Dabney Welsh Pettus, a Corpus Christi native, has been with Welder Leshin, LLP since its inception in August 2003.
As a lifelong resident, Dabney brings a familiarity with the area and its people to bear on the cases she handles. She became an attorney because she wanted a career that was both intellectually challenging and rewarding, and because she enjoys research, writing, analytical thinking and advocating for causes and issues.
Dabney is married to Will Pettus and has two sons. She also takes care of two black Labradors and enjoys sailing, SCUBA diving, horseback riding, hunting, traveling, reading and cooking.
Education: Southern Methodist University (B.A., 1997, Departmental Distinction in Psychology); University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 2001); A.A. White American Inns of Court; Board of Advocates (Executive Member); Houston Journal of International Law (Articles Editor); Publications: Dabney Welsh, “Access to Our Backyard Reserves: A Need for the Final Resolution of the Gulf of Mexico’s Maritime Boundaries,” 23 Houston Journal of International Law 609 (Spring 2001)
Admitted to Bar: Texas, 2001
Admitted to Practice: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; United States District Court, Western District of Texas
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Admiralty and Maritime Law; Probate and Probate Litigation; Energy Law
Professional Activities: State Bar of Texas; Texas Young Lawyer’s Association; Corpus Christi Young Lawyer’s Association (President, 2007-2008); Propeller Club of the Port of Corpus Christi (Board Member); Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association (President); League of Women Voters; Texas Association of Defense Counsel; Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor Member); Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (Board of Directors: 2006-2007); Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter (Board Member); Fellow - Texas Bar Foundation; Super Lawyers: Texas Rising Stars
Civic Activities: Junior League of Corpus Christi; Chapter Advisor, Delta, Delta, Delta (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi); Leadership Corpus Christi Class XXXIII; YWCA - Corpus Christi (Board of Directors)
No designation has been made by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for a Certificate of Special Competence in this area.
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