The Litigation Division represents the County, its elected officials and its employees (including its law enforcement officers) in all civil (non-criminal) lawsuits and claims involving the County or its elected officials and employees in their official capacities. Attorneys in the Litigation Division appear in many federal and state courts ranging from the local Justices of the Peace to the United States Supreme Court.
Our attorneys regularly represent the County and elected and appointed law enforcement officers in federal lawsuits filed by jail prisoners & detainees and others against claims of excessive force or other “violations of constitutional rights”. We vigorously defend such lawsuits by seeking dismissal of the lawsuits at the earliest possible stage in order to prevent the waste of valuable time, effort and money of County law enforcement officers and officials.
The Litigation Division handles other civil claims filed by and against the County such as automobile collisions, personal injuries, property damage, employment disputes, challenges to County ordinances and all other matters in which the County or its elected officials are sued or required to appear in court.
Attorneys in the Litigation Division regularly work with law enforcement to seize and remove animals from situations where the animals are being mistreated. For example, our attorneys worked with other departments to successfully remove more than 200 horses from a situation in which the horses were malnourished and lacked proper care. The Litigation Division also represents the County Animal Control Department to remove dangerous dogs and other animals from the community.
The Litigation Division also represents the County in involuntary mental health commitment proceedings in order to obtain treatment for individuals needing mental health treatment. Additionally, our attorneys represent individuals seeking protective orders in situations where family violence has occurred.
Civil Litigation Staff
Daniel Plake is an Assistant County Attorney with the Litigation Division. He joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in June of 2011 after three years of private practice. He primarily handles all types of litigation including civil rights and torts (such as automobile accidents) suits. He has successfully handled appeals to the Ninth District Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court. He also assists the public by representing individuals in family violence protective orders and representing the State in mental health proceedings. Daniel got his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2007.
Ronald Chin is an Assistant County Attorney with the litigation division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office. He handles a variety of matters, including animal seizure and dog bite cases, domestic violence protective orders, mental health commitments, and federal and state civil lawsuits involving the county. He joined the County Attorney’s Office in March 2015 after over 15 years in private practice in civil law. Ron has tried over 50 civil jury cases in Montgomery County courts. He graduated from Baylor University in 1994 and then went on to get a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1997.
BJ McCarty is a paralegal with the Litigation Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office. She joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in April of 2017, after serving 20 years with the State of Texas. Of those 20 years, BJ was a legal assistant with the State Counsel for Offenders for 7 years and section leader to all litigation legal assistants for 2 years. BJ received her certification in Legal Assistant Studies from Southwestern Professional Institute in 2006 and has actively worked with litigation support since that time.
Rosie Soto is a legal assistant with the Litigation Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office. Her primary responsibilities are coordinating protective orders and mental health commitments. She joined the County Attorney’s Office in June of 2013. She began her employment with the District Clerk’s office in 2007 as a court clerk, working in county and district courts with 6 years of service handling court dockets and jury trials.
Julie Stewart is an Assistant County Attorney with the Civil Division. She joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in May 2019 after 6 years in private practice in real estate and probate law. Julie was previously with the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office for 9 years in the real property division. Julie graduated with honors from Texas A&M University in Commerce in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in sociology and English literature. She earned her Master of Arts in English literature from the University of North Texas in 1993. Julie graduated summa cum laude from the predecessor to Texas A&M University School of Law in 2002.
Real Estate Staff
Lloyd Saunders IV is an Assistant County Attorney with the Real Estate Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office. Prior to joining the County Attorney’s Office, Mr. Saunders was a Public Defender for the Texas prison system and an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas. He is a member of the African American Lawyers Section and Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a member of the Houston Lawyers Association, Houston Northwest Bar Association and the Woodlands Bar Association. Mr. Saunders earned his bachelor’s degree from Peirce College in Philadelphia, Pa and his juris doctorate from Villanova University School of Law.
Jennifer Fox is a native Houstonian and attorney licensed in the State of Texas and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2004 from the University of North Texas and her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2012 from South Texas College of Law in Houston. During law school, Jennifer was President of both the Environmental Law Society and the Animal Law Society and studied international environmental law abroad at Charles University in the Czech Republic. Jennifer was awarded with “The Dean’s Citizenship Award,” the highest honor awarded to only one law student annually at South Texas College of Law for significant contributions to benefit the college and the community of law students. At the start of her legal career, Jennifer served the public as an environmental litigator with the Harris County Attorney’s Office. Prior to joining the Real Estate Division at the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, Jennifer worked in the private sector and predominantly handled real estate litigation matters. Jennifer currently serves as the Vice-Chair for the Houston Bar Association’s Animal Law Section and also volunteers her time at the Wildlife Center of Texas where she works to rehabilitate native injured or orphaned wildlife.
