Nicolette holds over ten years of professional selling experience in the television, retail, and medical industries with specific skills in Managing, Strategic Planning, Communications, and Marketing. She has guided growth and expansion of luxury women’s wear brands and subsequent divisions, and has also directed successful business operations by increasing revenue systematically from original startup to stimulated profits that exceeded $1million annually. She also has successfully developed several brands and targeted marketing strategies including sales programs, website direction, and visual collaterals. Nicolette received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, summa cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago. We are excited about the opportunity to merge her unique background into the legal field.
Cynthia Langston is an attorney with an extensive law background in complex litigation. After graduating with a degree in Economics and a minor in Psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, she went on to receive her JD from the Louisiana State University Law Center, followed by a Master of Laws from Tulane University with an emphasis in Commercial Litigation and Corporate Governance. She also won the American Jurisprudence award for having the highest grade and ranking in her class in Criminal Justice.
Joining Patrick Daniel Law in 2019, Cynthia brings more than 25 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, insurance defense and personal injury litigation, insurance coverage, contract negotiation and drafting, commercial real estate title examinations, lease and sale transactions, and corporate governance. She has also conducted numerous Legal Contracts seminars. Having worked in Fortune 500 oilfield services company and large to solo-practitioner law firms, she understands the importance of attention to detail while also being time-efficient, precision in timekeeping, and excels at working independently and as part of a team.
Outside of the firm, Cynthia can be found helping others and volunteering with nonprofit organizations, such as the Ronald McDonald House, Partners In Education, Justice For All, and the International OCD Foundation. Her most recent passion is advocating for mental health awareness by writing a book and putting together information for schools to help them understand what these issues look like for children.
When she’s not assisting with a case or volunteering, Cynthia enjoys spending her free time with her two teenage daughters and yellow Labrador puppy.
Rachel Schilling is an experienced personal injury paralegal who brought her skills and knowledge to Houston, Texas from Cleveland, Ohio. Rachel has years of experience handling all elements of plaintiff personal injury litigation.
Rachel prides herself on providing clear communication with clients and diligent support of the attorney’s prosecution of our clients claims.
Chief Marketing Officer
Celia Garcia is the intake specialist and first person to be in touch with potential new clients at Patrick Daniel Law. After graduating from the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business with a double major in Marketing and Management, she started her career in the advertising world, creating traditional media campaigns and event marketing. Five years later, she ventured into the legal industry as a marketing and intake coordinator for a labor and law employment firm. Celia brings her experience and energy to hear and address the needs of new and existing clients.
When a potential new client reaches out, whether through the website, phone call, referred by another law firm or former client, she is ready to start the intake process. The intake process at Patrick Daniel Law is unique like no other. Celia gathers basic case information and has the attorney assess the claims. While the attorney is speaking with the potential new client, she is typing away and taking down essential information, such as the date the incident occurred and what practice of law this case falls into. Patrick Daniel represents clients with personal injury, trucking, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical claims, and more. If the firm is unable to assist someone, Celia provides them with a referral or resources to guide them in the right direction. Every person that seeks help from the firm receives a personal kit as a gesture of gratitude from Nicolette and Patrick Daniel.
When asked what she enjoys most about working at Patrick Daniel Law, Celia says, “I enjoy the passion that Nicolette and Patrick ignite within the team and how they influence our performance and collaboration with each other.”
Outside of the office, Celia enjoys participating in organizations like Impact Hub Houston for social enterprise. She considers creating an impact within the local community as her passion. She has received an award for speaking about empowering women in business and entrepreneurship, and she is also a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Advertising Federation.
When she’s not assisting clients or her local community, Celia can be found cycling, exploring the outdoors, traveling, cooking delicious meals, and crafting.
Yaneth Castillo, a native Texan, joined Patrick Daniel Law as an Accountant, where she meticulously enters receipts and expenses, prints checks, pays bills, makes sure check requests get submitted for processing, assists the firm administrator, and organizes the budget.
After graduating from the Houston University of Clear Lake in 2010 with a degree in Accounting, a high GPA, and as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Yaneth taught for eight years.
During that time, she went back for her master’s degree in school counseling and graduated in May 2018 from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has worked in multiple school districts over the years. She received several awards, including Teacher of the Year (regionally and for her school), Best Teacher Award, and a Math Distinction from the State of Texas for her students’ state exam results.
When asked what she hopes to achieve in this role, Yaneth says, “I want to grow as an accountant, pursue my passion with numbers, and help the firm by looking at the bigger picture and keep it running efficiently and effectively.”
When she’s not crunching numbers in the office, Yaneth enjoys staying active, recreational sports, math tutoring, and spending time with her three kids.
