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Table of Contents FEATURES 26 Digital Stress While digital technology has many upsides, the downside of all those hours glued to our devices can take a toll on our physical and emotional well-being.

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30 Franklin Sweet Franklin Its quaint Main Street and Civil War history make Franklin one of America’s hidden gems.

36 Family Adventure in Utah Fresh powder reigns at Snowbasin.

40 San Antonio is Open Socially distant, yet close to home.

45 Houston’s Top Lawyers 2020 Congratulations to this year’s honorees.

COLUMNS 4 Editor’s Letter Tips for traveling during Covid-19.

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8 Heart of Houston A year we will all remember.

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DEPARTMENTS 10 Health & Wellness Orange Theory’s competitive environment keeps enthusiasts coming back for more; Tips for proper posture; How to improve your mood; Strategies for stress eating

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22 Fashion Essentials for the new normal.

24 Destination Parrotheads have a new perch.

70 On the Menu 16 Society Guests enjoy “Dine In with IM” during the pandemic.

28 Culture Reviews on upcoming releases from Texas authors

20 Community Photographers give back; Get back to nature without leaving the city

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78 Eat Out Texas Gulf Coast seafood at it’s finest.

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ROAD WARRIOR TIPS FOR SUCCESS How to travel during COVID

MASK UP Even if the state/county/city does not require masks, every hotel is making masks mandatory in public areas. The Bellagio in Las Vegas even makes guests wear masks at the pool, and the “mask police” are everywhere searching for exposed mouths or noses. SeaWorld in San Antonio requires masks at all times. “No Mask, No Entry” is posted on virtually every business door. TAKE OUT AND TO-GO Most restaurants are open to 50 percent capacity, but social distancing is limiting capacity and wait times can be long. Many travelers are opting to bring a to-go order back to their rooms. SURVIVING THE LINES Lines are long. Sometimes social distancing creates illusions of long lines, but they move fast. Elevator lines are the worst. Most elevator cars are designed to carry groups of people, but are limited to one person or one family at a time. There’s no way that elevator systems can keep up with the social distancing rules. Book rooms on the first floor to bypass this inconvenience. 4

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SELF-PARK AND VALET Although we have seen a few valet services, in most cases self-park reigns supreme, for now. PLAN FOR NO HOTEL MAID SERVICE In order to limit surfaces being touched, rooms are being super-sanitized before arrival. After that, you are on your own. Call if you need more towels. DISCOVER DRIVE-IN OFFERINGS Bearizona, a drive through wildlife park in Arizona, has been busy during the Covid-19 crisis. Families stay in their vehicles and don’t mix with other groups. They enjoy a great day of wildlife sightings in a safe environment. RESERVATIONS MAY BE REQUIRED As resorts and activities open safely, many limit occupancy and reservations are required for simple things, like swimming in the hotel pool. So, be sure to ask if reservations are necessary. Mount Zion National Park’s free sight-seeing shuttle system limits capacity on their buses, so now they don’t have enough buses to handle demand. You must sign up days in advance and buy your seat for one dollar. With all the proper precautions being taken, poke your head out the door! When it feels safe for you and your family—hit the road. There’s a lot of beautiful country out there.

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OVID -19 IS HORRIBLE! Those who have contracted the virus are in our hearts and prayers. Everyone suffers the inconveniences of masks, lockdowns and loss of privileges. Our family decided to get out of town. We left Houston and traveled west and just kept going across deserts, over mountains and through forests and national parks. Virtual school happens in the back of our SUV; work for grown-ups is done in the passenger seat, gas stations and hotels. And we take lots of breaks to check out the scenery and history. For our road warrior readers, here are some things we are noticing in our travels.


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Inside Camping in the Present Tents Dear Mom and Dad, Camp Wanakawa is really great. So is the food. I like my counselors and I’ve met a lot of neat guys. My two favorite classes are canoeing and starting a fire Indian-style with just flint, straw and napalm. Camp rules forbid having electronic gadgets such as smart phones, iPads, even stereos and satellite TVs. Luckily, our mattresses are lumpy. I seem to have left a few items at home, so could you please mail me shoes, socks, sheets and Spot. I really miss him. Your son, Motley PS: Please send a few dollars for the camp store. by Lynn Ashby

Dear Mom and Dad, Camp is still great. The food is not so terrific, but I sort of like my counselors. Maybe the reason I haven’t been getting your letters is because Camp Wanakawa’s name has been changed. My counselors say this is necessary since the U.S. Dept. of Victimization has ruled “Wanakawa” is a Comanche word for “white babies’ scalps” and thus is insulting to the Comanches. The new name is Camp Empathy. Dear Motley, we just received a letter from your counselor. He reports you are doing well in your various activities, although we didn’t know Camp Empathy taught tattooing. We are sure you will get the hang of bear wrestling soon. We have called FedEx to mail the items you requested, plus some you didn’t request like toothpaste and soap. Back at home, we miss you very much, but the family of gypsies that rented your room say you apparently never swept under the bed or emptied your fly traps, and are moving out. Dear Mom and Dad. Yesterday we visited Camp Koo-Che-Koo-Me right across the river and took them on in softball, tennis, swimming and arm wrestling. We lost in every event. Our counselors called us “a bunch of wimps” and “total losers,” which made a lot of us cry and ask for our mommy and bankie. The food is not so great but just okay. However, gruel three times a day is getting monotonous. Did I mention that Camp Koo-CheKoo-Me is a girls’ camp? Exciting news! Sheriff’s deputies came to camp and arrested a counselor. What’s a pedophile? Your son, Motley PS: Please send a few dollars to cover expenses at the camp store. Thanks. Dear Mom and Dad. Camp is getting worse. The chef changed the menu after the food riot. I’m getting

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used to oatmeal for dinner. Today we went for a hike and almost everyone returned. My cabin mates have a new nickname for me, Drippy. You’d think they’d never seen a bed-wetter before. The food is much better now that we use John-Bob’s smart phone to order from Domino’s. Your son, Motley Dear Motley, glad you are having fun at camp. We just received a letter from your counselor. He says you are an “exceptional” camper for the most part. He apologized for your stay at the camp infirmary but explained they have “a first-rate snakebite clinic.” He wrote you are getting along fine with your fellow campers outside of the occasional tar and feathering. He also wrote that he can’t understand why you would need money since items purchased at the camp store are paid by the parents at the end of camp. Sorry we could not send you Spot. He was run over by a FedEx truck. Love, Mom and Dad Dear Mom and Dad. The movie last night was A Few Good Men, which explains why I was given a Code Red treatment by my cabin mates. When I complained to the counselors they just laughed and said it was “a camp initiation rite.” In our Native American lore class we were told that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not really Pocahontas. I have had to change classes just because I showed my ability to start a fire Indian-style with flint, straw and napalm. When is camp over? Your son, Motley Dear Motley’s parents. Enclosed is a bill for $1,200 for one canoe. Dear Mom and Dad. They closed the camp mess hall due to health department violations. We were told that real campers could live off the land. I’ve lost 10 pounds. We went on an overnight hike to Lake Rancid where we put up tents, slept on the ground (fortunately, I brought my lumpy mattress so we could watch The Bachelorette,) and sat around the campfire telling stories, some about our parents. I wrote them down, and you won’t have to send me any more money. Oh, I forgot to tell you, Camp Empathy is being sued by the Wanakawa tribe, which claims it sold naming rights to the camp in exchange for 40 guns, a keg of firewater and a subscription to Netflix “to last as long as the rivers flow, the buffalo roam and the Great Spirit personally advises Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.” Dear Motley’s parents. Please come get your kid. We’ll refund the fee. Dear Mom and Dad. Camp has been over for a week. Isn’t it time you picked me up? My last letters have been returned, stamped: “Addressee Unknown—No forwarding Address.” H Ashby camps at ashby2@comcast.net.


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Heart of Houston A Year We Will All Remember

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HAT A YE AR! WHAT A YE AR! WHAT A YE AR! 2020 has been like none other we have experienced—a pandemic, losses, gains, changes, masks, heroism and an election... Our community continues to struggle with the effects of shutdowns and slowdowns, and Houstonians continue to openheartedly support the community.

by Warner Roberts Our Houston Rockets fell to the L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals and Coach Mike D’Antoni stepped down as the Rockets’ coach. Our Houston Astros saw A. J. Hinch, manager, fired for his role in the sign-stealing in past seasons. And, they fell to the Tampa Bay Rays in playoffs. Our Houston Texans also saw major changes. Bill O’Brian, Texans head coach and general manager, was fired after a 0-4 start to the season. The Houston Texans Foundation donated $100,000 to launch the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund Texas partnering with the United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

It’s finally time to vote! I heard this on a podcast this morning, and I always get chill bumps when I hear the truth. The statement immediately covered me with chill bumps. The moderator was saying that if Martians landed on our planet, actually in our cities, all over the country and the world, without hesitation, we would all come together to protect our families, to safeguard our friends and even strangers alike. We would spring into action to protect everyone in our vicinity. We wouldn’t stop to ask whether they were Republican, Democrat or Independent. We wouldn’t stop to see if they were Black, White, Asian, Indian, Italian, Greek, Iranian, Palestinian, Israeli, Chinese and on and on. We would jump in the same fox holes and unite. Our human being instinct would kick in as well as our love for humanity. We would instinctively do our best to protect each other. A great analogy is 9/11 in New York City. The human being in all of us kicked in, and humans did everything they could to help each other. No questions asked. As this important election winds down and the dust settles, we must remember our best selves. We must remember how important it is to love each other, through thick and thin. Bottom line is that we are all alike, we truly are each other and belong to each other. We don’t really need a disaster to remind us and unite us. Have you done something for somebody today?

Houston Texans’ Owner a True Gift to Our City One of the most generous people who ever lived in our city is Janice Suber McNair, the co-founder and senior chair of the Houston Texans and co-founder of McNair Interests. Following her husband Robert McNair’s death in 2018, Janice became the team’s principal owner. Her son, Cal McNair, is the current CEO and day-to-day head of the franchise. But, it is Janice who represents the Texans at NFL owners meetings and other league functions. She is one of only ten female NFL team owners. Since moving to Houston in 1960, Janice has raised four children and embarked on a lifelong career of giving back to the community. She is also a

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longtime breast cancer survivor. The McNairs have been champions of philanthropy for decades. Combined contributions made through The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, Houston Texans Foundation and The McNair Educational Foundation total more than a half billion dollars to charity. With the inception of the Texans in 2002, the McNairs started the Houston Texans Foundation. Since 2002, more than $35 million has been raised through annual fundraising events, disaster response programs, United Way campaigns and partnerships with nonprofit organizations.

This year, Janice and the McNair family donated $500,000 to Interfaith Ministries, Meals-on-Wheels and the Houston Food Bank. The Houston Texans Foundation donated $100,000 to launch the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund Texas partnering with the United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. When I asked her what was the hardest part of owning an NFL team, she said: “The hardest part about being an NFL owner is losing games. The best part about being an NFL owner is winning games.” Win or lose, Janice, you are our hero!

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I’m a Believer Orange Theory’s competitive environment keeps enthusiasts coming back for more.

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XERCISE WAS NEVER SOMETHING I ENJOYED. I’ve avoided friends’ invitations to go on walks for years because I’d rather hang out on the couch. Due to my mom’s health freakishness, I’ve always considered myself what many people call “skinny-fat”—being pretty slim but also having no tone or muscle. When I got to college I had freedom over my own eating. I learned the hard way that I couldn’t down all the “free” food in the cafeteria (Did you know you have to pay for that?!) and had open access to soda for the first time in my life. Hi Dr. Pepper. One year and 10 pounds later, my roommate took up running and eventually was running up to 10 miles every single day. I couldn’t believe that people actually chose to do that... just not my thing, I guess. Until it was. Over the years, I’ve heard several friends from different circles rave about Orange Theory. At first, I thought, Ugh another workout cult. I envisioned the candles and kumbaya that I had experienced and despised in other workout classes. Little did I know that I would soon be joining them as a loyal “OTF-er.”

This past January, my roommate convinced me and two other roommates to sign up for a free class at Orange Theory. She too was weird. One of those people who loved to work out. But when she showed me her transformation photos, I could see why she wanted to keep going back. When we arrived for our class, we were welcomed by the manager and walked through the Orange Theory strategy—monitors worn on your arm measure your heart rate which is projected onto screens inside the room along with the other clients. As your heart rate changes, your sector of the screen will change from blue to green, to orange, to red depending on how hard your body is working. The goal of the class is to reach at least twelve “splat points,” or minutes within the orange and red zones. Attaining this goal gives you the bonus of post-exercise oxygen consumption, referred to as “afterburn.” This means your body will burn calories at a higher rate for hours after your workout. Of course, having all of our information like splat points and burned calories on the screen made me want to do better than everyone else, especially my roommates. By the end of the class, I couldn’t believe how many calories I had burned. The class was so different from what I had expected. Initially I was scared of being the leastfit person there, but it accommodates all levels of ability. Coaches don’t yell at you, or make you share your hopes and dreams—two extremes that I was weary of in any fitness class. It was a perfect balance of challenge and feasibility. I signed up for a membership that week and started going eight times a month. Routines are developed by specialists and change every day, with a focus on either power, strength or endurance. The feeling of hitting personal bests is one that really translates into confidence and energy outside the gym. Being able to run faster and at longer distances every class is something that kept me looking forward to going back. I’ve always been the person who quits as soon as I get tired, but when my roommates and I signed up for the Orange Theory Half Marathon together (13 miles split between us, not just me!) I was so proud to be the only one who could run a full mile without stopping. As little as it seems, for me, that was something I had never been able to do before and I felt a sense of accomplishment and excitement for what I could do next. I do believe Orange Theory is a special place that delivers on its promise. To join the Orange Theory team visit orangetheory.com.—Nora Brasher

Over the years, I’ve heard several friends from different circles rave about Orange Theory. At first, I thought, Ugh another workout cult.

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Working posture has become a hot topic, since more than 80 percent of our workforce is required to sit at a desk or in front of a computer. A lot of money has been spent on optimization of

workplace ergonomics. Though these studies seem to be looking out for the best interest of the individual, the reality is that ergonomics is about creating the most productivity in a workplace.

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long. You know this when you have been sitting on the floor, and your body tells you to change positions every five to 10 minutes. This is healthy! The message here is: Rather than finding the perfect chair or desk, find diversity in work posture and move frequently. It might decrease your productivity 10 percent in the moment, but it will increase your longevity one-hundred fold. —Dr. Brent Anderson, founder of Polestar Pilates and fitness expert

How long you need to exercise at a moderate intensity to improve your mood and blow off steam, according to a University of Mississippi study.

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What are your best tips for proper posture while working from home? Also: What’s your take on standing desks?

I tend to take a more client-centric approach to the workstation and to combatting sedentarism. The key is to move frequently. For example, a variableheight desk can provide diversity of work posture. When taking a call, stand up and walk around while talking business. Don’t be afraid to work from the floor or other surfaces when possible. The body is built with mechanoreceptors, which are sensory signals that tell the body we have been in any position for too


STAND UP FOR US ALL

Clinical trials bring us closer to the day when all cancer patients can become survivors. Clinical trials are an essential path to progress and the brightest torch researchers have to light their way to better treatments. That’s because clinical trials allow researchers to test cutting-edge and potentially life-saving treatments while giving participants access to the best options available. If you’re interested in exploring new treatment options that may also light the path to better treatments for other patients, a clinical trial may be the right option for you. Speak with your doctor and visit StandUpToCancer.org/ClinicalTrials to learn more.

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10% Q. daily soda or juice with an unsweetened drink slashes your risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a new Harvard study.

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How much more likely you are to consider yourself happy if you fit in the recommended 30 minutes of exercise most days compared to those who don’t, a new study in BMC Public Health found.

