Daphne M. Cherry
Daphne has been a Texas attorney for 18 years. She has worked with Ron Welsh since 2005 on cases involving oil and gas, petrochemicals, manufacturers, catastrophic injuries, asbestos, silica, radioactive waste materials, general aviation, medical malpractice, toxic chemicals, product liability, eminent domain, premises liability, automobile, hotel liability, contract disputes, oil and gas royalties.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Daphne was a litigation paralegal for nearly 11 years working on in cases involving the defense of insurance companies, physicians and surgeons, premises owners, and manufacturers. She worked on the defense of Japanese manufacturers such as Honda, Kawasaki, Mazda and Suzuki regarding automobiles, jet skis, and all- terrain vehicles. She also assisted in the defense of automobile and premises negligence cases as well as health care providers in the surgical and non-surgical arenas. For a period of almost two years, she supported the trial and settlement negotiations in the San Juan Dupont Hotel Fire mass tort litigation in the federal courts in Puerto Rico involving 2,300 plaintiffs and 300 defendants.
She received a three-year scholarship at Loyola where she was on the Loyola Law Review. Her law comment entitled, “Seamen’s Reasonable Duty of Care: The Fifth Circuit Recharts a Uniform Course under the Jones Act” was selected as the “Best Comment, 1997-1998” by the Honorable Sol Gothard, judge of the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before receiving her Juris Doctorate at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 1998, Daphne also studied maritime law in Rhodes and Spetses, Greece through Tulane University School of Law and through its affiliation with the Aegean Institute of Law of the Sea and Maritime Law. She was listed in the Who’s Who of American Law Students.
Daphne’s experiences created a number of skills and an approach to cases that always keep her focused on the client’s needs. She uses these skills and philosophy to uncover all of the case facts, supporting documents, and arguments in the most efficient manner possible.
Growing up in two cultures – on a U.S. Air Force base in Puerto Rico — gives her the ability to see issues from different perspectives. This ability is especially important when working on any case, i.e., looking at all the pieces, seeing how and if they fit together, and seeing where the holes are.
Daphne’s first language is English. She is also fluent in written and spoken Spanish. Her other language abilities include reading and general understanding of Portuguese, Italian and French.
Loyola University School of Law, 1998
Member, Loyola Law Review
Law Review – Best Comment 1997-1998 as selected by the Honorable Sol Gothard, Judge, Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
President, Loyola Board of Advocates affiliated with Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Member, Maritime Law Association
Recipient, 3-Year Loyola Scholarship
Listed in Who’s Who: American Law Students
Tulane University School of Law, May-July 1997
Aegean Institute of Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, Rhodes, Greece — Legal Studies Program in Rhodes and Spetses, Greece
University of Central Florida, 1984
Bachelor of Arts, History and Allied Legal Services (Paralegal)
Professional Associations and Memberships
State Bar of Texas, Litigation and Construction Law Sections
Practice of Law
Shell Oil Company – (Federal and State Oil Royalty Litigation), Contract Attorney, 1998-1999
El Paso Energy – (PG&E and Coastal Corporation Merger),
Contract Attorney, 1998-1999
Exxon Company U.S.A. – (Exxon and Mobil Merger),
Contract Attorney, 1999-2000
Germer, Bernsen & Gertz, LLP,
Associate Attorney, 2000-2003
Mehaffy & Weber, P.C.,
Contract Attorney, 2003-2005
Cunningham, Welsh, Darlow & Zook, LLP,
Welsh & Chapoton, LLP,
Welsh LeBlanc, LLP,
The Welsh Law Firm, PLLC,
Experience Prior to Law School
10½ years as Litigation Paralegal, 1984-1995, including:
Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, P.A., Orlando, Florida
Wicker, Smith, Tutan, O’Hara, Graham & Ford, P.A., Orlando, Florida
Paralegal & Supervisor, 1991-1995
Texas (state trial and appellate courts)
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas