Features Region: Southwest

Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation

The oil and gas business is risky. Very risky. There’s geological and mechanical risk associated with locating and extracting hydrocarbons from thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface. And then there’s price risk. Global economies, OPEC decisions, geopolitical events—particularly those in already unstable areas like the Middle East—and even the weather, can all dramatically impact […]

Lias J. “Jeff” Steen – Oil States International Inc.

A man of high spirits, Lias J. “Jeff” Steen laughs when remembering how, upon being hired as an assistant general counsel at Houston-based Camco International Inc. in 1988, a graduating classmate at South Texas College of Law told him, “too bad you couldn’t get a real job.” That may have been what passed for conventional […]

Melissa Frugé – Spredfast

There are many differences between technology and law; high among them is that the former may change almost daily, while the latter is at the convenience of the lawmakers. It’s a hare versus tortoise race, only it’s the hare—the technology—that wins. You won’t catch technology taking a breather, and in its dust can be a […]

Kindel Elam – Mattress Firm

A bedding company bent on expansion is no place to rest easy, something Kindel Elam knew from the outset in 2012 when she became Mattress Firm’s first and only general counsel. As an in-house lawyer with the Houston affiliate of the Fulbright & Jaworski international law firm, Elam assisted with the company’s previous acquisitions. She […]

Heather Bush – Bureau Veritas

When you stay in business for nearly 200 years, you’re bound to grow. And growth, while a sign of success, has its risks—new markets have pitfalls that can swallow underprepared companies whole. In the case of Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services to over 400,000 businesses in 140 countries, […]

Tony Trevino – Lewis Energy Group L.P.

When representatives of Lewis Energy Group visit landowners of potential gas extraction sites, they often give the following reassurance: “We’re not going anywhere.” In an industry filled with fly-by-night operations trying to make a quick buck, those words make a difference. Tony Trevino, general counsel for LEG, knows this. He’s been in the Texas energy […]

Christian A. Garza – Cosentino North America

When is maneuvering 400 to 700 pound slabs of stone in a fabrication facility most likely to result in injury? Cosentino North America knows the answer, but it’s not sharing that valuable information, and with good reason. It’s among the trends the company has been able to identify since monitoring its employee safety through Gensuite, […]

Matthew Esber – Interactive Life Forms LLC

Matt Esber’s job isn’t sexy, at least not for the industry he’s in. Esber is general counsel of Interactive Life Forms LLC, a company that manufactures sex toys, occasionally called “sexual health aids” or “marital aids” depending on who you talk to. The company is best known for one of its several products: the Fleshlight. […]

Tina R. Patel – Irving Independent School District

Ask Tina R. Patel who her clients are and she’ll tell you “the kids,” all 35,000 of them. Then, she’ll pause, take a breath, and list all her other clients: the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jose L. Parra; the board of trustees, the campus principals, the teachers and the executive cabinet. Patel is the chief […]

David Kuo – Applied Optoelectronics Inc.

Beginning as a startup company nearly 20 years ago, Applied Optoelectronics Inc. (AOI), specializes in manufacturing fiber optic networking products and technologies used in cable television broadband, internet data centers and fiber to the home markets. After the company acquired subsidiaries and operations in Asia in 2006, AOI’s general counsel at the time was looking […]

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