Butler Snow is pleased to announce that Katie A. Fillmore has been elected to the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) board. Fillmore will serve a two-year term as the TYLA District Director 8, Place 2. Fillmore practices in Butler Snow’s Austin, Texas office.
“We congratulate Katie on her election to the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board, where she will help lead the next generation of talented attorneys in the state. Her representation with the TYLA will also strengthen our presence in the Austin community,” said Donald Clark, Jr., chairman, Butler Snow.
TYLA, organized in 1930, is a department of the State Bar of Texas. All licensed Texas lawyers 36 years old or younger or in their first five years of practice, regardless of age, are automatically members of TYLA. TYLA’s funding comes directly from the state bar and grants from various nonprofit entities.
TYLA is considered as the “public service arm” of the state bar of. TYLA facilitates the administration of justice, fosters respect for the law and advances the role of the legal profession in serving the public. TYLA’s programs often offer information to members of the general public about a legal topic; other projects are designed to assist Texas lawyers in developing and maintaining their legal practices. Still others are directed toward underserved members of our community, including the homeless, the elderly and members of our military.
Fillmore’s previous practice experience includes product liability litigation; commercial litigation; discovery coordination and eDiscovery; and appellate and advanced motions. Fillmore focuses her practice on the defense of manufacturers in mass tort product liability litigation in both state and federal courts. She also develops corporate defense strategies and evaluates complex regulatory and scientific issues.
Fillmore also has worked in government relations and the public sector. Fillmore previously served as a policy attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas Judicial Commission, acting as a liaison to the Texas Legislature on policy relating to the state court system. She helped develop of legislation, procedural rules and training courses relating to many facets of the judiciary. In that capacity, Fillmore testified at Texas House and Senate committee hearings and drafted language for legislations that were enacted into law. Before becoming an attorney, Fillmore worked as a legislative aide for a member of the Texas House of Representatives.
Fillmore has also served as a judicial law clerk for the First Court of Appeals in Houston. Fillmore clerked for Justice George C. Hanks, Jr., who is now a federal district judge. In that role, she prepared drat opinions for civil and criminal cases, including petitions for writ of mandamus and appeals from complex civil jury trials, summary judgment and multifaceted probate litigation.
Fillmore received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and her Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law. She is president of the Austin Young Lawyers Association and serves on the Austin Bar Association’s executive committee. Fillmore also serves on three steering committees for the Defense Research Institute.