Random Profile: Will Sparkman, Houston

For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 95,000-plus attorneys and do a Q&A. We've found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?

Best thing about being a lawyer:  Learning about new technologies while I prepare new patent applications.

Favorite saying/quote: “By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.”  Robert Frost.

Culinary talent:  I have been known to make a mean pancake.

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be?  Bubba Watson.  I would love to be that good at golf (even just for a day).

Who would you want playing you in a movie?  I can’t imagine that being a very exciting movie, but I think Wil Wheaton would make a great intellectual property attorney.

Family:  Just my wife, Parrish, and me.

Areas of practice:  My practice mostly focuses on patent prosecution, but I also work in other areas of intellectual property law.

Education:  Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M (B.S. 2010). University of Alabama School of Law (J.D. 2013).

What’s on your iPod right now?  The White Stripes.

Last book you read:  11/22/63 by Stephen King

Pet peeve:  There, their, they’re.

Favorite TV program:  Top Chef

The last movie I saw:  22 Jump Street

Favorite food:  Sushi

Favorite restaurant:  CRISP Houston

Favorite sport:  College Football

Hobbies:  Following Texas A&M sports teams, trying new restaurants, traveling, playing golf not very well.

If I had more time, I would:  Travel more.

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in?  I would probably be an electrical engineer.

Will is an associate with Fletcher Yoder.

You can also view Will's TexasBar.com profile.


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Random Profile: Sarah Cabello, Houston

For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 95,000-plus attorneys and do a Q&A. We've found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?

Best thing about being a lawyer: Solving problems.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? Balancing work and life.

Favorite saying/quote: “You get what you give, so give good.”

Pet peeve: Unreliability.

Favorite TV program: Orange is the New Black.

Areas of practice: Intellectual Property.

Education: Rice University, B.A. Economics. Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D.

Most important career lesson: Be respectful and courteous to everyone, even opposing counsel. Practicing law is just a job. Your reputation is the most important thing you have as a professional.

What’s on your iPod right now? Workout tunes – lots of hip hop and dance music to fuel gym sessions.

Last book you read: “I Know This Much is True” by Wally Lamb.

Favorite food: Pizza.

Favorite restaurant: Red Pepper Chinese.

Hobbies: fitness (gym and yoga), reading.

Culinary talent: meal prepping “clean” healthy meals in advance.

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? Veterinarian.

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? The adoption of e-filing and electronic availability of documents.

Community Involvement: I have served on a committee through the Houston Bar Association (HBA) for the Houston Alumni & Youth Center (HAY Center) for several years and I also serve on the HAY Center Advisory Board. 

HAY Center is near and dear to my heart – the organization is focused on assisting foster youth ages 16-25 in the Houston area, as they age out of foster care. HAY Center provides numerous services to the youth. Through the HBA Committee for the HAY Center, we organize a holiday event for the youth, many of whom have young families, as well as a pre-prom event where youth are given the opportunity to “shop” for their prom outfits– both events are great fun! 

Also, the Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) does a wonderful job with its Adopt-An-Angel program, providing Christmas presents to elementary school children in the Houston area. My sister (also an attorney) and I always look forward to HYLA’s planning activities and serving as Secret Santa.

Sarah is an associate with Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri L.L.P. in Houston.

You can also view Sarah's TexasBar.com profile.


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Pro Bono Profile: Kara Gehan

This week is the National Pro Bono Celebration. Each day this week, Texas Bar Blog will feature Texas attorneys who provide pro bono services in their communities. The service of these attorneys, and the hundreds of pro bono attorneys like them in Texas, ensures access to justice for many of the most vulnerable Texans. For a list of Pro Bono Celebration events in your area, click here.

Kara Gehan has been a faithful volunteer for Catholic Charities Immigration and Legal Services (ILS) since April 2009. “I believe I have a moral obligation to contribute pro bono services to those in our society who are marginalized, but more importantly it is a privilege to be able to serve others in this way,” Ms. Gehan said about her service.

Although Kara’s legal career has been in corporate law, ILS Director Vanna Slaughter says she has been undaunted by even the most novel immigration cases ILS has assigned her. “Kara has literally taken on any and all types of cases that walk in the door.”

Earlier this year, one of those cases that walked in the door was a frantic plea from a mother trying to reconnect with her seven-year-old son after the earthquake in Haiti. After political violence against her in Haiti five years before, the mother had been granted political asylum in the US, and her son had remained in Haiti with his aunt. When the aunt died in the 2010 earthquake, the son was left to live alone on the streets, and his desperate mother sought the help of ILS to bring him to the US. 

As the mother’s pro bono attorney, Ms. Gehan swept into action, contacting officials at the State Department, Homeland Security, and the American Embassy in Port au Prince. Navigating these governmental channels, Ms. Gehan successfully obtained Humanitarian Parole for her client’s son, who joyously reunited with his mother in Dallas.

“The devastation of the earthquake in Haiti was so overwhelming that I felt like any financial contribution I could make would just be a drop in the bucket.,” Ms. Gehan said. “But I knew that my legal skills could dramatically impact this family. Because of the dedication and commitment of the many individuals who support Catholic Charities and its agencies, we were able to effect a magnificent reunification of a family that will forever positively impact the lives of my client and her son.”