Board of Directors

Board of Directors: 2018-2019 Membership Year

President: Julia Cook


Julia Cook is a Partner in the litigation section of Schlanger, Silver, Barg & Paine, L.L.P. (“SSBP”) and serves on the firm’s administrative committee. Ms. Cook has represented plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation matters in state and federal court for over thirty years. Her practice includes contract, partnership, construction, real estate, banking, employment, and other business litigation, as well as representation of creditors in bankruptcy court. She is licensed to practice in Texas as well as before the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Cook began her legal career in 1982 as in-house counsel at Exxon Company, U.S.A. and moved to SSBP in 1986.

Ms. Cook is a Sustaining Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the AWA Foundation as both Trustee and Treasurer (2015-2018). She previously served as Treasurer (2014-2015), Vice President of Membership (2015-2016), and President-Elect (2017-2018) of the AWA. She served as a member of the 2010 and 2012 AWA Judicial Screening Committee and as Chair of the AWA 2014 Judicial Screening Committee.

President Elect: LaMonica Orr-Love

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LaMonica Orr-Love is an attorney and consultant at The Love Law Group and Consulting Services, PLLC. She provides top-notch legal services and business development to start-ups, entrepreneurs, and small/medium sized businesses. Previously, LaMonica worked as a corporate attorney and business management consultant for Fortune 500 companies, representing those companies in corporate restructuring transactions. She takes pride in providing the quality of service and the level of representation one would expect from a large firm, but with the accessibility and individualized attention of a small firm. LaMonica challenges her clients to think outside of the box. She consistently delivers successful results ahead of time and under budget.

LaMonica is a native Houstonian. She is a graduate of the United Way of Greater Houston Project Blueprint Leadership Development Program and continues to serve as a member of Young Leaders, the Bi-Annual Community Reinvestment and THRIVE. She is also a graduate of the Houston Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy. LaMonica also serves on the Host Committee for the “Polichic’ Political Engagement Training for Women.

Immediate Past President: Lauren E. Waddell


Lauren E. Waddell is a partner at Fullenweider Wilhite and her practice focuses exclusively on family law issues including divorce litigation, custody issues, property division, marital agreements, paternity actions, child support, modification actions, and enforcement of prior orders. Ms. Waddell is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is licensed to practice law in Texas as well as before the Southern District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Waddell is actively involved in leadership for legal organizations. She has served as the Chair of the Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section and as the President of  Texas Women Lawyers. Ms. Waddell is a Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation. She is a member of both the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists and the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.

One of Lauren’s proudest moments in her legal career was being honored at the 2014 AWA Premier Women in Law luncheon as a “Trailblazer” honoree.

Secretary:  Charlotte MacVane

Charlotte-MacVaneCharlotte MacVane is Associate General Counsel for Emerson Process Management, and serves as General Counsel for its Remote Automation Solutions and Energy Solutions International businesses.  Before her role as  General Counsel for Energy Solutions International, she was General Counsel to a California-based company that trades capital assets on the global secondary market. Ms. MacVane received her law degree from Boston University and is admitted in Texas, Massachusetts, and California.

Treasurer:  Shannon Boudreaux


Shannon L. Boudreaux is a partner in the law firm of Boudreaux | Hunter & Associates, LLP.  Shannon approaches the practice of family law with the philosophy that she is helping good people through bad times.  She handles all aspects of family law, including high conflict divorces and child custody cases.  She has also handled many cases involving enforcement of existing court orders as well as cases where she is hired to modify (or defend against the modification of) existing child custody orders.

In addition to her work representing clients, Shannon is frequently appointed by judges to serve as amicus attorney.  As amicus attorney, she is entrusted by the court to research and investigate in order that she may advise the court as to the course of action that will be in the best interest of the children.

Shannon is also a certified family law and civil law mediator, and so has the skills to resolve disputes amicably to avoid protracted litigation.

Shannon is a graduate of South Texas College of Law, where she excelled academically and was named to the Dean’s List. Prior to attending law school, she attended the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology, two areas that help her today in the representation of divorce clients.   Shannon also has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University. She is licensed in the State of Texas and the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas.

Shannon has earned a number of awards and honors throughout her career, including being named in the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers and Businesswoman of the Year for two years by the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Business Advisory Counsel.  Shannon is also a member of the Family Law Divisions of the American Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, and the Houston Bar Association.

Shannon has been fortunate to practice in many areas of the law. Before Shannon formed a partnership with Kevin Hunter, she worked as counsel in litigation involving over 2000 defendants, served as president of a law partnership that handled a variety of legal matters, established, developed and managed the family law department of another law firm, and she provided leadership in support of a consortium of law firms handling mass tort litigation across the nation. In addition to practicing law, Shannon was also an adjunct professor for the University of Houston for several years where she taught upper level sociology courses.  But, family law has been her passion and primary focus for over a decade.  Shannon became a lawyer to help people and there is no other area of law that touches more lives than family law.

