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ATTORNEYS

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MITCHELL AYER
OF COUNSEL
mayer@dorelaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Bankruptcy

  • Oil & Gas Litigation

  • Contracts, Breach of Contract

  • Collections, Accounts Receivable

Mitchell Ayer is a Board-Certified attorney in both Oil & Gas and Business Bankruptcy. Mitchell focuses on staying ahead of problems for his oil & gas clients and getting them paid. He is a frequent speaker on getting the most from business bankruptcies, and what to do to protect your company from a customer bankruptcy. He has extensive experience in upstream oil & gas litigation including title, joint operating agreement, and royalty owner disputes, and has several reported cases.

Mitchell graduated #1 in his law school class and had the 2nd highest score on the Texas Bar Exam. Before becoming a lawyer, he served in the U.S Coast Guard aboard the legendary Cutter Bibb.

Mitchell is a founder of Dominion Bible Ministries which has sponsored the building of orphanages, schools, churches, and water wells in Uganda, Ghana, and India. In his spare time, he water trains his Newfoundland dogs and has SCUBA dived around the world.

 

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas, 1989

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

  • U.S. District & Bankruptcy Courts, District of Colorado

  • U.S. District & Bankruptcy Courts, Western District of Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District & Bankruptcy Courts, South/Northern/Eastern/Western Districts of Texas

 

Education:

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, magna cum laude, 1989

  • M.B.A., Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1984

  • B.A., Wittenburg University, Springfield, Ohio, 1969

 

Certification/Specialties:

  • Oil, Gas & Mineral Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Business Bankruptcy Law, American Board of Certification

 

Professional Associations & Memberships:

 

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Houston Bar Association, Oil & Gas Section, Past Chair

  • American Inn of Court, Houston Chapter, President

 
 
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ALYNA CAESAR-AYURE
ATTORNEY
acaesar-ayure@dorelaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Contract Reviews, MSAs

  • Mineral Liens & Secured Interests

  • Business & Commercial Law

  • Civil Commercial Litigation

Alyna Caesar-Ayure joined Dore Rothberg McKay as an Attorney at the beginning of 2022. She earned her law degree from University of Houston Law Center and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and International Business from Baylor University. While earning her law degree and in consideration of her bilingual skills, she was granted an externship to work for the National Hydrocarbons Commission of Mexico “Commission Nacional de Hidrocarburos,” where she worked for the Mexican branch of government charged with regulating, overseeing, and evaluating all hydrocarbons exploration and production activities in the country.  Upon her return to Houston, Alyna also served as a law clerk for several civil firms and as an intern for the Honorable Judge Francis Stacey in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

 

As an attorney, Alyna began her career with a boutique law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation where she focused on offering her clients legal guidance pertaining to breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion, deceptive trade practices, and tortious interference claims.  At Dore Rothberg McKay, she utilizes her previous litigation experience by working in the Liens & Transactions Department, as well as the Litigation Department assisting our clients from the start of the mineral liens process through any potential litigation. 

 

When Alyna is not working, she is enjoying time with friends and family, attending music festivals, and when possible, she is delighted to take a plane in search of new cultures and new experiences.

Bar Admissions: 
•    Texas, 2021


Education:

•    J.D., University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 2020

•    B.B.A., Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 2017

Certifications/Abilities: 

•    Fluent in Spanish

 

 

 
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ALBERT "DAMON" DERAVIN
ATTORNEY
dderavin@dorelaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Contract Reviews, MSAs

  • Oil & Gas Law

  • Business & Commercial Law

  • Civil Litigation

Albert "Damon" Deravin brings his prior experience as an oil and gas Production & Operation Engineer at Oxy to the law firm. Before working as a petroleum engineer, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Special Boat Operator (SWCC) with Naval Special Warfare Command and deployed to both the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

At Doré Rothberg McKay, Damon reviews Master Service Agreements and other contracts for our clients. He works in the Liens & Transactions Section, and also consults with the Litigation Section, especially on Oil & Gas matters. While in law school, Damon placed 3rd nationally in the Energy Law Negotiations Competition.

Damon’s hobbies include traveling, and his favorite travel destination was Havana, Cuba with his wife, Susan.

Bar Admissions: 
•    Texas, 2021


Education:

•    J.D., Louisiana State University School of Law, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2021

•    Graduate Certificate in Energy Law & Policy, LSU School of Law, 2021

•    B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, cum laude,

     Tau Beta Pi, 2015

Professional Associations & Memberships:

•    State Bar of Texas

•    Society of Petroleum Engineers

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Vianey Garza joined Doré Rothberg McKay in 2020. After graduating from South Texas College of Law with highest honors, where she was a member of the Law Review, she spent six years as a bankruptcy attorney for Cage, Hill & Niehaus LLP. Vianey continued her work in bankruptcies and business litigation for Hoover Slovacek LLP before joining DRM.

