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Paola Romero

August 2, 2017 by  
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PAOLA ROMERO | Immigration Law

Paola Romero is a founding shareholder with the Romero Law Firm where she has been helping families and corporations navigate the complex U.S. Immigration system. Paola’s critical eye for details and preparation has benefited her clients in obtaining Temporary and Permanent Visas, Permanent Residency, Labor Certification, Deferred Action, and Citizenship. Helping companies and families to share in opportunities our great country has to offer, Paola and the firm also provide exceptional representation in modest to complex litigation in family and probate cases.

The Romero Law Firm, PC
17041 El Camino Real, Ste. 209
Houston, TX 77058

Mekisha Jane Walker

August 2, 2017 by  
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Mekisha Jane Walker | 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.

Mekisha Jane Walker
Walker Law Office
1714 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005

Benjamin K. Sanchez

August 2, 2017 by  
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Benjamin K. Sanchez | Business and Civil Litigation

Benjamin K. Sanchez, a 20-year attorney, is consistently rated as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers in Business and Civil Litigation. Born in The Heights, Benjamin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston Law Center. He is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his firm’s opening and continues to serve a variety of clients in various litigation matters. Benjamin is also a dual-certified (John Maxwell and Les Brown) speaker, trainer, and coach.

Sanchez Law Firm
1521 Green Oak Pl., Ste. 103
Kingwood, TX 77339

Melissa A. Dennis

August 2, 2017 by  
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Melissa A. Dennis | Family Law

Solving difficult issues in the best possible way is why clients routinely seek out the services of Melissa A. Dennis, an attorney and certified mediator specializing in family law. “I care about my client and want to work with them face to face—not have a paralegal do all the work. I want to talk to them, help them with their issue in the best way possible so they can get through this time in their life,” she says. At her practice, the small staff goes the extra mile to ensure every client receive full-service, one-on-one care. “Being with people and helping them through difficult times is what I enjoy most about my job,” Melissa says.

Melissa A. Dennis
2770 N. FM 565, Ste. 6
Mont Belvieu, TX 77523

Stewart J. Guss

August 2, 2017 by  
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Stewart J. Guss | Personal Injury

Pictured are attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, managers and staff of the firm.

Stewart J. Guss, founder of the firm, has been practicing personal injury law for over 20 years. His focus on results and a “Client First” mentality toward customer service has helped earn him an excellent reputation in the community. He and his team of over 60 employees, including attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and support staff handle a wide variety of personal injury matters from car accidents to catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. Recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” this year by Texas Monthly magazine, Stewart and his team are known for bringing their passion and dedication to every case for every client of the firm.

12777 Jones Rd., Ste. 297
Houston, TX 77070

Stacey A. Lafitte

August 2, 2017 by  
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Stacey A. Lafitte | Family Law

Stacey Lafitte knows family law, and her clients benefit from her extensive experience in all facets of litigation. Ms. Lafitte handles cases dealing with estates of all sizes, and custody issues ranging from the simple to the complex.

When asked why she chose family law, Ms. Lafitte said, “Helping clients through periods of personal transition is uniquely challenging and very rewarding. Family law requires a certain temperament, and I pride myself in remaining calm in the chaos. Fighting over the custody of a child or dismantling a lifetime of asset accumulation often stresses clients to the breaking point. I prepare them for the rigors of litigation, and help them cope with the daily emotional and sometimes physical toll the legal process can take on them and their children. When my clients are at their worst, they can count on me to be at my best. I can’t imagine practicing in any other area of the law.”

Ms. Lafitte is a graduate of Baylor University and South Texas College of Law. She is a certified family law mediator, is certified in collaborative law, and is a member of the HBA Family Law Section and the Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inn of Court.

Stacey A. Lafitte
Law Offices of Stacey A. Lafitte, PC
515 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 600
Houston, Texas 77027

Robert North

August 2, 2017 by  
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Robert North | Property Litigation


Engineer-turned-attorney Robert North combines his 20 years of legal and technical training with a practical approach to problem solving to provide effective solutions for the obstacles impacting his clients’ businesses. From traditional real estate transactions to litigation, North and his firm counsel land developers, community associations and other landowners on all issues affecting real property, including: title conveyances; easements and land encumbrances; contract, warranty, fair housing, restrictive covenant enforcement, real property finance and security agreements; lien priority and foreclosure; landlord/tenant disputes; and legislation affecting landowner rights. “I always look at the impact of my client’s decisions not just in the short-term, but also in the long-term, so that today’s decisions don’t become tomorrow’s disasters,” says North.

Among Robert North’s many distinctions include being selected as an H Texas Top Lawyer in Real Estate for 2014–2017, as well as being named to the Texas Rising Stars list from 2015-2017.

