Brenda G. DeRouen

Managing Partner

Brenda DeRouen is the founder and managing partner of DeRouen Law Firm, PLLC. She has a passion for helping families get through tough situations and believes that a well-planned strategic approach is key to any case.
Attorney DeRouen has first-chair trial experience and has successfully handled custody and divorce matters. She was named 2021's Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2018-2020 Top Lawyer by Houstonia Magazine, Top 40 under 40 by the National Association of Black Attorneys, and was awarded AVVO’s Client’s Choice award in 2019 and 2020 for family law.
She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Houston Association of Women Attorneys. Brenda is a member of the Family Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association. Read More... 

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Stephanie Razo 


Stephanie Razo is a native of Robstown, Texas who was born of Mexican immigrants. Stephanie graduated Robstown High School and pursued a dual degree at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

She pursued her legal education on an academic-based scholarship at Texas Southern University- Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Throughout her undergraduate and professional education, Stephanie interned with a criminal and family law firm, a veteran non-profit organization, the Attorney General's office, and served as a board member for numerous organizations at Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

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Raveen McMeans


Raveen is an excellent family law attorney who believes in cultivating a transparent and honest attorney-client relationship. She discovered her passion for family law after working as a student attorney at the Advanced Family Law Legal Clinic at South Texas College of Law. During her clinic, she represented clients in family law matters such as divorce, child custody, child support, and termination of parental rights. Prior to joining DeRouen Law Firm, McMeans worked with other family law firms as well as the Texas Attorney General.

It is her belief that a client should be represented in their best and most
authentic light. Her motto is “Representation that represents you.” As a proud native of Rockdale, Texas, Attorney McMeans has a passion for mentoring future lawyers, especially, those by way of small-town America, like herself.


  • Sam Houston State University, B.S., Criminal Justice

  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Juris Doctorate

Admissions & Associations: 

  • State Bar of Texas 


  • Certificate of Mediation


Michelle Sanchez

Office Manager & Executive Assistant to Brenda DeRouen

Michelle is is proud native of Brazoria County. You can always recognize her by the upbeat personality and love for making people feel welcomed. She has been a significant catalyst in the growth of this law firm and absolutely loves what she does! Michelle has fifteen years of experience in Office Management and Accounting.

Outside of work and school, Michelle enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing arcade games, or horseback riding!

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Carmen Kyle


With over 20 years of experience as a paralegal, Carmen Kyle uses her considerable multitasking skills and customer service experience to help families in transition by providing detailed support to the attorneys and her clients. From complex litigation cases to simple uncontested divorces, she is involved from beginning to end.


Carmen assists clients by providing regular contact and updates, managing the discovery process, maintaining the case calendar and deadlines, and drafting pleadings and letters. She is integral in preparing for mediations, late case evaluations, hearings, and trials. She has a passion for what she does and our clients enjoy working with her.


Outside of work, Carmen enjoys spending time with her super smart husband, Russell, their family, friends, her tween son, Logan, and their two fur babies - a Pomeranian named Eleven (yes, named after Stranger Things character) and a Chiweenie named Amy.



  • University of Texas at Austin, B.S., Government

  • University of Texas at Austin, Paralegal Certificate (emphasis in Family Law)


Admissions & Associations:

  • Notary Public

  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section

  • State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division

  • Capital Area Paralegal Association 


Elena Lopez

Legal Assistant 

Elena Lopez assists in all aspects of preparing a case for trial and is responsible for coordinating the clients’ needs and keeping our clients up to date on case progress. She assists in client intake, fact investigation, calendaring, discovery, document production, coordinating mediations. Ms. Lopez has a background is in customer service as well as family law.  Her compassion and concern for those in need of family law assistance make her a life-line for our clients. 


Sydney Paul

Legal Assistant 

Syndey Paul has a bachelor's degree in political science from Texas State University. She assists in client intake, fact investigation, calendaring, discovery, document production, and coordinating mediations. She is pleased to help clients who are often struggling with difficult situations to achieve real-world solutions. Her hobbies include going to the beach, watching basketball, and cooking.