Growing up the son of a West Texas lawyer, I knew at a young age what I wanted to do with my life. Like my father, I yearned to have a family, invest in my community and be a lawyer that made a real difference in the lives of others. I am grateful, humbled and blessed for the success I have found in life and in practicing law. Representing injured victims and surviving family members of wrongful deaths has been my sincere life privilege.
Since my first day of practicing law, I have exclusively represented the injured and wrongful death victims. The first day was now over 3 decades ago. I am still as passionate about being a lawyer for the injured and the wronged as I was back then. I love being their voice to demand the respect, justice and compensation they are rightfully owed.
Dallas has been my home since obtaining a B.B.A. degree (accounting) from Texas Tech University ('78) and a law degree from Baylor University School of Law ('81). It was at Baylor Law School, where my father attended, that I developed a deep respect for our jury trial system and a hunger for the courtroom.
My trial and courtroom experiences have covered a wide variety of cases and have taken me to communities and courtrooms all over Texas. Having successfully tried lawsuits involving wrongful death and catastrophic injury, I know from experience what it takes to effectively develop and persuasively present a case to a jury. There is no substitute for courtroom experience. There are certain things you simply cannot learn from a law book. Knowing how to communicate to a jury and successfully try a lawsuit enhances the value of all my clients' cases and gives my clients an advantage both in trials and settlements.
After 35 years of practicing law, and having written numerous articles and guest lectured on injury law topics, it is particularly special to me to be recognized by my peers with an 'AV' ? rating by Martindale-Hubbell. (This rating is based on peer review of local attorneys and signifies the highest level of professional excellence and standards of conduct.)
But my greatest honor occurs when someone who has been seriously injured or has lost a loved one due to the negligent acts of another turns to me for help and retains me as their lawyer. That is a special moment and creates a unique and personal bond of trust that I have with all my clients.
Through decades of dedicated hard work, I have developed a reputation and built a career based on the simple truth that those who carelessly cause injury and harm to others should be held fully and completely responsible under the law.
Anything less is simply not justice.
MEMBER: State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Texas Brain Injury Alliance, American Headache and Migraine Association and United Spinal Association.
LICENSED to practice throughout Texas. Admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas.
PAST MEMBER: Baylor University School of Law National Mock Trial Team. Phi Beta Psi (Honorary Accounting), Sigma Phi Epsilon (Social), Texas Tech University.
GUEST SPEAKER and WRITER: 'Personal Injury Litigation Practice in Texas', National Business Institute Seminar. Co-author: 'Demonstrative Evidence' Texas Trial Lawyers Association (Continuing Legal Education Series). Author and guest speaker 'Keeping the Hand Grenade Out of Your Foxhole,' an analysis of Texas law regarding premise liability, presented to the Dallas Institute of Real Estate Management and Building Managers Association. 'How Corporate Policies and Procedures Are Used to Demonstrate Liability,' presented to Dallas Business Group Symposium. 'Litigating Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases', analysis of client/patient controlled issues, presented to the Texas Brain Injury Alliance (Annual Symposium).
NEWSLETTER ARTICLES: 'I Thought My Home Was Safe! What a Homeowner Needs To Know' (analysis of homeowner liability), 'Who Served That Drink?' (analysis of Texas Dram Shop Act), 'I Thought You Said Your Dog Was Safe?' (analysis of dog owner liability), 'Can I Borrow Your Car?' (analysis of automobile owner liability), 'Are My Parents and Grandparents Safe?' (nursing home liability), 'You Mean I Didn't Have the Right Of Way?' (pedestrian and bicyclist rights), published in 'Legal Waters...navigating the currents.'