Meet the dedicated group of administrative, marketing, accounting and legal support staff at BoyarMiller that play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the firm. Each of our team members is committed to our Mission and Core Values and strives diligently to provide exceptional service to our clients — both internally and externally.
Director of Marketing & Administration
With a keen focus on the firm’s culture and commitment to clients, Josie leads strategic marketing activities and oversees daily administrative operations. She is an experienced business development leader with more than 10 years in professional services and the legal industry.
In 2017, Josie was named to the “Women to Watch” category in the Houston Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” awards that recognizes professional women for career achievement, contribution to a company and city success, community involvement and leadership. An accomplished public speaker, she has been selected to present at national industry conventions. Josie is passionate about giving back to the Houston community through her continued service with the Junior League for over 10 years where she has held many leadership roles. She is active in the Legal Marketing Association Houston City Group and has chaired several committees. Additionally, Josie is on the board of directors of Young Audiences of Houston and is a member of the Hermann Park Conservancy and the Asante Society at the Houston Zoo. Past community involvement includes the Urban Land Institute, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and the Ballet Barre. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Josie holds a BBA in Organizational Business and a BA in Psychology.
Legal Assistant, Business Group
Susan joined BoyarMiller’s Business Group in 2013. She has more than 10 years of experience in the corporate and transactional areas of law, with particular emphasis on asset acquisitions, purchase and sale of companies, corporate filings and real estate transactions. Susan is a native of Houston and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.
Legal Assistant, Business Group
Sharon has been with BoyarMiller since 1990, and she has worked as Bill Boyar’s assistant since 1978. In addition to typical document management, Sharon’s responsibilities include preparing contract summaries; maintaining the Business Group calendar, which targets the critical dates in transactions; setting up and maintaining closing document files; preparing binders of closing documents after the closing of transactions; preparing summaries of limited partnership agreements, limited liability companies and loan documents; drafting form documents, and setting up and maintaining corporate and limited liability companies minute books. Sharon is a native of Baton Rouge, La., attended Louisiana State University and has lived in Houston since 1977.
Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Litigation Group
Jennifer joined BoyarMiller’s Litigation Group in 2014. She supports Andrew Pearce, Whitney Brieck, Chris James, Robert Arthur and Molly Hust. In addition to Commercial Litigation, Jennifer has experience in Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Products Liability and Intellectual Property Law. She attended Texas A&M University at Galveston where she studied Maritime Systems Engineering, and holds both a Professional Paralegal and a Professional Legal Secretary Certification from NALS, the association for legal professionals.
Paralegal, Business Group
Debbi joined the firm in 2017, bringing with her over 15 years of commercial real estate and corporate experience. She supports Gary Miller, Steve Kesten and Corinne Sullins, and also provides paralegal support to the Business Section. She holds an A.A.S. in Legal Assistant studies, a diploma in Paralegal studies and received her PLS Certification from NALS, the association for legal professionals, in 2004. Debbi began her career in El Paso, Texas in 1999 and upon her husband’s retirement from the U.S. Army, they chose to make Houston their home.
Paralegal, Litigation Group
Claudia joined the BoyarMiller Litigation Group in 2013, bringing with her over 15 years of legal experience in complex commercial, business and bankruptcy litigation. An Honors graduate of the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where she was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Claudia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities.
Paralegal, Business Group
Rhonda joined BoyarMiller’s Business Group in 2018, bringing with her over 30 years of corporate and energy financing experience. She graduated from Texas Paralegal College before attending University of Houston.
Legal Assistant, Litigation Group
Marlene joined BoyarMiller’s Litigation Group in 2012. She brings more than 25 years of diverse legal experience to the firm from both the plaintiff and defense perspectives. Marlene began her early legal career working with a litigation support firm gaining valuable knowledge and experience that eventually led to her position as a Legal Assistant. She is a native Houstonian.
Administrative Assistant and File Room Manager
Dora came to BoyarMiller in 2007 on a temporary assignment and was quickly recruited to join the staff permanently. In January 2008, she was promoted to File Room Manager. In this role, Dora is responsible for maintenance of all BoyarMiller client matter files. Under Dora’s direction, the firm is migrating to an electronic filing system that provides for digital monitoring, storage and retrieval of client matters – both on- and off-site.
Melissa joined BoyarMiller in 2015 as a temporary employee in the firm’s file room. She became invaluable to the team and a new position was created so Melissa could join the team. As an Office Coordinator, she is responsible for maintaining an organized work environment for the BoyarMiller team and providing an array of office support including file room assistance and as administrative support for attorneys.
Office Services Manager
Jimmie wears many hats at BoyarMiller, including managing the firm’s Copy Center where he works closely with the attorneys and legal assistants providing administrative support. He is also responsible for keeping the firm’s public spaces organized and presentation ready. Other duties include sorting and circulating the mail, ordering and organizing office supplies and ensuring that the numerous machines around the office are in good working order.
Hannah joined the firm in 2018 as a marketing coordinator. In this role, she supports BoyarMiller’s brand and marketing initiatives by transforming ideas into action. She coordinates marketing projects and events that highlight our core values and build the firm’s reputation. She is a native Nebraskan and holds a bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Courtney is the person behind the voice you hear when you call the BoyarMiller main phone line. In addition to managing calls, Courtney is responsible for greeting and directing all guests at the firm, scheduling conference rooms and handling incoming and outgoing deliveries. Her ever-courteous, highly efficient nature makes her the perfect candidate to represent the front of the house at BoyarMiller.
Director of Technology
With 15 years of experience in software training and consulting, and a long-standing relationship to the firm, Kari has a wealth of understanding about BoyarMiller and our clients. In her role, she is responsible for leading our IT department and implementing strategic technology initiatives that move the firm forward. This position provides the team with the know-how and tools to continuously improve client communication. Kari earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida.
Laura came to BoyarMiller in 2011 with almost 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. She was an Operations Specialist for A.G. Edwards & Sons, Wachovia Securities and Wells Fargo Advisors, and a Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones Investments. Her first role at BoyarMiller was Office Coordinator. She moved to the Litigation Group in 2013 to help out as a Junior Legal Assistant, then on to the Accounting Department as AP Analyst and currently serves in the role of Accounting Analyst. She has also coordinated firm marketing and events. Laura holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Baylor University.