With more than 5 years of legal experience, Karla Perez has developed an eye for how cases can get bloated with inefficiencies and how they can be retooled for more smoother and strategic organization. As a paralegal Karla assists attorneys on a multitude of cases. Karla is currently attending Rice University to obtain her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering her goal is to attend law school. Karla assists clients by providing regular contact and updates, managing the discovery process, maintaining the case calendar and deadlines, and drafting pleadings and letters. As a Texas native, Karla enjoys reading, painting and playing with her dog Orbit.
Nicholas joined Patrick Daniel Law as a Law Clerk, where he participates in the legal research behind substantive claims and works on motions and memos with one goal in mind: helping attorneys win cases. After graduating from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Nicholas currently attends the University of Houston as a law student.
When asked what he hopes to achieve in his role as a Law Clerk, Nicholas says, “I hope to achieve a sense of work and pressure beyond what I’m usually comfortable with and expand my scope of knowledge. I’m an extremely hard worker and enjoy the work I do at Patrick Daniel Law.”
When he’s not in the office or studying for school, Nicholas can be found saltwater fishing, golfing, camping, enjoying the outdoors, embarking on random adventures in downtown Houston.
Tanner joined Patrick Daniel Law as a Law Clerk. His duties include assisting with day to day activities like research, writing, client intake, drafting motions, and generally helping attorneys push their cases forward successfully. After initially attending North Central Texas College, Tanner attended and graduated Cum Laude from Houston Baptist University. He currently attends South Texas College of Law and is beginning his second semester of his 2L year in Spring of 2020. He played baseball throughout his collegiate career, won Academic All-Conference at HBU, and is a Presidential Fellow, which places him in the top 25% of his law school class. Tanner is also a member of Phi Delta Phi (Top 33%) and The Federalist Society.
When asked what he hopes to achieve in his role as a Law Clerk, Tanner says, “I hope to achieve as much experience as I possibly can and learn how to help clients consistently and win cases.”
When he’s not assisting attorneys or attending classes, Tanner can be found hunting, fishing, enjoying the outdoors, and golfing.
Digital Marketing/Public Relations Intern
Lauren Chedotal is a Digital Marketing/Public Relations Intern at Patrick Daniel Law. She is currently a senior at the University of Houston’s Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. She will graduate in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science. After graduation, She hopes to become a News Correspondent or a Political Journalist. Lauren has previously interned at FOX 26 News in Houston, before joining the Patrick Daniel Law team, and is highly skilled in all aspects of communication, marketing, PR, media, journalism, and sales. Lauren is driven, resourceful, motivated, and a problem solver. She is excited to bring all of her skills and talents to the legal industry.
When Lauren is not working you can find her traveling, or video blogging (Vlogging).
Mary Kinsley has served in different management positions for the past 5 years, leading teams of over 70 people. After studying marketing, accounting, and hospitality at Lorain County College, Mary traveled to Malaga, Spain where she studied at Trinity College of London to become a Level 5 Certified ESL teacher.
Mary loves to travel around the world and has spent time all over Europe. She also enjoys reading and working on various types of puzzles.
Mary joined Patrick Daniel Law as a legal secretary and is thrilled to be a part of the team.
Content Marketing Intern
Clarice is a Content Marketing Intern at Patrick Daniel Law. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Georgia and will graduate this December with her M.A. in mass communication and journalism with a concentration in public relations. She earned her bachelors from the University of Houston in 2019 where she studied public relations and marketing. She has experience in PR and marketing, event planning, recruitment and sales. After graduating from UGA, she hopes to work as a legal recruiter for a corporate law firm.
When she isn’t working, Clarice likes to travel and eat out at different restaurants. Her passion project is her food IG, @clareatz, and she’s always trying to find new content for it!
Mariah joined Patrick Daniel Law as a Client Liaison. She is a business owner with experience in real estate and a thorough understanding of the lawsuit process. Before joining the firm, Mariah spent six and a half years supporting her husband through a lawsuit, which included multiple doctors appointments, meetings, and surgeries. Her experience taught her the ins and outs of a personal injury case from a client’s perspective.
When asked what she hopes to achieve in her role as Client Liaison, Mariah says “I want to be there for our clients as a friend and a professional, so they have someone to help navigate them through the tough times. It’s nice to have someone who understands your situation and who knows what you’re going through. With the Patrick Daniel Law team on your side, there is a light at the end of the tunnel that makes the process worth it.”
When she’s not assisting clients, Mariah enjoys spending time with her husband and six children.
We Produce Results That Matter
Business dispute following wrongful shareholder termination
Product defect involving burns and burn encephalopathy, top 15 largest verdicts in the country.
Intentional attack on co-worker resulting in brain injury.
Insurance bad faith claim for property asset
General negligence during mock war games resulting in neck surgery, largest single Plaintiff verdict in parish history.
Premises negligence case involving pipeline accident for complex regional pain syndrome.
Jury verdict in catastrophic automobile accident
Product design failure
Hospital bed failure
Breach of Contract Settlement
Settlement with Allstate, Garrison Property and Casualty Insurance