Julia Dean

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Julia Dean | 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 designs custom Estate Plans to suit the needs of each individual client. 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 Offices at Kensington
1650 Highway 6 South, Ste. 100
Sugar Land, TX 77478
281-277-DEAN (3326)

Craig Ribbeck

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Craig Ribbeck | Civil Litigation

Since its inception over a decade ago, The Ribbeck Law Firm has emphasized getting positive results for their clients—whether individuals or businesses. Craig Ribbeck has spent his career representing both defendants and plaintiffs in a wide range of areas which include complex commercial disputes, shareholder oppression suits, corporate disputes, partnership disputes, contract disputes, consumer and TDTPA disputes, protecting creditor’s rights, employment disputes and personal injury cases. Craig Ribbeck is regularly in the courtroom in front of Judges and juries. He has handled and tried numerous cases in Texas District and County Courts, Texas Appellate Courts, The Supreme Court of the State of Texas, Federal Courts in Texas as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Craig Ribbeck remains dedicated to providing his clients a high level of direct access and availability, maintaining strong client relationships, and obtaining efficient and positive results for his clients.

Craig Ribbeck
The Ribbeck Law Firm

6363 Woodway Dr., Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77057

1221 Studewood St.
Houston, TX77008

Larry Chamberlin

Larry Chamberlin | Family Law & Mediation

Family law pits loved ones and sometimes whole families against each other, yet children must have these same people coparent them.

Larry Chamberlin is known for his effective skills, handling contested cases since 1988. Board Certified in Family Law, he is also seasoned in probate, estate planning, criminal defense and civil litigation. Experienced assistants take great pains to assure clients’ needs are being met.

“I explain my clients’ legal options and their consequences. I listen to understand their needs and desires. If they’re unrealistic, we formulate a reasonable alternative. I help articulate their experience.”

Earning his JD from Tulane Law School, he was elected to the national Order of Barristers in 1988; Larry received a Masters in International Business Management at UT Dallas. He was accepted into Mensa over 30 years ago; in 2006, while attending a Juvenile Forensic Psychology program, he was elected to Psi Chi, the prestigious psychology honor society. Chamberlin Law & Mediation is certified by the BBB.

Chamberlin Law & Mediation
3724 FM 1960 Road W., Ste. 222
Houston, TX 77068

Alton C. Todd & Jeffrey N. Todd

Alton C. Todd & Jeffrey N. Todd | Personal Injury


We are trial lawyers that get results where it matters the most: the courtroom. For more than 40 years, we have represented individuals and families that have been greatly affected by serious car, boating, and tractor-trailer accidents, medical malpractice, product and premises liability, and on-the-job accidents, including those at construction sites, refineries, factories, or on the railroad.

Alton C. Todd was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1971 after earning his law degree at Southern Methodist University. He is among the fewer than two percent of Texas attorneys Board Certified in both Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law. He is a member and Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas and Georgia.

Jeffrey N. Todd earned his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1999, is admitted to practice law in Texas, New York, New Jersey and Georgia, and has also obtained several verdicts on behalf of injured individuals.

Alton C.Todd
Jeffrey N. Todd

312 Friendswood Dr.
Friendswood, TX 77546

Loren Klitsas

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Loren Klitsas | Personal Injury

Loren Klitsas, the managing partner of Klitsas, Vercher & Capps, has practiced law for 24 years, representing only victims. He and his team are proud to have settled over $200 million in cases in the history of the firm. Mr. Klitsas has worked on high profile cases such as the BP Oil Spill in 2010, the nationwide lawsuit versus Starbucks for labor violations, and has represented thousands of seriously injured people involved in catastrophic accidents. Mr. Klitsas is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, the Multi Million Dollar Advocates, Texas Super Lawyer, and is AV rated, the highest rating a lawyer can receive from his peers. In addition, he is past President of Texas Trial Lawyer Advocates and was Vice President of Houston Trial Lawyers.

