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DeMonica D. Gladney, Esquire, is a native of Houston, Texas.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, cum laude, from Lamar University and Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center.  She began her legal career as a Briefing Attorney for the Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas and is now Senior Counsel for ExxonMobil.

Author Gladney is a past President of the Houston Lawyers Association, Chair of the African-American Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Texas and Chair of the National Bar Association (NBA) Women Lawyers Division.  She is also a member of the Houston Bar Association and the Corporate Counsel Women of Color.   She has received many awards for her legal service, including the NBA Distinguished Scroll of Women Lawyers Award, the NBA Presidential Award, the Top 50 Black Attorneys in Houston - Super Attorney Award, the University of Houston Black Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the National Black Pre-Law Conference’s Special Recognition and Commitment to the Cause Service Awards, and the NAACP Award for Legal Excellence.  She was also honored in Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals and Who’s Who in Black Houston. 

In addition to a successful legal career, Author Gladney is an accomplished writer, poet and inspirational speaker.  She is the bestselling author ofthe new release, My Journey: Poetic Expressions Inspired By Faith, as well as Identity Theft: Discovering the Real You, Willing to Wait: From Revelation to Manifestation, and Reflections from God.  She has received many awards for her literary work, including the i10-Media Influential Award for Authors and the Houston’s Favorite Author Award.  Author Gladney has been featured on the Daystar Television Network and various television and radio talk shows around the country, and in print media, including American Family News, The Christian Post Reporter, the Pearland Reporter News, Houston Forward Times Magazine, Black Christian News Network, Houston Style Magazine and Ladies First Magazine.

Author Gladney served as the Pro Bono Coordinator for ExxonMobil and on the Executive Board of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.  She is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and former Board Chair of the Houston Lawyers Foundation.  She is also a member of the Mu Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a Silver Star for her over 25 years of service.  She is a committed member of Covenant Glen Church and serves in the legal ministry.

Some of her current and past professional, community and literary affiliations are listed below.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Liaison, Commission on Women in the Profession
  • National Bar Association
    • Chief of Staff to NBA President
    • Chair, First Vice Chair & Chaplain, NBA Women Lawyers Division
    • Corporate Liaison & Secretary, NBA Commercial Law Section
    • Chaplain
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Chair, African American Lawyers Section
    • Council of Chairs & Minority Representation Advisory Group
    • Texas Minority Counsel Program Host Committee
  • Houston Lawyers Association
    • President & President-Elect
    • Editor of Information Source Newsletter
    • Board of Directors, Houston Lawyers Foundation
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Executive Board, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
    • Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee
  • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Life Fellow

Community Affiliations

  • Mu Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Campaign Leader of ExxonMobil’s Houston Law United Way Campaign
  • Legal Ministry of Covenant Glen Church
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • NBA Women Lawyers Division’s Respect Yourself Mentor Program
  • NAACP Legal Redress Clinic
  • Lawyers in the Classroom Mentor Program
  • Aspiring Youth TASTE Program
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Communities in School Program

Literary Affiliations

  • Academy of American Poets
  • Association of Publishers for Special Sales
  • Christian Indie Publishing Association
  • Independent Book Publishers Association
  • Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network


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