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, Kessler Collins PC (Dallas)
  • John Puailoa, Certified Financial Planner, UBS (Austin)
  • Katie Van Dyk, Attorney, Norton Rose Fulbright (Austin)
  • Kirby Drake, Attorney, Klemchuk LLP (Dallas) – Patent Pro Bono liaison with State Bar IP Section
  • Megan Roberts, Attorney, Shell USA, Inc. (Houston)
  • Nash Zogaib, Attorney, Eversheds Sutherland (Austin)
  • Niky Bagley, Attorney, Cole Shotz PC (Dallas)
  • Thomas Maddrey, Attorney, General Counsel, American Society of Media Photographers (Dallas)

TALA Staff

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