Vice President of Communications: Nikki Pollard

Nikki Pollard serves as Litigation Counsel – Labor & Employment for Mattress Firm, Inc. Prior to joining Mattress Firm, Nikki held positions as Global Employee Relations Counselor with Chevron and Assistant General Counsel – Labor & Employment at Memorial Hermann Health System. Nikki holds B.S. from Old Dominion University and a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Vice President of Membership: Patrice Childress

Patrice Childress is a partner at renowned litigation firm, Beck Redden LLP. Her practice includes a wide array of clients in various industries including the energy, legal, business, and real estate sectors, among others. Patrice’s clients enjoy the benefit of her innate attention to
detail, great instincts, and sound legal judgment that she brings to every case. In addition, her engaging style and easy presence make her an effective advocate for clients both in and out of the courtroom. Along with being asked to serve on the AWA Board of Directors, one of Patrice’s most outstanding professional achievements was this past year when she was named to Houston’s Top 50 Women in Law, by the National Diversity Council. She has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Civil Litigation – Defense, by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers – Texas (2016-2017).

She is also active in Beck Redden’s pro bono and associate development initiatives. Patrice regularly lends her time and talents to active service on behalf of organizations and causes that are important to her in the Houston community, including St. Anne’s Catholic Church where her children attend school. She recently completed terms on the Board of Directors of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers, Inc.

Board Member at Large: Hon. Debra Ibarra Mayfield

DM_0315Debra Ibarra Mayfield is a two-time judicial appointee of Governor Greg Abbott. Judge Mayfield became Abbott’s first judicial appointee in Harris County when he tapped her for the 165th District Court. Most recently, Governor Abbott appointed Judge Mayfield to the 190th District Court, a post to which she is running for re-election in November 2018.

Before becoming a State District Judge, Debra was the first Latina County Court
at Law Judge in Harris County. Having been unanimously appointed by
Commissioners’ Court, she served as Judge of County Civil Court at Law Number One.

Judge Mayfield has served as senior in-house legal counsel for Enterprise
Products, one of the largest publicly traded partnerships and a leading North American provider of midstream energy services. She was also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center teaching private property rights and eminent domain. Before her judicial career, Judge Mayfield was a partner in a civil defense firm where she handled litigation and appeals in both state and federal courts across the State of Texas.

Judge Mayfield is an alumna of Texas A&M University and South Texas College
of Law Houston. She serves on the boards of several non-profits and bar associations, including the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), the Association of Women Attorneys (AWA) and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston (MABAH). She has received numerous recognitions for her public service, including being selected as a “Woman on the Move” by Texas Executive Women, awarded the “Public Service Award” from South Texas College of Law, the Amicus Award from the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, named “Top Latina 40 and Under” by the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, selected as one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women” by Houston Woman Magazine, and awarded the “Outstanding Mentor Award” by the Houston Young Lawyers’ Association.

Debra is married to Eric, a former United States Army Captain, and they have
two young children.

Board Member at Large:  Hon. Kristen Hawkins

KBH-098Kristen Hawkins, as Judge of the 11th District Court Judge made history as the oldest court in Texas’ first female judge . Before becoming a State District Judge, Kristen was appointed as one of the Harris County Tax Masters and presided over Tax Court once a week.  During Kristen’s 16 years as an attorney, she has represented individuals, doctors, small business owners and corporations. Each client presents a new challenge and allows her to explore a different facet of the law.

Kristen was born in Dallas but grew up in Houston. She attended Alief Hastings High School and The University of Texas at Austin. It was at UT where she developed her love of the legal system while majoring in Government and Spanish.  Kristen went on to South Texas College of Law where she obtained her law degree, graduating magna cum laude and a member of the South Texas Law Review.

Kristen has received a multitude of distinctions including National Trial Lawyer Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, Texas SuperLawyers Rising Star for 2012, 2013 and 2014, and Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer for 2013, 2014 and 2015. In addition to her volunteer work in various bar associations, Kristen also served as Co-Communications Chair on the Executive Committee of the New Leaders Council Houston, the inaugural Texas chapter. Kristen is a founding member of a weekly breakfast meeting that brings together community leaders in the Houston area to discuss current thoughts, events and challenges facing Houston and Harris County.

Board Member at Large: Anna Raimer

Anna Raimer, a partner at Jones Day, focuses her practice on protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights.  Anna has significant experience managing international brands for clients in a wide range of industries, and she regularly counsels clients regarding global brand development and protection.  Anna represents clients throughout the United States in cases involving trademark, copyright, and patent infringement, as well as false advertising, unfair competition, and trade secret actions.  Anna is a committee member for the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the American Bar Association (ABA).  She is also a proud mom to 3 active boys and 1 girl.