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Taylor R. Tomanka

Biography

Taylor R. Tomanka was raised in Mansfield, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. After graduating from Mansfield High School, she earned a B.S. in Public Relations and a Business Foundations Certificate at The University of Texas at Austin. While in college, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta as well as Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Fraternity. She graduated with honors in both her major and minor, University-wide as well as within the School of Communication. From there, she enrolled at Texas Tech University School of Law and Texas Tech University Rawls Graduate School of Business to pursue her passion for the law and business. Mrs. Tomanka received a “Distinction” award for earning the second highest grade in International Business Transactions and was named as a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Honoree prior to graduating. She also made top grades in other law classes as well as her MBA business classes.

 

During law and graduate business school, Mrs. Tomanka also excelled in extracurricular activities outside the classroom. Embracing Texas Tech School of Law’s nationally recognized advocacy program, she honed her negotiation skills by competing in intra-school negotiation competitions. Recognizing that she enjoyed pre-trial work and working closely with clients, Mrs. Tomanka proudly accepted a position on the Administrative Law Journal as Staff Editor and later Articles Editor. She earned a Certificate of Excellence in Legal Research and was later named the Most Outstanding Articles Editor by the younger journal staff.

She currently is a strong community leader, serving on two non-profit boards. As the Community Director and future President Elect Elect (2020-2021) of the Junior League of Abilene, Mrs. Tomanka is starting a homeless youth program to assist the homeless children in AISD receive basic necessities to be successful in school. As the Vice President of Advocacy for Mental Health America of Abilene ("MHAA") she is helping eradicate the stigma against mental illness in Taylor County. 

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning

  • Probate

  • Real Property Transfers

  • Family Law

  • Business Formation, Operations, and Governance

 

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, 2014

  • Federal District Court - Northern District of Texas, 2017

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)

    • Honors: Certificate of Excellence in Legal Research

    • Honors: Administrative Law Journal, Staff Editor and Articles Editor

 

  • Texas Tech Rawls Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.

    • Lauro Cavazos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program, Mentor, 2012 - 2013

 

  • The University of Texas at Austin, Moody College of Communication

    • Major: Moody College of Communication, B.S. Public Relations, with honors

    • Minor: McCombs School of Business, Business Foundations Program, with honors

      • Honors: College Scholar, top 5-20% of 2011 Graduating Class (University-wide)

      • Honors: College of Communication Scholar, top 5-20% of 2011 Graduating Class (College-wide)

      • Honors: Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Fraternity, Member (2010-2011)

 

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Tech School of Law - Administrative Law Journal Outstanding Articles Editor, 2014

  • Texas Tech School of Law - Distinction Award, International Business Transactions, 2013

  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities Colleges (Undergraduate and Law)

  • Administrative Law Journal - Administrative Case Law Update Contributing Author, 2012 - 2014

 

Professional Associations and Memberships​​

  • Junior League of Abilene, Board & General Member 

    • Communications Director, 2016-2017

    • Community Director, 2017-2018

    • President Elect Elect, 2018-2019

    • President Elect, 2019-2020

    • President, 2020-2021

  • Mental Health America of Abilene, Vice President of Advocacy and Mental Health America's National Affiliate Representative

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Mentor for student sitting for Texas July 2016 Bar

  • Abilene Bar Association, 2014 - Present
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2014 - Present

  • Young Professionals (Chamber of Commerce), 2015 - Present

  • Chamber of Commerce, 2015 - Present

Sorority

  • Delta Delta Delta

  • Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Fraternity