Board Members 2018 - 2019

Robert A. Black, chair, was appointed to BODA in September 2013 and reappointed to a second term in 2016. He is managing shareholder of Mehaffy Weber, P.C., where he practices mediation, arbitration, and civil litigation. He served as president of the State Bar of Texas, chair of its Board of Directors, as well as many other committees and subcommittees. Black is a past president of the Jefferson County Bar Association. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (trustee) and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Black earned a B.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. summa cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law.

John J. “Mike” McKetta III, vice chair, is of counsel to Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, P.C. in Austin, serving as president of the firm 1998–2008. He graduated from Harvard University and the University of Texas School of Law with high honors and was a member of the Order of the Coif and Chancellors. He is an emeritus member of the Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court and served as president 2013–2014. During 2014-17, he was the representative from the Fifth Circuit to the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute and has held numerous offices, currently serving as chair of the Investment Committee. He chaired the Advertising Review Committee of the State Bar of Texas 2010–2014 and served as a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a fellow emeritus the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and was the recipient of organization’s Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award in 2010. He was appointed to the Board in 2014.

Jeanne C. “Cezy” Collins joined the El Paso Independent School District as General Counsel in October of 2013. Ms. Collins is a former president of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, Texas Women Lawyers, and the El Paso Women’s Bar Association, and a former State Bar of Texas director. In 2002–2003, she was voted Outstanding Lawyer of El Paso by the El Paso Young Lawyers Association. She received her B.A. from the University of Southern California in 1986 and her J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1991. She was appointed to BODA in 2013 and appointed to a second term in 2016.

David M. González is a partner in Sumpter & González, L.L.P. in Austin.  He is board certified in criminal law and serves as an adjunct professor in the Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Texas School of Law. He sits on the board of directors of the Capital Area Private Defender Service, serves on the executive committee of the Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court, and is legislative counsel to the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has served as a special prosecutor for Travis County, Kendall County, Panola County, and the City of Cibolo. He is a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and previously served on the District 9 grievance committee of the State Bar of Texas from 2012–2015. Mr. Gonzalez is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Stanford Law School.  He was appointed to the Board in 2015.

Mike Gregory of Denton has been board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for over 40 years. He is a trained mediator, arbitrator, and collaborative lawyer. Mr. Gregory was named a Texas Super Lawyer in alternative dispute resolution from 2013–present and in family law from 2002–2012 He served on the board of trustees of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas from 2003 until 2007 and was president of the Denton County Collaborative Professionals from 2005 until 2009. He is a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a life member of the Texas Family Law Foundation. He served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors from 2008 until 2011. He is a past president of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. He is a member of the Dallas County Bar Association and the Denton County Bar Association and served as its president from 1983–1984. He received his J.D. and a B.B.A. (finance) from the University of Texas at Austin. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a judge advocate from 1970–1974. He was appointed to the Board in 2018.

Michael C. Gross is a partner in Gross & Esparza, P.L.L.C. in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, in 1984 and received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, in 1987. He served as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps from 1988–1992. He is board certified in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is board certified in criminal law and criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was named Defender of the Year by the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 2008 and again in 2009. He served as president of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 2011. He currently serves as an officer with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He was appointed to the Board of Disciplinary Appeals in 2018.

Kelli Hinson is a partner in the Dallas law firm of Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP and serves as the firm’s General Counsel. She practices in the areas of commercial litigation and professional liability, representing law firms, hospitals, companies, and the professionals who run them. She received a BBA, summa cum laude, from McMurry University and a JD, magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where she was a member of the SMU Law Review and Order of the Coif. Ms. Hinson was a member of the District 6 Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas from 2017–2018 and has served as chair of the Dallas Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee. She was appointed to BODA in 2018.

Roland K. Johnson was appointed to BODA in September 2013 and appointed to a second term in 2016, and is a shareholder in Harris, Finley & Bogle, P. C., Fort Worth. He served as president of the State Bar of Texas from 2009–2010, president of the Tarrant County Bar Association, president of the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, and as chair of the State Bar Professionalism Committee. He is a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is a fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He earned his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Baylor University with honors.

Katherine A. Kinser is a partner in Kinser & Bates, LLP in Dallas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and from Southern Methodist University School of Law. She holds a board certification in family law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a lifetime member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, a sustaining life member of the Texas Family Law Foundation and a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She served as the President of the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers from 2017-2018. She is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and received its Sam Emison Award in 2014. She served as president of the Academy from 2002 until 2003. She was appointed to the Board in 2014.

Mike Mills joined Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, L.L.P. in McAllen in 1976 and has been a partner since1982. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas in Austin in 1973 and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1976, and is a member of Phi Delta Phi honorary legal fraternity. He is a fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates; President, Hidalgo County Bar Association,  1990-1991; director, Hidalgo County Bar Association, 1988-1990; chairman, Hidalgo County Bar Association Pro Bono Project 1988-1995; District 15-B Grievance Committee, 1989-1995, vice chair, 1994-1995; director, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1994-1996; executive committee, The University of Texas Law Alumni Association, 1995-2000; director, The University of Texas Law Alumni Association, 1992-1995; Political Action Committee of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 2005-present; Texas Rio Grande Valley Legal Aid Advisory Council, 2005- present; member, American Bar Association. He was named a Texas Super Lawyer for the years 2005-2015, Law  Politics/Texas Monthly. Mr. Mills was appointed in 2015.

Deborah G. Pullum is the City Attorney for the City of Tyler, Texas. She graduated from the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1996 after receiving a Bachelor of Science with honors from Florida A&M University.  She received merit certification in municipal law from the Texas City Attorneys Association and was formally an Assistant District Attorney of Smith County, Texas. She is a member of the Smith County Bar Association and served as President of the SCBA from 2016 to 2017. She is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. She served on the State Bar of Texas District 2 Grievance Committee from 2006 until 2012.  She was appointed to the Board in 2014 and was reappointed in 2017.

Nancy J. Stone practices complex commercial law in Amarillo. She received a B.S. with honors from the University of Texas, a master of science degree from the University of Houston and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law where she was a member of Phi Delta Phi and the South Texas Law Journal, 1982–1983. Ms. Stone is a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Amarillo and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; and The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Ms. Stone was appointed to the Board in 2018.