Denise Johnson is a legal assistant with the Real Estate Division of the County Attorney’s Office. She began working for Montgomery County in 1985 and joined the County Attorney’s Office in October of 2004. Her duties include researching, preparing and obtaining items for Commissioners Court Agenda, preparing and maintaining records and logs on platting of subdivisions. She works closely with the Engineering and Environmental Departments on issues such as road bonds, acquiring right of way and nuisance abatements.
Government Affairs Staff
Amy Dunham is the Chief of the Government Affairs Division. As such, she oversees several legal areas, including employment law, worthless checks, advising commissioners court, elected officials, and department heads with respect to civil matters, contracts and procurement, and Texas Public Information Act requests. Ms. Dunham has extensive experience in a variety of employment litigation matters, as well as client counseling. She has represented clients in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Department of Labor. Prior to joining Montgomery County in 2013, Ms. Dunham was a shareholder at a mid-sized law firm in Houston. Her practice focused on corporate, employment, and real estate matters. She also gained valuable litigation experience as an associate at a firm in St. Louis, Missouri prior to relocating to Houston. Ms. Dunham received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, magna cum laude, and her Master of Science in Accounting, from Texas Tech University. She received her law degree from Baylor University.
John McKinney is a native Texan, born in Austin and raised in the East Texas city of Palestine. He comes from a long history of public service. Prior to law school he earned his BA in Criminal Justice and Criminology, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). John subsequently went on to obtain his MA in Public Administration also from UTA. He graduated law school in May 2012 and was admitted to the Texas Bar in November of that same year. His first job offer as an attorney came from the Harris County Attorney’s Office having interned there throughout law school.In 2013 John was afforded an opportunity to transfer to the Real Property Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office. In January of 2016 he left the county for a short period to work for a private firm assisting local governments. John returned to the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in September of 2017 and now serves in the Government Affairs Division advising elected officials and department heads throughout the county on a multitude of issues. Memberships and Associations: Attorney, State Bar of Texas, 2012 – current; Texas Real Estate Sales Agent, Texas Real Estate Commission, 2013 – current; Member, Registered Professional Appraiser, Texas Board of Tax Professional Examiners, 2007-2009; Elkhart Independent School District Board Member (Vice President, 2007; President 2008-09).
Bushra F. Khan is an Assistant County Attorney with the Government Affairs Division. She is a qualified Barrister from Inns of Court School of Law, City University, and Lincoln’s Inn, London, England, with an undergraduate LL.B. Dual Honors Degree in Law and Business Administration from Keele University, Staffordshire, England. She has been a licensed attorney in Texas and Nevada since 2008 and 2004, respectively. She is also a non-practising member of the Bar of England and Wales. She has served Lyon County, Nevada as Deputy District Attorney, Child Support Division, for three years and represented the State of Nevada, Division of Welfare and Supportive Services as well as Lyon County in various matters during this period. More recently, she served as in-house Counsel to a Houston-based residential and urban development company where she was primarily involved in the drafting and review of real estate, construction, project, and financing contracts and related transactions. Additionally, she was the contract administrator and coordinator for another Houston-based firm of project and construction managers with extensive experience in job order contracting, design-build, and construction management services.
Adam Anderson is an Assistant County Attorney with the Government Affairs Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office. Adam is a 6th generation Montgomery County resident and was born and raised in the Conroe area. Adam received his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas A&M University. He is licensed to practice in Texas Courts and in the Southern District of Texas. Since joining the County Attorney’s Office in March of 2016, Adam has handled a wide variety of litigation matters including civil suits in Justice, County, Federal, and Child Protection Courts. As a member of the Government Affairs Division Adam advises and works closely with County Officials to promptly respond to requests made under the Texas Public Information Act as well other administrative laws.
Angela Franklin is a paralegal with the Government Affairs Division. She earned her Paralegal Certificate from Rice University in 2012 and worked for a mid-sized law firm in Houston prior to joining the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in January 2014. Angela graduated magna cum laude from Houston Baptist University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and worked for Hewlett-Packard for over 10 years prior to pursuing a career in the legal field.
Michelle Hebert is a Paralegal with the Government Affairs Division. She joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in August of 2018 after working for the Harris County Attorney’s Office where she gained experience in the areas of contract drafting and research for various county departments. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and received her certification in Paralegal Studies from Southwestern Paralegal Institute in 1991. Since then, Michelle has worked in a variety of legal practice areas including commercial litigation, personal injury, product liability, insurance defense and oil and gas for both private and corporate entities in Houston.
Kendra O’Dell is a Legal Assistant with the Government Affairs Division and also serves as a receptionist. In August 2013, she joined the County Attorney’s Office to work in the CPS Division as a legal assistant. She has been employed with the county since 2008, where she worked for approximately 5 years in the District Clerks Office. Kendra assists in various divisions as needed, but primarily works with the Worthless Checks Section filing new cases and taking payments.
Sonia Vazquez has worked for the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office since January 2014 as a Legal Assistant in the Worthless Checks Division.