Editor’s Note: In this blog series, we are getting to know the members of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors. TYLA, commonly called the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas, works to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All TYLA programs are accomplished through the volunteer efforts of its board and committee members, with the cooperation of local affiliate young lawyers associations. Learn more at tyla.org.


Name: Katie Fillmore

Firm: Butler Snow LLP

Area of Law You Practice: Product liability defense and commercial litigation

Position Held in TYLA: District 8, Place 2 director; Co-chair of Online Member Services

How did you get involved in bar service?

I was in the LeadershipSBOT class of 2011-2012 and started on the Austin Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors early in my career.

What is your favorite TYLA project and why?

The Choice (https://tyla.org/resource/the-choice/). We spent a lot of time putting it together last year, and I’m excited to launch it in classrooms across the state.

What tips can you give to other attorneys to manage stress?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Try a meditation app like Headspace to learn how to clear your mind of unhelpful stressors and incorporate that mindfulness in your day-to-day life.

What do you do in your spare time?

What spare time? (Kidding.) I enjoy jogging and outdoor activities.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I graduated law school at age 23—initially I was a Texas really young lawyer.

Anything else that you wish to share?

I’ll use this as a platform to share the very important announcement that it is pronounced “T.Y.L.A.” and not “Ty-la.”