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Let’s face it, the past six months have been turbulent times, filled with fear, anxiety and stress, all emotional eating triggers even in the best of times. It’s no surprise that you may turn to food as a source of comfort, since there is a biological connection between food and emotions. Serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates appetite, mood and sleep, is produced in the gastrointestinal tract, thereby affecting how you feel. But while finishing that bag of chips or pint of ice cream might ease what ails you in the moment, it’s only a temporary fix that over time can have long-lasting ramifications for your overall health. The good news is, there are ways to break the vicious cycle and get you on track. Here are some of the best, science-backed methods: Keep a food journal. Record what and how much you eat, how you’re feeling at that moment, and the time of day. After a week or two, you will be able to identify the pitfalls that are derailing your diet. Then ask yourself, is it because you are skipping meals? Or you’re not exercising regularly? Are you eating very late at night, or is your diet filled with junk food? Do you eat when you’re mad, sad or bored? It’s important to get in tune with your body and differentiate between real and emotional hunger. Eliminate processed foods and refined sugars, which can have an adverse effect on your mood by causing blood sugar levels to spike, then fall dramatically. Start with a healthy breakfast, such as a low-fat yogurt smoothie, an egg-white omelet with

veggies and whole grain toast or oatmeal topped with fruit to provide the energy you need to get you through the day. Keep “danger” foods—things that tempt you to mindlessly eat—out of house. Stock your pantry with sensible, healthy snacks, like pre-portioned bags of air-popped popcorn or trail mix, or bananas and frozen grapes. If late night eating is an issue, have a soothing cup of chamomile tea to prepare you for a restful night’s sleep instead. No need to deprive yourself, though: Factor in some dark chocolate or a glass of red wine, which, in moderation, are mood boosters too. Too much and it has the opposite effect. Instead of turning to food, blow off steam and reset with some Pilates, a long walk or meditation. Even if your studio or gym is closed, schedule a Zoom class with your favorite teacher, or check out online workouts such as Pilatesology.com, Peloton or Obé. Or treat yourself to a bubble bath or mani/pedi for a little pampering to ease your nerves. Unfortunately, food won’t magically erase your problems; you need to tackle those head on. But by making even small changes, you will notice how much better you feel and will avoid tipping the scales in the wrong direction. Consuming a healthy, balanced diet, along with regular exercise, proper hydration and plenty of sleep are the keys to not falling too far down the emotional eating rabbit hole. —Leslie Horowitz, MS, is the author of the health blog alphabitesnyc.com

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Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala Delivers Guests enjoy "Dine In with IM" during the pandemic.

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NTERFAITH MINISTRIES (IM) FOR GRE ATER HOUSTON CELEBR ATED ITS ANNUAL TAPESTRY G AL A WITH A VIRTUAL EVENT AND AN EX TR AORDINARY ME AL S ON WHEEL S EXPERIENCE . Interfaith Ministries President and CEO Martin B. Cominsky made the call to quickly pivot the originally scheduled Tapestry Gala event from an in-person gala to a virtual event at the onset of the Covid-19 stay home/work safe order. Utilizing the staff’s home-delivered meals expertise, Interfaith Ministries’ team of drivers delivered an exquisite dining experience for guests to enjoy at home, similar to what they do for 4,300 homebound seniors in the Meals on Wheels program, now weekly as a part of their response to the pandemic. With many thanks to presenting sponsor Shell, they hosted 400 supporters online raising more than $525,000 for Interfaith Ministries’ four areas of service to the Greater Houston community: Meals on Wheels/Animeals, Refugee Services, Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships and Volunteer Houston. H

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MINISTRIES PRESIDENT AND CEO MARTIN B. COMINSKY WITH HIS WIFE TERRY ALL SET TO DINE IN WITH IM; INTERFAITH MINISTRIES BOARD CHAIR FRANKLIN J. HARBERG, JR. ENJOYING THE VIRTUAL TAPESTRY GALA; COMINSKY DELIVERING MEALS TO GUESTS; STAFF PACKAGING MEALS TO GET THEM READY FOR THE DINE-IN AND VIRTUAL EVENT.

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Culture

City Roots, Rules and Ruse

in the

Houston authors highlight history and diversity.

PROPHETIC CITY: HOUSTON ON THE CUSP OF A CHANGING AMERICA by Stephen L. Klineberg (Released June 2, Hardcover $17.69, Kindle $10.99, amazon.com) Author Stephen Klineberg is a demographics expert, sociologist, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor at Rice University. His book draws upon over three decades of research spotlighting Houston's changing economic, demographic and cultural diversity. It provides fascinating examples of both the progress, and sometimes the shortcomings of our city described as a "microcosm for America's future." He introduces readers to a fascinating mix of diverse populations he calls "new Americans" that include: a family who moved to Houston from Mexico in the early 80s, a young man born to Indian parents in an affluent Houston suburb who becomes a doctor and a man struggling after losing his job when his company downsizes, just to name a few.

MEMORIAL by Bryan Washington (Released October 27, Hardcover $24.30, Kindle $14.99, amazon.com) Named a "most anticipated book of the season" by the Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning and more, author Bryan Washington weaves a fascinating and funny story about family in all its strange forms. Washington was born and raised in Houston and has a MBA from Rice. His new novel revolves around the lives of Mike, a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant, and Benson, a Black day care teacher, living together in Houston. When Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Japan, he flies across the world to say goodbye and discovers revealing truths about his family and its history along the way. Meanwhile back in Houston, Mike's Japanese mother was just arriving for a visit with her son, but instead must form an immediate, hilarious and eventually meaningful relationship with Benson.

SEX AND VANITY by Kevin Kwan (Released June 30, Hardcover $11, Kindle $9.99, amazon.com) The beloved writer of the bestselling Crazy Rich Asians returns with another novel illuminating the plots and passions of the over-the-top wealthy. Author Kevin Kwan, moved from Singapore to Houston with his family when he was 11, graduated from Clear Lake High School at 16 and earned a BA in Media Studies at the University of Houston. In his newest book, a young woman named Lucie finds herself torn between two men, the WASPY fiancÊ of her family's dreams and George Zao, whom she works hard to resist. Lucie is the daughter of a blue-blooded New York father and an American-born Chinese mother. Throughout the book, readers see her struggle between two cultures challenging contrasting biases from both. Readers are treated to a first-class ticket on the characters' decadent vacations, including the island of Capri where the story begins with a lavish wedding. Later it's on to their life of the rich and famous in the Hamptons before returning home to Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. —Laura Jackson 18

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Social distancing is the most effective tool we have for slowing the spread of the coronavirus. And that means staying home, if you can. Work from home. Play at home. Stay at home. If you must go out, keep your social distance—six feet, or two arm-lengths apart. Young. Elderly. In between. It’s going to take every one of us. If home really is where the heart is, listen to yours and do the life-saving thing.

Visit coronavirus.gov for the latest tips and information from the CDC.

#AloneTogether TOGETHER, WE CAN HELP SLOW THE SPREAD.


Community

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OMAS R AMOS AND KEN OSBORNE HAVE KNOWN E ACH OTHER FOR YE ARS AS PHOTOGR APHERS AT WEDDINGS AND CORPOR ATE EVENTS. Now they have stepped out to do something bigger than themselves. “As we get older you want to leave a legacy,” said Ramos. They spent a year and a half preparing to go to Afghanistan to tell the people’s stories. He explained that training and security were intense because on the roads of Afghanistan, kidnapping Americans is a real threat. They worked with trusted advisors to smuggle people out of villages and into government-run cities. Here, they are safe to tell their stories. “What you see on TV is not reality,” said Ramos. “The Afghan people are great people.” They don’t

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like the Taliban or ISIS and they just want their country back. The photos and videos tell their stories; stories of children growing up in war-torn Afghanistan. As a symbol of the children who have been lost, the photographers received shoes from grieving parents. “Our purpose was to create a global symbol in the form of a photograph to show the effects of war on family and children,” said Ramos. Using the rarest precious metals on Earth: 24-karat gold, platinum and palladium, the team created the world’s largest print made of these elements. In fact, they hold the patent on this technology. A photograph of the shoes in front of the Gate of Charkent has been turned into a one-of-a-kind art piece. For more information visit milliondollarprint.com. —Laurette M. Veres

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Raising funds to help victims of war


Get Back to Nature Without Leaving the City Memorial Park’s Newly Opened Eastern Glades

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HE L ATEST ADDITION TO HOUSTON’S MEMORIAL PARK CONSERVANCY, THE CL AY FAMILY E ASTERN GL ADES RECL AIMS 100 AMA ZING ACRES OF PREVIOUSLY INACCESSIBLE PARK L AND. Its serene atmosphere showcases our city's rich biodiversity and impressive sustainability efforts, while providing a welcomed contrast to our fast-paced metropolitan vibe. When entering the Glades, visitors are greeted by bright yellow daisies and will find more than 150 native species of lush plants. A track surrounds a large area of green grass, trees and bushes. On the opposite side of the park is Hines Lake, an elevated boardwalk and a trail connecting 40 acres of restored wetlands, savannah and pine forest habitats.

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Its serene atmosphere showcases our city's rich biodiversity and impressive sustainability efforts, while providing a welcomed contrast to our fast-paced metropolitan vibe. The development of this 35-million-dollar project included 25 ecological scientists—all focused on the best approach to restoring this previously degraded forest area. Stormwater management is one of their restoration goals. The park filters rainwater to improve the water quality that flows to Buffalo Bayou. Along the border of the Glades are restroom facilities and structures for outside events. The buildings mirror the style of Camp Logan, the army training camp that took place on the land during World War I. Signs have been placed in front of the buildings to educate visitors on the park's history, amenities and conservation efforts. The opening of this beautiful nature sanctuary couldn't come at a better time for Houston. With more than 100 acres of open space, including nine acres dedicated to pinicking, it's the perfect pandemic respite. During the day you can watch the water birds, frogs, toads and turtles. When evening comes, look for the bats and night birds. —Tiffany Wade FALL 2020

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Fashion ESSENTIALS FOR THE

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You may be stuck at home, but your mind can certainly take flights of fancy with these out-of-theordinary basics. Transport yourself to any oasis you can dream up with these light neutrals and soft blue hues. These items are comfortable enough to stay cozy and take you from snooze to home “office” to errands, with some exercise in between.

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FOR THE GUYS

Give your at-home wardrobe an upgrade.

The Harvest and Mill Natural Pack contains a 100 percent organic cotton jersey shirtand-jogger set with a utilitarian look. It also prevents 13.5 miles of driving emissions and 1.1 pounds of chemical dyes from being used ($95, harvestandmill.com).

Super cooling and moisture-wicking, the Uniqlo Men’s Airisim UV Protection Crew Neck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt is great for an outdoor workout. It has a UPF40 rating to block harmful UV rays, and it helps the body to release excess heat ($20, uniqlo.com).

With a built-in liner and pocket, the versatile ASRVTrain-Lite™ Liner 7" Conditioning Shorts works well for hitting the mat or HIIT workouts. Features include zipper pockets and reflective details, plus they’re surprisingly lightweight and breezy ($78, asrv.co).

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HE AT-HOME GYM IS NOW A RE ALIT Y FOR MOST OF US. On the bright side, there are some upsides—you can light a candle to set your own atmosphere and you can’t beat the commute. A . B L O C K P R I N T C A N D L E — T O B A C C O F L O W E R

Housed in a beautiful ceramic container that can be used as a planter after the soy candle’s burned down, this emits a woodsy, earthy scent ($34; upwest.com). B . A F T E R T H E C L A S S B AT H S OA K

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French gray sea salt and magnesium help ease muscle tension after a strenuous workout or relieve stiffness from sitting in front of a screen all day ($34, pursomalife.com). C

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This mat is a work of art, literally: It features a design by contemporary artist Julia Contacessi and is constructed of non-slip, natural rubber with a premium synthetic suede top ($99, sugarmat.com). —Robin Villalobos FALL 2020

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Destination

One Particular Harbor Parrottheads have a new perch. Photos and story by Laurette Veres

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OU MIGHT RECALL THE BIG RESORT ON L AKE CONROE . Over the years it has had several names: Del Lago, La Torretta, La Torretta del Lago and La Torretta Lake Resort. Perhaps your high school prom was held here. My college sorority formal was, and my husband’s office holiday party. No matter what you called it, the resort on that one particular harbor on Lake Conroe is back, newly renovated and celebrity-themed. Jimmy Buffet’s brand of fun has taken over— introducing the Margaritaville Lake Resort. From 24

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the moment you enter the property, you feel the welcoming relaxation of the islands. A line of surfboards marks the entrance, a larger-than-life flip flop sculpture fills the lobby, 143 palm trees have been added to the landscape and the expansive lobby windows open up to a view of the lake. You’ll find the accommodations extremely well-appointed. Coral, blue and white create the color palette with pops of yellow, orange and green for a beachy vibe. Every surface is bright, shiny and clean. Faucet handles are shaped like whales' tales. Most rooms have balconies with great water views of the one particular harbor. The


It seems a little odd, but Houstonians now sail north to the tropics and the tranquility of that one particular harbor—at Margaritaville Lake resort. artwork is Caribbean-themed and the bedding, oh the bedding. So comfortable! Each room is a suite with a door between the living and sleeping areas—perfect when some of your sailors hit the hay earlier than others. There’s also a village of lake cottages, colorful buildings along the water. They could have been picked up from Key West and dropped off here. Designed for families, the accommodations include a full-size refrigerator, sink, microwave, living room and two sleeping areas. The crown jewel of the property is the expansive lakeside waterpark which is included with your stay. The waterpark is a dream. Whether you’re looking for changes in latitude or just a respite from city life, the waterpark is a great getaway. There are several pools, splash pad, lazy river, and the It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere Swim-Up Bar. Most splash pads are reserved for kids, but this exciting pad has a giant bucket that dumps water every couple of minutes—all ages alike anxiously wait here to be cooled off and get drenched. With so many options, you can write your own version of Margaritaville. Relax in the room with the blender as you enjoy the views, hang by the pools or join in the activities. There are morning stretch classes, water aerobics, scavenger hunts, water balloon tosses (second place, baby!), hula hoop competitions and family karaoke at Parakeets Kids Club. Parrot Island Mini Golf is included and it’s a great 18-hole course complete with water features, flamingos and parrots. You should also make time for the spa with its large hammam-type steam room and special putting green area. Boat rentals and a 18-hole golf course are located on the property. Landshark Bar & Grill sits right on the beach. Sand has been imported to enhance the sublime island vibe. The views are spectacular; almost every seating area looks over the water. One of my favorite places is the deck. Watching the sunset here takes you to the Caribbean, truly. The fish and chips are beer-battered and worth the calories. Looking for the cheeseburger in paradise? The extensive burger menu includes the BBQ Burger, Mushroom Swiss Burger and the Hawaiian Luau Burger. If you dare, The King of Somewhere Hot Burger is topped with spicy pepper jam hot sauce, cheese and jalapenos. It seems a little odd, but Houstonians now sail north to the tropics and the tranquility of that one particular harbor—at Margaritaville Lake resort. Visit margaritavilleresorts.com and choose Lake Conroe-Houston for more information. H

OPPOSITE PAGE: THE

NEWLY RENOVATED MARGARITAVILLE RESORT ON LAKE CONROE. THIS PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM: A LOOK

INSIDE ONE OF THE CARIBBEAN-THEMED SUITES; AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE RESORT AND ALL IT HAS TO OFFER, FROM GOLF COURSES TO WATERPARKS; LAURETTE’S SONS HAVING A BLAST.

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Digital Stress While digital technology has many upsides, the downside of all of those hours spent glued to our devices is the toll they take on our physical and emotional well-being. Because we get that you’re not going to give up Instagram, let alone your job, we asked the experts for their savviest strategies for minimizing the impact of screen time. by Amanda Altman

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’LL NEVER FORGET THE TIME I FIRST DISCOVERED AND DOWNLOADED INSTAGR AM (ACTUALLY, MAKE THAT THE FIRST FEW TIMES, SINCE ADMIT TEDLY IT TOOK ME A MINUTE TO FIGURE IT OUT). But back to my point: After delving deep into the abyss of likes and hashtags, suddenly I came up for air—with an intense craving for avocado toast. I looked at the clock and realized an hour had passed by. An entire hour. I was left wondering where the time had gone, how I’d spent 60 minutes scrolling and following, barely taking a breath and certainly not taking a break. (And then I went to make that toast, obviously.) If only the effects of engaging in social media, and the vast universe of apps, emails and texting, began and ended with avocado toast. Sadly, all of that time spent in front of screens is harming our health, both physical or mental, in both small and life-threatening ways alike. No need to take my word (or your tense neck and shoulders) for it; there’s plenty of science that points to the unfortunate ramifications of too much screen time on the mind and body. To wit: In 2018, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that minimizing social media use adds up to a significant decrease in loneliness and depression. That same year, a study

in the journal Scientific Reports pointed to blue light exposure from screens killing photoreceptor cells in your eyes, which can lead to macular degeneration. Recently, research in the journal Brain Imaging and Behavior linked media multitasking (when you switch back and forth between devices, such as going from your cell to your laptop) to a greater chance of developing food cravings and a decreased inability to resist them, which could up your obesity risk. A 2009 analysis from the University of California Los Angeles found a correlation between the increase of the digi-verse and a decrease in critical thinking and analysis (though the upside was an improvement in our visual literacy). A small (19-person) study out of the Radiological Society of North America in 2017 discovered that tech– obsessed teens demonstrate an imbalance in their brains, not to mention a markedly higher level of depression, anxiety, insomnia and impulsivity, compared to the control group. Sadly, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, with studies suggesting that too much screen time might be connected to other health issues, including carpal tunnel, back and neck pain, migraines, poor sleep quality, low self-esteem, even suicide. So how do we thrive in a culture that pretty much requires us to log on to our devices? Plug into these tips and tricks from our panel of experts.

