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Christy Hext is AV Peer Review rated, Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer review recognition for ethical standards and legal ability, and has been included as one of the Outstanding Lawyers of America. She is a successful trial attorney and has first-chaired over sixty jury trials. Ms. Hext has also been involved in several published Texas appellate cases. Ms. Hext focuses her practice on insurance defense, products liability defense, premises liability, construction and industrial accident cases, as well as commercial litigation and arbitration, secured transaction litigation, and collections. She has tried cases throughout the state and federal courts in the State of Texas, and has handled over two hundred commercial arbitration cases.

Her insurance defense trials and cases have included automobile liability claims, premises liability claims ranging from slip and fall cases to security, dram shop and assault/rape cases, industrial accidents, and construction accidents. She has successfully defended and handled products liability cases that involve claims of manufacturing, marketing and design defect and negligence. Ms. Hext also handles and personally investigates fire and casualty losses involving a variety of electrical products. Ms. Hext has also handled environmental claims for large oil and gas companies including Mobil Oil Corporation, Tenneco Oil Company and ExxonMobil, and is currently defending several lawsuits from a chemical plant explosion. She successfully participated in a six-week environmental, antitrust and nuisance trial in federal court that resulted in a directed verdict for her client. She also handles insurance coverage disputes.

Ms. Hext also has an extensive commercial arbitration and litigation practice. She represents several large corporations and has arbitrated over two hundred cases throughout the United States. Her success rate in these cases is over 90%. She has also tried and handled commercial litigation cases involving breach of contract claims, Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, fraud and misrepresentation, stock and securities fraud and unpaid debts. Ms. Hext has also handled secured transaction litigation matters involving wrongful foreclosure, Fair Debt Collection Claims, conversion and wrongful repossession.

Ms. Hext is a proud graduate of the University of Texas (BA 1985) and of the University of Houston Law School (JD 1988). She is a member of DRI, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Texas Association of Bank Counsel, National Fire Protection Association, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, and Global Alliance of Travel and Tourism Hospitality Attorneys (G.A.T.T.H.A.). She is a frequent faculty member for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy. She is also a frequent judge for the University of Houston mock trial and moot court programs.






Mary Alice Parsons was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, raised in Houston, Texas, and graduated from St. Agnes Academy. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1994 after graduating from Tulane University (B.S. 1991) and the University of Houston Law Center (J.D. 1994).

Ms. Parsons represents local, national, and international clients with sophisticated legal needs, including companies and individuals in the construction, services, manufacturing, and health care industries. She handles civil disputes in all phases of litigation, including trial and appeal, mediation, arbitration, and pretrial settlement negotiations. She also serves her clients' business, corporate, and transactional needs. Her approach to client representation involves efficient and cost-effective legal services, with a focus on responsiveness and personalized service to her clients. Ms. Parsons has an AV® Preeminent ™ certification from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest peer review rating reflecting very high general ethical standards and legal ability.

Ms. Parsons has extensive experience in civil litigation, representing clients in various types of commercial, personal injury, and property damage lawsuits, including claims involving premises liability, products liability, construction defects, workplace injury, contractual disputes, personal and commercial auto liability, environmental issues, commercial disputes, dram shop, negligent security, insurance coverage disputes, and general negligence claims. She has handled complicated lawsuits involving severe personal injury and death, including chemical plant accidents, boating accidents, trucking accidents, and construction site accidents. She also has experience handling toxic tort lawsuits and medical malpractice claims. She handles cases in both state and federal courts all over Texas, and has also appeared pro hac vice on behalf of clients in several other states.

Ms. Parsons is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas, and is a member of the Houston Bar Association, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute.




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Ms. Joyce Margarce has over 24 years’ experience representing corporations and individuals in civil litigation matters. Joyce B. Margarce is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. Ms. Margarce is also a trained mediator, having completed the A.A. White basic 40 hour mediation training and advanced training.

Ms. Margarce has successfully represented corporations and individuals in trial, pre-trial discovery and on appeal in many areas of litigation including but not limited to pharmaceutical and medical products, premises liability, environmental claims, chemical exposure cases, trucking accident, commercial construction and business disputes.

Prior to law school, Ms. Margarce was a manager with Allstate Insurance Company. She gained experience handling personal injury and property claims as an adjuster while employed at Allstate before earning her promotion into management within the company. She utilized her experience both as an adjuster and supervisor to enhance her legal career.

Ms. Margarce attended The Pennsylvania State University (B.S. 1973), Rutgers Law School (1984-1986), and the University of Houston (J.D. 1987). She is admitted to practice before all Texas courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of Texas. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association, Texas Women Lawyers, and the College of the State Bar. She actively participates in the Big Brother Big Sister Organization, is an active member of The Church in the Center, and is a volunteer mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center.










Mr. Keith L. Woods is a trial lawyer, with special emphasis in commercial and personal injury litigation. Mr. Woods has first-chair litigation experience in a wide range of legal matters. His practice typically includes representation of clients in lawsuits concerning breach of contract, employer-employee issues, fraud, misrepresentation, DTPA, business torts, real estate disputes, construction disputes, insurance, product liability, industrial and vehicular accidents, and other common law related issues. Mr. Woods has also handled appeals in state and federal court, and for several years, practiced exclusively criminal defense with the law firm of Helixon & Woods. Although one usually hopes his services are not needed in this area, Mr. Woods is available to consult regarding any criminal defense need should it arise.

Mr. Woods is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law in 1993. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas in 1988. In addition to a number of awards received, Mr. Woods was twice selected to participate in the National Debate Tournament and was selected by the United States to participate in a public debate with then-members of the Soviet Union.

Mr. Woods is a member of the Texas State Bar, American Bar Association and the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit. He is admitted to practice before all Texas state courts, the United States District Court for the Western and Southern Districts of Texas, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.







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