Janiece M. Longoria

Janiece M. Longoria

Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award

Janiece M. Longoria serves on the Board of Directors of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., the third largest publicly traded natural gas delivery company in the U.S., and the provider of electricity transmission and distribution service for the Houston metropolitan area and natural gas distribution service in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. As a member of the board of directors, she serves on CenterPoint Energy’s audit and finance committees.

Ms. Longoria also serves as Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority Commission, the world’s 10th largest port, leading the Port’s task force on international development, and on the board of The Greater Houston Partnership, where she is active on the World Trade Division Supervisory Board. She is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas, and a former board member of UTIMCO. Ms. Longoria has also been active in many non-profit organizations, and has served on the Board of Directors and the executive committee of the Board of Visitors of the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. She currently serves on the board of directors of the University of Texas Law School Foundation, the Greater Houston Partnership, and the Texas Medical Center, among others.  

Ms. Longoria is an honors graduate of the University of Texas, and received her J.D. from the University of Texas in 1979. She has extensive experience in commercial litigation in both state and federal court, with a concentration of experience in securities litigation and securities arbitration. She has significant experience in arbitrating cases before the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and in representing broker-dealers and associated persons in regulatory proceedings before the Securities Exchange Commission, the NYSE, the NASD and the Texas Securities Board.

She is a member of the Legal and Compliance Division of the Securities Industry Association and has been a frequent contributor to the annual broker-dealer survey of litigation published by the SIA. Her commercial litigation experience also includes significant representation of clients in the energy industry, including representation of companies in oil and gas exploration and production. She has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for 2005, 2006 and 2007.