Meet the Experts

Laurie Warren, a holistic

Mary Kate Casey,

Alex Lickerman, MD,

Heather Senior Monroe,

PT, DPT, owner and

author of The Ten

LCSW, director of program

well-being expert and

founder of Prep

Worlds: The New

development at

author of the upcoming

Performance Center

Psychology of Happiness

Newport Academy

book Wild World, Joyful Heart: Unlock Your Power

(Health Communications

to Create Health and Joy

Inc., 2018)

(Greenleaf Book Group, 2019)

TECH EFFECT #1: Chronic stress

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L AU R I E WA R R E N : With digital technology, there’s

this constant connectivity that creates stress and affects us physically. [Stress hormones] adrenaline and cortisol now course through our bodies every day, all day. People who are under stress experience bloating, headaches and digestive problems, and our immune system goes south. We don’t even give ourselves a break from the people we do like. Say you have a friend who is emotionally needy. They used to have to make a phone call or come over; now they have 24/7 access to you. People face a hurdle in maintaining boundaries. There’s this status symbol of being

busy, and it’s taking us down at the knees. What we see in adults is that they have become more irritable, more angry—there’s less emotional equanimity and more drama. Stress is, at its core, a feeling of being a victim (“I can never get a break”), that these things are happening to me and I can’t do anything about them. This can lead to both depression and anxiety. HOW TO REBOOT WA R R E N : It’s about changing your mind-set. Set

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Having a regular meditation practice, while focusing on eating healthy foods, movement and getting a minimum of 7.5 hours of sleep, can help us feel more balanced and better able to handle stress caused by technology.

more of a lifestyle and connection replacement. We’re seeing higher levels of depression, low selfesteem and ADHD, to name a few issues. HOW TO REBOOT S E N I O R M O N R O E : As human beings, we’re

TECH EFFECT #2: A disconnect in our relationships A L E X L I C K E R M A N , M D : Like anything else, the

Internet can be both good and evil. There’s a tremendous amount of educational material, but it can also be a black hole and suck you in, completely disconnecting you from life. It’s way too soon to say digital technology is causing depression, but it might be correlated.

biologically hardwired for connection. A baby, while being held, actually releases endorphins and dopamine and all these chemicals that tell us that connecting with a human being is necessary for survival and safety. With disconnection, it releases cortisol and adrenaline, which teaches our body to get back to that connection. The way that you can create empathy and connection is with face-to-face quality time. Instead of texting for an hour, plan to meet up with a friend. L I C K E R M A N : My rule of thumb is, if it’s a tough

cyber bullying, meanness and hostility. With kids, there’s the issue that they don’t even know how to question [what they read online]. The suicide rate is up 70 percent for white kids and 77 for black. L I C K E R M A N : It’s very easy to hide behind digital

media, to avoid negative emotions such as having a difficult conversation. Being anonymous [on social media] also gives people the license to say things they wouldn’t otherwise say. There’s no shame involved, which ordinarily would regulate behavior; you’re unable to see the immediate effects of your vitriolic tweet. When you’re communicating digitally, you can’t communicate sarcasm, nuance or tone and that leads to tremendous miscommunication. If you were in the room together, there would be a level of respect. WA R R E N : It’s really sad how much we see this among the adult population, people writing things they would never say out loud.

conversation to have, have it in person. And don’t ever say anything on digital media that you wouldn’t say in real life. S E N I O R M O N R O E : If you want to do a digital detox and erase your apps, go for it. But another thing we can do is to set limits on how much screen time we have per day. Become mindful of how you feel, and if your mood dips, then you know it’s too much. Maybe 10 minutes is too much, let’s try for five next time. You can set an alarm, or there are apps that track how much time you’re spending; Instagram and the iPhone have a weekly summary of the hours you’ve spent. I also think it would be great to get friends involved and start a challenge, to see who can spend the least amount of time on their devices. Powering down your phone, especially if you don’t need it, is another smart idea, say, if you’re going to spend a few hours with your kids.

TECH EFFECT #3: Weight gain

H E AT H E R S E N I O R M O N R O E : I think that digital

technology can be a great tool, but it should in no way replace authentic connection between humans. Unfortunately we’ve taken that tool as

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S E N I O R M O N R O E : Weight gain can be a side effect of too much screen time because it leads to a more sedentary lifestyle. [Excessive screen time] can also

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WA R R E N : Digital technology can also manifest in


lead to depression, which can make you less likely to exercise and eat well. HOW TO REBOOT

makes your muscles work harder than they should, causing undue tension, headaches or muscle strain. HOW TO REBOOT

S E N I O R M O N R O E : Take breaks during the day.

C A S E Y: Position your device or computer at eye

Instead of looking at your phone, go for a walk or call a friend. There are so many other things we can be doing rather than sitting on our couch for a weekend.

level to avoid excessive stress and load to the head, neck and shoulders. While working, sit upright with an awareness of your body positioning; make sure to support the natural curvature of the spine, head and neck. Try to avoid prolonged periods of work and static postures by taking a break every hour or doing a few stretches.

TECH EFFECT #4: Poor sleep quality S E N I O R M O N R O E : Our minds need a wind-down period to go to sleep, and looking at a screen keeps us stimulated. When you get off your screen, you’re feeling less than, which is not a feeling that promotes melatonin production. WA R R E N : When you and I look outside, the sun has yellow light that helps to regulate our circadian rhythm. But blue light [from a screen] is a humaninvented thing and can mess with our rhythm and impair sleep.

TECH EFFECT #6: Low-back pain C A S E Y: The increase in device use can cause “creep,” or excessive stretching of the passive structures of our skeletal system, and poor mechanical loading on the joints and ligaments of the spinal column. Weakness through the glutes, core and scapular stabilizers can often lead to stiffness and poor mobility and stability during daily activities.

HOW TO REBOOT S E N I O R M O N R O E : Invest in a separate device

like an alarm clock that helps you wake up, and give yourself that 40 minutes to focus on self-care before you look at your phone. Editor’s recommendation: A quality pair of blue-light– blocking glasses can work wonders, protecting your peepers from strain and dryness, as well as headaches.

HOW TO REBOOT C A S E Y: Try postural exercises, such as squeezing

your shoulder blades together, and chin tucks to align your head and neck.

TECH EFFECT #7: Elbow, wrist and thumb tendonitis/arthritis

We love the BLUblox BluLite range, which stylishly filter out harmful blue light. Need more help winding down? The Sleep+ line also filters out green light, which helps the body produce melatonin (blublox.com).

TECH EFFECT #5: Neck issues M A RY K AT E C A S E Y, P T, D P T: The average human head weighs approximately eight to 10 pounds. With an increase in neck flexion—i.e., looking down at your device—it can feel like your head weighs 27 pounds at 15 degrees of neck flexion, 49 pounds at 45 degrees of flexion and a whopping 60 pounds with 60 degrees of flexion. This strenuous load

C A S E Y: While we don’t often think of daily activities as simple as texting or typing as the cause of our injuries [that’s not always the case]. Prolonged use of small muscles and poor positioning can often lead to mechanical overload and overuse of muscles and tendons. HOW TO REBOOT C A S E Y: To avoid tendonitis, think about proper

positioning of your wrists and elbows and maintain upright posture. If you have a flare-up of the wrist or thumb pain, wearing a brace is a great way to manage the symptoms when you are unable to eliminate or reduce your activity. H

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Franklin, Sweet Franklin Its quaint Main Street and Civil War history make Franklin one of America’s hidden gems. by Laurette M. Veres

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O YOU LOVE SPENDING SATURDAYS ON THE COUCH WATCHING HALLMARK MOVIES? Then visit Franklin, TN, a picture-perfect Americana town. So perfect several Hallmark movies have actually been filmed here. The local bookstore, Landmark Booksellers, inspired the novel The Bridge which also became a Hallmark movie. That’s the sort of town Franklin is. It’s also the site of the Battle of Franklin, so Civil War references abound. Here,couples create their own pieces of history and write their own stories. SIP: ARRINGTON VINEYARDS Arrington Vineyards is the only area winery and an ideal venue for events, parties and even weddings. Sitting on 100 acres of a previous hog and cattle farm, the tasting lodge is open seven days a week; reservations not required.

The signature wine experience includes wines, cheese and a commemorative wine glass. Kix Brooks of the Grammy Award winning country music group Brooks and Dunn, is a partial owner and all guests are invited to become a member of Kix’s Wine Club. VISIT: LEIPER’S FORK Just fifteen minutes from Franklin, the winding roads, rolling hills, and beautiful natural landscape take your breath away. The Copper Fox, Leiper’s Creek Gallery and David Arms are some of the art galleries drawing visitors to Leiper’s Fork. Williamson County's newest distillery, Leiper's Fork Distillery, has a passion for the history and heritage of Tennessee whiskey. Group tours are available and include a whiskey tasting. Hear stories of ghosts, the Civil War and more as you experience Tennessee White Whiskey, Colonel Hunter’s Tennessee Select Bourbon and Rye White Whiskey.

Just fifteen minutes from Franklin, the winding roads, rolling hills, and beautiful natural landscape take your breath away.

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AT THE HARPETH HOTEL, A PART OF THE ESTABLISHMENT THAT'S BECOME KNOWN AS FRANKLIN'S LIVING ROOM. OPPOSITE PAGE: THE

CARNTON PLANTATION IS PIECE OF AMERICAN CIVIL WAR HISTORY

Thursday is open mic night at Puckett’s Leiper’s Fork. Enjoy patio or indoor seating along with pulled pork sandwiches or southern fried catfish. This is the Tennessee music scene; singers and songwriters share their talents on stage starting at 6:00 pm. You can can experience history at the area’s Civil War museums and battlefields. A must on any war of secession tour, Carnton Plantation, is seven minutes from town. The plantation served as a Confederate field hospital after the Battle of Franklin. Hear the unbelievable story of a battle basically occurring in the backyard and the pivot from private home to becoming a makeshift hospital. Even today some of the hardwoods are blood stained. So many soldiers died here, it's also home to one of the largest Confederate cemeteries. The building is maintained by The Battle of Franklin Trust whose mission is to preserve, understand and interpret the story of a people forever impacted by the American Civil War. STAY: THE HARPETH The Harpeth broke ground in 2017 and opened in 2019; the development includes a hotel, apartments and retail and takes up an entire city block. Southern hospitality is the order of the day at what is destined to become “Franklin’s living room.” Arriving at The Harpeth is like entering a Southern home. It’s welcoming, friendly and the actual check-in space looks like a living room with couches and desks instead of counters. The concierge doesn’t have a desk, he glides over the chevron flooring and comes to you. Head straight through the lobby to a large courtyard with French doors opening to private meeting spaces on either side, fountains and plush seating. The grand staircase begs for a selfie or family photo

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to be taken and the gas lamps provide the perfect candle-lit glow. The hotel is nestled on the banks of the Harpeth river, right in the heart of historic downtown Franklin. Rent an electric bike from Pedego in the lobby and head out on your Civil War history tour. The hotel has several dining options. A Eurocoffee bar by day, McGavock’s Coffee Bar & Provisions also has a select amount of premium wines, local craft beers and a small selection of liquors with a strong focus on French and Italian vermouths, aperitifs and craft cocktails. It is named for GG McGavock who lived in Carnton Plantation when it became a hospital in 1864 after the Battle of Franklin. The wood on the walls is reclaimed from a nearby tobacco barn. Honest Coffee Roasters is a great place for a quick pick me up, and another true gem is The Harpeth’s 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails. Named for the year Franklin was established, the decor is created to feel like the inside of a whiskey barrel. The menu changes seasonally and focuses on farmer’s market ingredients. The full-service bar has a heavy focus on handpicked bourbon, rye and American whiskeys. They work closely with Heath Clark of H. Clark Distilleries and sampling his Rye and Malt Whiskeys is a must. The Harpeth is sure to be full of Southern charm and hospitality. There's more than 5,000 square feet of flexible event space; the property features the Riverside Ballroom and Maury Boardroom, as well as a courtyard with a grand staircase and picturesque fountains. The town of Franklin offers a beautiful glimpse into true Americana. Historic Main Street offers unique, non-chain shopping, bars, restaurants, tasting rooms and more. You can easily explore all of downtown on foot, only returning to the Harpeth to drop off your bags. H

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our own coach who assessed our skill level, then found a place where our entire group could ski together. The lesson is a full day and you even eat lunch with your teacher affording extra time to continue learning and improving. The family lesson is an ideal way to see the mountain with a skilled guide, learn valuable tips and remain together on your vacation. Whether you're a skilled or novice skier, it’s pretty cool to say you have skied where Olympians have. During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, three events took place here: the Men’s and Women’s Downhill, Super G and Combined events. You can ski or snowboard in the path of Olympians on the Grizzly Downhill and Wildflower Downhill that runs from the top of the Allen Peak Tram. The start elevation of the Grizzly Downhill is 9,289 feet with a vertical drop of 2,897 feet. The initial pitch is a 74 percent slope where athletes immediately accelerate into speeds of 70–75 miles per hour. You are also

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TAH HAS LONG BEEN A FAVORITE SKIING DESTINATION FOR TEX ANS; MOST HE AD TO THE BEEHIVE STATE TO SKI PARK CIT Y. Utah would like you to know there are other mountains with great ski opportunities. Thirty-three miles northeast of Park City and less than an hour from Salt Lake City airport, you’ll find the adventurous mountain Snowbasin. Most famously, Snowbasin was home to three Olympic events in 2002. But you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy this mountain—it’s perfect for skiers of all skill levels. The ski school is exceptional and easily accessible, including a private entrance for easy drop-off and pick-up. And, there's a dedicated rental area attached to the school making sign up a one-stop breeze. For families and multigenerational travelers, the private family lesson is a fantastic new option. We were matched with


free to do as we did: take the tram up, look at the steep view, and video very experienced skiers struggling before you take the tram back down. On-mountain dining and after ski relaxation have always been a source of pride for Snowbasin. Ranked number two in North America for onmountain dining by Ski Magazine, Snowbasin Resort’s reputation for culinary excellence shines through at the Cinnabar for lunch and après ski. In Snowbasin’s other dining facilities, the awardwinning chefs offer a signature burger for Earl’s Lodge, Needles Lodge and John Paul Lodge. Each season the chili served at the John Paul Lodge is selected by guests when they vote for their favorites. All the general dining areas are simply the most beautiful you’ll see at any ski resort. They are more akin to a country club setting. Whether you relax inside or out, the approachable size of Snowbasin makes it easy to locate your friends. You can also gather around the outdoor fire as the final skiers of the day finish. WHERE TO STAY: COMPASS ROSE LODGE There is no lodging adjacent to Snowbasin, but the quaint city of Huntsville is less than fifteen minutes away. New to the luxury hospitality scene, the Compass Rose Lodge is the perfect location to stage your mountain vacation.

Arriving here is similar to arriving at a friend’s house. There's no front desk, you simply locate the staff and let them know you’ve arrived. You’ll be assigned to one of the highly appointed 15 rooms. Perfect for families, the loft rooms have two king beds with two lofts above them and a ladder in between. Kids of all ages love this offering. The living room atmosphere has great seats next to the fire place where skiers unwind at the end of the day before heading out to dinner. Pop over to First Lift Coffee shop which is adjacent to the lodge. Here you’ll find not just great Joe but sweet treats too. In the evening, check for wine. If it’s there, help yourself. After a day of adventure, whether skiing, biking or hiking the paved trails of the Pineview Reservoir, spend the evening stargazing through a high-powered telescope in the HALO Observatory located in the hotel. The owner’s son, Dakota, leads private tours at 7:00 pm, 7:45 pm and 8:30 pm. Check the weather if you plan to spend a couple days to find the clearest evening. We learned about Orion, the Seven Sisters, and even took a close look at the moon. The owner’s passion for astronomy is obvious in the three telescopes and an ultra-strong camera. At the completion of the tour, you can view actual pictures taken while you were gazing. H

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San Antonio is Open

Socially distant, yet close to home. Photos and story by Laurette M. Veres

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T ’S THE PERFECT TIME FOR A ROAD TRIP. The most popular destination in Texas has often been San Antonio and Alamo City's locals are rolling out Texas-sized safety measures to put you at ease.

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FROM THE WESTIN OVERLOOKING THE RIVER WALK; THE WESTIN IS ON THE QUIETER SIDE OF THE RIVER; A COUPLE POSING FOR PHOTOS ON MARRIAGE ISLAND; THE LUXE ACCOMODATIONS AT THE WESTIN.