Robert North
North Law, P.C.
1010 Lamar St., Ste. 1500
Houston, TX 77002

Will Adams

August 1, 2017 by  
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Will Adams | Personal Injury

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Will Adams and his team represent plaintiffs in serious personal injury matters and commercial litigation. 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 by numerous groups and publications as a leader in his field and was recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas for the year 2011 by the National Trial Lawyers. Will has also been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer® in Texas Monthly every year since 2010 and as one of the ‘Top Lawyers for Personal Injury’ every year since 2006. Will is a life member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. H205
Katy, TX 77494

G. Scott Fiddler

G. Scott Fiddler
Employment Litigation


G. Scott Fiddler’s practice is focused on representing businesses and executives in employment and commercial litigation, including wrongful termination, wage and hour, non-compete, and trade secret cases. Fiddler is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law and in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, making him one of only approximately twenty-five attorneys in Texas with both board certifications.

Fiddler, who has also been named by Texas Super Lawyers® magazine as one of the top attorneys in Texas in employment litigation, believes experience and skill in a specialized practice benefits his clients through cost-effective, proven results. “We try cases, and we believe our track record in the courtroom benefits all of our clients,” says Fiddler. Because Fiddler routinely represents both employees and employers in the courtroom, he is in a unique position to understand employment cases from both sides.

Running a highly specialized practice means carefully selecting cases. “We don’t believe a law practice should be run like an assembly line. We limit the number of cases we take to ensure we can devote the time each case deserves to obtain the best possible results for our clients,” Fiddler says.

1004 Congress, 3rd Floor
Houston, TX 77002

Robert Woods

August 1, 2017 by  
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Robert Woods | 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

Naimeh Salem

August 1, 2017 by  
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Naimeh Salem | Immigration Law

Mrs. Salem is an immigration expert and Managing Shareholder of Gonzalez Olivieri, LLC law firm. She earned her JD degree from the Interamerican University School of Law, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She ranked in the top 10 students of her law school and graduated magna cum laude. Mrs. Salem is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and she is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, ABA and AILA. She is well-versed in all aspects of immigration. She recently won several groundbreaking asylum cases, defending victims of religious persecution and human exploitation, and many other victories, both before the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She has received notoriety for her innovative litigation and appellate victories. Mrs. Salem states, “I take pride in tackling the most challenging immigration matters—even those deemed impossible.” As an attorney, Mrs. Salem’s compassion for others and dedication to the field shines through in all aspects of her work.

Naimeh Salem
Gonzalez Olivieri LLC
2200 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 550
Houston, TX 77098

Raed Gonzalez, JD LLM

August 1, 2017 by  
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Raed Gonzalez, JD LLM | Immigration Law

Raed Gonzalez is the Chairman of Gonzalez Olivieri LLC. His firm developed into an immigration powerhouse, celebrating a legacy of success in difficult and complicated cases. In recent years, among many accolades, he had his third Supreme Court victory in Mata v. Lynch. Mr. Gonzalez and his firm are making a real difference in immigration law. His firm has experienced significant growth, and is currently 13 attorneys strong.

Each attorney is a generalist and an expert in their niche of immigration law. In addition to Mr. Gonzalez, the firm’s litigation team includes Naimeh Salem, Noel Zuniga, Daniel Ottaviano, Jorge Arias and Roberto Quijano, all experts in removal or deportation defense. The appellate team includes Alexander Afanassiev, who is certified in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, with more than a decade of experience, as well as Aaron Prahbu and Eric Brown, who handle appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, Circuit Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Business and Investment team includes Michael Dominguez (previously with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy) and Mario Gonzalez, who work on all types of employment and investment-based matters. Mr. Gonzalez and Ms. Salem also handle all family law cases with attorney Ricardo Tapia and Roberto Zavaleta. 

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

Raed Gonzalez
Gonzalez Olivieri LLC
2200 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 550
Houston, TX 77098

Tyrone C. Moncriffe

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 2016.

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.


1314 Texas Ave., Ste. 1112
Houston, TX 77002

J.L. Carpenter

August 1, 2017 by  
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J.L. Carpenter | Criminal Defense

J.L. Carpenter is a determined and dedicated criminal defense attorney who protects the rights and freedom of people accused of criminal offenses. Having first practiced as a prosecutor, J.L. Carpenter has worked both sides of the aisle, prosecuting and defending people facing criminal charges. In addition to gaining trial experience as a prosecutor, Attorney Carpenter has trained under highly skilled defense lawyers, including the Honorable Craig A. Washington and well-respected attorney Chip B. Lewis. The Law Office of J.L. Carpenter is announcing the opening of their Friendswood, TX location, now covering Harris, Galveston and Brazoria Counties.

J.L. Carpenter Law & Associates
1506 Winding Way, Ste. 504
Friendswood, TX 77546

Charles Argento

August 1, 2017 by  
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Charles Argento | Personal Injury

When you or a family member have suffered an injury that requires legal action, you don’t have the time not to have an attorney that has your best interest at heart—and most importantly, will deliver the best possible outcome. The team of highly experienced attorneys at Charles J. Argento & Associates have dealt with all matters of personal injury and accidents for client upon and client, and know exactly how to get you the compensation that you deserve. At the helm of the firm, with nearly three decades of experience in the field, is Charles J. Argento, who’s known for providing aggressive, cost-efficient and responsive representation.

“I’ve always been interested in trying to help people. I wanted to learn what it took for insurance companies to pay top money on cases,” says Mr. Argento, of how he came to be one of Houston’s most sought-after personal injury attorneys. After graduating from State University of New York at Buffalo, he earned his juris doctorate from South Texas College of Law.

