Midland County Bar Association

Midland County Bar Association Officers

2016-2017

President

Austin L. Ramsey - aramsey@lcalawfirm.com

Austin L. Ramsey joined Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in 2012.  His practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning and probate law, as well as general business transactions and business entity formation. 

Mr. Ramsey handles both simple and complex estate planning matters including the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, living trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, defective grantor trusts, and family limited partnerships. He handles the probate of both small and large estates.  He also handles many general business transactions for small businesses and family owned businesses, and has experience in forming various business entities including corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships.

Mr. Ramsey received his B.S. in Agribusiness in 2008 from Western Kentucky University.  He earned his law degree in 2012 from Texas Tech University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude, where he was also an articles editor for the Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal.  Mr. Ramsey is admitted to the State Bar of Texas and is a member of the Midland County Bar Association.

President-Elect
Matt Norwood - mnorwood@lcalawfirm.com

Matthew R. Norwood joined Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in 2012. His principal practice areas include contracts, corporate finance, asset acquisitions and dispositions, commercial loan transactions, real estate, securities, corporate governance, and general corporate law.

A native of Midland, Texas, Mr. Norwood received his B.A. in Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, graduating with highest honors. He earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2012, graduating with honors.  During law school, he served as a staff editor for the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law.

Mr. Norwood is admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He is also a member of the Midland County Bar Association and the Midland County Young Lawyers Association.   He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin.

Vice President
Julie L. Griffis - jlgriffis@dgclaw.com


Julie Griffis joined Davis, Gerald & Cremer in 2013.  She works primarily as a litigator, specializing in commercial litigation, including oil and gas disputes.  Prior to moving to Midland, Ms. Griffis worked at Jones Day in Dallas, Texas from 2009 to 2013, where she specialized in complex commercial litigation and internal investigations.  Ms. Griffis received her B.S. in theatre and history from Northwestern University in 2006, graduating with honors.  She then received her law degree from Northwestern in 2009, graduating with honors as well.  During law school, she was the managing editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

 Ms. Griffis is admitted to the State Bar of Texas. She is also a member of the Midland County Bar Association and the Midland County Young Lawyers Association.  In addition to her service with the Bar Association, she serves on the Board of Directors for High Sky Children’s Ranch and the Junior League of Midland.

Treasurer

Emily Smith - esmith@stubbeman.com

Secretary 

Garrett Melchiorre - gmelchiorre@cbtd.com

Immediate Past President 
Derek Cook - dcook@lcalawfirm.com

Derek Cook joined Lynch, Chappell & Alsup in 2011. His practice is concentrated in litigation involving oil and gas, commercial disputes, real estate, personal injury, and collection matters.  He has co-authored articles published in the Texas Bar Journal and Texas Lawyer magazine on the topic of oil and gas law.

Mr. Cook is admitted to the State Bar of Texas.  He is also a member of the Midland County Bar Association and the Midland County Young Lawyers Association.  He regularly serves as a a volunteer judge for Midland’s Teen Court.

 Mr. Cook received his B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007, graduating magna cum laude. He graduated from Baylor University School of Law in 2011. At Baylor, he was an associate editor of the Baylor Law Review.