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WHERE TO STAY The River Walk is the second most popular attraction in San Antonio. (The Alamo ranks number one.) When selecting a hotel, proximity to the River Walk is always essential. The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio (westinriverwalksanantonio.com) meets all the right criteria for a destination river front property. It’s located on the quiet side of the river, which allows for tranquility on your patio, yet you are steps from the bustling restaurant and bar scene. Several balconies on the second floor overlook the River Walk, a serene setting highlighted by brightly lit tour boats. Just to the left, as you head to the action, you’ll pass the infamous Marriage Island. Expect to see weddings here every day of the week. As you arrive at the hotel, remember masks are mandatory in all public areas and only two people can be on an elevator. We were pleased to still see a bustling and active lobby, and even two brides taking photos on the grounds. When you enter your room, look for the sticker taped to the doorjamb “cleaned and sealed for your protection”. This is your assurance the room is ready for you. The plush accommodations feature pillowtop mattresses and marble bathrooms. Brown and gold tones create a relaxing vibe and spending time on your balcony looking out over the River Walk is the best part. Beat the heat at the Westin’s pool where there's always a party, just remember reservations are required to ensure social distancing.

OUTDOOR EXPLORATION The San Antonio Botanical Garden (sabot.org) is a welcome respite from the Covid-19 Pandemic. You can easily spend half a day at this treasure trove of local flora and fauna. Don’t miss the vegetable and herb garden, home to the chef program for healthy eating. Cooking classes have been temporarily converted to an online format, but when they return to the property again, amateur cooks are welcome to collect fresh herbs right from the garden. The family adventure garden is the perfect place to keep your distance while the children run and play. Kids love the teepees, rolling hills, and the splash pad. Not your ordinary splash pad, it looks like a real Texas river replete with boulders and waterfalls. For your safety, a Botanical Garden representative monitors the splash pad activities and limits the capacity to 20, which leaves plenty of time to explore the rest of the outdoor beauty. The most notable features are the five glass conservatory buildings. Each is a tribute to a local plant; the fern grotto looks like a plant scene from Jurassic Park. Another explains life in the desert. Photographers flock to this area for some of the best photo ops in town. Keep walking and you’ll see San Antonio’s first water reservoir from 1877, now an amphitheater. Take a short jog up a hill to one of the highest points inside the loop to take in great skyline views. To get a true picture of Texas’ past, the native Texas area has pioneer homes on property highlighting three areas: South Texas, the Hill Country and the Piney Woods. The setting is remarkable and the landscapes change to mimic the locations. The temperature really does go down as you stroll the Piney Woods. Over 300 species of birds have been sited at

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ONE OF THE FIVE GLASS CONSERVATORY BUILDINGS AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS; MASKS STAY ON DURING RIDES AT SIX FLAGS; LAURETTE'S SONS VIEWING TURTLES AT SEAWORLD; THE TWINS AT THE FIRST PERMANENT DINO EXHIBIT AT THE WITTE MUSEUM.

South Texas’ birding area. The limestone in the hill country depicts the importance of aquifers to the residents. The Auld Home shows visitors a charming homesite from the 1800s where seven children were raised. To learn more about the types of landscaping that grow well in San Antonio, the cottage gardening area features Spanish courtyards and more. Walk through the Wisteria Arbor, or take a seat on a bench and enjoy the shade as you make your way to the great big lawn and the soothing Japanese Garden. The large lawn also plays host to children’s story times, with social distancing, of course. INDOOR LEARNING San Antonio’s oldest museum, The Witte Museum (wittemuseum.org) focuses on the history of San Antonio, from the dinosaurs all the way up to the beautiful gowns of the Fiesta celebration. Before you enter, note the dinosaur that properly wears a dinosaur-sized mask. You’ll be greeted with an explanation of the slight changes the museum has made as they welcome the new normal. Typically, it's an interactive museum, but today each guest receives a stylus to press the buttons on the exhibits to learn about the Comanche Hunters, ranchers and oilmen from Texas’ past. Did you know Texas is the only state in the Union to have Farm to Market roads? They are the result of a 1949 bill guaranteeing funding for the roads that help farmers bring their crops to town. Step into the distant past as you explore the Naylor Family

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Dinosaur Gallery, the first permanent dinosaur gallery in the 90-year history of the Witte. You will explore the animals that lived here more than 110 million years ago. SIX FLAGS FIESTA TEXAS You’ll feel great visiting this amusement park where every activity is outdoors. Large entry tents now contain walkthrough thermometers, guests are asked to wash their hands frequently and masks are mandatory throughout the park. When is the last time you remember your kids being the only kids on the merry-go-round? In many cases, you’ll be the only family on a ride. Feel secure knowing the rides close often for sterilizing. Six Flags is committed to the following six healthy axioms:

1. WEAR YOUR MASK. 2. WASH YOUR HANDS. 3. COVER YOUR COUGH. 4. KEEP YOUR SPACE. 5. SANITIZE OFTEN. 6. HAVE FUN.

And, no, your mask does not come off while riding a roller coaster! SEAWORLD AND AQUATICA My first visit to SeaWorld (seaworld.com) was in its inaugural year, 1988. At that time we saw a show or two and enjoyed a few exhibits. But this brand has grown and changed so much since the early


days. Most notably the roller coasters. Educational shows in the Ocean Discovery area teach about dolphins and beluga whales. As SeaWorld fans across the world will attest, the stars of the park are the killer whales who put on a spectacular show and get most of the audience wet. Speaking of the audience, SeaWorld does a great job distancing groups and dismisses by section to keep social distancing practices. As luck would have it, A Taste of Seven Seas food event was taking place during my recent SeaWorld trip. Culinary adventures from France, Germany, Greece and Italy popped up around the park. We enjoyed crepes while in France, braised beef in Germany, shrimp flatbread in Italy and a lamb burger in Greece. Chefs were on hand to prepare some of the best amusement park fare I’ve ever tasted. A ticket to SeaWorld also includes the waterpark Aquatica so plan accordingly. There are cabanas, a wave beach, lazy river and some seriously fierce water slides. The Tonga Twister has four slides, two are open air and two are enclosed. The enclosed rides are a thrill for your senses as flowers float by, music blasts through the speakers and colors change rapidly. DRIVE THROUGH ZOO The San Antonio Zoo (sazoo.org) offers Drive Thru Zoo, a one-of-a- kind experience where families can see the zoo while in the comfort, safety and security of their own vehicle. The experience includes a guided educational audio tour.

WHERE TO EAT History and taste converge on E. Houston Street just minutes from the Westin at La Panaderia (lapanaderia.com). This historic building is home to one of the freshest and most popular pastries in town, created by Mexico City-raised owners. Trip Advisor calls this the number one bakery out of more than 50, and we can see why. The most popular lunch item is the Mexican Cubana Torta bursting with cilantro mayo, chipotle mustard, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, kielbasa sausage and pickles. The pride and joy, the Tequila-Almond Croissant, was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Perfectly flaky, with an almond filling and toasted almonds on top, it reminds you of everything great. Think flaky croissant meets stuffed donut, meets delicious fruit pastry. For dinner, head over to the Food Hall at the Pearl. As a former brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, Pearl is now a hotel, living and recreational area just outside downtown. The Food Hall is all to-go service and offers plenty of seating on the lawn. Mi Roti serves bowls and wraps of authentic Caribbean cuisine. For this build-your-own concept, we selected the Jerk chicken, coconut rice, and a choice of 12 toppings. The bowl was messy, but deliciously bursting with flavor. The Pearl is located on the Riparian portion of the River Walk, just a casual and beautiful stroll from home sweet home, The Westin, Riverwalk San Antonio. H

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HOUSTON’S TOP LAWYERS

A lawyer’s job is to relentlessly work the legal system to get the best possible results for their clients. Whether it’s a personal matter or a business-related issue, we all seek the counsel of an attorney at some point in life. The good news is that our metropolis is brimming with highly specialized lawyers to tackle your every obstacle, from complex litigation and intellectual property to family and personal-injury law. By nominations from clients and peers as well as rigorous background checks, we proudly present our annual list of Top Lawyers. Congratulations to this year’s honorees.

Every effort has been made to verify information for the professionals listed. Any omissions or inaccuracies are unintentional and H Texas magazine cannot be held liable. If your legal professional does not appear on the list, that does not mean that he or she is not the best professional for you.

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TYRONE C. MONCRIFFE Attorney at Law

THE NATIONAL BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCACY, AND CERTIFIED FIRST CHAIR IN DEATH PENALTY CASES IN HARRIS COUNTY. Currently, he is a faculty member of the Criminal Law Institute. Moncriffe handles serious felony cases and always strives for excellence in the courtroom. He graduated from Texas Southern University Magna Cum Laude and received his Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1982. Texas Super Lawyers® in Texas Monthly magazine voted Moncriffe as one of the best through 2006–2020 and he has been a Top Lawyer in H Texas magazine from 2008 to 2020. He always believed that no goal is accomplished by one person. He acknowledges his wife Brenda and his daughter

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Chantel for constant support. His brothers Randy, Errol, Brian, and Burford and best friend Alvin Hubert have provided years of encouragement. He thanks his grandparents, Mary Moncriffe, Morris and Annie Conner and also his father Richard and Uncle Charles Moncriffe for never allowing him to give up his dreams, and the loving memory of his beloved mother Lois Moncriffe, who told him to, “always reach for the sky and even if you fail you will be among the stars.” Moncriffe gives acknowledgement to Sandra Zimmer of Self Expression Center; she taught him the importance of, “being with the audience and not performing for them.” Moncriffe has dedicated himself to constant selfimprovement and providing the best representation possible for his clients.

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ORALIA DE LUNA Immigration & Nationality Law

BEING THE DAUGHTER OF IMMIGRANTS AND A FIRST-GENERATION AMERICAN, ORALIA DE LUNA UNDERSTANDS THE NEEDS OF HER CLIENTS. Due to her zealous

representation in immigration matters, she has earned the distinction as one of Houston’s top immigration lawyers since 2010 by H Texas magazine, and 10 Best Immigration Attorneys in America for the past seven by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. Individual and corporate clients worldwide turn to Ms. De Luna for business, family and employment-based matters. A leader within the profession, she has held positions in the State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section and Mexican American Bar Association of Houston. Whether you’re seeking legal representation or advice in the green card, naturalization, visa processes and federal courts, Ms. De Luna has the experience to handle and answer your most complex immigration questions. Her firm is consistently rated as one of the 10 Best Immigration Law Firms for the past 8 years by the American Institute of Legal Counsel for its exceptional and outstanding client service. Her firm maintains direct communication with clients and provides the utmost reliability, hence their motto: “Clients First. Excellence Always!” DE LUNA LAW OFFICES, P.C. 713-589-5269 • delunafirm.com PRINCIPAL OFFICE 1627 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX 77006 RIO GRANDE VALLEY

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JOSE ORIHEULA Personal Injury

SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS AN ATTORNEY SPECIALIZING IN PERSONAL INJURY LAW. “Always be accessible to the client,” he says. “The client doesn’t hire your secretary—they hire you.” Making sure that the client is able to reach him is the foundation of his law practice. “Whenever a client calls me, it’s usually with bad news. I find that by making myself available, it eases their stress and reassures them that the wheels are in motion.” Not surprisingly, Orihuela, a Houston native, established his firm, Orihuela & Associates, out of a desire to assist others in need. “I became an attorney to help people. I primarily focus on people in the Latino community who are unaware of their rights. I am known to take the odd job every once in a while in order to help someone who’s in a tough spot,” says Orihuela, who’s fluent in both English and Spanish. Although Orihuela & Associates is a boutique firm, with a small, caring staff, the lawyers don’t shy from routinely taking on multimillion-dollar cases and large companies in the courtroom. “My job is to zealously represent my client. From day one, I prepare as if each of my cases will be going to trial. It lets the other side know that we are willing to go the distance, and that we will not be settling for pennies on the dollar. ” Orihuela works closely with victims and their families of car wrecks, truck wrecks, workplace accidents, refinery accidents,

premise defects and other catastrophic injuries. He prides himself on not only being supportive and a good listener, but on fighting for the rights of his every client. Orihuela is known for resolving cases as quickly and efficiently as possible, and never pushing anything—no matter how small it may seem to others—to the side. There’s no shortage of clients who will attest to these facts: “He treated me like a person—not just another file.” “Jose is tremendous. He gave us 100 percent from day one. He was there in a time of need. He’s compassionate and kind; my wife and I would recommend him in a heart beat.” “He helped me every step of the way—helped with doctors, always answered my phone calls and helped resolve my case in a fair manner.” “He has provided a level of service that goes above and beyond most other law firms.” After receiving his bachelor’s in economics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Orihuela was awarded a full scholarship to Northern Illinois College of Law. Today, his thriving practice continues to grow at a rapid pace. This is a direct result of Orihuela taking so much pride in being thorough and paying attention to every detail so his clients don’t have to. “Knowing I’m doing the job right is my favorite part of being an attorney. For me, it’s about making sure no stone is left unturned. At the end of the day, that is what will get you the best results.”

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COMMUNICATION IS THE SECRET TO JOSE LUIS ORIHUELA’S


RYMER, ECHOLS, SLAY & NELSON-ARCHER, PC Serving Texas Since 1992

RYMER, ECHOLS, SLAY & NELSON-ARCHER, PC WANTS TO CONGRATULATE NATHAN RYMER, CLINT ECHOLS, LAURA SLAY AND JOSH NELSON-ARCHER FOR BEING RECOGNIZED AS AMONG THE BEST ATTORNEYS IN HOUSTON. RESN is a Texas litigation

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firm that works hard to obtain the best possible results for our clients. Although RESN handles cases nationally, Texas is our home and where we concentrate our practice. RESN’s unique approach allows us to represent injured parties, small businesses and multi-national corporations. Whether someone has suffered catastrophic injuries in a

products case or on the job, or they have been accused of causing catastrophic injuries, RESN is the firm to handle the case. We have significant experience handling personal injury cases, representing small businesses in commercial matters, defending construction defect claims, prosecuting and defending oilfield cases, representing both insureds and insurers in insurance coverage issues, defending professionals accused of negligence, as well as other litigated matters. Above all, we value honesty, hard work, and service to clients. If you could use legal representation, just give us a call.

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McCATHERN HOUSTON Our Team. Your Success.

PROVIDING EXPERTLY TAILORED, CLIENT-FOCUSED LEGAL REPRESENTATION to a broad range of clients ranging from

small family-owned businesses and individual entrepreneurs to Fortune 50 corporations. Lead by co-managing partners Rodney Drinnon and Ronald Wright, McCathern Houston’s lawyers forge strong relationships with our clients by winning and maintaining their trust while proactively handling their legal needs. What sets McCathern Houston apart, however, is the willingness of its attorneys to actually try cases. Unlike many competitors, our attorneys don’t shy away from presenting our clients’ cases to a jury. Not every case

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needs to be tried, but every case needs to be prepared for trial. This steadfast dedication is the guiding principle of all our attorneys and the basis of our reputation for providing excellent, aggressive legal services to clients in Texas and across the nation. McCathern Houston has an extensive track record of success in many practice areas, including business & commercial litigation, oil & gas litigation, real estate litigation and transactions, banking & mortgage services, corporate formation and tax planning. LEFT TO RIGHT: ISAAC VILLARREAL, RODNEY DRINNON, MICHAEL A. SANCHEZ, ANDREW GREEN, RONALD WRIGHT

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SHEPHERD SMITH EDWARDS & KANTAS, LLP Securities & Investment Fraud

TEXAS BASED SECURITIES LAW FIRM. SSEK is the largest law

firm in Texas and one of the largest in the United States whose practice is devoted entirely to securities litigation and arbitration. For thirty years, the firm has represented thousands of investors nationwide in securities matters. Those cases range from stock and bond cases to complex derivatives and private equity investments. In addition to individual investors, SSEK also represents institutional investors such as pension funds, retirement plans, corporations, family trusts, banks, credit unions, private foundations, charitable

organizations, and state and local municipalities. The firm handles cases ranging in value from $100,000 to hundreds of millions in losses. Many of the firm’s attorneys, staff members and consultants have held positions as officers, compliance personnel or registered representatives of major Wall Street firms, providing the firm with more than 100 years of combined experience in the securities industry and securities law. SSEK is able to use its unique knowledge and experience to champion the rights of all investors (big and small) against brokerage firms, investment advisors and investment banks through negotiation, arbitration and litigation.

