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MEET GIGI

NEW LEADERSHIP DELIVERING RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Professional Experience

 

​-OWNER AND ATTORNEY, Poynter Law, PLLC, Law Office of Jhiela M. Poynter (2020-Present)

 

-ATTORNEY, Law Offices of Bernard T. Klimist (2012-2020)

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Education

​TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

​-Master of Laws in Wealth Management, Candidate (Exp. 2022)

PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

-Juris Doctor (2012)

-Graduate Diploma in Civil Law (2012)

  • LSU International Law Society: President (2011)  

  • LSU Law Intramural Soccer Team

  • University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, Cape Town, South Africa (2011)

  • Santa Clara University Law School, Istanbul, Turkey (2010)

 

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE

-Bachelor of Arts Degree, Double Major in Political Science & English, cum laude (2009)

  • President’s List

  • Honors Program

  • Phi Beta Delta Honors Society for International Scholars

  • Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honors and Leadership Organization

  • American Institute for Foreign Study, Florence, Italy (2008)​

Certifications, Awards & Associations

​-TEXAS SUPER LAWYERS RISING STARS (2021, 2022)

-REFUGIO LIONS CLUB, Member (2021-Present)

-REFUGIO COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Member (2021-Present)

-JUNIOR LEAGUE OF VICTORIA,  Treasurer (2021) ,Women Leaders of Tomorrow Chair (2018), Member (2014-Present)

-COLLEGE OF THE STATE BAR, Member (2020-Present)

-U.S. FEDERAL TAXATION CERTIFICATION, University of Illinois/Coursera (2020)

-REAL ESTATE, PROBATE & TRUST LAW SECTION OF THE STATE BAR Member (2020-Present)

-TEXAS NOTARY PUBLIC (2020-Present)

-20 UNDER 30 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF THE CROSSROADS (2018)

-VICTORIA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, President (2018), President-Elect (2017), Member (2013-Present)

-CERTIFIED GUARDIAN AD LITEM (2017-Present)

-TOP 50 VERDICTS IN TEXAS 2016, TopVerdict.com (2016)

-LEADERSHIP VICTORIA, Victoria Chamber of Commerce (2013)

Publications

​--"Too Little, Too Late: Dunbar v. Seger-Thomschitz and the Ongoing Challenge Posed by Prescriptive Periods in Holocaust-era Art and Cultural Property Restitution Matters." Art Antiquity and Law 17.1 (2012): 69-89.

--“Progress Report: Opening A New Practice.” Above the Law, Breaking Media, Inc., 27 May 2021, https://abovethelaw.com/2021/05/progress-report-opening-a-new-practice/.

Gigi and her husband Tim live in Refugio, Texas with their two children. In her free time, she coaches youth soccer and likes to travel, having visited 17 countries and counting.

Platform

PLATFORM

PRESERVING THE PAST; PROTECTING OUR FUTURE

When my family and I moved to Refugio in late 2017, Hurricane Harvey had just ravaged South Texas, leaving our little corner of the world battered and bruised-- but definitely NOT broken. The only Refugio County I have ever known is one of resilience, and of grit, and I have been humbled by the strong sense of community I felt here from day one. Mother Teresa once said "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." Well, Refugio County may have a small population, but we work together, we support one another, and in that togetherness is strength-- and so much potential. 
 

I am committed to serving as your County Judge full-time to help us reach that potential; to working hard, every day, to bring economic growth and stability to Refugio County; to leading with a level-head, focused on family and community; to supporting law enforcement in any way I can in the worsening border crisis, and to fighting to keep that culture of community strength that makes this county a place where residents want to live, want to work, and want to raise a family. I am committed to working with you to preserve the things that make Refugio County great, while creating and environment that will keep it great long into the future.

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One of the foundations of democracy, and our political system in general, is the public mandate - basically the ability to serve and govern through support of the community.

                                  --Jhiela "Gigi" Poynter

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