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Lucy Petry, Founding Attorney

Lucy Petry started Petry Law Firm, PLLC, not for profit or notoriety, but because she has a real desire to help individuals and businesses with their legal needs. Lucy has years of experience in the business world, as well as with the IRS thanks to her time working with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). Lucy is the VITA program site manager for both the University of Saint Thomas and South Texas College of Law and has personally supervised and prepared over 15,000 tax returns, which makes her well-equipped to handle your business and IRS issues. She has now worked for VITA for more than 19 years. 

In addition to the VITA program, Lucy has experience in both industry and public accounting, managing and consulting for businesses, assisting taxpayers from tax preparation to representation before the Tax Court, and representing clients at the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to becoming an attorney Lucy managed her CPA practice and worked as a Controller and Accounting Manager for public and International manufacturing companies.

Lucy earned her MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, followed by her JD from the South Texas College of Law Houston. While at South Texas, she earned the University and Texas State Bar Pro Bono Honors award. She was also the President of the Tax Law Society and a member of the Board of Advocates. She then went on to become an Adjunct Tax Clinic Professor at South Texas. 

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Lucy is an advanced diver and a pilot. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and enjoys seeing and learning about the world, having traveled to more than 50 countries and has lived abroad. She currently lives in Houston with her two rescue dogs, Elsa and Keyser.

Her accumulated experience as an attorney, business owner, CPA, and manager of a non-profit has fueled Lucy’s desire to help those in need and provide a holistic approach to business problems. For patient, compassionate guidance throughout your legal case, contact the Petry Law Firm, PLLC today. We look forward to working with you.

Education

  • The University of St. Thomas – Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • South Texas College of Law Houston – Juris Doctor (JD)

Licenses

  • Admitted to Practice Law in Texas
  • US Tax Court
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Adjunct Professor at South Texas College of Law

Memberships & Associations

  • American Academy of Attorney-CPAs
  • Texas Society of CPAs
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Texas Bar College
  • Business Network International (BNI)

James Biel, Associate

Education

  • Studied at South Texas College of Law Houston. After graduating from law school, I attended Boston University School of Law to obtain my LL.M. in Taxation.
  • When I was in law school I worked at several tax clinics, where we provided legal assistance for low-income individuals to help resolve their tax-related issues.

Memberships & Associations

  • I have recently become an Adjunct Professor at South Texas College of Law Houston teaching tax law.

Michelle Micheli, Bookkeeper

Education

  • Attended the University of ST. Thomas.
  • Michelle has over 17 years of accounting experience. She has worked in the Oil and Gas, Public, Private, and Non-Profit Accounting Sectors. She has over 12 years of experience in Tax. Thru the University of St. Thomas, she dedicated over 9 years to the VITA Program ( Volunteers in Tax Assistance ).
  • What drives her as a bookkeeper is the fact that she loves to give clients peace of mind when it comes to the numbers and the financial stability of their business. She is an avid Yogini and has been a vegetarian for over 20 years.