Meet The Team About Us

WHO WE ARE

A Law Firm Built on Relationships

Widely known for effective and creative legal talent, members of the Woodfill Law Firm legal team are among the most experienced litigators. The firm’s attorneys are sophisticated trial lawyers dedicated to fighting for the rights of individuals and business clients in state and federal courts across the country. Our clients recognize us most for providing expert legal guidance along with respected values and compassionate support through unique legal issues.

WHAT WE DO

Our Tradition is Excellence for Everyone

The Woodfill Law Firm  guides each client with through the legal process with passion and attention to detail utilizing modern technical business practices. We utilize state-of-the-art technology, powerful graphic presentations and the latest trial science techniques to achieve favorable results.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Clients Come First… ALWAYS!

People come first, and Woodfill Law takes pride in offering unparalleled dedication to our clients and community. Experience & wisdom combined with energy and innovation creates a solid foundation to represent the rights of the people. Our commitment to superior client service is reflected throughout  Woodfill Law’s attitude, philosophy and our approach to the law… and that’s why people turn to Woodfill Law.

Leadership of the Firm

Founding Partner

JARED WOODFILL

Founding Partner

Founding partner Jared Woodfill is a dynamic courtroom talent with broad litigation experience. He has tried cases in state and federal courts throughout the country on behalf of numerous individuals and business clients. He is committed to fighting for his clients and to providing the best-possible representation throughout the litigation process. Woodfill has handled well over a thousand cases.  He has tried environmental law, family law, personal injury, condemnation, and business disputes in courts around the country.  He has also worked on numerous mass tort cases, including EIFS (Exterior Insulating Finishing System) cases, Hurricane Ike, Masonite Hardboard Siding, LP Inner Seal, dioxin exposure cases, creosote cases, and homeowners mold claims.  Additionally, he has handled numerous religious liberties cases, including a recent victory in the Texas Supreme Court in a case styled Pidgeon v. Parker. He and his team utilize cutting-edge technology as part of  trial strategies to obtain favorable results for the firm’s clients.

Woodfill is a 1990 graduate of the University of Texas and received his law degree from St. Mary’s University in 1993 where he was a cum lade graduate.  Woodfill also served on the St. Mary’s Law Journal as a Note and Comment Editor and won numerous mock trials while in law school.  He was awarded the Judge Jack Miller Trial advocacy award while in law school. He is active in Houston-area community issues and has served as chairman of the Houston-area Republican Party from 2002 through 2014.

 Woodfill is licensed to practice in Texas and New York state courts, as well as the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (Washington, DC),The United States Court of Federal Claims and U.S. District Courts for Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Woodfill has published articles in the St. Mary’s Law Journal and Villanova Law Review.  He has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angelas Times, Time Magazine, Texas Lawyer, Weekly Standard, Human Events, National Review and numerous other periodicals.  He has appeared on numerous television shows and radio stations. 

In 2015, Woodfill was named Local Person of the year by Fox 26 Roundup.  In 2016 Woodfill was named one of Houston’s top lawyers by Houstonia Magazine.  He has also received the TRL Defender of Life Award, Texas Values’ Kelly Shackleford Award, San Jacinto Republican’s Patriot Award, and Vision America’s Local Hero of the Faith Award.

Legal Expertise

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AMY RIZKALLAH 
Attorney

Born in Baytown, Texas Amy Rizkallah has worked and lived in the Houston area her entire life. Amy Rizkallah attended Incarnate Word Academy and graduated in 2005. After high school, Amy attended Trinity University in San Antonio where she graduated cum laude in 2009 with Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. Amy attended South Texas College of Law and graduated in 2012. During law school, Amy completed two judicial clerkships with in the 165th and 164th Civil District Courts of Harris County and completed an internship at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. She also worked in private small firms practicing immigration law and civil litigation during law school.

Since June 2013, Amy Rizkallah has served as court appointed criminal counsel in Fort Bend and Galveston Counties. In 2016, Amy Rizkallah began working in victim’s services taking as the Managing Attorney for the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County by providing legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Amy Rizkallah was a member of Gideon’s Promise, a national program dedicated to the improvement of court-appointed criminal defense all over the country. Amy also participated in the Harris County Public Defender’s Office Future Appointed Counsel Training Program where she was received training in representing indigent court-appointed clients working under the direction of ten highly regarded members of the criminal defense bar in Houston.

In March of 2017, Amy Rizkallah began working as an Associate Attorney at Woodfill Law Firm where she primarily practices family law and civil litigation.

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MEGHANN SMITH 
Attorney

Meghann Smith graduated from the University of Houston in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude honorsIn 2010, she graduated from the University of Houston – College of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. 

Since 2015, Meghann has been a partner at Ramey & Schwaller, LLP. She is an experienced litigator in most phases of civil trials, with considerable CPS experience, general civil litigation experience(including Intellectual Property) and is a Certified Mediator.

Bud Wiesedeppe

BUD WIESEDEPPE
Attorney

Bud has had in excess of 20 jury trials to verdict in addition to many bench trials and arbitrations.  His extensive experience in supervising large and complex cases and dockets has required him to coordinate clients, attorneys and staff as well as to direct and oversee discovery.  During the course of his work at the Woodfill Law Firm, P.C., Bud has vetted and coordinated many experts and consultants, taken numerous depositions as well as participated in the significant motion practice that typically accompanies difficult cases.  Additionally, Bud has experience in representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in commercial construction disputes, employment litigation and personal injury claims.

Paralegal Team

Jennifer Applegate

Jennifer Applegate

Erin Engstrom

Erin Engstrom

Rebecca Luna

Rebecca Luna

Rian Taft

Rian Taft

Cyndy Taylor

Cyndy Taylor

Administration

Ken Kennedy

KEN KENNEDY
Comptroller

Kenneth Kennedy is the firm’s financial manager and is responsible for the firm’s daily functions and special projects related to finance, compliance, operations and information systems.

Kenneth’s expertise includes audit, compliance, consumer lending, investments and management. He holds degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Houston – ClearLake.