E. F. Mano DeAyala is a partner at Buck Keenan LLP, a Houston law firm, and serves as counsel to individuals and companies in various industries. He represents clients in domestic and international commercial matters. He received his law degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in 1992 and a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of Texas at Austin in 1988. He is a licensed attorney in Texas, Federal Court of Claims and as a Solicitor in England and Wales.
Since 2002, he has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, a ranking at the highest level of professional excellence by his peers. Since 2011 he has been recognized in Best Lawyers® in America (Real Estate Litigation); Texas Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation); and Best Lawyers in Houston. He is a Fellow of the Houston and Texas Bar Foundations.
Mr. DeAyala has served on the Finance Committee, Budget Committee and Long Range Facilities Committee for the Spring Branch Independent School District. Mr. DeAyala was appointed Governor Abbott to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and Trustee of the Windham School District, where he has served since 2017. At Windham, he served on the Strategic Planning Committee and as part of a three-member committee to recruit and hire senior leadership including a nationwide Superintendent search. He has served on the Board of the Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association since 2012 where he served as vice president (2014-17) and as a youth head football coach for more than 15 years. He currently serves on the West Houston Young Life Committee, a Christian ministry serving middle and high school students.
Mr. DeAyala is a member of the “C” Club of Houston having served on the executive committee since 2012 serving as Treasurer in 2015, Vice President in 2016 and President in 2017. He has served on the Board of the Hispanic Leadership Alliance since 2012 and as Chairman since 2018. Mr. DeAyala currently serves as Chair of Engage Texas, an organization primarily focused on voter registration in Texas.
Mr. DeAyala resides in west Houston with his wife Melissa and three sons, Marcus, Matthew and Mitchell. Melissa and Mano’s community interests have included the Children’s Fund, the Junior League of Houston, Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association, Spring Branch Education Foundation, Spring Spirit Baseball, Texas Children’s Hospital and Westside Homeless Partnership. They are members of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church.