State Bar Director Spotlight

Nicole Voyles

Interview by Eric Quitugua

Photo by Gittings

Position: An attorney with Tindall England in Houston
Board Member: District 4, Place 6 since 2017

My older brother, Adam, became a lawyer six years before I did, and I always wanted to do everything Adam did so I chose law.

I always liked arguing, so my parents would joke that I should be a lawyer.

I did civil litigation for a few years and did not feel a passion for it.
A friend’s mother suggested I would be a good family lawyer because I enjoy hearing people’s stories. I immediately felt a connection to family law and love that I can help people and make their lives better even during a time of much adversity.

I decided to run for a director spot in 2017 based on encouragement from another State Bar representative who had reached the end of his tenure and a future State Bar president.
I wanted to understand how the State Bar functioned and help continue its amazing legacy.

As a family lawyer at a small firm, I thought it was important
to represent other family lawyers and solo/small firm lawyers in an organization that people assume is all big-firm lawyers, which is definitely not the case.

The biggest challenge I have had has been to learn all the State Bar offers to its lawyers—and I am still constantly learning.

We have had to deal with criticism from people who dislike the State Bar in general. The key to dealing with it is to correct the misstatements and misunderstandings.

I think the State Bar does a great job addressing issues as they arise.

For instance when Hurricane Harvey hit, the State Bar created many disaster relief guides. The same thing has been done with addressing current immigration issues. I think the State Bar directors will continue to address the needs of our state as they arise and work with the State Bar to make certain a plan of action is taken.

Spend some time doing your research on the State Bar website and get involved in the State Bar sections.

Don’t just be a bystander.TBJ


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