Thomas Fountain received his Liberal Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976 and graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1980. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has served on several State Bar of Texas committees evaluating Texas Pattern Jury Charges. Thomas is also a member of the State Bar of Texas Sections on Litigation, Insurance, and Aviation. He earned a rating of AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, which is the oldest and most recognized peer review rating system in the country for lawyers and judges and which reflects the highest rating for ability and ethics. Mr. Fountain is a member in good standing of the Houston and Montgomery County Bar Associations. Furthermore, he is a Fellow of the Houston Bar Association and has authored and presented speeches on subjects such as Breach of the Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing.
Attorney At Law
Since being licensed in 1983, Bill Downs has established himself in the legal community as a litigator representing the interests of all types of claims and interests. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This is a distinction held by only 2% of the lawyers licensed in Texas.
He has worked extensively in the prosecution or defense of serious personal injury matters as well as a full range of insurance defense matters including Product Liability, Construction Defect, Dram Shop Act, Commercial, Personal Lines Casualty claims, Coverage Disputes in Various Lines, including General Liability, Professional Liability, Property, Business Interruption, Homeowners, and Large Loss Subrogation claims.
Graduating from Tulane University Law School in 2017, Ana Paula Funes-Baker brings a long list of accolades to her position as Associate Attorney at our firm. As a recipient of the Crest Award and Brian McSherry Community Service Award, President of La Alianza del Derecho, a nominee for National Jurist Law Student of the Year, and much more, her academic achievements are just the tip of the iceberg. Ms. Funes-Baker started her career in September of 2013 as an Intern for Congressman Pete Olson. From there, her list of accomplishments grew to include legal internships with Loyola University and Tulane University before working as a Judicial Intern for The Honorable Judge Kenneth Hoyt and The Honorable Magistrate Judge Frances Stacy. In 2017, Ana Paula took on the role as a Legal Fellow in the Federal Public Defenders Office in the Southern District of Texas representing indigent clients and reviewing thousands of documents for high-profile cases. Today, Ms. Funes-Baker is a member of the Houston Criminal Lawyers Association and Mexican American Bar Association. When at home, Ana Paula enjoys reading John Grisham Novels and spending time with her French and English bulldogs.
Firm Administrator & Legal Assistant
Getting an early start in the legal industry at nineteen years old, Ashtyn Mitchell now brings years of experience to her role as our Firm Administrator and Legal Assistant. While taking a break from her business studies at LeTourneau University, she started off her career with a Paralegal Certification from George Mason University. After spending a year with different firms dabbling in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Law, and Plaintiff’s Personal Injury, Ms. Mitchell then quickly settled into our office and grabbed hold of the reins as our Firm Administrator. In her free time, Ashtyn enjoys Downton Abbey marathons, making low-carb messes in the kitchen, and spoiling her husband and Golden Retriever.
Marketing Administrator & Legal Assistant
Janelle Aileen Davila daily brings an enviable energy to our firm in her roles as our Marketing Administrator and Legal Assistant. Obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University in just two years, her drive and dedication earned her the status of a Smith-Hutson scholar. With a double major in Criminal Justice and Business, she knew from a young age that she was meant for a career in the legal industry. Starting out as an Intake Specialist in Cypress, TX, Ms. Davila has quickly shot up the ranks to take on the responsibilities of an experienced Legal Assistant working to become proficient in multiple areas of law. When not at the office, Janelle enjoys time at the gym, frequent shopping trips, and endless iced coffees.