2014 RAICES Board of Directors
Meagan Gillette is a 2002 graduate of Brown University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and American Institutions. She graduated from Tulane Law School in 2005. During law school Meagan interned for United States District Judge Sarah Vance and served as managing editor of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal.
After graduation, Meagan joined Cox Smith Matthews where she gained experience in all aspects of federal and state litigation. As an associate in the Intellectual Property and Privacy and Data Security practices, she focused on copyright and trademark infringement, and disputes involving Internet-specific issues. She represented clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, assisted clients with civil and criminal subpoena and warrant compliance matters, and advised clients on electronic data retention and discovery issues. Meagan has substantial experience in a wide variety of privacy and data security matters. While at the firm, Meagan was a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).
In 2011, Meagan left her firm practice to serve as Law Clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Pamela Mathy in the Western District of Texas. At the Court, Meagan’s work focused on the civil docket, where she gained particular experience in disputes involving patents, commercial contracts, and employment matters. As a law clerk, she prepared draft reports and recommendations and a variety of pretrial orders.
Now the mother of two young children, Connor and Emery, Meagan decided to leave the Court and pursue a freelance practice in March of 2014. In her free time, Meagan serves as vice-chair of the board of directors of RAICES, a legal services nonprofit serving South Texas immigrant communities; co-chair of the Community Outreach committee of the San Antonio Federal Bar Association; and co-chair of the Magistrate Judge Liaison subcommittee for the San Antonio Bar Association’s Federal Court’s Committee. In addition, Meagan and her husband, Scott, enjoy entertaining friends and family at their home.
Meagan is admitted to practice law in Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all United States District Courts in Texas.
Javier N. Maldonado is a lawyer in private practice in San Antonio, Texas who specializes in representing individuals in complex federal and state litigation in the areas of immigration, employment disputes, criminal, and civil rights law. He attended Columbia University for both undergraduate and law school and then clerked for the Hon. George P. Kazen in Laredo, Texas. Mr. Maldonado was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and then joined the legal staff at the end of his fellowship. He was subsequently employed as a trial attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and then became the executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of Texas where he litigated class action and individual civil rights cases on behalf of immigrants. Since March 1996, Mr. Maldonado has been in private practice and regularly presents at state and national conferences on civil rights and immigration matters.