degree in government and history from The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, Mr. Parikh attended law school at The SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. During his law school career, he served as chief counsel in the SMU Civil Law Clinic.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Parikh gained valuable legal experience working as a staff attorney for a Dallas based law firm.

Mr. Parikh is based in our Dallas office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association

Direct Line: (972) 658-0523

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Matthew Parr

Matthew Parr grew up in Mesquite, Texas. Mr. Parr received his Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric from The University of Texas in Austin. After graduating, Mr. Parr attended law school at South Texas College of Law Houston. During his law school career, he participated in the Texas Business Journal and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Parr interned for The Honorable Judge Amos Mazzant in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Texas. Mr. Parr also gained valuable legal experience working at a criminal defense firm and for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as an intern while he was in law school. 

Mr. Parr is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association

Direct Line: (713) 337-8969

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Ciara Perritano

 

Ciara Perritano grew up in a military family and has lived throughout the United States. Ms. Perritano received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

After graduating, Ciara spent a year working for an investment bank in Florida before ultimately deciding to attend law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. During her law school career, she competed in several internal advocacy competitions, served as President of the Student Bar Association, and was voted by her classmates to give the student commencement speech at graduation.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Ms. Perritano gained valuable legal experience working at the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin, Texas. Ms. Perritano also interned at a prominent family law firm and spent a year working for an immigration firm.   

Ms. Perritano is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association

Direct Line: (713) 373-3610

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Brent S. Phelps

Brent S. Phelps grew up in Katy, Texas. Mr. Phelps received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Texas A&M University. After graduating, Mr. Phelps attended law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. During his law school career, he volunteered in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic, was named to the Dean’s List, and studied abroad in Malta, an island country in the Mediterranean Sea.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Phelps gained valuable legal experience interning at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in the Gangs and Organized Crime Division.  

 

Mr. Phelps is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

 

Direct Line:  (713) 373-3608

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Taylor Pounds

Ms. Taylor Pounds grew up in College Station, Texas. Ms. Pounds attended Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduating from Texas A&M, Ms. Pounds received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. While at South Texas, Ms. Pounds served as a school ambassador, was named to the Dean's List, and was heavily involved in the nationally recognized advocacy program as both a varsity advocate and Co-chair of the Board of Advocates. Ms. Pounds competed in over a dozen mock trial competitions earning multiple speaker and top advocate awards, appeared in back to back national finals, and was inducted into the National Order of the Banisters.

Prior to joining Bergquist Law Firm, Ms. Pounds gained valuable experience working as a law clerk for an insurance subrogation and liability defense firm, interning with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, clerking for two Harris County District Court Judges, and working as a certified mediator with the South Texas College of Law Mediation Clinic.

In her spare time Ms. Pounds enjoys exploring Houston's music, theater, and art scenes, playing as much soccer as possible, and spending time with her family and friends.

Bar Admissions:  Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line:  (713) 337-8954

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Rafael Quesada

Mr. Rafael Quesada was born in Mexico City and grew up in McAllen, Texas. Mr. Quesada received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

Upon graduation, Mr. Quesada moved to Houston to attend law school at South Texas College of Law-Houston where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence and graduated cum laude. Among his academic achievements in law school, Mr. Quesada received CALI awards for excellence in Legal Research and Writing as well as Property. Mr. Quesada was named to the Dean’s List and served as a school ambassador. Mr. Quesada also served as an Associate Editor for the Texas Journal of Business Law.

While attending law school Mr. Quesada gained valuable experience working as a law clerk for a products liability and personal injury firm in Houston, Lone Star Legal Aid, and contributing to appeals for an immigration law firm in Houston.

 

Prior to joining Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Quesada was a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable trial experience.  

Bar Admissions: 
Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line: 713-373-3613

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Laura Rivas

Laura Rivas was born and raised in the greater Dallas area. Laura obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas A&M University in 2012. Laura went to work in the biochemistry field for a year after graduating from college, but quickly decided that she wanted to transition her career into law.

Laura attended law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, TX. During her time there she interned for Locke Lord LLP’s corporate/transactional law department as well as a criminal defense firm. She also spent one summer with the study abroad program at the University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck, Austria. Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, she gained valuable experience in alternative dispute resolution processes and various real estate and property damage cases.

Laura joined the Bergquist Law Firm in September 2017 and is based fulltime at our Dallas office. She enjoys traveling, outdoor activities/sports, and hanging out with her dog Callie.

