Dawn R.Tezino

Dawn R.Tezino

Dawn is a Partner in the firm’s New Orleans office.

D. Tezino

Dawn graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Psychology and cum laude from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, where she was in the top 10% of her class and received the designation of William L. Crowe, Sr., Scholar.

While attending the University of Houston, Dawn minored in Radio-Television Communications and took several legal and debate courses, which enhanced her communications skills and helped her to develop a passion for the law and seeking justice. Additionally, Dawn’s training in psychology, has given her the skills to accentuate the human realities in each case, anticipate strengths and weaknesses, and effectively engage and communicate with her audience.


In 2018, Dawn—along with Deb Kuchler, Janika Polk, Skylar Rudin, and Marcus Hunter—represented a major oil company in a commercial dispute through which it sought to recover the costs of shutting down four wells in the Gulf of Mexico. The case was tried over eight days in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. After less than three hours of deliberation, the jury reached a unanimous verdict awarding their client $61 million.

Dawn successfully litigated a labor and employment case on appeal to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Dawn R. Tezino et al., My Life as An NBA Lawyer, National Bar Association Gateway to Success, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2016) (panel moderator).

Dawn R. Tezino, Is Your Company at Risk: Best Practices to Minimize Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Dilemmas in Your Business Activities, State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section CLE, Houston, TX (2015).

Dawn R. Tezino, Navigating the Social Media Minefield, Austin, TX (2015).

Dawn R. Tezino, Surviving a Summer Internship, Texas Minority Law Student Program at Texas Southern Law School, Houston, TX (2012).

Dawn R. Tezino et al., Powerful Partners Panel: Firm Leadership from the Bottom to the Top, Texas Women Lawyer’s Annual Conference, Houston, TX (2012) (workshop moderator).

Dawn R. Tezino, Creating Your Own Alternatives: Strategies for Success, National Bar Association’s Commercial Law Conference, Las Vegas, NV (2009).

Dawn R. Tezino, What Lawyers Need to Know about Emergency Preparedness, Crisis Management, and Disaster Recovery, National Bar Association’s Commercial Law Section Conference, New Orleans, LA (2008).

Dawn R. Tezino, The Human and Legal Realities of a Devastating Natural Disaster, DuPont Minority Council Conference, Philadelphia, PA (2006).


(713) 936-2031


  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Labor and Employment
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Tort


  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2001, cum laude
  • University of Houston, B.S. in Political Science, 1998, cum laude


  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas: former Chair of Racial Diversity Committee; former Board Member of African American Lawyer’s Association
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Jefferson County Bar Association: former Board Member of Young Lawyer’s Association
  • National Bar Association: former Chair of NBA Commercial Law Section; former Deputy General Counsel of National Bar Association; former Board of Governors member


  • Texas Super Lawyer, 2018–present
  • Texas Rising Star, 2008–2017
  • National Bar Association Presidential Award, 2014–2015
  • State Bar of Texas Presidential Recognition of Service Award, 2013

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