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APPELLATE, BUSINESS, CIVIL & COMMERCIAL LITIGATION Joan Bain Bain & Bain, PLLC bainandbainlaw.net 713-629-6222

Scott Cunningham The Cunningham Law Firm thecunninghamlawfirm.com 713-273-8950

Dylan Russell Hoover Slovacek LLP hooverslovacek.com 713-977-8686

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Burford Perry, LLP burfordperry.com 713-401-9790

Matthew Foytlin

Yetter Coleman LLP 713-632-8000

Toby Fullmer

Simon Hendershot III

Toby Fullmer LLC fullmerlegal.com 713-355-4357

Kerr, Hendershot & Cannon, PC k-hpc.com 713-783-3110

Ronald Sommers Nathan Sommers Jacobs, PC 713-960-0303

Ada Ferrer

Doug Griffith

Craig Power Cokinos Bosien & Young cbylaw.com 713-535-5500

Faubus & Scarborough, LLP 713-222-6400

Winstead, PC winstead.com 713-650-2653

Heather Potts McFall Breitbeil & Smith 713-590-9365

Yetter Coleman LLP 713-632-8000

Andrew Hicks Schiffer Odom Hicks & Johnson, PLLC sohjlaw.com 713-357-5150

Robin Gibbs Gibbs & Bruns gibbsbruns.com 713-650-8805


ROBERT WOODS

Personal Injury–Criminal AS A RETIRED POLICE LIEUTENANT AND A GRADUATE OF THE FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY,

attorney Robert Woods of Woods Law Firm has an advantage over most criminal and personal injury attorneys. With more than 20 years of experience in investigation and law enforcement, he knows how to build and defend cases. “I’ve dedicated my life to protecting Texans and upholding the law. As your attorney, I will investigate and process your case with the utmost integrity and zeal,” says Woods. The Woods Law Firm represents individuals and families facing personal-injury crises as well as those facing criminal charges. The primary focus of the firm has been representing victims injured in 18-wheeler, auto and motorcycle accidents, DUI accidents, commercial vehicle accidents and animal bites and attacks. Woods is wellknown among his peers for his quick recognition of liability and aggressive pursuit of justice. “At the Woods Law Firm, you get personal attention regarding your case. Our firm is small enough to give you the personal attention you deserve, but large enough to go against the big insurance companies,” explains Woods. Attorney Woods holds a degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. WOODS LAW FIRM, PC 2016 Main St., Ste. 111 Houston, TX 77002

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Andrew Green McCathern, PLLC mccathernlaw.com 832-533-8689

BUSINESS, CIVIL & COMMERCIAL LITIGATION Rob Ellis

Raymond Gregory II

Yetter Coleman LLP 713-632-8078

Eggleston & Briscoe, LLP egglestonbriscoe.com 713-659-5100

William Engelhaupt

Daniel Hedges

Alston & Engelhaupt aeattorney.com 281-277-9872

Porter & Hedges, LLP 713-226-6641

Patrick Larkin The Larkin Law Firm larkin-law.com 281-412-7500

Tony Malley Malley Law Firm 713-858-8143

Neal Manne Susman Godfrey, LLP 713-653-7827

Lionel Martin Garcia Martin & Martin PC mgmartinlaw.com 281-277-3066

George Murr Business Litigation my-lawyers.com 713-966-6141

Donald McFall McFall, Breitbeil & Smith 713-590-9300

Stephanie Roman Roman Law Firm romanlawfirm.com 713-337-6449

David Smith Eggleston & Briscoe, LLP egglestonbriscoe.com 713-659-5100

Harry Susman

Adam Green Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC bakerdonelson.com 713-650-9700

Jeffrey Hastings Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC bakerdonelson.com 713-650-9700

Joseph Kennedy Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC bakerdonelson.com 713-650-9700

David Loveless Eggleston & Briscoe, LLP 713-659-5100

Kenneth McKay Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC bakerdonelson.com 713-650-9700

Bruce Oakley Hogan Lovells Us, LLP hoganlovells.com 713-632-1400

Matthew Parks Burford Perry, LLP burfordperry.com 713-401-9790

Christopher Porter

Susman Godfrey, LLP 713-653-7875

Yetter Coleman LLP yettercoleman.com 713-632-8000

Isaac Villareal

Keshia Rodriguez

McCathern, PLLC mccathernlaw.com 832-533-8689

Cliff Walston Walston & Bowlin walstonbowlin.com 713-300-8700

Teri Walter Walter Law Firm, PC prevaillawyers.com 713-529-2020

BUSINESS, CIVIL, COMMERCIAL LITIGATION & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Wesley Lotz Fulkerson Lotz, LLP fulkersonlotz.com 713-654-5830

Veronica Montemayor McCathern, PLLC mccathernlaw.com 832-533-8689

BUSINESS LAW & PERSONAL INJURY Richard D. Eiszner Hagans Montgomery Hagans 713-222-2700 hagans.law

Fred Hagans Hagans Montgomery Hagans 713-222-2700 hagans.law

William G. Hagans Hagans Montgomery Hagans 713-222-2700 hagans.law

Carl D. Kulhanek, Jr. Hagans Montgomery Hagans 713-222-2700 hagans.law

Bernard Lo Hagans Montgomery Hagans 713-222-2700 hagans.law

Kendall Montgomery

CIVIL LITIGATION Allison Beckham Litigation craincaton.com 713-658-2323

Jason Bernhardt Winstead, PC 713-650-8400

Brittany Bouette McCathern PLLC mccathernlaw.com 832-533-8689

Robert Clark, Sr. Clark & Jordan, LP houtexlaw.com 713-236-0000

Paul Heyburn Mehaffyweber, PC mehaffyweber.com 713-655-1200

Richard Kaplan Weycer Kaplan Pulaski & Zuber, PC wkpz.com 713-961-9045

Harry Klaff Brown Sims 713-629-1580

Miles Klaff Brown Sims brownsims.com 713-529-1580

James Leahy gtlaw.com 713-374-3534

Hagans Montgomery Hagans 713-222-2700 hagans.law

Michael Lowenberg

Stephanie M. Taylor

James Martingano

Hagans Montgomery Hagans 713-222-2700 hagans.law

Mehaffyweber, PC 713-210-8947

The Oquinn Law Firm 713-223-1000

Kevin Murray

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

murrlaw.com

Bert Steinmann

Jacks Nickens

Steinmann Law Firm steinmannlaw.com (936) 441-8675

McGuire Woods, LLP 713-571-9191

Yetter Coleman LLP yettercoleman.com 713-632-8000

CIVIL & COMMERCIAL, LABOR/EMPLOYMENT, PERSONAL INJURY

Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, PC 713-425-7400

BUSINESS, CIVIL, COMMERCIAL LITIGATION & INSURANCE

Phil Griffis

Sedgwick, LLP sedgwicklaw.com 832-426-7000

James Zucker

713-355-5500

Chris Pappas

Craig Ribbeck The Ribbeck Law Firm ribbecklawfirm.com 713-621-5220

William Eggleston

The Law Office of Phil Griffis griffislawfirm.com 832-284-4013

Rapp & Krock 713-759-9977

Eggleston & Briscoe, LLP egglestonbriscoe.com 713-659-5100

CIVIL & COMMERCIAL, MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Rothberg PLLC rothberg.law 281-560-3825

Jett Williams

John Michael Raborn

Craig Saunders

Eggleston & Briscoe, LLP 713-659-5100

W. Mark Lanier

Henke Law Firm, LLP henkelawfirm.com 713-940-4500

The Lanier Law Firm 713-659-5200

Barlow Jones, LLP 281-488-8440

Kiren Wheeler

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Timothy Rothberg

Martin Schexnayder

Joe R. Savoie

Winget Spadafora & Schwartzberg wssllp.com 713-343-9200

Crain, Caton & James, PC craincaton.com 713-658-2323

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THE KAHN LAW FIRM, PC Personal Injury & Criminal Defense JOHN J. KAHN, JR. AND JENNIFER HODGES KAHN handle all types of Personal Injury and Criminal Defense cases in Harris County, Brazoria County and the general Southeast Texas area. They provide a unique team effort as a married couple and represent clients with utmost respect and Christian values. The Kahn Law Firm handles a wide variety of personal injury cases from

auto and trucking accidents to child injuries and premises liability cases, and all types of criminal cases including DWI, drug cases, thefts, robberies and juvenile cases. In all cases, John and Jennifer represent their clients with diligence, compassion and professionalism. Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University and both are graduates of South Texas College of Law. John and Jennifer are members of the Texas Trial

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THE HUSBAND AND WIFE LEGAL TEAM OF

Lawyers Association, the Christian Trial Lawyers Association and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. The couple have five children: Carson, Cody, Carolyn, Corey and Colton and are very involved with the children’s sports and extra-curricular activities including volunteering as a Little League Coach and serving as past President and Vice President on various Boards of Directors.

THE KAHN LAW FIRM, PC 2225 County Road 90, Ste. 109 Pearland, TX 77584 713-226-9900 • thekahnlawfirm.com

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Laura Slay Rymer, Echols, Slay & Nelson-Archer, PC 713-626-1550 resnlaw.com

Jeffery Steidley steidleylaw.com 713-523-9595

David Thrasher Kane Russell Coleman & Logan, PC 713-425-7415

Marc Tittlebaum Tittlebaum Law Firm 713-349-4275

Dick Watt Watt Beckworth Thompson & Henneman, LLP 713-650-8100

Jan Woodward Fox 713-623-6800

CIVIL LITIGATION & FAMILY LAW Paul Savinov The Huynh Law Firm, PLLC thehuynhlawfirm.com 281-702-8128

Jared Woodfill Woodfill Law Firm, PC woodfilllaw.com 713-751-3080

CIVIL LITIGATION & INSURANCE Barbara Barron Mehaffyweber, PC 713-655-1200

Kevin Dossett Preis Plc preisplc.com 713-355-6062

CIVIL LITIGATION & PERSONAL INJURY Sherie Beckman Mithoff Law mithofflaw.com 713-654-1122

Janie Jordan Mithoff Law mithofflaw.com 713-654-1122

Hank Stout Sutliff & Stout sutliffstout.com 713-987-7111

CIVIL LITIGATION, CRIMINAL DEFENSE, PERSONAL INJURY & REAL ESTATE Arden Morley The Morley Law Firm morleylaw.com 713-839-9956

CIVIL LITIGATION, INSURANCE, LEGAL MALPRACTICE & PERSONAL INJURY

John Easton

Thane "Tyler" Sponsel III

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP 713-276-7624

Sponsel Miller Greenberg 713-892-5400

Richard Fason

John Stevenson

John Davis

Patterson, Boyd & Lowery, PC 713-222-0351

Stevenson & Murray 713-622-3223

Cory Fein

Brian Wunder

Cory Fein Law Firm 713-730-5001

Fulkerson Lotz LLP 713-654-5824

Tom Fulkerson

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION & ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Brown Sims brownsims.com 713-629-1580

CIVIL LITIGATION, LABOR/ EMPLOYMENT Kevin Fulton The Fulton Law Office 713-677-0109

CIVIL LITIGATION, MASS/ TOXIC TORT, PERSONAL INJURY Paul Griffin Bunnell Williams Kherkher Hart & Boundas, LLP williamskherkher.com 713-230-2200

CIVIL LITIGATION, MEDIATION, PERSONAL INJURY Bruce Bain Bain & Bain bainandbainlaw.net 713-629-6222

CLASS ACTION LITIGATION Sharla Frost 713-767-1555

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION Tom Ajamie Ajamie LLP ajamie.com 713-860-1600

John Bissell Strong Pipkin Bissell Ledyard 713-651-1900

Hilary Borow Winstead, PC winstead.com 713-650-8400

Kiwi Camara Camara & Sibley, LLP 713-966-6789

Armando Chiu Phillips & Akers, PC 713-552-9595

C. Vance Christopher Crain, Caton & James, PC 713-658-2323

Dan D'acquisto D'acquisto, PLLC 713-974-1488

Brannon Dillard Winstead, PC winstead.com 713-650-2711

Ty Doyle Smyser Kaplan Veselka LLP 713-221-2300

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Fulkerson Lotz LLP fulkersonlotz.com 713-654-5800

Ethan Gibson Fulkerson Lotz LLP 713-654-5800

Nathan Graham Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP bradley.com 713-576-0300

Robert Morse III Crain, Caton & James, PC 713-658-2323

COMMERICAL CIVIL & APPELLATE LITIGATION Godwin Lewis 713-595-8300

Charlie Henke

CONSTRUCTION

Henke, Williams & Boll, LLP henkelawfirm.com 713-940-4500

Heather Asselin

Dean Hunt

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP kilpatricktownsend.com 281-809-4079

Baker & Hostetler, LLP 713-646-1346

Jason Davis

Caroline Jacobs

Crain, Caton & James, PC 713-658-2323

Buck Keenan, LLP 713-225-4500

John Engvall

Kristin Kruse

Engvall & York, LLP 713-787-6700

Winstead, PC winstead.com 713-410-8183

David McDougald Attorney at Law thekimlawfirm.com 713-522-1177

Shannon Quadros Kilmer Crosby & Walker PLLC kcw-lawfirm.com 713-204-4144

Kent Radford Camara & Sibley 713-966-6789

Mindy Riseden Crain, Caton & James, PC 713-658-2323

Rocky Robinson Andrews Kurth, LLP 713-220-4182

William Russell Schirrmeister Diaz-arrastia Brem, LLP 713-221-2500

Adam Schiffer

Christopher Farrar Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP bradley.com 713-576-0300

Debra Norris 713-858-0359

CONSTRUCTION & ENERGY/ NATURAL RESOURCES, OIL/ GAS James "Jim" Collura Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP bradley.com 713-576-0300

Ian Faria Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP bradley.com 713-576-0300

Paula Johnson Phillips 66 phillips66.com 832-765-2832

CORPORATE & SECURITIES

Schiffer Odom Hicks & Johnson, PLLC sohjlaw.com 713-357-5150

David Loev

Charles Schwartz

Sabrina A. McTopy

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom, LLP 713-655-5100

Jackson Walker jw.com 713-752-4200

Russell Smith Ware Jackson Lee Chambers 713-659-6400

The Loev Law Firm, PC 713-524-4110


LARRY CHAMBERLIN Family Law & Mediation

GRIEF, LIKE PHYSICAL PAIN, HAS A PURPOSE: SOME PROBLEM NEEDS HEALING, JUST LIKE A BROKEN ARM. Your response

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counts! Once the pain signal is received it’s served its purpose and can be harmful by keeping you from getting treatment. Grief is mental pain such as the agony of losing a long-term partner in divorce. Grief lets you know healing is needed. Broken hearts are no less important than broken arms. Seek counseling or at least friends and family who empathize but offer support. Focus on where you want to be after the divorce. What steps will get you there? Then ask: What needs

to be done next? Do whatever that step is and ask it again. Focus on the goal, not the injury. Instead of living in the past you will be making your new future. Larry Chamberlin earned his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School, and was elected to the National Order of Barristers in 1988. He received an M.A. in International Business Management at UT Dallas. He is Board Certified in Family Law, a member of Mensa and in 2006, while in a Juvenile Forensic Psychology Masters program, he was elected to Psi Chi, the prestigious psychology honor society.

