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B.B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1976 (Summa Cum Laude)

J.D., University of Texas Law School, 1979 (With High Honors)


Texas Supreme Court
United States District Court, Western District of Texas, Austin, Division


1993–2015: Sole practitioner, Austin, Texas. General civil practice in areas of commercial, real estate and consumer litigation, commercial and residential real estate, business organizations and representation, contracts, employment law, wills and estates, probate and personal injury.

1993–1996: Associated with Special Deputy Receiver on insurance company receiverships for the Texas Department of Insurance.

1993–1994: Associate Municipal Judge, Lakeway, Texas.

1991–1993: Associated with firm in Austin, Texas.  General civil practice in areas of real estate law, business organizations and representation, wills and estates, probate, insurance defense and receiverships, and commercial and consumer litigation.

Represented the Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Fund in claims defense.

1990–1991: Associate Attorney at Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, P.A., Austin, Texas. Practiced in real estate law and general commercial litigation.

1985–1990: Associate Attorney with Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Practiced in insurance defense litigation, real estate law, banking law and finance law.

1983–1985: Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University Law School, Malibu, California. Taught Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure (Constitutional Law) and Juvenile Law.

1979–1983: Captain and Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Corps. Served as prosecutor, defense counsel, chief defense counsel, review officer and chief review officer.  Promoted to Major in the USMCR.

Teaching Experience

  • 1983–1985: Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University Law School, Malibu, California. Taught evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure (constitutional law) and juvenile law.
  • 2008–2009: City of Austin Small Business Development Program. Taught classes on business organizations.
  • 2007–2014: Austin Bar Association’s Peoples’ Law School. Taught consumer law classes on identity theft, debt collection, consumer loans and automobile sales.
  • 2005–2006: Featured attorney, KEYE-TV’s “Know the Law” segment Sunday morning news (volunteer activity for Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas).

Skills and Qualifications

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