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Leigh B. Meineke

LEIGH B. MEINEKE, a graduate of Katy High School, received a BBA in Finance from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston. Leigh has practiced law for over 30 years with experience in bankruptcy, construction law, corporate, criminal, divorce, estate planning, immigration, litigation, probate, and real estate. Her current practice has an emphasis in business law, estate planning/probate and real estate.

Over 30 Years of Legal Experience

Leigh has represented businesses in all phases of their operation – from creation to dissolution. For many clients, Leigh acts as outside general counsel, including reviewing, negotiating and preparing leases for office space and equipment, contracts for services, distribution agreements, franchise agreements, license agreements, collection matters and business disputes. Leigh also assists clients with the purchase and/or sale of a business, including the review and/or preparation of letters of intent, confidentiality agreements, sales agreements, promissory notes, bills of sale and other transfer documents.  Leigh has participated in the filming of two commercial videos on buying and selling a business.

Leigh also helps clients with the preparation of their wills and other estate planning documents (an area that she is particularly passionate about) and assists clients with probate, walking them through the process and guardianships. She has probated not only estates with assets over several million dollars but estates that were insolvent, estates with lost wills (including one that was originally executed in Mexico), wills executed in other states and estates without wills. Leigh reviews, creates and negotiates real estate contracts, both residential and commercial, for purchase or sale, and prepares and reviews real estate transfer and loan documents. She has experience preparing and reviewing documents for several mortgage companies.

A Commitment to the Community

Leigh is proud to serve the Houston community where she makes her home. She is past Chairman of the Board of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce. She is also active with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for over 17 years, serving as past Vice Chairman on the Transportation Committee, Captain of the Horticulture Committee, and member on the World’s Championship BBQ Committee. Leigh has been active with the Texas bar on the Law Practice Management Committee and as chair of the GP Solo & Small Firm Section. She also has encouraged the next generation of Houston’s leaders through her membership and involvement with Leadership Houston (Class III). Additionally, Leigh is a member of NightCourt.org, a 501c(3) organization raising money  through an annual all-lawyer charity show for charities providing legal services.

Leigh is also proud to donate her time as legal adviser to Pink Phurree, a dragon boat team comprised of women cancer survivors and on the advisory board of OvarCome, a organization supporting survivors of ovarian cancer,

A Commitment to Family and the Future

Leigh Meineke is also a volunteer with the AFSUSA, a program facilitating high school foreign exchange students in the Houston area. Her family has hosted four exchange students over the years – from Italy, the Czech Republic, Spain and Azerbaijan. In addition to their AFS kids, Leigh and her husband have two daughters.

 

IRA P. DOMNITZ

Ira P. Domnitz is an attorney who brings big firm experience to his clients, without the big firm cost.  Ira worked for many years at some of the larger firms in Texas and on the national stage.  Now, he brings this experience to the more intimate setting of the law firm Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC.

Practice Area

Ira has practiced law before the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas as well as represented clients before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals with a case marked as precedential (560 F.3d 1317).  He has co-headed large, high-stakes patent litigation matters and has first and second Chair Trial experience with favorable results obtained for patent litigation and trade secret matters.  Ira has experience in drafting patents, patent opinions, and opinion letters, and has also worked on copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets for clients on transactional and litigation matters.

Education

Ira is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, with a specialization in Health Law.  He also completed the pre-med curriculum, emphasis on Chemistry, with over 40 credit hours in hard sciences.

Admissions and Certifications

Ira has the following admissions and certifications:

  • USPTO Certified Patent Attorney
  • Texas Bar 2002
  • Massachusetts Bar 2001United States District Court- Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeal Federal Circuit

Hobbies and Community Involvement

Outside of his law practice, Ira has prepared Intellectual Property presentation materials for conferences of 2000 delegates, as well as CLE presentations on e-discovery and the patent appellate practice. He also has other varied interests.  He wrote a novel during college, an article for the Houston Business Journal on electronic protections, and a published article on the litigation of Quantum Dot technologies.  He is a martial arts practitioner and is also involved in the local community, including being the President of the local PTO.

 

KELLY D. STEPHENS

Kelly D. Stephens has been a licensed attorney in the State of Texas since 1985.  He graduated with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1979 and received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 1985. He has extensive experience in personal injury, business, and intellectual property litigation. In addition, he has been instrumental in the formation and startup financing of a number of companies.

Prior to beginning the practice of law, Kelly worked as a manufacturing and design engineer in the oil field service industry.

He has over 30 years of trial experience, conducting in excess of 30 state court jury trials and federal jury trials.  Over one-half of the federal trials have been patent infringement cases including technologies from oilfield tools, processes, systems, computer hardware and software, and methods of doing business.  Mr. Stephens has been successful in representing both plaintiffs and defendants, with an emphasis in commercial and patent jury trials.

Practice Areas

Litigation

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Client Counseling
  • Business Dispute Resolution
  • Trade Secrets

Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., Ocean Engineering, 1979

Hobbies and Community Involvement

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – Has participated in three committees at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo over the last 28 years, including (1) 4 years as a captain and 3 years as a vice-chairman on the Jr. Swine Auction committee over 12 years on that committee; (2) 26 years as a committeeman on the Agricultural Mechanics committee; and 6 years a committeeman on the Commercial Exhibits committee.

Houston Ducks Unlimited – Has served on the committee organizing and producing the annual Houston Ducks Unlimited Dinner event from 1987 to 2008 and was the dinner chairman and zone chairman in 1994.

Boy Scouts of America – Has served on committee organizing and producing the annual Boy Scout Sporting Clays Shoot to benefit inner-city youth here in Houston for the past 8 years.

Outside of his law practice, Kelly is an avid outdoorsman spending much of his free time hunting and fishing.

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