Vianey Garza brings her considerable experience to bear as part of the Bankruptcy & Litigation Section of this law firm. She represents our clients negotiate as trade creditors when their customers file bankruptcy, and she handles litigation to enforce mineral liens and other security interests to ensure clients get paid for their work.

Vianey grew up in Edinburg deep in South Texas, but has lived in the big city for many years where she still enjoys baking delicious treats.

 

Bar Admissions:

  • Texas, 2012

  • U.S. District & Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

 

Education:

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas, Magna Cum Laude, 2012

  • Transactional Law Certificate, Houston, Texas, 2012

  • B.S., University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2007

  • B.A., University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2007

 

Publications

  • Removal of the Truste from Office Under Sec. 324 of the Bankruptcy Code, 55 S.Tex.L.Rev. 705 (2013-2014)

  • An Overview of Complex Chapter 11s, 3rd Annual Bankruptcy Paralegal Seminar, Houston, TX (Nov. 2012)

  • Small Business Bankruptcy - Application of New Value Exception in Small Business Chapter 11, 30th Annual Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course, Houston, TX (Sep. 2012)

 

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Houston Bar Association

  • Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers

  • American Inn of Court, Executive Committee

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Representing Creditors in Bankruptcies

  • Bankruptcy Litigation

  • Civil Litigation

  • Contracts

VIANEY GARZA
ATTORNEY
vgarza@dorelaw.com
 
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CONNOR SMITH

ATTORNEY

csmith@dorelaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Bankruptcy

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Representing Trade Creditors

  • Filing & Enforcing Liens

Connor Smith joined Doré Rothberg McKay as an Attoney after working for the Firm as a law clerk in 2019 assisting in cases from complex bankruptcies to commercial leases. He earned a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Texas A&M University.

While in law school, Connor captained his team in the National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition besting 50 schools in New York City in 2019 and 2020, setting school records for performance at the competition. His experience led him to focus on representing clients resolving issues in commercial bankruptcies where Connor helps trade creditors collect their claims. 

When not behind his desk or in court, Connor persistently chases a lower golf handicap or is kayaking in the Texas Hill Country.

​​Bar Admissions:

  • State of Texas, 2020

  • Federal Court, Southern District of Texas

Education:

  • J.D., Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, 2020

  • B.S. Sport Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 2016

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PURVI PATEL

ATTORNEY

ppatel@dorelaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Bankruptcy

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Representing Trade Creditors

  • Master Service Agreements (MSAs)

  • Estate Planning & Probate of Wills

Purvi Patel joined Doré Rothberg McKay at the beginning of 2022 to use her experience in taxation and litigation to assist our clients. She also manages the estate planning practice drafting wills and other related documents as well as helping clients to probate estates when family members pass away.

Ms. Patel worked as a tax consultant for Andersen Tax after graduating from South Texas College of Law Houston. Later, she worked at Halliburton in international tax. After 5 years in tax work, Purvi moved to litigation and bankruptcy law practice. She has worked in many bankruptcy areas representing both creditor and debtor interests.

Purvi was born and raised in the Houston area. She lives in Missouri City with her husband and their dogs.

​​Bar Admissions:

  • State of Texas, 2014

  • Federal Court, Southern District of Texas

Education:

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas, 2014

  • B.B.S., Business Administration, Houston Baptist University, 2011

 
 
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TOM WHITESIDE
OF COUNSEL
twhiteside@dorelaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Real Estate

  • Mergers & Acquisitions 

  • Contract Negotiation

  • Litigation 

Tom Whiteside has been an attorney and businessman in the Houston area for over four decades. He became Of Counsel to the Firm in 2018 and is active in client servicing and business development.

Tom was the managing partner of a business and litigation law firm in Houston for almost 20 years. Beginning as a tax CPA, his positions have included CEO of a local bank, a securities principal as President of an investment banking company, an executive at the FDIC, and General Counsel at a music company. After decades as a resident of Houston inside the loop, Tom moved to Katy where he loves the spirit “Out West.”

Tom has a considerable breadth of legal experience representing business clients in real estate, M&A, loan workouts, collections, contract negotiation, and litigation, reorganizations, and all manner of business disputes. In the past decade, he has helped his peers and their families with estate planning and probate matters.

Tom and both of his sons are Eagles in the Boy Scouts where they have been active for many years. In his younger days, he spent a summer sailing the Caribbean.

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Texas, 1978

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

 

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Katy Bar Association, President

 

Education:

  • J.D., University of Texas Scool of Law, Austin, Texas, Order of Barristers,1978

  • B.B.A. in Accounting, Texas A& M University, cum laude, 1975