Victoria Neave is an American well known female attorney and a Democratic associate of the Texas House of Representatives for District 107 in Dallas County, Texas. She was born on December 29, 1980, and raised in Dallas. In the general election passed on November 8, 2016, she unseated Republican Representative Kenneth Sheets in the most expensive Texas House race of the 2016 cycle. Victoria went to law school and employed as an attorney at one of the top 10 law firms in the country prior to initial her own practice. A community advocate, Victoria trusts we must open doors for the next generation.
In 2016, Victoria Neave was chosen as State Representative for House District 107, and as a freshman legislator, passed the language of 6 bills into law, including laws to help report the excess of thousands of untested rape kits in Texas. Victoria Neave was called “Freshman of the Year” by the House Democratic Caucus and one of the “5 Best Legislators in North Texas” by the Dallas Observer. Victoria is a strong advocate for women and children and co-led the 2017 & 2018 Dallas Women’s March.
Victoria has been recognized in the legal community for her pro bono work:
• Pro Bono Award, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, 2011, 2012
• Lawyer of the Year, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, 2013
• Estrella Award, Dallas Hispanic Bar Association 2013
• Access to Justice Pro Bono Champion, Texas Bar Journal, 2013
VICTORIA’S LEGAL CAREER
Victoria attended law school at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas where she graduated magna cum laude and in the top 3% of her law school class. Victoria also achieved great success in oral advocacy competitions, won four First Place awards, and competed in several regional and national competitions securing numerous oral advocacy and brief-writing awards. Victoria was on the Dean’s List and earned the Dean’s Merit Scholarship.
Victoria worked as an Attorney in the Complex Commercial Litigation group of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, which is ranked as one of the top ten law firms in the country. While at Weil, Victoria worked on multi-billion dollar complex business disputes in both state and federal courts throughout the country. Victoria worked on antitrust litigation, securities litigation, bankruptcy-related, and other commercial litigation. Victoria learned from some of the best litigators and partners in the country.
Victoria currently owns her own law practice and represents individuals and business clients primarily in civil litigation, such as breach of contract, fraud, negligence, and employment law. Victoria won, with the help of her law partner and paralegal team, a $2.4+ million jury verdict which was ranked by Texas Lawyer as the second highest jury verdict in Texas for 2014 in the employment law category. The case is still on appeal.
ISSUES RELATED TO WOMEN & CHILDREN
As 1 of the 29 women out of 150 State Representatives, Victoria believes she has a responsibility to bring attention to issues that impact women and children.
That’s why she and her friend, Rhetta Bowers, took the lead on organizing the 2017 and 2018 Dallas Women’s Marches, which drew an estimated 10,000 people each to Downtown Dallas. These were special days in our city’s history.
This session, Republican lawmakers continued their attacks on women’s health. These attacks are killing women in our state: Women in Texas are dying of pregnancy-related complications at the highest rate of any country in the developed world. State Representative Victoria Neave will continue to fight against attacks on women’s health and will fight for increased funding and access to women’s health services.
Improving our broken Child Protective Services (CPS) system was a top priority for Victoria Neave this past session. The legislature came together in the Texas House to pass a package of bipartisan bills that will improve funding levels for CPS, reduce caseworker caseloads, and create a better policy on kinship care. Additionally, State Representative Victoria Neave authored several amendments to CPS bills that will ensure children have advocates looking out for the children’s legal rights as CPS implements the changes to our foster care system. With the passage of these bills, we took an important step toward providing better care for our most vulnerable children.
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