Klitsas, Vercher & Capps, PC
550 Westcott, Ste. 570
Houston, TX 77007

Barbara K. Runge

Barbara K. Runge | Family Law


Board certified in family law since 1981, Barbara handles divorce cases, complex property cases, custody cases, modifications and premarital and marital agreements. She is also a mediator and arbitrator. Additionally, Barbara represents clients using the collaborative method or litigation as determined by the case and the client’s desires. Her individual practice is only enhanced by her active participation in and dedication to many top legal organizations. Barbara has received numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas Tech School of Law, the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists’ David Gibson Award for Professionalism and Excellence in Family Law and the Outstanding Service Award for Texas Tech School of Law.

5615 Kirby Dr., Ste. 920
Houston, TX 77005

Shawn M. Rudisel

Shawn M. Rudisel | Family & Divorce Law


When searching for a family law attorney, there is no doubt that education and experience are both vital criteria. But personal, first-hand knowledge is a valuable and rare asset. Attorney Shawn Rudisel has lived through the pain of divorce. The Rudisel Law Firm, PC, focuses solely on family law and divorce and has successfully litigated hundreds of divorces with the best possible outcomes for their clients. With an office in central Houston, the team has created a warm and compassionate environment.

“We know what divorce feels like and we believe that our experiences bring an added benefit to the table for our clients,” says Shawn M. Rudisel.

Call for a consultation.

Shawn M. Rudisel
The Rudisel Law Firm, PC
1415 North Loop West, Ste. 910
Houston, TX 77008

Crain, Caton & James, PC

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Crain, Caton & James | Wills, Trusts & Estates

Seated from left to right: Joshua R. Flores and Sarah Patel Pacheco. Standing from left to right: Chasity W. Cooper and Kathleen Tanner Beduze.

Crain, Caton & James’ Sarah Patel Pacheco and her team of H Texas “Top Lawyers” focus their practice on representing trustees, executors, beneficiaries and other individuals in complex estate, trust and fiduciary matters, including litigation and administration. Sarah is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the co-author of three legal treatises regarding estate, trust and guardianship matters. She is repeatedly recognized for her expertise, including being named as one of the “Top 50 Female Attorneys in Texas” by Texas Monthly magazine and Best Lawyers’ Houston Litigation – Trust & Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 and 2017. Regarded as an authority in her field, Sarah is frequently called upon to give lectures and presentations to her peers. Sarah believes that her success is attributable to her passion for this area of the law, and to assembling a team of outstanding professionals who are committed to old-fashioned hard work.

Senior Associate Chasity W. Cooper is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, and concentrates on estate planning, administration and related tax issues, while Senior Associate Kathleen Tanner Beduze advises clients in all aspects of fiduciary, estate and trust litigation, as well as guardianship proceedings. Kathleen was named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2016 and 2017, as well as a Top Attorney in Texas by Texas Monthly in 2016 and 2017. Associate Joshua R. Flores focuses his practice on all aspects of estate, trust and fiduciary litigation, along with business and commercial litigation. Josh was named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2017.

Crain, Caton & James
1401 McKinney St., Ste. 1700
Houston, TX 77010

Osha Liang, LLP

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Osha Liang, LLP | Intellectual Property

Back row, left to right: John Montgomery, Keelin Hargadon, Carlyn Burton, and Aron Griffith. Front row, left to right: Jeff Bergman, Seema Mehta, John Osha, Tammy Dunn, and Tom Scherer.

Osha Liang congratulates its H Texas “Top Lawyers”!

ADVOCATES OF INNOVATION. Founded in 1998, Osha Liang is a Houston-based intellectual property firm assisting companies with legal and technical services involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm also provides consulting services such as IP valuation and IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, and venture capital financing. With attorneys, engineers, and scientists who collectively speak more than 14 languages, and with four domestic offices as well as offices in France, Japan, and China, Osha Liang brings technical expertise, legal experience, and a global perspective to any IP matter. A list of industries and technologies served is available at oshaliang.com.

