Our executive team is responsible for the administration and management of the State Bar of Texas. This includes providing day-to-day oversight of the State Bar and its operations, professional services to members of the State Bar, services to the public, long-range strategic planning, and assistance to the courts regarding the administration of justice.
Trey Apffel, Executive Director
E.A. “Trey” Apffel III became executive director of the State Bar of Texas in December 2017. A longtime Galveston County trial lawyer, he previously was the owner and principal of the Apffel Law Firm in League City, where he focused on personal injury litigation, toxic torts, medical malpractice, and family law. He is certified in both civil trial law and personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Apffel has served as State Bar of Texas president (2014-2015), on the State Bar Board of Directors, and as a member of the board’s Executive Committee. He is a former member of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, a member of the Texas Bar College, a Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow, and served on the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.
John Sirman has served as the State Bar’s associate executive director and legal counsel since 2018 and previously served as the bar’s interim executive director and as legal counsel. He has also served in roles involving strategic planning and communications. John is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and volunteers with a community technology nonprofit based in Austin.
KaLyn Laney serves the bar as a deputy executive director. Since joining the bar in 1990, she has served as director of governmental relations, director of member and public service, and in various other roles. Professionally, Laney is active in the National Association of Bar Executives, where she has served as chair of the Governmental Relations Section and chair of the Membership Committee. Additionally, Laney is an active community volunteer, having served as president of the Junior League of Austin and as a national board member of the Texas Tech Alumni Association. She is currently serving on the foundation board of the Settlement Home for Children and as a vice president of Rodeo Austin.
Ray Cantu began his career at the State Bar of Texas in 1995. He has served as director of the advertising review department, attorney compliance division, and special projects department. He currently serves as the State Bar of Texas deputy executive director over the compliance, administration, information technology and finance divisions. Cantu graduated in 1992 from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Political Science and earned a Master of Public Administration from Texas State University in 1998. Prior to working at the State Bar, Cantu worked in the Office of the Governor from 1992 to 1995.
The executive director publishes a monthly Texas Bar Journal column about the activities of the State Bar and its many departments and programs.