TALA was formed in 1979 to meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and art nonprofits. Services include lawyer and accountant pro bono assistance for artists, patent pro bono assistance for inventors, dispute resolution services, and educational programs for the artistic and business communities. Programs are designed to help participants apply sound business practices to protect intellectual property, advance careers, and develop income.  TALA volunteers throughout Texas handle more than 250 matters per year.  In 2016, TALA began serving inventors in the Patent Pro Bono Program.

Board of Directors

  • Adrian Resendez, Attorney; Resendez Law Firm (Austin)
  • Andrea Perez, Attorney; Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal LLP (Dallas)
  • Andrew C. Elkhoury, Attorney; Mayer Brown (Houston)
  • Jeff Slattery, Director of IP and Tech Clinics; Tx A&M School of Law (Ft. Worth)
  • Justen S. Barks, Attorney, Beard & Barks PLLC (Houston)
  • Katie Van Dyk, Attorney; Norton Rose Fulbright (Austin)
  • Kirby Drake, Attorney; Kirby Drake Law (Dallas) – Patent Pro Bono liaison with State Bar IP Section
  • Megan Roberts, Legal Counsel; Shell Oil Company (Houston)
  • Mark Tison, Attorney; Norton Rose Fulbright (Austin)
  • Nash Zogaib, Attorney; Eversheds Sutherland (Austin)
  • Niky Bagley, Managing Counsel; Toyota Motor North America (Plano)
  • Thomas Maddrey, General Counsel; American Society of Media Photographers (Dallas)

TALA Staff

  • Alissa McCain, Attorney, Executive Director
  • Angela L. Lee, Attorney, Legal Director