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Lema Barazi

Litigation Partner

Summary

Lema Barazi is a partner of Lloyd & Mousilli and regularly advises business clients on a wide range of litigation issues, from pre-litigation negotiation through trial.

Previously, Ms. Barazi was an associate attorney at the Howard Nations Law Firm and her civil trial practice focused on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, individual catastrophic injury and wrongful death, and complex commercial litigation. Prior to her work there, Ms. Barazi was an associate attorney at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, in Houston, Texas, where she was a member of the Medical Malpractice Department and her practice focused on the defense of physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other healthcare and long-term care professionals and organizations.

Before working as a defense attorney, Ms. Barazi practiced civil trial litigation as an associate attorney at Ortiz & Millin, LP, in Hidalgo County, Texas. Her practice focused primarily on complex commercial litigation and personal injury litigation in both state and federal courts.

Before practicing civil law, Ms. Barazi served as an Assistant District Attorney and prosecuted felony cases. She has also previously clerked for the Honorable Judge Vanessa Gilmore of the United States District Court in Houston, Texas, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, and the Harris County District Attorney’s office, where she worked on the widely followed Andrea Yates case.

Ms. Barazi graduated with honors from the University of Houston’s Honors College, earning degrees in English and Political Science. She then attended law school at The University of Houston Law Center, where she received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence. She later earned her executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University’s School of Business, graduating magna cum laude.

Ms. Barazi’s pro bono work focuses on securing asylum for victims fleeing persecution in their home countries in the Middle East. Her fluency in speaking, reading, and writing Arabic, coupled with her keen insight into Middle East politics, makes her uniquely qualified in advocating for her clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, successfully securing asylum for numerous individuals and families.

In 2018 and 2019, Ms. Barazi was selected by The National Trial Lawyers for inclusion into its “Top 40 Under 40” list, an honor awarded to a premier group of trial lawyers under the age of 40 from each state for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. In 2016, Ms. Barazi was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star by Texas Monthly Magazine and in 2002 she was awarded The University of Houston’s Best Writer of the Year. She is also a certified mediator.

Admissions

  • Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • The United States Court of Federal Claims, Washington, D.C.

 

Awards & Honors

  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Texas Monthly Magazine’s Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016
  • University of Houston’s Best Writer of the Year, 2002

 

Education

University of Houston Law Center

J.D., Doctorate of Jurisprudence, 2006

Activities and Societies: Houston Journal of International Law, Senior Research Editor; Moot Court, Brief Writer

Texas Tech University

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Business Administration and Management, General, 2014

University of Houston

B.A., English / Political Science, 2003

Activities and Societies: Member of Honors College; Recipient of Katherine Powell Leadership Scholarship, Lynette Autry Academic Scholarship, Christopher Maher Honors Scholarship, and Superior Academic Achievement Full Scholarship to the University of Houston

Professional Presentations

  • Landlord-Tenant Law Fundamentals: From Leases to Collections Seminar, The Eviction and Judicial Process, CLE, April 20, 2016, McAllen, Texas
  • Asylum and TPS for Syrians, November 24, 2014 at the Syrian American Club in Houston, Texas
  • Immigration & Asylum Legal Issues for Syrians in the United States, April 20, 2013 at the Syrian American Club in Houston, Texas

 

The National Trial Lawyers