Ileana Blanco has more than 35 years' experience representing financial institutions and global energy companies in complex litigation. Before assuming her current role of advocacy training for hundreds of lawyers, Ileana was a partner at DLA and served as the Office Managing Partner of the Houston Office for eight years, responsible for its steady growth and profitability. Ileana served two separate terms as the President of the Houston Association of Women Attorneys, (1999-2000) and (2012-2013), guiding the organization and its Foundation through financial hurdles to maximize its endowment. As a director on the Houston Hispanic Bar Association ("HISBA"), she continues to apply her board and managing partner experience to promote HISBA’s goals and to mentor law students. Ileana is an adjunct professor on Legal Negotiations at the University of Houston Law Center. She regularly teaches trial practice and procedure to lawyers throughout the country through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. As the Houston Pro Bono Coordinator, Ileana conducts pro bono mediations for the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center and manages the office’s pro bono projects. She is the Local Leader for the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee in charge of events that recognize and promote diversity in the workplace. Born in Cuba, Ileana is fluent in Spanish.