Board Members 2019-2020

Katherine A. Kinser, chair, 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.

David M. González, vice chair, 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 also has served as a special prosecutor for Williamson County, Travis County, Kendall County, and Panola County.  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 and was reappointed in 2018.

Jessica Z. Barger of Houston is a partner in Wright Close & Barger, LLP. She is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2001 where she was on the law review as the notes and comments editor. In addition to being a Texas Super Lawyer in 2019, Ms. Barger has been named one of the Best Lawyers of America for Appellate law in 2017–2019 and one of the top 100 female lawyers in appellate law by the Texas Lawyer in 2019. She serves the Houston Bar Association as a member of the pro bono committee, a member of the council for HBA appellate section, as chair of the speakers committee for the HBA appellate section, and as chair of the outreach committee. She was appointed in 2019.

Guy Choate is a partner in Webb, Stokes & Sparks, L.L.P. in San Angelo and has been board certified in personal injury law since 1985. He graduated from the University of Houston Law Center where he was a member of the Order of the Barons Honor Society. Choate served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and on its Executive Committee. He received a State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation in 2008 and the John Howie Spirit of Mentorship Award in 2007. He is a sustaining member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and served as president during the 2005 legislative session. He is a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a sustaining member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and served as the president of the Texas American Board of Trial Advocates in 2016. He is a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice and a sustaining member of the Tom Green County Bar Association, having served as president from 1994–1995. Mr. Choate has been a Texas Super Lawyer since 2003. He was appointed to the Board in 2019.

Joseph F. Cleveland Jr. of Fort Worth is a partner in Brackett & Ellis, P.C. He graduated from Mississippi College School of Law with special distinction. He has practiced in the area of commercial and intellectual property litigation for over 20 years. He is board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a fellow of the Tarrant County Bar Foundation and serves as its chair. Mr. Cleveland served as chair of the trade secrets committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and received the Chair’s award in 2018 for outstanding service to the Section. Mr. Cleveland has been named a Texas Super Lawyer since 2005 and recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation since 2011. Mr. Cleveland was appointed in 2019.

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.

John J. “Mike” McKetta III 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.

Mike Mills is a partner in Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, L.L.P. in McAllen. 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 and Phi Beta Kappa honor society. 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; State Bar of Texas District 15–B grievance committee, 1989–1995; vice chair, 1994-1995; director, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1994–1996; executive committee, University of Texas Law Alumni Association, 1995–2000; director, University of Texas Law Alumni Association, 1992–1995; Political Action Committee of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 2005–present; member, American Bar Association. Mr. Mills was appointed in 2015 and was reappointed in 2018.

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.