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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.

Additional Contributors

E. Steve


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.


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.

Committee Members
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Diana Brown            Melissa Astala Khan             

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

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