John is a partner at the law firm of Akerman LLP. He graduated with a B.B.A. in 1988 from Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets (Company D-2) and a Distinguished Military Graduate. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1988 until 1992. During his service he was a Patriot Launcher Platoon Leader and Tactical Control Officer and participated in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort (Kurdish Refugee Relief Effort). After his military service, John obtained his J.D. from Texas Tech School of Law in 1996 (magna cum laude). John is a bankruptcy and insolvency lawyer whose practice covers all facets of restructuring and reorganization.
Board Term: 2015 - 2018.
Jason Mills has been a Texas Aggie Bar Association board member since 2014. He became the first ever board certified attorney in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Fort Worth, Texas. The Law Offices of Jason Mills PLLC specializes in all areas of immigration and nationality law including investors, professionals, nonimmigrant visas, human resource compliance, removal defense, family, consular processing, and federal court practice. He attended Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and Cambridge Law School in England. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 1995 in political science. He is a former editor of Texas Wesleyan Law Review and Past President of the Texas Wesleyan School of Law Alumni Board. A frequent nationwide lecturer on immigration law Mr. Mills has taught as an adjunct professor and is published in numerous collections.
Board term: 2016 - 2019.
Emily B. Taylor '11 graduated Texas A&M with a BA in English and a minor in Business. While at A&M, Emily was a camp counselor for Camp Kesem A&M. Emily attended law school at South Texas College of Law where she participated in Women's Law Society, Aggie Law Student Association, and Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. Also while at South Texas, Emily clerked under Honorable Judge Rory Olsen. Emily is an elder law attorney in Bellaire where she also volunteers with the Houston A&M Club and is a trained volunteer with Free the Captives Houston. She lives with her husband, a Manufacturing Engineer and Aggie Class of 2010 and their dog Sophie.
Board term: 2013 - 2017.
Kenneth M. Krock
Ken Krock '93 graduated from Texas A&M University in 1993 with his B.B.A in Management. While at Texas A&M, Ken co-founded the student organization Legal Education Group for Aggie Law Students (“L.E.G.A.L.S.”) which established Texas A&M’s moot court and mock trial team and which continues as an active student organization. Ken graduated cum laude and earned his JD from University of Houston Law Center in 1996 where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Order of the Barons, and served as an Articles Editor on the Houston Law Review.
Hon. Craig Gargotta
Judge Craig A. Gargotta received his B.A. in History in 1981 and M.A. in History in 1984 from Texas A&M University. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law in 1989. After law school, he clerked for Bankruptcy Judge Ronald B. King from 1989-1990. He then practiced bankruptcy and affirmative litigation at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Antonio from 1990-2007. Judge Gargotta was appointed a bankruptcy judge in Austin in 2007 and served there until 2013 where he changed duty stations to San Antonio.
Judge Gargotta teaches Legal Research and Writing at St. Mary’s School of Law. He is a Master in the Larry E. Kelly Inns of Court and Chair-Elect of the Bankruptcy Section of the Federal Bar Association. Judge Gargotta is VP of Professional Education of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas and a member of Law Review Advisory Board of the ABI Law Review. Previously, he wrote columns for the ABI Law Journal and San Antonio Lawyer. He also served as Editor-in-Chief to The Federal Lawyer from 2003-2008. Most importantly, Judge Gargotta has been married to the former Susan Harbaugh for over thirty years and they have two sons, Randy and Colin, who are attending college and both Eagle Scouts.
Board Term: 2016 - 2019
Tim Newman ‘05 practices litigation, government investigations, and cybersecurity law at Haynes and Boone in Dallas, defending clients in civil and criminal litigation and/or under investigation by the DOJ, SEC, and other government agencies. He joined Haynes and Boone in 2010 after serving as a law clerk to United States District Judge Andrew Hanen in the Southern District of Texas.At Texas A&M, Tim was the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band Combined Band Drum Major and a member of the Ross Volunteer Company. He graduated from William & Mary Law School in 2009, was Editor-in-Chief of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and serves as an alumni ambassador. He is also a director of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
Board Term: 2016 - 2019
Brent Doré (Law '16) practices civil, commercial, and business litigation at Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C. in Fort Worth, TX. Despite growing up in an Aggie family, Brent became the black sheep by attending Texas Christian University (B.S. in Political Science) and Dallas Theological Seminary. He was welcomed back in the family has graduating from Texas A&M School of Law in May 2016. Brent has served on the Aggie Bar Association board of directors since 2014.
He lives in Fort Worth with his wife (Julie) and his son (Davis – Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2034) and daughter (Paige – Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2037).
Board term: 2014 - 2017.
Xerxes (Zak) Patel
(Zak) K. Patel joined the Board of Directors of the Texas Aggie Bar Association
in Spring 2011. Zak graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A.
in Management in May of 1997, and graduated from the Oklahoma City University
School of Law in May of 2000. He is Board Certified in Commercial Real
Estate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the Managing Member of
The Zak K. Patel Law Firm, PLLC, in Houston, TX, which provides legal services
regarding general civil matters (e.g. drafting, reviewing, explaining
contracts, litigation, collections, matters regarding credit, and invoice
dispute resolution (pursuit or defense)), and real estate matters (e.g. buying,
selling, leasing property (both residential and commercial); landlord/tenant
matters; homeowner association matters; liens; deeds; foreclosure; and,
construction/home repair matters. Zak is a member of the State Bar of Texas,
Member of the Real Estate, Probate & Trust of the State Bar of Texas,
Houston Bar Association, Credentialed Mediator for Texas, Texas Association of
Mediators, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Association for Conflict
Resolution - Houston Chapter, Houston A&M Club – past Board of Directors,
Arab-American Cultural & Community Center – Board of Directors, Certified
Mediator by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, The Reveille Club of Houston – Past
President, Caring Aggies Mentor Program (C.A.M.P.) volunteer, Team West U
Cycling Club - Past Team Captain, and frequent lecturer for mediation and
arbitrator credentialing in Texas on the topics of ethics in mediation and
ethics in arbitration.
