Commissioners

Harry M. Reasoner

Chair

Harry M. Reasoner

Chair

Harry M. Reasoner is a partner at Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas. His principal area of practice is complex civil litigation, including antitrust and securities litigation. Reasoner is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the American Bar Foundation. Reasoner’s professional memberships include The American Law Institute and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Reasoner serves on the Board of Trustees of Baylor College of Medicine and as a Trustee Emeritus of Rice University and The Center for American and International Law.  

Reasoner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Rice University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

James B. Sales

Chair Emeritus

James B. Sales

Chair Emeritus

James B. Sales currently serves as Of Counsel to the firm of Norton Rose Fulbright. While serving as President of the State Bar of Texas, he launched the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, which consists of a network of lawyer intervention programs to assist and help rehabilitate substance-impaired lawyers in the state. As President, he also initiated a program approved by the Board that created three minority advisory Board positions to ensure minority participation in all State Bar-related matters. In 2011, the Texas Bar Foundation presented Sales with its Outstanding Fifty Year Lawyer Award presented in recognition of 50 or more years of distinguished service to the legal profession and to the public.

Sales holds Bachelor of Science and L.L.B. Degrees from the University of Texas.

Jimmy Blacklock

Ex-Officio Member

Jimmy Blacklock

Ex-Officio Member

Jimmy Blacklock's biographical information will be coming soon.

Rep. Sarah Davis

Ex-Officio Member

Rep. Sarah Davis

Ex-Officio Member

Representative Sarah Davis is a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP.  She was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Appropriations, Calendars, and Public Health Committees. Rep. Davis’ work has received many accolades: In 2011, the Harris County Medical Society named her a Patient Care Champion, and the Texas Medical Association called her one of Texas medicine’s best legislators. That same year, she was named one of Houston’s 50 most influential women by Houston Woman Magazine, and in 2012, The Houston Business Journal placed Davis on its “40 Under 40” list.

Rep. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Baylor and a law degree from the University of Houston.

Lourdes Flores

Commissioner

Lourdes Flores

Commissioner

Lourdes Flores has worked for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid for more than 30 years focusing on public benefits and housing issues for clients with mental illness. In her current position, she manages the legal aid organization’s Mental Health Legal Team in Austin, where she reviews cases involving mental health issues across a 68-county service region. Flores gives frequent presentations on legal and medical issues to universities, non-profits, local bars and medical providers throughout the state.  In 2014, she received the Austin Young Lawyers Association’s Liberty Bell Award, which recognizes non-lawyers who make selfless contributions to their community that strengthen the justice system.

Flores holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky.

Justice Eva Guzman

Supreme Court of Texas Liaison

Justice Eva Guzman

Supreme Court of Texas Liaison

Justice Eva Guzman was appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas by Governor Rick Perry in 2009.  When she was elected to a full term in November 2010, she became the first Hispanic woman elected to state-wide office in Texas. As Chair of the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families, she has worked to improve the well-being of Texas’ most vulnerable children and families. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, she sat on the Houston-based Fourteenth Court of Appeals. 

Justice Guzman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston, a law degree from South Texas College of Law and a Masters of Law degree from Duke University School of Law.  She is married and has a daughter. 

Luz Herrera

Commissioner

Luz Herrera

Commissioner

Biographical information coming soon.

John V. Jansonius

Commissioner

John V. Jansonius

Commissioner

John V. Jansonius is a partner with Jackson Walker in Dallas.  He has extensive experience in labor and employment law and has represented clients in numerous jury and non-jury trials in state and federal court and presented oral arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal circuit courts of appeals.

Jansonius has served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Director and its Executive Committee and is an active member on the SBOT Legislative Policy Committee.  He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Texas Bar Foundation, Dallas Bar Foundation and the Dallas Bar Association.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Roland K. Johnson

Commissioner

Roland K. Johnson

Commissioner

A former president of the State Bar of Texas, Roland K. Johnson is an attorney for Harris, Finley & Bogle, PC. His practice includes commercial litigation, arbitrations, and legal malpractice cases.

Johnson has a long history of memberships in legal associations. He served as a former board member for the Texas Bar Foundation, as president of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, and is currently on the Board of Disciplinary Appeals and College of the State Bar of Texas, among others.  Johnson is often asked to speak on professionalism, ethics, arbitration and leadership. He received his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from Baylor University.

