Tonya was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1997, and the New Jersey State Bar in 1995 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Spelman College in 1992, and her Juris Doctor Degree from Temple University School of Law in 1995. Her legal experience includes serving as an Assistant Regional Attorney for the Texas Department of Human Services, an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, and private practice.
Today, her primary area of practice is Public Finance. She has been involved in the financing and development of local school districts, cities, transportation providers, housing providers, higher education authorities, hospitals, and airports as Bond and Underwriters’ Counsel across the state of Texas.
Tonya is admitted to practice before all courts of the States of Texas and New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Her professional involvement includes membership in the American Bar Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers.
Tonya is a married mother of two girls and an active member in her church and Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Zan Wesley Holmes Community Outreach Center, Single Mothers Interchanging Love, Empathy and Support (S.M.I.L.E.S.), and The IMPACT Movement.
The Firm participates in public financings across the state of Texas as both Bond Counsel and Underwriters’ Counsel. These deals involve public and non-profit entities issuing tax-exempt securities to finance public and quasi-public improvements. Specifically, the Firm participates in financings involving school districts, municipalities, transportation providers, housing providers, higher education authorities, hospitals, and airports. These deals involve a variety of complex financing strategies; new money issues and refundings, variable rate and fixed rate issues, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, contractual obligations, certificates of obligation, tax increment financings, conduit financings, multi-family housing bonds, independent school district bonds, and commercial paper programs.