FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2022
Contact: Lowell Brown
Communications Director, State Bar of Texas
800-204-2222, ext. 1713, or 512-427-1713
Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury elected State Bar of Texas president-elect
AUSTIN—Texas attorneys elected Cindy V. Tisdale of Granbury to be president-elect of the State Bar of Texas.
Tisdale received 51.69%—11,081—of the 21,437 votes cast during the monthlong voting period that ended May 2. Her opponent, Jose “Joe” Escobedo Jr. of Edinburg, received 48.31%, or 10,356 votes.
Tisdale will be sworn in as president-elect during a State Bar of Texas Board of Directors meeting on June 9, 2022, and will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2023 to June 2024.
Tisdale, with the Law Office of Cindy V. Tisdale in Granbury and of counsel to Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in Midland, is certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She earned her J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1995. Tisdale served as 2013-2014 chair of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. She also served as chair of the Texas Bar Foundation from 2017 to 2018 and chair of the State Bar Family Law Section from 2017 to 2018. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a fellow in the American Academy of Family Law Specialists, a fellow in the International Academy of Family Law Specialists, a member of the Texas Bar College, and a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas.
In other results, the following individuals were elected to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors:
John Sloan, Longview, District 2; Alex J. Stelly Jr., Beaumont, District 3; Radha Thiagarajan, Houston, District 4, Place 1; Aaron Z. Tobin, Dallas, District 6, Place 1; Paul K. Stafford, Dallas, District 6, Place 5; Jeff Cochran, Burleson, District 7, Place 2; Craig Cherry, Waco, District 8; David C. Courreges, Austin, District 9, Place 2; Lawrence Morales II, San Antonio, District 10, Place 2; Matthew J. Hill, New Braunfels, District 15.
Texas Young Lawyers Association election
In the Texas Young Lawyers Association election, Laura Pratt of Lubbock was elected president-elect and will serve as TYLA president from June 2023 to June 2024. Pratt received 54.03% of the 4,166 votes cast, while her opponent, Courtney M. White of Amarillo, received 45.97%.
Born and raised in Longview, Pratt is a first-generation scientist-turned-attorney at Brady & Hamilton, practicing commercial litigation with a focus on eminent domain, administrative law, and agricultural law. She lives in Lubbock with her husband, Josh; their three children, Zachary, Alexander, and Victoria; and their Double Doodle, Shadow. After attending Texas Tech University School of Law, Pratt began her diverse legal career at the city of Lubbock, practicing municipal law and specializing in environmental compliance and natural resources law. She was also a municipal prosecutor. After completing a two-year relocation overseas, Pratt returned to Lubbock and held the position of executive director for OneVoiceHome, a local nonprofit she co-founded in 2015 that supports survivors of sex trafficking. She is TYLA’s vice president, and she previously served for four years as the TYLA District 3 director. Pratt has served on 15 committees and contributed to numerous TYLA projects. She frequently speaks to community organizations and schools and has received several awards for her commitment to service. Pratt is a Texas Bar College member and a Texas Bar Foundation fellow. She practices self-care by adventuring with her family and practicing piano and Irish fiddle.
The following individuals were elected to the TYLA Board of Directors:
Tyler Granger, College Station, District 2; Ryan R. Bauerle, Plano, District 4; Hisham A. Masri, Dallas, District 5, Place 2; Ashton Barrineau Butcher, Dallas, District 5, Place 4; Julia Peebles, Houston, District 6, Place 2; Sushant Mohan, Richmond, District 6, Place 4; Timothy Adams, Houston, District 6, Place 6; Jenna Malsbary, Austin, District 8, Place 2; Matthew S. Manning, Corpus Christi, District 12; Andrew Cavazos, El Paso, District 14; Courtney M. White, Amarillo, District 16; Guillermo M. Hernández III, San Antonio, District 18, Place 2.
Detailed election results are available at texasbar.com/elections.
Media note: High-resolution photos of Cindy Tisdale and Laura Pratt are available upon request.
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