Dallas

The DFW chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association was launched in January 2013 and currently has more than 60 members. The membership includes women lawyers and legal consultants in Dallas and Fort Worth whose primary practice area is white collar criminal and government enforcement defense.

Dallas is the ninth largest city in the US and, when combined with Fort-Worth and surrounding suburbs, is home to a population of more than 6.3 million people. DFW is home to 24 companies on the Fortune 500, approximately 200 public companies, and major financial service firms including broker-dealers and investment firms. Dallas and Fort Worth boast a broadly diverse business climate, with technological industries in the lead. Major industries include defense, financial services, information technology and data, life sciences, semiconductors, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, energy and processing. Real estate and tourism are other major industry sectors in the DFW area. Thus, the women in the WWCDA are diverse and our backgrounds varied. Our membership includes former high-ranking government officials from, among other agencies, the SEC, DOJ, and the US Attorneys’ offices with specialties such as antitrust, cybercrime, government contracting, healthcare, securities, and tax, among others.

The local DFW group plans to meet six to eight times a year hosting social networking events as well as informational programs and CLEs. We seek to provide regular opportunities for women attorneys and legal consultants in DFW to: 1) build, broaden, and deepen their network of professional contacts and referral sources among women and with our male colleagues; 2) train and mentor young women in the white collar defense practice; and 3) leverage contacts around the country and around the world to build business.

Founding members/contacts:

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Kit Addleman, Haynes and Boone, LLP – Chapter Leader
kit.addleman@haynesboone.com, Tel: (214) 651-5783

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Kelly Vickers – Chapter Co-Leader
kvickers@lockelord.com, Tel: (214) 740-8451

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Sarah Wirskye, Wirskye Law Firm – Chapter Co-Leader
Swirskye@wirskyelaw.com, Tel: (972) 725-7941

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Paige Montgomery – Secretary
pmontgomery@sidley.com, Tel: (214) 969-3500

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Taryn McDonald – Social Media Coordinator
taryn.mcdonald@hayesboone.com, Tel: (214) 651-5646

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With great sadness, we are sorry to report that Lea Courington died on June 30, 2018.  Lea was an active member of the WWCDA Dallas Chapter and member of the WWCDA Development Committee.  Lea was a front-runner as a woman in white collar defense in Dallas and she leaves a trail of successful trials in her wake.  But, more importantly, Lea will be remember as a kind, gracious and supportive colleague and friend.

Lea Courington focused her practice on health care, government investigations and white collar criminal defense, antitrust and pharmaceutical matters. She defended physicians, hospitals, health care systems, other healthcare providers, and officers and directors in False Claims Act and qui tam cases. She also represented them in parallel criminal and civil governmental investigations and program integrity inquiries and audits arising from whistleblower complaints and allegations of Medicare and Medicaid fraud. A former Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, her experience included both civil cases and the prosecution and defense of white collar federal criminal matters.  She had been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer each year since 2007, received a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.