The Dallas Business Journal
) recently named Jackson Walker partner Kathleen McElroy LaValle
to its 2009 list of "Top 25 Women to Watch."
New for 2009, the "Top 25 Women to Watch" award is given to those who have demonstrated leadership in their companies or professions and in giving back, and whose achievements make them excellent role models. Ms. LaValle will be honored at the DBJ
's Women in Business awards luncheon on July 16, and she will be featured in an upcoming DBJ
issue. To view the complete list of winners, CLICK HERE
Ms. LaValle has handled a wide range of complex litigation at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts, including the areas of antitrust, banking and lender liability, libel and slander, securities fraud, business tort, oil and gas, intellectual property, toxic tort and environmental, and employment discrimination. Ms. LaValle also has been actively involved in high-profile state regulatory dockets involving both the telecommunications and energy industries. With each changing trend in complex commercial litigation and high stakes regulatory disputes, she has played a significant role in defining the applicable law, shaping the appropriate procedures, and developing winning strategies. She is a past Chair of the Texas State Bar Antitrust and Business Litigation Section and a past President of the Dallas CASA Board of Directors. Ms. LaValle received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude
, from the University of Notre Dame. She received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude
, from Southern Methodist University, where she was Note and Comment Editor for the Southwestern Law Journal
. Following law school, Ms. LaValle clerked for the Hon. Robert Madden Hill, Northern District of Texas.