Sharesa Y. Alexander
Ms. Alexander recently joined the O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo team as a Senior Associate. Ms. Alexander serves as counsel to school boards and administrative staff, and as corporate counsel to businesses. When joining the firm, Ms. Alexander merged her firm, S.Y. Alexander Legal, PLLC (SYA Legal), a general practice focused on developing and protecting start-ups and businesses.
Prior to merging her practice, Ms. Alexander represented the State of Texas as a litigation staff attorney in administrative law for over 7 years; and she is the former Legal Director for Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, a nonprofit organization that supports the Texas arts community by providing legal and accounting services, educational programs and publications to artists, and arts related nonprofits.
As a public servant, Ms. Alexander has served non-profits in various capacities, including:
- Vice President and Legal Director for Plan Empower Grow – a non-profit devoted to developing, educating and empowering small businesses and entrepreneurs;
- Associate Member of the Robert Calvert Inn of the American Inns of Court, an organization devoted to professionalism, civility and ethics in legal practice;
- President-elect of the Austin Bar’s Entertainment and Sports Law section of the Austin Bar Association;
- Former Minority Director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association – the public service arm of the State Bar of Texas;
- Past Board Member for the American Bar Association-YLD Public Service Team;
- Volunteer and past Board Member of the American Gateways – a non-profit devoted to providing legal and educational services to immigrants seeking representation and asylum;
- Past Advisory Board Member of the State Bar of Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters;
- Former Secretary for 18Below – an Austin youth arts organization;
- Speaker and regular Panelist for the Texas Center for Legal Ethics; and
- Volunteer Attorney for Volunteer Legal Services – a non-profit devoted to ensuring those with limit income and resources have access to justice.
Ms. Alexander has a passion for human and civil rights and international affairs; thus, she interned with a non-governmental organization in Kampala, Uganda where she began research on legal reform of Uganda’s law regarding homeless children and assisted litigators in seeking justice for illegally detained and/or abused children. As a result, Ms. Alexander has worked with the Barnabas Project in Uganda as the Director of its Street Life Project. In addition to interning abroad, Ms. Alexander studied humanities in the United Kingdom; international human rights and environmental laws in Italy; and international arbitration and international energy law in Spain.
Ms. Alexander enjoys singing, archery and world travel. She is purposed with encouraging others, and assisting them by handling the details so that they can focus on what’s important. Ultimately, Ms. Alexander is committed to providing quality and attentive service to her clients; protecting them from liability; and ensuring their visions are realized.