Board Members 2021-2022

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.  Ms. Barger was appointed in 2019.

Jason Boatright is a special council at Duane Morris LLP in Dallas. Previously, he was a justice on the Texas 5th District Court of Appeals, director of the Railroad Commission's General Counsel Section, and chair of the Attorney General Opinions Committee. Currently, Mr. Boatright is on the council of the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and he is an officer of the Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section. He is a graduate of Middlebury College, the University of St Andrews, and the University of Texas School of Law.  Mr. Boatright was appointed to the Board in 2021.

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.  Mr. Choate has 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 to 1995.  He has been a Texas Super Lawyer since 2003.  Mr. Choate 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 a 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.  He 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.

Michael C. Gross, Vice Chair is a partner in Gross & Esparza, P.L.L.C. in San Antonio. He graduated from Trinity University in 1984 and received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University in 1987.  He served as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 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.  Mr. Gross was appointed to the Board in 2018.

Kelli Hinson, Chair, 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 J.D., 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.  She was a member of the District 6 Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas from 2017 to 2018 and has served as chair of the Dallas Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee.  Ms. Hinson was appointed to the Board in 2018.

David Iglesias is the principal attorney at Iglesias Law Firm in Tyler, Texas.  He is a native East Texan who graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and the Texas Tech University School of Law.  He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Sam R. Cummings of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Since entering private practice, David has devoted much of his career to defending municipalities and public servants against civil actions.   He has tried a number of cases in federal and state courts, and he has represented clients in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has argued before panels of the Fifth Circuit on multiple occasions and has also argued before the Court sitting en banc. David also serves as a Commissioner of the Texas State Library and Archives, and on the boards of trustees of UT Health Tyler and the Tyler ISD Foundation.  Mr. Iglesias was appointed to the Board in 2021.

W.C. "Bud" Kirkendall is an attorney and mediator in Seguin, Texas.  From 2005 to 2017, he served as a District Court Judge presiding over the 2nd 25th Judicial District Court.  He was recognized by the Texas Center for the Judiciary in 2012 with the Exemplary Judicial Faculty Award and in 2015 with the Chair’s Award of Excellence.  Prior to his judicial service, he served as the District Attorney for the 25th Judicial District from 1984 to 2004 and was recognized as the Prosecutor of the Year by the State Bar of Texas in 1996 and received the Political Courage Award, John Ben Sheppard Public Leadership Forum in 1993.  He also maintained a private law practice where he practiced general litigation, including family law, oil & gas law, and real estate law.  He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1974.  Mr. Kirkendall was appointed to the Board in 2021.

Rudy K. Metayer of Austin is a civil litigator at Chamberlain McHaney, PLLC.  He is the Chair of the African-American Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Texas and a Fellow to the Texas Bar Foundation, in addition to numerous other past and present leadership positions within the legal profession.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his service to the Bar, the legal profession, and the community, including Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award of Merit in 2016, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year in 2017, Travis County Recognition of Service Award in 2018, Austin Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2019, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs Outstanding Young Alumni “Rising Leader” Award in 2019.  He served on the District 9 grievance committee of the State Bar of Texas from 2013 to 2020, during which time he served as a panel chair.  In the community, he was elected to the City Council of the City of Pflugerville in 2017 and serves the community through a number of other civic engagements.  He received a B.A., Masters, and J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.  Mr. Metayer was appointed to the Board in 2020.

William W. (Bill) Ogden is Of Counsel to Kean Miller, L.L.P. in Houston.  He has had a trial and appellate practice in Houston since 1977, originally as a partner in a predecessor firm to Locke Lord, then as a founding partner in his own firm, Ogden, Gibson, Broocks & Hall, for 25 years before its merger with Kean Miller.  He has been Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law since 1996 and has been named to Woodward-White’s “Best Lawyers in America” in First Amendment Law since 1991.  He has previously served as a Director, District 4, State Bar of Texas (2008-11), and served two terms as a Trustee of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics (2013-19).  He is a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation.  He has both his undergraduate degree (B.A. Mathematics with highest honors 1973) and law degree (J.D. with honors 1977) from the University of Texas at Austin.  Mr. Ogden was appointed to the Board in 2020.

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.  She is a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Amarillo and American Bar Associations, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.  Ms. Stone was appointed to the Board in 2018.

Cindy V. Tisdale practices family law at the Law Office of Cindy V. Tisdale, PLLC in Granbury and is Of Counsel with Lynch, Chappell & Alsup, P.C. in Midland.  She graduated from Baylor University and Baylor University School of Law.  She is Board Certified in Family Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Tisdale is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a fellow in the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a sustaining life member of the Texas Bar Foundation.  She has served the Bar in numerous capacities including as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Chair of the Texas Bar Foundation, Vice Chair of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a member of the Texas Bar College.  Ms. Tisdale was appointed to the Board in 2020.