Overview

Anna has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state courts, federal courts, and arbitrations throughout the United States. She has accumulated significant first-chair trial experience in business disputes, representing both large and small companies, environmental and products liability cases, and in restructuring-related litigation, representing both debtors and creditors. Chambers describes her as “a go-to litigator in energy-sector disputes” with one source describing her as an ‘exceptional advocate’” and another noting “Anna is always well prepared and her strong demeanor in the courtroom makes her a formidable opponent.” She also advises boards, in house counsel and company executives on litigation and corporate governance considerations, in close collaboration with the firm’s transactional attorneys. According to Chambers, clients value her “well-reasoned and extremely practical advice.” A Texas Lawyer “Woman in Energy,” Anna has played a leading role in hallmark cases shaping the energy industry in recent years. In 2018, Law360 named her to its list of “10 Influential Women in Energy.”

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Anna has been honored as one of Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 100 Trial Attorneys” in the country and as one of its “Top 250 Women in Litigation.” She has also been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for her work in antitrust litigation. Anna clerked for the Honorable Marvin J. Garbis on the Federal District Court for the District of Maryland.

Anna is an active leader in the legal community, having served as president of the Federal Bar Association for the Southern District of Texas and of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Houston. She is currently the co-vice chair of the Houston chapter of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. Within Kirkland, Anna leads the Women’s Leadership Initiative in the Houston office and serves on the Firmwide Administration Committee, Associate and Partner Compensation Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Special Fee Arrangements Committee. 

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Thought Leadership

Publications

“7 Concepts Every In-House Lawyer Needs to Know About Bankruptcy, ” The Texas Lawyer, June 2016

“7 Antitrust Concepts that Every Lawyer and Business Person Should Know,” The Texas Lawyer, October 2015

“Nonparty Discovery in Texas: An Overview For Practitioners,” The State Bar of Texas, 38th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course (co-author), 2015

“How to Prepare Your Executives to Testify,” The Texas Lawyer, August 2015

“6 Tips for Leveraging Gender Stereotypes in Negotiations,” The Texas Lawyer, April 2015

“Fifth Circuit Cracks Open the Courthouse Doors to Decide ‘Arbitrability’,” The Texas Lawyer, February 2015

“Ending the Tendency to Over-Preserve ESI,” The Texas Lawyer, October 2014

“Update of Federal Courts and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” The State Bar of Texas, 37th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course (co-author), 2014

“Preserving Privilege When In-House Counsel Wear Multiple Hats,” The Texas Lawyer, July 2014

“Lucky 13: A Baker’s Dozen of Tips for Stopping a Departed Employee from Using Protected Company Info,” The Texas Lawyer, April 2014

“Cringe-worthy: 8 Tips to Prevent Embarrassing Emails,” The Texas Lawyer, February 2014

CLEs

“11 T&Cs that Impact Litigation in Texas,” CLE presentation to Marathon Oil & Gas, September 6, 2019

“Making Effective Use of Expert Witnesses,” CLE panelist, Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, May 2018

“Can We Be Better? It’s a Two-Way Street,” CLE panelist, Southern District of Texas Houston/Galveston Bench-Bar Conference, November 2017

“Legal Strategies to Protect Your Trade Secrets,” CLE presentation to National Oilwell Varco, August 24, 2017, and Association of Corporate Counsel, May 2017

“Protecting Privilege When In-House Counsel Wears Two Hats,” CLE presentation to Exxon Mobil legal department, February 7, 2017

Seminars

“Leveraging Gender Stereotypes in Negotiations”, Keynote address at BBVA Women in Leadership Summit, November 13, 2019 and Kayo Women’s Energy Investment Conference, June 2016

“A View From the Bench,” Moderator, Women in Law Empowerment Forum, June 12, 2019

“When and How to Ask for Business,” Moderator, Women In Law Empowerment Forum, June 2017

“Network of Women,” Panelist, Turnaround Management Association, Houston Chapter, April 2017

“Women in the Law: A Panel Discussion from Across the Practice,” Moderator, Federal Bar Association for the Southern District of Texas, June 2016

“Approaching Gender Differences in Negotiations”, presentation to Texas Wall Street Women, May 17, 2016, and Association of Women Attorneys, Houston, May 2014

“Gathering Agreements - Nuts and Bolts,” CLE presentation to BHP Billiton, Houston, April 2016

“Competition Law,” presentation to General Electric Oil & Gas, February 2014

“Written Discovery: Strategies and Tactics,” CLE presented to HewlettPackard legal department, September 2013

Recognition

Ranked for Litigation: Energy & Natural Resources – Texas, Chambers USA, 2019–2020

Recognized for Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas – The Legal 500 United States, 2019–2020

Recognized for General Commercial Disputes – The Legal 500 United States, 2019

Recognized for Commercial Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, 2019

“10 Influential Women in Energy Law” Law360, 2018

Ranked for General Commercial Litigation – Texas, Chambers USA, 2018

"Top 100 Trial Lawyers" Benchmark Litigation, 2017–2019

“Top 250 Women in Litigation” Benchmark Litigation, 2016–2016

“Women in Energy,” Texas Lawyer, 2016

“Texas Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2013–present

Memberships & Affiliations

Co-Vice Chair, Women In Law Empowerment Forum, Houston

Former President, Federal Bar Association for the Southern District of Texas National Delegate

Former President, Harvard Law School Association of Houston

Former Foundation Trustee, Association of Women Attorneys

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2004Texas

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Education

  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2004
  • Georgetown UniversityB.S., School of Foreign Servicemagna cum laude1998
  • Institut d'Études Politiques de ParisHonors Diploma1996–1997