Leslie Palenius Shores

Leslie Palenius Shores

Of Counsel

Ms. Shores joined the firm in 2005 as of counsel after being a founding member of her own law firm for twelve years. With over thirty years of legal experience and more than 40 jury trials, Ms. Shores has handled and tried a variety of defense cases in numerous counties in Texas including gross negligence fatalities, medical negligence for physicians and hospitals, wrongful death, personal injury from premises and products liability, with mass tort litigation for medical products and prescription drugs, and construction defect cases representing commercial general contractors, subcontractors and residential home builders.

Ms. Shores has over twenty years of experience handling OSHA investigations of fatalities for employers throughout the state of Texas from the informal conference level up to litigation with the ALJ against the Solicitor’s Office for the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Shores has also handled litigation with federal administrative agencies EPA and EEOC. Her representation of employers has been both directly and through their workers’ compensation carriers, in state court, federal court and through arbitration.

Hospitality law has also been a part of Ms. Shores’ practice. She has represented and defended owners of hotels/motels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs against various allegations involving sex trafficking, assault, sexual assault, premises liability, and dram shop liability.

Additional areas of specialty include Ms. Shores’ representation of property preservation companies, property preservation contractors and their mortgage company/bank clients and self-storage facilities.

Ms. Shores was born on an Air Force base in France, grew up on Air Force bases all over the world, has lived in four countries and traveled to twenty others. She is a long-time active volunteer in many organizations and most recently is a “laundry fairy” for hurricane Harvey disaster relief for All Hands through her church. Ms. Shores enjoys travelling to College Station where her sons were in the corps of cadets at Texas A&M and is a proud Army mom. She has been a presenter at conferences for State Bar of Texas CLE, hotel industry associations and insurance companies.

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Areas of Practice


  • South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1985)
  • The University of South Florida (B.A. Business Administration, 1982)

Legal Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Military and Veterans’ Law Section
    • Construction Law Section
      • Women’s Construction Law Group
    • Labor & Employment Section
    • Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Council


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit