I am a Trial Lawyer. I handle the trial and appeal of civil cases in the State and Federal courts of Texas. My practice focus is on cases involving death or injuries to people through the negligent or wrongful conduct of another: automobile or trucking accidents; dangerous or defective products; dangerous conditions on property; traumatic brain injuries, sexual harassment, civil rights violations; insurance claims and bad faith. I also have significant experience in working with business clients on business and contractual disputes, construction law, antitrust (price-fixing allegations) and business deal negotiations.
I am Double Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of Civil Trial Law and Consumer and Commercial Law. There are over 70,000 attorneys in the State of Texas, but only 7,000 (approximately 10%) are Board Certified in any one area of law. Less than 1% are Board Certified in two areas of law. Less than 25 attorneys are Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Consumer and Commercial Law. Board Certification means an attorney has substantial, relevant experience in a selected field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law. To obtain Board Certification, an attorney must first demonstrate experience in their chosen area of law through at years of practice and experience. Then they must pass a written examination on that area of law – an test so difficult that many lawyers fail despite their years of experience. Even after passing the test, references from other lawyers practicing in that area of law are checked to verify the attorneys experience and expertise in that area of law.
I am a graduate of the prestigious Trial Lawyers College where I studied under legendary trial lawyer Gerry Spence. My experience and training covers a wide range of the areas that commonly arise in the civil cases. In fact, I am often brought into cases in Texas and other states by other attorneys who request my help in bringing a difficult case to trial.
Many lawyers call them themselves “litigators” but rarely, if ever go to trial. They think that throwing paper at the other side is ligation. In my experience when a lawyer is afraid or lacks the experience to go to trial, the other side sees that as a weakness and will try to take advantage of it. Going to trial is one of the things I like most about practicing law and I believe that only by preparing every case with the intent to go to trial – can a client get full justice (and preparing for trial increases the chances of a fair settlement of the case).