As chairman of the board of commissioners for the Houston Port Authority, Longoria became the first woman and person of colour to hold the position. She serves on the board of CenterPoint Energy, a Fortune 500 electric and natural gas utility serving Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Ms Janiece M. Longoria serves as a Partner of Ogden, Gibson, White, Broocks & Longoria, LLP. And also as Managing Director of Anderson Board of Visitors Cancer Center.
Prior to these engagements, she served as Treasurer and Director at the Houston Convention Center Hotel Corporation from 1999 to 2004. She has a concentration of experience in commercial and securities-related litigation and regulatory matters. Ms Longoria has been a practising lawyer for 35 years with extensive experience in securities litigation, regulatory matters and commercial litigation with Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall, L.L.P. and formerly at Andrews Kurth LLP.
Since 2005, she has served as Independent Director of Centerpoint Energy. She has been a Member of the Board of Regents at University of Texas System since February 2008. She served as a Member of the Board of Regents at University of Texas Investment Management Company, she also served as She serves as a Director of the Texas Medical Center and Director of Greater Houston Partnership. She has been Chairman of Patriot Coal Corporation since January 2011, Port of Houston Authority since January 8, 2013, and Superior Energy Services, Inc. since October 7, 2015.
She received numerous honours and recognitions for her community and board service, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the University of Texas, the 2008 Sandra Day O’Connor Award For Board Excellence, the Female Executive of the Year Award from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and has been recognized as a “Breakthrough Woman” and inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
She is active in many non-profit organizations. She currently serves on the board of directors of the University of Texas Law School Foundation, the Greater Houston Partnership and the Texas Medical Center, and is on the Board of Visitors of the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Ms Longoria is an honours graduate of the University of Texas and received her J.D. from the University of Texas in 1979. She has extensive experience in commercial litigation in both state and federal court, with a concentration of experience in securities litigation and securities arbitration. She has significant experience in arbitrating cases before the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and in representing broker-dealers and associated persons in regulatory proceedings before the Securities Exchange Commission, the NYSE, the NASD and the Texas Securities Board.
She is a member of the Legal and Compliance Division of the Securities Industry Association and has been a frequent contributor to the annual broker-dealer survey of litigation published by the SIA. Her commercial litigation experience also includes significant representation of clients in the energy industry, including the representation of companies in oil and gas exploration and production. She has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for 2005, 2006 and 2007.