Osha Liang, LLP
Two Houston Center
909 Fannin St., Ste. 3500
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 228-8600

Brian Ayson

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Brian Ayson | Criminal Defense

“In addition to knowing the law and being well-prepared, you also have to be able to listen to your clients,” argues Brian Ayson, the founder of Ayson Law Firm. “We are attorneys and counselors. Fighting for your clients while helping them through a difficult time is what attorneys should strive for.”

It is Ayson’s devotion to his clients, combined with his tenacity in the courtroom, that has catapulted the firm into one of the city’s up-and-coming practices for personal injury and criminal defense. The firm handles criminal cases, ranging from DWI to murder, and personal injury matters, including automobile and 18-wheeler accidents.

For Ayson, no case is too big—or too small. “I have helped many people charged with a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases,” he says. Not surprisingly, Ayson holds a Superb rating on Avvo, and has a peer-review rating of 4.5/5 on Martindale Law Directory.

Brian Ayson
Ayson Law Firm
2200 N. Loop W., Ste. 304
Houston, TX 77018

Keith Morris

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KEITH MORRIS | Wills, Trusts & Estates

A widely respected attorney, Keith, along with his partner Jason Ostrom, formed Ostrom Morris PLLC to assist individuals and businesses with a wide variety of legal needs. Keith has experience in a variety of probate, estate planning/guardianship administration, bankruptcy, creditor prosecution/defense, sports/entertainment law, and business litigation. He has also been hired by Harris County and many other counties in Texas to serve in a fiduciary capacity as Ad Litem, Administrator and Guardian.

Keith has the trial experience, specialized knowledge and personal connections to counsel his clients in order to achieve the most positive outcomes, both in and out of the courtroom.

Keith Morris
Ostrom Morris PLLC
6363 Woodway, Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77057

Mary E. Ramos

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Mary E. Ramos | Family Law

Fighting for you and your family while minimizing tension and anxiety is what the Ramos Law Group, PLLC, does exceptionally well. From adoptions, divorce litigation and child custody to high-asset property division and more, Mary Ramos and her team of experienced attorneys will do whatever it takes to protect and advocate for their every client in all aspects of family law.

Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Ramos has more than 12 years of experience in a field she’s passionate about. “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,” she says.

Ramos and her highly skilled associates, Julie Rosete and Lindsay Lewis, also H Texas Top Lawyers, are firm believers 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.

Mary E. Ramos
Ramos Law Group, PLLC
1214 Miramar St.
Houston, TX 77006

Jay Cohen

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Jay Cohen | Criminal Defense | DWI

Jay Cohen is a criminal defense attorney focusing on DWI and drug charges. Jay—a certified practitioner and instructor in standardized field sobriety testing—continually gets excellent results for his clients by knowing more than the state’s experts, investigating every witness and staying current on the law. Jay is committed to staying one step ahead of the prosecutors. Certified in forensic chromatography for both alcohol and drugs, he can scrutinize every step in the crime lab’s analysis of the evidence. Jay analyzes his clients’ cases from all angles to ensure the best outcome… Keeping innocent people innocent.

FOUNDING MEMBER: DUI Defense Lawyers Association. MEMBER: The College of the State Bar of Texas; National College for DUI Defense; Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; American Chemical Society.

Jay Cohen
Criminal Defense Attorney
917 Franklin St., Ste. 400
Houston, TX 77002

Oralia De Luna

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Oralia De Luna | Immigration & Nationality Law

Being the daughter of immigrants and a first-generation American, Oralia De Luna understands the needs of her clients. Due to her zealous representation in immigration matters and having been chosen as one of Houston’s top immigration lawyers since 2010, individual and corporate clients worldwide have sought out Ms. De Luna for business-based, family-based and employment-based matters, both domestically and abroad. She has been a leader within the profession, having held positions in the State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston.

Ms. De Luna can handle all your immigration-related matters. Whether you need legal representation, advice in the green card and naturalization processes or federal litigation in immigration courts, she has the experience to handle and answer your most complex questions.

