In her litigation practice, Ms. Peña represents large and small businesses, as well as individuals and environmental groups, primarily in Travis and Williamson County. 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.
Some of the cited cases, in which Ms. Peña was involved at the trial and/or appellate level include:
Morrison v. Profanchik, 2018 Tex. App. 6913 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2018);
Morrison v. ProCal Stone Design, LLC, 2018 Tex. App. 6917 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2018);
G&A Outsourcing IV, LLC v. Texas Workforce Commission, 2017 Tex. App. Lexis 7785 (Tex. App. – Austin 2017);
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).
Ms. Peña has been a speaker at various continuing education events or community events. Some of those recent events include:
Speaker at Diminished Capacity and How it Affects Your Representation; hosted by Williamson County Inns of Court (February 15, 2018);
Speaker at How to Maneuver the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act; hosted by the Civil Litigation Section of the Austin Bar Association; panel included James A. Hemphill, V. Blayre Peña, and Laura Lee Prather (April 16, 2018);
Speaker at Perseverance; hosted by Minority Women Pursuing Law, University of Texas (October 2, 2018);
Speaker at Consequence of the Vanishing Jury Trial and How to Fix It; hosted by the Williamson County Inns of Court (October 18, 2018);
Moderator for 14th Annual Ultimate Trial Notebook Seminar; presented by the Civil Litigation Section of the Austin Bar Association (October 19, 2018).
Professional Memberships / Affiliations
Ms. Peña is active in the Austin Bar Association and currently sits on the board of the Civil Litigation Section. Although Ms. Peña’s office is in Austin, she maintains strong ties with Round Rock (where she initially started practicing law). She is an active member in the Williamson County Bar Association, of which she was president in 2012. Ms. Peña is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, which only invites the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys. In 2015, Ms. Peña was named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers. Ms. Peña previously served in government when she sat 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 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.