Mano DeAyala - Chairman,
Hispanic Leadership Alliance
E. F. Mano DeAyala, the lead partner of Buck Keenan LLP, serves as counsel to individuals and companies in various industries. His distinguished career involves the representation of clients in domestic and international matters regarding commercial contracts, energy, corporate governance, employment and non-compete, professional liability, real estate and construction. He has represented clients (U.S. and foreign) in courts and arbitrations throughout Texas and in Alabama, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Illinois and England.
Prior to joining Buck Keenan, Mano was a senior partner with Thompson & Knight LLP, where he served clients as a counselor and trial lawyer for 16 years. He received his law degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in 1992 and a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of Texas at Austin in 1988. He is license to practice in all Texas courts and as a licensed Solicitor in England and Wales. Since 2002, he has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, a ranking at the highest level of professional excellence by his peers. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers® in America (Real Estate Litigation); Texas Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation); Best Lawyers in Houston. He is a Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and Texas Bar Foundation.
Mano is a member of the “C” Club of Houston having served on the executive committee since 2012 and as President in 2017. Founded in 1964, the “C” Club PAC is composed of 100 fiscally conservative Houston business and professional members who make a continuous study of local, Texas government. Mano has served on the Board of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas since 2012 and as Chairman since 2017.
In April 2017, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Mano to a six-year term on the board of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice also serving as Trustee of the Windham School District.
Mano also serves as Vice President, board member and youth football coach of the Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association serving over 7,000 participants annually.
Mano is also fluent in Spanish. He and his wife, Melissa, have been married for more than 25 years and reside in Houston with their three sons. They are members of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.