2021 Foundation Board of Directors

SHELBY O’BRIEN
CHAIR

Shelby O’Brien is a partner at Enoch Kever PLLC where her practice focuses on civil litigation and appeals. Before joining Enoch Kever, Shelby served as a staff attorney at the Texas Supreme Court. In addition to serving on the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association Board of Directors, Shelby serves on the Austin Bar Association Civil Appellate Section’s Governing Council and the Austin Court of Appeals’ Pro Bono Committee. Shelby received her J.D. with Honors from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland. She is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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SARAH T. GLASER
PAST CHAIR

Sarah Glaser is an employment lawyer at Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C., providing proactive and cost-effective representation to employers. In addition to preventative counseling and conducting workplace investigations, Sarah is a litigator who represents employers in courts and in front of administrative agencies. She also enjoys assisting executives in negotiating employment agreements.

Sarah received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. in Psychology and French from Washington University in Saint Louis. Oliver (3) and Ada (1), two dogs, and her husband fill most of her time outside the office, but she still finds a way to get outside and enjoy the Greenbelt and the rest of Austin’s parks and trails.

JENNIFER HOPGOOD
TCWLA PRESIDENT

Jennifer Hopgood is an assistant county attorney at the Travis County Attorney’s Office in the Land Use Division. She also worked at the Texas Attorney General’s Office as an assistant attorney general in public financing and Medicaid fraud litigation and served as a staff attorney for the Honorable Bob Pemberton at the Third Court of Appeals. Prior to her legal career, Jennifer taught for eleven years in the Eanes school district, primarily teaching sixth grade English.

Jennifer received her B.A. in Japanese studies from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. She also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Austin Bar’s monthly magazine Austin Lawyer.

CAROLINE HALL
TCWLA PRESIDENT-ELECT

Caroline Hall is the Client Advocacy Manager at DISCO. She serves as an evangelist for DISCO’s products and services and works closely with clients to ensure that they achieve the highest levels of success and delight with their technology investments. After practicing construction litigation at a boutique firm, Hall took her frustration with the inefficiencies and bad technology common in the legal field and came to DISCO to focus on developing better products and services to improve the practice of law. She received her J.D from Baylor Law School in 2013 and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Caroline is passionate about volunteering and enjoys working with DISCO Cares on various community projects. She used to have other hobbies, but then had a baby and now her hobby is obsessing over him. He is 10 months old and Caroline apologizes in advance for showing off pictures of him.

SHANNON H. HUTCHESON
SECRETARY

For almost twenty years, Shannon has represented companies of all sizes, from start-ups to publicly traded corporations, in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law, including counseling, training and litigation, as well in commercial disputes, including litigation and arbitration’s involving customers, distributors and franchisees. While in private practice, Shannon also served as interim Assistant General Counsel for global clients. Shannon’s tenure as an in-house counsel taught her that legal advice in a vacuum is worthless; it must always be given in the context of the business. Thus, Shannon’s #1 goal is to know her clients’ businesses and to provide advice that, when possible, is consistent with their business goals.

Five years ago, Shannon co-founded the firm of Hutcheson Bowers with a long-time litigation colleague. Prior to that, Shannon practiced with the international firm of Baker Botts LLP for twelve years in both Austin and Dallas. Hutcheson Bowers is proud to be a certified woman-owned business, as well as a member of the highly selective National Association of Minority and Woman Owned Law Firms.

TRACY KASPAREK
TREASURER

Tracy Kasparek’s focus at Kasparek law centers on Wills, Probate, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Guardianships, Friendly Family Law, and Business Formation and Succession. Tracy also accepts ad litem appointment from the Travis County Probate Court.

Tracy received her J.D. from St. Mary’s in San Antonio and B.A. in Business from Southwestern University in Georgetown. While attending St. Mary’s, she became a published staff writer on The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority issues.

Tracy currently serves as the Travis County Women Lawyer’s Foundation Treasurer, and is the Co-Secretary for the Solo/Small Firm Section of the Austin Bar Association. Tracy’s past board positions include Treasurer and President of the Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association, and board positions on the AGLCC, AGLPF and Vice President of her homeowner’s association. In addition, Tracy helped found the Austin Pride Foundation, and co-chairs the UT LGBT OUTlaw Wills Clinic.

VICTORIA SEYBOLD
FELLOWS LIAISON

Tori Seybold is the Court Investigator and a staff attorney for Judge Guy Herman at the Travis County Probate Court, where her practice focuses on investigating and prosecuting court initiated guardianship cases of incapacitated adults. Prior to her position at the Probate Court, Tori worked with Lone Star Legal Aid as a staff attorney in the Crime Victims Unit. While with Lone Star Legal Aid she served low income Texans who were survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.

