I am an accomplished traveler, having lived places from South Dakota to Texas to Geneva, Switzerland, where I studied international law abroad. I graduated from the University of Texas in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. I attended Ohio Northern Law School on a Barrister scholarship, where I earned my Juris Doctorate in 2003, graduating with distinction, in the top ten percent of my class.
I had a successful law school career, participating in Moot Court, becoming a Moot Court Associate Judge and the National Trial Competition Team Coach; eventually sitting as one of the esteemed Moot Court Board of Advocates. I earned almost every academic accolade awarded in law school, including being invited to become a member of the prestigious Order of Barristers and Willis Society. After earning the A+ Book Award in Criminal Law, I was asked to work as the Criminal Law teaching assistant to the incoming class. My grade point average was high enough to earn a position as an Associate Editor of the Ohio Northern Law Review, later graduating sixth in my class.
I have published two law articles, one on campaign finance reform laws, one on the First Amendment.
Prior to law school, I worked in accounting and business, developing a keen business acumen and knowledge of accounting that has been invaluable in my law career. In my free time, I enjoy running marathons and participating in triathlons, successfully completing a 70.3 Ironman in 2010 and 2011. I also enjoy spending time with my dog Misty, who graduated with top honors in Agility Training. I recently adopted a pit bull mix, Sabine, who I discovered with friends with a broken leg on one of my training runs.
I am certified as an Amicus Attorney, a Guardian Ad Litem and an Attorney Ad Litem through the Children’s Friend in Court Program in Harris County. I am an active member of the Houston Bar Association, including its Family Law section. I help in my community through volunteering with the Houston Bar Association and various other organizations.
Licensed since 2003
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2003||08/25/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Nation's Top One Percent||The National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Managing Partner||Renken Law Firm, PLLC||2010 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Vossler & Renken, PLLC||2004 - 2010|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|29 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 728||Survey of Ohio Law: Ohio Supreme Court Decision: The State Ex Rel. Cincinnati Enquirer, Division||2003|
|28 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 495||Federal Election Commission v. Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee||2002|
|Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of Texas||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|Default Divorces in Harris County||Default Divorces in Harris County||2012|