On October 23, EHS will host our third annual Alumni Leadership Day. This event gives seniors an opportunity to hear from a variety of alumni regarding their respective careers.

Based on their occupation, each alumni member sits on one of eleven panels. Every senior rotates through two panels in the morning, and the day concludes with a roundtable lunch.

Read about our Law alumni panelists below.

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Katie Barnes '92

Director, Right of Way at Texas Central Partners

BS in Political Science from Texas Christian University

JD from South Texas College of Law

I am currently serving as the Director of Right of Way for Texas Central Partners. Texas Central is a private, Texas-based company that is developing the high-speed passenger railway and associated facilities between Houston and Dallas. Texans will soon have access to a state-of-the-art, high-speed passenger rail system that will move people between two of our state’s economic powerhouses—North Texas and Houston—in less than 90 minutes. My work day is different every day as I work for a Dallas-based company while living in Houston and have a mobile work experience between Dallas, Houston, and our project offices in Ennis and College Station. I am part of the management team for Texas Central’s real estate program coordinating with attorneys, engineers, outreach, and real estate professionals to acquire the real estate needed for the construction of this innovative project. Points of advice for those entering this area of work or any line of work: Your reputation is all you have so strive to be the best person you can be; no job or task should be beneath your pay grade; and show enthusiasm for your work.

K. Knox Nunnally '97

Partner, Ware Jackson LLP

B.S., Political Science, United States Naval Academy
J.D., University of Texas School of Law

Knox is a partner at the litigation law firm of Ware Jackson LLP. A former U. S. Marine Corps infantry officer and Harris County Prosecutor, Knox has adapted his unique background to aggressively fight for the legal rights of his clients. He holds a wide range of litigation experience in matters involving disputes over oil and gas matters, contracts, warranties, personal injury claims, employment contract claims, and business tort claims. As lead attorney, he has taken 25 jury trials to verdict and relishes any opportunity to advocate in the courtroom. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts and has argued appellate matters before both state and federal appellate courts.

Knox has specific experience in oil and gas disputes dealing with royalty litigation, JOA disputes, title disputes, asset acquisition and divestiture disputes, mineral lien enforcement, intellectual property disputes, and trespass disputes. He has represented operators, mineral interest owners, and service providers. In addition to oil and gas disputes, Knox has represented clients across a variety of industries in contract disputes, business tort litigation, shareholder disputes, property damage litigation, personal injury litigation, non-compete/non-solicitation litigation, and products liability litigation,

Before joining Ware Jackson, Knox handled energy and commercial litigation for Bracewell LLP and McGuireWoods, LLP in Houston. He also prosecuted criminal cases for three years as an assistant district attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas.

Prior to commencing his legal career, Knox served as an infantry officer and light armored reconnaissance officer for the U.S. Marine Corps, before his honorable discharge as a captain. He completed three combat deployments to Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V, a Purple Heart, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Combat Vs.

Samantha Speakmon Evans '09

Associate, Energy Transactions, Norton Rose Fulbright

BBA, Finance and Business, University of Texas

JD, University of Texas School of Law

I am an associate in the Energy Transactions group of a global law firm. As an attorney, my transactional practice focuses on the various needs of our clients in the energy industry. The transactions and projects that I work on vary from helping a company buy or sell oil and gas assets to helping a company build a new pipeline. While many energy companies are located in Houston, their projects or transactions could be anywhere. A recent transaction of mine involved assets in Canada and another involved oil and gas operations off the coast of Africa.

There is no typical day in the life of an attorney, but I spend a great amount of time fielding emails and calls from clients and senior attorneys to discuss projects or transaction agreements and then drafting those same agreements. In any given week, I will work on an average of five or six different projects or transactions, some of which last just a few weeks and some of which continue for months. Every day is different, and each transaction is unique and presents new challenges.