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Judge Dena Hanovice Palermo's Biography


          Boston University School of Law
               J.D.  1983, magna cum laude

          Binghamton University
               B.S. Accounting 1980

Legal Experience

         United States Magistrate Judge
         United States District Court Southern District of Texas
              March 2016 – present

         Partner, Co-Chair White Collar Crime and Securities Enforcement Practice
         Andrews Kurth LLP
              April 2008 – March 2016

         Mayer Brown
              February 2003 – April 2008

         Vinson & Elkins
              October 1985 – July 1994

         Law Clerk
         Honorable Chief Judge John V. Singleton, Jr.
              August 1983 – July 1985


          "The Outside Lives of Magistrate Judges - On the bench and retired" FMJA Bulletin (March 2017)

          Government Investigations - Top Five Lessons Learned Straightline (September 1, 2010)

          "Bribery: US is Cracking Down on Payments Made Under the Table" Houston Business Journal (August 31, 2007)

          "Today's Women Lawyers Want to be Mentored. The Real Question Is, By Whom?" Houston Lawyer (May 2005)

          "Ascertaining Undefined State Law Under the Erie Doctrine: Factors Etc., Inc. v. Pro Arts, Inc." Boston University Law Review (1982)

Seminars & Speeches

          “Bench-Bar Experiences with the 2015 Discovery Proportionality Amendments” (Panelist), Duke Law School (May 5, 2017)

          “The Executive Travel Ban, the Constitution, and the Balance of Power” (Moderator), Houston Bar Association (March 29, 2017)

          “National Moot Court Competition” (Judge), University of Houston/Andrews Kurth LLP (January 28, 2017)

          “Dos and Don'ts of Federal Practice” (Panelist with Judge Al Bennett), HBA Federal Practice Group (December 9, 2016)

          “Chamber Chat” (Panelist with Judge Jeff Bohm), Inns of Court (November 30, 2016)

          “Meet with Magistrate Judges with Judges” (Panelist with Judges Frances Stacy, Nancy Johnson, and Steve Smith) Federal Bar Association
          (November 10, 2016)

          “Lunch with the Federal Judiciary” (Panelist with Judges Lee Rosenthal, Ewing Werlein, and David Jones) Houston Young Lawyers Association
          (September 13, 2016)

          “Women in the Law: A Panel Discussion from Across the Practice” (Panelist) Federal Bar Association (June 23, 2016)



          "Moving Through the International Anti-Corruption Maze," Andrews Kurth Client Seminar (June 4, 2013)

          "Gift-Giving and Entertaining Without Violating the FCPA - UK Bribery Act," presented to Association of Corporate Counsel - Houston Chapter (July 10, 2012)

          "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act: A Comparison," presented to
          Association of Corporate Counsel - South Central Texas Chapter (April 6, 2011)

          "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): What Every Company Needs To Know," presented to Wells Fargo (March 2011)

          "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): What Every Company Needs To Know," Andrews Kurth Client Seminar (February 24, 2011)

          "Top Five Lessons Learned From Successful Government Investigations," Thomson Reuters Webinar (November 2010)

          "Top Five Lessons for Internal Investigations," presented at Andrews Kurth (March 2010)

          "Managing Risks in Corporate Investigations: Overview of 2008 and Preview of 2009," presented at Andrews Kurth Client Seminar (January 2009)

          "The Top Ten Things to Consider When Your Company is Confronted with a Government or Internal Investigation," presented at
          Andrews Kurth's Executive Women's Retreat (October 2008)

          Mentoring and Gender Fairness

          "Is Justice Gender Blind?" presented at HBA Gender Fairness Luncheon Series (May 2008)

          "Leaving and Re-entering the Legal Workforce," presented at HBA Gender Fairness Luncheon Series (January 2008)

          "Mentoring and Rainmaking," presented at HBA's Woman Lawyer's Guide to Effective Communication (April 2006)

          "Ending Isolation: Keys to Effective Mentoring Programs," presented at ABA Leadership Summit (July 1995)

Bar Memberships

           Federal Bar Association

           Houston Bar Association, Life Fellow

           Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

           State Bar of Texas (1985)

           State Bar of New York (1984)

Professional Activities

           State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College, 2012

           College of State Bar of Texas, 1992

           Volunteer Prosecutor, City of Houston, 2009-2010

           District 4 Nominating Committee, Texas Bar Foundation, 2005-2011

           Co-Chair, Houston Bar Association Gender Fairness Committee, 2007-2008

           Member, HBA Gender Fairness Committee, 2004-2010

                 Programming Committee Member, HBA’s Woman Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Communication, Mentoring and Rainmaking, April 2006

                 Co-Chair Programming Committee, HBA’s Woman Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Communication, Mentoring and Rainmaking, April 2005

           Member, HBA Professionalism Committee, 2009-2010

           Chair, Women's Initiative, Mayer Brown's Houston Office, 2007

           Director, Houston Bar Association, May 1993-1995

                 Founder, HBA Mentoring Program 1993

                 Chair, Mentor Subcommittee of the HBA Professionalism Committee, 1993-1995

                 Co-Chair, HBA LegalLine Committee 1994-1995

           Director, Association of Women Attorneys, 1993-1995

                Chair, AWA Judicial Reception Committee 1994-1995

                Co-Chair, AWA Charity Softball Game 1993

           Trustee, Association of Women Attorneys Foundation, May 1993-1995

                Co-Chair AWAF Tribute to Women Judges of Harris County 1994

           South Texas College of Law, Women’s Forum, Volunteer Mentor 1991-1994