Administrative Appeals, Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Employment Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Governmental Litigation
J.D., highest honors, University of Tulsa, 2005; B.A., Texas State University, 2001.
All Texas state courts; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas.
In her litigation practice, Ms. Peña represents large and small businesses, as well as individuals and environmental groups. Ms. Peña's legal experience encompasses all aspects of commercial litigation, including construction, government, environmental, employment, contracts, business torts, real estate, legal malpractice, trade secrets and technology. Ms. Peña has both represented and sued governmental entities, and is very familiar with sovereign immunity issues, the open meetings act, and the public information act.
Ms. Peña’s practice includes representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants, which gives her a unique perspective. Ms. Peña has first chaired jury and non-jury trials and received favorable verdicts in her clients favor. Most recently, she was involved in a trial where the jury awarded her client $3.5 million in damages.
Some of the cited cases, in which Ms. Peña was involved at the trial and/or appellate level include:
Joe Anthony Beames, Personal Representative of the Estate of Deborah Kay Davis v. Edwin Howard Hooks, Cause No. 01-14-00103-CV; Houston Court of Appeals [1st Dist.] (Jan. 13, 2015);
Waller County, et. al. v. City of Hempstead and Citizens Against the Landfill in Hempstead, Cause No. 01-14-0946-CV Houston Court of Appeals [1st Dist.] (Nov. 26, 2014);
Petition for Writ of Mandamus in re Waller County, et. al., Cause No. 01-14-00916-CV, Houston Court of Appeals [1st Dist.] (Nov. 21, 2014);
H.K. Global Trading, Ltd. v. Combs, 429 S.W.3d 132 (Tex. App. – Austin 2014);
Tex. Comm’n on Environmental Quality and Waste Control Specialists, LLC v. Sierra Club, No. 03-12-0035-CV, 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 4232 (Tex. App. – Austin, Apr. 18, 2014);
Sierra Club v. Tex. Comm’n on Environmental Quality and Waste Control Specialists, LLC, No. 03-11-000102-CV, 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 3661 (Tex. App. – Austin, Apr. 4, 2014);
In re Walker & Twenhafel, LLP, No. 13-14-00065-CV, 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 1729 (Tex. App. – Corpus Christi, Feb. 14, 2014);
City of Dallas v. Arredondo, et. al, No. 05-12-00963-CV, 415 S.W.3d 327 (Tex. App. – Dallas, Aug. 13, 2013);
Southwest Officials Ass’n v. Timmons, No. A-10-CA-753-LY, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28139 (W.D. Tex. Mar. 17, 2011); and
City of Dallas v. Albert, 2011 Tex. LEXIS 636; 54 Tex. Sup. J. 1609 (Tex. 2011).
Professional Memberships / Affiliations
Ms. Peña is active in the Williamson County Bar Association. She has served in every capacity on the Board of Directors from 2006 to 2013. In 2012, Ms. Peña was the President of the Williamson County Bar. Ms. Peña is a member of the Austin Young Lawyers Association and Austin Bar Association. Ms. Peña was part of the Austin Bar Association Leadership Class of 2014. Ms. Peña is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Ms. Peña also served on the Board of the Meadows at Chandler Creek Municipal Utility District from 2008-2014.
Ms. Peña has represented indigent clients in litigation matters on a pro bono basis through Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. Ms. Peña actively volunteers at the Monday Night legal advice clinic hosted by VLS. Ms. Peña has previously volunteered for the Dell Children’s Hospital, Wills for Heroes, Now that You’re 18, Junior Judges, and Austin Habitat for Humanity.