CHAMBERLIN LAW & MEDIATION 3724 Cypress Creek Parkway, Ste. 222, Houston, TX 77068 281-580-2222 • Larry@chamberlin.com • LarryChamberlin.com

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CORPORATE FINANCE; MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Wilvin Carter

Mark Thiessen

Jonathan Zendeh Del

Law Office of Wilvin Carter 713-454-9890

Zendeh Del & Associates, PLLC galvestonjustice.com 409-740-1111

Thomas Brandt

Jay Cohen

Thiessen Law Firm thetexastrialattorney.com 713-864-9000

Gus Saper

CRIMINAL DEFENSE & PERSONAL INJURY

Latham & Watkins 713-546-7486

Mark Hughes Corporate hakllp.com 713-443-2104

CORPORATE LAW Will Anderson Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP 713-221-1122

Bill McDonald Thompson & Knight LLP tklaw.com 713-951-5832

Bob Rapfogel Rap Firm 832-408-6400

Michael A. Sanchez McCathern, PLLC mccathernlaw.com 832-533-8689

CORPORATE, CORPORATE FINANCE; MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS Marissa Arreola Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC bakerdonelson.com 713-650-9700

Ronald Wright McCathern, PLLC mccathernlaw.com 832-533-8689

Blass Law, PLLC blasslaw.com 713-225-1900

Danny Easterling Easterling & Easterling PC easterlinglawfirm.com 713-228-4441

Randy Schaffer

John Floyd III

Paul Schiffer

John Floyd Law Firm 713-224-0101

Law Office of Paul Schiffer paulschifferlaw.com 713-521-0059

Rachel Fraser Law Fraser, PLLC lawfraser.com 713-252-7281

Charles Ganz ganzdefenselaw.com 713-222-6644

Charles Johnson houstonlawyer.com 713-222-7577

David Kiatta David Kiatta, Attorney at Law kiatta-law.com 713-785-8005

Jim Lavine Zimmermann, Lavine, Zimmermann, & Sampson, PC texasdefenselawyers.com 713-552-0300

Thomas A. Martin Law Offices of Thomas A. Martin thomasamartinlaw.com

Michael Longoria International Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Inc. 281-256-4238

Kenneth P McDaniel McDaniel Law Office mcdaniellegal.com 713-240-4646

Larry P McDougal, Sr

Armen Merjanian Armen Merjanian, Lawyer 281-232-0505

Phil Morin

Jason Smith

The Morin Law Firm philmorinlaw.com 281-229-2883

Apttus 832-470-5178

Dustan Neyland

Gilbert Alvarado Criminal Defense galvaradolaw.com 713-236-8700

Eric Benavides Benavides & Serrano ericbenavides.com 713-222-2828

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Michael Westbrook II The Westbrook Firm, PC 713-893-6204

CRIMINAL DEFENSE, DUI/DWI Keith Allen Law Offices of Keith Allen kgallenlaw.com 832-230-0075

James "Jim" Butler Law Office of James Butler 713-236-8744

Jose Ceja Ceja Law Firm, PLLC cejalawfirm.com 713-568-5380

Linda Mazzagatti

F. Maxwell Evans

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Walker Law Houston walkerlawhouston.com. 713-228-2611

The Law Offices of Sean R Darvishi PLLC defendmetexas.com

CORPORATE, REAL ESTATE

CORPORATE, TECHNOLOGY

Mekisha Jane Walker

Sean Darvishi

Law Office of Larry McDougal larrymcdougal.com 281-238-8500

Eggleston & Briscoe, LLP egglestonbriscoe.com 713-659-5100

The Schaffer Law Firm 713-951-9555

713-222-0556

713-661-0043

CORPORATE, FRANCHISE AND DEVELOPMENT

Mallett, Saper, & Berg, LLP msblawyers.com 713-236-1900

Greco Neyland PC greconeylandtx.com 713-972-1100

Ben Pearce Greco Neyland, PC greconeylandtx.com 713-972-1100

Joe Ray Rodriguez Rodriguez & Associates, PC 713wasntme.com 713-522-3232

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Jennifer Kahn The Kahn Law Firm, PC 713-226-9900 thekahnlawfirm.com

John Kahn The Kahn Law Firm, PC 713-226-9900 thekahnlawfirm.com

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WHITE COLLAR Dane Ball Smyser Kaplan Veselka LLP skv.com 713-221-2300

Sadiyah Evangelista Law Office of Sadiyah Evangelista 832-623-2323

Matt Hennessy Deguerin, Dickson, Hennessy & Ward 713-223-5959

Philip Hilder Hilder & Associates hilderlaw.com 713-655-9111

Edward Mallett Mallett Saper, LLP 713-236-1900

Gerardo Montalvo Montalvo Law Firm, PLLC montalvolawfirm.com 713-526-5002

832-766-4019

Heather Peterson

Steve Dennis

Nugent & Peterson 713-227-4000

Steve Dennis, Attorney at Law stevedennislawyer.com 936-539-1234

Alexander Gurevich The Law Offices of Alexander Gurevich 713-224-9600

Charles Kingsbury Kingsbury Law Firm kingsburylawfirm.com 832-315-0070

Herman Martinez Madrid, Martinez & Associates 713-225-1038

James Randall Smith Law Office of James Randall Smith texasparole.com 713-630-0500

Grant Scheiner Law Office of Grant Scheiner 713-783-8998

Jack Zimmermann Zimmermann Lavine & Zimmermann, PC texasdefenselawyers.com 713-552-0300

CRIMINAL LAW Brian Ayson Ayson Law Firm dwilawyerhouston.com 832-304-2176

Tyrone C. Moncriffe Tyrone C. Moncriffe and Associates tyronemoncriffe.com 713-224-6628

Geoff Womack Guy Womack & Associates, PC guywomack.com 713-224-8815

Shahin Zamir The Law Office of Shahin Zamir, PLLC criminallawyersinhouston.com 832-372-7571

DISPUTE RESOLUTION Timothy Fjeldal timfjeldal-mediator.com 713-869-9690


GRECO NEYLAND, PC Criminal Defense

GRECO NEYLAND, PC IS A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW FIRM PRACTICING STATE AND FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE. With a full legal staff of attorneys,

paralegals and investigators with offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles, the firm has the reputation, experience and resources to provide effective legal representation and get great results. The attorneys with Greco Neyland, PC have years of experience trying cases to juries across the state of Texas and in Federal Courts. Managing Partner, Dustan Neyland (seated), Senior Associate, Ben Pearce (right), and Legal Investigator, David Hilton (left) are located in the Houston office. Call us today at 713-972-1100 to schedule a meeting to discuss your case. GRECO NEYLAND, PC 701 N. Post Oak Rd., Ste. 425 Houston, TX 77024

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DIVORCE

Scott M. Brown

Daniel Gray

Erik Larson

Shawn Rudisel

Scott Brown & Associates sbrownlawyer.com 281-488-1918

Law Office of Daniel Gray grayfamilylaw.com 713-521-2051

Larson Law Office, PLLC thelarsonlawoffice.com 713-221-9088

Paul Calzada

John Grubb

Daniel Chung Lee

ELDER LAW, FAMILY LAW, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES

Garza & Associates calzadalaw.com 713-664-6200

John Grubb & Associates, PC johnkgrubb.com 713-877-8800

Family Law And Personal Injury leelegalgroup.com 832-632-4639

Kim Hegwood

Patricia Cantu

Shailey Gupta-Brietzke

John Lemos

Hegwood Law Group hegwoodlaw.com 281-218-0880

713-669-8500

slatelaw.com 281-476-9447

Adams Law Firm adamslawfirm.com 281-391-9237

Rudisel Law Firm houstondivorcesource.com 713-781-7775

ELDER LAW, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES Sidney Braquet Braquet Law Firm braquetlawfirm.com 713-863-9333

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES John Ale Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom, LLP 713-655-5263

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW Kelly Brown Crain, Caton & James craincaton.com 713-658-2323

Nicholas Deutsch Shook, Hardy & Bacon L L P 713-546-5613

FAMILY LAW David Adams Hunt Law Firm, PLLC familylawyerkaty.com 832-315-5494

Amy Allen Gray Reed & McGraw grayreed.com 713-986-7000

Reagan Armstrong armstrongbedell.com 281-894-1590

Heather Bachman Adams Law Firm adamslawfirm.com 281-391-9237

Maisie Barringer

Christopher Carmona The Fulton Law Group PLLC 713-677-0109

Lorraine Cervantes

Marcela Halmagean Larry Chamberlin Chamberlin Law & Mediation larrychamberlin.net 281-580-2222

George Clifton George Clifton, PC tomballfamilylaw.com 281-351-4040

Maisha Colter Avda avda.org 713-224-9911

Papa Dieye The Dieye Firm 832-301-3636

Stefanie Drew

Catherine Herrington Hale

Lyons & Marek 281-583-2777

R. Melissa Masoom Hunt Law Firm, PLLC familylawyerkaty.com 832-315-5494

The Herrington Law Firm, PC herringtonlawfirm.com 713-227-0050

Tasha McInnis Wilson

Alex Hunt

Richard Mintz

Hunt Law Firm, PLLC familylawyerkaty.com 832-315-5494

Law Offices of Richard Mintz 713-622-8996

Taylor Imel

Myres & Associates thehoustondivorcefirm.com 713-622-1600

Jacqueline Smith & Associates, PC 713-863-0003

Susan Myres

Golda R. Jacob

Eastland Firm houstondivorceguy.com 713-255-4880

Golda Jacob & Associates, PC 713-227-7383 goldajacob.com

Susan Edmonson

Renee Kennedy

281-849-8877

Law Office of Renee Kennedy 832-428-1552

Hunt Law Firm, PLLC familylawyerkaty.com 832-315-5494

Yanine Krohn

Virginia Portz

Hunt Law Firm, PLLC familylawyerkaty.com 832-315-5494

Law Office of Virginia Portz virginiaportz.com 713-504-0506

Lacy Lafour

John Powell III

Lafour Law Firm, PC acy@lafourlaw.com 713-223-7700

Powell Law Firm powellfirm.com 281-870-2053

TC Langford

Stephanie Proffitt

Langford Law Office 214-450-0935

Proffitt & Associates proffittfamilylaw.com 713-224-3400

Tiffany Elkins Elkins Law, PC elkinslawpc.com 713-893-0630

Jack Emmott III Gray Reed & McGraw 713-986-7000

Sherri Evans Koonsfuller PC koonsfuller.com 713-789-5112

The Bihm Firm, PLLC 936-788-6100 bihmfirm.com

The Farias Law Firm 713-226-7999

The Farias Law Firm 713-226-7999

A. Michelle Fulton The Fulton Law Firm, PLLC fultonlawfirm.com 281-316-0166

Gina Gilstrap

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Koonsfuller, PC koonsfuller.com 713-789-5112

Douglas "Woody" Lyons

Gardner Eastland

Leonel "Leo" Farias II

Bolton & Bolton boltonlegal.com 936-435-1908

Brendan Hammer

Ramos Law Group, PLLC ramosfamilylaw.com 713-225-6200

Holmes Diggs & Eames 713-802-1777

Kate Bihm

Andrew J Bolton

M Halmagean, PLLC 713-975-1202

Lindsey Lewis

Koonsfuller, PC koonsfuller.com 713-789-5112

Karleana Farias

Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey PC hchlawyers.com 713-783-3110

Law Office of Frank Hale frankahale.com 713-941-4100

713-641-5151

Jenkins & Kamin, LLP jenkinskamin.com 713-600-5500

Lori Blackwell

Frank Hale

Gina Gilstrap gilstraplawandmediation.com 713-225-4462

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Sebastian "Skip" Lanz Vernier & Associates, PLLC vernierlawfirm.com 281-364-1187

Yoka Larasati Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey PC hchlawyers.com 713-783-3110

Diana Larson Larson Law Office, PLLC thelarsonlawoffice.com 713-221-9088

Bo Nichols Koonsfuller Family Law koonsfuller.com 713-789-5112

Kourtney Parker

Mary Quinn The Law Office of Mary Quinn maryquinnlaw.com 713-225-0094

Mary Ramos Ramos Law Group PLLC ramosfamilylaw.com 713-225-6200

Pat Regnier Paul Regnier 713-355-7054


ROBERT NORTH Property Litigation ENGINEER-TURNED-ATTORNEY ROBERT NORTH COMBINES HIS 25 YEARS OF LEGAL AND TECHNICAL TRAINING WITH A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO PROBLEM SOLVING TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS FOR THE OBSTACLES IMPACTING HIS CLIENTS’ BUSINESSES. From

NORTH LAW, P.C. 1010 Lamar St., Ste. 1500 Houston, TX 77002 713-844-8030 • northlawpc.com

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traditional real estate transactions to litigation, North and his firm counsel land developers, community associations and other landowners on all issues affecting real property, including: title conveyances; easements and land encumbrances; contract, warranty, fair housing, restrictive covenant enforcement, real property finance and security agreements; lien priority and foreclosure; landlord/tenant disputes; and legislation affecting landowner rights. “I always look at the impact of my client’s decisions not just in the short-term, but also in the long-term, so that today’s decisions don’t become tomorrow’s disasters,” says North. Among Robert North’s many distinctions include being selected as an H Texas Top Lawyer in Real Estate for 2014–2020, as well as being named to the Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars list from 2015-2017.

RAED GONZALEZ, JD LLM Immigration Law RAED GONZALEZ IS CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER OF GONZALEZ OLIVIERI LLC, A HOUSTON-BASED LAW FIRM THAT HAS DEVELOPED INTO A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED IMMIGRATION POWERHOUSE. As a

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distinguished litigator, Mr. Gonzalez has fought for the rights of his clients all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he has had four victories, including: Dada v. Mukasey; Alexis v. Holder; Mata v. Lynch; and Diaz-Esparza v. Sessions. His firm represents clients in all areas of U.S. immigration law. Mr. Gonzalez also serves as a frequent contributor in the media, making appearances on CBS, CNN, ABC News, FOX News, Univision, and Telemundo.

GONZALEZ OLIVIERI, LLC. 2200 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 550 Houston, TX 77098 713-481-3040 • gonzalezolivierillc.com

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William Rice, Jr

Jordan Turk

FOREIGN TRUST PLANNING

Ruby Powers

Rice & Webb 281-356-4474

Koonsfuller Family Law koonsfuller.com 713-789-5112

Carlos E Kepke

The Law Office of Ruby Powers rubypowerslaw.com 713-589-2085

Gregory Rincon Rincon Law Firm, PLLC 281-485-9911

David Romero The Romero Law Firm PC attorneyromero.com 281-220-1067

Jessica Mikell Ramos Law Group, PLLC ramosfamilylaw.com 713-225-6200

Patrick Upton Koonsfuller Family Law koonsfuller.com 713-789-5112

Jennifer Varadi Koonsfuller Family Law koonsfuller.com 713-789-5112

Sam Veenstra

Barbara Runge

The Veenstra Law Firm PLLC veenstralaw.com 832-779-8529

barbarakrunge.com 713-523-5363

Ruth Vernier

Law Office of Carlos E Kepke kepkelaw.com 713-626-0612

GENERAL PRACTICE William Soffar 713-857-8824

HEALTH LAW James Passamano Sufian & Passamano, LLP 713-224-1166

Ivan Wood Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC bakerdonelson.com 713-650-9700

713-520-5223

Vernier & Associates, PLLC vernierlawfirm.com 281-364-1187

Cali Schwarz

Truett Vestal

IMMIGRATION

Easterling & Easterling, PC 713-228-4441

Jonathan Amdur

Katherine Scardino

Law Office of Warren Cole 713-275-4444

Mathew Skillern Skillern Law, PLLC mytexasdivorceattorneys.com 713-229-8855

Dennis M. Slate slatelaw.com 281-476-9447

Jacqueline Smith Jacqueline Smith & Assoc., PC jacquesmith.com 713-863-0003

Jacqueline Taylor familylawhouston.com 713-228-1515

Taly Thiessen Thiessen Law Firm thetexastrialattorney.com 713-864-9000

Mack Travers Travers & Travers katylawyer.com 281-492-2166

Sherrie Travers Travers & Travers katylawyer.com 281-492-2166

Allison Travers Hamilton Travers & Travers katylawyer.com 281-492-2166

Annilee Travers Reed Travers & Travers katylawyer.com 281-492-2166

Nancy Truong Hunt Law Firm, PLLC familylawyerkaty.com 832-315-5494

Margaret Tucker Hunt Law Firm, PLLC familylawyerkaty.com 832-315-5494

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Nicole Voyles Tindall England, PC tindallengland.com 713-622-8733

Lauren Waddell Fullenweider Wilhite fullenweider.com 713-624-4100

Teresa Waldrop Law Office of Teresa J Waldrop PC waldroplaw.com 713-622-5100

Alvin L Zimmerman Zimmerman Axelrad Meyer Stern & Wise, PC 713-552-1234

FAMILY LAW, ADOPTION Lennea Cannon Kerr, Hendershot & Cannon, PC k-hpc.com 713-783-3110

FAMILY LAW, PERSONAL INJURY

The Amdur Law Firm amdurlaw.com 713-268-1000

Annie Banerjee Banerjee & Associates visatous.com 713-604-1947

Oralia De Luna De Luna Law Offices, PC delunafirm.com 713-589-5269

Nicole Ezer The Ezer Law Group ezerlawgroup.com 281-404-7781

Tiarals Figueroa-Kelly bad site 713-637-4094

Raed Gonzalez Gonzalez Olivieri, LLC gonzalezolivierillc.com 713-481-3040

Geoffrey Hoffman

Nga "Natalie" Le

University of Houston Law Center's Immigration Clinic law.uh.edu/clinic 713-743-2094

Le Law Group PLLC 832-559-0923

Kathryn Karam

FAMILY, DIVORCE LAW Richard A Lybarger Lybarger Law Firm 713-863-9000

FAMILY, MEDIATION Rose Cardenas 832-419-4110

FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING Mickey Sheinfeld King & Spalding, LLP 713-751-3200

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Pegah Rahgozar Rahgozar Law Firm, PLLC rahgozarlaw.com 832-792-3636

Edwin Reyes Edwin Reyes, LLC edwinereyes.com 281-936-7795

Paola Romero The Romero Law Firm PC attorneyromero.com 281-220-1067

Luis Ruiz The Law Offices of Luis Ruiz luisruizlaw.com 832-390-4664

Naimeh Salem Naimeh Salem & Associates, PLLC AbogadaNaimeh.com 832-430-3030

Samuel Serrano Benavides & Serrano ericbenavides.com 713-222-2828

Aseel Saqer Simon Simon Law Group, PLLC simonimmigrationlaw.com 713-839-0639

Sebastian Simon Simon Law Group, PLLC simonimmigrationlaw.com 713-839-0639

Noel A. Suniga Gonzalez Olivieri, LLC gonzalezolivierillc.com 713-481-3040

Amanda Waterhouse Gonzalez Olivieri, LLC gonzalezolivierillc.com 713-481-3040

INSURANCE Scott Hunziker Voss Law Firm 713-861-0015

Michael Johnston

Law Office of Kathryn Karam immisolver.com 832-582-0620

Johnston Legal Group 713-830-4816

Hector J Lopez Law Offices of Hector Lopez 832-305-5382

Brown Sims, PC brownsims.com 713-629-1580

Susham Modi

Justin Vandenbout

The Modi Law Firm themodilawfirm.com 832-514-4030

Pablo Nossa Nossa Law nossalaw.com 713-599-1633

G. Byron Sims

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry chamberlainlaw.com 713-658-1818


MARY E. RAMOS Family Law AT THE HELM OF THE RAMOS LAW GROUP, PLLC, WHICH SPECIALIZES IN ALL ASPECTS OF FAMILY LAW, MARY E. RAMOS IS KNOWN AS THE GLADIATOR OF FAMILY LAW. From adoptions, high-conflict divorce

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litigation and child custody to high-asset property division and more, the firm provides exceptional service and insight to each and every client. “From the first time I stepped into a family courtroom, my role as a family law attorney was clarified. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else with my life. Few people get the opportunity to do what they love every day, and I am blessed in being able to pursue my dreams as an advocate,” says Ramos, who’s Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization with more than 16 years of experience. Together with her seasoned associates, Ramos is a firm believer in continuing education. To that end, the team is active in various legal organizations, with Ramos maintaining membership in the Texas Bar College, which warrants four times the education requirement for all attorneys. Membership is an honor bestowed to less than 10 percent of Texas attorneys.

