Legal Counsel to Houston’s Healthcare Community.
Luccia & Evans, L.L.P. is dedicated to providing the highest level of service in the defense of complex multi-party litigation involving healthcare liability claims, product manufacture, and commercial litigation.
Mary M. Wagner
Mary M. Wagner was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1992. Ms. Wagner received her B.B.A. in Finance from The University of Texas, and her M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Houston. In addition to her admission to practice in Texas state courts, Ms. Wagner is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Wagner has worked in the areas of professional liability, products liability, nursing home liability, general civil litigation, and family law litigation. In 2007, Ms. Wagner became a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist (CITRMS). As a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, and the Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management, she concentrates her practice on civil litigation, primarily medical malpractice defense. Her practice covers all phases of defense of healthcare liability claims.
Emily was born and raised in Rochester, NY but has made Texas her home. In addition to being an attorney, she is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over twenty years of nursing experience. Emily has always been fascinated by medical law, completing her JD/LLM (Health Law) from the University of Houston in December 2019. Outside of being a lawyer, Emily enjoys Pilates, playing the piano, and traveling.
Kathleen (Katie) Evans
Katie joined Luccia-Evans as an associate attorney in August 2018. Her primary practice area is litigation, focusing on medical malpractice and personal injury.
Katie graduated from Texas Tech University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in International Business. While an undergraduate, she spent a semester interning for a Congressman in Washington, DC. After graduation, Katie worked for Hewlett Packard until fall of 2015, when she began law school at the University of Houston Law Center. While in law school, Katie interned for the 177th District Criminal Court. She competed in the Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition, taking second place. She also interned for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Texas Children’s Hospital, in addition to clerking for a solo practitioner. Katie is a practice-ready attorney capable of litigating cases from pre-suit through completion.
Katie was born and raised in Houston, where she currently lives with her husband, Geoff Rittimann. They enjoy traveling, reading and playing with their two dogs, Bailey and Rooney.
Cassandra Watkins, a seventh generation Houstonian, graduated cum laude in 2015 from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing). Cassandra was active in several student organizations while at Samford, including SGA, and was a member of the Mock Trial Team.
Cassandra was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2018 after having obtained a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Houston Law Center where she had been recipient of a Dean’s Scholarship, a member of the Mock Trial Team, member of the Honor Board, and where she participated in mediation competitions. Ms. Watkins, while attending law school, interned with a state civil district court, and interned and clerked for two commercial and business litigation law firms.
Prior to joining the Luccia & Evans team, Cassandra’s litigation experience included personal injury and first and third-party insurance defense.
In her free time, Cassandra enjoys spending time outdoors, painting, and exploring Houston’s culinary scene.