Ms. De Luna’s firm maintains direct communication with clients and provides utmost reliability enabling clients to stay well informed of their case status. Their motto: “Clients First. Excellence Always!”

De Luna Law Offices, P.C.

Principal Office
1627 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX 77006

Rio Grande Valley
320 W. McIntyre St., Edinburg, TX 78541

Kevin Murray

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Kevin Murray | Civil Litigation

Kevin Murray practices in all areas of civil litigation with a high concentration in personal injury, employment and real estate law. In the past, Murray formed a strategic relationship with KPRC Channel 2 Houston in an effort to inform the general public regarding employment law. Murray is admitted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court, The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, The United States District Court for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and all Texas State Courts.

Murray represents individuals who have been seriously injured, as well as the families of individuals who have been killed because of someone else’s negligence. Specifically, Murray represents individuals in the areas of auto accidents, defective drugs, defective products, workplace accidents, maritime accidents, OSHA refinery process safety management compliance, petrochemical and refinery accidents.

Murray represents clients in matters involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Chapter 451 of the Texas Labor Code (workers’ compensation retaliation).

Murray also provides advice to clients regarding severance agreements, covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreement. In addition, he represents clients before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division.

Murray is a real estate developer and is currently working on projects in the inner loop of Houston. His real estate expertise originates from his experiences as a former owner of a mortgage company and former fee attorney for a title company. Further, Murray’s diverse real estate experiences allow him to assist the following clients: property owners and property managers; developers, builders and contractors; realtors and title companies; real estate investment trusts (REITS); residential and commercial property associations; and buyers and sellers in varied transactions and disputes, ranging from multi-million dollar commercial properties to single-family residences.

Also, Murray is the executive producer of independent plays and films. Murray currently has several projects in various stages of production.

Murray received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and his law degree from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas. Murray is affiliated with the following organizations: The World Affairs Council (Council Cabinet Member), Central Care Integrated Health Services (Chairman of the Board) National Bar Association, National Lawyers Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Houston Lawyers Association, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Houston Bar Association, Texas Young Professionals, Houston Young Professionals, The Quillian Center, National Association of Home Builders, Texas Association of Builders, Greater Houston Builder’s Association, Producers Guild of America and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Kevin A. Murray LLC
5075 Westheimer Road, Ste. 980
Houston, TX 77056

James R. “Jim” Butler

James R. “Jim” Butler | DWI Defense

“I was found not guilty!”

“My life completely changed in October when I was charged with a DWI. I had never been in trouble with the law, so you could imagine how terrified I was. After my first court date, I knew I needed to hire a lawyer that could help me with my case because my BAC [Blood Alcohol Content] number was so high! I only met with a few lawyers, and when I had my first consultation with Mr. Butler, I could feel his passion and determination for me and my case. I immediately hired him and started the court process. After months and months of court resets, I did my best to patiently wait for us to go to trial by jury, and Mr. Butler never faulted or gave up on me or my case.

“He reassured me that we were not going to give in to any pleas, and we were going to keep pushing through to take my case to trial because the state would not dismiss my case with my BAC being over a .15. Finally, it came to my jury trial and after the two-day process and waiting for the verdict, I was found not guilty! I can only express how extremely grateful I am for Mr. Butler and Christin for everything they have done for me to help me get my life back. I truly want to thank the both of you for continuously fighting for me for so long, and I could not be any happier with the outcome and gaining my life back!

“If you are looking for the best, then you have found it with Jim and Christin!” —Submitted by Leina R. , client of the Butler Law Firm

James R. Butler
The Butler Law Firm
11500 Northwest Freeway, Ste. 400
Houston, TX 77092

Jerry D. Patchen

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Jerry D. Patchen, Attorney at Law | Criminal & Civil Litigation


Jerry D. Patchen brings four decades of experience and wisdom to the trial practice of criminal, civil and family cases. For over 25 years he has earned very high peer review ratings in legal ability and ethical standards. Representing clients in more than 25 states, his ability to litigate cases in State and Federal Courts is remarkable. “Not Guilty” in criminal trials including capital murder, possession and delivery of drugs, robbery, assault, theft and DWI. His victories include defense of a federal conspiracy indictment with one million pounds of marijuana.