Monica Karuturi

Commissioner

Monica Karuturi

Commissioner

Monica Karuturi is an associate general counsel at CenterPoint Energy, with responsibility for securities, finance and strategic transactions. Prior to her current position, Karuturi served as corporate counsel and pro bono coordinator for Lyondell Basell Industries and as a corporate associate at Baker Botts LLP.

Karuturi is co-chair of the CenterPoint Energy Pro Bono Program, a member of the Houston Pro Bono Joint Initiative Planning Committee and a member of the Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee of the Texas Bar Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown University, a Master in Public Health degree from Columbia University and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

Richard LaVallo

Commissioner

Richard LaVallo

Commissioner

Richard LaVallo is the Legal Director for Disability Rights Texas in Austin. For more than 30 years, he has used his skills as a social worker and attorney to advocate for people with disabilities in a wide range of individual and systemic cases. LaVallo has also worked on legislative and public policy issues dealing with education, mental health, foster care, and juvenile justice.  In addition to his work with DRT, he is a member of the Pro Bono Work Group of the State Bar of Texas, the Collaborative Council for the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and Recently, and the Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making Work Group, a coalition of groups representing persons with disabilities, seniors and the legal community and has provided technical assistance for these guardianship reforms.

LaVallo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science in Social Work and Juris Doctor degree from University of Texas at Austin.

Hon. Joe Lopez

Commissioner

Hon. Joe Lopez

Commissioner

Judge Joe Lopez serves on the 49th District Court in Laredo.  He served as Assistant District Attorney for the 49th Judicial District Court from 1991 to 1994 and as Zapata County Attorney from 1996 to 2005. Judge Lopez maintained his private practice assisting clients in Webb and Zapata counties prior to his service on the District Court. Selected by the Court of Criminal Appeals, Judge Lopez also represents the trial judges in Texas as an ASTAR court judge.  In 2014, Judge Lopez was elected to serve on the State Bar of Texas Judicial Section.
 
Judge Lopez is married to Alma Perez Lopez and has 6-year old twins, Alejandro and Carisa.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law School.

Harriet Miers

Commissioner

Harriet Miers

Commissioner

Harriet Miers is a partner at Locke Lord LLP and has offices in Dallas, Austin, and Washington, DC. She served in the administration of President George W. Bush from 2001-2007 as Staff Secretary, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Counsel to the President. Miers was the first female President of the Dallas Bar Association and of the State Bar of Texas. She received the Sandra Day O’Connor award from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism and the Robert G. Storey Award for Distinguished Achievement from the SMU Dedman School of Law.

Miers holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Methodist University and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Bill Marple

Commissioner

Bill Marple

Commissioner

Bill Marple is Director of Pro Bono & Bar Relations at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas.  He clerked for a U.S. District Judge, was Director of Litigation at Indiana Legal Services, was Director of the Staff Counsel’s Office for the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, was counsel at Jones Day from 1984-2012, and is an Associate Municipal Court Judge in Dallas.  He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law and has published several law review articles on evidence, civil procedure, and business-related issues.  He has been a speaker on pro bono service for the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and at many State and local bar events.

Marple and his wife Sandy own and show champion American Saddlebred horses. He has served on the Board of the American Saddlebred Horse Association in Lexington, Kentucky.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University.

Hon. Eric V. Moye

Commissioner

Hon. Eric V. Moye

Commissioner

Judge Eric Moyé has presided over the 14th Civil District Court of Dallas County since he was first elected in 2008.  He was also appointed in 1993 by Gov. Ann Richards to serve as Judge of the 101st Judicial District Court. In addition to his service on the bench, Judge Moyé has more than 25 years of civil legal experience.  He is an active member with the State Bar of Texas, State Bar of New York, American Bar Association, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Dallas Bar Association, the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, American Association for Justice, American Judicature Society, and Texas Bar Foundation.
 
Judge Moyé serves as an adjunct faculty member for Southern Methodist University and Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop.  He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Harvard Law School. Judge Moyé will be leaving the Bench at the end of this month to replace Jacoby Ellsbury as Centerfielder for the New York Yankees.

