Meredith Craven

Meredith Craven is our exclusively recommended International Arbitration expert in Texas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Meredith directly using the contact details listed above.

Texas is a state in the South Central region of the United States. At 268,596 square miles, and with more than 29.1 million residents in 2020, it is the second-largest U.S. state by both area and population.

Meredith is an associate in the International Arbitration Practice Group in Houston. She represents international corporations, state entities and foreign sovereigns in commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings in a wide range of industries, including energy, oil and gas, and other commodities. She has represented clients in international arbitrations brought under the UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, AAA/ICDR, and HKIAC rules. Meredith has also represented private and state-owned companies in enforcement and set-aside actions in New York courts.

Meredith is active in pro bono matters and is involved in the Firm’s representation of impoverished debtors suing the City of Ferguson, Missouri.

Meredith Craven currently serves as a Regional Representative for the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum.

Firm Overview:

Supporting our clients around the globe

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Caroline Robinson Ellerbe

Caroline Ellerbe is our exclusively recommended Business Law expert in Texas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Caroline directly using the contact details listed above.

Prior to joining Latham full-time, Ms. Ellerbe was a summer associate in the Houston office.

Houston is a large metropolis in Texas, extending to Galveston Bay. It’s closely linked with the Space Centre Houston, the coastal visitor centre at NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex. The city’s relatively compact Downtown includes the Theatre District, home to the renowned Houston Grand Opera, and the Historic District, with 19th-century architecture and upscale restaurants.

While attending law school at University of Texas, Ms. Ellerbe was an editor for the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law, a Dean’s Fellow in the UT Law Society Program, and a member of the Women’s Law Caucus.

Prior to law school, Ms. Ellerbe earned her BA at Princeton University.

Firm Overview:

Latham is dedicated to working with clients to help them achieve their business goals and overcome legal challenges anywhere in the world. From a global platform spanning 14 countries, Latham lawyers help clients succeed.

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Hilary S. Greene

Hilary S. Greene is a trial lawyer who has handled cases for individuals and as well as mass action litigation. She has focused on large, years-long cases involving in-depth and lengthy discovery. She has handled defective product cases, breach of contract disputes, presented arguments before a federal appeals court, and conducted oral and written discovery.

Ms. Greene interned for U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas while attending South Texas College of Law. In law school, she was on law review and won state and national advocacy competitions for briefs and oral advocacy. After graduation, she taught and mentored students competing in national moot court competitions on various topics including constitutional law, bankruptcy, administrative law, health law and civil rights law.

Before joining AZA, Ms. Greene was an associate at Moriarty Leyendecker, PC.

Ms. Greene is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow.

Firm Overview:

Years of Experience Trying Complex Cases

AZA is first and foremost a trial firm. Our nearly 50 lawyers have been in a trial roughly every month since 2016, despite courthouse closures because of Hurricane Harvey. We tried 23 cases total in the years 2018 and 2019. Our courtroom experience, our knowledge of what will matter to a jury or judge, and our command of trial technology permit us to do this efficiently. Being trial-ready also strongly influences settlement. Opponents recognise that with more than 225 trials under our belts, we have confidence in our position and our ability to advocate that position. In fact, AZA is often hired on the eve of trial, once it has become clear that the case must be tried.

Although many of our cases involve high-stakes litigation for multinational companies, we also excel at representing individuals and mid-sized businesses with serious legal issues. We also understand that a superior result does not always involve a verdict or judgement, and are equally skilled at developing creative solutions to business problems.

AZA also manages company investigations. We help company boards, in-house counsel, and audit committees identify problems and ensure compliance before litigation ensues.

Bill Boyar

Bill Boyar is a founding Shareholder of BoyarMiller, a Houston, Texas-based law firm. Bill’s practice focuses on representing the various parties involved in the acquisition, disposition, capitalization and financing of assets and businesses on a national and international level.

He has served as lead counsel on numerous complex, multi-party acquisitions and project financings, with significant experience in corporate finance, healthcare, energy, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and hospitality. Bill assists clients in their strategic planning and capital formation processes, maintaining a network of private and institutional clients and contacts worldwide. Additionally, Bill is a former columnist for the Houston Business Journal having authored more than 20 articles in the “Building Business” series.

Bill is proud to have served as Chairman of BoyarMiller from 1990-2010. Today, he continues with his legal practice, mentoring business leaders and lawyers, and actively serving the Houston community. Bill serves or has served several organizations, including KIPP Texas Public Schools (Board of Directors, Chair), KIPP Houston Public Schools (Executive Board of Directors, former Chair), SEARCH Homeless Services (former Board Chair), the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation Board, Lochinvar Golf Club, and the University of Houston Bauer College of Business Graduate Real Estate Program (former Board Chair).

Why BoyarMiller?

