The Animal Law Section Officers serve one-year terms. Elections are held at the section’s annual meeting in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas annual meeting in June. A nominating committee is formed and nominees are solicited approximately 60 days before the election. Anyone interested in running for office or a council member position may contact the Chair of the Animal Law Section.
Due to the 2020 Covid pandemic the Animal Law section is making adjustments and elections have been delayed
There are eight council members who serve two-year terms. The council is the governing body of the section.
Council Members 2018-2020
|Place 1||Lara Tomlin
|Place 2||Ashley Morgan
|Place 3||Richard Thompson
|Place 4||Gina Joaquin|
Council Members 2019-2021
|Place 7||Amy Ganci|
|Place 8||Cynthia Smiley|
|Board Advisor||Kathryn Murphy||05/31/2020|
|Board Advisor||Kate Bihm||2020-2021|
|Board Advisor||Emily Miller||2020-2021|
|Alt Board Advisor||Yolanda Cortes Mares||05/31/2020|
Chair Eric Torberson
ERIC TORBERSON is a private practice personal injury and criminal defense attorney in the Austin area. He began developing a passion for animal law several years ago beginning mainly in defending dogs in dangerous dog hearings. His practice then expanded into filing lawsuits for ownership rights and personal injury litigation involving animals on the plaintiff and defense side. Eric believes animals deserve due process in court. Many times courts make a life or death decision based on little evidence. Eric received the Animal Advocacy Award for the Animal Law section of the State Bar of Texas in 2018. Eric graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2001. For more about Eric visit https://www.erictorberson.com
Vice Chair Open
Secretary Fran Ortiz
Treasurer Kelle Jones
LARA TOMLIN is an assistant district attorney in Denton County, Texas. She has been with the office since 2010, works in the appellate division, and handles animal-related cases, including all the seizure hearings for cruelly treated animals. Lara is board certified in Criminal Appellate Law. She graduated from the University of North Texas with her bachelor’s degree, and from Texas Tech University School of Law with her juris doctor. She is a former director and former chairman of the board of directors for the Denton Animal Support Foundation, an organization that supports the Denton Animal Shelter and raised funds for the Linda McNatt Animal Adoption Center. She lives with her two rescue dogs, four hens, barn cat, human children, and partner Daniel.