I am a native Texan born in Houston in 1947. I grew up in East Texas but spent several years in South Texas working in oil fields of the King Ranch. I learned to speak Spanish and appreciate the Mexican culture. I did one tour of duty in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division in 1969 to 1970. After my honorable discharge from the US Army I attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a BA; I graduated from the South Texas College of Law in 1977 with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. After law school, I was in management with a Fortune 500 company during which I attended The Harvard Business School's Executive Development Program. I am a Past-President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I am admitted to practice in all of the Courts of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Norther, Southern and Western Districts of Texas and in the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
I was in the natural gas pipeline business until 1990. I formed and sold to investors my company and formed my law firm. Using my contacts and expertise in business along with my law degree I successfully defended several companies in Federal investigations involving mail and wire fraud, RICO, money laundering, commercial bribery and kickback schemes. During this time none of my clients were indicted or paid significant fines.
I am presently involved in defending serious state and felony cases. I have defended 46 Capital Murder cases. In addition to white collar Federal criminal defense my practice includes defending Driving While Intoxicated cases. I do not take DWI cases to plead them but rather endeavor to defend against my clients being convicted. I win about 80% of my DWI jury trials because I have learned how to evaluate each case and present it to the jury in the most favorable light.
I believe in the Rule of Law. I believe that our institutions are in place to give as much certainty to life as is possible in an uncertain world. I believe in the jury system, the US Constitution and the presumption of innocence.
I believe that every client accused of a crime should be defended to the best of my ability and my whole professional life is dedicated to that end.