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Zenobia Harris Bivens’s practice focuses on business litigation and all things related to government contracts, including white collar criminal defense and compliance. Zenobia is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer and is recognized as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star and was named a Top Woman Lawyer in Texas Monthly. Zenobia also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Houston Law Center Trial Advocacy Program and frequently writes and speaks on the procedural issues that arise in parallel proceedings—cases involving both civil and criminal allegations.

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Legal Work Highlights

Obtained jury verdict in favor of former general counsel of the Houston Housing Authority, related to violations of federal housing regulations.

Obtained white collar defense jury verdict (full acquittal) in favor of defendant NASA contractor, charged with submitting false statements in monthly reports.

Obtained jury verdict in favor of plaintiff, vodka manufacturer in trademark infringement dispute.

Obtained defense jury verdict (full acquittal) in favor of former student athlete, facing charges related to an alleged burglary (pro bono).

Represented service member and obtained dismissal of eviction claims filed against him during deployment (pro bono).

Represented defendant Houston-area entrepreneur and obtained dismissal of DTPA, fraud, and breach of contract claims filed against him.

Represented defendant charged with numerous regulatory violations that resulted from harassment by police officers. Certain charges were dismissed, and defendant obtained an award of summary judgment on remaining charges.

Argued before the First Circuit, Second Circuit, and Fifth Circuit United States Courts of Appeal.


Law School

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.
cum laude

Graduate School

The University of Alabama, M.A. Communication Studies
summa cum laude

Undergraduate School

West Texas A & M University, B.S. Mass Communications – Broadcasting
magna cum laude


Zenobia served as a clerk for the courts and judges below:

Honorable Carl E.  Stewart, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Honorable Justice Dale Wainwright (ret.) of the Texas Supreme Court

Bar Membership

Zenobia is licensed to practice in the following state:



Zenobia is admitted to practice before the following courts:

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Northern District of Texas

Southern District of Texas

Eastern District of Texas

Western District of Texas

Northern District of Oklahoma


Local & National Recognition

Houstonia Magazine, Top Houston Lawyers 2019

Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers 2018

Top Women Lawyers, Texas Super Lawyers 2018

Legal Extern to former U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Chicago, Illinois

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center Trial Advocacy Program

Houston Bar Association

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association

Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow and Membership Selection Committee)

Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation Board of Directors

Greater Houston Society of Healthcare Risk Management


Zenobia was invited to speak at the following events:

Southern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference Houston/Galveston Division, Panel Discussion with Hon. Christina Bryan and e-discovery expert Maura Grossman, Trends in eDiscovery (October 2019)

Women in E-Discovery (Houston Chapter) Conference, Panel Discussion, Back to Basics: eDiscovery IRL (In Real Life) (September 2019)

Guest Speaker, Rice University Judicial Internship Program (March 2019)

Women’s White Collar Defense Association Victory Lap Speaker Series, Panel Discussion, “Lessons from the Front/Trial: United States v. Tang.” (March 2019)

American Constitutional Society Speaker Series, Panel Discussion, “White Collar Crime: Under enforced. Out of control.” (February 2019)

American Legal Media, 2019 Legal Week, Panel Discussion, “How to Rise Through the Ranks & Achieve Success within Your Law Firm.”  (January 2019)

Commencement Speaker, West Texas A&M University (December 2019)

Healthcare Fraud Prevention Series, “Prevent Theft of Your National Provider Identifier: Steps every healthcare provider should take to prevent fraud from invading your practice and career.” (September 2018)

Major Publications

Zenobia is an author of the following publications:

“Theft of National Provider Identifiers: An early warning sign of healthcare fraud,” Physician’s Practice (July 2018)

Texas State Bar, Presentation & Paper at Business Disputes CLE, “Parallel Proceedings: When Civil and Criminal Cases Collide” (September 2019)