Laura focuses her practice in the areas of corporate and real estate law, as well as, construction, franchising, regulatory compliance, and commercial litigation. Laura’s first career, as a successful entrepreneur who built and divested businesses in residential real estate and construction, lends her a true understanding of the challenges and rewards of business ownership. Combining that experience with her skills as a lawyer, she provides commercial clients with legal representation that actively seeks reasonable, cost-effective solutions where possible, but is prepared to litigate when necessary.
The following is a representative sample of her recent litigation accomplishments:
Beyond litigation, Laura has negotiated and contracted for the sale a several multi-million dollar business ventures. She also has handled numerous other transactions where she drafted and negotiated contracts relating to supply and distribution agreements, sale and purchase agreements, construction agreements, trade agreements, and development agreements. She has reviewed and negotiated real property purchases, leases, sales, and has also worked with economic development boards for concessions and incentives related to land development. Additionally, Laura has developed experience navigating the regulations affecting her clients like labor/employment issues, safety regulations, and even cyber-security. She has helped her clients develop policies designed to reduce liability and risk exposure, both administratively and in the field.
Laura graduated Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law where she achieved Master level in the advocacy program by competing and winning at the regional and national levels. She served as Chief Counsel of the Child Advocacy Clinic, representing minor children in State Court; was appointed National Student Liaison to the American Bar Association’s Real Estate Section; and interned for both Texas District and U.S. District Courts.
Select Presentations and Publications
“Pick Your Poison: Drafting Strong Arbitration or Litigation Clauses,” Texas General Counsel Association, In-House Counsel Educational Forum (September 2016)
“Building a Data Breach Response Plan: Practical Solutions You Can Implement Today,” Dallas Bar Association, Computer Law Section (January 2016)
“PCI Compliance, Cyber Security and Incident Response Planning,” Texas In-House Counsel Summit (May 2015)
“Franchising Law: Do You Know What You Are Doing?” presented and published by The Knowledge Group as a Live Webcast and white paper (June 21, 2016)
“Practical Strategies for Developing a Cyber Incident Plan.” Business Law Journal; publication (August 2016)
Memberships and Committees
American Bar Association (ABA) – Business Law, Real Estate, Construction, Technology, Franchise, and Litigation Sections
Texas Bar Association – Real Estate, Construction, Native American Law, and Litigation Sections
Dallas Bar Association (DBA) – Business Law, Construction, Real Estate, and Franchise Sections
Collin County Bar Association
CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women)
Texas Construction Association
Henderson Inn of Court
Bar Admissions and Licenses
Supreme Court of Texas
U.S. Northern District of Texas