About The Firm

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.

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Michael Villasana, Attorney

Michael Villasana is a respected attorney based in Houston, Texas, but who has handled cases throughout Texas. He practiced law in Washington, D.C., for 2 years and has practiced law in Texas for 25 years and has extensive experience working with individuals and families.
Michael devotes his practice to representing clients in matters relating to family law including divorce, child and spousal support, child custody and visitation, and property division. Michael also handles car wrecks, wills and probate, and traffic ticket defense for which he handled more than 40,000 cases since 2000. 
Michael graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology. Michael graduated from the Columbus Law School in Washington, D.C., where he earned his Juris Doctor Degree. Michael is admitted to practice law in all Texas Courts, the Federal Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the Texas Supreme Court. He is a member of the Texas State Bar and a previous President of the Harris County Municipal Justice Bar Association to which he continues to be a member. Michael has been married for 23 years and travels with his family as often as he can.

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William Rowlett, Attorney

Mr. Rowlett is an experienced litigator in both criminal and civil matters. He has been licensed to practice law in the state of Texas since 1987. His litigation experience includes 79 jury trials as lead counsel or second chair. Mr. Rowlett previously served as the chief felony prosecutor for the 59th Judicial District Court in Grayson County Attorney’s Office, Sherman, Texas. As a prosecutor, his responsibilities included prosecuting felony cases, juvenile delinquency prosecutions, handling criminal appellate cases and mental health commitments. Mr. Rowlett was also responsible for supervising and training lower level prosecutors. After serving as chief prosecutor in the Greyson County Attorney’s Office, Mr. Rowlett became an assistant district attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. During his time in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Mr Rowlett tried 19 jury trials and approximately 100 trials before the Court. After leaving the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Rowlett began focusing his litigation experience on civil matters, including family law, personal injury, and business disputes. Mr. Rowlett received his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in 1987. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in Austin. He is also a graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas, Dallas, Texas. From 1973-1975, Mr. Rowlett attended Marine Military Academy, Harlingen, Texas. Mr. Rowlett is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.

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Jordan Riley, Attorney

A sixth generation Texan and Deep East Texas native, Jordan Riley has practiced law in the Rio Grande Valley and in Houston for more than 12 years. He studied architecture at the University of Texas at Austin before pursuing and receiving his law degree in Fort Worth at what is now Texas A&M University School of Law.  Licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas in 2008, his areas of practice include family law (especially interstate and international child custody law), first- and third-party insurance claims, business disputes, consumer protections, and ancillary or post-judgment proceedings.  Mr. Riley is also licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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Representative cases include:

Accord Business Funding, LLC v. Ellis, No. 14-19-00279-CV,  (where a lender collecting a “merchant cash advance” loan obtained essentially a judgment by confession and a writ of garnishment without service of process on the borrower, who petitioned for a bill of review and wrongful garnishment, the trial court correctly denied the lender’s motion to compel arbitration, as it waived both the contract’s arbitration clause and its non-waiver clause, since it substantially invoked the judicial process and acted in bad faith).

In re A.B.G., No. 09-11-00083-CV, 2013 WL 257311 (Tex. App.—Beaumont Jan. 24, 2013) (where in violation of Mexican law a child was secretly born in Texas and hidden there from the father, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in finding jurisdiction and denying a petition for the child’s return, since the child had lived his entire life in the state, but the evidence was sufficient for the jury’s award of primary managing conservatorship to the father, with geographic restrictions to Mexico, for the mother’s conduct demonstrated an unwillingness to permit the child frequent, continuing, and meaningful contact with his father). 

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Smuck, et al., No. 02-10-00289-CV, 2013 WL 4033622 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Aug. 8, 2013) (where a collateral agreement imposed recourse liability on individuals for damages from non-recourse carve-outs, a default judgment against the defunct borrower for waste, but in the full recourse amount, did not trigger the individuals’ liability, because the lender did not introduce evidence of waste damages, and the agreement was not a guaranty). 

In re S.J.O.B.G., 292 S.W.3d 764 (Tex. App.—Beaumont 2009) (where a child had lived two years in Norway but her mother did not know of the father’s intent to divorce her before she and the child without independent means departed Hawaii for Scandinavia, the evidence was sufficient to support a finding that Norway did not become the child’s habitual residence, despite that she was at the time of the her removal to Texas a ward of the Norwegian state, so that the trial court correctly denied Norway’s petition for the child’s return, as the last mutual decision of the parents regarding the child’s residence was to remain in Hawaii).

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Miranda Arispe, J.D.

Miranda received her Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 2014. 

She has worked for numerous large law firms, focusing on discovery, case preparation, research, and client relations. 

Prior to graduating from law school, Mirada worked as a law clerk for a nationally recognized law firm.  As an undergraduate, she was on the Dean’s List numerous times and was a recipient of the MABAH Scholarship.  Miranda focuses on developing the clients case through all aspects of litigation.

Paralegal / Legal Assistant 
Ms. Avery has been working the legal industry some time, assisting in the preparation of cases for hearings and trials.  She has participated in numerous trials and hearings.  Ms. Avery has a broker’s license and has worked in the construction and real estate injuries for years, dealing with contracts and the general public.  She prides herself on her ability to simplify complex issues.  Ms. Avery is the proud mother of four children.

Karen Avery

Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Ms. Avery has been working the legal industry some time, assisting in the preparation of cases for hearings and trials. She has participated in numerous trials and hearings. Ms. Avery has a broker’s license and has worked in the construction and real estate injuries for years, dealing with contracts and the general public. She prides herself on her ability to simplify complex issues. Ms. Avery is the proud mother of four children.
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Ms. Blouin is from Ohio.  She began assisting the Woodfill Law Firm as an intern while in paralegal school.  She then went on to handle receptionist duties for the firm.  She is currently finishing her paralegal training and works part-time as a legal assistant.  She is a mother of two and a member of Lakewood Church.   Ms. Blouin prides herself on her ability to relate to people.

Angela Blouin

Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Ms. Blouin is from Ohio. She began assisting the Woodfill Law Firm as an intern while in paralegal school. She then went on to handle receptionist duties for the firm. She is currently finishing her paralegal training and works part-time as a legal assistant. She is a mother of two and a member of Lakewood Church. Ms. Blouin prides herself on her ability to relate to people.