Co-Managing Shareholder
Leigh Porter's practice includes general civil litigation, employment law, representation of educational institutions, governmental entities, and various businesses.

As a litigator, Ms. Porter has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts. Ms. Porter represents a number of companies and individuals in litigation involving various commercial, contractual, employment, and real estate matters. Ms. Porter also serves as general counsel for a number of local companies in employment matters and contractual disputes.

Ms. Porter serves as general counsel for several local and regional community colleges, junior colleges, and the colleges’ foundations.

As a representative for institutions of higher education, Ms. Porter provides transactional and compliance counseling in a variety of matters, including contracts, bidding laws, leases, interlocal agreements, open records and open meetings as well as representing these entities in litigation. Ms. Porter also advises these entities regarding employment, student, civil rights, and constitutional issues.

Education

  • Westmont College, B.A., Philosophy and Economics, magna cum laude, 1994
  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997; Baylor Law Review; Order of Barristers; National Mock Trial Team, National Semifinalist, 1997

Professional Experience

  • Wilson, Robertson & VanDeventer, P.C., 2001-present. Managing Shareholder
  • Smith County Assistant District Attorney, Tyler, Texas, 2000-2001; assigned as Attorney to the County Judge and County Commissioner's Court
  • Strasburger & Price, L.L.P, Dallas, Texas, 1997-2000

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Bar Admissions: State Bar of Texas, 1997; U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
  • Bar Associations: Smith County Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2014-2018); Smith County Young Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 2003-2004)
  • Board of Directors, Texas Association of Community College Attorneys (2021 to present); Nominating Committee (2022 to present)

Community Involvement & Personal Interests

  • SPCA Volunteer
  • Running
  • Hiking

Admitted: 1997

Paralegal

Laura Jackson

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Education & Government Law