Resumé

Education

  • University of Texas, Austin, B.A., 1972
  • St. Mary's University, San Antonio, J.D., December 1976

Bar Admissions

  • 1977, Texas
  • 1978, California
  • 2003, Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Western, Southern & Northern Districts of Texas;
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th and 11th Circuits

Employment

  • Assistant General Counsel, State Bar of Texas: 1978-1980
  • Robinson, Felts, Starnes, Angenend & Mashburn; Civil Trial Attorney, 1980-1987
  • Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein; Civil Trial Attorney, 1987-1989
  • Private practice; Civil Trial Attorney, Business Formation, Transactions, Trials and Appeals, Mediation and Arbitration; 1989-Present

Professional Activities

  • President, Travis County Bar Association (now, Austin Bar Association); 1997-1998;
  • President-Elect 1996;
  • Comptroller, 1993-94;
  • Treasurer, 1994-95,
  • Secretary '95-96;
  • Director 1991-93;
  • Numerous Committee Memberships
  • Chair, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1997-1998;
  • Director, 1994-1997Civil Trial Law Advisory Commission, 1985-1994;
  • Board Certified: Civil Trial Law, 1984; Civil Appellate Law, l987;
  • Chair, Texas Bar Foundation 2005-2006;
  • Secretary-Treasurer (04-05); Trustee 2004-2008
  • Sustaining Life Fellow, District Nine Membership Chair 1996-98;
  • numerous awards committees 1996-2005
  • Chair, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism: 2004-06, Trustee 2003-07
  • Authored numerous Professionalism Video Tapes: 1996 (segment on "Office Procedure and Practices"), Co-wrote "Ethics Jeopardy", 1997, "Ethics Jeopardy II", 2001; Defense Ethics tapes, Skills updates, 2005.
  • Chair, College of the State Bar of Texas; 1992-94;
  • Vice-Chair 1990-92;
  • Director, 1988-98,
  • Member 1985-Present;
  • Board Advisor 1999-2000, Numerous Committees

Chair, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting (Texas Bar Convention), 2001

Chair, United States Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference, Austin 2004

  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1999- pres.
  • Director, State Bar of Texas; District 9, 1998-2001; Executive Committee 1999-2001
  • Chair, Strategic Long-Range Planning, 1999-2001; Chair, Policy Manual 2000-01 Disciplinary/Disability Oversight Committee Vice-Chair 1999-2000; General
  • Counsel Oversight Committee 1998-99; Texas Bar Journal Editorial Committee 1998-2001; Board Advisor- Futures Committee, MCLE, Administrative & Public Law Section Liaison;
  • Numerous Committee Memberships including: Litigation Section, Legal Ethics, Appellate Law, Legal Aspects of the Arts, Settlement Week, 1991-92

Director, Austin Lawyers Care (now: Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas), 86-89

Director, Austin Young Lawyers Association, 1984-1986

Editor, Travis County Practice Handbook, 1984, 1986

President, St. Mary's Law School Alumni Board of Trustees, 2004-05, Trustee, 1992-1994, 2001- pres., Secretary 2003-04, Vice-Pres. 2004-05, Pres.-Elect 05-06

Trustee, St. Mary's University 2007-08

Co-Director, co-writer and co-conspirator: Bar & Grill Variety Show, 1992-2005

Member and Founder: Bar & Grill Singers, A Lawyer Group performing musical parody across the country, and raising (through Jan 2008) $450,000 for pro bono causes.

Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Court-Annexed Mediation, 1996-1998

Professional Honors

Annual Professionalism Award, College of the State Bar of Texas, 2002 (This award includes $5,000 donation from State Bar College to the Law School of Recipients choice.)

Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 1987 (Awarded by Austin Young Lawyers Association)

Presidential Citation; State Bar of Texas, 2001, 2006

Pro Bono Award, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999

W. Frank Newton Award (Statewide Annual Pro Bono Award given by State Bar of Texas), 2000

Outstanding Director Award, State Bar Board of Directors, 2001

Professionalism Award, Austin Bar Association, 2007

Outstanding Mentor Award, Austin Bar 2007.

Military Service

U.S. Army; 1st Cavalry Division, Office of Staff Judge Advocate; 1972-1974 (Awarded Army Commendation Medal, 1974)