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Meet the Committee

Meet the Law Practice Management Committee

The Committee is comprised of experienced lawyers from across Texas who have been appointed by the State Bar president.

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Gregory W. Sampson


Greg Sampson is a Senior Counsel at Gray Reed where he focuses his practice on estate planning, asset protection planning, business succession planning, trusts, probate, guardianship and non-profit entities. He brings more than 30 years of experience to counseling clients on all aspects of wealth preservation and transfer, including estate and gift tax planning, charitable planning, retirement planning, estate and trust management, trust and estate controversy, trust modification and termination, family asset management and business succession planning. Greg is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Greg previously served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas from 2016-2019 and is currently Co-Chair of its Succession Planning Work Group and Chair of the Closing a Practice Subcommittee of the Law Practice Management Committee and speaks frequently on that topic.


Vice Chair

John Meredith is the Chief Operating Officer for Chamberlain Hrdlicka, which is a diversified law firm with multiple practice areas including tax, litigation, corporate, IP, real estate and estate planning. After graduating from Baylor Law School, he practiced trial law in Houston. He worked at nonprofits including Aspiring Youth where he was the founding President and General Counsel and at SpringSpirit as Executive Director and General Counsel. He has worked in law practice management at Greenberg Traurig as Business Director, Beck Redden as Executive Director and Chamberlain Hrdlicka as COO.

Debra L.

Debra L. Bruce is President of Lawyer-Coach LLCwhich provides coaching and training for lawyers on leadership and management, team effectiveness, and productivity. Capitalizing on 18 years in law practice and 20 years coaching, she helps lawyers adapt effectively to the unprecedented changes occurring in the legal industry today. She emphasizes 3 Ps for their practice: Productivity, Profitability and Personal Fulfillment. Debra was the first lawyer in Texas to be credentialed by the International Coach Federation. She has served as the Chair of the Law Practice Management Committee of the Houston Bar Association, served on a number of ABA Law Practice Division committees, and is currently the Co-Chair of the Productivity & Knowledge Strategy Committee of the ABA Law Practice Division.

E. Steve Bolden

Steve concentrates on public finance matters and acts as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriters’ counsel on various matters. In the corporate and securities arena, he advises clients in the merger and acquisition of publicly traded and privately held companies, private equity transactions and nonprofit representations. Steve is active in several community, civic and charitable activities. He serves as a trustee of the Dallas Bar Foundation and on the Council for the Business Law Section. Steve has also held leadership positions or served on the boards of the Dallas Bar Association, The Entrepreneurship Institute of Dallas, First Tee, Harmony Community Development Corporation, J.L. Turner Legal Association and the State Bar of Texas. He has received presidential citations from the J.L. Turner Legal Association and Dallas Bar Foundation.

Committee Members
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Diana Brown            Melissa Astala Khan             

James W. Wester (Board Advisor)  Carmen Mae Roe (Alternate Board Advisor)

Peter S.

Peter S. Vogel is a lawyer at VOGEL IT LAW aka Peter S. Vogel, PC. Before practicing law he worked as a computer programmer, received a Master’s in Computer Science, and taught graduate courses in information systems.

Peter has negotiated hundreds of IT, eCommerce, and Cybersecurity contracts and had trials around the US on failed, software implementations, misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement, software patent infringement, and eCommerce Internet disputes.

For more than 30 years Peter has been an Arbitrator and Mediator with the American Arbitration Association, and a Tech List Member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center. Currently Peter is the General Counsel of the North Texas Information Systems & Security Association.

For 12 years Peter served as the Founding Chair of the Texas Supreme Court Judicial Committee on Information Technology which is responsible for helping automate the Texas court system and creating the Texas eFiling System.

Peter has taught courses at the SMU Dedman School of Law for more than 25 years including courses on eDiscovery and the Law of eCommerce. Many of Peter’s topics are discussed on his Internet, IT & E-Discovery blog

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