BoyarMiller is a Houston-based law firm that serves as a strategic partner for organizations of all sizes – from mid-size businesses to Fortune 500 companies – across the country and around the globe. Our team is driven to advance client business goals, to achieve extraordinary outcomes, and to attain new possibilities as we work to deliver an exceptional experience.

Ellen Castro

Ellen Castro is our exclusively recommended Executive Coaching Services expert in Texas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ellen directly using the contact details listed above.

Ellen, Chief Energising Officer, brings her contagious energy and spirit of excellence to her life’s purpose of inspiring millions to become conscious of and accountable for their choices. Stronger choices create stronger results for a stronger bottom-line.

Ellen joyfully inspires, energises and empowers leaders, managers and professionals to attain their personal best. By sharing her earned wisdom with caring candour, she brings light to your beliefs and behaviours blocking your advancement. You can’t change what you are not aware of. As a trusted sounding board, mentor and advocate, Ellen facilitates you creating relationships of trust, attaining stellar reputation and optimising your career opportunities – all while you enjoy more success and a more enriching life.

Ellen continues to be a successful entrepreneur and business owner for over 30 years. Ellen’s zeal for her clients’ success keeps her relevant and up-to-date in today’s 24/7, competitive world. 100% of Ellen’s business is through referral and repeat clients with her proven framework for success.

Global Business and Leadership Consultant, Ellen travels worldwide for clients in nearly 2 dozen industries – from high tech to entertainment to education, to government and non-profits. With Ellen’s laser-beam focus she makes a tangible lasting impact on your long-term success. Always constructive, pragmatic and solution-focused, her Fortune 500 clients include Ericsson, Boeing, Frito-Lay, Deloitte Consulting, Procter & Gamble, Texas Instruments, Adobe, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, McAfee, Univision and Fidelity Investments. Regardless of size or industry, Ellen is a catalyst for stronger leadership, higher employee engagement, improved teamwork and needed innovation by providing real solutions and immediate results.

Powerhouse Speaker, Ellen’s energising, practical, life-changing, engaging and entertaining keynotes and programs have inspired thousands to live authentically. From salespeople to healthcare professionals to engineers to executives to accountants to association members to students, everyone leaves refreshed and renewed.  Equipped with Ellen’s immediately applicable insights, tools and skills, participants feel excited and ready to live vibrantly and boldly from the inside out. Her audiences include Verizon, Meeting Planners International, Women in Executive Leadership, KPMG, Association of Realtors, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, University of North Texas School of Business, American Heart Association as well as Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.

Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author, Ellen’s books unleash your potential, stir up your dreams and increase your self-awareness to take action to live your best life. Her third book, Happy in Spite of People, a parable on the power of embracing the differences in people, has received rave reviews and the 2016 International Latino Book Award in the category of Best Self-Help Book. Her third edition of Spirited Leadership: 52 Ways to Build Trust – a classic in the field – received the International Latino Best Self-Help Book Award. Now in its fourth edition, it equips you to harness your personal power by becoming conscious of your choices, actions and impact on others thus gaining resiliency, leadership muscle and inside out confidence.

Ellen earned an MEd from Harvard and a BBA and MBA from Southern Methodist University. She served on the faculty of SMU’s Edwin L. Cox Business Leadership Centre for more than fifteen years, and had the honour of teaching the inaugural Latinas and Leadership class at the University of North Texas.

Ellen touches the heart of millions via keynotes, radio and TV appearances as well as print media.

Ellen’s personal corporate experience includes leading a $90M profit centre of 500 employees for Exxon.  She was the highest-ranking female in Marketing, earning 5 promotions in 11 years before she decided to re-invent herself in graduate school after shattering her head on the glass ceiling.  After Harvard, Ellen directed the merger/acquisition process for a national healthcare alliance that grew from 1,000 to 5,000 employees.

Even with Ellen’s busy schedule, she remains active in the local community and is humbled to be a member of the Hispanic 100.

Steve Albert

Steve Albert is our exclusively recommended Assurance Services expert in Texas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Steve directly using the contact details listed above.

Steve Albert has more than 30 years of audit and business consulting experience, serving private and public companies. He has led audit services and other engagements for clients in a range of industries, including oilfield services, manufacturing, distribution, real estate, construction industries, and investment funds. A number of his current clients operate in foreign markets.

Steve has managed teams delivering compliance services in connection with initial and secondary capital raising and is experienced in Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and accounting matters. Steve also focuses on providing transactional services to private equity and mezzanine fund clients.

Steve is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

Why BDO?

We could tell you about our 60+ offices across the United States or our 1,401 offices worldwide. We could mention our comprehensive service offerings, our experience across virtually every major industry, or the wide range of clients we serve, from regional businesses to global leaders.

But what truly sets BDO apart is our commitment to exceeding expectations on every engagement, big or small, for every client, local or multinational. It’s about more than our depth of experience or technical excellence, more than our open, communicative culture.

It’s about a firm-wide dedication to delivering service to every single client that is, without exception, exceptional.