Practicing law in West-Central Texas since 1993, Lois began representing cities, economic development corporations, and other governmental entities in the Abilene area in 1999 providing representation and counsel in a broad range of areas, including: contracts, real estate transactions, human resources, administrative and regulatory processes and actions, development of policies and procedures, notice and confidentiality issues, open meetings, public information, drafting and review of ordinances, resolutions, and other official documents, annexation, planning and zoning, municipal court prosecution, code enforcement, as well as civil litigation. She regularly works with other professionals, including engineers, auditors, financing entities, financial advisors and bond counsel, who provide services to the entities she serves.
PROFESSIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
- Wagstaff, Alvis, Stubbeman, Seamster & Longacre, LLP, Assoc. Partner, 1999-2012
- Thomason & Rockefeller, PC, Partner, 1997-99
- Nunley & Rockefeller, LLC, Partner, 1996-97
- Richard K. Nunley, P. C., Associate Partner, 1993-1996
- J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1993
- Bryant Smith Scholarship, University of Texas School of Law.
- B. A., Texas Tech University, summa cum laude, 1986
- Award for Highest Ranking Graduate, TTU College of Arts and Sciences, 1986.
- Dean's Graduate Scholarship, Texas Tech, 1986-87
- Attended Portland State University and Kansas State University
- Journal of Women and Law, UT Law, Associate Editor, 1992-1993
- District 14D Grievance Committee, State Bar of Texas
- City Attorney for the cities of Eastland, Breckenridge, Clyde, De Leon, Buffalo Gap, Albany, Coleman, Haskell, and Hamlin.
- General Counsel for Texas Workforce Solutions and the Lytle Lake Water Control and Improvement District.
- Provides ad hoc services to a number of other small cities and governmental entities.
- General Counsel for a number of small businesses in the local area.
LICENSURE AND MEMBERSHIPS
- State Bar of Texas
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- Credentialed mediator, TTU and SPAG Dispute Resolution Center
- Abilene Bar Association; Board of Directors 1994-95
- Texas Bar Association
- College of the State Bar- 1999 to 2009
- Texas City Attorneys Association
SPEAKING AND WRITING
Regularly prepares and makes presentations to city councils, administrators, employees, and the public on a wide range of topics that affect small local governmental entities.
Lois is a native of Kansas and has lived in California and Oregon. She came to Texas in 1983, lived in Lubbock and Austin, and moved to Abilene in 1993. She is married to Theron Cole, Chief of Behavioral Health Services at the Betty Hardwick Center in Abilene, and they have a family of four children, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She is active in a number of civic organizaitons.