Prior BigLaw and In-house Experience
- Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP
- Jackson Walker LLP
- Payne & Vendig
- Union Pacific Resources Inc.
- Quicksilver Gas Services LP
- Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc.
- Stephen F. Austin University, B.S. Biology, 2nd major Psychology 1978, cum laude
- Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D. 1986
- Admitted to practice in Texas
- Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Regina’s legal career has included many years with law firms, Jackson Walker and Andrews Kurth, and many years as managing or senior attorney with two public companies, Union Pacific Resources (merged into Anadarko) and Quicksilver Resources Inc. This provided her with a wide range and depth of transactional experience, with emphasis in the energy, finance and real estate sectors. Regina’s in-house experience included extensive management of litigation, regulatory, environmental and compliance matters. As the legal advisor on teams charged with executing significant company transactions, from MLP IPO to divestitures to company auctions, she was viewed as a trusted business counselor and pragmatic problem solver, understanding of the business’ needs and perspectives.
But getting there was neither easy nor direct. At the age of 20, Regina went straight from college to being a science teacher and high school coach. Nacogdoches ISD was in a 5A district, but required coaches to drive teams to games, which also required spending the summer passing a school bus driving course. Being vertically challenged, Regina managed this feat with the help of a sofa cushion from the coaches’ lounge; even nailing a 4-point turn in the school’s circle driveway to outrun local protestors.
But her first job in the oil patch sent her out as a baby landman, riding around with the drilling superintendent (rumored to have bitten a guy’s nose off in a fight) to understand oil-field operations. Due to working with mentoring lawyers in the Panhandle office, Regina took the LSAT and was admitted to SMU Law School.
Though a full-time law student, Regina continued working (on the sly) for a small oil company her first year, and as a clerk at Payne Vendig (a mid-size firm in downtown Dallas), for most of her second and third years, joining as an associate upon graduation. However, her most awesome accomplishment in law school was losing her East Texas twang that had provided limitless humor to her “accent-less” law school mates.
Law school brought to Regina lots of experiences, long-lasting relationships formed with many friends, and plenty of post-curricular activities—social functions and some serious team sports play in volleyball, softball and even basketball. And participating with multiple sports teams, in both lawyer and non-lawyer leagues, was part of her life for many years.
After years working very hard at firms, including Jackson Walker, Regina moved to a large oil and gas client, rising from contract attorney to managing senior attorney and loving every minute. Unfortunately, the company was bought by Anadarko and her office closed. Having fallen for her soon-to-be husband, John, she had committed to helping him raise and take care of his three children, the bird and dogs. So Regina transitioned back to the law firm experience at Andrews Kurth, practicing for 6 years with the corporate and finance group.
A call from a former peer of Regina’s, the general counsel of Quicksilver, gave her the opportunity to go back in-house with a public oil and gas company. Her experience there included what is typical of most in-house positions: large transactions, small transactions, contract negotiation and drafting, managing disputes and litigation, and advising senior management on corporate initiatives and debt issues. Quicksilver filed for bankruptcy in early 2015. Part coincidence and part serendipity, Regina was given a reference and shortly thereafter met certain members of Grable Martin Fulton. “I am appreciative of being part of such a talented group of people who happen to be lawyers. This firm model makes so much sense in today’s business environment. I am excited for the opportunity to offer the kind of advice, guidance and legal services to companies and law departments as would typically be provided by in-house counsel.”
Outside of work these days, much effort is made to spend time with extended family, entertaining with friends (especially girls’ nights), golfing (mostly John but Regina is taking lessons), grilling (mostly John), and gardening (a shared effort, but John cares more).