By Cindy Nations
September 4, 2017

THE HARVEY RESOURCE CENTER is opening in Lafayette, Louisiana tomorrow. It will be open from Tuesday, September 5 through Friday, September 8. The center will serve as a resource hub for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Charitable organizations will be providing hot meals, clothing vouchers, personal care kits, resource referrals, mental health and pastoral care, and more …

Please help spread the word. For more information, click here.

Hurricane Harvey Update August 30th

By Cindy L. Nations

August 30, 2017 – The rain finally stopped yesterday evening and the sun peeked out in time for sunset. Today we have blue skies, clouds, and some mild wind. It is not raining, at least not in this part of Houston. Don’t be fooled by this picture perfect scene that I am describing. Houston and the surrounding areas are devastated. Not only is the floodwater not going down in some areas, it is actually expected to rise, primarily due to the controlled release and overflow of water from nearby reservoirs. There are over 17,000 people in Houston shelters. Some people are still evacuating and being rescued. Many streets and freeways remain impassible. The schools and the airports are closed. Most businesses are closed. We managed to open our Houston offices today and are working normal hours. All of our staff and their families are safe, but several of them had to evacuate their homes and many have suffered extensive property damage. This is just the beginning of what will surely be a long, difficult road to recovery. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our neighbors who are now in the patch of this monstrous storm.


By Cindy Nations
Update September 15, 2017

Well, you’ve probably heard by now that JJ Watt has set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey (if not, please see below.) It started out as a way to provide some assistance and help out with the hurricane relief efforts. The fundraising goal was $200,000.00. The response was overwhelming! As of this moment, the campaign has been shared over 500,000 times, more than 208,000 people have donated and the total raised so far is $34,348,262!
The fundraising portion of JJ’s campaign ends today at 5:00 p.m. central time. If you want to be a part of this incredible outpouring of support, make your contribution now by clicking here!

Original Post
August 30, 2017

There are lots of organizations accepting donations to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. One that you may not have heard of is being coordinated by J.J. WATT.

#99 Defensive End of the Houston Texans, known for crushing quarterbacks on the football field, is known off the field for his compassion and altruism. He truly cares about people and constantly uses his celebrity status to help others in need.

Mr. Watt has started a funding campaign to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The response has been overwhelming! He has already raised $5 MILLION DOLLARS!

You can rest assured that this money will be used to provide aid and support to those in need. Let’s help him reach the next goal of $7 million dollars.

Hurricane Harvey Update August 28th

By Cindy L. Nations

August 28, 2017 – Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is experiencing the effects of Hurricane Harvey.  We are based in Houston and are feeling the effects first-hand.  The entire city is flooded and the roads are impassable.  Our Houston offices will remain closed until it is deemed safe to be out on the streets.  That could be several days.  Our employees live all over Houston and in many surrounding areas.  We are trying to maintain communication with them.  So far, everyone is safe, although, sadly several people’s homes have been flooded and they have been evacuated to shelters.

Many of us are working remotely, but we are unable to answer the main phone lines.  If you need to reach us during the storm, please use email.  The general email is  Stay safe and dry.  We will continue to provide updates.

Our Own Joanna Meinecke Receives Houston AdminAwards Loyalty Award

Joanna Meinecke

Congratulations to our very own Joanna Meinecke, winner of the Houston AdminAwards Loyalty Award.

Joanna Patton Meinecke came to work for The Nations Law Firm 33 years ago as a part-time temporary. When she joined the firm, the current managing partner, Cindy Nations, was still in high school and working for her dad after class. As Firm Administrator she has witnessed both drastic changes and growth in the plaintiffs’ firm founded by Howard Nations in 1971.

Her legal experience started in 1968 at a corporate firm in Dallas, Texas, where she was hired as receptionist and six months later was selected by the Senior Partner to be his right hand. She held that position for 10 years before moving to Houston.

Joanna grew up in three small Texas towns, attended Baylor University, and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Business Education. She continues to avidly support the Lady Bears basketball team. Her long-term loyalties extend to her personal trainer of 17 years and her boyfriend of 27 years.

When asked recently by an applicant during an interview what caused her to stay at The Nations Law Firm for 33 years, Joanna replied: “The people here who give their best to meet the needs of the clients and more importantly, the trust and fairness and respect shown to me by Howard Nations who is still considering a reclassification for me from ‘part-time temporary’ to permanent.”

Published June 9, 2017