Texas Born and Educated

  • Native Texan
  • Salutatorian, Grapevine High School, Class of 1986
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., 1990, high honors
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1993
    • Chief Casenote & Comment Editor, Houston Journal of International Law, 1992-1993
    • Elected “Most Contributing Editor”, Houston Journal of International Law, 1992-1993
    • Published, 15 HOUS.J.INT’L LAW 209 (Fall 1992)

Successful and Accomplished Appellate Practice

  • Equity shareholder at 100+ attorney, nationally recognized law firm
  • 22 years experience handling state and federal appeals
  • Presented well over 100 oral arguments in state and federal appellate courts, including ten Texas Supreme Court arguments, and argued in all fourteen intermediate Texas appellate courts.
  • Argued in the Fifth, Tenth, and D.C. federal Circuits
  • Briefed and/or argued over twenty cases granted in the Texas Supreme Court
  • Handled appeals on seminal issues important to development of Texas law, including many conservative causes
  • Board Certified Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998
  • Admitted to:
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Supreme Court of Texas
    • Six U.S. Courts of Appeals
    • Five United States District Courts
  • Administrative experience in private practice:
    • Elected by fellow shareholders to Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Executive Committee in 2010
    • Seven years as shareholder in charge of firm’s summer recruiting program
  • Recognized as Texas Super Lawyer 2005-present
  • Long-established support for conservative jurists in Harris County

Judicial Philosophy

  • Fair, impartial, and consistent application of law to every case
  • No legislating from the bench

Bar Activities and Positions

  • Houston Bar Association (appellate section)
  • Texas Bar Association (appellate section)
  • American Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
  • 2007 Editorial Board, Houston Lawyer Magazine, Houston Bar Association
  • Adjunct professor, Spring 1996, Legal Writing, University of Houston Law Center
  • Continuing Legal Education speaker, including:
    • “101.106 Dilemma,”  TexasBar CLE, Suing and Defending Governmental Entities, July 2010
    • “A Practical Guide for Navigating Alternative Bond Rules,” State Bar of Texas, 21st Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, September 6-7, 2007
    • “Premises Liability and Security Cases”, Personal Injury Law Conference, South Texas College of Law CLE, March 2004

Contributions to the Community

  • Concealed Handgun License holder
  • NRA member
  • Five year service for fundraising events benefitting Sunshine Kids of Houston
  • Volunteer for Make-A-Wish Foundation at Houston sporting events
  • Very active in fundraising for the University of Houston Law Center
  • Eagle Scout, 1982
  • Member, National Eagle Scout Association
  • Experienced marathoner/active in local running groups