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past & Present):

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Woman Lawyers Association
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Young Professionals group, volunteer

Direct Line: (972) 861-5801  

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Alexander G. Saadi

Alexander G. Saadi grew up in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Saadi received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, he was a member of the nationally recognized Trinity University Men’s Soccer team. After graduating, he decided to further his education by pursuing a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. Mr. Saadi attended law school at the Texas Tech School of Law in Lubbock, Texas. During his law school career, he served as an Article Editor on the Business and Bankruptcy Law Journal where he wrote a comment on the legal, social, political, and economic effects of Uber not being allowed in Austin, Texas. Mr. Saadi graduated in May 2018 with his Doctorate of Jurisprudence. In addition to earning his Doctorate of Jurisprudence, he simultaneously earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Texas Tech Rawls College of Business, where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Saadi gained valuable legal experience working at a Civil Litigation law firm as a clerk.  

Mr. Saadi is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present)

  • State Bar of Texas
  •  American Bar Association

 

Direct Line:  (713) 373-3614

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Emil Sadykhov

Emil Sadykhov was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Mr. Sadykhov received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. After graduating, Mr. Sadykhov attended law school at the University of Houston Law Center. During his law school career he served as an Articles Editor on the Houston Law Review, and his article – Nonlawyer Equity Ownership of Law Practices: A Free Market Approach to Increasing Access to Courts, 55 Hous. L. Rev. 225 (2017) – was published in Volume 55 of the HLR.

Mr. Sadykhov is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  •  State Bar of Texas
  •  Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Direct Line: (713) 559-6955

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Karl R. Schneider

Karl R. Schneider was born in Florida and grew up in Houston. Mr. Schneider received Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and managerial studies from Rice University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston. Licensed in 1993, Mr. Schneider worked for 12 years at a private firm defending individuals and corporations in civil litigation. In 2005, he moved to The Hartford Insurance Company and became the managing attorney for the company’s staff legal offices in Texas. As managing attorney, Mr. Schneider was responsible for overseeing attorneys and support staff state wide while maintaining an active docket of cases. Mr. Schneider has extensive experience litigating civil and business matters, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, workplace accidents, products cases, DTPA, fraud and property damage cases. He has tried over 50 cases to verdict.

In his spare time, Mr. Schneider joins spending time with his wife, three children, flag football, reading and weight lifting.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • United States District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court - Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past & Present):

  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association

 
Direct Line: (713) 373-3601 

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Aqsa Siddiqui

Aqsa Siddiqui was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received her Bachelors in Business Administration and Science from The University of Texas at Austin. During her undergraduate career, Ms. Siddiqui had the opportunity to intern for a Texas State Representative. In May of 2017, she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech School of Law. During her law school career, Ms. Siddiqui worked at Legal Aid and the Title XI office at Texas Tech. 

Ms. Siddiqui joined the Bergquist Law Firm in 2017 where she now focuses on representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. In her spare time, Ms. Siddiqui enjoys going to Crossfit, biking, and spending time with family.  

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line:  (713) 337-8955

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W. Austin Stacy

W. Austin Stacy grew up in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.  Mr. Stacy received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University in 2014.  He moved to Texas to attend law school at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2017.  During law school, he served as the Student Bar Association’s Academic Standards Representative.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Stacy gained valuable legal experience working at the Washington State Supreme Court as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Justice Debra L. Stephens.  After his time in Washington, Mr. Stacy returned to Dallas to join the Law Offices of Ted B. Lyon & Associates, where he worked on numerous catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.

Mr. Stacy is based in our Dallas office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Direct Line: (972) 861-5807 

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Rodrigo A. Vallejo

Rodrigo A. Vallejo was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. Mr. Vallejo received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, Mr. Vallejo attended law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. During his law school career he served as a school ambassador.

While attending law school, Mr. Vallejo gained valuable experience working as a law clerk for a products liability and personal injury firm in Houston. During law school, Mr. Vallejo interned for United States Magistrate Judge Ignacio Torteya, III and for the Federal Public Defender’s Office in the Southern District of Texas.

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Mr. Vallejo worked as an immigration trial attorney at Diez & Crane in Brownsville, Texas where he gained valuable trial experience.

Mr. Vallejo is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.
  • United States District Court - Southern District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present)

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association

Direct Line:  (713) 559-6952

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Maddison West

Maddison West was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  After graduating from SMU, Ms. West attended law school at the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas.  While in law school, Ms. West served on the board of The Advocates and was actively involved in the UHLC Mock Trial Team.  During her time on the mock trial team, she traveled to several national competitions, earned various advocacy awards, and was inducted into The Order of Barristers. 

Prior to joining the Bergquist Law Firm, Ms. West gained valuable legal experience working as a law clerk for multiple personal injury law firms as well as a boutique business litigation firm. In addition, Ms. West spent time clerking for the 295th Harris County Civil District Court.

