Board of Directors

Board of Directors: 2022-2023 Membership Year

President:  Brenda DeRouen

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Brenda DeRouen is the managing attorney at DeRouen Law Firm, PLLC,  a premier litigation firm focusing primarily on divorce and child custody matters.

She was named 2021 and 2022 Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2018-2020 Top Lawyer by Houstonia Magazine, Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and was awarded AVVO’s Client’s Choice award in 2019 and 2020 for family law.

She has a passion for criminal justice reform and the advancement of women. She is the founder of Women of Law a non-profit organization designed to empower women lawyers by connecting, inspiring, and promoting women in the legal field. In addition to her role on the board for AWA, she is a board member for The Way Home Adoption, an organization that  provides adoption recruitment and matching services focused on older youth in foster care. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Click HERE to visit Brenda’s firm website.

Immediate Past President: Ashlee McFarlane

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Ashlee McFarlane is an experienced trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor who has led complex government investigations. She is currently a Partner at Gerger, Khalil, & Hennessy LLP, a boutique white-collar firm in Houston, Texas, where she defends individuals and companies in grand jury and regulatory investigations as well as criminal and civil proceedings involving allegations of health care fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, kickbacks, securities fraud, opioid diversion, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations. Click HERE to visit Ashlee’s firm bio.

Ashlee served as Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Fraud Section from 2013-2015 before being promoted to Assistant Chief in 2015. At the time of her promotion, she was the youngest person to have held the role. Among other responsibilities, she led the Health Care Fraud Strike Force—supervising seven prosecutors and overseeing complex fraud cases in Texas from 2015‑2018. In that position, and as a trial attorney before it, she led and supervised dozens of investigations and prosecutions of white-collar crime across the country and tried numerous federal jury trials involving hundreds of millions of dollars of fraud claims. For two consecutive years, Ashlee led the planning for the National Health Care Fraud Training Conference for hundreds of agents and prosecutors in Washington, D.C. and often trained new and experienced prosecutors on investigating health care fraud cases.

Ashlee’s work at DOJ garnered several accolades including the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General’s Award for Integrity; HHS Inspector General’s Award for Excellence; IRS Criminal Investigation’s Recognition for Outstanding Support; and the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. Ashlee serves on the boards of several legal and social organizations, including the Federal Bar Association for the Southern District of Texas and the Association of Women Attorneys, and serves on the Planning Committee for the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys. She is committed to pro bono service and devotes hundreds of hours annually to serving her pro bono clients.

Vice President of Membership: Dalia Castillo-Granados

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Dalia Castillo-Granados is the Director of the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to working at CILA, Dalia was a Senior Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense, a Staff Attorney at Tahirih Justice Center, a Clinical Supervising Attorney at the University of Houston’s Immigration Clinic, and began her public interest career as a Greenberg Traurig, LLP Equal Justice Works Fellow with Catholic Charities’ Cabrini Center in Houston. During law school, Dalia was active in the Immigration Clinic and interned at US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Catholic Charities, and was a Public Interest Law Fellow at Boat People SOS. She was previously the chair of the State Bar of Texas’ Immigration Law Task Force. She is currently an Executive Committee member of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, on the Board of Directors for the Houston Association of Women Attorneys, and she is the President of Latino Giving Houston, a giving circle devoted to promoting philanthropy in Houston’s Latino community. Click HERE to visit Dalia’s ABA bio.

Board Member at Large:  Audrey Momanee

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Audrey Momanaee is an experienced trial lawyer working with clients on their most important and complex disputes. She leads Balch & Bingham’s Litigation Practice in Texas. Audrey counsels clients in a variety of industries including the energy, construction, real estate, pipeline and chemical refining industries. Audrey’s practice is generally in the state and federal courts of Texas as well as arbitrations both domestic and international. Audrey focuses on matters involving business disputes, commercial claims, catastrophic property claims, construction defects and delays and matters involving trade secret protection and litigation. She has also handled a number of internal investigations for clients in the oil and gas sector.

In addition to her experience handling disputes and investigations, Audrey has counseled clients about allocating risk in agreements and is a regular speaker on the issue of contractual risk allocation and indemnities.