Tori received her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington and her Bachelor of Social Work summa cum laude from Texas State University – San Marcos. While attending Gonzaga University she competed in and won the ABA Client Counseling Competition, and received the Pro Bono Distinction Award.

DANICA l. MILIOS
WEBSITE LIAISON

Danica Milios is a litigator with Jackson Walker’s appellate practice group. Danica came to Jackson Walker after serving nine years as an Assistant Solicitor General and three years as Deputy Solicitor General in the Texas Attorney General’s Office. In her state practice, Danica handled or substantially participated in several important and high profile appeals, including the 2011 challenge to the State’s franchise tax system and the 2005 school finance case. Danica also served four years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Tort Litigation Division, where she defended state agencies in medical malpractice and other personal injury cases.

Danica has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits, the Texas Supreme Court, and many of the State’s intermediate courts of appeals.

Danica often begins her involvement in cases at the trial stage of proceedings to ensure proper error preservation and presentation of legal issues. Since moving into private practice, she has handled appeals in a diverse range of areas, including arbitration awards, bill of review procedure, business disparagement, tortious interference with contracts, oil and gas matters, free exercise of speech and religion, and the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act.

ALYSON FALK
RAFFLE CHAIR

Alyson Falk has exclusively practiced family law litigation in the Austin area since becoming licensed in 2011. She maintains her law practice with Jodi Lazar of LAZAR LAW, PLLC, a boutique firm located in Westlake, focusing exclusively on representation in family law matters in Central Texas, including divorce, custody, marital agreements, termination/adoptions, and enforcement proceedings. Lazar Law represents clients in both traditional litigation and collaborative law models, depending on the client’s needs.

Alyson is a fourth-generation Austinite who has enjoyed serving her community over the years by volunteering her time with Rodeo Austin, a 501(c)3 promoting western heritage and youth education throughout the entire State of Texas, and The Junior League of Austin. As a member of the Board of Directors of TCWLF, Alyson chairs the Raffle, which has raised more than $9,000.00 each year at the Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon, held each Spring. The money raised goes directly to TCWLF grant funding.

AMBER VASQUEZ
GRANT COORDINATOR

Amber Vazquez is a Board Certified criminal defense attorney, and fifth generation Texan who has won trials for Murder, Attempted Capital Murder, Aggravated Assault, Sexual Assault of a Child, Burglary of a Habitation, Thefts, and many Driving While Intoxicated, Assault Family Violence and Drug Possession cases. Her success rate across the board makes her one of the most sought after defense attorneys in the state. Amber has been named a Super Lawyer in Texas Lawyer, was named Criminal Defense Attorney 2019 by the Austin Bar Association, she won the Criminal Justice Award from Travis County Women’s Bar and been named one of the top 20 “Winning Women” in Texas. She teaches criminal defense attorneys as well as serving on the Police Oversight and Judicial Committee for the City of Austin. Amber was recently referred to as the “Queen of Acquittals” in Texas Monthly.

BARBARA BALLIETTE
GRANT COORDINATOR

Barbara Balliette is a partner with Reid Collins & Tsai. Barbara received her B.A. from Baylor University in 1990 and her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993.

After graduating from law school, Barbara practiced law in the Dallas and Austin offices of Hughes & Luce, LLP and was a partner at Diamond McCarthy LLP. Barbara’s practice has included representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of complex litigation matters, including business fraud, director and officer liability, professional malpractice cases, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.

Barbara is admitted to practice in the state of Texas and all Texas federal district courts, as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to her legal practice, Barbara is an active volunteer in many local community organizations, the Girl Scouts, and school organizations.

MALLORY BECK
RAFFLE COORDINATOR

Mallory Beck is a Legal Counsel in Litigation at Dell Inc. where her practice focuses on general commercial litigation, products liability, consumer litigation, and pre-litigation advice and negotiation. Mallory obtained her JD and LLM from Duke University School of Law in 2010. After completing a 2-year term clerkship for the Honorable Hilda G. Tagle in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Mallory continued her career at Jackson Walker, LLP in Austin, Texas.

