Ana was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia where she grew up in an environment where public service and helping others was a priority. Her dad, an attorney and her mom a nurse, taught her the importance of giving back to the community and to care about the need of others.
Ana’s legal career has allowed her to advocate for hundreds of victims and has led her to find success in seeking justice for those who once thought they did not have a voice.
Admission to Practice:
- State of Texas
Areas of Practice:
- Criminal Law
- Abuse and Sexual Exploitation
- Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
- University of Houston Law Center, LLM
- South Texas College of Law Houston, JD
- Spanish and English
Accomplished TRial and Appellate Attorney
Ana graduated law school in Colombia from Universidad de los Andes, one of the top law schools in the country, and became fully licensed to practice in her home country back in 2004. During her last year of law school in Colombia, Ana served as an appointed criminal defense attorney for indigent clients. During that time Ana had the opportunity to successfully represent several people charged with misdemeanor offenses and appeal their cases to the highest courts in the nation.
Ana moved to Houston, Texas in 2005 and obtained an LLM degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Ana then attended South Texas College of Law – Houston, and obtained her J.D., which allowed her to be fully licensed in the State of Texas.
Ana was an advocate of several law school varsity teams, and it was through those competitions that Ana discovered her passion for trial advocacy. Also during her law school years Ana volunteered as an intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and also at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Crimes Against Children’s Division. While at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Ana was one of the few people who spoke Spanish at the time in that Division, so she gained valuable experience in sex assault related offenses as her help was needed in hundreds of second and first degree felonies involving minor children as victims.
After graduating law school in 2010, Ana spent her first year, as a licensed attorney in Texas as a clerk for the Texas Supreme Court. Ana had a unique experience that shaped her legal reasoning while hearing live arguments and attending conferences where the Supreme Court Justices discussed the cases before the Court.
Once fully licensed in Texas, Ana accepted a job as an Assistant District Attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where she handled hundreds of cases ranging from Class C to First Degree Felonies. She handled cases in the Family Law Criminal Division, Mental Health Division, Writs Section, and spent her last two years as an Assistant District Attorney at the former Human Trafficking Section. Ana has successfully tried dozens of misdemeanor and felony jury trials.
Ana’s Spanish legal skills have been an immense resource when understanding the complexity of cases involving Spanish speaking parties.
EDUCATION, WORK EXPERIENCE AND HONORS
HARRIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, Houston, Texas
Assistant District Attorney, Felony 2011 to March 2017
Crimes Against Children Division Intern, Summer 2008 – November 2009
SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS, The Honorable Justice David M. Medina, Austin, Texas
Briefing Attorney, 2010 – 2011
LAW OFFICE OF DAVID J. VAN SUSTEREN PLLC, Houston, Texas
Briefing Clerk, January 2010 – June 2010
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS, Houston, Texas
Criminal Division, Major Offenders, Intern Summer 2009
ANDREWS KURTH, L.L.P, Houston, Texas
Summer Associate – Corporate and Litigation Practices, Summer 2008
UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES, CLINIC’S PROGRAM, Bogotá, Colombia
Member of the Judicial Office, Appointed Attorney, July 2003 – July 2004
COMMUNITY SERVICE - CHILD ADVOCATES, INC., Houston, Texas. Court Appointed Volunteer, January 2007 – May 2010
- Order of Barristers.
- Merit Scholarship Recipient, 2007, 2008.
- The Scribes Award, American Society of Legal Writers, 2nd Place Award for Best Brief written in a national moot court competition during 2008–2009.