MAPA Attorneys Receive Peer Recognition


Thompson Reuters has named McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. firm officers Douglas W. Poole, James B. Galbraith, and David P. Salyer on its 2018 list of “Super Lawyers.”

“Super Lawyers” is a ratings list of outstanding lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Its selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

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John W. Drewry Jr.


(409) 763-2481 ext. 137


John W. Drewry Jr. associated with the Firm in 2018.  Mr. Drewry began his legal career in May 2013 handling both commercial maritime and longshore workers compensation cases.  He then diversified his practice to include family and humanitarian based immigration matters.  Mr. Drewry has extensive experience with legal permanent residency (Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing) and naturalization applications.  He has also successfully handled many 601-A waivers, removal of conditional status, and affirmative based asylum cases.  Since joining the Firm, Mr. Drewry’s practice has focused on commercial litigation and first-party insurance defense matters.

Apart from work, Mr. Drewry values his time spent with family and friends.  He also enjoys rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty remodeling homes.


B.S., Maritime Administration, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 2008

J.D., Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now known as Texas A&M University School of Law), 2012

Admitted to Practice:

State of Texas

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Professional Activities:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Galveston County Bar Association

Areas of Practice:

M. Edwin Prudhomme

Of Counsel, Galveston Office

(409) 763-2481 x256 | eprudhomme (at) | vCard

Mr. Prudhomme has recently joined the MAPA Law Firm as Of Counsel. He was the principal partner of Prudhomme Law Office, a U.S. News selected Best Law Firm in America in the area of Immigration Law.

Mr. Prudhomme formerly served as a Federal Immigration Judge. For over fifty years his firm had a longstanding history of helping businesses meet their HR immigration needs. He specialized in investor visas and helping international companies set up their U.S. operation. The firm had vast experience in assisting and representing clients with obtaining family-based visas and green cards.


  • University of Notre Dame
  • St. Mary’s University of Texas,  JD
  • Texas A&M University (Commerce)   MA
  • University of Texas, Austin  Graduate Studies
  • Catholic University of America  Canon Law Studies

Admissions, Memberships, and Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • US Supreme Court
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Harris County Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association Immigration Committee
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (past NV Chairperson and Board of Governors)
  • U.S. Immigration Judge, Executive Offices of Immigration Review
  • Mr. Prudhomme served as the Honorary Consul of Austria for the State of Nevada and upon retirement was awarded the Decoration of Honor in Gold by the President of the Republic of Austria.
  • Mr. Prudhomme was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America both as a Scout and Scouter for over 30 years.
  • Mr. Prudhomme participated in Freshman and Varsity football at the University of Notre Dame . He also fought in the Bengal Bouts at the University.
  • Mr. Prudhomme served as a Stephens Fellow on the John Fairbanks Studies for South East Asia at Harvard University.

Noted Cases

  • Fano v. O’Neil, 806 F2d 1262 (5th Cir. 1987)
  • Five Star Restaurants,  WAC 01-001-53644, INS/AAO (2001)
  • Hyatt Regency, WAC 02-223-52560 (AAO, Nov. 7, 2007)
  • Mr. Prudhomme is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law. For more than 50 years he has held an AV Peer Review rating.

David P. Salyer

Firm Officer, Galveston Office
(409) 795-2022 | dpsalyer(at) | vCard | View Full Bio

SalyerMr. Salyer, a native Galvestonian, joined McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, PC. in 1986 and became a firm officer in 1992. He specializes in complex civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury litigation. He has experience in such diverse practice areas as product liability claims, first party insurance litigation, medical malpractice defense, historic preservation law, municipal zoning law, toxic tort claims, and mass tort litigation. –>Continue Reading


John V. Rabel

Firm Officer
(713) 651-0881 ext 114| vCard | jvrabel(at) | View Full Bio

Mr. Rabel started his legal career with the Firm in 1980 and returned to the Firm in 1994 with extensive experience in complex civil litigation ranging from business to environmental matters. Today, Mr. Rabel engages in complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on toxic tort litigation and railroad law. He represents clients such as Exxon Mobil Corporation, BNSF Railway Company, and Unimin Corporation. –>Continue Reading

