With more than twenty five years of corporate and transactional paralegal experience, thirteen of those spent with the Trammell Crow Company, Debbie Oaks McBride is currently in-house paralegal for NGP Energy Capital Management, LLC, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm headquartered in Las Colinas, Texas. In addition to her paralegal training, she has five years legal recruiting experience, including two years as the Managing Director of NewLine Legal Practice Support.
Debbie is a Past President and current Ambassador of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas (PD). She served on the PD Board of Directors as District 2 Director, District 12 Director, Parliamentarian, President-Elect and President (2010-2011). In 2009, she was honored with the prestigious Paralegal Division Award of Excellence. She has previously served the PD on the TAPS Planning Committee; as Chair of the Leadership Ad Hoc Committee; as Chair of the TAPA 2014 Planning Ad Hoc Committee and as Vendor Liaison.
Debbie is a Past President (1996-1997) of the Dallas Area Paralegal Association (DAPA), where she also served as Executive Director, Membership Vice President, NFPA Primary Representative and Scholarship Chair. She was selected as the DAPA Paralegal of the Year in 2005, DAPA Volunteer of the Year in 2005 and received the DAPA President’s Award in 2007.
Debbie currently lives in Highland Village with her husband, Coach Mike McBride, and their sons Spencer, Reed and Luke. She is a football mom and coach’s wife and avid supporter of the Lewisville Fighting Farmer Football Booster Club, the Harding University Football Booster Club and the Southwestern Assemblies of God University Touchdown Club. She volunteers with and supports numerous local non-profit community service agencies, including the Children’s Advocacy Center – Denton County and the North Texas Food Bank and is an active member of the Women’s Energy Network, Texas High School Coaches Wives Association and American Football Coaches Wives Association.