NOVEMBER 2017 JLTLA Member Spotlight


Kimberly S. Houston is an experienced counselor and litigator whose primary legal practice is in the area of labor and employment law.  She provides a unique perceptive and understands the challenges employers face having served both as in-house and outside counsel.  Ms. Houston currently serves as Corporate Counsel in the Employment Law Group with Liberty Mutual Group Inc. where she provides daily counsel and advice to department managers and internal partners on complex employment matters; participates in substantial employment business transactions and litigation; advises in the formulation of policy for the Company; coordinates and synthesizes the Company’s position in response to changes in the law; as well as represents the Company in a variety of federal, state, and local employment matters before administrative tribunals and courts of law throughout the United States.

Ms. Houston previously served as Manager & Corporate Counsel for a worldwide restaurant and entertainment chain where she protected the company from impactful reputational, financial, and legal risks arising from employment and labor disputes.  She also served as a Counsel for a large university system where she advised and defended the Board of Regents, three campus institutions, and two central administrative offices.  Beyond in-house representation, Ms. Houston also maintained a private practice in law firms where she represented businesses and state agencies in resolving matters in the areas of employment and labor law, business litigation, insurance defense and school law.

Ms. Houston attributes her legal success to cultivating and maintaining successful relationships with her clients, and focusing on a resolution that will best meet their business needs.  To this effect, she has provided legal commentary on employment matters on WFAA 8 News and Fox4 News in Dallas, Texas, and has authored and presented on employment topics for the Texas Bar College, the University of Texas at Dallas, the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), and at employment conferences around the state of Texas.

Ms. Houston is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law and Southwest Texas State University (B.A. Political Science, cum laude). Prior to attending law school, she was a Special Assistant for Legislative Policy for the Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

When not “lawyering,” Ms. Houston serves on the 2017 board of J.L. Turner Legal Association as Corresponding Secretary, the Texas Tech University School of law Alumni Association Executive Committee, and a member of Attorneys Serving the Community (“ASC”) and the Network of Empowered Women (N.E.W.) RoundtableIn her leisure, she is active in church activities, enjoys listening to live music, and devotedly cheering for the Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs!

NOVEMBER 2017 JLTLA Small Firm/Solo Practice Spotlight



McIntosh & Ward is an innovative firm that zealously advocates for their clients.  Myra McIntosh and Monique Ward are former prosecutors with over 30 years of legal experience combined.  The firm primarily focuses on criminal defense, juvenile law, and family law.  McIntosh & Ward has handled over 10,000 different cases, including more than 300 trials.  Our law firm is dedicated to delivering the absolute best in legal service as a result of our legal experience and superior legal knowledge.  Our commitment is not only to provide clients with the best legal representation available, but to also provide a high level of personal attention to detail that our clients expect and deserve.

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