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Laura Benitez Geisler Elected Dallas Bar Association President

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Dallas Bar Association (DBA), a 145-year-old professional, voluntary organization comprised of more than 11,000 lawyers in the DFW Metroplex, recently elected its incoming Board. Laura Benitez Geisler, of the Geisler Law Firm, will lead the association in 2019. When she is sworn in as the 110th President of the DBA on January 12, 2019, she will be the first Hispanic member to assume the role.

Ms. Geisler began her service on the DBA Board of Directors in 2007 as President of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. She was later elected Chair of the Board of Directors in 2015. She currently serves as the Board Advisor to the Lawyer Referral Service Committee and to the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Law Sections. In addition, Ms. Geisler was the Co-Chair of the 2014-2015 Equal Access to Justice Campaign and she received a DBA Presidential Citation in 2016.

Ms. Geisler received her J.D. from the SMU Dedman School of Law. In addition to her bar service, Ms. Geisler is a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, and the DAYL Foundation. She also served as President of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association in 2003.

Other officers serving on the Board are as follows: President-Elect—Robert Tobey, of Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C.; First Vice President—Aaron Tobin, of Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton; Second Vice President—Karen McCloud, of Karen D. McCloud, P.C.; Secretary/Treasurer—Ashlei Gradney, of Gradney, P.C.; and Immediate Past President—Michael K. Hurst, of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst.

irectors serving on the Board include: Vicki D. Blanton, AT&T; Jonathan Childers, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst; Chalon Clark, Husch Blackwell LLP; Sakina Rasheed Foster, Haynes and Boone, LLP; Charles Gearing, Figari + Davenport, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers President; Rocio García Espinoza, Hunton Andrews Kurth; Hon. Martin Hoffman, 68th District Court; Krisi Kastl, Kastl Law, P.C.; Bill Mateja, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP; Hon. Audrey Moorehead, judge-elect County Criminal Court 3; Kathryne Morris, Clark Hill Strasburger; Cheryl Camin Murray, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Erin Nowell, judge-elect Fifth District Court of Appeals, J.L. Turner Legal Association President; Javier Perez, Scott Perez LLP, Dallas Hispanic Bar Association President; Sarah Rogers, Crain Lewis Brogdon LLP, Dallas Women Lawyers Association President; Mary Scott, Spencer Scott PLLC; Jason Shyung, Southwest Airlines, Dallas Asian American Bar Association President; and Victor Vital, Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

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The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 11,000 Dallas-area attorneys. Find out more at www.dallasbar.org.

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