2021-2022 Officers

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Paul K. Stafford is the 2021-’22 Chair of the State Bar of Texas African American Lawyers Section. 

Paul is a licensed attorney who received his B.S. (Political Science, minor in Economics) from Texas A&M University in 1990, and his J.D. from Texas Tech School of Law in 1994.  He is admitted to the State Bar of Texas, all four U.S. District Courts in Texas (Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western), the U.S. District Court for Northern District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the  U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

 

Paul currently serves as founder and managing partner of STAFFORD LAW FIRM, P.C., a majority/minority owned litigation and corporate boutique.  Paul focuses his practice primarily on civil litigation, torts, complex commercial and business litigation, and insurance policyholder and coverage litigation; he also has experience in data privacy & cyber-security matters, intellectual property and technology litigation, labor and employment, and corporate matters.  He previously served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in  Denton and Dallas Counties; studied at La Escuela de Idioma de Francisco Marroquin, Antigua, Guatemala; was Trial Counsel for Farmers Insurance Group and Zurich North America; and practiced at Hughes & Luce LLP (which merged with K&L Gates) and Thompson & Knight., LLP.   Paul also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech University School of Law and Texas A&M University School of Law.

 

During his career, Paul has tried more than 200 cases to verdict, including approximately 100 criminal cases and approximately 100 civil cases.  Paul has successfully represented numerous parties in multi-million dollar complex civil and criminal litigation throughout Texas and the nation, is a frequent speaker and lecturer, and has written and presented numerous articles, papers, and CLE presentations on insurance, e-discovery, cyber-security and litigation. For over two decades, Paul has been recognized by his peers as a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer, Texas Lawyer Top Commercial Litigator, and among D-Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas. Paul is also a previous recipient of the AALS Trailblazer Award (2014).

 

Paul is a Past-President of the Dallas Bar Association (2012) and the J.L. Turner Legal Association (2002), and previously served on the Boards of the Dallas Bar Foundation, Texas A&M University Association of Former Students, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.  Paul currently serves on the Boards of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, the J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation, the State Bar of Texas Insurance Law Section, and Texas Tech University School of Law.

 

Paul is also a strong supporter of the arts – including the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (Advisory Board; Mock Trial Coach), the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Board of Governors, Corporate Committee, and the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee).

To speak with Mr. Paul Stafford regarding more information about the AALS, please contact her directly here.

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Nikki earned her BA from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s in Organizational Leadership in Public Service/Non-Profit from Quinnipiac University, and her J.D. from Texas A&M Law School, formerly known as Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Nikki joined Foster & Foster as their Senior Legal Counsel in September 2020. Her primary focus is employment law and ERISA compliance.  Before joining Foster & Foster, Nikki was in-house ERISA Counsel and Vice President of Employee Benefits Compliance for a large brokerage and consulting firm where she was responsible for all aspects of legal compliance affecting employee benefit plans, including compliance with ERISA, ACA, COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, MHPAEA, Internal Revenue Code taxation issues and other federal and state laws affecting employee benefit plans. Nikki is also currently a part-time advocacy instructor for Texas A&M School of Law where she coaches the moot court advocacy teams.

 

Nikki is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar College, and American Bar Association. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She has served in various leadership roles for the African American Lawyer Section of the State Bar of Texas (AALS) and is a past president of the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association. She is a former associate member of the Eldon Mahon Inns of Court and executive board member of United Way.

 

When not at work or serving within the community in a legal capacity, Nikki is an active member at Dayspring Family Church in Irving Texas and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching movies, and singing. Using her life as an example, Nikki actively seeks out and supports many nonprofit organizations and serves as a mentor, life coach, and provides assistance to at-risk youth and teenage mothers seeking assistance with educational needs including grants and support for secondary education.

To speak with Mrs. Chriesman-Green regarding more information about the AALS, please contact her directly here.

 
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Nekketta M. Archie, Esq. is the Founding Attorney and Principal of Archie Law PLLC. A transplant from the West Texas Panhandle, Attorney Archie’s humble upbringing has kept her grounded, focused and true to self. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Houston Lawyers Association and the Texas Creditors Bar Association.

Attorney Archie currently serves as Treasurer of the African American Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Texas and is also a member of the Bankruptcy Section, Commercial Lawyers Section and the Women of Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Attorney Archie is a proud graduate of Texas Southern University – Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL ’17) and earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from The Grambling State University. During her time at TMSL, Attorney Archie was Vice President of the Student Bar Association, was a published author and scholar, and served as Associate Editor of Thurgood Marshall Law Review. Most notably, Attorney Archie was honored with the Outstanding Oral Advocate Award in 2017 at the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition at St. John’s University.

Attorney Archie serves on the Board of The Unforgotten First Foundation (TUFF), a non- profit committed to mentor and educate young African American men through leadership and development programs. Attorney Archie currently serves as the Vice President of the DLW Houston Chapter of Grambling University Alumni Association and is the Chair of the Special Projects Committee for Grambling University National Alumni Association. Attorney Archie is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

To speak with Ms. Archie regarding more information about the AALS, please contact her directly here.

 
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The son of Haitian immigrants, Rudy is of the first generation in his family to complete higher education, graduating from not only the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts with a B.A., but also a Master in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. He has been a tireless advocate in the community speaking and working on a host of issues ranging from teaching at-risk children, co-authoring an honor code for the University of Texas, helping forge a partnership with local law enforcement and the State Bar of Texas to address the issue of community policing, and creating Pro Bono legal advice clinics for United States Military Veterans.
 
Before joining Chamberlain McHaney, a premiere civil litigation law firm in Central Texas, Rudy served as Special Counsel to the Health and Human Services Commission. He has also served on several local, state, and national boards and committees including the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, Lone Star Circle of Care, Texans Soccer Club, Leadership Austin, Texas Young Lawyers Association, Austin Black Lawyers Association, and Young Catholic Professionals. Rudy has been recognized numerous times as one of the most influential young professionals in not only the Greater Austin area, but the State of Texas. His accolades include being awarded the Pflugerville ISD Community Partner of the Year, Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award of Merit, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year, Austin Under 40 Government & Public Affairs Award Winner, and the Austin Area Research Organization McBee Fellowship. 

To speak with Mr. Metayer regarding more information about the AALS, please contact him directly here.