Trey Apffel became executive director of the State Bar of Texas in December 2017. A longtime Galveston County trial lawyer, he previously was the owner and principal of the Apffel Law Firm in League City, where he focused on personal injury litigation, toxic torts, medical malpractice, and family law. He is certified in both civil trial law and personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Apffel has served as State Bar of Texas president (2014-2015), on the State Bar Board of Directors, and as a member of the board’s Executive Committee. He is a former member of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, a member of the Texas Bar College, a Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow, and served on the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.

Lowell Brown is the communications division director for the State Bar of Texas. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas and previously worked as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Tracy Brown is the director of administration for the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA), where she oversees the TYLA board of directors and many member service and public service projects. She started her career in 1983 as an administrative assistant with TYLA. Read about the TYLA’s programs and services here.

Caitlin Bumford is the director of archives for the State Bar of Texas. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Adam M. Faderewski is the associate editor of the Texas Bar Journal. Adam graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree In journalism. Adam previously worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in central and western Pennsylvania.

Erin Feemster is the local bar services coordinator for the State Bar of Texas. She holds a B.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Joanna Herzik is the web content specialist for TexasBar.com and has been with the State Bar since 2005. Joanna graduated cum laude from St. Edward’s University with a B.A. in English Writing & Rhetoric and a minor in English Literature.

Patricia McConnico is the managing editor of the Texas Bar Journal. Patricia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English, a B.S. in journalism, and a master’s degree in journalism.

Eric Quitugua is the assistant editor of the Texas Bar Journal. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida and worked as a reporter for newspapers in Twin Falls, Idaho and Orlando, Fla.

Teri Rodriguez is the webmaster for TexasBar.com. She maintains the State Bar website in addition to writing, editing, and designing webpages. Teri started her career at the State Bar as an editorial assistant for the Texas Bar Journal in 2000. She is a graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin.

John Sirman is legal counsel for the State Bar of Texas. He was previously web manager for the State Bar and serves as technology editor of the Texas Bar Journal. John graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tech University School of Law.

Amy Starnes is public information director for the State Bar of Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication/journalism from Perdue University. A Michigan native, Starnes worked as a reporter and editor for news organizations in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, California and Texas.

Justine Vasquez is the communications project coordinator for the State Bar of Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Texas State University.