RAMOS LAW GROUP PLLC 1214 Miramar St. Houston, TX 77006 713-225-6200 • ramosfamilylaw.com

BRIAN AYSON Criminal Law “IN ADDITION TO KNOWING THE LAW AND BEING WELL-PREPARED,

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YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO YOUR CLIENTS,” argues Brian Ayson, the founder of Ayson Law Firm. “We are attorneys and counselors. Fighting for your clients while helping them through a difficult time is what attorneys should strive for.” It is Ayson’s devotion to his clients, combined with his tenacity in the courtroom, that has catapulted the firm into one of the city’s up-and-coming practices for personal injury and criminal defense. The firm handles criminal cases, ranging from DWI to murder, and personal injury matters, including automobile and 18-wheeler accidents. For Ayson, no case is too big—or too small. “I have helped many people charged with a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases,” he says. Not surprisingly, Ayson holds a Superb rating on Avvo, and has a peer-review rating of 4.5/5 on Martindale Law Directory.

AYSON LAW FIRM 2200 N. Loop W., Ste. 304 Houston, TX 77018 832-304-2176 • aysonlaw.com

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INSURANCE, PERSONAL INJURY Karen Alvarado Brothers Alvarado, PC brothers-law.com 713-337-0750

INSURANCE, WORKERS COMPENSATION Camille Espey White Espey, PLLC 713-882-5351

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Basil M. Angelo Angelo IP angeloip.com 281-362-2839

Jeffrey Bergman Osha Liang LLP oshaliang.com 713-228-8600

Carlyn Burton Osha Liang LLP oshaliang.com 713-228-8600

Tammy Dunn Osha Liang LLP oshaliang.com 713-228-8600

Tracy Druce

Collin Rose

Joel Glover

Richard Fass

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry 713-654-9650

Jackson Walker jw.com 713-752-4200

Perdue & Kidd perdueandkidd.com 713-520-2500

Thomas Scherer

Dawn S. Holiday

Kristina Frankel

Osha Liang LLP oshaliang.com 713-228-8600

Jackson Walker jw.com 713-752-4200

McIver Brown Law Firm mciverbrown.com 713-766-1236

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

Lee Kaplan

Edward Kroger, Jr., M.D.

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP skv.com 713-221-2323

Kroger Burns 713-961-7952

Bill Voss

Kroger Burrus krogerlaw.com 713-961-7952

Lucy Anderson Henke Law Firm, LLP henkelawfirm.com 713-940-4500

Charles Daughtry

Voss Law Firm 281-842-8679

Daughtry & Farine 281-480-6888

MARITIME

Melissa Garcia-Martin

Dennis McElwee

Garcia-Martin & Martin, PC mgmartinlaw.com 281-277-3066

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP smslegal.com 713-524-3500

G. Scott Fiddler

MASS/TOXIC TORT

Jackson Walker jw.com 713-752-4217

Anne Gbenjo Gbenjo Law Group 713-771-4775

Ken Hughes The Hughes Law Firm 713-492-0366

Novak Druce & Quigg, LLP

Michael Muskat

713-571-3400

Muskat, Martinez, & Mahony, LLP 713-987-7850

Robb Edmonds Edmonds& Nolte, PC 281-480-2700

Richard Fladung Strasburger & Price, LLP strasburger.com 713-951-5626

Aron Griffith Osha Liang LLP oshaliang.com 713-228-8600

Gregory Hasley Hasley Scarano, LLP hasleyscarano.com 713-667-6900

Lisa Margonis Osha Liang LLP oshaliang.com 713-228-8600

Robert J McAughan, Jr Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, LLP 713-226-1154

Seema Mehta Osha Liang LLP oshaliang.com 713-228-8600

Jonathan Osha Osha Liang LLP oshaliang.com 713-228-8600

Rajesh Patel

Eric Nelson Law Offices of Eric Nelson 713-526-1998

David Noll Hagan Noll & Boyle, LLC hnbllc.com 713-343-0478

Heard Robins Cloud LLP heardrobins.com 713-650-1200

Robert Painter Painter Law Firm 281-580-8800

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS Greg Krafka Winstead PC winstead.com 713-650-2658

Dana Murphy Crain, Caton & James, PC 713-658-2323

Michael Gallagher Clark, Love & Hutson triallawfirm.com 713-757-1400

Ray Panneton The Talaska Law Firm talaskalawfirm.com 713-869-1240

Aimee Robert Johnson Law Group 713-626-9336

MEDIATION & ARBITRATION Robert Black

OIL & GAS Clint Echols Rymer, Echols, Slay & Nelson-Archer, PC 713-626-1550 resnlaw.com

Mary Elizondo Frazier Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP bradley.com 713-576-0300

William Hall Streit, Peterson, Hall & Keeney 713-977-5165

Caroline Musa Dwairy

713-796-8218

Mehaffyweber, PC bimehaffyweber.com 713-655-1200

Charles Peckham

Jerry Hoover

Barry Wertz

Peckham, PLLC 713-574-9044

adrtexas.com 713-622-0650

McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP 713-615-8500

Cristina Portela Solomon

Gary McGowan

Ronald Wright

McGowan Dispute Resolution 713-552-1855

McCathern, PLLC mccathernlaw.com 832-533-8689

Katrina Patrick

Gardere Wynne Sewell, LLP gardere.com 713-276-5352

Joshua Verde The Verde Law Firm, PLLC 713-909-4347

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE John Brothers

LEGAL MALPRACTICE

McIver Brown Law Firm mciverbrown.com 877-721-3839

Jennifer Hasley

Charles Brown

Hasley Scarano, LLP 713-667-6900

LITIGATION Courtney T. Carlson Jackson Walker jw.com 713-752-4200

King & Spalding, LLP 713-276-7387

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Karen Beyea-Schroeder

Lauren Nelson

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McIver Brown Law Firm mciverbrown.com (877) 721-3839

Dale Burrus Kroger Burrus krogerlaw.com 713-961-7952

Bestway Oilfield 281-452-2525

PERSONAL INJURY Tad Adams Adams Law Firm adamslawfirm.com 281-391-9237

Will Adams Adams Law Firm adamslawfirm.com 281-391-9237

Benny Agosto, Jr. Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz abrahamwatkins.com 713-222-7211


KATE BIHM Family & Criminal Law KATE BIHM’S REPUTATION FOR SHARP LITIGATION SKILLS AND A READY SMILE HAVE HELPED THE BIHM FIRM, PLLC BECOME A STANDOUT SMALL FIRM WORKING IN OUR LOCAL FAMILY AND CRIMINAL COURTS.

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“Our clients turn to us during their worst personal crisis. We strive to provide each client with practical, relevant advice that they can immediately implement. Some clients need us to fight in the courtroom, and some clients need to find compromise. Our experience and skills help us know the difference.” The Bihm Firm, PLLC is committed to providing professional, responsive service to clients throughout Texas. Principal office: Conroe, Texas.

THE BIHM FIRM, PLLC 204 W. Davis St. Conroe, Texas 77301 936-788-6100 • bihmfirm.com

TOBY B. FULLMER Business Law BASED IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, TOBY REPRESENTS INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESS CLIENTS THROUGHOUT TEXAS IN A VARIETY OF COMPLEX

TOBY B. FULLMER, LLC toby@fullmerlegal.com 713-355-4357 • fullmerlegal.com

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MATTERS. From litigation to general counsel services, Toby makes access to legal help relaxed, stress free and straightforward. A significant portion of Toby’s practice involves general counsel services and business law. In this regard, he represents local entrepreneurs who are thinking about starting a new venture as well as established national businesses with ongoing general counsel and litigation needs. From managing transactions to overseeing complex litigation, Toby helps guide clients through the various pitfalls and obstacles which stand in the way.

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Reshard Alexander

Erren Chen

Robert Hildebrand

Amanda Pierson

Rj Alexander Law PLLC rjalexanderlaw.com 832-458-1756

Moriarty Law Firm redzonelawyers.com

hw-lawfirm.com 281-223-1666

Stilwell Law Firm stilwelltriallaw.com

Robert Cowan

Cynthia Huerta

Denise Adkison-Brown

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC bchlaw.com 713-425-7100

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP smslegal.com 713-524-3500

Scott Davenport

Joe Jones

Lewis Davenport & Hildebrand, PC 713-963-4898

Sloan Firm sloanfirmhouston.com 713-520-8833

Lyle Rathwell

The Doan Law Firm, PLLC thedoanlawfirm.com 832-835-0000

Allen Kline, Jr

Sean Roberts

The Kline Law Firm

Jerome Fjeld

Loren Klitsas

Roberts Markland LLP robertsmarkland.com 832-651-5188

bayoucitylaw.com 713-572-6446

Klitsas & Vercher 713-862-1365

Christopher Fletcher

Carlos A. Leon

Simmons & Fletcher, PC simmonsandfletcher.com 713-932-0777

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP smslegal.com 713-524-3500

The Leon Law Firm 281-980-4529

Arthur Schechter

The Law Offices of Denise Adkisonbrown, PLLC wtx.com 713-714-6206

Gregg Anderson Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law terrybryant.com 713-973-8888

Charles Argento Charles J Argento & Associates charlesargento.com 713-225-5050

Muhammad S. Aziz Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agostof & Aziz abrahamwatkins.com 713-222-7211

Camp Bailey

Jimmy Doan

Keith Fletcher

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC bchlaw.com 713-425-7100

Simmons And Fletcher simmonsandfletcher.com 713-932-0777

Jeff Befort

Dax F. Garza

713-224-3101

Dan Linebaugh The Linebaugh Law Firm linebaughlaw.com 281-422-0505

713-931-1111

Sarnie Randle, Jr S.A. Randle & Associates, PC randlelaw.com 713-626-8600

Rathwell De Ford & Wallison, PLLC 281-296-8900

Adam J. Rosenfeld

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP smslegal.com 713-524-3500

Russell Serafin

Clive Markland

The Gallagher Law Firm 713-222-8080

Hilda Sibrian

Befort Law Firm, PC 713-785-5888

daxgarzalaw.com 713-522-3000

Markland Law Firm robertsmarkland.com (569) 421-4437

Mark Berry

John Ghezzi

Clark Martin

Sammons & Berry, PC sammons-berry.com 713-425-7200

Ghezzi Law Firm PLLC 713-419-7268

Law Office of Hilda Sibrian hildasibrian.com 713-863-1515

Martin Law Firm 713-544-0660

Robert Simmons

Gabriel Gonzaelz

Rick McGuire

Larry Boyd

Schechter, Mselwee, Shaffer & Haris smslegal.com 713-524-3500

Law Office of Rick McGuire rickmcguirelaw.com (936) 336-9809

Anna Greenberg

Michael Moriarty

Blizzard Law blizzardlaw.com 713-844-3751

Moriarty Law Firm 713-651-9600

Fisher, Boyd, Johnson & Huguenard, LLP fisherboyd.com 713-400-4010

Scott Brann Brann Sullivan Trial Lawyers, PLLC bstrial.com 713-278-7425

John Bridger Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, LLP 713-210-4380

Marilyn Griffin Griffin & Griffin 713-228-6568

Richard Grimes

brothers-law.com 713-337-0750

Grimes & Fertitta, PC grimesfertitta.com 713-224-7644

Sofia Bruera

Kerry Guidry

David Brothers

Craig Muessig craigmuessiglaw.com 281-427-1111

Joshua Nelson-Archer

Simmons And Fletcher simmonsandfletcher.com 713-932-0777

Sharon Simmons-Cantrell Simmons And Fletcher simmonsandfletcher.com 713-932-0777

Randall O. Sorrels Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz abrahamwatkins.com 713-222-7211

Rymer, Echols, Slay & Nelson-Archer, PC 713-626-1550 resnlaw.com

Andrew Steinberg

Nick C. Nichols

Tom Stilwell

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz abrahamwatkins.com 713-222-7211

Steinberg Law Firm, PC 713-529-0025

Stilwell Law Firm stilwelltriallaw.com 713-931-1111

Personal Injury brueralaw.com 832-430-4000

The Guidry Law Firm 713-864-5400

Terry Bryant

281-954-3799

Rand Nolen

Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, PLLC 713-973-8888

Jonathan Harris

Fleming & Associates, LLP 713-621-7944

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz abrahamwatkins.com

Mark Oehl

713-222-7211

Oehl Law Firm 281-459-2850

William Stout

Stacey Burke Stacey E Burke, PC staceyeburke.com 713-714-8446

Roy Camberg The Camberg Law Firm, PC 281-486-6900

Paul Cannon Simmons & Fletcher PC simmonsandfletcher.com 713-932-0777

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Stewart Guss

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, LLP smslegal.com 713-524-3500

Gregg Harrison Gregg Harrison Attorney at Law 281-929-0110

Kevin Haynes Zehl & Associates, PC 713-491-6064

Andrew Heckaman Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC bchlaw.com 713-425-7100

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Jose Orihuela Orihuela & Associates, PLLC paininthecarwreck.com 832-425-0239

Mary Alice Parsons The Parsons Law Firm hptxlaw.com 713-955-4878

Brant J. Stogner

Sutliff & Stout sutliffstout.com 713-987-7111

Roger Sullivan Brann Sullivan Trial Lawyers, PLLC bstrial.com 713-278-7425

Jimmy Sunosky Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool, PC 713-877-1112


NAIMEH SALEM

AMANDA WATERHOUSE

SEBASTIAN SIMON

Immigration Law

Immigration Law

Immigration Law

ATTORNEY SALEM IS THE MANAGING

AMANDA WATERHOUSE HAS

IF YOU'RE IN NEED OF AN IMMIGRATION

PARTNER OF NAIMEH SALEM &

PRACTICED IMMIGRATION LAW

LAWYER, SEBASTIAN SIMON, a native

ASSOCIATES. Attorney Salem is

FOR OVER TEN YEARS. She is the

a member of the State Bar of Texas and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and numerous U.S. Courts of Appeals. She has won notable, groundbreaking cases in all areas of immigration law. She defends victims of persecution and vulnerable populations. Attorney Salem’s practice combines compassion with experienced advocacy to navigate complex immigration law.

Supervising Attorney & Head of Litigation at Gonzalez Olivieri where she litigates immigration cases at every level, up to and including the Supreme Court. She holds a published decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Vazquez v. Sessions, 885 F.3d 862 (5th Cir. 2018) and appeared before the Court at oral argument again this year. Amanda is experienced, dedicated, and committed to her work—qualities that she brings to every case and every client in order to achieve positive results.

of Chile who underwent the arduous process of immigration to the US, is the right choice for you. With over 12 years of experience representing people whose dream is to come or stay in the US, Simon is well versed in many areas of the field, including family-based immigration, waivers, naturalization and citizenship, removal defense and asylum. A graduate of American University with a Master's in International Legal Studies, Simon is licensed to practice law in Texas and New York. By providing excellent legal representation to foreign nationals and their significant others, Simon ensures that families stay together and achieve their American dream.

