Diana Gomez was sworn in as the 2023-2024 president of the Houston Bar Association, or HBA, during the HBA’s annual dinner on May 11. She is the sixth woman and the first Latina to hold this office in the HBA’s 153-year history, according to a press release. Gomez succeeds Past President Christopher V. Popov, of Vinson & Elkins.

“I am honored to serve as HBA president,” Gomez said in a press release. “As lawyers, we have the privilege to serve our community, our profession, and talented young minds. This year, we plan to focus on attorney engagement and increasing access to justice with initiatives like the HBA’s first ever multi-practice bench bar conference and installing L.A.W. (Legal Access Workspace) Pods to bring our downtown law library services to our county at-large.”

Gomez, a shareholder in Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry in Houston, is a trial attorney with extensive experience in civil lawsuits in state and federal courts. She focuses on complex labor and employment disputes by providing a full range of employment law services to her clients, including pre-termination counseling, investigations, EEO training, handbook review, drafting of policies and employment agreements, non-competes, defense in administrative proceedings (EEOC charges, unemployment hearings) and arbitrations, as well as all aspects of trial from pre-suit through appeal.

Gomez has served as the HBA’s employment attorney and has served on its board of directors since 2014. She has chaired numerous HBA committees, including the Law and the Media Committee, the HBA Dispute Resolution Committee, the Houston Lawyer Referral Service, and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Diana’s investiture and this historic first for the Houston Bar Association,” said HBA Executive Director Mindy Davidson in a press release. “On behalf of the HBA staff, I want to express our appreciation to Diana for everything she has done in her years of service to the HBA so far, and we look forward to working with her in this exciting year ahead.”

For more information on the Houston Bar Association, go to hba.org.

Photo: Houston Bar Association Past President Christopher V. Popov hands the gavel to 2023-2024 President Diana Gomez, during the HBA’s annual dinner on May 11 in Houston. Photo by Deborah Wallace, Barfield Photography.