About

Legal Experience – 13 Years/
Business Experience – 15 years

  • Swanson Law Firm, PLLC, Principal
  • Irelan Hargis, P.L.L.C., Partner
  • Hargis & Harpold, L.L.P, Associate
  • Appointed by the President of  the State Bar of Texas in 2013 to serve a six-year term on the Texas Real Estate Commission’s Broker-Lawyer Committee
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas
  • 15 years business and management experience at two major Fortune 500 Houston-based energy companies

Honors, Awards & Associations

  • Named to Top Lawyers 2013, 2014, and 2015 by Houstonia Magazine
  • Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers in business & commercial, consumer law, and general practice in 2013 and 2014 by Legal Leaders/ALM
  • AV-Preeminent-rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2008
  • Member, State Bar College since 2010
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Women Attorneys
  • Frequent CLE Speaker
  • Past president of the 13,000+ member South Texas College of Law Alumni Association
  • Member of the Houston, Texas, and American Bar Associations, and the ABA’s litigation section
  • Charter council member of the Phi Delta Phi Houston Barrister Inn
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow – Class of 2009
  • Member of the Houston Realty Business Coalition
  • Member of CREW Houston (Commercial Real Estate Women)
  • Leadership America, Class of 2014
  • Member of the Association of Women Attorneys-Houston
  • Trustee of the AWA Foundation

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Greater Houston Pachyderm Club, Village Republican Women, Ronald Reagan Republican Women, Texas Asian Republican Club, United Republicans of Harris County, Daughters of Liberty Republican Women
  • Member of the Greater Houston Gun Club and Chair of Clays for Ladies, upcoming April 2016
  • Serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Advisory Board and Former “Big Sister”
  • Serves a committeeman and judge of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s Public Speaking Contest
  • Former member of the Houston Jaycees
  • Former board member of the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, South Texas College of Law/Houston
    • Phi Delta Phi Legal honors fraternity
    • Writer and photographer, Annotations Newspaper
    • Recipient, Dean’s Annotations Award for Outstanding Legal Journalism
  • College of Law of England and Wales, Law in London Summer Program
  • B.S. in liberal arts, University of Houston – Downtown
  • A.A. in business administration, San Jacinto Junior College – South

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