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

Celebrating 50 Years With Howard L. Nations

By Cindy Nations –

Fifty years ago today, Howard L. Nations was licensed to practice law. That was the spark that became the sun. The newcomer who became the legend. The ambitious young man who became a force to reckon with in defense of his clients.

I’m not even going to try to list the accomplishments, the achievements, the recognition and the awards. Suffice it to say that Howard L. Nations has been honored in every way an attorney can be honored.

He is an advocate. He is a leader. He is a teacher. He is a role model not only for me, but for so many others whose lives he has touched.

Let me just say, “Well done, Mr. Nations.  Well done.”

Here’s to the next 50 years!

Howard L. Nations, 1966
Howard L. Nations, 1966
Attorney Gerry Spence, Howard Nations
Attorney Gerry Spence, Howard Nations
Howard Nations, Governor Ann Richards
Howard Nations, Governor Ann Richards, 1991
Nations giving a speech, 1994
Mr. Nations giving a speech, 1994
Howard Nations, Hillary Clinton
Howard Nations, Hillary Clinton
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Howard Nations, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Bob Gibbins, Ralph Nader
Nations 2014
Howard Nations, 2014
Howard Nations, Former President Bill Clinton
Howard Nations, Former President Bill Clinton
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Mr. Nations giving a speech
Howard Nations, Cheryl Hines, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Howard Nations, Cheryl Hines, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
President Barack Obama, Howard Nations
President Barack Obama, Howard Nations

A Surprise Visit

By Howard Nations

Howard Nations and Grant Manier
Howard Nations and Grant Manier

November 25, 2013 – Had a surprise visit from my friend Grant Manier who arrived bearing a gift.  The puzzle is the symbol for Autism and this is one of his originals, created using many pieces of paper and the print off of puzzle pieces. Grant is one of Houston’s up-and-coming eco-artists and a very fine young man. If you are not familiar with his work, please check out his website. http://www.grantsecoart.com/.   Thank you Grant for this special gift, I am honored.