EDUCATION
University of Texas (J.D., 1981)
University of Texas (B.B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 1978)

BAR LOCATION
Texas
Admittance: 1981

CREDENTIALS:
Beta Gamma Sigma; Beta Alpha Psi; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Eta Sigma.  Member: Houston Bar Association (Probate, Trust & Estate Section); State Bar of Texas (Taxation Section, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section); American Bar Association (Taxation Section, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section); Houston Business & Estate Planning Council; Houston Estate and Financial Forum; College of State Bar of Texas.  Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Speeches & Publications: Estate Liquidity--Internal Revenue Code Sections 6161, 6166, and 303, University of Houston Law Center, April 1996 (Guest Lecturer); Asset Titling in Texas and Related Problems, Texas 

John T. Ridout

MANAGER/MEMBER

Texas Society of CPAs (Houston Chapter), Houston, November 1995 (Author/Speaker); Taxation of Estate and Trust Terminating Distributions, University of Houston Law Center, April  1995 (Guest Lecturer); Income Taxation of Distributions from Estates and Trusts, University of Houston Law Center, March 1995 (Guest Lecturer); Short Course on Drafting Wills and Trusts in Texas, University of Houston Law Center, October 1994 (Guest Lecturer); Drafting Wills and Trusts: A How-to for Texas Lawyers, Center for CLE, Inc., January 1995 (Dallas), December 1994 (Houston), March 1994 (Dallas and Houston), January 1994 (Dallas), November 1993 (San Antonio), October 1993 (Houston), August 1993 (Houston), and July 1993 (Dallas), (Co-Author/Speaker); Basic Drafting of Wills and Trusts in Texas, National Business Institute, Inc., Houston, February 1993 (Co-Author/Speaker); Planning Opportunities with Living Trusts in Texas, National Business Institute, Inc., Houston, November 1992 (Co-Author/Speaker); Basic Drafting of Wills and Trusts in Texas, National Business Institute, Inc., Houston, December 1990 (Co-Author/Speaker); Paid Workers at Nonprofit Organizations:  Employees or Independent Contractors?, Vol. 2, No. 4, Art Law and Accounting Reporter, January 1984 (Co-Author).

Kathy A. Dawson

MANAGER/MEMBER

EDUCATION
South Texas College of Law (J.D., Cum Laude, 2006)
texas A&M University (B.S., Political Science, Cum Laude, 1993)

BAR LOCATION
Texas
Admittance: 2006

CREDENTIALS:
Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Member: State Bar of Texas (Taxation Section and Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section); American Bar Association (Taxation Section and Real Property, Probate and Trust Section); Houston Estate and Financial Forum; College of State Bar of Texas; Houston Bar Association (Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section and Taxation Section); Texas Aggie Bar Association.  Order of Lytae; Assistant Editor, South Texas Law Review 2004; State Bar of Texas Administrative and Public Law Moot Court Competition-Best Brief and Best Team Awards 2005; Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition-Octo-Finalist 2006); Vinson & Elkins Award for Best Article on Professional Responsibility 2006; The T. Gerald Treece Heart of the South Texas Advocate Award 2006. 

Kathleen Kent

Tax, Trusts, & Estates Paralegal

Mary Rodriguez

Office Manager