Corporate Counsel

Section Focus

In the middle ground to the left, three panelists in business attire sit at a table covered with gray cloth, facing right. Two screens on the ceiling behind them project the same yellow-and-orange PowerPoint slide. In the background, two presenters stand in the corner near the screens, while attendees sit at a round white table, watching them.The purpose of the Corporate Counsel Section is to promote the objectives and standards of professionalism of the Houston Bar Association within the field of corporate law. The Section comprises both in-house counsel and law firm practitioners. The Section usually sponsors nine monthly lunch programs each year, which are typically held on the third Tuesday of the month, September through May.


"Accounting 101 for Attorneys: What's Behind Financial Statements"

“Drafting & Enforcing Indemnities”

“We’ve Been Hacked — Now What?”


2021-22 Section Officers

Dewayne Nichols, Cigna Coporation
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Immediate Past Chair
Patrick Hurley, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld L.L.P.

Chris Centrich, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld L.L.P.

Douglas Gordon, Harberg Huvard Jacobs Wadler, LLP

Matthew Ling, Cherry Companies


History of Corporate Counsel Section Chairs

Bylaws of the Corporate Counsel Section


Adriana Boudreaux

Tamara Bruno
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

M. Edward Burdzinski
Clark Hill Strasburger

Matthew Coward
Shell Oil Company

Leana Garipova
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P.

Heather McIntyre
Hughes, Watters & Askanase, L.L.P.

Eric Munoz
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P.

Catalina Nino
Wood PLC

Martha Williams
Sulzer Rotating Equipment Services


Law Student Policies

$2,000 to one student from each local law school. Scholarship awarded each year at the Section’s May luncheon. Scholar selection will be made by the law school, based on academic merit, financial need, and the successful completion of at least one elective course on a business law topic.

No charge for students.