The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

Founding Members

Chris LaFollette

Christine B. LaFollette is the partner in charge of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Houston office and a member of the firmwide management committee. Ms. LaFollette has more than 30 years of experience representing issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, restructurings and financings, including master limited partnerships, as well as federal and state securities laws matters. Ms. LaFollette also represents clients in public and private M&A and disposition transactions, particularly in the energy industry. In addition, she represents public companies, boards of directors and special committees with respect to general corporate issues, compliance with corporate governance matters, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, periodic reporting, proxy solicitation, audit committee standards and insider trading requirements of the federal securities laws.

Ms. LaFollette received her B.S. with highest honors from the University of Texas in 1974 and her J.D. with honors from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1980. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association, as well as a sustaining fellow of the Houston Bar Association and a past chair of its Corporate Counsel Section. She is also a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a director of the Houston Bar Foundation and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Ms. LaFollette served as a director of the Houston World Affairs Council and serves as a director for the National Association of Corporate Directors – Houston Chapter and the Texas General Counsel Forum. Additionally, she serves as a trustee for the Houston Grand Opera. She is a speaker and moderator at various seminars, including those sponsored by the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Texas Corporate Counsel Institute, Rocky Mountain Securities Conference and the Houston Bar Association. She has been listed every year since 2007 in The Best Lawyers in America; and has been listed since 2004 in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in corporate/M&A law. In addition, Ms. LaFollette is a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way and a trustee for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. She is also a founding member of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas at Austin.

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