Civil recoveries include $8.5 million in business litigation and million dollar recoveries involving wrongful death, automobile and truck accidents, rollovers, gunshot victims and malpractice. Civil cases range from divorces, will contest, toxic exposure, Jones Act claims and products liability. Jerry Patchen was awarded the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award by the State Bar of Texas for his tireless pro bono efforts on behalf of the American Indians. He worked to secure their religious freedom, land rights and recovery of ancestral remains and sacred objects.

Uniquely devoting his skill to a broad range of cases he says, “It’s all about proving facts.”

1400 Congress
Houston, TX 77002

Hector J. Lopez, JD, LL.M

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Hector J. Lopez, JD, LL.M | Immigration & Nationality Law

For the fifth year in a row, Hector J. Lopez, has earned recognition as a TOP LAWYER in immigration.

Attorney Lopez’s unparalleled commitment to clients and his diverse background in business structures solve clients’ complex needs—from businesses seeking to secure permanent resident status for foreign employees to families staying together.

With over 20 years of experience, Attorney Lopez specializes in business, employment and investment immigration. He’s licensed to practice before all courts in Texas, all U.S. immigration courts, and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

As a community leader, he writes on immigration topics for a local paper (EV-Houston), and has been invited to answer immigration questions at Univision-45.

His contributions to the Houston community are invaluable—particularly for the Venezuelan community.

Law Offices of Hector J. Lopez, PLLC
2401 Fountain View Dr., Ste. 910
Houston, TX 77057

The Kahn Law Firm, PC

The Kahn Law Firm, PC | Personal Injury & Criminal Defense


The husband and wife legal team of John J. Kahn, Jr. and Jennifer Hodges Kahn handle all types of Personal Injury and Criminal Defense cases in Harris County, Brazoria County and the general Southeast Texas area. They provide a unique team effort as a married couple and represent clients with utmost respect and Christian values.

The Kahn Law Firm handles a wide variety of personal injury cases from auto and trucking accidents to child injuries and premises liability cases, and all types of criminal cases including DWI, drug cases, thefts, robberies and juvenile cases. In all cases, John and Jennifer represent their clients with diligence, compassion and professionalism.

Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University and both are graduates of South Texas College of Law. John and Jennifer are members of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Christian Trial Lawyers Association and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. The couple have five children: Carson, Cody, Carolyn, Corey and Colton and are very involved with the children’s sports and extra-curricular activities including volunteering as a Little League Coach and serving as past President and Vice President on various Boards of Directors.

The Kahn Law Firm, PC
Silverlake Professional Building
2225 County Road 90, Suite 109
Pearland, TX 77584

Lacy LaFour

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Lacy Lafour | Family Law


For more than a decade, Lacy LaFour has practiced solely in the area of family law. Prior to opening her own office, Ms. LaFour worked in a family law firm that marketed exclusively to high net-worth clientele. When asked why she decided to go out on her own, she said, “I knew that I could take what I had learned from years of working on some of the most complicated property and child related issues that family lawyers face and provide that experience to a broader range of clients, and do so in a much more personalized manner.”

Ms. LaFour combines her psychology and legal backgrounds into a client centered law practice that focuses on honest advice and efficient case management, where clients benefit from her personable approach. “I get people. I have been through difficult times, I know what a crisis feels like, and I know how to help clients maneuver through the process emotionally.”

Ms. LaFour is certified in collaborative law and is a certified mediator. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and, in addition to being a member of several bar organizations, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Law Section of the Houston Bar Association.

Lacy LaFour
LaFour Law Firm PC
1177 West Loop South, Ste. 700
Houston, TX 77027

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