Mr. Argento got his start in law by working directly with insurance companies for a wide range of personal injury cases. “During my first 10 years of practice, I represented people who were sued, so I learned the ins and outs of insurance companies: what their thinking was, how they evaluated a case, and what a case was worth,” he recalls. This experience ended up being deeply instrumental to Mr. Argento’s success today—and his ace in the hole. “I now have inside knowledge on what makes these companies pay, what information they need, and also the things that they’re looking for to prevent you from getting any kind of money. It is just invaluable in trying to get people the maximum money they deserve.”

At Charles J. Argento & Associates, Mr. Argento serves as lead counsel, and together with his staff of highly trained and efficient, bilingual paralegals, secretaries and clerks, works on cases involving car and truck accidents, defective products, medical device lawsuits, bad drugs, wrongful death and more. Their goal as a firm is to provide each and every client with the highest quality of legal services available.

Throughout his career, Mr. Argento has continually received recognition for his excellence by his clients, colleagues and the press. He holds two of the most prestigious ratings: “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory—the highest rating worldwide for legal ability and ethical standard, awarded to less than 5 percent of attorneys in the U.S.—for the past 20 consecutive years, and 10/10 by Avvo, reflecting his superb professional conduct and experience in the legal community, and providing an unmatched level of transparency, information and guidance.

On top of those honors, Mr. Argento was distinguished as the “National Top 100 Trial Attorneys” in the country; the “10 Best” in client satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury attorneys; the “Top 3 Personal Injury Lawyers in Houston” by Three Best Rated; and “Houstonia Top Lawyers in Houston.” He also holds a Distinguished Justice Advocates certificate, awarded to only the top 1 percent of attorneys in America.

“Helping people that have been taken advantage of from insurance companies and big corporations is, without a doubt, the part of my job I love,” says Mr. Argento.

1111 North Loop West, Ste. 715
Houston, TX 77008

Cathy Herrington Hale

Cathy Herrington Hale | Personal Injury & Family Law

Cathy is the founder of The Herrington Law Firm and has represented hundreds of clients in the last 19 years in personal injury and family law disputes. She is committed 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.

Catherine Herrington Hale
The Herrington Law Firm, PC
10190 Katy Freeway, Ste. 440
Houston, TX 77043

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry

The diversity of our Top Lawyers’ practice areas exemplifies the breadth, depth, and quality of legal services offered by Chamberlain Hrdlicka. Whether your needs are locally concentrated or extend internationally, our Firm has the necessary expertise to make your goals our mission.

Back row, from left to right: Ryan Cantrell (Wills, Trusts, and Estates); Collin Rose (Intellectual Property); and Habeeb I. Gnaim (Tax Law)

Seated from left to right: Brett Berly (Estate Planning); Justin VandenBout (Insurance); and F. Daniel Knight (Admiralty, Maritime and Energy)

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
1200 Smith St,14th Floor
Houston, TX 77002

Alvin L. Zimmerman & Gary J. Zimmerman

Alvin L. Zimmerman & Gary J. Zimmerman
Family Law

Dealing in divorce, custody modifications, traditional and collaborative divorce, and premarital agreements.

Alvin L. Zimmerman

(J.D. – University of Houston Law Center)

Former district judge: 269th (Civil), 309th (Family). Past Chair Houston Bar Association: Family Law, ADR Sections. Board Certified Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Gary J. Zimmerman

(Fluent Spanish, J.D. – University of Texas Law School)

Volunteer for Child Advocates, Inc. Honors graduate: St. John’s School and Claremont McKenna College.

Zimmerman, Axelrad, Meyer, Stern & Wise, PC
3040 Post Oak Boulevard, Ste. 1300
Houston, TX 77056

Walston Bowlin, LLP

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Walston Bowlin, LLP | Trial Lawyers

Walston Bowlin, LLP is one of Houston’s top litigation boutiques, handling matters in Houston and across the country in places like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The firm represents individuals and some of the nation’s most respected international corporations alike, going toe-to-toe with the largest law firms in the United States. The firm often handles commercial litigation cases on contingency or hybrid fee arrangements. This flexibility, along with the depth and experience of the firm, makes Walston Bowlin an attractive option for clients large and small. In addition to its formidable commercial practice, the firm devotes itself to fighting for individuals injured by the negligence of others, whether in automobile accidents, workplace injuries, or products liability claims.

Walston Bowlin, LLP
920 Memorial City Way, Ste. 425
Houston, TX 77024

Jimmy Williamson

Jimmy Williamson | Personal Injury

Congratulations to Jimmy Williamson for being selected by H Texas magazine to its 2017 Houston’s Top Lawyers List.

Williamson & Rusnak handles serious personal injury, complex commercial litigation and breach of fiduciary duty cases.

Jimmy Williamson is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Houston Law Center. Mr. Williamson was honored to be one of ten lawyers asked to act as plaintiffs’ trial counsel in the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill liability case. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, as well as, the HTLA, the TTLA, and the AAJ. Mr. Williamson has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1984.

Williamson & Rusnak
4310 Yoakum Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006

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