Ms. West is based in our Houston office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Young Lawyers’ Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice

Direct Line: (713) 373-3605

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Kyle M. Wilkins

Kyle M. Wilkins born in Houston, Texas, and attended Clear Creek High School. Mr. Wilkins received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. 

After graduating from Texas Christian University, Mr. Wilkins moved to San Antonio, Texas, to attend St. Mary's University School of Law where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2017. During his law school career, he gained valuable experience working in areas of family law and criminal law. He also worked as a law clerk for a civil litigation firm. 

Mr. Wilkins is a dedicated individual with a relentless desire to succeed. In his spare time, Mr. Wilkins enjoys fly-fishing, playing golf, collecting vinyl records, and attending sporting events. 

Bar Admissions: Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas

Direct Line:  (713) 559-6959

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Kevin Wright

Mr. Wright is a native Houstonian and has spent a majority of his life in Houston Texas. After graduating from Memorial High School in 1991, Mr. Wright served six years in the United States Marine Corps, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. While stationed in California, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Chapman University. After his enlistment ended in 1999, Mr. Wright returned to Houston.

Following Mr. Wright’s return to Houston, Mr. Wright earned a Juris Doctorate and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.

Mr. Wright has represented numerous clients in both State and Federal Courts.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas
  • United States District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court - Eastern District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past & Present):

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Direct Line: (713) 655-3689

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Claudia Yousef

 

Claudia Yousef was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Yousef attended the University of North Texas and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies.

Ms. Yousef received her Juris Doctorate from UNT Dallas College of Law, where she graduated cum laude. During law school, Ms. Yousef earned two CALI awards, served as an editor of the UNT Dallas College of Law Journal, and was a Teaching Fellow in legal writing. Additionally, Ms. Yousef clerked for the 5th District Court of Appeals, interned for the 44th and the 14th Judicial District Courts of Texas, and served as a law clerk at the in-house legal department of one of the largest food and beverage distributors in the United States.

Ms. Yousef is based in our Dallas office.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in the State of Texas.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association for Young Lawyers
  • Mexican-American Bar Association

 

Direct Line: (972) 861-5808

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Steve Shellist

Steve Shellist is a fierce trial attorney. After embarking upon a career in sales and starting his own business, Steve Shellist went to law school to pursue his passion for courtroom confrontation. After graduating from law school, he worked for the Harris County District Attorney’s office as a prosecutor. While prosecuting for the State, Steve Shellist worked his way up from misdemeanor to felony courts. He developed a reputation for his aggressive, confident trial strategy. Steve was known for his ability to take even the most harrowing of cases before the jury to secure their verdict.

Mr. Shellist tried over 65 jury trials as a Prosecutor, ranging from low-level misdemeanor crimes all the way to felony-level murders. He had a record of winning over 90% of those trials. Additionally, he reviewed and investigated thousands of cases on behalf of the State of Texas. Mr. Shellist left the office after his tenure as a Court Chief, where he was responsible for all case dispositions, as well as the supervision and training of the junior prosecutors that worked for him.

Due to his training and experience as a Prosecutor, combined with the relationships that he has forged with judges, prosecutors, court staff, and civil attorneys, Mr. Shellist has been able to achieve tremendous results for his clients.

To date, he has first-chaired over 175 jury trials in both state and federal courts. Mr. Shellist has access to an impressive network of lawyers in all disciplines, former law enforcement private investigators, and experts nationwide ready and able to assist him and his clients. He handles matters both in and outside of Texas.

Given his robust experience with criminal law, it was only a matter of time before Mr. Shellist decided to take his trial skills to new heights. Now, in addition to criminal law, Mr. Shellist applies his aggressive trial strategy and years of courtroom experience to the civil and corporate realms, as well.

In civil and corporate litigation, cases very rarely go to trial, and civil lawyers hardly ever get opportunities for extensive courtroom advocacy. The ability to carry any case to trial and confidently deliver a legal argument before a judge and jury is a skill that sets Steve Shellist apart in this field.

Mr. Shellist is not afraid to fight if that’s what it takes to win your case. In law, you cannot force your opponent to give you the deal you want. You must either convince them that it is the right thing to do, or you must have the courage to let a jury decide your fate. And if you take your case to a jury, then it is imperative that you have an attorney that is battle-tested.

 

If you want to protect your legal rights, seek out an aggressive, skilled attorney with years of trial experience. If you want to know you are in good hands, seek out Steve Shellist.

Bar Admissions:

  • Duly admitted and licensed as an Attorney and Counselor at Law to practice in all Courts of the State of Texas.
  • United States District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court - Eastern District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past & Present):

  • Texas State Bar
  • Healthcare Compliance Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Fort Bend County Defense Lawyers Association

Direct Line: (713) 559-6951

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