Andrea, a Shareholder in our Plano office, received her Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management also from Texas Tech University.
Andrea has an extensive background in litigation. Prior to joining our firm, she practiced family law for several years, successfully representing clients in highly contested divorce, custody, and adoption matters. This experience makes Andrea invaluable not only in court, but also in training school personnel in family law issues and in handling sensitive situations with parents and students.
Currently, one focus of Andrea’s practice is the area of disability rights. She represents school districts in ARD meetings, Section 504 meetings, OCR complaints, mediations, and due process hearings. She also litigates appeals of due process hearings in the federal courts. She has prevailed in oral arguments before the Fifth Circuit and has authored countless briefs and motions resulting in victories for school districts at the district and appellate court levels.
In addition, Andrea routinely litigates employment, personnel, and contract matters in both administrative and court proceedings. She is also a frequent speaker at school districts and regional education service centers across Texas on a wide variety of topics, including special education, personnel, family law, and student issues.
Andrea is admitted to practice in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts of the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas and the Texas Supreme Court. She is a member of the School Law section of the Texas Bar and the National and Texas Councils of School Attorneys. She also comes from good education stock; both of her parents are school administrators.
Andrea's assistants are Lisa Jackson and Christianna Yarbrough.