Jeannie Rollo

Commissioner

Jeannie Rollo

Commissioner

Jeannie Rollo is the Executive Director of the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas in Austin. For nearly four decades, Rollo has been an unwavering advocate of legal services for low-income Texans. She has served as a member and president of the board of American Gateways and on the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral and Information Service Standing Committee. Rollo serves on the Commission’s Self-Represented Litigant Committee and is a member of the State Bar of Texas Legal Access Division Pro Bono Workgroup.  She also volunteers with the American Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service Program of Assistance and Review providing best practices consulting to referral services across the country.

Rollo holds both a Bachelor of Science with honors in Criminal Justice and a paralegal certificate from Texas State University in San Marcos.

Jenny Lee Smith

Commissioner

Jenny Lee Smith

Commissioner

Jenny Lee Smith is an attorney at Cobb & Counsel in Austin, Texas, and was previously an associate at Jackson Walker L.L.P in Austin, Texas. Smith is a member of the team that received the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project's 2013 Exceptional Service Award. Smith is a board member of the Texas Young Lawyer's Association and serves as the Access to Justice liaison.  Prior  to  attending  law school,  she was a  Community  and Economic Development Planner for  six counties  at the  Heart of Texas Council of  Governments  in  Waco, Texas,  where she administered grants funded  by the  Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Baylor University and holds a J.D., summa cum laude, from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

Scott P. Stolley

Commissioner

Scott P. Stolley

Commissioner

Scott Stolley is a partner in Cherry Petersen Landry Albert LLP. Stolley has been Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1994. In 2010, he was elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Stolley is also a former chair of the Amicus Committee of DRI–The Voice of the Defense Bar, former chair of the DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee, former chair of the Dallas Bar Association Appellate Law Section, and a current member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel’s Amicus Committee. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas and previously served four years on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association.

Stolley is an avid sailor, performs choral music, serves on the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, and is currently serving on the boards of directors of TACA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.

He graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Lisa M. Tatum

Commissioner

Lisa M. Tatum

Commissioner

Lisa Tatum is founder, owner and manager of LM Tatum, PLLC, a San Antonio-based law practice. Her clients include the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, the San Antonio Housing Authority, Choice One Medical, The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner Fund, Inc., Life in the Heights and AT&T. Tatum’s writing on legal issues is frequently published across the state in publications including the San Antonio Express-News, the Texas Bar Journal, the North Dallas Gazette and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and served as the State Bar of Texas President Elect from 2013-2013.

Tatum received her Bachelor of Arts and Government from Smith College and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Santa Clara University Law School.

K. Nicole Voyles

Commissioner

K. Nicole Voyles

Commissioner

Nicole Voyles is a partner with Tindall England PC in Houston.  She has been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2010.  Voyles serves on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, the New Directors Orientation and Affordable Legal Services Subcommittees, and as a Board Advisor on the State Bar’s Animal Law and Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Sections.  

Voyles is passionate about caring for her community: she has been an active member with the Junior League of Houston and the Houston Bar Association for many years and has served as a board member on the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation and the Houston Volunteer Lawyers.  

Voyles holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas – Austin and a law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Wayne Watts

Commissioner

Wayne Watts

Commissioner

Wayne Watts recently retired from AT&T after serving as senior executive vice president and general counsel. Prior to filling that position, Mr. Watts served as vice president and associate general counsel for AT&T Inc., with legal responsibility for mergers and acquisitions, wireless operations, international operations, strategic planning, U- verse strategy, and general corporate matters. Previously, he served as vice president and assistant general counsel for SBC Communications Inc.  Mr. Watts is a member of the advisory board of the SMU Dedman School of Law, the Development Board at the University of Texas at Arlington, and the board of the Hill Country Mission for Health, an entity that provides medical care for those in Kendall County who cannot afford care.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Hon. Ken P. Wise

Commissioner

Hon. Ken P. Wise

Commissioner

Justice Ken Wise has served as associate justice for the 14th Court of Appeals since 2013, presiding over a 10-county district. He has previously served as a district court judge in Harris County, worked as a partner for multi-city law firm Fridge, Resendez & Wise, LLC, and continues to teach at the University of Houston Law Center as an adjunct professor.

Justice Wise is a director of the Houston Livestock Show and the former Texas Rangers Foundation. He is frequently invited to speak at colleges, law schools and community organizations around the state, and has written several articles for the Texas Bar Journal. He received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Pending - Designated by Lt. Governor

Ex-Officio Member

Pending - Designated by Lt. Governor

Ex-Officio Member

Pending - To be determined.