Douglas W. Poole

Firm Officer, Galveston Office
(409) 763-2481 ext 116 | vCard | dwpoole(at) | View Full Bio

Mr. Poole joined the Firm in 1977, after having worked as a brakeman/conductor while attending undergraduate and law school. He engages in railroad litigation and has tried to verdict in excess of 100 railroad cases, including fourteen published appellate court decisions (Texas Courts of Appeals, Texas Supreme Court, and Fifth Circuit) and over 25 U.S. District Court published opinions. He has experience in such diverse cases as FELA, grade crossing, employment law claims, contract disputes, mass tort, environmental, –>Continue Reading

Lee A. Mencacci



(409) 763-2481 ext. 124


Lee A. Mencacci is a native Galvestonian and associated with McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. in January 2018.  While in law school, Mr. Mencacci participated extensively in the nationally recognized South Texas College of Law Advocacy program and received the Cali Excellence for the Future Award for outstanding achievement in Civil Trial Advocacy.  His principal area of practice at the Firm is civil litigation.

In his personal time, Mr. Mencacci enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  He is an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoys being involved in his hometown of Galveston.


B.B.A., Texas A&M University, 2013

J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston, 2016

Admitted to Practice

State of Texas

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Galveston County Bar Association
  • Galveston County Young Lawyers
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association

Areas of Practice

Genevieve Bacak McGarvey

Firm Officer, Galveston Office
(409) 763-2481 ext 132 -or- (281) 488-7150 ext 132
vCard | gbmcgarvey(at) | View Full Bio

Genevieve McGarvey is an attorney focusing on complex civil litigation with a docket that spans Galveston, Harris, Brazoria and Jefferson Counties. Her diversity of cases has included medical malpractice claims, products liability cases, commercial litigation, tort claims litigation, life insurance cases, civil rights litigation, toxic tort and environmental damage.

In conjunction with her litigation practice at McLeod, Alexander, Powel and Apffel, P.C., McGarvey is a seasoned mediator and ad litem for the District, Probate and County Courts of Galveston County with a record of settling 90 percent of the cases brought to her for mediation. Additionally, she has an exceptional ability to creatively design settlements for the best interests of her clients. She works assiduously with mediation clients to resolve their cases and avoid the financial and emotional costs of trial and appeal. She is a Credentialed Distinguished Mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. –>Continue Reading

Bryan R. Lasswell

Firm Officer, Galveston Office
(409) 763-2481 ext 135| vCard | brlasswell(at) | View Full Bio

Mr. Lasswell joined McLeod, Alexander, Powel, & Apffel in 1992. He focuses his practice on general civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury defense and railroad litigation. He has also handled cases related to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Jones Act. Mr. Lasswell represents a variety of clients including BNSF Railway Company, Union Pacific Railroad Company, Amtrak, Unitrin County Mutual Insurance Company, Southern States Offshore, Inc., BP Products of North America, Inc. and Galveston Central Appraisal District. –>Continue Reading

Michael B. Hughes

Firm Officer, Galveston Office
(409) 763-2481 ext 118 | vCard | mbhughes(at) | View Full Bio

Michael Hughes has practiced law with the firm since 1978 and became a firm officer in 1984.

He has a general civil practice spending most of his time dealing with estate and probate litigation and issues relating to transportation law, handling the trial and appeal of cases at all levels of the state and federal court system. His clients include the BNSF Railway Co., the Port of Galveston and several offshore service companies. The cases he has handled have resulted in over 40 published opinions at either the appellate or state level and one was featured on Court TV. He has served on the University of Texas Maritime Law Conference Planning Committee for over 15 years and has been a member of the Conference of Freight Loss & Damage Counsel for over 20 years. –>Continue Reading