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DeMonica D. Gladney, Esq., is a native of Houston, Texas.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, cum laude, from Lamar University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center.  She began her legal career as a Briefing Attorney for the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.  She is now Counsel for Exxon Mobil Corporation, where she has practiced for over 16 years.

In addition to a successful legal career, Ms. Gladney is an accomplished writer, poet and inspirational speaker.  She is the bestselling author of the inspirational books, Identity Theft: Discovering the Real You, Willing to Wait: From Revelation to Manifestation, and Reflections from God.  Her book, Willing to Wait, was ranked #7 on the BCBD National Independent Publishers’ Top 50 Bestseller’s List.  Ms. Gladney has been featured in various media, including the Daystar Television Network, the Pearland Journal, Ladies First Magazine, and the Black Christian News Network and on various radio talk shows around the country.  She was also selected for the 2010 editions of Who’s Who Among Executives & Professionals and Who’s Who in Black Houston.

Ms. Gladney is the personification of commitment and excellence and received the 2008 and 2010 National Bar Association (NBA) Presidential Award and the NAACP Award for Legal Excellence.  Her professional and community involvements have been many and varied.  She currently serves on the NBA board and as the Chair of the Women Lawyers Division and the Corporate Liaison for Commercial Law Section.  She is a past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and Chair of the African-American Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Texas.  She is also a member of the Houston Bar Association, the Corporate Counsel Women of Color and The Downtown Group. 

Ms. Gladney previously 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 past Chair of the Board of the Houston Lawyers Foundation.  She is also a member of the Mu Kappa Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

All Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • National Bar Association
    • Chair, First Vice Chair, Board Member & Chaplain, Women Lawyers Division
    • Corporate Liaison & Secretary, Commercial Law Section
    • Chaplain
    • Co-Chair, NBA Convention - Houston Host Committee
  • 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, and 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
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Member
  • Downtown Group, Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow


All Community Affiliations

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Mu Kappa Omega Chapter
  • NAACP Legal Redress Clinic
  • Respect Yourself Mentor Program
  • ExxonMobil’s Leadership 2000 Mentor Program
  • Lawyers in the Classroom Mentor Program
  • Aspiring Youth TASTE Program
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Communities in School Program


All Literary Affiliations

  • Academy of American Poets
  • Christian Small Publishers Association
  • Independent Book Publishers Association
  • Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network
  • Small Publishers Association of North America

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