Shareholder, Litigation Group
Whitney’s experience advocating inside the courtroom and working for judges behind the appellate bench uniquely situates her to counsel clients through all stages of commercial disputes—and help them make strategic business decisions along the way. As a trial lawyer, Whitney enjoys thoughtfully managing litigation ensure the fair, complete presentation of the evidence to a final judgment—from initiating or responding to lawsuits and applications for injunctive relief, to effectively using dispositive motions, tailored written discovery, and key witness and expert depositions to advance the ball. Whitney has also first-chaired a successful jury trial and second-chaired numerous bench trials, jury trials, and final arbitration hearings. Whitney understands that because lawsuits are expensive, developing a business-focused litigation strategy requires both an in-depth understanding of the rules of the game and each client’s objectives. As an appellate advocate, Whitney studies the tenor of recent judicial decision-making to comprehensively counsel her clients about their remedies on appeal. She has taken a lead role in pursuing and defending civil appeals across the State of Texas. For example, her briefing was instrumental in persuading the Texas Supreme Court to grant discretionary review—without oral argument—to reinstate a jury verdict that was disregarded by both the trial court and intermediate court of appeals. Whitney’s appellate focus adds value in the trial court as well as on appeal: no victory in the trial court is secure without protecting against procedural pitfalls, and many errors cannot be corrected on appeal if not properly preserved. Prior to joining BoyarMiller, Whitney spent two years with the Fourteenth Court of Appeals, as a staff attorney for the Honorable Justice Sharon McCally and a briefing attorney for the Honorable William J. Boyce, where she reviewed briefing, evaluated oral argument, participated in conferences with the justices, drafted opinions, and considered points on rehearing. Whitney also spent several years litigating and appealing a diverse array of commercial business disputes for a mid-size law firm in downtown Houston, Texas. While studying at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, Whitney evaluated petitions for review and drafted recommendations as an intern for the Honorable Justice Don R. Willett on the Texas Supreme Court. Whitney helped review and seek to exclude evidence as an intern for the Family Justice Division of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, and helped prepare a successful application for asylum-seekers in federal immigration court on behalf of the law school’s Immigration Clinic. Before attending law school, Whitney juggled the administrative needs of a busy toxic-tort docket as litigation support staff for a large, international law firm in downtown Houston. Whitney received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and political science from Texas A&M University, and is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2006. She is also a member of the Houston Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, and previously chaired the Pro Bono Committee—which collaborates with the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Pro Bono Committee to match clients who are financially unable to obtain legal representation on appeal with volunteer lawyers who agree to serve without expectation of compensation for their service. Whitney is also a member of the Houston Bar Association Litigation Section.
- Houston Contemporary Dance Company, Board Member
- Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, Past Member
- Texas Bar Foundation and Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow