Lorien Whyte has dedicated her legal career to the practice of appellate law. She is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate Law. Through her experience as a Staff Attorney at the Fourth Court of Appeals, she gained extensive knowledge and expertise in appeals and mandamus proceedings. She served both as a Briefing Attorney to Former Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion and later as the Original Proceedings Staff Attorney to all seven justices. As the original proceedings attorney, she gained extensive experience regarding mandamus proceedings and has presented on and written several articles regarding mandamus relief.
Throughout her career, Lorien has handled appeals in courts of appeals across the State of Texas and the Texas Supreme Court. This includes permissive appeals, mandamus proceedings, and civil appeals.
Lorien also regularly helps trial attorneys navigate difficult legal issues. She provides advanced litigation support via detailed research, preparation of briefing on complex legal issues, preparation and responses to motions for summary judgment, appellate trial support and preparation and argument of jury charges.
Lorien has been recognized as one of San Antonio’s Top Attorneys in 2020 and 2021 by San Antonio Magazine and recognized by Scene in S.A. as a Best S.A. Female Lawyer (Spring 2021) and as an Outstanding Woman in Law (2021). She is also a fellow of both the San Antonio Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.
She dedicates her extra time to her community as a member of the Board of Directors of Child Advocates of San Antonio and by serving on numerous committees of non-profit organizations across the City of San Antonio.
St. Mary’s School of Law, J.D. 2006; Law Journal Executive Board
Texas A&M University, B.S. Political Science 2002
Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate Law
Pozza & Whyte, PLLC: Partner of Civil Appellate Law Firm 2015-2022
Brin & Brin, PC: Partner and Head of Appellate Section 2013-2015
Fourth Court of Appeals, San Antonio, Texas: Staff Attorney 2008-2013
Tribble Ross & Wagner: Appellate and Litigation Counsel 2007-2008
Fourth Court of Appeals: Briefing Attorney to Former Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion 2006-2007
Accolades and Professional Memberships
Outstanding Women In Law 2021, As Published in Scene In S.A.
Best S.A. Female Lawyer Spring 2021, As Published in Scene In S.A.
San Antonio’s Top Attorneys, Legal Leaders 2020 and 2021, As Published in San Antonio Magazine
Appellate Section, San Antonio Bar Association, Board Member 2009-Present
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
San Antonio Bar Foundation, Fellow
Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, Member
Texas Association of Court Attorneys, Secretary 2012-2013
St. Mary’s University School of Law Alumni Association, Member
St. Mary’s School of Law: Adjunct Professor 2008-2009
Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA), Board of Directors
ZOO of San Antonio, Past Zoo Ball Committee Member
DoSeum of San Antonio, Past Luncheon Committee Member
Southwest School of Art, Past Gala Committee Member
Articles and Presentations
Is My Case Mandamusable?: A Guide to the Current State of Texas Mandamus Law, Justice Marialyn Barnard, Lorien Whyte, and Emmanuel Garcia, 45 St. Mary’s L.J. 143 (2014)
Mandamus and Permissive Appeals, San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Practice Section Presentation, Co-presenter with Justice Marialyn Barnard (2014)
Appellate Law Practice With a Spotlight on Mandamus, Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, Co-presenter with Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion (2013)
Taking it Up: Mandamus, Appeal, and Petition for Review, San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Practice Section Seminar, In-House Counsel CLE (2013)
TRAPS for the Unwary: Appellate Practice for the Non-Appellate Lawyer, San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Practice Section Seminar (2010)