Nicole Soussan is a native Houstonian and this year’s Rising Star Award Recipient. This is the third year TEW has given the award which recognizes an up and coming professional. Soussan attended Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in African-American studies. Upon graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and began to train as an English teacher in Watts through the Teach for America program at Locke High School. It was then that she found a voice in pursuing law after witnessing alleged police brutality against one of her students. She is currently an associate in Reed Smith’s U.S. Commercial Litigation Group. She primarily represents clients in the energy industry at the trial and appellate levels. In addition to energy litigation, she has experience in real estate, employment, and trade secret litigation. She was recognized with the Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award of Merit and the Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.