About the Ambassador Program
The HBA selects 20 members to serve as “HBA Ambassadors” for a two-year term. The first class was appointed in July 2013 for the 2013-2015 term. Ambassador class two served the 2015-2017 term. Ambassador class three is serving the 2019-2021 term.
HBA Ambassadors conduct presentations to law firms, legal departments, HBA sections, HBA committees, law students, and other legal groups of both HBA members and non-members as needed. The 2019-2021 Ambassadors will teach Leadership classes.
Ambassadors attend HBA programs and events as representatives of the HBA to interact with attendees in an effort to increase knowledge of the HBA.
The purpose of the program is to increase knowledge and understanding in the legal community about the benefits of HBA membership, increase volunteerism and participation in the HBA, and increase volunteers for pro bono service.
The HBA projects and communications departments, as well as the membership and professionalism committees, work with the HBA Ambassadors to prepare their presentations and to schedule opportunities for presentations.
2019-2021 Ambassador Class
Lone Star Legal Aid
Locke Lord LLP
Fatima Hassan Ali
Spurlock & Associates, P.C.
Phillips 66 Company
Johnson DeLuca Kurisky & Gould, P.C.
Givens & Johnston, PLLC
Locke Lord LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
Spencer Ogden Inc
Cersonsky, Rosen & Garcia, P.C.
Vinson & Elkins LLP
E. Derick Mendoza
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Harris County Clerk’s Office
Amaro Law Firm
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Jenkins & Kamin LLP
Zeinab Kachmar Zahid
Matías J. Adrogué, PLLC
10 male and 10 female ambassadors are appointed to two-year terms.
Ambassadors reflect the diversity of the HBA membership, including age, ethnic diversity, firm size, career and education background, and practice area.
Click here for profiles on this class of ambassadors.
Previous Ambassador Classes
Class 1 – 2013-2015
Brian Albrecht, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Anna Archer, U.S. District Court
Mickey Baden, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Chevazz Brown, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Helene Dang, Foster LLP
Sammy Ford IV, Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, P.C.
Diana Perez Gomez, Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom, L.L.P.
Angelica Hernandez, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Yvonne Ho, Bracewell LLP
Alex Macias, Law Office of Alejandro Macias, PC
Ashish Mahendru, Attorney at Law
Danielle Maya, Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, LLP
Knox Nunnally, McGuireWoods LLP
Danielle Ramirez, Monty & Ramirez LLP
Tamara Stiner Toomer, McGuireWoods LLP
Travis Torrence, Shell Oil Company
Genetha Turner, Academy Sports & Outdoors
Nicole Voyles, Tindall England PC
Clinton Yu, Givens & Johnston PLLC
Class 2 – 2015-2017
Rick Anderson, Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC
Jamila Brinson, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Janet Brown, CEVA Logistics
Jesús Castillón, Perkins Coie LLP
Bradford Crocker, Harris County District Attorney’s Office
Chris Domingo, Jones Day
Robert Ford, Fogler, Brar, Ford, O’Neil & Gray LLP
Hillary Holmes, Baker Botts L.L.P.
Scott Kendall, Locke Lord LLP
Farrah Martinez, Farrah Martinez, PLLC
Jenny Nguyen, City of Houston Legal Department
Marni Otjen, Attorney at Law
Precious Owodunni, Mountaintop Consulting
Tracy Penn, TransCanada USA Services, Inc.
Chris Porter, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Neal Sarkar, Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, P.C.
Simin Sun, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Margot Trevino, Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas, LLP
Ryan Wooten, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Activities & Social Outreach
Mariame Aana and Derick Mendoza show the ambassador class photo on the cover of the September-October 2019 issue of The Houston Lawyer.