Before founding Davis Kaufman PLLC in 2012, Ms. Kaufman served as the Director of Budget & Policy and Special Counsel to Speaker of the House Joe R. Straus, where she distinguished herself as a consensus builder on the state budget and other major policy issues during the 2009 and 2011 legislative sessions.
Prior to her service to Speaker Straus, Ms. Kaufman served for one year as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Texas Civil Justice League and for 11 years as General Counsel to Texas Senator Robert Duncan, as well as Committee Director for the Senate Jurisprudence and State Affairs committees. While in the Senate, Ms. Kaufman earned the respect of her colleagues and of lawmakers for her mastery of complex legal issues and ability to negotiate critical state policy and budget matters.
Her legal career also includes service as Senior Investigative Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and as Special Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform and Oversight Committee. Ms. Kaufman worked as an Associate in the Washington D.C. office of an international law firm, where she specialized in both civil and criminal litigation and practiced before federal regulatory agencies.
Ms. Kaufman received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, Cum Laude, from Washington University in St. Louis and her law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.