State Representative

About Mano DeAyala

Representative Mano DeAyala represents Texas’ House District 133 in West Houston. The district includes Houston’s “Energy Corridor” which is home to the global headquarters of several prominent companies and a critical economic hub for Texas.

Professionally, Mano DeAyala is a senior partner of Buck Keenan LLP. He serves as counsel to individuals and companies in various industries. His practice concentrates on disputes arising in the oil and gas, contract, real estate, construction, business torts, corporate governance, and employment law fields. Licensed in many U.S. Courts and a solicitor in England and Wales, clients seek him out to handle complex commercial disputes in the U.S. and internationally. He has achieved the highest possible peer rating, AV Preeminent, by Martindale-Hubbell, for professional and ethical excellence by his peers. For more than a decade, Mano has been
recognized as one of the top lawyers in Texas, by Texas Super Lawyers and as one of the top lawyers in the US by Best Lawyers® in America.


Mano’s fast-paced law practice has not stopped him from finding time to serve his community. He has served on SBISD’s Finance and Long-Range Planning committees and as a board member of Heritage Ed, a reentry K-8 school serving northwest Houston. Mano and his wife Melissa are also actively engaged in the Spring Branch Education Foundation. Mano is a past member of the“C” Club of Houston having served on the executive committee since 2012 and as President in 2017. He also previously served as a Trustee of the Houston Region Business Coalition. In April 2017, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Mano to a six-year term on the board of the Texas Boardof Criminal Justice where he served as the Chair of the Business & Finance Committee and also serves as Trustee of the Windham School District. In July 2020, the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, appointed Mano to a three-year term as an arbitrator to adjudicate trade disputes under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”).

Mano has served on the Board of the Hispanic Leadership Alliance and the Hispanic Republicans of Texas since 2012 and as Chairman for 2022. In 2020, he served as pro bono election integrity counsel for the Harris County Republican Party. With the Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association (SBMSA), Mano was a longtime youth football coach and has served as a board member from 2012-2022.

Texas Roots

Along with his four brothers and wife Melissa, Mano graduated from Spring Branch ISD schools, including Memorial High School. He received a BBA (Finance) Degree from the University of Texas (McCombs School of Business) and his law degree from Southern Methodist University. Mano’s sons are also products and graduates of SBISD schools. Mano is fluent in Spanish.


Mano and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 31 years and raised their three sons where they grew up in the Memorial area. Their oldest son, Marcus and his wife, Madalyn, have begun their careers and continue to call Houston home. Their two younger sons, Matthew and Mitchell, are finishing their collegiate pursuits.