Taunya Painter is a business lawyer and member of Painter Law Firm PLLC, who was recognized by H Texas Magazine as one of the Top Lawyers in Houston in 2011. She has significant business and transactional experience with large and small companies, in both domestic and international matters.
Before practicing law in Texas, Mrs. Painter was an attorney and Director of International Trade for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Bentonville, Arkansas. While there, she oversaw the legal work to form the company's global sourcing and direct buying operations, and helped shape Wal-Mart's domestic and international strategy regarding supplier relations, countries of production, tariffs, and sustainability.
Mrs. Painter also has significant legislative experience. She served as Legislative Counsel for U.S. Senator John Ashcroft, drafting legislation and advising the Senator on international trade and agriculture issues and policy.
In her law practice, Mrs. Painter draws from her unique experience to provide sound, practical legal advice to her clients on business issues, including formation, legal compliance, transactions, and international sourcing and expansion.
In addition to her legal and bar activities, Mrs. Painter provides community leadership by serving on the Membership Committee of the Better Business Bureau. She lives in Houston with her husband (and law partner), Robert, and their four children, Katherine, Theodore, Oliver and Hazel.
Georgetown University, LL.M. (Master of Laws), International Business (1998)
University of Arkansas, J.D. (1995)
o Arkansas Law Review
o Moot Court Finalist
University of Arkansas, B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication (1992)
• State of Texas (all state courts)
• State of Arkansas (all state courts)
• U.S. Supreme Court
• Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas magazine (2011)
• Award of Distinction/Pinnacle Award (for Painter Law Firm PLLC), Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas (2008-2011)
• Volunteer Award, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce (2009)
• Movers and Shakers Award, Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce (2003)
• Legislative Staff Award, Missouri Farm Bureau (1999)
• Legislative Staff Award, National Association of Wheat Growers (1999)
• Professionalism Committee, Houston Bar Association (2011-2012)
• President, Houston Northwest Bar Association (2009-2010)
• Elder Law Committee, Houston Bar Association (2009-2010)
• State Bar of Texas
• Houston Bar Association
• Texas Trial Lawyers Association
• Member, Membership Committee, Better Business Bureau(2010-2011)
• Chair, Small Business Committee, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce (2009-2010)
• Sunday School Teacher, Christchurch Baptist Fellowship (2002-present)
• Liberalized Telecommunications Trade in the WTO: Implications for Universal Service Policy, Federal Communications Law Journal (1998).
• Relations with Nonmarket Economies: Should Title IV of the Trade Act of 1974 and the Jackson-Vanik Amendment be Revised or Repealed?, University of Richmond Law Review (1998).
• A Needed Move Away from the Arbitrariness of Maquila and NAFTA-related Toxic Harms, UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (1996).
• WTO and NAFO Coalescence: A Pareto Improvement for Both Free Trade and Fish Conservation?, Virginia Environmental Law Journal (1996).
• GATT 1994 Dispute Settlement: Sacrificing Diplomacy for Efficiency in the Multilateral Trading System?, Florida Journal of International Law (1995).
• The Applicability of NEPA to Trade Agreements: Law, Politics, or Economics?, Maryland Journal of International Law and Trade (1995).