Board term: 2014 - 2017
Sabrina C. Allan, Class of 2005, graduated from Texas A&M University with her B.S. in Genetics and a Masters of Biotechnology. During graduate school, Sabrina founded the Texas A&M Biotechnology Society, an academic student organization. She held the position of publicity chair of the Texas A&M Biochemistry and Genetics Society while working on her bachelors. After graduation Sabrina worked for the Texas A&M System Technology Transfer Office as a Licensing Assistant before attending South Texas College of Law.
After South Texas College of Law, Sabrina practiced in both Houston and Dallas while volunteering for the Veteran’s Initiative program providing free legal services to veterans in Texas. In 2014 Sabrina and her husband relocated back to Aggieland where she manages the private industry sponsored research portfolio within the Texas A&M AgriLife Contracts Office.Board term: 2015 - 2018.
Dan Bitting, ’85 graduated from Texas A&M University Summa Cum Laude in 1985 with a B.A. in English. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with High Honors in 1988. After law school he joined the Austin, Texas litigation firm of Scott Douglass & McConnico, LLP and became a partner in 1992.
Dan practices civil litigation, with particular emphasis on trust, estate and fiduciary duty litigation, oil and gas litigation, professional malpractice defense, intellectual property litigation and general commercial litigation. He has tried cases and handled appeals in both state and federal courts.
Dan’s daughter Madeline is A&M Class of 2018. (His son Jake went to another school with maroon and white colors–Colgate.)Board term: 2015 - 2018.
Justice Scott Field
Scott K. Field is a Justice on the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas. He was elected to a six-year term in November 2012. He is the first and only graduate of Texas A&M University to serve on the Third Court of Appeals since its inception in 1892.
Justice Field began his career by serving as a law clerk on the Texas Supreme Court, for Hon. Raul Gonzalez. He then began private practice at Baker Botts, L.L.P., where he practiced in the trial and appellate departments until 2001. He then co-founded York, Keller & Field, L.L.P., before forming The Field Law Firm, PLLC, in 2007.
As an undergraduate, Justice Field earned a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 1992, graduating summa cum laude. He received his law degree in 1995 from the University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated with honors and was named to the Order of the Coif.
A native Texan, Justice Field was raised in College Station. His father, Robert W. Field (Class of ’57 and ’61), taught veterinary medicine at Texas A&M for 30 years.
Justice Field is married to Melinda Field, Class of ’91. They have three sons, Harrison (Class of ’18), Carson, and Keeton.
Board term: 2015 - 2018.
John is originally from Hereford, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management and a Certificate in Leadership Studies and Development from the School of Military Science. During his time at Texas A&M, John was a member of Squadron 2, the Fish Drill Team, the Ross Volunteer Company, the AMC Guard, the O.R. Simpson Honor Society, and the Cadet Leadership Council in the Corps of Cadets. He served as Sergeant Major of the Second Wing, Historian of the Ross Volunteer Company, Commander of the AMC Guard, and Chaplain of the Corps. He was also the President of the Pre-Law Society, President of Resurrection Week, Business Caucus Leader of the Student Senate, Vice President for the Class of 2009, and was selected for the Mays Business Fellows Program - Group XXVII.
Kiera Kilday ’12 joined the Board of Directors of the Texas Aggie Bar Association in 2014. Kiera received a B.A. with a double major in Communication and History in 2012. While at A&M, Kiera was involved in a number of student organizations including The Big Event, Fish Camp, and Maggies: Women in Leadership. She is currently in her third year of law school at the University of Texas School of Law. At UT Law, Kiera is active in the Advocacy department and regularly competes in mock trial and moot court tournaments.
Board term: 2015 - 2018.
Kyle Weldon graduated from Texas A&M in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science, a Minor in Agricultural Economics, and a Certificate in Leadership Studies and Development from the School of Military Science. While at A&M, Kyle was a member of Squadron Sixteen, the Ross Volunteer Company, and the O.R. Simpson Honor Society.
In 2013, Kyle earned a Masters of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, with an emphasis in beef cattle nutrition. Kyle then worked as a livestock nutritionist for two years, before enrolling at Texas A&M University School of Law in the fall of 2015.
Kyle joined the Texas Aggie Bar Association Board of Directors as the student representative for the Texas A&M University School of Law in 2016. Kyle is married to Allison Weldon, Class of '12, and they live in Fort Worth.
Board Term: 2016 - 2019
Sophia Makris, Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2014, is originally from Ontario, Canada and moved to Dallas, TX when she was 10 years old. She currently attends the University of Texas School of Law where she serves as the President of the Student Bar Association.
Sophia graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and minors in Business Administration and English. During her time at Texas A&M, she was selected to the Muster Committee Executive Board, selected to the Public Policy Internship Program, participated in Maggies: Women in Leadership, served as a Fish Camp counselor, and was a member of the Honors College.
At Texas Law, she is a member of the Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Team and is an Associate Editor for Volume 36 of The Review of Litigation. Her interests include travel to Europe, exploring eclectic Austin restaurants, and enjoying live music.
Board Term: 2016 - 2019