The Dallas LGBT Bar Association’s Board of Directors for 2023 is comprised of attorneys from a range of backgrounds and practice areas:

President: Callie Butcher

Callie Butcher is a Dallas based attorney who’s practice has focused on complex patent litigation involving a variety of technologies. Callie also has expertise assisting clients in connection with IP acquisitions, patent cross-licensing, and IP due diligence, as well as trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition claims.  Callie has been recognized in the 2021–2022 editions of The Best Lawyers as a “Ones to Watch in America” and “Women In The Law: Ones To Watch” in Intellectual Property Litigation, and was named a 2022 “Top Women Lawyer” by Texas Diversity Council.  

When not working, Callie volunteers with local LGBT organizations, including Lambda Legal, where she serves on its Dallas Leadership Committee, and Black Tie Dinner, where she serves on the board and as a member of the Events and Programming Committee. In her free time, Callie enjoys spending time with her partner and two children.

President-Elect: Elissa Wev

Elissa Wev is a Public Integrity Prosecutor at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.  She began her career as a public defender, helping indigent clients overcome poverty-biased procedures and punishments.  Elissa previously prosecuted strangulations, aggravated assaults, and murders that occur in intimate partner relationships.  In her current role she investigates police shootings and prosecutes public service misconduct offenses.  

As a passion project, Elissa is the host and creator of “Chisme – a Virtual Call to Action,” a live-streaming Zoom show created to raise awareness of sexual assault in the military and encourage greater civic engagement in the LatinX community.  On the weekends you can find her enjoying her home in Oak Cliff with her partner and their dog, Bear.

Treasurer: Sean Buckley

Sean is a partner with Dykema and counsels innovators primarily in marketing, media, and advertising. Sean represents prominent clients in technology and new media industries, and regularly drafts and negotiates agreements with ad servers, data suppliers and data management companies, measurement and analytics companies, and other ad and technology platforms and providers in connection with a variety of commercial relationships with local, regional and Fortune 500 brands, agencies, and marketing companies.

Sean and his husband live downtown in the Farmers Market, and you’re likely to find him on the weekend meandering the stalls and sheds of produce and locally-made goods with his dog.

Secretary: Thomas McMillian

Thomas McMillian has been an Assistant City Attorney with the City of North Richland Hills since November of 2021. Prior to taking on this role, he was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Amarillo where he served as the Public Safety Legal Advisor and was primarily responsible for the Amarillo Police Department’s legal matters. Thomas was a prosecutor at both the Potter County Attorney’s Office and then the 47th District Attorney’s Office in Amarillo for 9 years. Thomas also served as a Staff Attorney for Chief Justice Brian Quinn of the 7th Court of Appeals in Amarillo.

Thomas earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Economics and General Business from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in 2004. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas in 2008. Thomas is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow. He has presented at the Texas Police Chiefs Association Legal Advisor Conference, the Amarillo Area Young Lawyers Association Biennial Las Vegas CLE, and is a former faculty member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association Prosecutor Trial Skills Course. Thomas was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Amarillo Area Young Lawyers Association in 2018.  He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Thomas is a member of Oak Lawn United Methodist Church where he serves on the board and is moderator-elect of the Trustee’s Committee.

Thomas, his partner Dustin, and their (very spoiled) dachshund Tootie live in Oak Lawn. He’s a self-described aviation geek, beer nerd, and has an appreciation for German cars. Thomas loves traveling, especially to Germany, Austria, and New York.

Director: Rachael Nelson Gearing

Rachael is a healthcare attorney at Weaver Johnston & Nelson where she advises medical practices, hospitals, surgery centers, freestanding emergency rooms, and other health care providers regarding operational, transactional, and compliance issues, as well as various employment law issues. Rachael’s clients rely on her to advise them on establishing and implementing comprehensive health care compliance programs, negotiating and preparing agreements in connection with health care transactional matters, and effecting mergers and acquisitions, as well as creating new health care entities, developing business and marketing strategies to cope with changing federal regulatory schemes, and providing guidance on operational and administrative issues.

Rachael is also on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association. When not practicing law, Rachael and her husband are active in the community and enjoy volunteering with local non-profits. Rachael lives in East Dallas with her husband and their three rescue pets, including a 150 pound deaf great dane and an 86 pound senior doberman.

Director: Josh Dossey

James Joshua Dossey is an associate attorney at Duffee + Eitzen. Following his undergraduate B.A. in Journalism from Baylor University (“Sic’em”), he enlisted in the Army as a 27D Paralegal Specialist. Josh graduated from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law (“Pony Up”) and was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 2022. Josh practices family law focusing on contested and uncontested divorce, child custody issues, and complex property division. In his spare time, Josh serves on the executive board of Dallas Independent Volleyball Association and travels across North America to compete in tournaments. To recover, you will find Josh at the movies or re-reading Harry Potter.

Director: Monica Uribe

Monica is a senior attorney at Clark Hill where she advises sureties, contractors, and other construction and business clients in litigation and complex construction matters involving surety bonds, liens, construction defects, and related claims. Monica also has expertise in Texas residential construction laws.

In addition to the Dallas LGBT Bar Association, Monica is a member of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. She has been selected as a Texas Rising Star by Thompson Reuters since 2021 and a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Litigation – Construction Law since its inaugural edition in 2020.

Outside of the law, Monica enjoys spending time with her partner and their four dogs in East Dallas and enjoying a picnic at the arboretum.

Director: Liz Rocha

Liz is an associate at Thompson Coburn LLP.  Prior to joining Thompson Coburn, Liz was a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas. Liz works as an associate in the firm’s developing social justice practice, as well as its general litigation practice.  

When not practicing law, Liz enjoys spends time with her partner and their three dogs (all rescues).

Immediate Past President:
Nadia Haghighatian

Nadia is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she practices intellectual property litigation. Her expertise ranges from patent disputes covering various technologies (software, telecommunications, electrical, mechanical, semiconductor, and more) to disputes involving trademarks, trade secrets, and unfair competition. She earned her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Austin and graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Nadia has proudly served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas LGBT+ Bar Association since 2019. She is also a former Director of the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and a former Associate member of The Honorable Barbara M. G. Lynn American Inn of Court. 

Her recognitions include being selected to the “Future Leader” Shortlist for the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2022; the 40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 list by the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association (2021); Texas Diversity Council: 2022 Top Women Lawyers; and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder Program (2019).

Student Director: Matt Gamboa-Lutz

Matt Gamboa-Lutz grew up in El Paso, Texas, and later attended college at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he graduated with a degree in English and Spanish. At SMU Dedman School of Law, Matt is President of SMU Law’s LGBTQ+ student organization, an Articles Editor for the SMU Science and Technology Law Review, and spent this past summer clerking with the Office of the Attorney General of Texas’s Transportation Division. Matt currently serves as a Chief for SMU’s Small Business and Trademark Clinic and clerks for a commercial litigation firm. Matt’s legal interests include land use, municipal law, small businesses, and Space Law (yes, it’s real). In his free time, Matt enjoys napping, reading fiction, walking his dog, Biscuit, and watching sci-fi shows.

Student Director: Evonne Jefferson

Evonne is a non-traditional law student at UNT Dallas College of Law. They worked as an Immigration Paralegal for Ogletree Deakins and Berry Appleman & Leiden, leading pro bono efforts with Catholic Charities and Proyecto Inmigrant.

Evonne is passionate about trans rights and creating affirming environments for people who look like them. They seek to serve the local LGBTQIA+ community through activism and assisting with legal aid initiatives. When not studying, Evonne loves to travel and hike with their wife and Goldendoodle, Cooper.