Leona Filis

Title: Special Needs Attorney

Organization: The Filis Law Firm, P.C.

Bio: Leona Filis, owner of The Filis Law Firm, P.C., in Houston, is an attorney who focuses her time and energy on helping families with children with special needs. Leona has built her practice by being a partner and a resource to parents helping them navigate through tough decisions regarding their child’s care. Since her son’s Autism spectrum diagnosis in 2010, Leona realized that the niche of a Special Needs Attorney wasn’t being filled and that many parents were overwhelmed and uninformed regarding their medical and legal rights. Her primary focus is to help, guide and educate parents and families of children with special needs.


This panel discusses genetic carrier health, mental health and coping skills, and assistance for Duchenne families.

Virginia Kimonis, MD, MRCP

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Genomic Medicine

University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Lauren Morgenroth, MS, CGC

Chief Operating Officer


Ashley Yee, MSW

Director of Patient Engagement

Global Genes

Laurie Miller, CSW

Clinical Social Worker

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Leona Filis

Special Needs Attorney

The Filis Law Firm, P.C.

Kelly Maynard


The Duchenne Family Assistance Program

Marissa Penrod


The Duchenne Family Assistance Program