Leila M. El-Hakam



Ms. El-Hakam’s principal areas of practice are commercial litigation, tort litigation and appellate law. She represents clients in a wide variety of disputes, including breaches of contracts, business torts, consumer disputes, product liability and warranty issues, trade secret infringement, oil and gas litigation and class actions. She has also represented clients in personal injury cases, including wrongful death, medical malpractice and product liability claims.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. El-Hakam was previously an attorney at Ogden, Gibson, Broocks & Longoria, LLP (2008-2010), and an associate at Vinson & Elkins LLP in the Dallas and Houston offices (1999-2008). Ms. El-Hakam served as a Briefing Attorney to the Honorable Nathan L. Hecht on the Supreme Court of Texas in 1998-1999.

Ms. El-Hakam has been recognized as a “Texas Rising Star” by Texas Monthly magazine for 2004-2007 and 2010. Ms. El-Hakam is admitted to practice in Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Texas.

Educational Background

  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1998
    • Order of the Coif; Chief Justice Joe R. Greenhill Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law; Conflicts of Interest Symposium Chair and Notes Editor, The Review of Litigation
  • University of Texas Graduate School of Business, M.B.A., 1998
  • University of Texas, B.B.A. in Finance with high honors, 1994

Activities and Honors

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Past Member of Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Volunteer Prosecutor, Houston Municipal Courts’ Program (April 2007-August 2007)

Publications & Presentations

  • Business Litigation: Theories, Claims, Causes of Action, Texas College for Judicial Studies, Austin, Texas (co-authored and co-presented) (April 2004)
  • Negligence, Texas College for Judicial Studies, Austin, Texas (co-authored) (May 2005)
  • Note, Texas’ Application of the Covenants Not to Compete Among Law Partners: A Comment onWhiteside v. Griffis & Griffis, 16 Rev. Litig. 439 (Spring 1997)