ASHLEY NWONUMA
VENUE COORDINATOR

Ashley Nwonuma is a litigation associate at Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney where her practice focuses on civil litigation. Before joining her current firm, she served as assistant general counsel to the Texas Water Development Board. Prior to that, she was a litigation attorney in the Texas Public Utility Commission’s legal division, where she litigated utilities cases before SOAH. In addition to serving on the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association Board of Directors, Ashley serves as legal counsel to the Women’s Symphony League. She is also an active member of the Austin Black Lawyers Association and the Junior League of Austin. Ashley received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. in History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

AMY WARR
VIDEO COORDINATOR

Amy is a partner at appellate boutique Alexander Dubose & Jefferson. She handles appeals in a variety of areas, including trade secrets, eminent domain, personal injury, and governmental immunity. Amy graduated from Brown University in 1989 and the University of Texas School of Law in 1995. At the beginning of her career, she served as a briefing attorney for Justice Craig Enoch of the Supreme Court of Texas. She has been board certified in civil appellate law since 2005. Amy is listed in appellate practice in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Texas Super Lawyers.

Amy keeps an active pro bono docket and enjoys work that has a personal impact on her clients. She has won several awards for her pro bono work, including the 2019 Frank J. Scurlock Award from the State Bar of Texas and the 2015 Pro Bono Award from the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association.

LESLEY VARGHESE
AT LARGE

Lesley Varghese is Chief of Staff to Austin Mayor Steve Adler, and is responsible for managing a staff of 15 within the Mayor’s Office. She directs all of the Mayor’s major initiatives and oversees the office’s policy priorities, which include equity and economic development. Lesley has 14 years of broad experience in law, public policy and academia.

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Lesley served as a City of Austin Planning Commissioner, practiced law, served as Executive Director & General Counsel to a community nonprofit and taught at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a published author and speaker on various legal, economic and public policy topics. Lesley attended the University of Texas where she was a National Merit Scholar, and a Governor’s Fellow. She graduated from American University, Washington College of Law in 2003, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board, served as President of the South Asian Law Students Association, and completed a Dean’s Fellowship in Law and Government.

She began her legal career as a trial lawyer at McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore in Austin, and most recently practiced in the Global Finance department at Nixon Peabody, where she focused on transactional matters, and founded a South Asia practice across 17 offices.

Her financial restructuring experience includes advising on the acquisition financing of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, and the Brooklyn Arena (New Jersey Nets). Lesley is the immediate past President and a former Trustee of the North American South Asian Bar Association Foundation, the public interest arm of the national South Asian bar. Under her leadership, the NASABA Foundation funded and developed nationwide Asian American community initiatives in the areas of domestic violence, civil rights, immigrants’ rights and community access to justice.

Lesley has been recognized with a Peabody Award and by the Pro Bono College of Texas for her community legal aid work. In addition, she is the recipient of numerous awards for her teaching and community advocacy, including the IACT Trailblazer Award, a University of Texas Dean’s (Teaching) Award, the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Leadership Award, the Capital Area Asian American Democrats Advocate of the Year Award, the BAGA Community Partnership Award, the AARC Image Award, and the Capitol Area Progressive Democrats “Kick Ass” Award. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boston Higashi School, an international program for children with autism, the UT Center for Asian American Studies Advisory Committee, the Austin Symphony Orchestra Executive Committee, and on the Austin Community College-Leander Campus Advisory Committee.

HONORABLE DARLENE BYRNE
AT LARGE

The Honorable Darlene Byrne is the Chief Justice of the Third Court of Appeals of Texas since January 2021. Prior to that she served for 20 years as the presiding judge of the 126th Judicial District Court in Travis County beginning in January 2001. Prior to her election in 2000, she practiced for thirteen years in the areas of employment, commercial and governmental entity litigation.

She is a Commissioner on the Texas Children’s Commission. She is a past President of the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges and a past Judge of the Year of National CASA, Texas CASA and CASA of Travis County. She is a past recipient of many local, statewide, and national awards due to her work around child welfare. She currently serves as co-chair of the Judicial Council for National CASA, is an incoming board member for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, TexProtects and Travis County Women Lawyer’s Foundation, is an Advisory Council member for Partnerships for Children, Carrying Hope, and the Seedling Foundation, is the initial Chair of the Texas Statewide Collaborative for Trauma Informed Care, on the Editorial Review Board for NCJFCJ’s Juvenile and Family Court Journal, and on the Advisory Committee for the #WeToo project for Courts. She serves as a council member of the State Bar of Texas’ Administrative and Public Law Section. Judge Byrne is the founding judge of the Travis County Family Drug Treatment Court, the Travis County Model Court of Children, Youth and Families and the Travis County Dual Status Youth Court. She has served on many boards, committees, and speaking panels related to law and child welfare.