NAIMEH SALEM & ASSOCIATES, PLLC 8990 Kirby Dr., Ste. 200 Houston, TX 77054

GONZALEZ OLIVIERI, LLC.

832-430-3030 • AbogadaNaimeh.com

2200 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 550 Houston, TX 77098 713-481-3040 • gonzalezolivierillc.com

SIMON LAW GROUP, PLLC 1111 N. Loop W. Ste. 1111 Houston, TX 77008

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713-839-0639 • simonimmigrationlaw.com

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REAL ESTATE

Louis Silver

Joshua R. Flores

Tekell Book Allen & Morris, LLP 713-222-9542

Thad H. Armstrong

Schlanger, Silver, Barg & Paine, LLP ssbplaw.com

Alton C. Todd

Jackson Walker jw.com 713-752-4200

713-735-8515

Crain, Caton & James, PC craincaton.com 713-752-8650

Richard Spencer

Laura Davidson Fowell

Dow Golub Remels & Beverly dowgolub.com 713-403-4224

Joe R Davidson, PC 713-623-2700

Reid Wilson

Ford & Bergner, LLP fordbergner.com 713-260-3926

Kenneth Tekell, Jr

The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd actlaw.com 281-992-8633

Rebecca Todd Simmons & Fletcher PC simmonsandfletcher.com 713-932-0777

Steve Waldman Terry Bryant Law Frim terrybryant.com 713-973-8888

S. Scott West

Mark Arnold Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP huntonak.com 713-220-3938

Charles Boyd Boyd Munoz & Piper (936) 756-1175

John Cannon Coats Rose 713-653-5735

The West Law Firm 281-277-1500

Larry Chapman

Sue E. West

Priya S. Coffey

The West Law Firm, PC 281-347-3247

Jackson Walker jw.com

Mark Weycer The Weycer Law Firm, PC 713-668-4545

J. Daniel Wilson hw-lawfirm.com 281-223-1666

Robert Woods Woods Law Firm, PC 713-651-1115 attorneyrobertwoods.com

PHARMACEUTICAL LITIGATION

713-522-2226

713-752-4200

E. Scot Dixon Vinson & Elkins, LLP 713-758-3373

Trisha Farine Daughtry & Farine daughtryjordan.com 281-480-6888

Timothy Heinrich The Heinrich Law Firm, PLLC timheinrichlaw.com 713-496-1157

Wilson, Cribbs & Goren, PC wcglaw.com 713-222-9000

Marni Zarin winstead.com 713-650-2610

SECURITIES & INVESTMENT FRAUD Kirk G. Smith Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP 713-227-2400 investorlawyers.com

Samuel B. Edwards Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP 713-227-2400 investorlawyers.com

SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW Karri Axtell The Law Office of Karri Axtell axtelltexaslaw.com 281-241-1175

TAX LAW

A'drianna Higginbotham

Jay Chadha

The Fulton Law Group PLLC 713-127-1901

Norton Rose Fulbright 713-651-3770

Bradford Irelan

Ray L. Cox, Jr

PROBATE AND GUARDIANSHIP LITIGATION

Irelan Hargis PLLC 713-222-7666

Robert Keith Morris III

Jim Lombardi

The Cox Law Firm thecoxlawfirm.com 713-862-7772

Jones, Morris, Klevenhagen 713-589-5061

Ross, Banks, May, Cron & Cavin, PC rossbanks.com 713-626-1200

Adam Peavy Bailey Perrin Bailey, LLP 713-425-7100

Bridget O'Toole Schlanger Silver Barg & Paine LLP ssbplaw.com 713-785-1701

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On the Menu THE GINGER SPLASH SPICY BASIL WATERMELON SALAD BONE MARROW ON CRUSTY BREAD SALMON WITH CRAB AND LEMON BUTTER SAUCE FAR EAST GREEN BEANS MIXED MUSHROOM RICE PILAF PISTACHIO ICE CREAM DREAM Serves 6-8

TheJoys of

Collaboration When two is not too many in the kitchen.

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Recipes by Tom Flynn and Deborah Elias Décor by Deborah Elias of Elias Events

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DINNER WITH H TEXAS:

TOM FLYNN, KAYVON SOHRABI, DR. ROLAND MALDONADO, SONIA SOTO, ANGELA MADEKSHO (SEATED), DEBORAH ELIAS AND LAURETTE M. VERES

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He said

Raising seven-year-old twins is a blast. Teaching them to play sports, do schoolwork and clean their room are all rewarding activities. We also want them to eat right and enjoy a wide variety of culinary delights, so at a young age we introduced Gourmet Night. Every couple of weeks we fix them something “fancy” they’ve never eaten before. They might love it or hate it, eat it or choose not to, but whatever is served is dinner. Over time they have developed a palate for some good stuff. Steaks, salmon, roasted bone marrow and crab are their favorites, along with many fresh vegetables—even brussels sprouts! In fact, if you let them shop for Gourmet Night, they will select everything just mentioned. It sounds extravagant, but remember they’re seven. They can only eat a few bites of each dish so a small steak, a crab leg and a piece of salmon go a long way for them. Mom and Dad are the only budget busters in the house. The real challenge is finding new, interesting things for them to try and keep them engaged. We are getting together for an upscale evening with friends amid the Covid-19 lockdown. Our hostess, Deborah Elias of Elias Events, is showcasing her beautiful home, serving and tableware and I agree to cook the main course. 72

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As the plan is developing and the party is getting close, they push for a menu. Under duress I suggest, “How about doing Gourmet Night?” They have no idea what Gourmet Night is, but think it sounds great. So, I ask the twins what they want for a fancy dinner—that’s what I serve my friends. The following meal serves a Covid-19 safe party of eight. —Tom Flynn

BONE MARROW ON CRUSTY BREAD 20 PIECES MARROW BONES (AVAILABLE PRECUT IN KROGER’S FRESH MEAT DEPARTMENT) SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE 1 LOAF CRUSTY BREAD, HALVED AND TOASTED PARSLEY FOR GARNISH 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Arrange the bones on the foil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes. 3. Remove from the oven, set bones aside and press the bread into the drippings on the baking sheet to sop up the liquid. 4. Place the bread wet side up and top with the marrow and garnish with parsley.


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SALMON WITH CRAB AND LEMON BUTTER SAUCE For the salmon: 1 WHOLE SALMON FILLET, SKINNED AND CUT INTO 8 PIECES SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE 2 TABLESPOONS BUTTER For the crab sauce: 2 STICKS UNSALTED BUTTER 1 SMALL SHALLOT, MINCED 4 LEMONS, JUICED 3 TABLESPOONS CHOPPED DILL, DIVIDED 16 OUNCES JUMBO LUMP CRABMEAT SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Liberally season the salmon and set aside for 15–30 minutes. 2. Make the crab sauce: Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it begins to brown. Add the shallots and cook until softened, about 1–2 minutes. Add the lemon juice and dill. Gently fold in the crab and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the crab is warmed through. 3. Make the salmon: Heat a cast iron pan over a hot flame until smoking hot. You may want to use two pans so you have room to flip the fish. Add the butter and once melted, add the salmon. Cook for 3 minutes, flip and then place the hot pan in the oven for 3 minutes. Remove the salmon from the pan, cover and let rest for a few minutes.

FAR EAST GREEN BEANS 2-3 TABLESPOONS SESAME OIL 2-3 TABLESPOONS GINGER, MINCED 2 CUPS GREEN BEANS ½ CUP WATER CHINESE FIVE SPICE TO TASTE 1. Heat the oil in a large saute pan or wok over medium heat until shimmering. 2. Add the ginger and cook until it starts to brown, about 1 minute. Add the beans and toss to coat. Cover and cook until the beans turn bright green, about 6 minutes, tossing every 2 minutes. 3. Add the water and cook for 2 minutes. The beans should be crisp and tender. Season generously with Chinese five spice. MIXED MUSHROOM RICE PILAF Tom Tip: I like to substitute chicken stock for water when making rice—it’s a game changer. 2 3 2 8

TABLESPOONS BUTTER TABLESPOONS DICED SHALLOTS TEASPOONS MINCED GARLIC OUNCES FRESH MUSHROOMS (SHITAKE, BELLA AND ASSORTED WILD) 1 TABLESPOON THYME LEAVES ½ CUP CHICKEN STOCK SALT TO TASTE 2 CUPS COOKED RICE CHOPPED PARSLEY FOR GARNISH

1. Melt the butter in a medium skillet and add the shallots and garlic, saute 1–2 minutes until soft. Add the mushrooms, thyme and stock. Cook until reduced by half. Season with salt. 2. Fold in rice and cook until warmed through. Garnish with parsley. TO SERVE: Place a healthy serving of green beans on a plate. Add a salmon fillet. Top with a generous portion of crab. Spoon some of the liquid from the crab sauce and pour over the salmon and garnish with dill. Place a serving of pilaf next to the salmon and beans.

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She said

When Laurette asked me to be a guest at the magazine photoshoot, I was excited about being included, but a part of me really wanted to have a dinner party and show off some of my hostess skills. So, I asked, well cajoled, her and Tom into having the event at my house. I am pretty sure Tom was a little nervous about cooking at my house (especially when I told him I had a stocked kitchen and of course the first thing he asked for I didn’t have). I couldn’t wait to show off my aunt’s china and my grandmother's glassware and silverware. I had the best time putting together a pretty tablescape. I was very excited about the plans and when I asked what the salad and dessert would be, he said “Whatever you are planning on doing.” I decided that both items were a must for a complete dinner party. I am a very informal “chef”, so my recipes are a little more relaxed. When the guests arrived, I treated them to the Ginger Splash cocktail served in delicate crystal flutes. For the salad, I did a very pretty Spicy Basil Watermelon Salad. —Debbie Elias

THE GINGER SPLASH This huge hit and refreshing drink was made of equal parts Domaine de Canton Ginger Liquer and sparkling wine with a lemon zest and raspberry for garnish. SPICY BASIL WATERMELON SALAD 2 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL 2 TABLESPOONS BALSAMIC VINEGAR 2 DASHES TAJIN CLASICO SEASONING ½ SEEDLESS WATERMELON, CUBED 12 GRAPE TOMATOES, HALVED 2 CUCUMBERS, PEELED AND CUBED SMALL BUNCH SPICY BASIL, JULIENNED SMALL HANDFUL MINCED THYME AND MINT 8 OUNCES CRUMBLED FETA SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE 1. Whisk together the oil, vinegar and seasoning in a pretty serving bowl. 2. Add the remaining ingredients and gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve. PISTACHIO ICE CREAM DREAM In a springform pan, lined with crumbled Oreo cookies (or in my case, gluten free cookies but anything with cream in the middle will do nicely), but remember to scoop out the filling and discard (or save for devouring later). Scoop and press slightly melted Pistachio ice cream into the springform, filling it almost to the top. Whip up some fresh whip cream (please not readymade) and spread across the top. Drizzle dark chocolate and caramel on top. Scatter some fresh pistachios on top and you have yourself a beautiful and tasty dessert.

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Eat Out

Texas Gulf Coast Seafood at Its

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Find your new local favorite at Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine.

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you'll want to use to get every last delicious drop of the sauce on the plate. Another must-try is the baked to perfection Oysters Montrose. Six fresh-shucked oysters are laced with garlic butter, topped with jumbo lump crab, breadcrumbs, Parmesan and spices—simply delectable. Love oyster shooters? We recommend the Buffalo Bayou, consisting of a fresh-shucked oyster layered with cocktail sauce, Worcestershire, hot sauce, horseradish and freshly squeezed lemon juice then finished with Tito’s vodka. Or, try the Boca Chica, fresh-shucked oysters—would you expect anything else?—covered with red and green bell peppers, cilantro, shallots and lime juice, then topped with Herradura Silver tequila. Another great appetizer is the Crab Danton, jumbo lump crab tossed in an aromatic Rémoulade sauce, topped with chives and served with crackers, tomato slices and pickled okra—simply to die for. On the lighter side, Eugenes’ offers a variety of salads. We suggest Bailey’s Salmon Salad, which is

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YLE TE AS GREW UP IN HOUSTON KNOWING THAT TEX AS GULF COAST CUISINE WAS THE MOST DELICIOUS, WILD - CAUGHT SE AFOOD IN THE WORLD. His friends and family encouraged him to follow his dream to open a restaurant serving the finest authentic Gulf Coast dishes and Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen was born. The restaurant was a big hit from the start and last year when a new and larger neighborhood location became available, Kyle and his family knew this opportunity was too good to pass up. With that move, Eugene’s Gulf Coast Cuisine was born. Eugene’s is affectionately named in honor of Kyle’s father, Dr. Merwin Eugene Teas, the man who inspired it all. The Oysters Kyle is a must try when visiting the Oyster Bar, which consists of six oysters sautéed in lemon garlic butter with green onions, herbs and spices. It's served with Parmesan bread that

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served on a bed of mixed greens topped with an array of blueberries, pecans, bleu cheese crumbles, grilled salmon and balsamic vinaigrette. Another selection is Kyle’s Crab Salad, romaine and baby spinach are tossed in a garlic remoulade and generously topped with bacon, tomatoes, jumbo lump crab and fried sweet potato strings. For entrees, we suggest the Seafood Courtbouillon. It’s an assortment of fresh fish, oysters, shrimp, green onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic sautéed in a rich spicy roux-based sauce. Another entree that our group really enjoyed was the Surf and Turf (Gulf Coast Style)—they know what they’re doing! An eight-ounce certified Angus beef filet topped with Oyster or Shrimp Kyle, four large grilled or fried shrimp or jumbo lump crab sauté, served with a large twiced-baked potato. Another signature dish sure to please is the Shrimp and Grits Montrose, large Gulf shrimp wrapped in bacon served over roasted poblano cheese grits with a side of steamed broccoli. They also serve

a line-up of fresh seafood po-boys, a crab cake burger and check out the Teas’ family version of a grilled cheese sandwich. Grilled or fried chicken served on a toasted bun with American cheese, aptly named, The Teas Special. Lastly, the two standout desserts for us were the White Chocolate Bread Pudding (toasted French bread made with heavy cream, eggs and white chocolate, topped with a homemade white chocolate sauce) and Jonny’s Dessert (a combination of cheesecake and key lime pie). Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine has semiprivate and private dining rooms and offers all the amenities you need for business meetings, private happy hours, celebrations, wedding receptions, along with personal planning assistance to create a one-of-a-kind celebration. So, when in the River Oaks area and you want to have the freshest Gulf Coast cuisine available, stop by and meet the Teas family and tell them H Texas sent you. —Matthew Abernathy

OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM: THE WELCH

FAMILY WALL AND OYSTER BAR; TRY THE CRAB DANTON AS THE STARTER TO A FABULOUS MEAL. THIS PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM: THE SHRIMP

AND GRITS IS A POPULAR DISH AT EUGENE’S; CHEESECAKE AND KEY LIME PIE GET MARRIED IN JONNY’S DESSERT.

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H Marks the Spot

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OUSTON MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE , LOCATED AT 4807 CAROLINE STREET, serves as a cultural portal where histories and contemporary experiences converge to acknowledge and expand the African American experience. These interactions help us come together to build a common future. The HMAAC invites and engages its visitors of all races, cultures and ages through discovery-driven education. The museum provides a valuable information source for all as it continues to collect, conserve, explore and exhibit the intellectual culture of Africans and the African American experience from the state of Texas and throughout the entire Southwest region of America. The current exhibits on display are: Souls of Black Folks, Metamorphosis, Curator Corner and the 2020 Bert Long Jr. Gallery. In recognition of his support of local artists, HMAAC has dedicated

Circa 1999

a gallery in Long’s name to allow the museum to annually exhibit the work of four artists working in the Greater Houston area. By creating this platform, HMAAC offers our community the opportunity to experience some of the best and most compelling of Houston’s visual artists. Until his death in 2013, Long was one of the brightest lights in the Houston arts community. Year six winners include: Cedric Ingram, Melissa Aytenfisu, Sanah Brown-Bowers and Colby Deal. You can find Colby Deal’s artwork currently available on display. The museum is open Friday and Saturday (11 am – 6 pm) and is always free of charge. Be sure to call in advance for larger groups as they can only accommodate groups up to 25 people due to Covid. Tours last about 45-60 minutes and are designed to encourage a deeper engagement with the exhibitions and enhance the knowledge of the arts, history and culture of the community. —Matthew Abernathy

Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Support through financial and in-kind contributions ensures the museum will be sustained for future generations to enjoy. HMAAC welcomes sponsorships from small businesses and corporations interested in community empowerment, arts and culture, diversity and inclusion, racial reconciliation and more. For more information on in-kind donations and sponsorships, call 713-526-1015 or email, info@hmaac.org. For information on becoming an organizational member, please email membership@hmaac.org.

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