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2/18 – 4/21            Citizens, Inc. -- Austin, Texas
Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. Responsible for the legal affairs and human resources of an international financial services company including numerous international regulatory issues, trade secret litigation, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.   Member of the Company’s Executive Committee with leadership and administrative responsibilities throughout the Company and with the Board of Directors. 
07/14 – 7/17          Reed & Scardino, LLP -- Austin, Texas
Contract lawyer providing services principally in the transactional area including acquisitions, private offering memoranda and litigation support.
07/10 – 07/14        Golfsmith International, Inc. -- Austin, Texas
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary. Responsible for a broad range of legal issues including transactions (leases and acquisitions), management of an IP portfolio, human resource and operational issues, contract review and vendor negotiation.
5/05 – 07/10          Clark, Thomas & Winters – Austin, Texas
                              Part-time associate in the real estate/banking practice area.
10/01 – 5/05          Consultant/Contract Lawyer -- Austin, Texas
Clients include Gail Papermaster, Sandlin & Associates, Conley & Rose, Sifuentes, Drummond & Smith, Applied Science Fiction, Anthony Canale and DynaMetric.
10/00 – 10/01        WSNet, Inc. – Austin, Texas
Senior Vice President, Business Development/General Counsel.
Responsible for the creation, documentation and maintenance of strategic relationships including technology partnerships, content licensing arrangements and customer/partner agreements.  Responsible for all of the company’s legal affairs including the creation of forms and the establishment of processes and procedures for customer agreements and other mission-critical functions.
11/99 – 10/01        Wayport, Inc. – Austin, Texas
Director of Business Development/Deputy General Counsel.  Provided strategic, operational and legal support to a high-tech start-up. Responsibilities included the gamut of legal affairs including litigation management, employment matters, real estate, financing transactions and sales and marketing support.
1/91 - 9/98            Taco Cabana, Inc. - Mexican Patio Cafe - San Antonio, Texas
Senior Vice President and General Counsel.  In addition to the foregoing, responsibilities included real estate, development, franchising and legal affairs.  Supervised a successful trade dress lawsuit through the United States Supreme Court. 
12/88 - 1/91          Fierstein & Sturman - Los Angeles, California
Associate in the business/real estate department with an emphasis on leases, acquisitions, partnerships and real estate finance.
3/86 - 12/88          Hill, Wynne, Troop & Meisinger - Los Angeles, California
Associate in the business and real estate departments with an emphasis on transactional real estate and tax law.
9/84 - 3/86            Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue - Los Angeles, California
Associate in the business department with an emphasis on tax law.
            University of Chicago Law School.
            J.D., May 1984
            Top third of class
            University of California, Berkeley.
            B.A. Philosophy, June 1980
            Magna Cum Laude
            Phi Beta Kappa
CONTINUING EDUCATION:  Attended numerous continuing education and
professional development programs, including the Harvard/MIT Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives, seminars on Franchising, International Franchising, Co-Branding, and Current Developments in Employment Law.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:  State Bar of California, Active Member Since 1984; Texas State Bar, Active Member Since 2004; Past member, Board of Directors, American Corporate Counsel Association, San Antonio Chapter.

LISA MORRISS, Consultant


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Lisa Morriss is an energy asset and real property consultant with 30 plus years’ experience, including mineral and surface title examination, due diligence on energy asset and real property acquisitions and divestitures, as well as right of way and surface damages negotiation. She spent many years working with oil companies, and owned/operated a large land broker firm, remotely managing land departments and providing land services for multiple oil companies.  This experience lead to the founding of her next business, Asset Assurance, LLC. Through this company, Lisa has spent the last several years working closely with land and mineral owners to “level the playing field” between landowners and energy companies by using her insider knowledge of the internal workings of energy companies to negotiate leases and surface use agreements which protect land/mineral owners of century ranches (being 100+ year old ranches) – effectively allowing these ranches to act as lucrative businesses. She recently joined with Jim Eliasberg to bring together energy attorneys, auditors, forensic accountants, geologists and engineers to advise and oversee various cases, ranging from estate and divorce disputes, to audits and, major acquisitions and divestitures. These experiences put her on the radar of the world’s largest leading oilfield service company, who recently chose her to partner with them in the acquisition and development of over 450 wells in the Permian Basin. 

She was on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Royalty Owners of Texas (NARO Texas) and served on the legislative committee for the organization, which works as an effective special interest group within Texas legislation. She has also been featured as a key speaker for multiple industry conventions and summits, including NARO Texas’ Annual Convention, and the Energy Symposium hosted by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) in Austin, Texas, which has substantially grown her relationships and contacts list within the industry. This company soon developed into the second largest land broker firm in the Permian Basin, remotely directing land management departments throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, and Arkansas and providing land services for multiple oil companies all over the United States, including the initial development of the Eagle Ford Shale in the Permian Basin. During Lisa’s career as a petroleum land manager, she would not only lead the strategic land acquisition for a record number of six start up oil companies, including Latigo Petroleum, Laredo Petroleum, and Staghorn Energy, but also serve in the early development of these companies which would go on to become some of the biggest names in the Permian Basin. Over the recent years, she and her team put together large blocks of acreage for exploration and development for Laredo Petroleum, exceeding 110,000 acres in the Permian Basin, alone.

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